Why I Love Viola Davis

I absolutely adore Viola Davis. Truly. Not just because she’s a phenomenal scene stealing actress. (See her powerful turn in the 2008 drama Doubt. You almost forget Meryl Streep is even on camera with her!) But because she’s the real deal. All around. Period. I had the pleasure of hearing her speak during a post screening Q&A of The Help for which I’m sure she’ll be showered with accolades this awards season. She spoke candidly about what it’s like to be a Black actress in Hollywood and how it affected her decision to start her own production company. And on

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The Urbane Urbanite Checks In: The Sandpearl Resort

My Room With A View Photo: S. James It’s late October, but you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone with the fall blues here in Clearwater Beach, Florida – including me. As I type this, I’m sprawled out on the balcony of my oceanfront suite at the Sandpearl, a world class resort and spa facility that calls The Gulf of Mexico its backyard. And I’m not the only one taking in this beautiful day. There are folks sunbathing on the sundeck near the lagoon swimming pool. The kiddies are playing in the sand. And others are getting their toes wet,

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I Done Went and Got Published in a Scholary Journal

Homer, ancient Greek poet & scholar Scholarly is the last word I would used to describe myself. In fact, the adjective is on my list of words people overuse when describing themselves and others. (Other words include: epic. icon. amazing. etc.) But, today, I am quite proud to announce that I’ve got a clip in a scholarly journal. Woot! Woot! Wait. Are written pieces in journals even called “clips?” The word “clips” sounds too light and general – not serious enough. I think the proper phrasing is: I’ve got an article published in a scholarly journal. Ah, yes. That sounds

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