Last year Miki Turner, a professional and inspiring photographer and journalist, gave us a unique opportunity to ask ourselves one question: at what point did you fall in love with yourself? Some of the answers were found in her recent photo book, journey to the woman I’ve come to love, that included black & white photographs from well-known celebrities like Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, Susan Sullivan, Penelope Cruz, Angelina Jolie, Angela Davis, Laurel Holloman, Temple Grandin, Marion Jones, and Mo’Nique, as well the ordinary women from different backgrounds and all walks of life. (more…)
While it doesn’t come with as much fanfare as Arrested Development or House of Cards, Netflix’s new original series Orange Is The New Black is worth giving a shot. Not only is it winning critics over, but the on-demand Internet streaming media provider is so bullish on the dramedy that it ordered a second season even before premiering. That’s almost unheard of.
Orange Is The New Black is the brainchild of Weeds creator Jenji Kohan. It follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), an upper-middle class bisexual woman who finds herself incarcerated for a crime she committed 10 years prior. It’s actually based on Piper Kerman’s memoir sharing her experiences serving a 14-month sentence in a women’s prison in 2004. While the main character is based on Kerman, the rest of the characters are fictional. Rounding out the cast are Jason Biggs, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Pepron and Natasha Lyonne.
If the trailer above piques your interest, all thirteen episodes of Orange Is The New Black are available online on Netflix beginning Thursday at 12 a.m. PDT.
The Fosters is a compelling, one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Stef Foster (Teri Polo), a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams (Sherri Saum), a school Vice Principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon (David Lambert), and their adopted twins, Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and Jesus (Jake T. Austin). Their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways when Lena meets Callie (Maia Mitchell), a hardened teen with an abusive past who has spent her life in and out of foster homes. Lena and Stef warily welcome Callie into their home thinking it’s just for a few weeks, until a more permanent placement can be found.
Callie is quick to observe that the Fosters are an atypical family, and her blunt commentary hits a nerve with Jesus and Mariana who are struggling with their own identities. The twins have the opportunity to meet their birth mother, but they aren’t sure if they are emotionally ready, or if they want to share the experience with their adoptive moms. Callie also discovers that Mariana is harboring a secret that could land her in serious trouble.
Brandon, a talented musician with a kind soul, lends Callie a hand in navigating the classrooms and social scene at the Fosters’ high school, Anchor Beach Community Charter School. He’s faced with a tough decision when Callie decides to ditch school to reconnect with someone from her past. What happens next will determine if Stef and Lena made the right choice in taking a chance on Callie, and whether they have room in their home – and their hearts – for one more.
From executive producer Jennifer Lopez, and created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, who will also serve as writers and executive producers, The Fosters stars Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Jake T. Austin, Hayden Byerly, David Lambert, newcomer Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci and Cierra Ramirez. Joanna Johnson, Elaine Goldsmith Thomas, Benny Medina and Greg Gugliotta will also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Nuyorican Productions, Inc., and Prodco, Inc.
WIGS is the #1 channel for scripted drama on YouTube that introduces original series, short films, and documentaries, all starring female leads and dealing with important issues of love, betrayal, power, and friendship, just to name a few. Season two of WIGS’s award-winning series, LAUREN with Jenifer Beals as Major Jo Stone and Troian Bellisario as Sergeant Lauren Weil, will premier on May 3 on WIGS channel at Youtube and Watchwigs. Four additional episodes will be available on May 10 and the final four on May 17. LAUREN won a Silver Medal for Drama at the 2013 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards, and Bellisario took home a Gold Award for Best Performances by an actress.
LAUREN explores the consequences of dealing with sexual assault in the military and in season one we were introduced to Sergeant Lauren Weil, who reports her own rape and ongoing harassment by her superiors to her female commanding officer Major Jo Stone. Stone tries to do the right thing, but is caught between military code and what she may believe is proper because she has to navigate between seeking justice while remaining loyal to the institution, to which she dedicated her life.
The story of Lauren is fictional but it is an honest portrayal of the endless red tape and bureaucracy that many victims of sexual assault experience while serving in the military. Second season will continue to explore Lauren’s fight for what is right “the way it should be and not just the way it is.” Additional cast include well-known actors like Bradley Whitford, Raymond Cruz, Mykelti Williamson and Sarah Jones (reprising her self-titled role as a military veteran from WIGS series KENDRA).
Season 2 Trailer
From WIGS press release:
“Before working on LAUREN, I was oblivious to the struggle of those sexually assaulted while serving our country,” explained Bellisario. “There are thousands of young women and men who are harassed or assaulted by their fellow soldiers and forced to keep their pain a secret – or worse, if they bravely come forward, they can be punished for seeking justice. Lauren’s story represents a powerful and important issue, an issue to which attention must be paid. If we truly do ‘support our troops,’ we must put an end to this.”
Conversation behind the scene with Jennifer and Troian