April 17, 2014 |
* A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT. 8 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime. "DYING matriarch" might not sound like a dream role for an actress in her 50s, but Whoopi Goldberg's not complaining. "The View" co-host stars in Lifetime's adaptation of Terry McMillan's A Day Late and a Dollar Short , in which she's playing Viola Price, who, on learning that her next asthma attack will probably be her last, decides that it's time to straighten out her muddled family, which includes a straying husband (Ving Rhames)
September 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Hanging out with author Terry McMillan is like chillin' with your worldly, slightly acerbic, super-chatty aunt. In the 1990s, she ushered in the era of black women's chick lit with her New York Times best-selling novel-turned-movie, Waiting to Exhale . The latest of the 61-year-old McMillan's eight tomes, Who Asked You? , was released Tuesday, launching her first book tour in three years. It will bring her Thursday night to the Free Library of Philadelphia, where she will join Jesmyn Ward, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Salvage the Bones . "Now, she can write," McMillan says of Ward.
February 13, 2012 |
When pop stars die too young it's always tragic, and often not all that surprising. Whitney Houston, who died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday at age 48, had the particular misfortune to have the swift and spectacular success of her early career followed by years spent living a deeply troubled public life under the watchful eye of a tabloid culture. If anybody ever seemed destined for success, it was Whitney Houston. Her mother was the vocalist Cissy Houston, her cousin was Dionne Warwick, her godmother was Aretha Franklin.
May 31, 2011 |
If you've read anything by best-selling author J. California Cooper, you know that she would quickly tell you that basking in the spotlight is like making a direct call to the devil. Humans are their most foolish, she says, when they aren't humble. Extolling these simple truths has made the 79-year-old California native a favorite among generations of readers. Her books, which include seven short-story collections and five novels, are all about learning life's obvious lessons. Cooper's latest novel, Life Is Short but Wide (Anchor Books, 2009)
September 26, 2010
By Terry McMillan Viking. 375 pp. $27.95 Reviewed by Karen E. Quiñones Miller Has it really only been 18 years since Terry McMillan wowed the publishing world with her book Waiting to Exhale ? It seems like forever! How I missed those four friends, Bernadine, Gloria, Robin, and Savannah (missed them in that order, by the way) and wanted to know how they were doing. Did Bernadine and her new man, James, have a happily forever after? My bet was they did. Bernadine deserved it after the way her ex-hubby did her. Hmph!
April 15, 2008 |
It's fitting that author Elizabeth "Bebe" Moore Campbell was remembered at Girls High last weekend, a tribute long in the making. After all, it was there where Campbell learned the importance of sisterhood, which she coupled with determination - the two themes, her colleagues and friends said, that defined her and coursed through eight novels, three of which made the New York Times best-seller list in the 1980s and 1990s. Seventeen months after her death at age 56 from complications caused by a brain tumor, Moore's legacy in the form of passionate novels continues to teach, inspire and make us think.
September 13, 2007 |
Let's just say that no one is going to see Je'Caryous Johnson's Whatever She Wants for insight into the human condition. No, this new play is about romantic escapism, pure and simple. Johnson slides comfortably into Terry McMillan's abandoned beach chair - abandoned, mind you, pretty soon after that nasty business with her Jamaican player of an ex-husband, which just goes to prove Johnson's point that no one is immune to the pitfalls of modern love. Whatever She Wants is the name of a social club headed by ambitious yet lonely Vivian Wolf (Independence Day hottie Vivica A. Fox)
March 23, 2007 |
AUTHOR TERRY McMillan is suing her former husband, alleging that he tried to smear her reputation during their highly publicized 2005 divorce. She seeks $40 million, so she thinks she had some reputation. McMillan, 55, filed the complaint Wednesday in a Contra Costa, Calif., court against Jonathan Plummer, 32, who inspired her best-selling 1996 novel, "How Stella Got Her Groove Back. " The book, adapted into a hit movie starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs, told the story of a 40-something woman who falls for a guy half her age. The suit says Plummer, a Jamaica native, wed McMillan in 1998 for U.S. citizenship.
November 30, 2006 |
Bebe Moore Campbell means the world to literature, but she means even more to Philadelphia's girls. As a product of the Philadelphia public school system, she embodies the sense of promise and achievement that many of the city's girls could use. Campbell, 56, was the author of three New York Times best-sellers, but she began her career as a teacher. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh and later taught school in Atlanta. Of course, she was still teaching and inspiring years later, as a journalist for Essence magazine and as a novelist.
July 12, 2006 |
Destiny Day, party planner to New York's music glitterati, totes Chanel and Gucci bags and struts her stuff in three-inch Jimmy Choos. She's got money in the bank, a few well-connected players to have fun with, and a heart that finds true love when least expected. Day is the high-rolling sistah in Last Night a DJ Saved My Life by Lyah Beth LeFlore (Harlem Moon/Broadway Books, $12.95), one of this season's new crop of "chick lit" books where the divas are black and beautiful, the men - whether in "slightly sagging" $200 jeans or Armani suits - are 6-foot-2 and gorgeous, and their glamorous lives collide in glamorous places such as MObar in Manhattan and star-studded Hamptons soirees.