A winning celebrity profile requires a number of stars aligning: a subject willing to be transparent, a writer interested in challenging received wisdom, a circumstance that’s not constrained or contrived. It’s more rare than you might think. Our culture is suffused with celebrity coverage, but much of it is similar, or intra-referential or pro forma. Especially in a time where celebrities — via social media — are becoming quasi-publishers themselves, is there a future for the old-school celebrity profile? On this week’s Popcast, Mr. Caramanica discusses how the celebrity profile has changed in recent years with two of its most insightful practitioners: Vanessa Grigoriadis, a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and the author of “Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus” Zach Baron, the staff writer at GQ Related Stories R.I.P., the Celebrity Profile Sept. 19, 2018 … [Read more...] about What Makes for a Great Celebrity Profile?
In its coming season the Joyce Theater will present dancers from Australia, Taiwan and Denmark, help celebrate Merce Cunningham’s centennial and host a new production by Maria Kochetkova. Linda Shelton, the Joyce’s executive director, emphasized the importance of bringing international choreographers and dancers to the United States despite its difficulty. “I see a lot of my colleagues in the presenting world staying away from international work because the visa process has just become so unbearable and costly,” she said in an interview. Australian Dance Theater, the Australian Ballet, Lucy Guerin Inc. and Dancenorth will appear in the Joyce’s Australia festival, April 29-May 12. Taiwan’s Cloud Gate 2 follows in June with a program of choreography by Cheng Tsung-lung. And in July, members of the Royal Danish Ballet will present work by August Bournonville, the 19th-century choreographer whose pieces form a cornerstone of the company’s repertory … [Read more...] about Joyce Theater’s Spring Season Brings Australians and Cunningham Celebration
Oribe Canales, a celebrity hairdresser who worked, and palled around, with models like Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista in the era of big hair and fat shoulder pads, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 62. Mr. Canales, who lived in Miami, suffered liver and kidney failure in a hospital after going to New York for cancer treatment last month, his husband, Zaki Amin, said. In the late 1980s and early ′90s, Mr. Canales, known professionally as simply Oribe (pronounced OR-bay), worked closely with the makeup artist François Nars, the photographer Steven Meisel and the stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele in helping to build the careers of many women who became known as supermodels, giving them a look, emblematic of the era, that was heightened by dramatic makeup and hair to match. “The type of hair that Oribe adored was super high-maintenance,” Ms. Crawford said in a telephone interview on Monday. “It worked in the late ′80s and early … [Read more...] about Oribe Canales, Celebrity Stylist in the Big Hair Era, Dies at 62
CNN host Van Jones and Jessica Jackson are cofounders of #cut50, a bipartisan criminal justice initiative of the Dream Corps. The opinions expressed in this commentary are the authors' own. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)For some, it's hard to imagine anything good happening in the middle of the Trump era -- especially for black, brown and low-income people. But believe it or not, something truly beautiful is happening in Washington, DC, on the least likely of issues -- criminal justice reform. Earlier this year, a tiny handful of "true believers" decided to try to fix the federal justice system as much as possible -- in part by implementing reforms that have succeeded in red states like Texas and Georgia. Few gave us a prayer of success. But, against all odds, we won. And Friday morning, President Donald Trump signed into law a measure that amounts to what the New York Times calls "the most significant changes to the criminal justice system in a generation." Bipartisan … [Read more...] about 10 reasons to celebrate the First Step Act
Nyack, New York (CNN)Cara Pressman raises her hands in triumph. The crowd claps in unison, and a DJ cranks up the music. The banquet hall on the banks of the Hudson pulsates as nine of Cara's best friends lead a procession to the dance floor. It's the start of her Sweet 16 birthday party -- a celebration not just of her big day but of all that has happened in the past year. A way for friends and family to express their love. JUST WATCHED See Cara celebrate her Sweet 16 Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH See Cara celebrate her Sweet 16 01:48 Cara became a viral sensation months ago after the teen with a seizure disorder delivered a blunt message to her insurer. Her two words for Aetna -- "screw you" -- expressed the anger she felt at being denied a minimally invasive brain surgery that promised to end her seizures. Her story, first told by CNN in December, triggered a massive uproar, and Aetna eventually approved the procedure. This Saturday evening, amid … [Read more...] about From ‘screw you’ Aetna to Sweet 16, teen celebrates her surgery — and new life