August 14, 2008
Integral relocating Integral Systems Inc., a provider of software for command and control systems for satellites, has announced plans to move its corporate headquarters from Lanham in Prince George's County to Columbia next year, bringing more than 200 jobs to the area. The company, founded in 1982, operates at three locations in the United States and one in France. Its new headquarters, under construction, is in Gateway Exchange, a three-building complex being developed by Corporate Office Properties Trust in Columbia Gateway Business Park.
February 21, 2008
When the Spice Girls stormed America's shores in 1996 with their pop confection "Wannabe" and chants of "Girl power!" no one could have predicted how big their careers would get or how sturdy their roles in popular culture would be more than a decade later. Pop groups such as 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys may have sold more records, but they never made a movie like the Spice Girls and they certainly don't have any United Nations ambassadors for good will among them. Their combination of pop hits, cartoonish personalities and clever marketing made the Spice Girls more than a successful pop group -- they were a global phenomenon in the late '90s, selling more than 55 million albums, breaking all sorts of British chart records and taking their song "2 Become 1" to No. 1 in 53 countries.
June 12, 2007
Forget The Sopranos. Must-see TV last weekend was the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the most emotionally satisfying Triple Crown series in years. A combination of excellent equine athletes, colorful supporting players and the sheer unpredictability that is horse racing produced a show that gave the sport so important to Maryland a shot in the arm. And, OK, this isn't really about girl power - except perhaps in the most literal sense. But when Rags to Riches dueled Preakness winner Curlin through the Belmont's closing stretch to become the first filly to win the mile-and-a-half classic in 102 years, the nearly three decades without a Triple Crown winner suddenly didn't seem to matter so much.
April 9, 2006
Whoopi Goldberg wants to empower girls to get in touch with their inner boy. Sports -- the sweaty, fast, kick-butt kind of sports -- are not just for boys anymore, Goldberg said. "We're not used to seeing girls play sports. If they're ice-skating? Maybe. If they're doing gymnastics? Possibly. But soccer?" So Goldberg developed Just for Kicks, a TV series that revolves around the friendships and issues facing the girls on a New York City soccer team. "Most people still have this idea that if you're doing what is considered a sport, you don't get to be a girl," Goldberg said.
March 3, 2006
Aquamarine will separate the world into two camps: Fourteen-year-old girls who will love it, and everyone else, all of whom will realize this is a movie only 14-year-old girls can love. The story of two best friends who help a mermaid find true love, Aquamarine exhibits a welcome empathy for adolescent girls and an understanding of how they interact. It also understands - in ways that its target audience may not - that there's a difference between what is important (friendship, self-confidence, altruism)
August 5, 2004
THOSE girls didn't care. There was absolutely no shame in their game. One night about a month or so ago, my friends and I were hangin' in a D.C. club as Nina Sky's "Move Ya Body" boomed through the place. Two women - ample-figured sistas with a "whole lotta junk in their trunk" - dominated the tight space in front of us. They were squeezed into short, unforgiving dresses, had kicked off their heels and were grindin', gyratin', lost in the music. Although my best friend Tiffany was unnerved by the sight of those cottage cheese thighs in wee-little dresses, I couldn't blame the sistas for breakin' it down on the floor.