September 15, 2011
Alexis and Daniel Sassi , of Columbia, announce the birth of their son, Domonic Daniel Sassi , on Aug. 18, 2011, at 3:45 p.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces. His sister is Annabel. His grandparents are Richard and Patricia Marchesiello, of Ocean Pines; and Douglas and Gretchen Sassi, of Still Pond.
November 15, 2009
Describing how her character brutalizes her daughter in "Precious" and at one point endangers the life of her infant granddaughter, Mo'Nique says, "That was rough for me. But the moment the director says 'cut,' you leave it right on the floor." In this break-out year for the popular Baltimore County-born comedian and instant BET talk-show star, Mo'Nique's fearlessness in the movie, as well as her professional equilibrium, should make her a sought-after dramatic actress - and maybe an Academy Award nominee, along with her surprising co-stars, pop diva Mariah Carey (as a social worker)
November 30, 2008
Long before The Real World, Survivor, or American Idol, a phenomenally popular reality show was running in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. That show was called A Chorus Line, and it changed the face of Broadway. A Chorus Line focused on the true-to-life stories of ordinary people - in this case, 17 young dancers desperate to establish a toe-shoe hold in their chosen profession. For one woman (named "Sheila" in the show), the ballet studio provides a refuge from her parents' unhappy marriage.
October 16, 2008
Just when it seemed as if funk was all but gone from mainstream pop, the raw and uncompromising style has resurfaced thanks to an unlikely figure: a petite, flame-haired white woman with large, expressive eyes and a fierce musical attitude. But Nikka Costa isn't exactly new to the scene. The daughter of legendary composer-arranger Don Costa and a child singing sensation overseas in the '80s, she has released two American albums as an adult. Both sets - 2001's Everybody Got Their Something and 2005's can'tneverdidnothin' - blazed with flavorful hybrids of funk, pop and rock.
May 11, 2007
Filmed in Baltimore two years ago, The Salon sets out to be Barbershop, only with women. But it turns out to be Barbershop lite, a chance for a bunch of gals to sass one another within an inch of coming to blows, safe in the knowledge that everything will turn out OK. Vivica A. Fox plays the Ice Cube role; her Jenny owns the salon, and naturally, she has assembled quite the Cast of Characters: There's big, sassy Lashaunna (Kym Whitley), who's quick with the putdown; tough-talking Trina (Taral Hicks)
April 1, 2007
SKIN SELLS. THAT'S CERTAINLY the lesson to be learned from a trio of advertising campaigns out there that aim to get women to take better care of theirs. Two of the campaigns feature naked women. In the third, women just bare their souls. Two products produced by Unilever -- Vaseline and Dove -- are enjoying the buzz created by television spots banned in the U.S. Vaseline's poetic ad, "Sea," features a sea of naked humanity in an evocative tribute to the amazing qualities of skin and urges women to keep it that way. There are lots of women with sagging breasts and men with big, round bellies in this ad, so it is not about just the beautiful people.