The Problem With Sookie Stackhouse: Thoughts on ‘True Blood’ Post-Series Finale

There’s a problem in Hollywood with the portrayal of female characters. They’re either so “strong” (objective word) that they come off as emasculating “bitches,” or they’re weak, perpetual damsels-in-distress, who want to be strong and want to get ahead, but can’t seem to figure out the proper balance, which leads to them falling back on finding…

Girl Meets World: Nostalgic or Nonstarter?

After 14 years, Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel), the couple who taught every current twentysomething about the nature of true love and the definition of “soulmate,” returned to the small screen to prove that their love is quite possibly what every single Disney movie EVER has been talking about for the last 70 years.…

Lady Gaga Closes Roseland Ballroom, Minds Were Blown

Originally Published on April 7th, 2014; Updated on June 24th, 2014. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: Minds Were Blown. Altered. Changed forever. On April 6th, 2014, Lady Gaga performed at Roseland Ballroom, the penultimate show before the iconic venue closed forever EVER. On April 7th, Gaga performs the final show before embarking on her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour. Arriving at…

Beware the Frozen Heart: Is Disney’s ‘Frozen’ An Allegory for Coming Out?

Originally Published: December 2nd, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 Is Disney’s Frozen An Allegory for Coming Out? **WARNING: Mild Spoilers Ahead** Walt Disney Animation Studios, the brilliant tour de force behind animations greatest cinematic achievements like the use of a multiplane camera to help create the illusion of depth in animation, among others — ahem, Snow White and the…

Natalia Kills Is ‘Trouble.’ Sweet, Sweet Trouble

Originally Published: October 2nd, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 In September of 2013, the #powerhouse #popstar that NOBODY FUCKING KNOWS ABOUT, Natalia Kills, released her second album: Trouble. And this is a goddamn problem because this album is pure pop perfection (#alliteration) and everyone I express this sentiment to says: “Who is Natalia Kills?” And…

The Book I Wish I Had Written: Openly Straight

Originally Published: June 14th, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 What’s the difference between “tolerance,” “acceptance,” and “celebration”? I never thought much about it before. Or at least, I never sat down and had a conversation about the inherent difference in that collection of words; not in a concrete way, anyway. For the length of this…

Just Another Teenage Night

One of the hardest things about pursuing a career in the arts, whether it be publishing a book, making music, creating art, etc., is staying strong, confident, and unaffected throughout the long journey to achieve that goal. It’s extremely easy to forget about the fun in making something and creating art, but that’s the whole…

Looking In

On Saturday night in Central Park, my homegurl Mariah Carey performed with the New York Philharmonic for the MLB’s All-Star Charity Concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy. I didn’t get to go because I already tickets for Cinderella on Broadway, but I wish I did because she performed one of her most rare cuts, a song…

Books I Love, Part I

“Why would I want to read a character about a gay teen when I’m not a gay teen?” Why would I want to read about a boy wizard in England when I’m not a boy wizard in England? Exactly. Because in the end, books are about the human experience, not the labels given to the…

An Open Letter to Hollywood

I loved the first Hangover film. It was pants-splittingly funny. Literally, I split my pants. Though that may or may not have been a direct result of my weight. It was unexpected. It brought me back to my college days, where I would wake up after a night of playing “Let’s See Who Can Drink the Biggest Handle of…