When Kelly Rowland released "Dirty Laundry last week, everyone was expecting dance music. Instead, sherevealed she had survived an abusive relationship that isolated her, hurt her and turned her against her loved ones, including her musical partner in Destinys Child, Beyoncé.
Everywhere I go, I find brands with a conscience. Maybe it started with Toms shoes and their popular One-for-One movement buy a pair and a pair goes to an impoverished child. Now giving back through purchases has grown beyond holiday charities and thinking pink. Its year-round.
I know its real when the seat belt buckles and the lap bar comes down. Im locked in a four-passenger car set on a track spanning 1,345 feet. Theres no turning back, but my back is turned. I chose the seat that doesnt look the five-story ascension in the face. But I can hear the rickety sound of the climb, and my fingers curl tighter and tighter around the safety bar until my nails dig into my palms. The pain reminds me that this is not a nightmare. Its happening.
Nobody breathe, its Thursday. Thats the running joke in my house because that night is all about ABCs Scandal. And this week is the season finale of my favorite political thriller.
As the school year winds down and kids sign yearbooks, a few students at Blue Valley Northwest have something else in mind.
Like all moms, Charlaine Harris finally has to let go. There’s only so much you can do before it’s time to let your children have a life of their own, even in a fictional world of vampires, weres, shapeshifters, fairies and all that magic.
I decided to scope out SkyRobics at Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park in Shawnee. A class that people are packing in at 9 on Saturday mornings must be a party. Why else would a place typically reserved for children’s birthdays, field trips and kiddie fun offer several classes filled with adults throughout the week? Because it’s a kick-ass workout, that’s why.
Im not saying what Rihanna did on Saturday morning was right. It would have been better to ignore the cyber abuse dished out by one woman and report it. But the bullied often become the bullies. Hurt people hurt people. And whether you like it or not, celebrities are human.
Victoria Alaadeen has been feeling stronger the past few months, maybe because shes been sharing her story. She released a book of her poetry, The Heartbeat Next to My Heartbeat, full of memories and feelings about her late husband, Kansas City jazz great Ahmad Alaadeen.
Thursday night, Kerwin Young takes a break from quietly studying for his masters degree in composition at UMKCs Conservatory of Music and Dance. He will join his old rap group, Public Enemy, as they are all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alongside Quincy Jones, Heart, Rush, Randy Newman and other greats.
The story of the Rev. Scott Chrostek, the pastor at Church of the Resurrection Downtown and the author of Pursuit: Living Fully in Search of Gods Presence, spoke to me because he wasnt judging me. He was sharing his journey and the steps he took to live a faithful life.
When My Little Pony returned in a reboot, it was meant for little girls. But guys liked it too. And suffered for it. They call themselves bronies: bros who like ponies. Online, they are often called gay slurs and perverts. Now a new documentary, Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony, shows the guys in a better light.
Yes, it caters to men, but the new Olathe sports bar Twin Peaks could easily be a girls night out if youre the kind of girls who would enjoy the Victorias Secret fashion show so much more if it was directed by Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler.
Heres the thing about spring cleaning: Its not just about dusting windows and waxing floors. Its a time for a new, feel-good attitude. And lately, everywhere I look there seem to be gifts to help us get there. There are books, cards, bracelets and more.
Is it all right to call a pretty woman pretty anymore? Is it sexist to bring up a womans beauty in a professional capacity?
One song. Sometimes thats all it takes to take an artist from open mic night to MTV. For Kansas City rapper Gee Watts, that track could be Watts R.I.O.T, featuring Kendrick Lamar, one of the biggest names in music right now.
Erin Margolins life changed at 15. Her dad stood before her, legal pad in hand. Sure, he was a lawyer. But a prepared statement at home? Odd. Her mother started to cry. This was not about cleaning house. This was the cleaning of her fathers closet. Erins dad dropped a heavy truth on his kids: Hes gay.
Evan Cleaver the youngest child of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver gets his big break in a new Stephenie Meyer movie. He plays an alien in the sci-fi adventure The Host, opening Friday. If things go well, this movie could approach Twilight-level success.
Is Andrew Charles Johnson serious? When I heard the story of the 20-year-old University of Kansas student suing his fraternity because he had access to alcohol, I thought it was an Onion spoof. At what point does personal responsibility come into play?
Why is everyone leaning on the cash-strapped city to keep kids busy? Parents have to step up. And we as citizens do too. Enter KC Sole, a collective of 20-somethings who love kicks and Kansas City.
We raise our shots of mescal and toast to the energy around us. A fitting toast, considering Im sitting with Ces Cru, and the hip-hop duos debut album, Constant Energy Struggles, hits shelves on Tuesday.
Good fortune is what you make it, and there are a lot of ways to get three-leaf clover lucky in our city this weekend, with drinks, sweets, shows and more.
Bad news haunts the headlines. The sadness is suffocating. Sometimes its hard to believe in good when were constantly reminded of the darkness. But then you see something like Grumpy Cat. She makes us smile. And happiness is something were thirsty for.
Dumping daylight saving time: Its the breakup I fantasize about. The time change is one of those annoying mandates that doesnt make sense. We spring forward. We fall back. We keep adjusting our clocks on our wrists, walls, ovens and microwaves. And probably miss one or two.
Port Fonda is more than a restaurant. Its a place to introduce newcomers to Kansas City. Whether were talking about the KC hats by Baldwin Denim worn by the staff, local food or the mishmash crowd, its a mirror of some of our citys finer qualities.