Amy Winehouse Biopic Hits the Big Screen

Rollo Ross

A much-anticipated documentary about the late British singer Amy Winehouse hits cinemas next week amid a dispute between its makers and her father, who has called the film misleading. Mitch Winehouse has disassociated himself from "AMY," which follows the Grammy Award winner from her childhood to her death. The biopic uses home videos, photos, reports and performances to show Winehouse's path to a career as an acclaimed singer. ​

Why Are So Many Republicans Running for President?

David Greenberg

While it’s tempting to ridicule this colorful cast of characters, these candidates — with the profound exception of real-estate mogul Donald Trump — aren’t fools chasing free airtime. All but three are former or current senators or governors who, in a smaller group, would be considered viable contenders. If all these candidates hang in there for eight to 12 months, GOP voters will find that every vote counts.

No Longer Empty – From Courthouse to Art Gallery and Beyond

Sandra Bertrand

Thanks to No Longer Empty, a New York-based nonprofit involved in pumping new life into community spaces abandoned or left behind, the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse is opening its doors once again.  Only this time, after being shuttered for 37 years, its walls no longer resound with the smack of a judge’s gavel.  Instead, artists, performers, and the community-at-large can enter its cavernous space and call it home.

Cabbies: Uber Is Killing Our Business

Sunita Sohrabji

Indian American taxi driver Makhan Singh, owner of Fremont-based Jet Cab, told India-West he has seen his income drop by almost 50 percent since Uber started picking up fares in Fremont a year ago. “I am losing about $1,500 per month to Uber,” stated Singh, who has two daughters, one who started kindergarten this year. “Business is very slow,” he said, adding that many of his long-time “regulars” are now using Uber for their airport runs.

NBC Fires Trump, Drops Pageants Due to Presidential Candidate's Insults

Grant McCool

NBC cut ties with U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and the "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants on Monday after the real estate developer and TV personality made comments insulting Mexicans earlier this month. The pageants, part of a 50/50 joint venture with NBCUniversal for the English-language broadcasts that together have in the past year attracted 13 million viewers, would no longer air on NBC.

Everlasting KISS: The Branding of the World’s Most Commercial Band

Sandra Canosa

More than 40 years after their initial formation in New York City in 1973, the band KISS is still living – and selling – large. Since their misleadingly-named “KISS Farewell Tour” in 2001, the group has toured consistently nearly every year, performing over 450 concerts in stadiums and amphitheatres across North and South America, Europe, and Japan; their merchandise sales alone within the same 15-year span topple $500 million.

How ABC Ruined Eddie Huang’s ‘Fresh Off the Boat’

Kaitlin Ebersol

But the show departs from expected sitcom tropes in one crucial aspect, groundbreaking because it hasn’t happened for two decades: Fresh Off the Boat is a sitcom about Asian-Americans. In early February, entertainment critics and the Asian-American community alike eagerly anticipated the pilot episode, holding their collective breathe to see how this show would depict a minority that remains largely unrepresented by the media. 

Meet Annika Connor, the Art World’s ‘Socialite Realist’

Kristin Sancken

A studio visit with Connor is an experience in itself. In lieu of a stuffy warehouse studio in Bushwick, the artist chose to work from her bright and cheery Dumbo loft. The walls are covered salon style with her whimsical portraits of ballet dancers, ruminating women, kissing couples, decadent interiors and stylized landscapes. Upon entering, you are greeted with a warm hug, cup of spiced coffee and invited to relax as you take in the sheer complexity of Connor’s diverse body of work. 

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