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Lauren Gunderson’s ‘Silent Sky’ a luminous tribute to women, scientific discovery, music

A celestial romance and true story of discovery, Silent Sky by acclaimed playwright Lauren Gunderson opens at International City Theatre on August 25. Two low-priced previews take place on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24.

Decades before the ‘hidden figures’ made famous by the Academy Award-nominated film, astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921) and her female colleagues at the Harvard Observatory acted as “human computers,” using math and measurement to chart the skies. Without ever being allowed to touch a telescope — a task prohibited to women at the turn of the 20th century — Leavitt discovered a method to measure the distances of faraway galaxies and paved the way for modern astronomy.

Todd Nielsen directs Jennifer CannonJennifer ParsonsLeslie StevensEric Wentz and Erin Anne Williams in Gunderson’s fictionalized biography, an irresistible combination of humor, romance, feminism and universe-revealing science. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls the play “luminously beautiful… an intellectual epic told on an intimate scale.”

“In the play, the very real mathematical relationship discovered by Leavitt is explained not with numbers, but with notes,” the playwright explained in an interview. “Henrietta’s sister, Margaret, is a pianist and just when Henrietta can’t stare at the tables of measurements describing her Cepheid variable stars any longer, she listens… then looks up… then sees/hears what she’s been searching for: a pattern. That moment is what made me write this play, because it could only work in a play. It’s theatrical, it’s musical, it’s not a moment of dialog but a moment of overwhelm, everything changes in this moment.”

Working without recognition in a male-dominated field that refused to treat women as equals, Leavitt discovered more than 2,400 variable stars, about half of the known total in her day. By intense observation of a certain class of variable star, the cepheids, she discovered a direct correlation between the time it took a star to go from bright to dim to how bright it actually was. Knowing this relationship helped other astronomers, including Edwin Hubble, to make their own groundbreaking discoveries. She also developed a standard of photographic measurements that was accepted by the International Committee on Photographic Magnitudes and called the “Harvard Standard.” Remembered by a colleague as “possessing the best mind at the Observatory,” Leavitt worked at the Harvard College Observatory until her death from cancer in 1921.

“We are still in the unfortunate rut of under-opportunity and under-representation for women in the sciences and tech,” Gunderson said. “This play aims to expose and challenge that angering trend with a true story of a woman who changed the course of astronomy and, to the extent that astronomy defines us as a civilization, human life. And she did it in a room with several other brilliant but underpaid, sequestered, unappreciated woman mathematicians who were not allowed to even use the telescopes that the men could.”

Lauren Gunderson has been identified by American Theatre magazine as the most-produced living playwright of the 2016-17 season, with 16 productions of her plays taking place at theaters across the country. Science is a recurring theme in her work, as are stories of women otherwise neglected by history: Ada and the Engine tells the story of Ada Lovelace, a Victorian mathematician credited with creating the first computer program, and Émilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight is about a brilliant physicist of the Enlightenment whose commentary and translation of Newton’s Principia is still used today. Another common thread is Shakespeare, with four of her plays inspired by The Bard: Exit Pursued by a BearToil & TroubleWe Are Denmark; and The Taming. Gunderson’s work has been produced and developed at companies such as South Cost Rep (which commissioned and premiered Silent Sky in 2011), the Kennedy Center, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, the Magic, Actors Express, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Second Stage, Impact Theatre, the Lark and the O’Neill. Her play I and You was the winner of the 2014 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award and a finalist for the 2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Silent Sky was a finalist for the 2013 Jane Chambers Award.

The creative team for Silent Sky includes set designer Christopher Scott Murillo, projections designer Lily Bartenstein, lighting designer Donna Ruzik, costume designer Kim DeShazo, sound designer Jeff Polunas, props designers Pattyand Gordon Briles, and hair and wigs designer Anthony Gagliardi. Casting is by Michael Donovan and the production stage manager is Victoria A. Gathe.

Silent Sky runs ThursdaysFridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Aug. 25 through Sept. 10. Two preview performances take place on Wednesday, Aug. 23 and Thursday, Aug. 24, both at 8 p.m. Tickets are $47 on Thursdays and Fridays, and $49 on Saturdays and Sundays, except for Aug. 25 (opening night) for which tickets are $55and include a post show reception at Utopia Restaurant. Low-priced tickets to previews are $35International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 330 East Seaside Way in Long Beach, CA 90802. For reservations and information, call 562-436-4610 or go to InternationalCityTheatre.org.


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Silent Sky
Silent Sky
 — A celestial romance and true story of discovery, this riveting new play explores the life and career of Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921) as she fearlessly asserts herself in the male-dominated world of early astronomy. Hired by the Harvard Observatory as a human “computer” to catalog the stars, Henrietta’s story plays out against a landscape of early feminism and universe-revealing science, reminding us all what we can achieve when we allow curiosity and wonder into our lives. “Luminously beautiful… an intellectual epic told on an intimate scale. Bottom line: Heavenly.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

• Written by Lauren Gunderson
• Directed by Todd Nielsen
• Starring Jennifer CannonJennifer ParsonsLeslie StevensEric WentzErin Anne Williams
• Produced by caryn desai [sic] • Presented by International City Theatre

Previews: Aug. 23 and Aug, 24 at 8 p.m.
Performances: Aug. 25 – Sept. 10

• Wednesday at 8 p.m.: Aug. 23 only (preview)
• Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Aug. 24 (preview), 31; Sept. 7
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: Aug. 25 (Opening Night); Sept. 1, 8
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Aug. 26; Sept. 2, 9
• Sundays at 2 p.m.: Aug. 27; Sept. 3, 10

Long Beach Performing Arts Center
330 East Seaside Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

562-436-4610 or www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

• Opening Night (Aug. 25): $55 (includes post-show reception with the actors)
• Saturdays and Sundays: $49
• Thursdays and Friday (except Aug. 25): $47
• Previews: $35

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The New and transformed Miley Cyrus

What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the name, “Miley Cyrus?” Is it Hannah Montana? Is it her performance at VMA when she grinded on Robin Thicke? Only recently, she went on Jimmy Fallon and talked about quitting weed and her new image that is much less provocative.


Miley Cyrus’ hit TV show Hannah Montana ended in 2011, and only 2 years after that, she went on VMA wearing a teddy bear suit and grinding on Robin Thicke with her tongue out, shocking pretty much everyone. She made music videos like, “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball” with some shots of her with her tongue out, some very provocative images and nudity.


In 2013, she spoke to Rolling Stone about her image.


“I know what I’m doing. I know I’m shocking you. When I’m dressed in that teddy bear thing, I think that’s funny.”


She explained.


“I just stick my tongue out because I hate smiling in pictures. It’s so awkward. It looks so cheesy. Now people expect it, like, ‘Put your tongue out!’”


Recently, her image has changed drastically. Rolling Stone’s Joyce Chen wrote in an article published on June 23, 2017,


“In recent months, Cyrus has simplified her image to one that’s a bit more reminiscent of her days as the child star of Disney channel’s hit series, Hannah Montana. At the Billboard Music Awards last month, the outspoken singer donned white shorts, a white off-shoulder cropped top, boots and a floppy hat to perform her gauzy single Malibu. (The image was a far cry from her eye-popping, provocative performance with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV VMA Awards.)”


In regards to weed, she stated in the 2013 article mentioned above,


“Hollywood is a coke town, but weed is so much better. And molly, too. Those are happy drugs – social drugs. They make you want to be with friends.”


On June 15, 2017, she went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and she talked about weed,


“I kept having this nightmare, it was seriously horrible.”


She continued.


“I had this dream that I would die during my monologue on SNL for some reason. That I would just get so stoned that I just died. Which I Googled, and that’s never happened.”


Then, she explained further,


“No one’s ever died from weed, but no one has ever smoked as much as I did, so they don’t really know.”


Quitting weed and stopping all of her previous provocative actions have definitely helped her becoming more clear-minded.  In the Fallon interview, she said,


“I’m actually the most passionate about what I’m doing with this record than I’ve been.”


We wish her the best and hope she continues her way on the good path she’s been heading.


Her new songs, “Inspired” and “Malibu” are available on iTunes and Spotify.


Written by Curtis Han, RM Entertainment Contributor

For the Love of Felicia

For the Love of Felicia (Part 3)

“Since you seem to have everything planned out, go get your nephew together while I pack my bag. You already know where all his stuff is, so do your aunty duties.”

While Felicia went to her room to get her things for the night, Jessica started packing up some stuff for baby TJ. It didn’t take long for the two to finish and head out for the night. Felicia even decided to ride with Jessica so that she would not try to end her night early. Now she would be at the mercy of her best friend, which she probably needed. The two best friends had not been out in over a year. Who knew what was going to happen with this first night of freedom?

After dropping off little TJ with Jessica’s mother and sister, the two women got ready for their night of fun in vibrant Miami. Having decided to go a local bar facing South Miami Beach, Felicia and Jessica kept their outfits simple, both donning sundresses. Felicia’s sundress sported a pattern of flowers, in various shades of purple, on an off-white colored fabric. The dress accentuated her slim frame and small curves. Tonight, she wore her natural hair in twists, instead of covering it with a wig.

While Felicia’s dress was on the subtle side of fashion, Jessica went with bolder colors of red, orange, green, and blue designs on her dress. As usual, Jessica made sure her afro was full blown while beautifully framing her chocolate face. She wore large, gold hoop earrings that could be seen through her thick afro. Jessica was dressed and excited for a night out with her best friend.

The two women enjoyed their time drinking tourist cocktails while people-watching along South Miami Beach. There was a live band at the bar playing reggaeton, which had many of the bar patrons on their feet dancing. Interrupting the people-watching, Jessica said, “Look at all these good-looking men out here! We have rainbow heaven!”

“Maybe you should snatch one up so you’re not so focused on my love life or lack of it,” Felicia responded while laughing.

“How about we both get ourselves one of these fine-looking specimens out here? There is definitely plenty to go around!”

“Yeah, but not after you get to know them. Some of them are already in relationships. Been there, and still there. Some of them are probably gay. Some of them are here on their friend’s dime…no job, no house, no nothing,” Felicia stated.

Sounding more positive about the prospects, Jessica countered with, “Yep, then there are those who have all of that, plus a heart of gold. There are some out there who will make you their world and love you exactly as you need and want to be loved. But how will we know if we don’t try?”

“Sounds good. Since we don’t have that, let’s get some more drinks.”

The best friends continued drinking and watching the people around them. Neither of them made a move away from their table. Though there were guys who gave them looks, both women acted as if they were uninterested. They were happy to be enjoying the Miami air and live music. Felicia and Jessica stayed at the bar until about 2am, when they decided it was time to move on to another spot.

“Where do you want to go now?” Felicia asked Jessica.

“I know a nice Cuban restaurant that stays open til about sunrise. We can get some good Cuban food there. Plus they have good drinks and music too.”

“I’m hungry so I’m down.”


Check out For the Love of Felicia (Parts 1-2) HERE!


Written by Dani Powell, Original Story Contributor

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How Doctor Who gave Peter Capaldi an epic send-off?

Scottish actor Peter Capaldi is leaving the popular UK show Doctor Who and the season 10 finale is his last season finale before his exit in the 2017 Christmas Special. The season finale and the Christmas Special serves as 3 episodes of epic send-off for Peter Capaldi and also the executive producer Steven Moffat. As expected for any send-off finales, the episodes were filled with memorable and emotional moments, showing the best of the Moffat and Capaldi. Here are the ways the show used the finale as an epic send-off for Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat.


There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Doctor loves speeches, and since Peter Capaldi is so brilliant at giving powerful Doctor Who speeches, such as the speech in “The Zygon Inverson” in Season 9 episode 8 about war, the speech he gave to the Masters in the finale was a great way to show Capaldi’s amazing acting skills and a great tool for character development.  In that speech, the Doctor begged the Masters to stay and fight with him. The speech not only showed the Doctor has been doing everything he has done because it’s the right thing to do, but it also showed that Missy, brilliantly acted by actress Michelle Gomez, has indeed changed for the better, as seen by her facial expressions.


Scottish showrunner Steven Moffat is good at creating complicated storylines for the show, and this finale used science and TV magic to make an awesome storyline. Moffat brought us River Song, the Doctor’s wife who experienced time differently than the Doctor and in each meeting with the Doctor, River wrote in her journal to keep track of the Doctor’s timeline.


Moffat is great at creating these complicated storylines and this finale is one of his very best. The whole finale takes place in a spaceship pushing itself slowly away from the blackhole on its tale, and because of gravity, the bottom of the ship experiences time differently than the rest of the ship. Crew members on the bottom of the ship had experienced centuries and actually built a whole new self-efficient civilization within the ship itself.  How much more complicated scientifically could this get?


The last scene of the finale showed the appearance of the first Doctor from the original Doctor Who back in 1963. Both Capaldi’s Doctor and the first Doctor are facing their upcoming regeneration, and the Christmas Special will show them going on an adventure and giving Peter Capaldi a final send-off.


Watch Doctor Who this Christmas for Peter Capaldi’s last episode with the series and first glimpse of the next Doctor.


Written by Curtis Han, RM Entertainment Contributor


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Provocative ‘Trouble in Mind’ by Alice Childress gets timely revival at Theatricum Botanicum  

TOPANGA, Calif (July 5, 2017) ––Trouble in Mindthe scathingly funny backstage drama about interracial politics by pioneering African American playwrightAlice Childress, will get a revival at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum beginningJuly 29.

Ellen Geer directs Childress’ groundbreaking 1955 satire, which follows an integrated theater company in rehearsal for a “progressive” anti-lynching drama. The play-within-a-play, entitledChaos in Belleville, marks the first opportunity for gifted African American actress Wiletta Mayer (portrayed by multiple NAACP Award-winnerEarnestine Phillips) to play a leading lady on Broadway. But what compromises must she make to succeed?


According to Phillips, “The play they are rehearsing is supposedly about black life. But it’s written by a white playwright and it’s produced and directed by two white guys. So you have this situation where white liberals think they know the truth of black life. The black actors need jobs, so they have to decide if they should keep their heads down and continue to work, or speak out to let the writer and director know that their ‘enlightened’ play is misguided and racist.”


When Childress wrote the play, she created a microcosm of the theatrical and social circles in which she, herself, moved. Reflecting Childress’ real-life experience, Wiletta has played stereotypical supporting roles in second-rate shows for years. Now, she resolves to rekindle her dreams of stardom and make a name for herself on her own terms, but is met with the very real limits of institutionalized racism. Her director’s attempts at manipulation clash with Wiletta’s determination to maintain her integrity.


Ironically, Childress was forced to confront nearly the same choice with Trouble in Mind that she dramatized in the play. Following the tremendous success Trouble enjoyed off-Broadway, a commercial run was announced — but only if Childress would write a happier, less-ambivalent ending. Like Wiletta, Childress had to decide: soften her message, follow the formula and sell out for success, or maintain her integrity and risk everything. By standing her ground and not making the requested changes, she sacrificed the opportunity to become the first African-American female playwright produced on Broadway. A Raisin in the Sun would later garner that distinction for Lorraine Hansberry in 1959.


The foreword to the version Childress chose for publication explains that “Trouble is clearly set in the context of the social upheavals of the fifties. Interestingly, some of the references were added after the original production (the Little Rock riots didn’t occur until 1957), suggesting how future events would expand the play rather than render it obsolete.”


In addition to Phillips, the Theatricum production stars Judy DurkinRodrick Jean-CharlesChristopher W. Jones,Max LawrenceMark LewisConstance Jewell LopezGerald C. Rivers and Frank Weidner. Costume design is byRobert Merkel; lighting design is by Zach Moore; sound design is by Ian Flanders; and props are by Sydney Russell. The production stage manager is Kim Cameron.


A playwright, novelist, actor and screenwriter, Alice Childress was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Her parents separated in 1925 and Childress moved to the Harlem, N.Y. home of her grandmother, Eliza Campbell White, who encouraged her to write and exposed her to the arts. Leaving high school after only two years, Childress worked low-paying jobs while becoming involved in the Harlem theater scene. In 1941, she joined Harlem’s American Negro Theatre (ANT) where she worked as an actress, stage director, personnel director and costume designer for 11 years. A respected performer, Childress appeared in a variety of New York productions including Natural Man (1941); Rain (1948);The Emperor’s Clothes (1953); and Anna Lucasta (1944), which transferred to Broadway and earned Childress a Tony Award nomination. In 1949, she wrote Florence, the first of over a dozen plays to her credit. This early play reflects many themes that would characterize Childress’ later writings, including black female empowerment, interracial politics, working-class life and attacks on black stereotypes. In 1952, her play Gold Through the Trees became the first play written by an African-American woman to be professionally produced in New York. In 1973, she launched a career as a young adult novelist with “A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich.” The novel confronts difficult social issues such as racism, drug use, teen pregnancy and homosexuality. She adapted it into a screenplay in 1978. Childress wrote three other novels and a collection of short stories. Occasionally her writings on black culture and interracial relations caused controversy. Some networks refused to televise a 1969 production of Wine in the Wilderness as well as the Public Theater’s 1973 production of Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White. Some school districts and libraries banned “A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich” when it was released.


With its one-of-a-kind outdoor setting in the heart of Topanga Canyon and its roots in the 1950s McCarthy-era Hollywood blacklist — when actors Will Geer and his wife, Herta Ware, created the theater as a haven for blacklisted actors — Theatricum is best known for its productions that frame contemporary social issues through the lens of classic literature.


Theatricum has been an oasis for theatergoers for over 40 years, presenting Shakespeare and the classics in repertory in its scenic, outdoor amphitheater in rustic Topanga Canyon. Unlike most theaters in the Los Angeles area which stage continuous runs of a single play, the Theatricum, using a company of actors, performs five plays each season on a rotating basis. By the end of the summer, when all five plays are up and running, it is possible to see a performance of each in a single weekend. Theatricum Botanicum is a recipient of the prestigious Margaret Harford Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circles highest honor for sustained excellence.


Theatricum Botanicum has been named “One of the 50 Coolest Places in Los Angeles” by Buzz magazine, “One of Southern California’s most beguiling theater experiences” by Sunset magazine, and “Best Theater in the Woods” by theLA WeeklyThe enchantment of a midsummer night at Theatricum Botanicum [makes it] crystal clear why audiences have been driving up into the hills since Theatricum’s maiden season way back in 1973. Summer Shakespeare doesn’t get any better than this,” writes StageSceneLA. Says Los Angeles magazine, “The amphitheater feels like a Lilliputian Hollywood Bowl, with pre-show picnics and puffy seat cushions, yet we were close enough to see the stitching on the performers costumes. Grab a blanket and a bottle and head for the hills.”


Trouble in Mind opens on Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. and continues through Sept. 30, running in repertory with The Merchant of VeniceA Midsummer Night’s Dream, Animal Farm and Other Desert Cities as part of Theatricum’s 2017 “Rising Up” summer season. Tickets range from $15-$38.50.


Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. For a complete schedule of performances and to purchase tickets, call 310455-3723 or log onto www.theatricum.com. Visit Theatricum on facebook: www.facebook.com/theatricum. Follow us on twitter:@theatricum.



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Trouble in Mind



Trouble in Mind
 — This scathingly funny backstage drama about interracial politics by pioneering African American playwright Alice Childress follows an integrated theater company in rehearsal for a “progressive” anti-lynching drama. The play-within-a-play, entitled Chaos in Belleville, marks the first opportunity for gifted African American actress Wiletta Mayer to play a leading lady on Broadway. But what compromises must she make to succeed?


• Written by Alice Childress
• Directed by Ellen Geer
• Starring Judy DurkinRodrick Jean-CharlesChristopher W. JonesMax LawrenceMark LewisConstance Jewell LopezEarnestine PhillipsGerald C. RiversFrank Weidner
• Presented by Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum


Performances: July 29–Sept. 30:
• Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 13 at 3:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 20 at 3:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept. 3 at 3:30 p.m.*
• Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 30 at 3:30 p.m.
*Prologue (pre-show discussion):Sunday, Sept. 3 at 2:30 pm.(included in ticket price)


Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga CA  90290
(midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway)


• (310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com
• Visit us on facebook: www.facebook.com/theatricum
• Follow us on twitter: @theatricum


• General admission: $38.50 (lower tier); $25 (upper tier)
• Seniors (65+), Students, Military Veterans, Teachers, AEA Members: $25/$15
• Buffet dinner/play combo: call theater for pricing, advance reservations required


The outdoor amphitheater at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is terraced into the hillside of the rustic canyon. Audience members are advised to dress casually (warmly for evenings) and bring cushions for bench seating. Patrons are welcome to arrive early and picnic before a performance.

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The Epic Way Campbell Saunders could’ve returned to Degrassi: Next Class

Who still remembers Campbell Saunders? As Degrassi fans wait anxiously for the fourth season of Degrassi: Next Class on Netflix, saying goodbye to the last class of students from the original series, let’s look back on one character who is no longer a student and a great way they could’ve brought the character back even just for one scene.

Who was Campbell Saunders? Canadian actor Dylan Everett joined the show in the beginning of the original Degrassi’s twelfth season, appearing first in its “Bite Your Tongue” season 12 promo video with the rest of the Degrassi cast. It has 78,590 views on YouTube. Saunders played for the hockey team and dated Maya Matlin. He became the fan-favorite character really quickly. He appeared only in 20 episodes, but Dylan Everett brilliantly portrayed Saunder’s struggles and everything that drove him into that fatal decision in the greenhouse and ended his own life. Everett’s last episode on the show aired on February 15th, 2013.


Throughout season three in Degrassi: Next Class, Maya Matlin has developed a fascination with death. In the last episode of season 3, #ImSleep, it has been 4 years after Campbell’s suicide, and Maya Matlin sat in an empty school bus attempting to kill herself by putting many pills into her mouth and waited for her death listening to music. Then, after awhile, she decided to walk onto the school’s attic, looking down and taking a picture of trees. Two students found her with liquid out of her mouth. Then, the doctors in the hospital saved her. It was as strange and weirdly uneventful as the description you had just read, and her “death fascination” storyline ended in an awkward way. The show seemed to say, “Stop becoming fascinated with death or you will die…well, almost die!”


When Campbell Saunders died, Everett said during an interview in the YouTube video, “The Inside Look: Bitter Sweet Symphony,” “When I originally auditioned for the part, I had known one of the reasons I was submitted for, they were like, oh it’s just gonna be one season, and then progressively throughout the season, you find out that Cam is depressed and whatnot, so it was speculated on set whether it was gonna happen or not.” He continued, “It was a surprise to everyone when we came back from the hiatus and that was the first script we’re reading and then boom! It happened and everyone was just in shock.“ It was supposed to be shocking, it was supposed to be sad, but it wasn’t as impactful as the show developers had hoped, mainly because the character was only on screen for 20 episodes. A few PSA videos and on camera interviews were made and his death mostly impacted Matlin but then everyone moved on, including Matlin, and Saunders was barely mentioned, and especially during Degrassi: Next Class, no one even talked about Saunders until the third season when Matlin mentioned him while she was talking to Saad in #PicsOrItDidnthappen.


Instead of her randomly going to the attic when she attempted to kill herself, wouldn’t it have been better if she suddenly felt alone dying in the school bus and so she stepped into the Degrassi Green House, wanting to be at the place her former lover passed away and so even though she was dying in the dark all by her lonesome, she didn’t feel alone because she was going to see Saunders after death? Then, when she started hallucinating, have Campbell Saunders appear in an illusion, urging her not to make his mistake because if he had not died, he would’ve been able to be a great hockey player, maybe even join the National Hockey League, maybe they would’ve been able to grow old together. The spirit of Campbell Saunders might even encourage her to become a great singer and write a song about him one day, making Matlin want to treasure her own life and end her fascination with death. It would’ve given her “death fascination” story a better resolution and actually allowing Saunders’ death to mean something. Instead of using the storyline to warn kids against being fascinated with death, it would’ve encouraged the viewers to treasure their lives. It would’ve reinforced everything they were trying to say with Saunder’s death and it would’ve been more powerful than any of the PSA videos they made after Saunder’s death.


According to Dylan Everett’s IMDB, Campbell Saunders will make an appearance in Degrassi: Next Class season 4’s finale, “#KThxBye.” However, it’s actually a mistake and the character would not make an appearance at all. Twitter user @frahry asked the Degrassi Writers (@DegrassiWriters) regarding Saunders’ credit on IMDB with a picture of it attached to the tweet saying, “Care to explain?” The Writers confirmed it was a mistake with their reply saying, “No idea.”


Degrassi: Next Class will premiere its fourth season on Friday, July 7th on Netflix.


Written by Curtis Han, RM Entertainment Contributor

For the Love of Felicia

For the Love of Felicia (Part 2)

In fact, Felicia Daniels was quite beautiful. She was about 5’9”, weighing 160 pounds, with the smoothest dark, brown skin ever. She had the ability to mesmerize everyone with her brown hazel eyes. As slim as Felicia was, she still had a nice, round booty that was just right for squeezing. Though Felicia had natural hair, she sometimes wore wigs to switch up her style, depending on how she was feeling.

As much as Jessica Acosta boosted the ego of her friend, Felicia, she was just as stunning. Jessica, a native Cuban who came to the United States with her family at the young age of two years, had a smooth skin tone that was just as chocolatey rich as that of Felicia’s. They could, and often did, pass for sisters. Jessica was only a few inches shorter, standing at 5’7”, and also slim, weighing about 150 pounds. Her glass, brown eyes were as hypnotic as watching a pendulum. Jessica never covered her natural afro that she wore in various styles.

“Jessica, stop gassing me up!” Felicia said playfully. “You know them men folk be coming after you just as hard. Stop acting like you’re an old maid. We are the same darn age and I’m definitely not an old maid!”

“Now, I never said all that,” Jessica responded laughing, “but a kid will do that to you. You end up putting so much energy into making sure he is good, that you have no time for the games or trying to figure out if the relationship will be worth it.”

“You’re a great mother who deserves to have someone take care of you. Jacob is lucky to have you as his mother. Now get him a man to be around on a regular basis.”

“Girl, please! I will not find someone just to appease society and their version of a complete family. Jacob has plenty of uncles in his life who are doing well in showing his eight-year old butt how to be a man. Better that, then being stuck with the wrong man.”

Rolling her eyes, Felicia said, “You really had to throw that in there. I get it, girl, I do. Deep down, I know that I’m in one of those stereotypical hood relationships. Give me time to let go. I will when I’m ready.”

“I’m here for you no matter what you decide to do. Always remember that TJ is counting on you to make good decisions for his life.”

“I know, I know. Now can we talk about something else? All this relationship mess has me feeling some kind of way.”

Excited, Jessica exclaimed, “A great idea! And I have another wonderful idea! We should go out! When is the last time we went out? Go listen to some soca, reggaeton, afrobeat, something. We are in Miami where life never stops! Let’s live!”

Trying to match Jessica’s excitement, Felicia said, “It sounds good to me! But wait, what about the boys?”

“You know TJ can go to my mom’s house with Jacob. My lil sister will help out. We can take her shopping for payment.”

“Ok, but what about…”

Cutting off Felicia in mid-sentence, Jessica said, “What about what? How about what about nothing? You aren’t worrying about Terrence because he isn’t worrying about you. TJ will be fine at my mom’s. All you have to do is find something to wear, pack a bag and come with me. You’re staying at my house tonight.”


Read For the Love of Felicia Part 1 HERE:


Written by Dani Powell, RM Entertainment Original Story Contributor

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Teen Wolf in 6B, completing the story or starting one?

As Teen Wolf’s season 6B premiere date gets closer and closer everyday, viewers of Teen Wolf become more and more anxious about a few things in the last 10 episodes of the show. Mostly, they’re worried that their favorite character Stiles wouldn’t appear as much because of the actor’s busy schedule, and also whether or not the show is shifting focus onto less important characters instead of wrapping up storylines for the main characters in a meaningful way.

As Dylan O’Brien, the actor who plays the fan-favorite character Stiles, continues filming movies, the frequency of his character’s appearance becomes questionable. Teen Wolf fans started a trend back in 2016 called, “#Teenwolfisoverparty” claiming that they wouldn’t watch the show anymore if they no longer see Stiles on screen. As the ratings of the show’s season 6A declines, it’s a good indicator that the fans were serious. For the first episode of season 6, the show only had 0.56 million viewers, but then the episode had Stiles literally pulled out of existence and the second episode dropped to 0.41 million. Stiles only came back towards the end of season 6A, then the show immediately sent the character to join a pre-FBI program and exited the show. Stiles said at the end of the second to the last scene of the 6A finale, “It just feels so anti-climatic.” It didn’t even show them graduate, it didn’t show the “graduation party” they were going to. We wouldn’t even get to see that anymore because 6B is going to pick up 3 months after they’ve already graduated. It did feel anti-climatic, Stiles, it really did.


For some time now, the show has been developing a “New Generation.” Basically, the executive producer Jeff Davis decided that the show was called, “Teen Wolf” and Scott, Stiles, Malia and Lydia would be considered too old after they graduate (P.S. none of the actors are actually minors) so the show was shifting focus to a “New Generation” or a “New High School Werewolf Pack” consisting of Liam (New Scott), Mason (New Stiles), Corey and Hayden. In the end of episode 10, Stiles even called Liam, “The New Alpha.” The New Generation Pack really came to light when Liam stormed off saying he was going to capture a monster alone and his friends, Mason, Corey and Hayden said they were by his side no matter what, making him officially their leader.


Now, let’s be clear about one thing. In the show, they are a wolf pack. Not a high school fraternity, but a wolf pack. The wolf pack consists of Scott, Malia and Liam, and the other characters are also in the pack without being werewolves. Scott is the official Alpha, and he will always be. They don’t stop being werewolves and Scott doesn’t stop being the Alpha just because he graduates from high school. Again, it’s not a fraternity. Scott has to die for Liam to become the new Alpha, and he’s only about 2 years older than Liam so unless Liam kills Scott, he’s never going to become the new Alpha. When Liam decided it was time he took the responsibility of the new Alpha, it shouldn’t have been viewed as a cute story about a boy coming into his own. It should’ve been considered a treacherous act. In any other real life situations when this happens, the traitor would’ve been killed or tortured until he spilled the names of the other traitors who now viewed him as the leader, so they could be killed as well. Just imagine what would’ve happened if someone in ancient Rome had decided he was going to be king and had a bunch of followers while Julius Caesar was still the king? Or what’d happen to someone doing the same thing in Russia when it was still the Soviet Union?


If the show had continued past season 6 and they actually decided to kill Scott so Liam could become the leader just because Scott was leaving high school, does that mean Liam would eventually be killed after he graduates so a new kid could become the alpha and then the new kid gets killed for another new kid to be the alpha? Is Teen Wolf trying to become the next Degrassi in the most hideous way possible?


As Teen Wolf comes to an end in season 6, let’s hope it comes to a reasonable conclusion and actually gives the characters, especially Stiles, the farewell they deserve.


Written by Curtis Han, RM Entertainment Contributor

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The Gamble House Offers Special Tours this Summer

Family Tours 
Geared towards younger guests
Upstairs Downstairs 
Popular tour returns – exclusive access into the servants’ quarters

Limited Time Only

WHAT:  ‘Family’ Tours
July 9, 16, 23, 30 at 11:00 a.m. – 60 minutes
Children 16 and under – FREE (advance reservations strongly recommended, space is limited)

For a limited time only, the Gamble House will be offering four ‘Family’ Tours geared towards younger guests, ages 5-16. On select Sundays during the month of July, a trained, former junior docent (now an 11th grader) will lead younger guests on a 60-minute tour of the Gamble House using visual learning aids and a “find and seek” handout to capture the attention of younger guests as they explore the exquisite architecture and craftsmanship of Greene & Greene. At the conclusion of the tour, families may show their tour stickers at the Gamble House bookstore to receive a copy of Greene & Greene for Kids for the discounted price of $4.

Molly Schwartz, a former junior docent who will be beginning her senior year at La Canada Flintridge Prep in the fall, will be leading these special ‘Family’ Tours this summer. A graduate of the Gamble House Junior Docent program, Molly was interested in returning to the Gamble House in some volunteer capacity and the timing was perfect for her to step in and help launch this series of tours geared towards younger guests, ages 5-16.

Parents may elect to join a regular Docent-led Tour while children take the Family Tour
(except those who bring children under 8)
Family Tours – Adults $15; seniors (65+) $12.50; FoGH Members  FREE
More info:  http://gamblehouse.org/family-tours/

About the Gamble House Junior Docent Program:

Since 2007 the Gamble House has The Gamble House Junior Docent program partners with the Pasadena Education Foundation’s “My Masterpieces” program. The Junior Docent Program trains 7th and 8th grade students to conduct tours for elementary school classes that visit the House.
The Gamble House has much to offer students of all ages. Learning about this important house helps them to gain a sense of pride in their community and themselves, and helps them realize the importance of preserving its rich heritage. Conducting house tours for younger visitors gives these junior docents confidence in themselves and promotes quick thinking and self-assurance.

WHAT:  ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Tours
July 27 – August 13, 2017 – 90 minutes
Thursdays-Saturdays on the hour from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and Sundays on the hour from 12-noon – 3:00 p.m.
This summer the Gamble House will once again open its servants’ quarters for exclusive “Upstairs Downstairs”tours. Visitors to the Gamble House from July 27th through August 13th will be able to compare the living quarters of the Gamble family with those “in service.” New information recently emerged about the Gamble family and their servants allows us to share more of the personal history of those who lived and workedat 4 Westmoreland Place. Come learn how the Gamble family and their staff lived in and maintained an architectural masterpiece of the early 20th century!

– Visit the original laundry and coal rooms in the basement.
– The surprisingly light and accommodating servants’ bedrooms.
– Learn about the multi-ethnic staff that helped make the Gambles’ lives in Pasadena more comfortable.
– Tour the public spaces and family rooms that make the classic 1-hour tour so popular. This includes the meticulous craftsmanship of Greene and Greene furniture, the specially-designed leaded art glass light fixtures, and the unique architectural features designed by the Greene’s exclusively for the Gamble family.
Upstairs Downstairs Tours – Adults: $20, Children under 12: FREE
More info:  http://gamblehouse.org/upstairs-downstairs/
The Gamble House in Pasadena, California, is an outstanding example and the most complete and best-preserved work of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter & Gamble Company. Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1978, the Gamble House is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California, and continues to inspire the public’s appreciation and understanding of fine historic architecture.

WHERE:  The Gamble House
, 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, CA 91103

Call 626-793-3334; or visit www.GambleHouse.org for more information on the limited ‘Family’ and ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Tours and all of the other tours offered at The Gamble House. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian; and no food, drinks, pets or strollers are permitted on tours.

For the Love of Felicia

For the Love of Felicia (Part 1)

“Terrence, why do you have to leave? When are you going to move in with me and your baby boy?”

“Why do you do this every time I come over?” Terrence asked. “You about to make me stop coming over here at all, Felicia!” he said sounding irritated.

Attempting to ease the tension that was created, Felicia softly responded, “I’m sorry, baby. It’s just that I miss you when you’re gone and I’m ready for us to be a family. You know how much I love you. And your son needs you around on a consistent basis.”

Walking up and leaning down to kiss Felicia on the forehead, Terrence said, “I love both of you too. You already know what I’m dealing with. Don’t pressure me as if I don’t want to be here. I gotta go. I will be back soon.”

“Ok, Terrence,” Felicia sadly replied. She reached out to grab Terrence for a hug but he quickly walked to the front door and left.

With Terrence gone, Felicia went to check on her 7-month old son, Terrence Hakim Jones, Jr., named after his 32-year old father. TJ was happily playing with the toys on his play mat, in his playpen, oblivious to the reckless behavior of his parents. As Felicia watched TJ play, she wondered when Terrence would be back again. She never knew when he was coming until he showed up. Sometimes he would be there every day of the week, then other times he would stay gone for weeks at a time.

Before Felicia could completely zone out, her cell phone started ringing. She grabbed it from the kitchen counter and answered it once she saw who it was. “Hey, girl. How are you doing?”

“I think I’m doing better than you sound,” her best friend Jessica responded. “What’s wrong with you? Or do I even have to ask?”

“Girl, you already know. Terrence just left,” Felicia miserably said.

“For real, when are you going to leave his butt alone? He was no good when you started messing with him and still no good. Just because you guys had my beautiful nephew, TJ, that doesn’t make him good now.”

“But he said that what me and him have is different from what he is used to going through. And the way he treats me, I believe him.”

“Which is part of your problem, Felicia. How is it different? How does he treat you? He goes home to a long-time girlfriend and their three kids. Aside from her, he has two other kids by two other women. Who knows how many more are out there? You should have never gotten involved with him. Just because you have a kid, that doesn’t mean you have to stay with this dude. Well, you ain’t even together, so I really don’t know what you are doing.”

All Felicia could ask was, “Why are you always lecturing me?” Deep down, she knew that her best friend’s words were true.

“Because I love you, girl! You know you’re the sister I never had! Besides, you’re young, only 28-years old, beautiful, and all of these ELIGIBLE men knocking at your door. I’m waiting for you to get some sense and leave Terrence alone. Get your child support order and run!” Jessica started laughing at her own words.


Written by Dani Powell, RM Entertainment Original Story Contributor