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#SummerHours Summer Reading: Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis

Actors Ruby Dee and her husband Ossie Davis fought for civil rights from Washington, DC to Hollywood. And they were married for nearly 60 years. Kathryn O'Kane shares some of favorite quotes and moments from their joint memoir, In This Life Together.

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#SummerHours Summer Reading: Books for Actors (That Have Nothing to Do with Acting)

Mellini Kantayya shares the books about mindfulness, presence and intention that can inform the acting and audition process.

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#SummerHours Summer Reading: Tina Fey

In her 2011 book Bossypants, Tina Fey recounts stories of her childhood, her rise to head writer on SNL, her experiences on 30 Rock, and what she learned along the way.

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#SummerHours #BingeWatch-Worthy Drama Picks

Mellini Kantayya offers two very different - but equally addictive - drama series for your summer #bingewatch.

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#SummerHours Summer Reading: Rita Moreno

1996 NYWIFT Muse Honoree Rita Moreno is, quite literally, a national treasure. She is one of only 12 performers to win all four major artistic awards: the Oscar, the Emmy, the Grammy and the Tony, and she is the first Hispanic person to have won all four awards. Kathryn O'Kane digs into her memoir this summer.

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#SummerHours #BingeWatch-Worthy Family Content: Three Fun, Feminist Picks for the Whole Family

Mellini Kantayya offers up three fun, feminist, and family-friendly binge-worthy picks for all ages and genders to fill your #SummerHours. If you're not careful, you might get even more addicted than your kids do!

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#SummerHours Summer Reading: Whoopi Goldberg

Use your #SummerHours to have a few laughs - and get real about relationships. Kathryn O'Kane tells us why 2003 NYWIFT Muse Honoree Whoopi Goldberg's relationship how-to should be your next read.

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#SummerHours #BingeWatch-Worthy Comedy Picks

Our #SummerHours series makes a triumphant return just as the NYC temperatures start to heat up! In the first edition of our Summer '18 series, Mellini Kantayya offers her side-splitting #bingeworthy comedy picks.

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#SummerHours Memoirs: Mellini Kantayya

Kathryn O'Kane praises fellow #NYWIFT #SummerHours blogger Mellini Kantayya's brave essay collection on making it in the entertainment business.

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#SummerHours Memoirs: Carrie Fisher

The late icon's memoir delivers big time for Star Wars fans, and is bittersweet in light of her recent passing.

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#SummerHours: Take an “Issa Rae” Day!

#SummerHours fangirls over all things Issa Rae - TV, web and book!

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#SummerHours Memoirs: Taraji P. Henson

Empire star Taraji P. Henson talks frankly about equal pay - or lack thereof - and the sacrifices she made to work her way to the top.

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#SummerHours Memoirs: Sheila Nevins

Nevins, a long-time members and friend of NYWIFT, has written a book that defies categorization. Part memoir, part fantasy, it provides a window into the life of a career woman whose name is synonymous with HBO Documentary Films.

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#SummerHours TV Episodes to Watch: Atlanta: “Value”

FX's Atlanta is as funny as it is weird, and the standout episode "Value" offers insight into class, gender politics, and black female friendship.

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#SummerHours: Book to Screen…and Back Again: The Girl on the Train

NYWIFT #SummerHours suggests watching the film adaptation of Paula Hawkins' novel - not just for the thrills, but for the makeup artistry.

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#SummerHours TV Episodes to Watch: Legion: “Chapter 4”

#SummerHours shares the love for director Larysa Kondracki, who tackled the very nature of storytelling and memory in an episode of the experimental and stylized FX series Legion. It is anything but a typical superhero show.

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#SummerHours: Book to Screen…and Back Again: Postcards from the Edge

Read the book then see the movie - or vice versa. Either way is a win with Carrie Fisher's Postcard from the Edge.

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#SummerHours: Book to Screen…and Back Again: Wonder Woman (and Her Secret History)

What do the lie detector, women’s suffrage, bondage, polyamory, Margaret Sanger, and Family Circle magazine have in common with one of this summer’s biggest blockbusters? Find out in today's #SummerHours!

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