Stephanie A. Taylor 52 posts
Stephanie A. Taylor is an award-winning journalist living in Chicago. She's been with FF2 since 2016. Her niche is women's issues. Her favorite articles she's written are: Women in media facing sexism, exclusivity, Pulchronomics plays a prominent role with women in media, and her interview with Danièle Thompson, French director of Cézanne and I (Cézanne et Moi.)

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Tribute to Trailblazing Performer & Civil Rights Activist Joyce Bryant

Joyce Bryant, who was a singer, dancer, and civil rights activist, died on November 20, 2022, in Los Angeles; her devoted niece, Robyn LaBeaud, was by her side.

With her sultry stage presence, Joyce rose to fame in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Her trademarks included silver hair and very tight mermaid dresses with daring necklines.… read more.

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FACETS Honors Chaz Ebert F2F at Screen Gems 2022 Benefit

On September 28th, Chicago’s Indie film community gathered at the Arts Club of Chicago to honor multi-talented entrepreneur, publisher, author, producer, and philanthropist Chaz Ebert with the FACETS Legend Award at the Screen Gems 2022 Benefit.

FACETS is a non-profit organization that was founded by the late Milos Stehlik in 1975.… read more.

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Emma Cooper’s ‘The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Lost Tapes’

Today — Wednesday April 27th — Netflix is releasing its highly-publicized new documentary, The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Lost Tapes, directed by Emma Cooper.

The film – focused on the final years of Marilyn’s life – consists of previously unheard tapes of people who knew Marilyn Monroe. These tapes  were recorded by journalist Anthony (Tony) Summers over four decades.… read more.

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‘Down in the Delta’: Maya Angelou’s Legacy Includes This Timeless Gem

Maya Angelou’s directorial debut, Down in the Delta (1998), tells a story of the Sinclair family’s history (in the tumultuous past) and solidarity (in the treacherous present). Under her insightful direction, every member of the large shines. (SAT: 4.5/5)

Maya Angelou’s directorial debut, Down in the Delta (1998) opens in a poor Chicago neighborhood where Rosa Lynn (Mary Alice) does her best to care for her drug-addicted daughter Loretta (Alfre Woodard).read more.

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Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ Delivers on Both Gore and Reality

Nia DaCosta Candyman still
In "Candyman," director/writer Nia DaCosta creates a deliciously gory film with not only visual effects but also gut-wrenching sounds.
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Multi-Talented Filmmaker Ashley O’Shay’s New Doc ‘Unapologetic’

Ashley O’Shay’s first feature film, Unapologetic, is a documentary that speaks volumes about the many dimensions of Black women and their vast contributions as activists to the Black Lives Matter movement. O’Shay ‘s narrative arc follows two Chicago activists: Bella Bahhs, and Janaé Bonsu.… read more.

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