You’re probably familiar with the name Shonda Rhimes. If not, you’re familiar with THESE names: Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How To Get Away With Murder. Those television shows are three of Rhimes’ babies, and thanks to them, she owns network TV’s Thursday nights like they haven’t been owned since the Huxtables were around.

If you’re a Shondaland fan, you’ll like her new book, Year of Yes. It’s basically a trip through the tackling of a few of the writer’s own demons, including (very surprisingly) crippling self-doubt and insecurity. Rhimes says she found herself habitually saying “no” to anything that scared her or was outside of her comfort zone, which included all public speaking engagements.

After receiving challenges of sorts from her sisters — who are hysterically candid with her, according to the book — Rhimes embarked on her “year of yes”, agreeing to agree to every opportunity that came her way.

Year Of Yes is undoubtedly making an impact. Scandal star Kerry Washington recently referred to it as required reading. That’s a bit like Jesus saying the bible is required reading, but it’s significant, nonetheless. And speaking of Jesus, at least one church was inspired to embark upon its own “year of yes” this year, after the pastor read the book.

I said if you’re a fan of Rhimes’ dramas, you’ll LIKE the book — but you may not love it. Rhimes’ writing style mirrors the repetitive speech patterns of her beloved characters. Those patterns are always entertaining and are most often hilarious during our favorite dramas. However, on the printed page, without the likes of actors like Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, and Ellen Pompeo to breathe life into them, those patterns can be static.

I read Year Of Yes during a flight recently, and at one point, I could have almost jumped out of the plane sans parachute so that I could avoid one…more…word. One more word! I’d have done almost anything I could to avoid one more word. One more!’m glad I talked myself off of the virtual ledge, as those maddening passages in Year Of Yes are relatively few, and the book was worth the time I spent sharing Rhimes’ journey from self-doubt through acceptance to self-love. But more than anything, Rhimes’ book is a testament to the acting genius of Davis, Washington, Pompeo and the rest of Shondaland’s exemplary team of Thespians. Without their exceptional gifts, Rhimes’ words just don’t sing.

That said, I’d recommend picking up a copy of Year Of Yes and taking Rhimes’ journey of self-discovery with her. If you’re a Shondaland fan, the book is practically screaming out to you: pick me, choose me, love me…BUY me!

Shonda Rhimes’ Year Of Yes is available at retail and digital outlets everywhere. P Coleman is a Sacramento-based freelance writer whose penis will never be on a dead girl’s phone.

However, he really wants you to be his person.

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49430*Who doesn’t know the name Rosa Parks? Her name is arguably the most famous in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. And with what Ms. Parks has often stated was an uninvited wealth of fame, saying she simply did what she did because she was tired (I met her and these words came from her lips) comes a lot of opportunity for her image to be used and misused in commercial fashion.

I recently learned that retail giant Target had attempted to commission a series of Rosa Parks inspired items including books, movies and plaques, to commemorate her life.

But what may appear as an act of honorable homage being paid to this historical figure by some, may look like something else to others.

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by  Michael P. Coleman

nadkins single pack feature male refresher towelettes 121515 grande*Just like when you go to your favorite porn site (don’t judge me), let’s clear the kids out of the room and cut right to the chase: there is NOTHING more uncomfortable for the bruthas than an itchy, sweaty sack.

So for our collective relief, I present to you: Nadkins, “male jewels refresher towelettes.”

According to the company’s website, “a lot of thought and care went into the creation of Nadkins.”

I would hope so.

“After all,” the site continues, “this isn’t designed for any old part of the body.”

No shit. Kunta Kinte even opted to have a foot cut off to save his balls. As much as I love my feet (I said don’t judge me!), I’d have been hobbled, too.


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T10300971 10152237624718691 1711380543506745010 nexting while driving — no matter how good you think you are at it, or how lucky you have been — is vehicular suicide and manslaughter that’s just biding its time.

In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in auto accidents that involved a distracted driver. An additional 421,000 people were injured — a 9% increase from the 387,000 people injured in 2011.

If those numbers catch your eye, take a look at some more statistics:

    •       More than 50 percent of teens admit to texting while driving

 •     ore than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving

    •       In 2011, nearly one in five crashes (17%) where someone was injured involved distracted driving.

PULL OVER TO TEXT®” is a movement created by Demetrius Thompson, the CEO and tech visionary at Global Mobile Alert™. After being hit twice by distracted drivers while in his vehicle, he knew it was time to step up and do something about it.

Thompson began by asking his social media friends to post pictures of themselves holding a handwritten note that reads, I PULL OVER TO TEXT®.” Then he encouraged them to tag their friends and family to do the same using the hashtag, #ipullovertotext or #pullovertotext.

The response was overwhelming, with people joining the movement from as far away as India!

But as pleased as Thompson was with this response, he knew he couldn’t stop there. He decided to build an app that would alert the distracted driver, especially when that driver might be approaching a changing light, a school, or a railroad track.

“I felt it was important to develop an app that would protect people from distracted drivers,” Thompson said via email.  “I knew the danger of people texting while driving and I didn’t want to wait for others to address the problem — so I did it myself.” 

The PULL OVER TO TEXT®” app is a quick and easy download to your Android phone.  (An iOS version is in development.)  When a text message comes in, the sender receives one of three SMS auto response that the user pre-selects, which can include I am not able to answer your text while driving,” I will call you in a few minutes,” or I will text you when I pull over.” The driver can also customize their own pre-determined, automatic response.

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*It may be a small world, after all, but it’s an increasing sad and dangerous one, as well.

In a real wake-up call, and in the wake of recent shootings in Paris and San Bernardino, Disney theme parks are installing metal detectors at their entrances. For the first time, they’ve banned costumes for guests over 14 years old, and banned the sale and possession of toy weapons in all of their parks, for fear that they’ll be confused with the real deal.

Disney’s move comes a week after they had to arrest a man for trying to enter the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida with a handgun, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

“We continually review our comprehensive approach to security and are implementing additional security measures, as appropriate,” Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler told USA Today.

What are some of those measures? They include dogs that can detect explosives worn on the body.

Sounds like Mickey’s job just got a lot more dangerous and complicated.


The extra security is being put in place at both Walt Disney World in Florida and California’s Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. Disney hasn’t been clear about whether their security enhancements are permanent, or just for the holiday season, which is traditionally one of the busiest seasons for theme parks nationwide.

What’s next?  Gas masks in the gift shop?  Body armor on the ride operators?

For what it’s worth, other parks are making similar moves. Universal says it has added metal detectors to its theme parks on both coasts. “We want our guest to feel safe when they come here,” Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said. “This test is a natural progression for us as we study best practices for security in today’s world.”

SeaWorld says that guests at its theme parks should expect more thorough bag checks and wand metal detectors. But as much as I loved seeing Shamu as a kid (boy, have times changed), its not Disney. No place on earth is as far as I’m concerned, so when “the most magical place on earth” has to take measures like this to make their guests feel safe, we’ve let this world go, as my mother would say, to hell in a hand-basket.

I’m not alone.

“Now, families can’t even go to ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ to escape the realities of gun violence in this country,” Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said in a statement.


“Disney’s decision, undoubtedly made with the safety of their guests foremost in mind, reflects the sacrifices we are all being forced to make as reckless politicians kowtow to the corporate gun lobby.” Gross said. “It doesn’t have to be this way; we are better than this.”

I think we are, too.

Others believe the security measures are appropriate.

“I think the metal detectors are a reasonable precaution,” Tim Harden, an Orlando graphic designer, said. “You’re going to wait in lines all day long, so what’s one more line?”

It’s one more line. And as I stand in it this spring, in the same line I stood in as a kid, and later stood in with my kids every other spring break, I’ll be saddened, and reminded that we as a society have lost control of the gun control issue.

What do you think? Is this a reasonable precaution? Will you feel safer at theme parks with metal detectors at the entrance, or have Disney and other parks gone too far? Let us know in the Comments section.

This article was written by freelance writer Michael P Coleman, who’s rethinking his decision to visit WDW again next year.  Connect with him at or on Twitter.


by Michael P Coleman

IMG 3311Fans of The Wiz, and musical theatre in general, are getting an early holiday gift this year as NBC readies their new live, all-star broadcast on December 3rd, featuring ingenue Shanice Williams.  Stephanie Mills, who played Dorothy in the original Broadway production, is the new production’s Aunt ‘Em. 

Fans of Diana Ross, who played Dorothy in the 1978 feature film, were a bit disappointed when she wasn’t added to the cast.  (After all, she’s been playing Glenda in concert onstage for decades, right?  “Reach out and touch somebody’s hand…”)  But Motown is giving us a consolation prize with the November 27 release of “Diana Ross Sings Songs From The Wiz”, an album the diva recorded in 1978 as a planned companion piece to the movie’s soundtrack.  After the movie underperformed at the box office, the album was shelved — until now. 

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*We all know the kids in the Peanuts universe — Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus et al. We even know the animals (if you can call Snoopy and Woodstock animals!). However, we never got to know the adults in the strip, as teachers and the kids’ parents were always “off camera” so to speak. In the animated specials, even their voices were reduced to audio flares from a trumpet (“Waah Waah Waah!!!).

I just got to know the mom of Franklin Armstrong, Charlie Brown’s African American buddy. Franklin’ s mother is a white retired school teacher who talked Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz into integrating the classic comic strip.

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castro 250*I may be the only person alive who never understood the whole Rocky Horror Picture Show thing.


You’ve seen or read about these events. For decades now, rabid fans of the movie have been packing theaters around the world, dressed as their favorite characters from the movie, to enjoy a viewing experience that I’m told is quite interactive. To be frank, I never quite got why anyone would waste their time and money.  I was never even much of a Halloween person, so dressing up as a character to watch a movie seemed crazy.


As it turns out, Rocky Horror was just the wrong movie for me. I recently discovered San Francisco’s Castro Theatre’s sing-a-long lineup, and I took my eldest daughter, Janet, to see Disney’s The Little Mermaid. We had an absolute blast.  The theatre enjoyed five sold-out shows last weekend, quite a feat for a movie that’s over 25 years old and has seen at least three releases on home video formats dating back to the Laserdisc.

By luck, the Castro was showing The Little Mermaid during my daughter’s recent visit to hang with her pops. That Disney classic was the very first movie I took her to see when she was a little girl. After the movie that chilly November day, little Janet was barely out of her carseat and back in the house when she asked me to lie down on the floor in the living room, before giving me the best “Part Of Your World” I would ever hear. Misty-eyed, I jumped back in the car and grabbed a copy of the soundtrack for her. Janet and I have been duetting on those Ashman and Menken showstoppers ever since. 


But we’d NEVER belted them out like we did at the historic Castro Theatre last week.   A line began to form outside the theatre a full hour before the doors were to open, and there were many Ariels, a few Ursulas and King Tritons, and even a Sebastian or two in that line.  We didn’t have to wait long before we filed into the stunning, vintage theatre and took our seats.

While we waited for the show to start, an organist from days gone by performed a beautiful medley of songs from a variety of Disney animated classics dating back to 1937’s Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs before the event’s hosts — Ariel and Eric in the flesh! — welcomed us and gave us a few guidelines and instructions for the show. Our bags had been packed with glow sticks, bubbles, a variety of other props to be used during the show.


And use them we did! Yes, I sat with Triton’s crown atop my now salt-and-pepper head, and acted out entire scenes from the movie with my “little one”, and she nailed “Part Of Your World” — as well as Ursula’s “Poor Unfortunate Souls”) just as well as she did when she was a little girl.  I’d almost forgotten just how cherished those moments when she was so young were, and how happy and blessed I was to be a part of Janet’s childhood.  As the two of us belted out “Part Of Your World” over the movie’s closing credits, I found myself thankful to the Castro Theatre for helping me remember.

In addition to The Little Mermaid, The Castro Theatre regularly presents sing-a-long versions of other classic movies like Beauty & The Beast, The Wizard Of Oz, and The Sound Of Music. Later this month, they’ll feature a sing-a-long event that will undoubtedly be popular with today’s little girls (and their dads):  Frozen.


“That was SO much fun,” my Janet, 28, exclaimed as she hugged me and we walked out of the theatre last week. “I was too young to remember the first time we saw The Little Mermaid together, Dad, but I’ll remember THAT time forever!”
And I’m sitting, wiping away tears at my computer as I listen to my newly purchased, expanded edition of The Little Mermaid soundtrack.


This article was written by Michael P. Coleman, who also tweets all the time.