Rachel Brosnahan Talks Women And Babies Taking Center Stage In ‘I’m Your Woman’

“One of the things that emerged from early conversations with Julia Hart was that she had the passion for, and grew up loving, 1970s crime dramas, but she never saw herself, represented in them.”

In the crime drama, I’m Your Woman, directed and co-written by Hart, Rachel Brosnahan puts that right. On the run, after her husband betrays his partners, she’s a mother forced to make a dangerous journey.

“Julia mentioned the movie Thief, the 1981 movie directed by Michael Mann, and said it was a big inspiration and suggested that I watch it,” she explained. “I did and had the exact same feeling. Tuesday Weld plays such a dynamic and interesting woman, and then she disappears as soon as the action begins. I found myself saying, ‘Wait. What? I want to know more about her.’ This movie follows those characters who are rarely centered in the genre, and often relegated to being secondary characters.”

That wasn’t the only place the actress, who also co-produced I’m Your Woman, drew inspiration from. Diane Keaton’s performance in The Godfather had a significant impact on Brosnahan.

“Diane Keaton in the 70s, generally, and certainly in The Godfather was such an inspiration for me as an actor long before this film came round,” she gushed. “She can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. She is incredible.”

I’m Your Woman will debut in select theaters on Friday, December 4, 2020, before a global launch on Prime Video on Friday, December 11, 2020. While Brosnahan headlines, it was her newborn co-stars that pushed her to turn in such an authentic performance.

“It was definitely challenging. Babies are unprofessional at best,” she laughed. “As much as it was one of the most challenging experiences I have ever had, at the same time, it was incredibly special. Babies don’t know that they’re in a movie. They have not read the script; they are living in the moment and living their lives. They force you to remain honest. What we’re all trying to do is tell a story and occupy these characters to the degree that you can’t tell that we’re acting.”

“Having a baby as a scene partner definitely continued to ground me through the process. Everyone had to remain flexible. We had to improvise and be in every single moment together. It was a really interesting experience. I did catch a few colds along the way from my partner. We shared that too.”

Brosnahan added, “In the end, I’m Your Woman is exactly the movie that it was always meant to be. One of the moments that blows me away is there’s a scene, without giving too much away, where an intruder is in the house. My character, Jean, grabs the baby, Harry, and runs into the closet to try to call for help. The babies were a bit under the weather, and they weren’t feeling

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Gift ideas for the bluesman or woman in your life

This week, Blues Beat has some gift suggestions and national news items.

Start off the holiday season with Frankie & The Know It Alls, this Friday at Four Seasons by the Lake. Saturday, the Fake ID Full Band is at the Black Duck.

Thursday, at 8 p.m., TOF Productions and GA-20 host an Online Event at tof121720.eventbrite.com/ .

The TOF Nightclub welcomes GA-20 for their debut at The Tree. GA-20 was formed by friends Pat Faherty and Matthew Stubbs in Boston in 2018. The project was born out of their mutual love of heavy traditional blues, R&B, and rock & roll of the late 50s and early 60s.

A gift idea for yourself or a loved one: Join the Connecticut Blues Society; or become a member of the Blues Foundation and vote in selecting the Blues Music Award winners.

The Creamery Station Shop has selected items 25 percent off until New Year’s Day.

Another organization is the Music Maker’s Relief Foundation. Their Holiday Gift Guide is online now for all music lovers. Go to: https://musicmaker.z2systems.com/np/clients/musicmaker/giftstore.jsp

Turn a Black Friday into Blues Friday by getting the blues from a subscription to Living Blues magazine.

New art is now available in the Blues Foundation’s Online Store. The artwork of Karyn Klinger is featured in the Blues Hall of Fame Museum. She has created limited edition illustrations depicting Blues Hall of Famers on 45 records and wood pieces. The online store has also replenished Blues Foundation face masks.

Tickets for Briggs Farm Blues Festival 2021 will go on sale January 15th. Each year Briggs farm plans an epic celebration of life, togetherness & The Blues.

The North Atlantic Blues Festival dates for next year is set for July 10-11, 2021 with the 2020 lineup of artists. Check the webpage for updated information. All ticket holders will get an email from the festival, providing ticket options.

Congratulations to Bobby Rush. The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi® honored this Blues Hall of Famer and GRAMMY® Award Winner during the annual gala, with the Crossroads of American Music Award. It was created to honor artists who have made significant musical contributions influenced by the creativity born in the cradle of American music. Rush performed solo during the virtual event, which also served as a fundraiser for the museum’s educational programs.

Another congratulations goes out to the 63rd GRAMMY Awards® nominees. The 63rd GRAMMY Awards® show will air on Sunday, January 31, 2021, live on CBS.

The blues area has the following nominees.

Best Traditional Blues Album: All My Dues Are Paid, Frank Bey; You Make Me Feel, Don Bryant; That’s What I Heard, Robert Cray Band; Cypress Grove, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes; Rawer Than Raw, Bobby Rush.

Best Contemporary Blues Album: Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?, Fantastic Negrito; Live At The Paramount, Ruthie Foster Big Band; The Juice, G. Love; Blackbirds, Bettye LaVette; Up And Rolling, North Mississippi Allstars.

Best Americana Album: El Dorado, Marcus King.

Talk A Blues Streak, a documentary produced by Bill Prewitt and hosted

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Plus-sized Kerala woman braves body-shaming to become a model- The New Indian Express

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ERNAKULAM: She has been bullied by those around her for being fat, right from her childhood. At 27, Induja Prakash is now tasting success as a plus-sized fashion model. That, she says, was never an easy task considering the Malayalee psyche that sees feminine beauty only in the slim and fair. A diploma holder in civil engineering, she began considering plus-sized modelling as an option seriously during the lockdown period, which put paid to her hopes of setting up a business of her own.

“It’s not easy to establish oneself as a plus-sized model in Kerala. But I decided not to give up. I wanted to change people’s perception and boost the confidence of plus-sized women who feel dejected because of body shaming,” Induja says.She was courageous enough to take up modelling assignments for photographers and makeup artists. And to good response from photographers. She has also acted in two Malayalam films — Thottappan and Vikruthi.

Induja is angry at those who shame and marginalise fat people. “I am fat because of certain hormone issues. Genetically, my family members are all plus-sized. I was oncerned about my appearance after people started asking me to go for diet control and slimming.

I even decided to reduce my weight unable to tolerate body shaming. But later, I stopped all that because I was happy being me and I don’t want to do something to please others,” Induja said.Though plus-sized modelling offers huge opportunities in Europe and the US, it is yet to catch up in India, she added.

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Arizona woman fighting aggressive cancer surprised with dream wedding

For Samantha Preston, it was the wedding she always dreamed of even as she undergoes treatment for osteosarcoma.

PHOENIX — For Samantha Preston, it was the wedding of her dreams.

“It was super important because I don’t know how much longer I have. So, for me to get married to the love of my life, and to have my son there, it was so important,” Preston said.

The ceremony was a complete surprise for Preston. It was organized by Banner Thunderbird Hospital and Smiles for Miles, a non-profit that works with cancer patients. Samantha is fighting osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. Her prognosis hasn’t been good.

“At this point, they’re only giving me like a couple of months,” she said.

It’s a diagnosis that she could only face with her boyfriend, and now husband, by her side.

“He has been my rock through this whole entire treatment. Everything he is been there taking care of me, nonstop.” Samantha gushed over her husband Angel.

She’s faced more than a year of cancer treatments and a grim diagnosis with a positive spirit and advice for dealing with hard times.

“Stay positive. I know it’s a hard time right now and everybody’s going through hard times, no matter if it’s the coronavirus or something else. So, if you can just stay positive and maybe we’ll get through this 2020, and 2021 will be a whole lot better.”

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Woman loses nearly 100 pounds and transforms life as a model, scholar

A woman from Virginia transformed her life from the inside-out after having gastric bypass surgery and finding new motivation.

Arlington resident Taylor Ragano underwent surgery at the age of 23 and has been able to keep the weight off for seven years while she pursued higher education and an impressive modeling career. At her heaviest, she weighed 220 pounds but now she is around 94 pounds lighter.


“I did try dieting and doing it on my own and I lost like 50 of it through Atkins and I gained the weight back,” Ragano told Fox News regarding why she sought out a bariatric procedure. “I was having health issues. I was pre-diabetic and had hypothyroidism. I also had muscle pain standing on my feet. I would have to get cortisone shots because it was so severe.”

Ragano not only felt uncomfortable in her skin, but she struggled with self-confidence after being placed in special education classes from preschool to senior year of high school. Bullying she endured during these years also made her feel unmotivated.

Seven years after her gastric bypapss surgery, Taylor Ragano is pursuing a master's degree and part-time modeling career. (Todd B of Baltimore Snaps)

Seven years after her gastric bypapss surgery, Taylor Ragano is pursuing a master’s degree and part-time modeling career. (Todd B of Baltimore Snaps)


“I almost dropped out just because I didn’t like school,” she explained. “After graduation, I gained about 100 when I was 21.”

It all turned around, however, after she had the surgery and shed the extra pounds that made her tire easily. Today, she has more energy and is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at Virginia Tech while juggling two internships and a part-time modeling career while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. 


After earning her degree, Ragano plans to attend law school to become an advocate for people with disabilities. Currently, her internship at the U.S. House of Representatives has inspired her to set her sights on Capitol Hill as a future congresswoman who passes legislation to help people with special needs.

In the meantime, she is not giving up on her modeling career. She’s actively building up her portfolio and would like to be the “first high fashion model to have had weight loss surgery,” so she can inspire others to get healthy, too.

Although Ragano didn’t picture her life going the way that it has, she admits her gastric bypass surgery was the boost that she needed.


“The key to my success in keeping the weight off, I stop eating before I feel full. When you actually get full [after the surgery], you get a horrible feeling that makes you nauseous,” Ragano shared. “I haven’t stretched out my stomach. So, I still eat very little. It’s all about portion control. I probably eat anywhere from 800 to 1,000 calories a day.”

Her weight fluctuates between five 

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A young Dallas woman addresses period poverty with a new clothing line

Any woman who’s ever had a period (most of us) knows how important it is to have supplies on hand. But for women who live in poverty or those who are homeless, keeping a stock of tampons and pads isn’t possible and having a period is one more burdensome — and often shameful — problem to manage.

Emmy Hancock didn’t know anything about the issue of menstrual equity when she first heard of the issue as a student at the University of Pennsylvania. The Hockaday grad became interested in the issue in 2015, which was dubbed by the media The Year of the Period. It was then that she learned that there were women who have to choose between food for their families and tampons for themselves, who miss work because they don’t have money to buy pads, or who resort to using newspaper or other unhygienic materials to absorb their menstrual flow.

“During that time, there were a lot of news articles and viral activism surrounding menstruation,” the 25-year-old recalls. “The idea really struck me at the time. I had no idea all of the different facets of it. There’s a luxury sales tax on menstruation supplies. Women are more likely than men to experience poverty, yet menstrual supplies aren’t covered by WIC or SNAP. There’s been a bill in the House of Representatives that’s been struck down 10 different times to have the ingredients on the label of a tampon package. … Most of the research on these products is funded by brands.”

The movement, which was accompanied by the hashtag #periodsarenotaninsult, gave Hancock an idea. Coronavirus gave her the opportunity to pursue it.

After graduating from Penn in 2018, Hancock went to work in real estate in New York City. Things were going well, but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she moved back to Dallas and in with her parents. Suddenly she had a lot more time and a lot fewer expenses — that’s when she decided to launch her brand.

Hockaday grad Emmy Hancock launched Oluna in October with the mission of bringing attention to menstrual health inequity.
Hockaday grad Emmy Hancock launched Oluna in October with the mission of bringing attention to menstrual health inequity.(Courtesy of Oluna)

“The day I graduated in 2018, I actually created the LLC for Oluna,” says says. “I had this vague idea of combining a brand and a for-profit company and a one-for-one model with a secondary impact angle, but I didn’t have the allocations or funds or time to do it.” Coronavirus changed that.

The first order of business: Design a pair of easy-to-wear pants. She did that with her aunt. Then she focused on an ethical, all-female supply chain, choosing a local pattern maker, textile manufacturer and clothing manufacturer. Once she had samples, she hired a photographer, built a website and reached out to homeless shelters in the Dallas area to see if they were interested in her mission. “They were so excited,” Hancock says, noting that coat drives and food drives are common, but drives for feminine hygiene products are rare.

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Woman loses seven stone, gets her master’s degree and becomes a model

Taylor now and before her weight loss (Picture: SWNS)

A woman who shed seven stone with the help of a gastric bypass is now working as a model.

Taylor Ragano, 30, used to be almost 16 stone but has now lost weight and gone down from a US size 20 to a size four, weighing nine stone.

The transformation gave Taylor, from Arlington, Virginia, the confidence to study for a master’s degree and become a model.

In high school, Taylor didn’t think she was smart enough to get into college.

‘I was in special education classes through high school,’ said Taylor. ‘I have ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, and Sensory Processing Disorder.

‘I almost dropped out my senior year. From graduation, until I was 23 I was just unmotivated and at 21 I gained about seven stone.’

After dieting back and forth, Taylor decided to go for gastric bypass surgery to shrink her stomach.

Since the procedure, she now sticks to 1,000 calories, which is normal after a gastric bypass.

She lost 50lbs on the Atkins diet prior to surgery (Picture: SWNS)

‘I eat very little and I’m full. I don’t snack often,’ says Taylor.

‘A meal might be like half of a six-inch Italian sub or half a kid-sized plate at a restaurant.

‘I also try to eat as much protein as possible because people who have had gastric bypass surgery need a lot of protein.’

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Following her weight loss, Taylor was able to get motivated and take control of her life.

She added: ‘All the weight was off by 2015 and just losing the weight gave me the confidence I needed.

‘I started taking my community college classes more seriously and applied to a four-year university.

‘I then applied for grad school and I’m currently getting my master’s in public administration from Virginia Tech.

She now works as a model (Picture: SWNS)

‘I’ve also had a few internships on Capitol Hill and have been freelance modeling a few times a month.’

Taylor is now signed to an agency and has been modelling for two years.

Since she’s lost the weight and turned her life around, Taylor’s love life has also changed.

‘Guys were really not nice to me when I was overweight,’ she added.

‘The man I’m dating is amazing and is the love of my life. He’s super supportive and he’s going to be a lawyer.

‘My exes who weren’t nice to me all wanted to get back together when I lost the weight, but I didn’t give them the time of day.’

Taylor is now at uni studying for her masters (Picture: SWNS)

As for the future, Taylor has big plans for herself.

‘I didn’t think I’d even have a degree, but my goal in life is to work on The Hill, maybe even as a congresswoman, and help pass legislation that helps people with disabilities.

‘I’d also eventually love to go to law school, but I’m just trying to get my master’s first.


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