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Fly Mommie Blog by @QUINKENZO January 26, 2018
Tell us a little about yourself? My Instagram (@iamkarenbrailsford) bio pretty much sums it up: Writer. Spiritual Therapist. Intuitive Creator. Proud Mama. Delighting in all things synchronistic, magical and miraculous.
Your Issue Here: Working With Hollywood to Deliver Your Message to Millions
I spent six months researching, reporting and writing this guide targeting non-profits desirous of promoting their causes in film and television storylines and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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Celebrating Mom May 2012 The Superhero: Karen Brailsford After being cast as Rue in The Hunger Games, rising star Amandla Stenberg is on everyone’s radar. With so much attention, the 13-year old says her mom is key.
My mom reminds me that all things are possible. If I'm feeing unsure, she'll say, "Hey! You're Rue!" Within months after reading The Hunger Games, I went from telling my mom I could see myself as this character to actually getting the role. My mother reminds me that if I could manifest such an important role because I wanted it so much, all of my dreams are possible. I once made a cartoon drawing of my mom as a superhero. I called her Karen Possible. It still hangs on her office bulletin board. Read MORE →
Should Kids See The Hunger Games? With Michele Martin April 12, 2012
The violent theme of The Hunger Games incited lots of controversy. As Rue’s mom, I had something to say on the matter. Click the NPR logo to listen in. Read STORY →
Hungry for More About The Hunger Games? A Q&A With Amandla Stenberg ( AKA Rue) by Karen Springen January 19, 2012
My former Newsweek colleague wrote this piece and I shot the photo which was later published in a communications textbook. Read STORY →
So Not Lindsay Lohan: How to Raise A Child Star February 21, 2011
I'd forgotten that I can be seen hovering nearby in this photo of Amandla with director Olivier Megaton on the set of Colombiana, her very first film. I wrote about the experience for this mommy blog. Update: Zoe Saldana was amazingly sweet and cool. Read BLOG →
Author, Author Michael Chabon and Ayelet Walman December 16, 2002
I spent the day in Berkeley, CA, with the literary world's dynamic duo of Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, arriving in time to watch her whip up pancakes for their children. At the end of a very long day, he signed and presented a copy of "Summerland," his new novel, to Amandla. Read STORY →
Open Book Anne Lamott November 25, 2002
The author of Bird by Bird and Operating Instructions is a wizard at showing us how to observe, write and live fully. What I gained from my extraordinary afternoon with her? A deep appreciation for her engaged, engaging soul—and for Wheat Thins, which she nibbled on throughout our interview. Read STORY →
Shock Waves Alice Sebold August 12, 2002
Lovely cover, devastating story. Seven years before Alice Sebold's debut novel The Lovely Bones became a movie starring Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz and Stanley Tucci, I sat down with Sebold at her home in Long Beach, CA. Read STORY →
Secrets to Date By by Jula Jane February 7, 2008 (one week before Valentine's Day, naturally)
I edited this book. It was fun. And the cover really popped. I have nothing more to say, except for this: My favorite chapter title is "Match.con."
Make A Joyful Noise Rev. Matthew Fox April 14, 1997 Rev. Matthew Fox, not to be confused with the actor from Party of Five and Lost, is a very generous and gracious soul. How do I know this? Twenty-three years after I profiled him for People, he agreed to read Sacred Landscapes of the Soul and write a blurb for it. Talk about divine orchestration. Read STORY →
Babies Who Have Babies Special Report October 24, 1994
Babies Having Babies: Five Years Later October 11, 1999
This image will forever be etched in my mind: The teen mother I was assigned to cover is sitting cross-legged on her living room floor. Propped up by a colorful Boppy pillow and nursing on each breast is a baby. Twin girls. How's this for perspective? When I visited the young mother fiver years later, my daughter was a year old and I was in my my mid-thirties. A 16-year old Jamie Lynn Spears would give birth eight years later. The reality series Teen Mom was a decade away. Read STORY →
In His Father's House Andraé Crouch October 23, 1995
Spending time with THE Andraé Crouch, whose songs I sang as a child on the Sunbeam Choir at Fort Motte Baptist Church, was a revelation. Read STORY →
The Wainscott Weasel by Tor Seidler Illustrated by Fred Marcellino November 14, 1993
"It's just possible that not since a spider named Charlotte saved a pig named Wilbur from the slaughterhouse has there been a more tender tale of interspecies love and devotion." And I loved the illustrations, too. Read REVIEW →
Spike Lee November 1992
I talked to Spike Lee about his then upcoming film Malcolm X for Interview magazine. A silly moment: He teased me about my key chain, statuette I'd gotten in Africa. "That's a fertility symbol. You'd better be careful!" he warned me. "That stuff works." Read STORY →
Last Summer With Maizon by Jacqueline Woodson July 29, 1990
At the end of my New York Times Book Review of this 1990 debut novel, I enthused, “Let’s hope Jacqueline Woodson’s pen writes steadily on.” Thirty-three books later, Woodson won The Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest in children’s literature. Read REVIEW →
Black & White: How Integrated is America? March 7, 1988 Recently I felt compelled to order a copy of this issue of Newsweek, which I reported. It arrived the day of George Floyd's memorial service in Minneapolis. As I turned the pages, memories began to flood my awareness. The subtitle for the lead story reads "Twenty years after the murder of Martin Luther King, blacks have gained a fragile new middle class and a troubled 'underclass,' while the civil-rights movement itself has fallen into a neglect that hurts everyone". Sidebars included stories on IBM, an affirmative action "success story," and a closing piece written by Jonathan Alter and reported by Karen Springen and yours truly entitled "Why We Can't Wait Any Longer: Arguments heat up about how best to confront the despair of the underclass."