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Robbyn Mitchell, Times Staff Writer

Robbyn Mitchell

Robbyn Mitchell covers pop culture, entertainment, night life, local events and arts for tbt* and the Times. She is a native of Washington, D.C., and a 2007 graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee.

Phone: (813) 226-3373


Twitter: @RMitchellTimes

  1. Lonely Thanksgiving: Lend a helping hand during the holiday


    Editor's note: Thanksgiving. A time for the entire family to gather around the table, smiling and laughing over a golden turkey as if life is just one big Publix commercial. Fortunately, some people actually get that experience. But many others don't. Maybe you and your family live in totally different states. Maybe you just don't have a family. Maybe you have chosen a family of friends. Or maybe you just don't want to talk to your family at all. We got you covered. All week, we're bringing you our Guide to Lonely Thanksgiving. Our critics and writers have offered their best advice for going the holiday alone, from TV to reading to eating out. It doesn't have to be a pity party. If you do it right, you can be thankful for your solitude, too....

    Spend Thanksgiving giving back.
  2. American Music Awards Red Carpet: Beautful women in sheer dresses and not much else


    We couldn't let the day pass without commenting on the annual hot mess parade affectionately titled the American Music Awards. 

    Sheers dominated yet another red carpet, making me scream for the speedy death of this dead tired trend that has given us more thigh and under boob than we can handle in our lifetimes. Literally everyone's cups runneth over. 

    Jennifer Lopez hosted the night with 10 looks -- each more sheer than necessary and tackier than should be allowed in public, but that's her brand, God bless her. #neverchange...

    Gigi Hadid (left) renders her gorgeous face and new haircut all but invisible with this revealing two-piece ensemble at Sunday's AMAs.
  3. Here are TV specials and marathons for Thanksgiving

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    Thursday is Thanksgiving and all the TV networks know how much you hate small talk with your relatives after the tryptophan coma sets in. The annual effort to make Turkey Day less awkward is filled with unexpected show marathons and TV specials you didn't even know you needed to see. Whether you want yuck it up, ponder the deep meaning of the universe or fall asleep looking at the Alaskan wilderness, they've got you covered. Surely, at least one of this year's marathons or specials will fit your family. If not, there's always the Yule log. ...

    Let the cast of Sex and the City do the talking after dinner time. The marathon picks up at noon on Thursday.
  4. Red carpet superhero Uzo Aduba finds her forever look in her costume for Glinda in NBC's The Wiz Live!


    Just take a second and absorb this fabulousness. 

    After almost of year straight of working red carpets like they owed her back rent, Emmy-winning actress Uzo Aduba has finally found a role that will costume her in all her innate glory. I'm talking of course about her upcoming turn as Glinda the Good in NBC's The Wiz Live! on Dec. 3.

    Look at it. From the golden ringlets on down to the fire-like hem of the gown, this woman has never looked this amazing. And that really says something because her red carpetry settings sit somewhere between stunning and slay. ...

    Uzo Aduba as Glinda the Good in NBC's The Wiz Live! airing on Dec. 3. Check your local listings.
  5. Review: Marvel's 'Jessica Jones' is the reluctant superhero we need

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    Another day, another superhero screen adaptation.

    That's not to say Marvel's Jessica Jones, which premieres Friday on Netflix, isn't worth the 13-hour investment. It's probably more worthwhile than its contemporary Supergirl on CBS and even its Netflix predecessor Marvel's Daredevil.

    But it's hard not to be tired of people with supernatural abilities stomping all over major cities to defeat next level bad guys in saving humanity. Every major network has some sort of supercharged crusader: ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; NBC's Heroes Reborn; Fox's Lucifer and Gotham; CW's Arrow, The Flash and D.C.'s Legends of Tomorrow; and the aforementioned Kryptonian on CBS....

    Krysten Ritter stars in the title role in Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix, playing a shell shocked pessimist trying desperately to go on unnoticed.
  6. 'Empire,' Season 2, Episode 8: Hakeem, no Lyon


    Huzzah! We're back to the good stuff. 

    When you strip away the kidnapping plots and record label feuds, Empire is a show about family and now that the writers have slightly course corrected back to that, we return to the cute brother hijinks and crackling chemistry that makes the Lyon family so watchable. 

    Vivica A. Fox joined the cast at the end of this episode to drop the absolute gem on us that Cookie's real name is Loretha. *needle scratch* o_O...

    If only getting rid of Lucious Lyon was a simple as smashing some light bulbs... Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) still gives it the old college try.
  7. Tampa native finds her place in the Rockettes' Christmas kick line


    Nicole Baker can't see the faces of her friends and family as she kicks her way across the stage of New York's Radio City Music Hall. There was a time when she'd map out her place in Rockettes routines to help her mother find her in the militarily precise dance numbers of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

    "I'd draw up diagrams to show her where I'd be standing at the beginning so she could follow along," Baker, 34, a native of Tampa, said. "Now, she can just pick me out."...

    Nicole Baker is gearing up for the Rockettes’ Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which will be performed daily, and sometimes several times a day, from Thanksgiving week through Jan. 3 in New York. Rehearsals began weeks ago.
  8. My Outfit Monday: An introduction to our newest blogger


    So you may have noticed when my bio popped up on the right side of the Deal Divas homepage and asked yourself, "Who is this person, really?"

    Today, I give you my answer.

    My personal style is all over the place from cool kid in custom Converse to country club chic complete with cardigans and pearls. My style has always been guided by whether something feels comfortable and if I'll regret the pictures later on. ...

    Here's my version of fashion intern drag, fresh for fall and wind blown for effect.
  9. Streaming shows coming this week: 'Jessica Jones,' 'Man in the High Castle,' 'Art of More'

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    Get ready to binge because coming to a computer screen near you this week are not one, not two, but three new shows!

    Two of them come from some of the heavyweights in the ever-growing market of streaming series, Netflix and Amazon. The third comes from, making its first foray into original dramas.

    Here's a look at what to expect....

    Marvel's Jessica Jones
  10. Busch Gardens Tampa's baby rhino finally has a name


    Busch Gardens' baby rhino gets a name

    It didn't take a trip up to Pride Rock for Busch Gardens Tampa's newest baby rhino to be christened Nyota. Facebook fans chose the Swahili word meaning star to name the female southern white rhinoceros that was born in the theme park's birthing pavilion on Oct. 16. Now, caretakers will know what to call out at the scamp rushing toward vehicles on the Serengeti Safari Tour. Nyota was introduced into the park's herd last month with her mother, Kasiri. To see the mother-daughter duo, you'll have to pay park admission to Busch Gardens Tampa, starting at $75 on, and then pay for the Safari tour inside the park ($29). ...

    Busch Gardens Tampa’s newest baby rhino to be christened Nyota was born Oct. 16.
  11. Travis Wall talks stage show, 'So You Think You Can Dance?' and 'The Nutcracker'


    TAMPA — Travis Wall sleeps very little these days.

    The choreographer and dancer is touring the continent with his troupe of friends, Shaping Sound, via bus, performing single shows and skipping town.

    "It's just how the tour was planned," said Wall, 28, who rose to fame as the runner up on Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance? "We perform in a city, get on the bus, sleep a bit, check into our hotels, sleep some more, rehearse, eat, perform and get back on the bus to head to next city." ...

    Travis Wall, 28, who rose to fame as the runner up on Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance? and now choreographs for the show.
  12. Empire, Season 2, Episode 7: Don't make us start watching Black-ish instead


    The only reason this recap wasn't ready early this morning is because it took me all day to figure out what happened last night.

    No, like seriously. Is the entire writers room tripping? Who rushes out on threesome to go and record a track with the gun with the gun their mother presumably killed herself with? It wasn't just weird. It was boring. Be better, Empire. We're all in, so don't make us regret skipping Black-ish. ...

    Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) being the only non-crazy person in this episode of Empire.
  13. Funky bracelets and unique presents for sale Saturday at Bourbon and Boweties Trunk Show in St. Petersburg


    Looking for funky unique Christmas presents? The Shop wants to hook you up this Saturday. 

    Brandon jewelry maker, Bourbon and Boweties, will hold a trunk show from noon to 4 p.m. at the St. Petersburg boutique at 3440 4th St. N. ...

  14. Here's the lineup for Universal Studios' Celebration of Harry Potter 2016


    ORLANDO — Quick, Harry Potter fans, check the date on your enchanted galleons.

    Original members of Dumbledore's Army will be gathering at Universal Orlando from Jan. 29-31 for the third annual A Celebration of Harry Potter.

    Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright), Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis), Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch) and Katie Leung (Cho Chang) will be hopping across the pond to take part in a behind the scenes film talent panel discussion as a part of three-day event. No Slytherins made the cut. ...

    Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter movies) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) will be making their first appearances at A Celebration of Harry Potter.
  15. Veterans get in free at Legoland through Nov. 22


    WINTER HAVEN — Veterans are awesome, according to Legoland Florida, and the park is showing its appreciation with free admission to people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces until Nov. 22.

    Those with proper documentation or valid IDs can get into the park free and buy up to six tickets for 50 percent off. To redeem the deal, tickets must be purchased at the Legoland Florida box office, park officials say....

    Courtesy of Legoland Florida