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Chelsea Tatham, Times Staff Writer

Chelsea Tatham

Chelsea is the chief editorial assistant in the Tampa office and staff writer for the Tampa regional sections. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, she earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications and media studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She came to the Times in 2014 as an editorial assistant in St. Petersburg before moving to Tampa. She writes news, human interest stories and contributes the The Feed blog.

Phone: (813) 226-3303


  1. Review: Hulu's 'Harlots' explores 18th century prostitution through the 'whore's eye view'

    The Feed

    Harlot. Whore. Prostitute. Covent Garden nun.

    The women of Hulu's Harlots wear these titles with pride. This is 18th century London, where one in five ladies sells sex for money.

    The eight-episode series — boasting an all-female team of directors, writers and producers — promises just as much male nudity as female nudity and is full of delightfully vulgar Georgian slang. At the Television Critics Association's press tour in January, executive producer Alison Owen said they hoped the show would tell stories "from the whore's eye view."...

    Samantha Morton plays Margaret Wells, a brothel owner who tries to juggle the role of madame and mother to two daughters.
  2. Destination foodie: Theme parks expand food festivals to feed all tastes


    We've become a foodie nation, and theme parks are smart to embrace this enduring movement.

    Now the happiest places on earth are also some of the tastiest.

    More than 20 years ago, Walt Disney World debuted the International Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. Since then, theme parks have been reshaping how they feed the masses by incorporating year-round gourmet dishes and hosting food festivals....

    Attendees walk through the main Food & Wine Festival area at Busch Gardens in Tampa.
  3. What to watch and listen to this week: Dave Chappelle specials on Netflix, 'Shots Fired,' Nerdette podcast


    Binge while you can: TBS's Search Party, one of the best new shows of 2016, is also one of the hardest to find and watch. It's not on Netflix or Hulu, but until Tuesday has all episodes of its comedy-drama available for free. Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) stars in this almost satirical comedy about a group of friends-turned-sleuths who search for a classmate who's gone missing....

    Dave Chappelle has his first stand-up specials in 12 years coming to Netflix Tuesday.
  4. Review: Fox's 'Shots Fired' explores thorny issues of race and police violence


    The series begins with a gunshot.

    The story in Fox's Shots Fired could have been ripped from the headlines, but then reversed: A young black police officer shoots and kills an unarmed white college student during a traffic stop in a small town in North Carolina.

    What happens next is a dismantling of a town and its secrets, from the political aspirations of the governor and possible corruption within the town's law enforcement to the unanswered questions about another young man's death and the hidden motives of a community church....

    Mack Wilds as deputy Joshua Beck, Sanaa Lathan as Ashe Akino and Stephan James as Preston Terry in Shots Fired.
  5. What to watch this weekend: 'Iron Fist,' 'Deidra and Laney Rob a Train'


    Weekend couch planner

    Summon the power: Marvel's Iron Fist

    The final character storyline before The Defenders can team up arrives Friday on Netflix. Danny Rand (Finn Jones, Game of Thrones) has been presumed dead for 15 years and returns to New York to reclaim his family's company. But regaining his identity proves to be a lot harder than he expected. His childhood friends now run his father's company, and they fight him at every turn to keep their corporate power. On top of that, something sinister is brewing in the city, forcing Danny to start using the martial arts skills he learned in the mythical city of K'un-L'un. To save the city, he'll have to summon the power of the Iron Fist. 3 a.m. Friday, Netflix....

    Finn Jones, left, as Danny Rand aka Iron Fist.
  6. Review: 'Marvel's Iron Fist' limply mixes martial arts with corporate litigation


    It doesn't look like anyone is happy about Danny Rand's arrival in New York City.

    Netflix's next foray into the Marvel universe is with Iron Fist, the last character they need to give to bingers before The Defenders can team up.

    Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage all suffer from the same lull in the middle of their seasons, but as a whole their stories are compelling and exciting. The same can't be said for Iron Fist....

    Jessica Henwick, Finn Jones and Rosario Dawson in Marvel's Iron Fist.
  7. What to watch and listen to this week: NBC's 'Trial & Error,' With Friends Like These podcast


    A few winter shows get their finales this week, along with fall favorite This Is Us. Luckily, past episodes of this season of The Bachelor, This Is Us and Star are available on Hulu so you can catch up before they bow for the season. Oh, and don't miss NBC's new comedy Trial & Error, which pokes fun at seedy crime documentaries.

    Watch this week


    John Lithgow, right, stars in NBC's new crime comedy Trial & Error.
  8. Review: Game of Thrones Live concert lights up Tampa with wildfire


    Songs of ice and fire filled Amalie Arena Sunday night.

    Ramin Djawadi, composer for HBO's Game of Thrones, brought three stages, jumbotrons, his traveling band and plenty of pyrotechnics to perform the show's iconic songs for the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience.

    Of course, you can't start a Game of Thrones concert without the sweeping Main Theme. This time, the violinists stretched the notes just a smidge, creating a deeper, twangier sound....

    The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience brought composer Ramin Djawadi to Amalie Arena to perform some of the show's iconic songs while scenes played overhead.
  9. What to watch this weekend: The end of 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'American Crime' Season 3


    Flower, gleam and glow: Tangled: Before Ever After


    Friday marks the series end for The Vampire Diaries, starring Ian Somerhalder, left, and Paul Wesley.
  10. 'Game of Thrones' composer Ramin Djawadi talks about reinventing the show in concert, scoring iconic scenes and more


    Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi is coming, and he's bringing the sounds of the Seven Kingdoms with him.

    Djawadi, 42, is the force behind the instantly recognizable music in HBO's epic fantasy hit. The Emmy- and Grammy-nominated composer is responsible for connecting Game of Thrones' bloody politics to its viewers with music like the sweeping Main Theme and the ominous Winter Is Coming....

  11. VIDEO: 'Game of Thrones' literally encased its Season 7 premiere date in a block of ice


    The seventh season of HBO's epic fantasy hit is coming, but the reveal of its premiere date left fans waiting for ice to melt.

    Apparently, someone in the Game of Thrones PR department thought freezing an object (A long brick? A really thick piece of cardboard?) with the show's premiere date on it would be a good idea.

    On Thursday, the Game of Thrones Facebook page posted a live feed of a very large block of ice sitting in a stone chamber surrounding by flames. Inside was a dark object with the premiere date etched on it.Viewers were supposed to comment FIRE on the feed so phantom blow torches would appear to help the ice along....

    Game of Thrones returns July 16 on HBO.
  12. Review: 'American Crime' expertly explores classism and modern-day slavery in third season


    The United States is built on ambition and dreams, but for many the American Dream is nothing but smoke and mirrors.

    ABC's anthology series American Crime explores that illusion in its third season, focusing on issues of immigration, xenophobia and modern-day slavery.

    The first two seasons focused on singular incidents and spun out their characters and events into broader issues. The first took on racism and drug abuse through a home invasion gone wrong. The second dealt with sexual assault and homophobia through the lense of a group of teenagers....

    Felicity Huffman is a series regular in ABC's American Crime. In the third season, she learns the hard truth of where her family's wealth came from -- undocumented farm workers living in horrid conditions.
  13. Review: 'Underground' Season 2 brings legends Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass


    Harriet Tubman’s first screen appearance in the second season of Underground is pointing a rifle at a bounty hunter after a runaway slave.

    It’s just one part of the thrilling tone the hit drama on WGN takes in exploring stories along the Underground Railroad.

    Set in 1858, the year before the famous raid by abolitionist John Brown and three years before the start of the Civil War, it’s intense and deeply emotional and consistently sets itself apart from other contemporary works on American slavery. It uses modern pop music from the Weeknd, X Ambassadors and Kanye West to set the thrilling tone from the very first episode....

    Aisha Hinds as Harriet Tubman, Amirah Vann as Ernestine, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Rosalee, Aldis Hodge as Noah, Alano Miller as Cato and Jessica de Gouw as Elizabeth Hawkes.
  14. Interview: 'Game of Thrones' composer talks about influences, iconic songs and Live Concert Experience

    Music & Concerts

    Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi is coming, and he's bringing the sounds of the Seven Kingdoms with him.

    Djawadi, 42, is the force behind the instantly recognizable music in HBO's epic fantasy hit. The Emmy- and Grammy-nominated composer is responsible for connecting Game of Thrones' bloody politics to its viewers with music like the sweeping Main Theme and the ominous Winter Is Coming....

    Still from Season 5 of Game of Thrones. Photo courtesy of HBO.
  15. 'Offshore' podcast reporter talks exciting Season 2, connecting listeners to Hawaiian culture


    Hawaii is one of the most diverse melting pots in the U.S., but as the popular podcast Offshore reveals, the island state also deals with the same cultural issues as the mainland.

    Offshore, from Honolulu Civil Beat and PRX, launched its first season last year, promising "stories from Hawaii" that explore the state's unique cultural dynamic. The first season's 10 episodes delved into the killings of two native Hawaiians  one in 1932 by a Navy officer and another in 2011 committed by a federal agent....

    Assistant producer April Estrellon and reporter/host Jessica Terrell of Offshore podcast.