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Category Archives: Politics
Saturday, November 3, 2018
New York Times
Featuring A Harlette: Jenifer Lewis Talks Activism, Kanye, Racism, And Bette Midler
By Interview by Lauretta Charlton
Oct. 30, 2018
Throughout your career, you’ve played various matriarchs — the mothers in “Poetic Justice,” “The Preacher’s Wife” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” the aunt in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and now the grandmother on “black-ish” — and you’ve named your memoir, “The Mother of Black Hollywood,” accordingly. Did you ever feel typecast? No, I love these roles. What has happened with the younger generation that started watching me on “Fresh Prince” is that I developed a relationship with them. I was parked on Santa Monica Boulevard just yesterday, and a young African-American woman stopped her car, and she just reached her hand out of the window and whispered, “Thank you.” What can I tell you, kid? I’m doing my best.
Don’t wake up on November 7th wishing you had done more. I’m not being dramatic — EVERYTHING is at stake. So don’t just vote this year, volunteer! Sign up at thelastweekend.org.
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Bette Midler, Ellen DeGeneres, Owen Wilson, And More Lend Support To Florida’s Dog Racing Ban
10 – 26 – 2018
“With 11 days remaining, Amendment 13 is poised to pass,” said a top counselor to the Protect Dogs-Yes on 13 campaign on Friday, “and the race is trending our way.”
The proposed constitutional amendment aims at ending live dog racing in the state. It needs no less than 60 percent approval from voters to be added to the state’s governing document. Specifically, it would ban betting on greyhound racing by the beginning of 2021.
Carey M. Theil, senior advisor to the campaign, released a statement with several bullet points:
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
JERUSALEM HOSTEL BLACKLISTS JEWISH CELEBRITIES, JOURNALISTS AS ‘HATERS’
BY JPOST.COM STAFF
AUGUST 14, 2018
\The Jerusalem Heritage House hostel in the Old City may have blacklisted Jewish celebrities and journalists as haters of Israel.
Members on the list of “Sonei Yisrael,” meaning “haters of Israel,” are defined as “Jews who are banned from the Jerusalem Heritage House and all activities, because of crimes committed against the Jewish People,” and was first published on the Twitter account of journalist Jacob Kornbluh.
Among the so-called haters are celebrities, like former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, actresses Bette Midler and Natalie Portman, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, as well as politicians and diplomats, like Senators Bernie Sanders and Dianne Feinstein, and former US Ambassadors to Israel Daniel Shapiro and Daniel Kurtzer. Senior Reform movement officials like Rabbi Rick Jacobs are on the list, as are members of left-wing organizations like Peace Now and J Street, as well as Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Everything You Need to Know About the March for Our Lives
By Madeleine Aggeler
MARCH 19, 2018
Less than a week after a gunman killed 14 students and three staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, survivors of the shooting have mobilized to launch the #NeverAgain movement, and the March for Our Lives, a nationwide protest on March 24 to protest gun violence.
“Not one more,” the March’s Mission Statement reads. “We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.”
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
200-plus artists join chorus for CLASSICS Act
By Lisa Neff, Staff writer Mar 10, 2018
Musicians are calling on Congress to pass the CLASSICS Act to remedy a digital royalties problem.
More than 200 musical artists make up the chorus calling on Congress to close a loophole allowing digital radio to play pre–1972 recordings without paying royalties.
The list of musicians in the coalition begins with Abdul “Duke” Fakir and ends with Yes.
Just a sampling of other signers: Alice Cooper, Arlo Guthrie, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Garth Brooks, Blue Oyster Cult, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Carlene Carter, Dolly Parton, Don Henley, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, James Taylor and the estates of Jimi Hendrix, Hank Williams, George Harrison, Janis Joplin and Frank Sinatra.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Empty shoes, empty schools: U.S. gun law activists plan two days of theater – Bette Midler & Susan Sarandon Lend Their Support
Empty shoes, empty schools: U.S. gun law activists plan two days of theater
By Ian Simpson
WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) – A makeshift memorial made up of 7,000 pairs of shoes will take shape on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, as gun control activists dramatize the number of children killed in the United States by gunfire since the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre.
The monument is being built on the day before a massive, nationwide walkout by students demanding tougher laws on gun ownership, part of a campaign that emerged after the killing of 17 students and staff at a Florida high school a month ago.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Bette Midler, John Cusack, Barbra Sreisand, Hollywood assail ‘GOP death cult,’ call Trump, ‘NRA blood whore’
John Cusack, Hollywood assail ‘GOP death cult,’ call Trump, ‘NRA blood whore’
by Paul Bedard | Feb 19, 2018, 9:31 AM
Hollywood is elbowing its way to the front of the anti-gun protest on Washington Republicans and President Trump in the wake of the Florida school shootings, using social media to demand gun control and the defeat of NRA-supported politicians.
Actor John Cusack has emerged as a leader, using Twitter to vent against the GOP.
“I hope every one rembers right now – only issues that matter are defeating GOP death cult at ballots – & removing a treasonous – criminaly deranged serial sexual assaulting Nazi pimp nra blood whore from office before he can do more damage – everything else is just noise,” he tweeted Sunday.
Monday, December 4, 2017
Geraldo Rivera’s 1991 Memoir Is a Horndog’s Bible of Workplace Harassment
Erin Gloria Ryan
11.30.17 11:00 PM ET
He grabs Bette Midler’s boobs, beds every conceivable underling, and waxes about failing to have sex with Barbara Walters. I read it all so you didn’t have to.
Threesomes with young interns in the studio boiler room. Making out with a PA in front of an entire news crew. Receiving oral sex from the estranged wife of the Canadian prime minister in a Central Park rowboat.
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Baseball star wins 10 votes, Bette four in New York City mayoral race
He was the unanimous winner of the AL Rookie of the Year Award and runner-up in Most Valuable Player, and this week baseball star Aaron Judge also won votes in an unlikely contest: for New York City mayor.
The New York Yankees right fielder was listed on 10 ballots as a write-in candidate for mayor, according to final totals released by the New York City Board of Elections.
Judge received three votes in New York County (Manhattan and the Marble Hill section of the Bronx), four in Brooklyn, two in Queens and one in Staten Island.