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WATCH: CNN’s Anderson Cooper blasts Donald Trump as “wannabe wartime president”

CNN’s Anderson Cooper says President Donald Trump’s threat to deploy the military if state don’t ‘dominate the streets’ and using the military to clear peaceful protesters for a photo event at a church was “simultaneously outrageous and dangerous.”

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WATCH: The late Toni Morrison on racism: “If you can only be tall because somebody’s on their knees, you have a serious problem”

Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison, the author of such acclaimed works as Song of Solomon, Beloved, Jazz, The Bluest Eye, Paradise,, and Love, had some of the most insightful things to say about racism that I have ever heard.
I saw the documentary Toni Morrison: Pieces of Me at ArcLight in Hollywood and was especially struck by portions of a 1993 interview Morrison did with Charlie Rose. I posted the entire interview on the 89th anniversary of her birth last year but it is so worth watching again. Please share it with people.

Morrison spoke of racism: “People who practice racism are bereft. There is something distorted about their psyche. … It’s like a profound neurosis that nobody examines for what it is. It feels crazy. It is crazy.”

She asks of the racist person: “Who are you without racism? Are you any good? Are you still strong? Are you still smart? Do you still like yourself? If you can only be tall because somebody’s on their knees, you have a serious problem. And my feeling is white people have a very, very serious problem, and they should start thinking about what they can do about it.”

Her powerful comments come at the 37:00 mark.

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A much-needed message from Barack Obama

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I wrote out some thoughts on how to make this moment a real turning point to bring about real change––and pulled together some resources to help young activists sustain the momentum by channeling their energy into concrete action.

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Hillary Clinton: “Elections Matter”

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Elections matter.

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Dustin Lance Black: “Our LGBTQ+ family has a moral responsibility to lock arms with our Black sisters, brothers & neighbors”

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Welcome to #PrideMonth2020. Our LGBTQ+ family has a moral responsibility to lock arms with our Black sisters, brothers & neighbors. If we do not actively, vocally, and boldly stand for freedom and justice for ALL, then we do not deserve our own freedom. #BlackLivesMatter.

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Morning Round-Up: Protests against racism; John Lewis; Beyoncé; Natasha Cloud; Kevin Sessums

Beyoncé Says ‘We Need Justice for George Floyd’: ‘No More Seeing People of Color as Less Than Human’

Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Pleads For Non-Violence: “Rioting, Looting, And Burning Is Not The Way” Joe. My. God.

Black LGBTQ+ Leaders and Allies Address the Rage Against Racism Advocate

Ariana Grande, Timothée Chalamet, and more celebrities join protests against George Floyd’s death

WNBA’s Natasha Cloud: ‘Your silence is a knee on my neck.’ Outsports

Opinion: Kevin Sessums on the Violent Uprising in America & the Lessons of Stonewall & a Tea Party The WOW Report

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Morning Man Classic: Richard Chamberlain! we shine a spotlight on Richard Chamberlain, the great star of TV’s The Thorn Birds, Shogun and Dr. Kildare

Chamberlain, now 86, was pretty much off my radar until I saw a scene in Thorn Birds where he was dancing (it was the same party where Barbara Stanwyck kissed him on the lips then died) and he was just so HOT!

From then on, I watched everything he ever did.

Th actor came out as a gay man in 2003 and wrote about it in his memoir Shattered Love: “When I grew up, being gay, being a sissy or anything like that was verboten. I disliked myself intensely and feared this part of myself intensely and had to hide it and became “Perfect Richard, All-American Boy” as a place to hide.”

He continues to be busy in roles both straight and gay – including playing Felicity Huffman’s gay stepfather on Desperate Housewives and Uncle Saul’s love interest on Brothers & Sisters. He was in the 21017 reboot of Twin Peaks.

His recent films include Nightmare Cinema, Forbidden Love, The Perfect Family and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry.

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Thoughts on racism shared by Zachary Quinto; Elton John, Billie Jean King, Randy Rainbow, Robert Gant, and Fortune Feimster

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I’m not a fan of the idea of capital punishment, but, when I watched the video of George Floyd and the disgusting and enraging act of murder that took his life, it’s honestly all I could think of. Or that anything less than life in prison would be a travesty. The third degree charge feels insufficient to match the horrific, unspeakable display of inhumanity and abuse of power. Thankful that this act was caught on camera for everyone to see more clearly than ever what’s been going on for so long. George should be alive. The system must change now. It’s a long time coming to step up. The Supreme Court’s change to the ridiculously protective shield of qualified immunity will be an important part of that. #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

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It falls on all of us indeed.

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The responsibility to fight racism lies within every single one of us. . : @ohhappydani #justiceforgeorgefloyd #loveall

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Showtune Sunday: When Broadway legends Channing, Merman, Minnelli, Bacall and more did historic medley together

HISTORIC EVENING: One thing is for sure, you could never pull off an evening like this again.

The occasion was “Night of 100 Stars” in 1982 held at Radio City Music Hall, New York City. This early 80s television extravaganza became such a big deal that virtually every star of stage and screen – well more than 100 – showed up to take part.

This segment is absolutely glorious. It’s a Broadway Medley with well-known artists from Broadway musicals.

How well-known? Here’s a partial list of who appears in this 10-minute production number:

Carol Channing (Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend), Robert Preston (The Music Man), Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein (They’re Playing Our Song), Pearl Bailey (St. Louis Woman), Beatrice Arthur (Bosom Buddies from Mame), Lauren Bacall (Woman of the Year), Dihann Carroll (No Strings), Dorothy Loudon (Annie), Sandy Duncan (Peter Pan), Richard Kiley (Man of La Mancha), Jerry Orbach (42nd Street), Frank Langella (Dracula), Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller (Sugar Babies), Mary Martin (South Pacific) followed by the great Ethel Merman singing There’s No Business Like Show Business.

It just does not get any better than that. Enjoy!

The second video is from the same special: Liza Minnelli belting out New York, New York.

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Sunday Round-Up: Don Lemon; Jaida Essence Hall; Lady Gaga; Brian Sims; Hill Harper

Don Lemon Calls Out Hollywood Leaders “Sitting in Your Mansions and Doing Nothing” Amid Protests The Hollywood Reporter

RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jaida Essence Hall wants black kids to remember: ‘Who I am is enough’

Lady Gaga Slams Trump as a ‘Fool’ & ‘Racist’ in the Wake of George Floyd’s Death Just Jared

Brian Sims Responds to Republican Lawmaker Calling Him a ‘Little Girl’ Advocate

Actor Hill Harper apologises for misgendering Zaya Wade on her birthday while plugging his own book Pink News

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Morning Man Classic: Gregory Harrison!

Look who turns 70 today.

What a silver fox!

He’s Gregory Harrison who I fell in love with as Gonzo Gates on Trapper John MD, the young and hunky doc who lived in a mobile home parked on hospital grounds.

That role and the sexy stripper part in 1981′s For Ladies Only made him a favorite with women and gay men in the 1980s. He spoofed that role in the 1986 miniseries Fresno where his character appeared shirtless at every opportunity. Gregory is also best known for the cult fave film North Shore which was released in 1987.

He was a regular in the final season Falcon Crest and in 1996, he starred opposite Eric Roberts in It’s My Party, a film based on the true events of a man diagnosed with AIDS who planned a two-day party to say goodbye to his friends and family and then took his own life with pills.

Gregory had a few short-lived post-Trapper series – Family Man, New York News and Safe Harbor - but had his greatest success on the Broadway stage in revivals of Follies and Chicago and starred in the original Tony nominated musical Steel Pier.

He’s still busy in television. He plays Joe O’Toole in the Hallmark Channel series of Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told films – six in all so far. In recent years he has recurred on Rizzoli & Isles, Reckless, Chesapeake Shores, and Ringer. He also had a recurring role on the CW’s One Tree Hill and guest appearances on Touched by an Angel, Judging Amy, Reunion, The Middle, Castle, NCIS, American Housewife, Body of Proof, Psych, Joey, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Drop Dead Diva and Hot In Cleveland.

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LGBTQ celebs weigh in on violent protests sparked by the killing by police of George Floyd

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Reposted from @csiriano Wow this is really unbelievable. Share this Incase your news is not. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter

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via @stuffgracemade Donated. @blklivesmatter #georgefloyd

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#justiceforgeorgefloyd #fuckracism #fuckracists #justice

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What a gorgeous honest powerful girl #blacklivesmatter

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Adam Lambert: “I’m not supporting violence and destruction, I am supporting the right to be enraged”

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#blacklivesmatter #policebrutality I’m scanning through the comments on this post and am appalled by the handful of ignorant, right wing, tone deaf comments that snowball into negative arguments. It’s one thing to have an opinion, but there are a few of you that are no longer welcome on my feed. To be clear: I’m not supporting violence and destruction i am supporting the right to be enraged… to refuse to bow down. When it comes to matters of human rights, I refuse to support any opposition. Anyone that responds to BLACK LIVES MATTER w “All lives matter” is an asshole. You should know why that’s problematic by now. If you don’t, quit looking at my posts and educate yourself.

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Ross Mathews pays tribute to his mom: “I will spend the rest of my life trying to be as good as she was”

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I can’t imagine a world without her. Will colors be less vibrant? Flavors dulled? Laughter muted? She was my audience of one, my head cheerleader, my VIP. And now she’s gone, taken before any of us were ready. But in her 69 years, my mom made colors more vibrant, made food more delicious and laughed with big-hearted, knee-slapping gusto. She made life better. I hope – no, I know – that her spirit lives within me and I will spend the rest of my life trying to be as good as she was, as kind as she was and authentic as she was. I am who I am because of how she loved me. We should all be so lucky. Do me a favor: if you can, tell her your mom you love her today. I wish I could, even just one more time.

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Morning Round-Up: RuPaul’s Drag Race; Taylor Swift; Peter Staley; Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade & more!

And the Winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 12 Is… NewNowNext

Taylor Swift condemns Trump for ‘threatening violence’ after George Floyd protests

Read Peter Staley’s Brutally Honest Eulogy for Larry Kramer The Advocate

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Celebrate Zaya’s 13th Birthday: ‘Live Your Life Your Way’ People

Julianne Hough & Brooks Laich Confirm They’ve Split After Almost Three Years of Marriage Just Jared

Megan Rapinoe’s twin sister Rachael reveals her soccer star sibling OUTED her as gay to their parents after her own coming out went badly Pink News

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On her birthday, Laverne Cox shares with us an “I still got it at 48 years old selfie”

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My obligatory, it's my birthday, thirsty, insecure, "I still got it at 48 years old selfie." Will I still be doing this at 50? Lord! Let's see in 2 years. At least I'm self aware. … #TransIsBeautiful #itsmybirthday

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Why Andy Cohen’s beloved dog Wacha can’t live with him anymore after nearly seven years

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I’ve put off sharing this news as long as I could. As you may know, Wacha is my first baby, my beautiful rescue puppy. He is my pride and joy. When he came into my life, my world changed. Over the nearly seven years that I’ve been blessed to have Wacha in my life, we have worked to address some occasional random signs of aggression. No effort was spared in the attempt to help Wacha feel adjusted. After an incident a few months ago, numerous professionals led me to the conclusion that my home is simply not a good place for him. Keeping him here could be catastrophic for Ben and worse for Wacha. The good news is that he now has a permanent home with his second family, in the place he lived every single time I went out of town. He is thriving. We still see each other, but a piece of my heart is gone. I miss his weight on top of me first thing in the morning. I miss him waiting for me in front of the shower. And I miss the sound of his paws on the floor when I come home. I am not the same person I was when I got him. My dog changed me. He opened me up to love.. to caring… and ultimately to having a family. When I think of him – let’s be honest, when don’t I think of him – it’s with the clarity that we were meant to come into each other’s lives exactly when we did, and that he’s happy, which gives me peace of mind. We did rescue each other. Thank you, Wacha.

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Neil Patrick Harris wishes David Burtka a happy birthday: “I’m honored to have you as my husband”

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Happy birthday, David. Your talent is remarkable, your energy is infectious, your love is unconditional. Our kids are so fortunate to have your guidance and strength as a parent – their awesome qualities are largely thanks to you. I’m honored to have you as my husband, and am super glad that you were born. #grateful @dbelicious

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Obama on George Floyd’s death: “If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better”

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I want to share parts of the conversations I’ve had with friends over the past couple days about the footage of George Floyd dying face down on the street under the knee of a police officer in Minnesota.⁣ ⁣ The first is an email from a middle-aged African American businessman.⁣ ⁣ “Dude I gotta tell you the George Floyd incident in Minnesota hurt. I cried when I saw that video. It broke me down. The ‘knee on the neck’ is a metaphor for how the system so cavalierly holds black folks down, ignoring the cries for help. People don’t care. Truly tragic.”⁣ ⁣ Another friend of mine used the powerful song that went viral from 12-year-old Keedron Bryant to describe the frustrations he was feeling.⁣ ⁣ The circumstances of my friend and Keedron may be different, but their anguish is the same. It’s shared by me and millions of others.⁣ ⁣ It’s natural to wish for life “to just get back to normal” as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us. But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly “normal” – whether it’s while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park.⁣ ⁣ This shouldn’t be “normal” in 2020 America. It can’t be “normal.” If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better.⁣ ⁣ It will fall mainly on the officials of Minnesota to ensure that the circumstances surrounding George Floyd’s death are investigated thoroughly and that justice is ultimately done. But it falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station – including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day – to work together to create a “new normal” in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.

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Alan Cumming shares some of Toni Morrison’s very powerful, insightful comments about racism

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