As an LGBTQ American, I can tell you that passage of the Equality Act is of the utmost importance to me. To have a champion in President Joe Biden as this is being considered by the Congress means everything.
Here are some excerpts from his statement:
“I urge Congress to swiftly pass this historic legislation. Every person should be treated with dignity and respect, and this bill represents a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all. Full equality has been denied to LGBTQ+ Americans and their families for far too long. Despite the extraordinary progress the LGBTQ+ community has made to secure their basic civil rights, discrimination is still rampant in many areas of our society. The Equality Act provides long overdue federal civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, locking in critical safeguards in our housing, education, public services, and lending systems — and codifying the courage and resilience of the LGBTQ+ movement into enduring law. … No one should ever face discrimination or live in fear because of who they are or whom they love.”
Jodie Foster paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel last night – in person – and talked about her Golden Globe nominations, never writing speeches for award shows, getting a shout out from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after he won MVP, working with Aaron’s fiancée Shailene Woodley, doing a directing MasterClass, her new movie The Mauritanian, and the 30th anniversary of The Silence of the Lambs.
In the new issue of People Magazine, Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown pays tribute to Mary Wilson, one of the founding members of The Supremes and only singer to be part of the trio from beginning to end – 18 years in all:
“I first heard of Mary Wilson at the age of five. I was in my living room with my mother who was a big Supremes fan. Mary was an icon in my house because she epitomized style, taste and class. I met her in person in 2019 and that was a very scary moment. They always say never meet the people you look up to, but I can tell you she lived up to the hype. I was at GMA, and she came up to me and said, ‘You are a beautiful young man. You have a light, you have a shine. You need to work hard, stay focused and always be nice.’ What she was doing was giving back to someone who was younger, whom she believed in. That’s what an icon is — someone who understands that you give back, that you make sure the next people coming up know what it takes, and who has your back. I don’t think she got her flowers while she was here. I’m glad she’s getting them now.”
Bette Midler is doing the TV rounds promoting her children’s book The Tale of the Mandarin Duck, one of the many projects that have kept her busy during the pandemic. During this appearance on Good Morning America, Bette also talked about getting ready for the “Hocus Pocus” sequel and “First Wives Club” reunion.
He had me at The Boy in the Plastic Bubble and yesterday he turned 67!
Today we celebrate 1970s John Travolta, that impossibly gorgeous guy who was the breakout star of TV’s Welcome Back Kotter, the classic sitcom on which he played Sweathog Vinnie Barbarino.
He had started out the decade with guest spots on such shows as Medical Center, Emergency!, The Rookies and Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law.
Then, after three years on Kotter and small roles in the films Carrie and The Devil’s Rain, Travolta’s career reached the stratosphere with his starring roles in the classics Saturday Night Fever and Grease.
The red hot streak was briefly halted with the release of Travolta’s third starring role opposite Lily Tomlin in Moment By Moment.
But by 1980, he was back on top with Urban Cowboy.
It would set a pattern in the coming decades of dizzying heights (Pulp Fiction, Hairspray, Get Shorty) and box office bombs (Two of a Kind, Battlefield Earth, Lucky Numbers).
He’s still working steadily and in 2017 was nominated for an Emmy for his performance as defense attorney Robert Shapiro in the miniseries American Crime Story and as one of the show’s producers, shared the Outstanding Limited Series Emmy.
His recent features films include The Fanatic, Gotti, and The Poison Rose.
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, would have been 90 today.
She died last in 2019 but will never be forgotten by anyone who ever read one of her books or saw one of her interviews.
I credit Oprah Winfrey for getting me interested in Morrison’s work and I must say, I was as interested in watching her in television interviews as I was in reading her books. She was so wise, had some much to say – particularly about race.
I learned a lot from her and her words are particularly meaningful at this time as our country is so clearly still racially divided. I saw the documentary Toni Morrison: Pieces of Me at ArcLight in Hollywood in 2019 and was especially struck by portions of a 1993 interview Morrison did with Charlie Rose during which she said 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 then asked 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.”
The video is a profile for CBS Sunday Morning which aired on April 4, 2004. The writer talked with correspondent Martha Teichner about her youth and education, and about the two most important things in her life: to mother her children, and to write.
National treasure Dolly Parton always seems to have her priorities in the right order.
She posted this message on Facebook earlier today:
I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds. I am honored and humbled by their intention but I have asked the leaders of the state legislature to remove the bill from any and all consideration.
Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time. I hope, though, that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I’m gone if you still feel I deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean.
In the meantime, I’ll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud.
Neil Patrick Harris was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and joked that now that his 10-year old twins are back at school for in-person learning, he is “free” from them being at home 24/7! The actor also reminisced about a magic trick he did on Ellen’s show years ago that had fans worried, talked about how he and his family recovered from Covid, and told Ellen about his new TV series, “It’s a Sin.”
Watched The Mauritanian last night as part of a presentation by The Wrap which also included a post-screening Q&A with director Kevin Macdonald, star Jodie Foster and lead actor Tahar Rahim.
I was excited to see Foster in a rare new movie role and she’s terrific. But I really became a fan of Rahim whose performance as Mohamedou Ould Salahi which has earned him well-earned nominations for Actor of the Year at the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards and Best Actor – Drama at the 78th Golden Globe Awards.
The 39-year-old French actor of Algerian descent had previously been known for his starring role as Malik El Djebena in the 2009 award-winning French movie A Prophet, as FBI Agent Ali Soufan in The Looming Tower, and for playing Judas in the film Mary Magdalene.
Bette Midler was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and talked about getting vaccinated, keeping busy during quarantine, her daughter getting married, being married by an Elvis impersonator in Vegas in 1984, her new children’s book “The Tale of the Mandarin Duck,” being on the cover of Rolling Stone 48 years ago, and auditioning to be on Johnny Carson.
The hard-working Jason is currently in the cast of the Netflix series Raising Dion which is currently in its second season.
He first became known through his role on Joan of Arcadia and has been working non-stop in television and films ever since. On television he’s played Ethan Haas in The Class, Sean Walker in the NBC series The Event, Dipper Pines in Gravity Falls, and Pat Rollins in Raising Dion. He also played the recurring role of Mark Cyr in the NBC television series Parenthood, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. In 2017, he starred in the TV comedy series Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.
Jason also had a regular role in the Comedy Central series Another Period, appeared in five episodes of HBO’s Girls, and in 2019 was in nine episodes of A Million Little Things and starred in the mini-seriesQuest.
His film roles include The Tale opposed Laura Dern, The Perfect Family, W., The Education of Charlie Banks, Raise Your Voice, Freddy vs. Jason, and Happy Endings.
Jason has done many TV guest spots, voice work, stage roles including Off-Broadway, and many shorts films. He’s a hard-working pro would would, no doubt, have made his dad, the late John Ritter, very proud.
Just watched this video posted by the LGBTQ story archive I’m From Driftwood and wanted to share it with you.
Growing up in a conservative Jewish household, the late singer and songwriter Ari Gold was taught that boys should act like stereotypical boys and that gay acts were a sin. This profoundly affected Ari and stayed with him through college, at which point he realized that he could never truly succeed as an artist unless he were honest to himself and others.
Sadly, Gold died over the weekend from cancer at the very young age of 47.