History Lesson and motivation …. Meryl Streep …. “All ‘men’ meant ‘women’ too … “!!


~~July 27, 2016~~ 


Oscar winner Meryl Streep starts her speech to the Democratic national convention with an impassioned scream, saying to the crowd:

“We’ve got some fight left in us don’t we?”

She signs off by asking the crowd: “What does it take to be the first female anything? It takes grit and it takes grace.”


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~~Meryl Streep addresses the DNC~~

~~Published on Jul 26, 2016~~

Actress Meryl Streep speech to the DNC endorsing Hillary Clinton




~Watch Meryl Streep’s full speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention~

~~Published on Jul 26, 2016~~

Actress Meryl Streep spoke Tuesday night, July 27,  at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


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I’m with Julia …. “I have no doubts”!!


~~April 17, 2016~~ 


I have always been a registered Democrat.

There are many things in my personal demographic information that point to this being the only logical inclination:

Female, Puerto Rican, member of the LGBTQ community, spiritual but not a practicing member of any religion, senior citizen, retired, pensioned.

In my humble opinion, any person with similar demographics who will vote for the other party is for sure missing quite a few neurons.

In view of the quality of the many candidates which started this “race” on the other side, the only logical stand (again IMHO), is with the blue people.

For anyone cares and is concerned about the state of this country, Puerto Rico’s unique political and financial situation and the future of the world, the choice is obvious.

Then again …. this is only my humble opinion.

I do know that the amount of neurons, inside my skull, is adequate, in spite of my “advanced” age.




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At the end of the day …. “Eddie Vedder and Beyoncé: Redemption Song”!!


~~September 28, 2015~~ 


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Beyoncé and Eddie Vedder cover ‘Redemption Song‘ at Global Citizen Festival

After rocking the Global Citizen Festival with her own set Saturday, Beyoncé returned to the New York City stage to join Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder for a rendition of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.”

The intimate performance featured just the two stars, alternating verses as Vedder accompanied them on an acoustic guitar. As they sang, footage of Nelson Mandela speaking about humanity overcoming poverty played on video screens above the stage.

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“Redemption Song” is a song by Bob Marley.

It is the final track on Bob Marley & the Wailers’ ninth album, Uprising, produced by Chris Blackwell and released by Island Records. The song is considered one of Marley’s greatest works. Some key lyrics derived from a speech given by the Pan-Africanist orator Marcus Garvey.

At the time he wrote the song, circa 1979, Bob Marley had been diagnosed with the cancer in his toe that later took his life. According to Rita Marley, “he was already secretly in a lot of pain and dealt with his own mortality, a feature that is clearly apparent in the album, particularly in this song”.

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Eddie Vedder (born Edward Louis Severson; December 23, 1964) is an American musician who is best known for being the lead vocalist and one of three guitarists of the grunge band Pearl Jam. Known for his distinctive and powerful vocals, he has been ranked at #7 on a list of “Best Lead Singers of All Time“, compiled by Rolling Stone.



Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and rose to fame in the late 1990’s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child. Managed by her father Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time.







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~Eddie Vedder + Beyonce~

“Redemption Song”

Published on Sep 26, 2015

Eddie Vedder with Beyoncé performing “Redemption Song” live at Global Citizen Festival, NYC on September 26, 2015


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The Tonight Show … “Ellen Degeneres and Jimmy Fallon: Lip Syn Battle”!!


~~September 10, 2015~~


Ellen DeGeneres is an Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, producer, writer and talk show host. A stand-up comedian at the start of her career, DeGeneres famously performed on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1986 and became the first female comedian Carson invited over for a chat. From 1994 to 1998, DeGeneres starred in the sitcom Ellen.

During that time, she came out as a lesbian, and her character followed suit.

In 2003, DeGeneres voiced the character Dory in Disney and Pixar’s Finding Nemo and launched her self-titled DAYTIME TALK SHOW, which has won 11 Daytime Emmy Awards.

She has also hosted the Academy Awards, Grammys and Primetime Emmys, authored three books and founded her own record company, ElevenEleven. Over her impressive career, DeGeneres has earned 13 Emmys and 14 People’s Choice Awards. Most recently, she executive produced the NBC sitcom ONE BIG HAPPY, as well as “Repeat After Me,” Fox’s upcoming comedy “Couple Time” and NBC’s “FIRST DATES.”

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Lip Sync Battle is an American musical comedy television program which premiered on April 2, 2015, on Spike cable network. The show is based on an idea introduced to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon by Stephen Merchant, in which celebrities battle each other with lip sync performances.

It was used (and is still used) as a recurring segment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon before being developed as a separate show.

The premiere episode was the highest-rated premiere in Spike’s history. Lip Sync Battle has been a hit show for the network; the series has been renewed for a second season.

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Ellen DeGeneres Crushed Jimmy Fallon in a Round of Lip Sync Battle

Ellen DeGeneres went in for the kill in a game of Lip Sync Battle versus Jimmy Fallon on last night’s Tonight Show, September 9, 2015.

Not even Fallon’s attempt at the whip or cash bribes for judge (and “History of Rap 6” collaborator) Justin Timberlake were a match for the newly crowned queen of LSB. Ellen schooled him with some Diana Ross and Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money,” sealing her win with a Kanye-size mic drop.


~~Lip Sync Battle with Ellen DeGeneres~~

~~Published on Sep 9, 2015~~

Jimmy faces off with Ellen DeGeneres in a dramatic lip sync-off to songs like Silentó’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” and Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money.”


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At the end of the day .… “Angelina Jolie Pleads for Help for Millions of Syrian Refugees”!!


~~September 8, 2015~~ 


Actress and director Jolie, a special envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, appealed for unity and accountability for some 4 million Syrian refugees. She has made 11 visits to Syrian refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Malta.

“We cannot look at Syria, and the evil that has arisen from the ashes of indecision, and think this is not the lowest point in the world’s ability to protect and defend the innocent,” Jolie told the 15-member Security Council.

“Those refugees cannot come to this council, so please, will you go to them,” said Jolie, who also berated the council for failing to overcome divisions to end the war.



Actress Angelina Jolie pleaded with world powers Friday to help the millions of Syrian refugees, sharply criticizing the U.N. Security Council for being paralyzed by its division over Syria’s four-year conflict.



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Jolie said the council must now “work as one,” and she said she would like to see the foreign minister of each of the 15 council members come to the table to negotiate a political solution.

She also urged council members to visit Syrian refugees and see the crisis for themselves.

In addition, Jolie spoke briefly about the rising migrant crisis on the Mediterranean, where more than 1,300 migrants fleeing Syria and other places have drowned at sea over the past three weeks.

“It is sickening to see thousands of refugees drowning on the doorstep of the world’s wealthiest continent,” she said. “No one risks the lives of their children in this way except out of utter desperation.”

In January, Jolie appealed for urgent funding to assist millions of displaced Iraqis and Syrians living in dire conditions in northern Iraq.


More than 3.8 million Syrians have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, according to the UNHCR, while another 7.6 million Syrians are displaced inside the country. At least 1.8 million Iraqis were also displaced last year by violence triggered by the Sunni militant onslaught.

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~Angelina Jolie makes plea for Syrian refugees~

~Published on Apr 24, 2015~

U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie makes a plea to the United Nations Security Council to do more to help and protect refugees of the ongoing conflict in Syria.


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Ellen DeGeneres …. One incredible human being!!


~~February 11, 015~~ 

Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and television producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2003.

DeGeneres has hosted the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Primetime Emmys. She has authored three books, and started her own record company, Eleveneleven.

She has won 13 Emmys, 14 People’s Choice Awards, and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts.


Her stand up career started in the early 1980’s, culminating in a 1986 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, who likened her to Bob Newhart, and invited her for an onscreen chat after her set. She was the first comedienne invited by Johnny Carson to join him, a national, and the most influential endorsement available at the time for comics.

As a film actress, she starred in Mr. Wrong (1996), appeared in EDtv (1999), and The Love Letter (1999), and provided the voice of Dory in the Pixar animated film Finding Nemo (2003), for which she was awarded the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first time an actress won a Saturn Award for a voice performance.

In 2010 she was a judge on American Idol for its ninth season.


She starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002. During the fourth season of Ellen in 1997, she came out publicly as lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Shortly afterwards, her character, Ellen Morgan, also came out to a therapist played by Winfrey, and the series went on to explore various LGBT issues including the coming-out process.

In 2008, she married her long-time girlfriend Portia de Rossi.

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~Ellen in ’50 Shades of Grey’~

~Published on Nov 26, 2014~

She’s ready to take her starring turn in the highly anticipated new film, and she’s got the trailer to prove it.


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“Coming Out of the Dark” … Gloria Estefan!!


~~January 28, 2015~~ 

Twenty four years to the day 

Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan (born September 1, 1957), known professionally as Gloria Estefan, is a Cuban American singer-songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur.

She is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, with an estimated 100 million records sold worldwide, including 31.5 million of those in the United States alone. She has won seven Grammy Awards and is the most successful crossover performer in Latin music to date.

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I remember this vividly. I felt a lump in my throat. I wondered what the future held for Gloria. She had successfully crossed over into the American music scene. 

We all held our breath.


Gloria Estefan Breaks Vertebra in Crash as Truck Hits Band Bus
March 21, 1990

SCRANTON, Pa. — Singer Gloria Estefan of the group Miami Sound Machine suffered a broken vertebra Tuesday when a truck ran into the band’s bus on a snow-covered highway in the Pocono Mountains, authorities said.

The accident occurred on Interstate 380 near Tobyhanna, state police said. The group was headed for Syracuse, N.Y., for a concert scheduled for that night. The rest of the band had already arrived.



In 1990 Gloria Estefan and her family were involved in a major motor accident when the Estefan’s tour bus crashed with a tractor trailer in Pennsylvania. Her husband and son received minor injuries but Gloria was critically injured with a broken vertebra. She took a year to recover and this song was written by her about her recovery.

The title was inspired by a phrase her husband had written on a piece of paper as a helicopter transported her for delicate surgery to repair her broken back.

It was the first song that Gloria performed and also the first single she released after her near-fatal accident. She debuted the song at the American Music Awards, held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, on January 29, 1991.


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~Song History~

This is the first single released after Estefan’s tragic accident — an 18-wheeler rammed her tour bus, nearly causing the singer’s death — when her “Get on Your Feet Tour” was in progress. It is also the first song that Estefan performed publicly after recovering. The song is inspired by the near-fatal accident and also is dedicated to Emilio Estefan, Jr., Gloria’s husband, who was with her until this dark time ended for the Estefans and their fans.

The song is a soul ballad which includes the use of a choir. Among the voices in the choir are Gloria’s colleague, the Cuban singer Jon Secada, and the R&B singer Betty Wright.


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~01-28-91 American Music Awards Comeback~

~Uploaded on Feb 18, 2012~

January 28, 1991 – Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. First performance after breaking her back in March 1990.

Intro by Jon Bon Jovi
Coming Out of the Dark

I remember. I was watching the awards. I felt for her. I got chills then and still do today.


~Gloria Estefan Speaks About Her Tour Bus Accident~

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~Published on Aug 4, 2013~

At the end of the ’80s, Gloria Estefan was topping the charts and selling out concerts around the world. But on a snowy night in March of 1990, her life as she knew it came to a crashing halt when her tour bus was hit by a semitruck on a Pennsylvania highway, leaving Gloria with a broken back and the possibility of never performing again.

Watch Gloria discuss the horrific accident with Oprah and how almost losing it all changed her life.

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To start the day … “Let there be peace on Earth ….. “!!

~~December 29, 2014~~


This year is close to its end. It has been a trying year in so many aspects. Conflicts, war, injustices, kidnapping, bombings, invasion of free, established countries, power moves, power grabs, disappointing elections, persecution, inequality, racism, abuse by authority figures, killings …. the list continues. Feel free to add your own.

Soon a new year will start …. can we reverse course?


One summer evening in 1955, a group of 180 teenagers of all races and religions, meeting at a workshop high in the California mountains, locked arms, formed a circle and sang a song of peace. They felt that singing the song, with its simple basic sentiment – “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me,” helped to create a climate for world peace and understanding.

When they came down from the mountain, these inspired young people brought the song with them and started sharing it. And, as though on wings, “Let There Be Peace On Earth” began an amazing journey around the globe. It traveled first, of course with the young campers back to their homes and schools, churches and clubs. Then the circle started by the teenagers began to grow. Soon the song was being shared in all fifty states – at school graduations and a PTA meetings, at Christmas and Easter gatherings and as part of the celebration of Brotherhood Week.

It was a theme for Veteran’s Day, Human Rights Day and U.N. Day. 4-H Clubs and the United Auto Workers began singing it. So did the American Legion, the B’nai B’rith, the Kiwanis Clubs and CORE. It was taped, recorded, copied, printed in song books, and passed by word of mouth.


The song spread overseas to Holland, England, France, Germany, Lebanon, South America, Asia and Australia. The Maoris in New Zealand sang it – even the Zulus in Africa sang it.

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~~Let There Be Peace On Earth~~


~~Published on Oct 26, 2012~~

Music for a peaceful mind.
“Let There Be Peace On Earth” -Sang by Vince Gill
Written by Jill Jackson Miller (1913-1995) American singer, actress

Jill Jackson’s early life was filled with tragedy and self-doubt. Although she had moderate success as a film star, she tried to kill herself after her marriage fell apart. Her unsuccessful suicide attempt led to a deep spiritual awakening, and after marrying songwriter Sy Miller they co-wrote the 1955 classic song of hope, “Let There Be Peace On Earth and Let It Begin With Me”. She called this song, “life-saving joy of God’s peace and unconditional love.”


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At the end of the day …. Somewhere there’s a place!!


~~June 18, 2014~~


Jacqueline Marie “Jackie” Evancho ( born April 9, 2000) is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued five albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts.

Between 2008 and 2010, Evancho entered several talent competitions; made singing appearances, mostly in Pennsylvania (including singing the U.S. national anthem at a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game); issued an independent album, Prelude to a Dream; and attracted interest on YouTube. Evancho impressed composers Tim Janis and David Foster, each of whom included her in his concerts beginning in 2009. Later in 2010, at the age of ten, she gained wider popularity with her performances in the fifth season of the America’s Got Talent competition, finishing in second place.


Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an American singer-songwriterauthor, actress, film producer, and director. She has won two Academy Awards, eight Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors award, a Peabody Award, and is amongst twelve entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award.

She is one of the best selling female artists of all time, with more than 71.5 million albums in the United States and 245 million records sold worldwide. She is the best-selling female artist on the Recording Industry Association of America‘s (RIAA) Top Selling Album Artists list, the only female recording artist in the top ten, and the only artist outside of the rock and roll genre.






I have always loved this song. My favorite rendition was the Barbra Streisand one until this duet came along.

I have this vision of driving along a particular road near a town I once lived in. 

Picture this: it’s night time and the road is dark. It’s also somewhat deserted because it’s late. It’s only a two lane road and there’s thick vegetation and majestic trees on the shoulders. There’s a incline, a hill on the road. This gives you the impression that you are climbing and climbing, going towards the light.

As the songs crescendo is reach, you find yourself on the highest top of the road and you see it …. the light …. and the place.

Keep in mind … I’ve been looking for a “place” like this all my life. A place where I can be myself. A place where there’s a new way of living.

~Someday, somehow ….. A time and place for us~


“Someday, somewhere. 
We’ll find a new way of living, 
We’ll find a way of forgiving 
Somewhere . . . 

There’s a place for us, 
A time and place for us. 
Hold my hand and we’re halfway there. 
Hold my hand and I’ll take you there 
Some day, 
Somewhere …. “


~~Jackie Evancho/Barbra Streisand – Somewhere~~

~~Uploaded December 20, 2011~~



We BOTH are ONE!! 



At the end of the day …. One day like this!!


~~June 16, 2014~~

Sarah Brightman (born 14 August 1960) is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, songwriter and dancer. She has sung in many languages, including English, Spanish, French, Latin, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Catalan and Occitan.

Brightman began her career as a member of the dance troupe Hot Gossip and released several disco singles as a solo performer. In 1981, she made her West End musical theatre debut in Cats and met composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, whom she married. She went on to star in several West End and Broadway musicals, including The Phantom of the Opera, where she originated the role of Christine Daaé. The Original London Cast Album of the musical was released in CD format in 1987 and sold 40 million copies worldwide, making it the biggest-selling cast album of all time.

Brightman is the first artist to have been invited twice to perform at the Olympic Games, first at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games where she sang “Amigos Para Siempre” with the Spanish tenor José Carreras with an estimated global audience of a billion people, and sixteen years later in Beijing, this time with Chinese singer Liu Huan, performing the song “You and Me” to an estimated 4 billion people worldwide. Since 2010, Brightman is Panasonic‘s global brand ambassador. Together they launched the song “Shall Be Done” at the 2010 Winter Games held in Vancouver, Canada. Brightman is the face of Panasonic’s strategic partnership agreement with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre as she stars in their joint campaign, “The World Heritage Special,” that was aired on the National Geographic Channel worldwide.

As of 2012, she is training for a space journey to the International Space Station, currently set for 2015.




“One Day Like This”

Drinking in the morning sun
Blinking in the morning sun
Shaking off the heavy one
Oh, heavy like a loaded gun
What made me behave that way?
Using words I never say?
I can only think it must be love
Oh anyway, it’s looking like a beautiful day
Someone tell me how I feel
It’s silly wrong, but vivid right
Oh, kiss me like the final meal
Yeah, kiss me like we die tonight
‘Cause holy cow, I love your eyes
And only now I see the light
Yeah, lying with me half awake
Oh, anyway, it’s looking like a beautiful day
When my face is chamois creased
If you think I wink, I did
Oh, kiss me when my lips are thin
‘Cause holy cow, I love your eyes
And only now I see the light
Yeah, lying with you half awake
Stumbling over what to say
Well, anyway, it’s looking like a beautiful day
So throw those curtains wide
One day like this a year would see me right
Throw those curtains wide
One day like this a year would see me right

~Sarah Brightman~

One Day Like This

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Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia.

It is primarily observed in IndiaNepal, and other regions of the world with significant populations of Hindus or people of Indian origin. The festival has, in recent times, spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colours.

Holi celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is a free-for-all carnival of colours, where participants play, chase and color each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying water guns and colored water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders.


The frolic and fight with colors occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People move and visit family, friends and foes, first play with colours on each other, laugh and chit-chat, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. Some drinks are intoxicating. For example, Bhang, an intoxicating ingredient made from cannabis leaves, is mixed into drinks and sweets and consumed by many. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up, visit friends and family.

Holi is celebrated at the approach of vernal equinox, on the Phalguna Purnima (Full Moon). The festival date varies every year, per the Hindu calendar, and typically comes in March, sometimes February in the Gregorian Calendar. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships.




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