The American Civil Liberties Union has attracted Hollywood’s biggest stars for a fundraiser.
“Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU” which will stream on Facebook Live on March 31 and be filmed live in New York.
“In these tumultuous times, we need our favorite actors, musicians, and comedians to do what they do best. Speak earnestly about politics? No!
Entertain you for a great cause?
Yes!” the Facebook event reads.
Celebrities including Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Ellie Kemper, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Jon Hamm and Mahershala Ali will all make appearances to raise money for the organization.
A four-month-old Iranian girl, scheduled to fly into Portland for a heart surgery appointment at OHSU had to postpone the procedure after Drumpf’s immigration order.
The infant, Fatemah, has a heart condition. Her family found out about it at a routine checkup, and her pediatricians say she needs to have surgery soon.
“They said ‘this is a miracle, we don’t know how she had lived with the big problem she had.’ Immediately she has to do the surgery,” her uncle, Samad Taghizadeh , told KATU News.
Taghizadeh lives in Portland with Fatemah’s grandparents; they are American citizens. The family chose to have the open-heart surgery at Oregon Health & Science University – which boasts one of the top pediatric cardiology programs in the U.S. – because facilities in Iran do not have the equipment necessary for such a procedure.
I have become an ardent fan, follower and discoverer of Adele.
It all started when my oldest grand-daughter started singing “Someone Like You” while we were riding in the car, listening to the radio. At that time, Adele has just come out with her “21” CD album. As time passed and we jump to current times, Adele gas broken records with the release of her newest music production “25“.
I’ve been listening to her CDs, researched the first one, “19” and found a wonderful song:
Make You Feel My Love.
I just watched Adele’s performance at the Royal Albert Hall and she dedicated this song to Amy Winehouse!
When Amy Winehouse died on July 23, 2011, at the age of 27, some called the tragedy “unavoidable”. Whether or not you agreed with that particular sentiment, you can’t deny that on that day five years ago, music lost one of the most unique and soulful voices of our time.
Russell Brand said it best in his tribute to his late friend:
“Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant.
It is not preventable today.”
Then the industry gathered to collectively grieve in the manner most natural to them: in song. Through live performances both premeditated and impromptu, her contemporaries honored the British singer and her other worldly talent with a series of touching tributes that continue even today.
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Below we’ve included the seven standouts that moved us most of all.
Adele hasn’t shied away from commending Amy Winehouse for making British music exciting again.
We ALL are connected through MUSIC!!
“I was so inspired by her, and she never took it seriously just how inspired I was by her,” she told audiences September 2011. She dedicated Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” to the late singer, knowing how much she loved it.
And during her performance, she had the crowd use their cameras and phones to illuminate Royal Albert Hall like a star-filled sky, saying:
“What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of a year.”
Slow Down: How Our Fast-Paced World Is Making Us Sick
Reclaimed our abode
Steering for long
Life comes to
Homes push away
Further from heart
Directs our journey
Everyone back home
Waits for none
This is a journey
With a passion
Without a rear view mirror
There’s no looking back
Living under unnatural time pressures causes a myriad of psychological, social and physical ailments.
Not so very long ago, humans — like the rest of the animals and plants on earth — moved through our natural cycles at nature’s pace. Time was marked by the passing of the seasons, the life cycles of human, animal and plant life and the yet grander cycles of the moon and the other celestial bodies.
Homo sapiens, a late-appearing species in the long history of our unimaginably ancient planet and universe, evolved during the recent (as the universe views these things!) Pleistocene era, adapted for a life intimately connected with and expressive of our natural surroundings on the African savannah and beyond.
And this is how we lived for millennia.
The human relationship with time has radically changed.
And that’s how many modern people feel — completely frazzled and out of synch with our deepest selves.