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Nov 15 2016
NOT Speaking Up Is The Same As Going Along Comments (0)

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Vintage Gwen Ifill speaking eloquently about an issue that was underscored by Trump's election this week—the idea that many white people who are not actively racist are fine with racism, until a light is shone upon it. And even then, they're reluctant to disavow it.

It applies to any -ism. It applies to gay issues—if you are gay and did not support Trump, how many of your Trump-supporting friends and family members have told you they're not anti-gay, but?

Listen to this late, great, old-school journalist's words. This woman was such a class act ...

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Nov 14 2016
Damn, Damn, Damn: Gwen Ifill Of PBS NEWSHOUR Dies @ 61 Comments (0)

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This seven-day period just gets worse and worse—the impeccably professional and eloquent Gwen Ifill, co-host of PBS Newshour, has died of cancer at 61.

Ifill took a leave of absence earlier this year, but never spoke publicly about her illness.

Nov 13 2016
Lupita Tovar, Silent-Era Film Star, Dies @ 106 Comments (0)

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Lupita Tovar, a Mexican actress noted for being among the last dozen or so human beings to have appeared in any capacity in a Silent Era silent film, has died at age 106.

The actress, who worked in many Spanish-language films, was also the final living actor associated with the historic movie  Lupita2_200-4f7e6a0eab344d3f4bbe70cb5b6ca800b99744db-s300-c85Dracula (1931)—she was the female lead in the Spanish-language version, shot concurrently with the English-language classic using the same sets.

She starred in Santa (1932), Mexico's first-ever talkie.

Tovar married producer/agent Paul Kohner, with whom she had Pancho Kohner (a director in his own right) and Susan Kohner, who starred in the melodrama Imitation of Life (1959), for which she earned an Oscar nomination.

Tovar's granchildren are the Weitz brothers of American Pie (1999) fame, and who have gone on to create many memorable films.

The onetime siren retired in the '40s, but was known to be very responsive to fans' requests for autographs until fairly recently. She ends her time on earth as one of the most long-lived actors in history.

Nov 11 2016
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Star Robert Vaughn Dies @ 83 Comments (0)

Robert-vaughnRobert Vaughn — November 22, 1932 - November 11, 2016 (Image via NBC)

Robert Vaughn, star of the cult-classic TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., has died of leukemia at 83.

Along with his TV fame, Vaughn—a Democratic stalwart—also found acclaim in film, including an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor in The Young Philadelphians (1959).

In his later years, he appeared on a British soap, among many other roles.

Leonard Cohen, Legendary Musician, Dies @ 82 Comments (0)

Leonard Cohen, the renowned poet and musician, has died at 82, just weeks after his final album was released.

Cohen's most famous song, “Hallelujah”—yes, that one—has been recorded hundreds of times, and he was a 2008 Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

Some of his greatest successes were his latest, including a smash-hit 2008 world tour, undertaken to replace millions of dollars that had been embezzled from him by an associate.


Nov 07 2016
Bill Clinton's A.G., Janet Reno, Dies @ 78 Comments (0)

Janet Reno, the first female A.G. of the U.S., has died at 78 of complications from Parkinson's disease.

Reno was excoriated for her handling of the Waco raid and the decision to return Elián González to Cuba.

In spite of those controversies, she became the longest-serving A.G. of the 20th Century, and one of the longest-serving in the post of all time.

In 2002, the strong women's rights advocate made a run for governor of Florida, which she lost. Since then, she had been active with the Innocence Project, which works to free those who have been wrongly convicted of crimes.

Oct 31 2016
6-PACK — Idris Elba Not Hitting (Who's) That (Girl) + Tammy Grimes Dies @ 82 + Hillary Polls 6 Points Ahead Of Trump + Evan McMullin Outed + Boy George Burying Burns Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureIdris Elba pushes back hard against rumors he's screwing Madonna. Or dating her.

*widget boy cultureBroadway star, actress/singer Tammy Grimes died yesterday @ 82.

*widget boy cultureNBC has Hillary still up 6—even after Comey's coup attempt. Obama goes—or is—high.

*widget boy cultureWhite nationalist calls out Evan McMullin for being gay in robocall.

*widget boy cultureBig-hearted Boy George will bury Pete Burns.

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Oct 29 2016
6-PACK — RIP Cool Ghoul John Zacherle + Yes, Comey Acted Inappropriately + Green-Hot Tom Daley + Loin-Cloth Dreams + J.Lo Says Hi, Hi To BIRDIE + Human Rights Campaign = Garbage Organization! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureJohn Zacherle, the Cool Ghoul, has died @ 98 the same weekend of his beloved Chiller Theatre!

*widget boy cultureFormer prosecutors find Comey's letter on Hillary's emails shockingly bad form.

*widget boy cultureTom Daley: Hottest Kermit the Frog EVER. (Do Porky Pig next = no pants!)

*widget boy cultureDude in a loin cloth.

*widget boy cultureJ.Lo will appear in Bye Bye Birdie live on TV? Pass. Terrible show anyway. However, see above!

*widget boy cultureI can not defend HRC—they're sticking by racist right-wing tool Sen. Mark Kirk.