Former President Barack Obama was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a gala in midtown Manhattan Wednesday evening.
"I'm not sure if you've heard, but I've been on this hope kick for a while now. Even ran a couple of campaigns on it. Thank you for officially validating my hope credentials," Obama said during his remarks.
The organization's president, Kerry Kennedy, presented the award, which celebrates leaders "who have demonstrated a commitment to social change." Past recipients include Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Bono, George Clooney and Robert De Niro.
"If we summon our best selves, we can inspire others to do the same. It's easy to succumb to cynicism, the notion that hope is a fool's game," Obama said.
"When our leaders are content on making up whatever facts they want, a lot of people have begun to doubt the notion of common ground," Obama said. "Bobby Kennedy's life reminds us to reject such cynicism."
Also honored with Ripple of Hope Awards were New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav and Humana CEO Bruce Broussard. Speakers included actors Alec Baldwin, Keegan-Michael Key, Alfre Woodard and journalist Tom Brokaw.
This year also marks the 50 anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's campaign for the White House.
Longtime Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards said he’s been drinking less and less over the past year and finally just “pulled the plug on it.”
The Stones guitarist and founding band member, who turns 75 next week, told Rolling Stone magazine, “I just got fed up with it.”
He said he still has a glass of wine or a beer on occasion, but that he’s given up the harder stuff.
“It was time to quit,” Richards said. “Just like all the other stuff.”
“I don’t notice any difference really – except for I don’t drink. I wasn’t feeling [right]. I’ve done it. I didn’t want that anymore,” he said.
Richards, who survived a cancer scare in 2010, talked with Rolling Stone ahead of the band’s North American leg of the “No Filter” tour, which kicks off next year in Miami.
The guitarist for the popular death metal band Cannibal Corpse was arrested Monday near his home in Tampa after he broke into a home and attacked a deputy, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies said Pat O'Brien, 53, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and burglary after he broke into a home next to the Northdale Golf and Tennis Club in Tampa and pushed a woman to the ground.
The Sheriff’s Office said in a release that O'Brien ran toward a responding deputy with a knife. The release said the deputy subdued O'Brien with a stun gun.
Authorities said O'Brien did not know the residents in the home.
Oddly, his nearby home on the 16000 block of Norwood Drive was on fire Monday night, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said. O’Brien’s home contained numerous weapons, ammunition and flame throwers, Fire Rescue said.
“Crews arrived at the one-story home in the 16000 block of Norwood Dr. to find flames coming through the roof of the structure,” Fire Rescue wrote in a Facebook post.
Officials said the ammunition was exploding due to the flames.
“It took us nearly an hour to bring this one under control. Thankfully, there were no injuries,” Fire Rescue said.
The HCSO bomb squad conducted a precautionary check of O’Brien’s home Tuesday morning.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
O'Brien is being held on $50,000 bail.
Safe to safe ‘Happier’ is now one of the BIGGEST songs of 2018. Now we were lucky enough to see Bastille perform it live (with Mello’s absence) at Next Big Thing!
Yesterday however, the duo reunited to perform the song live on ‘Ellen’.
Russian media say a contraption presented by Russian state television as a high-tech robot was in fact a man in a commercially available robot costume.
The footage was shot at a high-tech show in the city of Yaroslavl that opened Tuesday, featuring "Boris the Robot." Forum organizers used Boris to enliven the event, having him dance to a pop song.
But a crew for Russian state television apparently thought Boris was real, and used footage of him dancing and speaking as an example of Russian technological prowess.
Online TJournal noted the lack of sensors, human-like movements and other discrepancies, and revealed that Boris was in fact a human clad in a costume sold under the name Alyosha by the Russian company Show Robots.
Ferenc Kosa, winner of the best director award at the 1967 Cannes film festival, has died at 81, the Hungarian Academy of Arts said Wednesday.
Kosa was recognized in Cannes for "Ten Thousand Days," about the travails of a Hungarian peasant family from the 1930s onward. The film was banned for a few years by officials in communist Hungary because of its references to the 1956 anti-Soviet revolution.
"Through his talent and commitment, (Kosa) played a defining role in the renovation of the Hungarian film artistry of the era," the Hungarian Academy of Arts said. "'Ten Thousand Days' belongs by now to the classical assets of not just Hungarian, but universal film history."
Kosa co-wrote many of his scripts with poet and author Sandor Csoori and often worked with cinematographer Sandor Sara. Among the trio's works are "Ten Thousand Days," ''Judgment" (1970) and "Snowfall" (1974).
"Kuldetes" ("Mission"), his 1977 portrait of Andras Balczo, winner of a total of three gold and two silver medals in the modern pentathlon at three Olympic Games, was a big success in Hungary but later banned for its criticism of the communist system.
Upon Hungary's return to democracy in 1990, Kosa was a founder of the Socialist Party and a parliamentary lawmaker from 1990 to 2006. He played a key role in drafting Hungary's film and media laws, since greatly amended.
Kosa was born in Nyiregyhaza, northeastern Hungary, on Nov. 21, 1937.
More than a month after welcoming her first child, former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kenya Moore is sharing Brooklyn Doris Daly with the world.
Moore, 47, shared the first photo of her “miracle baby” in the latest issue of People, which she also posted on her Instagram page.
“I finally have everything I’ve dreamed of,” Moore told the magazine. “She’s so perfect in so many ways. This little angel … so beautiful. I feel so blessed. It’s all been so worth it.”
The journey to get pregnant was not an easy one for the former Miss USA, who married New York restaurateur Marc Daly, 48, in St. Lucia in June 2017.
“There were so many scares along the way,” Moore said. “We held our breath every time we went to the doctor.”
With Moore being over the age of 40, her pregnancy was high-risk. People reported that doctors worried she had a false pregnancy when they couldn’t see the baby’s skeleton at the first ultrasound. She had pre-eclampsia in late October, which caused her to have extreme fluid retention and high blood pressure. Her condition worsened, and she was induced for labor.
“They told me, ‘Your condition is worsening so get your bags and go straight to the hospital, you’re delivering today,’” Moore said.
Daly flew in from New York and was by his wife’s side. Twelve hours after being hospitalized, Brooklyn was delivered via cesarean section, but the process took three hours.
“They couldn’t get the baby out,” she said. “There were all these complications and they knew if they cut into a fibroid, I could potentially bleed out and die. So they ended up cutting me vertically, too, to just get the baby out and make sure I survived the surgery. They were so scared they were going to lose me.”
Though her daughter was born six weeks premature, Moore says it was all worth it.
“Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong, but she’s such a tough baby; so determined,” Moore said. “And every step of the way, she kept surviving and getting stronger. She’s my miracle baby. There’s no other way to describe it. She’s my miracle baby.”
Brooklyn is the couple’s first child together.
A Muppet character that was introduced in 2011 has a new story line shining a light on a tragedy that affects many children in our country -- homelessness.
Lily was introduced to the PBS neighborhood seven years ago. She had food insecurity, meaning her family didn’t have enough to eat.
At the time, Lily had the same story that nearly 17 million households experienced, The New York Times reported.
Now, her story has evolved.
Lily, who is said to be 7 years old, has been reintroduced and is living with friends, telling the Elmo character, “Now we don’t have our own place to live, and sometimes I wonder if we’ll ever have our own home,” USA Today reported.
Elmo reassures Lily, telling her, “We got this,” adding her friends will be there for her.
Lily and her family are also staying in shelters, or staying with a person named Sofia, who works at a community center, the Times reported.
Sesame Workshop gave Lily the new story line to give hope to children who watch the show and also don’t have a home of their own, USA Today reported.
It’s part of the group’s initiative called Sesame Street in Communities.
For more on Sesame Street in Communities, click here.
Homelessness impacts every state, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
A recent report by the HHS division Administration for Children and Families found that in 2015, a third of all people in shelters were families with children and half of the children who were helped by emergency or transitional housing were 5 or younger.
From 2014 to 2015, 1,211,348 children-- or 1-in-20 -- in the U.S. under the age of 6 were homeless, according to government researchers.
The nominees for the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Wednesday in Los Angeles by Laverne Cox and Awkwafina, and “A Star Is Born” leads the pack in film.
Variety reported that the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga movie has four nominations, including best actor, best actress, best ensemble and best supporting actor. Other notable nominees include Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” John David Washington for “BlacKkKlansman,” Sterling K. Brown for “This Is Us,” Robin Wright for “House of Cards,” “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians.”
The awards are given annually by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists to recognize outstanding performances in film and prime time TV. The show will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS Jan. 27.
The full list of nominees is below.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:Christian Bale, “Vice”Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”Glenn Close, “The Wife”Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleMahershala Ali, “Green Book”Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleAmy Adams, “Vice”Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place”Margot Robbie, “Mary Queen of Scots”Emma Stone, “The Favourite”Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture“A Star Is Born”“Black Panther”“BlacKkKlansman”“Bohemian Rhapsody”“Crazy Rich Asians”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesAntonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”Darren Criss, “Assassination of Gianni Versace”Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”Anthony Hopkins, “King Lear”Bill Pullman, “The Sinner”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesAmy Adams, “Sharp Objects”Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”Penelope Cruz, “Assassination of Gianni Versace”Emma Stone, “Maniac”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesJason Bateman, “Ozark”Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”John Krasinski, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesJulia Garner, “Ozark”Laura Linney, “Ozark”Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy SeriesAlan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”Bill Hader, “Barry”Henry Winkler, “Barry”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesAlex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”Alison Brie, “GLOW”Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series“The Americans”“Better Call Saul”“The Handmaid’s Tale”“Ozark”“This Is Us”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series“Atlanta”“Barry”“GLOW”“The Kominsky Method”“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series“Glow”“Marvel’s: Daredevil”“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”“The Walking Dead”“Westworld”
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture“Ant-Man and the Wasp”“Avengers: Infinity War”“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”“Black Panther”“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”
Things got a little hot for 98 Degrees on Tuesday, but a U.S. senator from Connecticut quickly jumped in to cool down the controversy.
The band -- known for the songs “I Do (Cherish You),” “Because of You” and “What Christmas Means to Me” -- was in Norwalk preparing for a Wednesday concert. Tuesday afternoon, the band’s tour buses were kicked out of a grocery store parking lot in Norwalk, WVIT reported. The buses were there because the hotel the band was staying at -- ironically, named Zero Degrees -- did not have room for the vehicles, the Albany Times-Union reported.
Lauren De Bruijn, who was shopping at the grocery store, told the newspaper that, “The buses look nefarious and the whole thing is so mysterious and weird.”
The buses were finally evicted, but U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy heard about it and tweeted that the treatment of the band was “unacceptable.”
“98 Degrees should be treated like the kings they indisputably are,” Murphy tweeted.
The band responded with a tweet, joking that they were looking for “less nefarious tour buses.”
The group -- brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons -- are playing Wednesday night at the Ridgefield Playhouse. In their tweet, they invited Murphy to the show and for tea in the afternoon backstage.
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