Reed: Talking, Understanding Crucial To Combating Country’s Racial Divide

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Tom Reed your party is the singular point of racist polarization and has been since 1964 when Strom Thurmond declared the GOP is the party of KKK and still is today because you uphold thier ideals, which are the same as IsIs so really wtf? Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.CORNING – Several communities around the country are discussing if and how they’ll undergo reform with their local law enforcement agencies in the wake of the murder of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.History, like the Crusades and the uprising of ISIS, suggests that racism will still exist even after police experience change because an idea can’t be completely eradicated from a person’s mind. WNYNewsNow brought that very point up Tuesday with Congressman Tom Reed during his weekly conference call with reporters.Reed explains that the best way to combat the racial divide is for leaders and citizens to talk to each other and listen to what everyone is feeling and experiencing.“You do what I think true leaders have been doing and continue to do and do what Martin Luther King inspired,” Reed said. “We have all races come together, that we force some of the dialogue.” Reed says the Problem Solvers Caucus recently met with the Congressional Black Caucus to hold what he says is the “most passionate” conversation he’s participated in while serving in Congress.“We each come from these issues, from our own perspective,” Reed said. “We don’t walk in other people’s shoes, other people have a view and an experience that is unique to them. But what we can try to do is, each and every day, challenge ourselves by truly listening and trying to walk in another person’s shoes, knowing we’ll never be able to walk in their footsteps, but we can do the best we can to try to understand that perspective and where that is coming from.”Reed adds he attended a protest in Elmira last week. He says between 30-40 people in attendance were against “what I am supposedly am as an elected official.”“Because I stood and had the conversation with them, I think it hopefully set the tone, especially with one young man from SUNY Binghamton, that, you know what, you don’t have to prejudge each and every person,” Reed stated. “Take the time to actually listen and talk to each other. That’s going to take 24/7, 365 commitment from leaders that are going to bring people together and really try to understand that each of us comes to this from a different perspective.”“Once you start acknowledging those shortcomings, as well as the positive things you can bring to the conversation, the stronger we will be, and the sooner that this divide will be healed and we will be unified as a country.”last_img read more

Meryl Streep Explains What She Liked About Playing August: Osage County’s ‘Horrible’ Matriarch on The View

first_img View Comments Meryl Streep isn’t crazy. No, the greatest film actress of all time knows what a nasty, acid-tongued and devious character Violet Weston is in Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece August: Osage County. But, Streep, who’s been nominated for the Oscar 17(!) times, wanted to play the cancer-battling, drug-addicted matriarch in John Wells’ film version anyway. On December 19, the legend headed to ABC’s The View to chat with Barbara Walters and Co. about what it was like playing Violet. “It was horrible! She’s mean. Mean as a snake,” she said. “She’s just sick of not saying what she thinks.” Streep also chatted about what it was like living with the cast during filming and why she’s aware of some insane thing called “Streep fatigue.” Watch the interview and go see August: Osage County in wide release on January 10!last_img read more

Laura Benanti Picks a Dubious Man To Be The Good Wife To!

first_imgTony winner Laura Benanti is to guest star in The Good Wife. According to TVGuide.com she’ll appear as the new fiancée of Lockhart/Gardner client—and wife killer—Colin Sweeney, played by Dylan Baker. Benanti most recently stole the show as the Baroness in The Sound of Music Live! She won her Tony for the role of Gypsy Rose Lee in the musical Gypsy. Her additional Broadway credits include The Sound of Music, Swing!, Into the Woods, Nine, The Wedding Singer, In the Next Room and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Star Files Executive Producer of the show Michelle King says that Benanti is “beautifully suited for Colin Sweeney.” OK that’s all very well and good, but please don’t kill off one of our favorite Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winners too quickly, OK? Two previous shows that she starred in, The Playboy Club and Go On, could have lasted longer, Hollywood.center_img View Comments Laura Benantilast_img read more

Aladdin Stars Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed Are Taking Your Questions!

first_img Aladdin View Comments Adam Jacobs Related Shows Have you been wondering what it’s like to fly on a magic carpet? You’re in luck! Aladdin stars Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed are journeying out of Agrabah and into the Broadway.com headquarters to answer your questions. Before Jacobs took on the tite role in Aladdin, he made a splash on Broadway in Les Miserables and The Lion King; Reed appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia! and In the Heights. But all of that is in the past, and now they will forever be known as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. So, wanna know what they’d do if they were granted three wishes? Or what their fave Disney characters are? Or how those adorable twins are doing? Ask Jacobs and Reed anything in the form below, then check back to see them interview each with your questions! Isn’t that magical?<a data-cke-saved-href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/z1jklx5q174bsa2/" href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/z1jklx5q174bsa2/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> from $57.50 Star Fileslast_img read more

Denise Van Outen’s Some Girl I Used to Know Will Have London Run

first_img Van Outen’s appeared on Broadway in Chicago. Her West End credits include Tell Me on a Sunday, Rent: Remixed and Legally Blonde, and her television roles include Mary in Hotel Babylon, Michaela in The Empress’ New Clothes, Leigh Jackson in two series of Babes in the Wood and Kim Blakeney in two series of Where the Heart Is. Stephanie Canworth has it all; a successful career, supportive husband and she’s a media darling. But it takes just one Facebook poke from a former love and the memories come flooding back. Is this really the life she wants? Songs from the 80s and 90s accompany Stephanie’s journey down memory lane, with Van Outen performing cover versions of songs by artists including Soft Cell and Culture Club, as well as the title song which has been specially written for the show by Steve Anderson and Terry Ronald. Broadway alum Denise Van Outen’s new one-woman musical play, Some Girl I Used to Know, which she co-wrote with Terry Ronald, will play London’s Arts Theatre this summer. Directed by Michael Howcroft, the production will run August 22 through September 13. The production is designed by Morgan Large, with lighting by Joshua Carr, sound by David Gregory and musical supervision by Anderson. View Commentslast_img read more

Kristen Bell Makes a Practically Perfect Mary Poppins

first_imgSometimes, a spoonful of sugar and a showtune help the economic appeals go down. Kristen Bell isn’t ready to give up her Disney singing chops just yet. In this musical sketch from Funny or Die, the Frozen star, as a politically astute Mary Poppins, educates the Banks children on the absurdity of the minimum wage. Those poor penguins. It’s, as she says, supercalifragilisticexpialibullsh*t. Sigh, it’s a shame we won’t be seeing her fly–sans umbrella, plus fairy dust–in Peter Pan on the small screen later this year (but we’re more than fine with her starring in Hair next month). Maybe we can add her to the mix for The Music Man next year? View Commentslast_img read more

And I and Silence Opens Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments The play will run through September 14 at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Related Shows The U.S. premiere of Naomi Wallace’s And I and Silence opens officially on August 25. The Signature Theatre production, directed by Caitlin McLeod, stars Trae Harris as Young Jamie, Rachel Nicks as Jamie, Emily Skeggs as Young Dee and Samantha Soule as Dee. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 14, 2014 And I and Silence explores the fierce dreams of youth and the brutal reality of adulthood in 1950’s America. Two imprisoned teenagers, one black, one white, form a perilous bond. As the young women serve time, they forge a plan for survival. When the outside world proves even more dangerous than the jail itself, their private world becomes an untenable practice ground for their new lives. And I And Silencelast_img read more

The Trunchbull’s Back 2 School Rule #3: The Importance of Phys Ed

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Watch rule #3 to learn about the importance of physical education and check back here throughout August for more of Miss Trunchbull’s rules! It’s back-to-school time, and Broadway.com is rolling out a series of tips for incoming maggots from esteemed Headmistress Agatha Trunchbull (Christopher Sieber) of Broadway’s Matilda. Learn how to get good grades and stay out of Chokey!center_img Matilda View Commentslast_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale to See SNL’s Rachel Dratch in Tail! Spin! Off-Broadway

first_imgTickets are now available to see SNL’s Rachel Dratch and more in Mario Correa’s Tail! Spin!. A hit at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, the show has returned to New York and is playing at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project. The off-Broadway production is directed by Dan Knechtges and will run through November 30. Politics is dirty—but politicians are dirtier. Tail! Spin! is an inventive new comedy drawn verbatim from the leaked e-mails, raunchy texts and tell-tale tweets that brought down politicians Mark (“Appalachian Trail”) Sanford, Larry (“Wide Stance”) Craig, Anthony (“I Was Hacked”) Weiner, and Mark (“Underage Page”) Foley. The cast also includes Arnie Burton, Sean Dugan, Tom Galantich and Nate Smith. View Comments Related Shows Tail! Spin! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more

Carrie St. Louis & O-Town’s Ashley Parker Angel Join Wicked Tour

first_img View Comments A new popular pair is coming to Oz! Broadway veteran Carrie St. Louis (Rock of Ages) and former O-Town member Ashley Parker Angel will star as Glinda and Fiyero, respectively, in the North American tour of Wicked. St. Louis and Angel will join the production on November 26 in Norfolk, VA. Wicked is currently playing at the The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT through November 23. A vivid reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz’s most famous characters: the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good. The show follows the tale of green-skinned Elphaba through the life-changing events that eventually label her “wicked.” Fun for the whole family, Wicked’s Grammy-winning score features songs like “The Wizard and I,” “Popular” and “Defying Gravity.”center_img St. Louis most recently appeared on Broadway in Rock of Ages as Sherrie. Her other theater credits include Justin Love and The Fix. Angel appeared on Broadway in Hairspray as Link Larkin. He also starred on ABC’s Making The Band, which chronicled the formation of his multi-platinum recording group O-Town, and MTV’s There and Back, which documented the release of his debut solo album Soundtrack to Your Life. In addition to St. Louis and Angel, new castmembers for the tour will include Kristine Zbornik as Madame Morrible and John Davidson as the Wizard. They join a cast that features Laurel Harris as Elphaba, Emily Behny as Nessarose, Michael DeVries as Dr. Dillamond and Lee Slobotkin as Boq.last_img read more