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Singer Duffy Says She Was Drugged, Raped and Held Captive for Days

(NEW YORK) — Grammy-winning singer Duffy says she’s been out of the public limelight for years to focus on recovering from being “drugged and raped and held captive over some days.” The Welsh performer said in a revealing Instagram post Tuesday that it has taken time to recover and asked her fans to support her. She said she shared more in an interview that will be published soon. “You wonder why I did not choose to use my voice to express my pain? I did not want to show the world the sadne...
Tags: New York, News, Instagram, Uncategorized, People, Duffy, Overnight, Onetime


Hollywood Celebrates Harvey Weinstein Verdict

Actresses and activists celebrated Monday when a New York jury found the producer guilty on two counts, in a decision that could send him to jail for up to 25 years.  – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, New York, Hollywood, People, Harvey Weinstein, 02.25.20


Silent-Film Superstar ‘Baby Peggy’, Diana Serra Cary, Dead At 101

“Born Peggy-Jean Montgomery, she became one of the country’s youngest self-made millionaires by age 4, then suffered a devastating reversal of fortune and fame in her adolescence. In adulthood, she rebounded with a new name, Diana Serra Cary, and became a respected author of books on Hollywood film history. In her autumnal years, at screenings of her few extant films, she found herself embraced as a movie pioneer.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, Baby Peggy, 02.24.20, Diana Serra Cary, Peggy Jean Montgomery


Gene Baxter becomes latest Podcast Radio Podjock

American radio presenter Gene Baxter is joining the newly launched Podcast Radio as a Podjock. Gene co-hosted the morning show at KROQ in Los Angeles for thirty years and moved back to the UK, his birthplace, at the beginning of the year. He will become the second of Podcast Radio’s podjocks – a cross between a DJ and announcer – who links the podcasts played on the station, which launched on DAB+ in London two weeks ago. CEO Gerry Edwards says: “Gene is a massive star in the States and we’r...
Tags: UK, London, Podcasts, Los Angeles, People, Radio, States, Gene, Kevin, KROQ, NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame, LA radio, Gerry Edwards, Gene Baxter, Kevin Ryder, National Radio Hall of Fame


Vick Hope announces Capital Breakfast departure

Capital Breakfast co-host Vick Hope has announced she is leaving the show and the station. Vick, who has presented the Capital Breakfast show along with Roman Kemp and Sonny Jay since 2017, hosted her final show last Friday and announced the news via social media. At the start of the show on Monday, Roman said: “You may have noticed that Vick Hope isn’t here today. It may come to you as a bit of surprise, but Vick has left Capital Breakfast.” He explained that Vick had left the show because s...
Tags: Top, Global, People, Radio, Capital, Vick, Roman Kemp, Stuart Clarkson, Vick Hope, Capital Breakfast, Global Spokesperson, Sonny Jay, Capital Breakfast co


Behind The US Government’s Algorithm That Denied Forensic Architecture’s Eyal Weizman A Visa To Enter

Two days before Weizman, a professor at London’s Goldsmiths College, was due to fly to the US from Britain, he received an email from the US Embassy telling him that the visa waiver on his British passport had been revoked. When he went to the embassy in London last week, an official would only tell him that an algorithm had identified a related “security threat. That association could involve any aspect of his work with Forensic Architecture, which painstakingly pieces together evidenc...
Tags: Art, London, US, People, Britain, US Embassy, Goldsmiths College, Eyal Weizman, Weizman, 02.20.20


Johni Cerny, Chief Genealogist Who Helped Oprah, Bernie, And Others Find Their Roots On TV, Has Died At 76

Cerny, said Henry Louis Gates Jr., was “the proverbial dean of American genealogical research, … [whose work was] transforming raw data into narratives and metaphors about diversity and our common humanity.” Gates, the Harvard prof who hosts and produces Finding Your Roots on PBS, began working with Cerny in 2006, and their work on personal (and social) histories flowered from there. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Harvard, Pbs, Henry Louis Gates Jr, Cerny, 02.22.20, Johni Cerny, Oprah Bernie


Three Weinstein Accusers Could Send Producer to Prison for Life

(Bloomberg) -- As the jurors in Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial wrestle with a pair of charges that could send the fallen movie mogul to prison for life, the testimony of three women who don’t even appear in his indictment could help seal his fate.They’re known as Molineux witnesses in New York, where Weinstein is being tried, and they testified to their own encounters with him as prosecutors sought to persuade the jury that the two women he is charged with attacking never gave their con...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, News, Bloomberg, People, Pennsylvania, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Cosby, Manhattan, Rosie Perez, Federal Court, Soho, Burke, Haley, Mann


How Autumn De Wilde Came To Direct A New ‘Emma’

Take one cane, add whiskey, then gather a “mood” pitch for movie financiers, decades of photography, years of moving pitching, and presto! A new Emma. Miranda July on the director: “If there were more female directors, Autumn’s story wouldn’t be such a rare and precious thing to us. … Basically a single mom who worked so hard and at this age is coming into her own. I think we all feel really tender because it’s a very powerful example.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, People, Emma, 02.22.20, Emma Miranda July


Dance Critic Tobi Tobias, A Finalist For The Pulitzer Prize, Has Died At 81

“As a critic Ms. Tobias did not pull punches. In the early 1980s, for instance, when other critics were tiptoeing around the decline in the dance skills of Rudolf Nureyev, who was then in his 40s, she declared, ‘His groupies refuse to believe it, but Nureyev really can’t dance anymore.'” (You can see two pieces about Tobias, who wrote for ArtsJournal, on ArtsJournal.com here and here as well.) – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Rudolf Nureyev, Tobias, Nureyev, 02.21.20, Tobi Tobias, Ms Tobias


6 rules for keeping the deal on track every time

There are six fundamental rules an agent must follow to enable transactions to move forward expeditiously and with integrity. Without these critical elements, the transaction is at risk of collapsing and leaving all parties frustrated and angry in its wake. Discover what they are here.
Tags: Opinion, Negotiating, People, Radio, Agent, Emotions, Columns, Calm, National Association of Realtors, Select, John Giffen, Client Interests


BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Simon Warr has died

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Simon Warr has passed away aged 65 after losing his battle with cancer. The broadcaster, who also starred in Channel 4’s That’ll Teach ‘Em, died this morning while surrounded by his family. A message was posted on Simon’s Twitter page, which said: “It is with great sadness that I’ve been asked to let all Simon’s followers know that he passed away early this morning at the age of 65 after a short battle with pancreatic/liver cancer. “He was surrounded by his family, a...
Tags: Top, People, Radio, Jeremy Vine, Simon, Bbc Radio Suffolk, Simon Warr


Weinstein Lawyer Confronts Allred, Escalating Trial Tension

(Bloomberg) -- Nerves seemed to be fraying at Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial Friday as the jury began its fourth day of deliberations.Minutes before the panel returned to the courtroom in lower Manhattan to review testimony, there was a confrontation between the movie producer’s lead lawyer, Donna Rotunno, and Gloria Allred, who represents at least three Weinstein accusers. Rotunno then complained to the judge that Allred had violated her privacy -- and his gag order -- by talking to th...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Bloomberg, People, Harvey Weinstein, Manhattan, Rosie Perez, Gloria Allred, Federal Court, Burke, Allred, Weinstein, New York State Supreme Court, James Burke, Patricia Hurtado, Annabella Sciorra


Inventor Of Computers’ Cut-Copy-And-Paste Functions, Larry Tesler, Dead At 74

A researcher and executive over the years at Xerox, Apple, Yahoo, and Amazon, Tesler had enormous influence over the experience most people have when using a personal computer today: in addition to cut-copy-and-paste, he developed such basics as WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get, meaning what you print out should look like what was on your screen), double-clicking, and how hard you need to press a mouse button. Indeed, he was a pioneer in simply asking regular users, as opposed to programme...
Tags: Art, People, Larry Tesler, 02.20.20, Xerox Apple Yahoo, Amazon Tesler


Leading With Purpose

There has been a lot written about the power of business having a purpose and how with a compelling purpose business can become a force for good, and yet many leaders I speak with really don’t fully comprehend what purpose is and why more than ever it is a pre-requisite for business survival. Simply put the different between a vision (or mission) and purpose is emotion.  Vision and mission statements are logical, they talk to the head part of the business.  Purpose is emotional and talks to the ...
Tags: Leadership, Values, People, Performance, Vision, Bottom Line, Easier Recruitment


Former UKRD executives William Rogers and Dave Coull launch new consultancy

Almost a year after leaving UKRD, former Chief Executive Officer and Group Content Director, William Rogers and Dave Coull, have teamed up to launch a new specialist, boutique consultancy. Eat Your Greens will focus on the digital content and social media for small to medium enterprises, content delivery and marketing, change management and company culture. “Since leaving UKRD, Dave and I have provided support and advice to operations across a wide range of different sectors and businesses, inc...
Tags: Business, Top, People, Industry, Dave, Radio, Rogers, Bauer, UKRD, Dave Coull, Coull, William Rogers, UKRD Group


Seattle Arts Philanthropist Virginia Wright, 91

The Wrights became known as “the Medicis of Seattle,” especially renowned for their marvelous art collection. – Seattle Times
Tags: Art, People, Seattle, Wrights, Virginia Wright, 02.19.20, Seattle Arts Philanthropist


Meet Oliver Dowden, The UK’s New Culture Secretary

He has a history of handling thorny issues like cybercrime and data privacy. As a Parliamentary Secretary in Theresa May’s cabinet office, Dowden was the Minister for Implementation of the Government’s technology strategy.  Though the new BBC licence fee and rolling out gigabit broadband will be pressing tasks, Dowden’s expertise and interest in digital matters could be good news for the creative industries. – Arts Professional
Tags: Art, UK, Bbc, People, Theresa May, Dowden, 02.14.20, Oliver Dowden


‘True Grit’ Author Charles Portis Dead At 86

“[He] was a master of shaggy-dog stories set on the American frontier or just beyond the Southern border, where his characters journeyed to recoup a debt, mete out justice or track down a runaway spouse. … By 1998, when author and journalist Ron Rosenbaum called him ‘our least-known great novelist,’ four of his five books were out of print.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Ron Rosenbaum, 02.18.20, Charles Portis Dead


Actress Zoe Caldwell, Four-Time Tony Winner, Dead At 86

She began her professional career in her native Melbourne at age 9, went to England and joined the RSC at 26, and was a founding member of Tyrone Guthrie’s theatre company in Minneapolis. Though she appeared occasionally in TV and film, she was most famous for her stage performances. She won Tonys for playing Miss Jean Brodie, Medea, Maria Callas (in Master Class), and (her first) for a double-bill of Tennessee Williams one-acts that ran for a week. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, England, Minneapolis, People, Melbourne, RSC, Tennessee Williams, Tyrone Guthrie, 02.18.20, Actress Zoe Caldwell Four Time Tony Winner Dead, Jean Brodie Medea Maria Callas


Following Netflix Series, Case Of Malcolm X’s Murder May Be Reopened

“Following the release of the six-part documentary Who Killed Malcolm X? – which launched on the streaming platform on 7 February – the Manhattan district attorney will look into the case of the civil rights activist, with the possibility that the case may be reopened.” –
Tags: Art, Media, People, Manhattan, Malcolm X, 02.13.20


Artist (And Scrotum-Nailing, Bank-Burning Refugee) Pyotr Pavlensky Arrested For Leaking Sexts Of Paris Mayoral Candidate

When the ever-provocative protest artist put online sexual images and messages sent to a woman by former Macron aide Benjamin Griveaux, thus driving him from the race for mayor of Paris, Pavlensky was violating France’s revenge-porn law, which carries penalties of up to two years in prison and a €60,000 fine. Pavlensky, who is in France on political asylum from his native Russia, and his girlfriend (the alleged recipient of Griveaux’s sexts) are being held by police. – Deutsche Welle
Tags: Art, France, Russia, People, Macron, Pavlensky, Benjamin Griveaux, Griveaux, 02.16.20, Paris Pavlensky


BBC Scotland boss Donalda MacKinnon to retire

The Director of BBC Scotland, Donalda MacKinnon, has announced she’s leaving the corporation after 33 years. She made the announcement to staff at Pacific Quay today, and departs after four years in charge of all of the BBC’s teams and output in Scotland. She said that she had planned from the outset of taking on the top job that she would leave this year when she turned 60. Donalda MacKinnon says: “Reflecting back on all that we have achieved, and with complete certainty that we are in stron...
Tags: Scotland, Bbc, People, Radio, Tony Hall, Bbc Scotland, Donalda, Pacific Quay, Ken MacQuarrie, Donalda MacKinnon, BBC Scotland Donalda MacKinnon, Services across radio TV


Reinbert de Leeuw, Champion Of Contemporary Classical Music, Dead At 81

A conductor, pianist and composer who became the Netherlands’, and one of Europe’s, leading specialists in new classical music, de Leeuw founded what is now the Asko | Schönberg ensemble in 1974, recorded a landmark LP set of Satie’s piano works, had a remarkable late-life artistic partnership with soprano Barbara Hannigan, and worked closely with composers from Ligeti and Kurtág to Ustvolskaya and Knussen and, above all, Louis Andriessen. – Presto Classical
Tags: Art, Europe, People, Netherlands, Ligeti, Satie, Barbara Hannigan, Kurtág, Asko, Knussen, Ustvolskaya, 02.17.20


The Man Who Sees A History Bigger Than All Of Us

Yuval Noah Harari did not invent Big History, but he updated it with hints of self-help and futurology, as well as a high-altitude, almost nihilistic composure about human suffering. He attached the time frame of aeons to the time frame of punditry—of now, and soon. His narrative of flux, of revolution after revolution, ended urgently, and perhaps conveniently, with a cliffhanger. “Sapiens,” while acknowledging that “history teaches us that what seems to be just around the corner may neve...
Tags: Art, People, Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari, 02.24.20


The Young Star Of ‘Queen Of Katwe,’ Nikita Pearl Waligwa, Has Died At 15

Waligwa was diagnosed with a brain tumor the same year she starred in the movie with David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o. Oyelowo wrote on Instagram, “We mourn the loss of our beautiful Nikita Pearl Waligwa. … She was a ball of light in @queenofkatwemovie and in life. Her battle with a brain tumor was humbling to witness. Her light will live on.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, People, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong, Oyelowo, Katwe, Waligwa, 02.16.20


Elizabeth Cullinan, Who Helped Redefine Irish American Literature, Has Died At 86

Cullinan was hired as a typist at The New Yorker when she was 22, but soon the magazine started publishing her stories as well. “Ms. Cullinan helped redefine Irish-American literature, veering away from the male tradition of ‘ward bosses and henchmen, larger-than-life political fixers, tavern social life and father-son relationships,’ Patricia Coughlan, who taught Irish literature at University College Cork, wrote in a 2017 essay in The Irish Times.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Cullinan, University College Cork, 02.14.20, Elizabeth Cullinan, Patricia Coughlan


Nedda Casei, Mezzo-Soprano Who Became A Labor Leader, Has Died At 87

Casei “in the 1960s and ’70s could be reliably heard as Suzuki, Maddalena, Lola and other bread-and-butter mezzo-soprano characters at the Metropolitan Opera before transforming herself into a pathbreaking labor leader.” She performed at the Met for 20 years, starting with Maddalena in Rigoletto and ending as Larina in Eugene Onegin. Then she became president of the American Guild of Musical Artists – and she was a transformational labor leader for the performers’ union. – The New York Times ...
Tags: Art, People, American Guild of Musical Artists, Eugene Onegin, Maddalena, Larina, 02.15.20, Nedda Casei Mezzo Soprano, Casei, Suzuki Maddalena Lola


A.E. Hotchner, Writer And Co-Founder Of Newman’s Own, Has Died At 102

Hotchner was “a novelist, playwright, biographer, literary bon vivant and philanthropist whose life was shaped and colored by close friendships with two extraordinarily gifted and well-known men, Ernest Hemingway and Paul Newman.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Ernest Hemingway, Newman, Paul Newman, Hotchner, 02.15.20


Lynn Cohen, Magda Of ‘Sex And The City’ Fame, Has Died At 86

Cohen was a veteran stage and screen actor who found extra fame late in life as Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon)’s housekeeper and nanny on Sex and the City (and both movies). “On Broadway, she appeared in Orpheus Descending and Ivanov, and received Lucille Lortel and Drama League award nominations, as well as the New Dramatists’ Bowden award, the Fox Foundation’s Lilly award and the Richard Seff award from Actor’s Equity Association.” – Variety
Tags: Art, People, Broadway, Cohen, Bowden, Ivanov, Lucille Lortel, Richard Seff, Fox Foundation, Miranda Hobbes Cynthia Nixon, Lynn Cohen Magda, 02.15.20