Broadway’s Chester Gregory Releases ‘Remembering Jackie’ Tribute Album

Chester Gregory first made his mark in theatre portraying Jackie Wilson in The Jackie Wilson Story Black Ensemble Theatre. His performance earned critical acclaim throughout the nation, including the New York Times saying, Gregory puts on a show of such physical and vocal dexterity that it’s almost impossible to imagine that anyone elsecould do it. Featured Content


Remembering the Brooklyn Dodger Who Hijacked a Plane

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The first person to attempt to hijack a domestic commercial airplane in the United States was a Brooklyn Dodger.

Commercial air travel was not a common way to get around in 1935. Most baseball teams, like most people, still took trains for long distance travel. Attempts to hijack a plane were rare.

And yet, Len Koenecke has the dubious distinction of being the first person to attempt to hijack an airplane inside the United States, in 1935. He also played baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and that was the cause of his crime.

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Remembering Hubert de Givenchy’s most iconic looks

French designer Hubert de Givenchy, one of fashion’s most treasured names, passed away this weekend at the age of 91 in Paris. De Givenchy is famed for creating the iconic little black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The designer and Hepburn met on the set of “Sabrina” in 1953 — just…
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Remembering the iconic photos taken by Bronx-born photojournalist Max Desfor

AP photographer Max Desfor, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning photos went on to define the desperation of the Korean War, passed away on Feb. 19, 2018. He was 104. Desfor’s extraordinary career led him all over the world as he documented World War II and world leaders including Mahatma Gandhi.
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VIDEO FLASHBACK: Remembering Stage and Screen Legend Debbie Reynolds

Just one day after the heartbreaking passing of her daughter Carrie Fisher, the world was again shocked to learn of the tragic passing of Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds. One of the brightest stars of the Golden Age of Movie Musicals, Reynolds came to fame at just 19 years old in the MGM classic SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. Featured Content


Remembering Dick Enberg’s One-In-A-Million Sports Broadcasting Career, Life

Dick Enberg died at the age of 82 on Thursday. The announcer will be remembered not only for his legendary sports broadcasting career, but his genuine enthusiasm, versatility and expertise across multiple sports.

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Angelina Jolie Brings Kids Maddox and Shiloh to Music Event Remembering the Cambodian Genocide

Angelina Jolie had quite a squad for her night out in New York City on Saturday, but all eyes were on her special guests: son Maddox and daughter Shiloh.

The group, which also included First They Killed My Father author Loung Ung, film director Rithy Panh and composer Him Sophy, posed for photos before attending Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).

The 42-year-old actress wore a beige trench coat. Shiloh, 11, donned a white shirt and black trousers, while Maddox, 16, picked up his own simple outfit with a black scarf.

The show combined the Metropolis Ensemble, the Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir and traditional Khmer vocalists and instruments to pay tribute to the nearly two million victims of the Cambodian genocide, according to BAM’s website.

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This is the second family outing of the weekend. On Friday, the filmmaker brought along four of her children to accompany her to the 2017 United Nations Correspondents Association Awards at Cipriani Wall Street, where Jolie was honored as the 2017 UNCA Global Citizen of the year.

She was photographed at the event alongside her sons Pax, 14, Knox, 9, and daughters Zahara, 12 and Shiloh, 11. While both Pax and Zahara opted for all-black outfits, Knox and Shiloh both wore black suits with white dress shirts underneath.

And while the actress’ other two children  — Maddox, 16, and Vivienne, 9 — were not present for the event, there was a good reason why they decided to sit the night out. “Vivienne had an upset tummy and big brother Maddox stayed with her,” a source told PEOPLE.

Earlier this year, Jolie brought all six of her children to the premiere of her Netflix movie, First They Killed My Father, at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Based on Cambodia human rights activist Ung’s memoirFirst They Killed My Father documents her experience as a young girl under the brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge. The film is a passion project for Jolie, who said she was motivated to make the film by Maddox, who was born in Cambodia.

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Remembering AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, Band’s Unassuming Mastermind

"There's very few rock & roll bands," Malcolm Young explained to a Dutch TV interviewer around the time of AC/DC's 2000 album Stiff Upper Lip. "There's rock bands, there's sort of metal bands, there's whatever, but there's no rock

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Remembering Dick Gregory: Comedian, Activist, and Entrepreneur

Iconic comedian and activist Dick Gregory passed away on Saturday at the age of 84. Beginning his career in 1953, Dick Gregory used his comedy to convey his political ideals to white and black audiences alike.

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For instance, he spoke for two uninterrupted hours at “Freedom Day” in 1963, which was a rally to drive black voter registration. He also unsuccessfully ran for president of the United States in 1968 as a write-in candidate.

Gregory eventually became a successful entrepreneur. A longtime vegan and healthy eating advocate, many may remember Gregory’s Slim-Safe Bahamian Diet—a meal replacement powder to help with weight loss.

(Image: Black Enterprise Magazine, June 1985)


In the March 1989 issue of Black Enterprise magazine, it was reported that Gregory had amassed a “small fortune” from sales of his Slim-Safe product. That same year, he purchased a beachfront hotel in Florida for $ 7 million to use as a health, nutrition, and weight-loss center.

(Image: Black Enterprise Magazine, March 1989)

The hotel buy was part of the expansion of Dick Gregory Enterprises his business venture, which was averaging revenue of $ 30,000 per day just from Slim-Safe sales alone.

The hotel was part of Gregory’s vision to offer luxury accommodations to those who wanted to improve their health and nutrition.

“In order to reach Americans, you have to do it with glamour,” he said in an interview with Black Enterprise.  “I want to glamorize health and nutrition the same way we have [glamorized] athletics and sports.”

His business interests were fueled by a passion to see Americans, particularly black Americans, adopt a healthier lifestyle.

“We have got to make health an issue in America,” he said. “We have to make teenagers just as excited drinking juice as they are about buying a pair of Michael Jordan’s tennis shoes.”

“Dick Gregory was an activist and creative genius who knew the struggle for liberation could only take flight if prominent individuals like himself leveraged their considerable influence, and joined the masses on the front lines of the dismantling of Jim Crow,” said NAACP Board Chairman Leon W. Russell in a statement. “We have lost one of the most important voices of social justice vigilance in the last fifty years. His intellectual style of humor defied racist stereotypes, eschewed buffoonery, and provided white America rare insight into the unquestionable humanity of black people,” added Russell.

“Our brother in the struggle, Dick Gregory will be sorely missed,” said NAACP interim President Derrick Johnson. “He, along with people like Harry Belafonte and Paul Robeson, pioneered the use of celebrity as a tool to push for social justice. Our community and nation owes a great debt to him for his decades of work to eradicate racism.”

—Additional reporting: Claudio E. Cabrera, Cedric ‘BIG CED’ Thornton, and Howard Manly



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Remembering Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton’s Reign of Hollywood Terror

“My fellow Americans it’s that time of year / To celebrate our country by drinking massive amounts of beer / Let’s stand together as one, live the American dream /Take shots, pass out, & wake up with our pants ripped open at the seems / Let’s glorify this day in your sluttiest tops and your tightest pair of tsubi jeans / Even though we have no f***** clue what Memorial Day really means!!”

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Remembering Charlie Gard as a baby, not a legal battle


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Charlie Gard, who became the subject of an international lightning rod legal case for the rights of parents to chart a course of treatment on behalf of their sick babies, died on Friday.

Baby Charlie was 11 months old. He was born was an extremely rare condition called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. His short life became the subject of an intense court battle in Great Britain, as parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard fought to fully steer their son’s course of treatment even when their own opinions differed from those expressed in the medical community.

Baby Charlie quickly became a symbol of the heartbreaking legal and ethical dilemmas babies with life-threatening or terminal medical diagnoses face.

But I don’t want to focus on Baby Charlie as a symbol of anything. Instead, I want to remember him just as a baby. Much is made of the courage of his parents for their staunch legal advocacy in the face of seemingly insurmountable medical odds.

Here, I want to leave the legal out.

I simply honor the courage it takes to fall in love with a baby who is dying. It is a strange courage – many in the loss community take issue with the concept of “courage” as attached to love of a child. Of “courage” in their perseverance. These parents would say it was the most natural thing in the world to them, and what they drew on was not courage but parental love. Still, the loss of a child is soul destroying and it does take a kind of pure sacrifice to watch the light go out.

I am a loss mom. The circumstances of my own loss are entirely different, so much so that I would not even mention it here were it not for the fact that my membership in this broad community has enabled me to meet and befriend parents who have had children born with terminal diagnoses. They are warriors of the heart and in a class by themselves – managing the simultaneous hello and goodbye at a cost of almost everything.

I started turning off the radio whenever the case was covered because I began to hear the judgment in this all-around-tragedy of a case. The call in commenters could seem broad-minded, sympathetic, and even kind. They reminded about the babies dying of cholera and malaria. And while that it all true it is not relevant to the facts of this case.

I celebrate here the love of Yates and Gard for their baby in the purest form. No politics, not public anything.

I will not guess at the pain of a family I have never met.

I will not speculate about the political implications – important though they may be – this week.

This week, I simply join millions and millions of others in sending thoughts and/or prayers to the family of Charlie Gard.

Please add your condolences to the Gard Family here.

Photograph Courtesy of Rex/Shutterstock photo by Finbarr Webster/REX Used with permission. 




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Remembering Glenn O’Brien, and His Truly Exceptional Style

The man who helped a generation find its sartorial identity passed away today.

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On Mother’s Day, Remembering Mothers Without Living Children

Mother’s Day evokes bittersweet emotions in bereaved mothers everywhere. The pain of loss may be especially poignant for mothers without living children. Memories of loss transposed onto a world awash in flowers and greeting cards leaves women reeling. Too often, their experience of motherhood is largely unacknowledged by society. Taking place in May, a month that pulses with such tremulous beauty in long-awaited spring, Mother’s Day can threaten to break the best of us.

Says Toni Brabec, whose only baby daughter Olivia died in 2013:

Before, I saw Mother’s Day like most people do. A special day to honor our mothers… [I]’d pick out cards, a small gift… Now on Mother’s Day, I would rather stay in or just have a small gathering… [F]or me, who has no evidence of children other than the photos in my house, I am overlooked and/or it is assumed I am not a mother at all… it is difficult because in my heart, I know I am a mother. But the world doesn’t always see it like that.

This is what loving family and friends can consider doing to help support mothers without living children coping with loss.

1. Do acknowledge and affirm her standing as mother.
You can absolutely include bereaved mothers in Mother’s Day events. This may feel initially awkward, but it truly is both appropriate and helpful. The tone of inclusion may feel a bit more subdued, but the mother without living children should have her heroic struggle to mourn, remember, and find meaning marked. She will decline if she is not comfortable, but she will appreciate the invitation.

2. Do send a card.
It is comforting to receive an acknowledgement in the mail regarding loss. These cards are evidence of the existence of babies gone too soon, and these apparently slight things carry precious love to shore up mothers mourning and remembering.

3. Don’t try to talk her out of grief.
Resist the impulse to try to make her feel better. Instead, let her miss her child. Most expressions of grief that tow with them an undercurrent of the “at least,” will only inadvertently push the bereaved away.

4. Do ask her questions about her loss/her birth/her stillbirth.
Depending upon your relationship to the bereaved, dialogue can be helpful. It promotes the integration of grief and complex healing. Loss, when processed, can reveal phenomenally painful truths about being alive. However, the other side of the pain is the recognition of the beauty that is also inherent in living. Bereaved mothers don’t take much for granted. They can teach a great deal in this regard.

5. Do take care to acknowledge the loss of their baby.
If you see a Facebook post pertaining to loss, the mother is reaching out. Go ahead and comment — add your voice to the supportive community. You may not know what to say, but “I am thinking of you,” is a powerful statement.

Part of the isolation born of perinatal loss is the lack of shared memories. It is for this reason that efforts to invite the sharing of memories have great import. The bereaved mother is working to find her place in a whole new world. It is a lonely journey and she does appreciate the company.

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How Remembering the Past Can Help You Win in 2015

What was your favorite memory of the holiday season? For me, one stood out. Last week, I attended a party thrown by an old high school friend. The party was fabulous — I spent the night catching up with high school friends I’d lost touch with over the years. One of the best parts was introducing my high school boyfriend to my husband. It was just a scream.

On the way home, though, a strange sensation washed over me. Because I’m a psychologist, and because my second book is about self-awareness, it seemed professionally irresponsible not to try to understand this feeling.

At first, it wasn’t easy to pin down. But I soon figured it out. It was nostalgia. My mind was flooded with sweet, sad high school memories (for context, many people hated high school, Glee-style, but my experience was the exact opposite. I was lucky to go to a school where good grades and theater made you “cool” — otherwise I would have been in big trouble).

The irony of my feelings didn’t escape me. Just a few days before the new year, I felt hopelessly stuck in the past. This is probably bad, I thought, but decided to seek the answer in the science just to be sure. Imagine me coming home from the party and pouring over Google Scholar, and you might grasp my true level of geekiness.

Nostalgia: What’s the Deal?

The term “nostalgia” was first coined in the 1600s by a Swiss doctor to describe immigrants’ homesick feelings (the word is Greek: nostos = return home, algos = pain). And for hundreds of years, nostalgia got a terrible rap: It was called a “neurological disease … of demonic cause” and a “repressive compulsive disorder.”

Thankfully, the way we think about nostalgia has evolved. A more modern definition, courtesy of Google Dictionary, is “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically … with happy personal associations.”


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On average, people experience nostalgia between one and four times per week — I’d wager it’s more frequent around the holidays. Individually, we relive childhood memories, think of people no longer in our lives, or hear songs that instantly transport us back in time. Collectively, we’re inundated with 2014 retrospectives in magazines and on TV. (Fun fact: This “collective nostalgia” actually brings people closer together.)

Now, prepare to be surprised: Scientists have discovered that nostalgia is actually good for us! According to Constantine Sedikides, a psychology professor who’s cornered the market on this research, nostalgia is “absolutely central to the human experience.”

Sedikides and his colleagues have shown that nostalgia can help make us less lonely, less bored, less existentially anxious, and even less money hungry. It also can make us more optimistic about the future. When researchers asked students to recall nostalgic events, they used more optimistic words, and felt more positively, than when remembering ordinary events. How could this be? Reliving positive memories makes us feel more connected to others and better about ourselves.

Every year around this time, I can fall prey to terrifying thoughts — sometimes the blank slate of a new year can feel just as scary as it is invigorating: What if I can’t sustain the success of my business this year? What if I inadvertently let down all my friends and family? What if my next book is horrible?

Enter nostalgia. My wonderful memories of high school immediately reminded me of three things:

(A) I got good grades because I worked hard and never gave up — I’ll use that same drive to keep growing my business in 2015.

(B) I had a group of friends who I would do anything for — I’ll draw on that same feeling to support the people I care about in 2015.

(C) I fell in love with writing early in life and realized I was pretty darn good at it — I’ll remember that joy, and draw on that success, to make my next book my best one yet.


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Three Ways to Harnass The Power of Nostalgia in 2015

  1. Access your nostalgia bank. The next time you’re afraid, lonely, or bored, try to remember a time when you felt confident, loved, or captivated. We are more likely to experience nostalgia when we’re feeling down, so stay aware of your emotions. And when you make a withdrawal from your nostalgia bank, try not to compare those memories with your present situation (that’s when things can get tricky). Instead, simply enjoy this sweet, comparison-free memory.
  2. Bolster your self-esteem. One of the reasons nostalgia is adaptive is that it can boost our self-esteem. The next time you’re tackling a new project or feeling totally overwhelmed, remember a time in your life when you were wildly successful in the face of a challenge. You’re that same person now — probably a better one — and you can take whatever life throws at you!
  3. Live your life fully. Have you ever realized — in real time — that you’re living a moment you’ll be nostalgic about in the future? There’s actually a term for this: anticipatory nostalgia. Typically, the more surprising and positive an event is, the more likely it is to become a nostalgic memory. So in 2015, use this as an excuse to live your life fully and make each moment great — then deposit that memory into your nostalgia bank for later use.

Ironically, as we look ahead to the new year, drawing from our past can help us achieve our goals and live a happier, more fulfilling life. To paraphrase Dr. Sedikides, nostalgia gives us meaning. It reminds us of our roots. It improves how we see ourselves. And it gives us the courage to move forward.

So move forward, but never forget your past, and you just might win in 2015.
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