" How hard is it to be a female human being in the media? Anne Hathaway is a pretty good measure. She learned everything she could about sex trafficking and prostitution to play Fantine, and knew only too well that modern-day Fantines were probably living within blocks of the Academy Awards. As she said in her acceptance speech, ‘Here’s hoping that someday in the not too distant future the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and never in real life.’
Did that get coverage? No. Instead, the huge and expensive media beast speculated on her nipples. In a way, that makes Anne’s point. No wonder there are still Fantines, so many in the media think like pimps, traffickers and johns. "
" Here’s hoping that someday in the not too distant future the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and nevermore in real life. Thank you. "
" Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law—for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm. "
- President Obama, second inaugural address (via barackobama
" When Barack Obama raises his right hand on Jan. 21 to “faithfully execute the office of president,” his left hand will be resting on a worn black leather Bible, with a slight tear on the cover, that normally resides under glass in the King Center in Atlanta. The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced this week that a Bible Martin Luther King Jr. carried with him during his rise as a civil rights leader will be one of two used at the Jan. 21 inauguration. The other one was used by Abraham Lincoln during his first inauguration in 1861 and by Obama in 2009. The use of their Bibles come on the 50th anniversary of the King-led March on Washington and 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. "
" I think it’s intoxicating when somebody is so unapologetically who they are. "
" Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one. "