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Articles that spread hope, celebrates the heroes, and provide positive entertainment when it’s most needed.

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” – Anne Frank

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’.” – Fred Rogers

April 21, 2020

Lester Holt is starting a twice-weekly newscast to ease the mystery and worry for young people about the pandemic
.https://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/lester-holt-starts-show-for-children-about-the-coronavirus/2383890/

Who run the world: Maryland’s first lady capitalizes on her South Korean heritage to secure test kits
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/20/politics/who-is-yumi-hogan/index.html

Hamilton launches new ‘EduHam’ program, which allows students the ability to access free materials to create their own songs or scenes inspired by history
https://www.theatermania.com/broadway/news/hamilton-launches-eduham-at-home-program_90915.html

Today was the Queen’s birthday.  Harry and Meghan zoomed her. 
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8241933/Prince-Harry-Meghan-Markle-baby-Archie-hold-video-call-Queen.html

Michelle Obama launches a live stream to read books to children. Happens every Monday.  
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/michelle-obama-pbs-kids-reading-with-former-first-lady-every-monday-childrens-books-live-stream/

April 19, 2020

Governor Cuomo announces antibody testing on thousands of people will be starting next week in the “most aggressive way”
https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/health-and-medicine/coronavirus-blog

Gaga Raises $128M to combat Coronavirus with “One World” concert
https://www.npr.org/2020/04/19/838084251/one-world-concert-curated-by-lady-gaga-raises-millions-to-combat-coronavirus

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis launch “quarantine wine” — 100% of profits to benefit Covid charities
https://www.today.com/news/quarantine-wine-ashton-kutcher-mila-kunis-launch-new-project-t179207

Meghan and Harry deliver food packages on behalf of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Project Angel Food this week
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8228125/Meghan-Markle-Prince-Harry-photographed-time-LA.html

New York art photographers band together to sell work as a fundraiser to help hard-hit Elmhurst Hospital battle coronavirus. In less than a week, the Pictures for Elmhurst project has raised over $850,000 by selling thousands of prints at $150 each.
https://www.newsbreak.com/new-york/brooklyn/news/0OnhGDfy/nyc-photographers-selling-unique-prints-online-raise-over-850k-for-coronavirus-ravaged-elmhurst-hospital

April 16, 2020

Led by the all-volunteer Peace of Heart Choir, New Yorkers tuned into the event’s Facebook page and two local radio stations, WKCR (89.9FM) and WBAI (99.5), to sing Kander and Ebb’s “New York, New York” this eve.
https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/watch-new-yorkers-across-the-city-lovingly-belt-out-new-york-new-york-from-their-windows-041620

Adorable video of the Broadway revival cast of A Chorus Line performing the iconic opening number as they quarantine.
https://www.playbill.com/article/check-out-the-broadway-revival-cast-of-a-chorus-line-dance-under-quarantine

Beyoncé made an appearance at ABC’s Disney sing-a-long this evening
https://www.vulture.com/2020/04/watch-beyonc-sing-when-you-wish-upon-a-star-disney-abc.html

Speaking of Beyonce…who run the world?  A fun feature on badass Paula Reid, the CBS reporter that refused to backdown to Trump this week
https://hollywoodlife.com/feature/who-is-paula-reid-cbs-news-correspondent-4003023/

April 15, 2020

New York City unveils a $170M plan to help feed struggling New Yorkers during the pandemic
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/coronavirus/nyc-unveils-170m-plan-to-help-feed-struggling-new-yorkers-during-pandemic/2375891/

Watch Elizabeth Warren’s fiery video endorsement of Joe Biden
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlzWVNlYZjs

Theatre innovation continues! Musical theatre students across the US debut zoom version of new musical. Will be live streamed by iTheatrics this Friday.
https://www.playbill.com/article/musical-theatre-students-across-the-us-to-debut-new-zoom-version-of-the-big-one-oh

Fierce leadership: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern cuts her salary during pandemic
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-zealand-prime-minister-jacinda-ardern-coroanvirus-pay-cut-20-percent-salary-decrease-amid-pandemic/

The 13-ton bell at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris rang this evening, one year after the devastating fire swept through the landmark
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/bell-rings-at-notre-dame-cathedral-one-year-after-devastating-fire/2375822/

April 13, 2020

Virginia Governor signed the Virginia Values Act on Saturday, making it the first state in the South to pass anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ communities
https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/virginia-governor-signs-lgbtq-nondiscrimination-measure-law-n1182821

NOT A COINCIDENCE: Countries with the best COVID-19 responses are all led by women leaders
https://www.forbes.com/sites/avivahwittenbergcox/2020/04/13/what-do-countries-with-the-best-coronavirus-reponses-have-in-common-women-leaders/

Over 70 vaccines in development across the globe, with one in phase 2 of human testing
https://time.com/5819887/coronavirus-vaccines-development-who/

A true heroine: Trans woman is leading the fight against COVID-19 In Pennsylvania
https://www.forbes.com/sites/dawnstaceyennis/2020/03/31/a-trans-woman-is-leading-the-fight-against-covid-19-in-pennsylvania/

Glamping company teaches us how to make the chicest indoor tents ever. . .
https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/a-glamping-company-shows-us-how-to-assemble-a-luxurious-indoor-tent-041320

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April 12, 2020

UK scientist leading the UK vaccinology efforts for Covid-19 says she is 80% confident a vaccine will be available in 6 months. Human trials to begin in the next two weeks. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-11/coronavirus-vaccine-could-be-ready-in-six-months-times

FDA Chief says US is close to coronavirus peak
https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-fda-says-us-is-close-to-coronavirus-peak-20200412-k2obhvcpz5gedldgeathmqvudm-story.html

Vietnamese-owned nail salons across the country, which dominate the multibillion-dollar nail industry in the U.S., are donating protective masks and gloves.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/vietnamese-owned-nail-salons-donate-thousands-masks-gloves-more-hospitals-n1180291

Remember that Rita Wilson rap video? Well she and Naughty By Nature remixed “Hip Hop Hooray” and all proceeds will benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund
https://www.npr.org/2020/04/12/832122951/rita-wilson-and-naughty-by-nature-on-remixing-hip-hop-hooray-for-charity

 

April 9, 2020

Revision of model shows less American pandemic-related deaths than previously expected
https://www.npr.org/2020/04/09/830474604/model-revisions-have-rare-good-news-about-coronavirus-pandemic

“Schitt’s Creek” cast breaks down in tears after seeing thank you letter signed by 1,800 mothers of LGBTQ kids
https://www.nydailynews.com/snyde/ny-coronavirus-schitts-creek-breaks-down-tears-thank-you-lgbtq-kids-20200409-3wcorhs3a5h3tpow3aafctycse-story.html

Dolly again: Parton shares a beautiful tribute to Kenny Rogers with “Sweet Music Man” performance
https://etcanada.com/news/623892/dolly-parton-pays-emotional-tribute-to-kenny-rogers-with-stunning-sweet-music-man-performance/

Georgia bar owner removed $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to give to her unemployed staff
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/08/us/sand-bar-dollar-bills-donation-trnd/index.html

Governor Cuomo’s ex-girlfriend, cookbook author Sandra Lee, makes some super weird, sugary Easter treats and a crazy cocktail on the Today Show.  I can’t stop watching… https://www.today.com/food/sandra-lee-makes-easy-easter-basket-cakes-giant-pitcher-cosmos-t178059

April 7, 2020

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey is moving $1 billion of his equity to fund COVID-19 relief efforts
https://variety.com/2020/digital/news/jack-dorsey-donating-1-billion-of-his-equity-in-square-to-covid-19-relief-efforts-1234573680/

Lady Gaga raises $35M in a week to fund Covid-19 efforts and spearheads virtual concert with major star line-up
https://www.businessinsider.com/lady-gaga-raising-money-for-who-announces-virtual-concert-april-2020-4

“Grace and Frankie” cast to perform live table read of season 7 premiere
https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/grace-frankie-live-table-read-netflix-charity-1234573203/maz/

Ireland’s acting Prime Minister will go back into medicine one night a week to help treat Covid patients
https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/06/828252726/irish-leader-returns-to-medicine-to-help-battle-covid-19-pandemic

The biggest and brightest super moon of the year will be on display tonight.  See it from your window or safely outside (keeping six feet away from neighbors, of course)
https://gothamist.com/arts-entertainment/years-biggest-and-brightest-pink-supermoon-tonight

April 6, 2020

George Saunders wrote a beautiful, heartfelt letter to his students this weekend. Published by the New Yorker…
https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/a-letter-to-my-students-as-we-face-the-pandemic

Disney is releasing a new Frozen short series, which was made entirely at creator’s home
https://ew.com/tv/disney-frozen-short-series-at-home-with-olaf-josh-gad/

Phoebe Waller Bridge makes her acclaimed Flea Bag available to stream to raise funds for several charities that are on the front lines of combatting COVID-19
https://www.broadway.com/buzz/199035/heres-how-you-can-stream-phoebe-waller-bridges-theater-production-of-fleabag/

Cuomo sees good signs as Covid19 deaths remain flat over the last two days
https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/06/828205516/with-coronavirus-deaths-essentially-flat-last-two-days-ny-gov-sees-good-signs

Similar news from New Jersey. . .
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/06/new-jersey-gov-phil-murphy-coronavirus-numbers-show-possible-improvement.html

For my marketing peeps:  Harvard Business Review article on brand marketing THROUGH the Covid-19 crisis.  A good 5 minute read.
https://hbr.org/2020/04/brand-marketing-through-the-coronavirus-crisis

​April 2, 2020

FDA green-lights Corona test treatment that flattens the curve with patients who have the disease
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2020/04/02/fda-gives-green-light-to-test-a-treatment-against-covid-19-coronavirus-that-flattens-the-curve-in-patients

Full length Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals are available for YouTube streaming
https://www.playbill.com/article/full-length-andrew-lloyd-webber-musicals-head-to-youtube

Patriotic indeed! Massachusetts governor strikes deal for 1 million N95 masks from China — The New England Patriots plane makes the delivery.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-million-n95-masks-are-coming-from-chinaon-board-the-new-england-patriots-plane-11585821600

NBC’s Sunday night hit show “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” enlists deaf performers in this week’s episode
https://deadline.com/video/zoeys-extraordinary-playlist-deaf-performers/

Tina Fey, Mike Schur, and 35 more TV writers tells us what their characters would do in a pandemic
https://www.vulture.com/2020/04/if-i-wrote-a-coronavirus-episode.html

April 1, 2020

God bless Dolly again and always!  On her Instagram, Parton announces $1M donation to Covid19 research causes.
https://www.instagram.com/p/B-ceG0wlAVc/

Representation matters!  Disney Jr series “Fancy Nancy’” puts a spotlight on Autistic character for World Autism Awareness Day.  Episode airs 4/2.
https://deadline.com/2020/03/disney-fancy-nancy-autistic-character-world-autism-awareness-day-1202896139/

J.K. Rowling launches “Harry Potter at Home,” a digital hub to keep young children occupied while at home during the crisis
https://variety.com/2020/digital/global/j-k-rowling-harry-potter-at-home-hub-1203551383/

Twenty-one year old college student designs and makes masks for the deaf & hard of hearing
https://www.lex18.com/news/coronavirus/college-student-makes-masks-for-the-deaf-hard-of-hearing

Attention New Yorkers: You can now buy groceries from Michelin-starred restaurant suppliers
https://www.google.com/amp/s/ny.eater.com/platform/amp/2020/4/1/21202010/nyc-restaurant-grocery-coronavirus-wholesale

Movie theatre owners start fund for out of work employees
https://www.google.com/amp/s/variety.com/2020/film/box-office/movie-theater-owners-fund-employees-california-nevada-1203552152/amp/

MARCH 2020

Musk steps up: Tesla to supply FDA approved ventilators free of cost
https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN21I2KX

Hope!  New data suggests restrictions are slowing Coronavirus infections, according to the New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/health/coronavirus-restrictions-fevers.html

UCLA grad student builds ventilator from supplies he bought at Home Depot.  Hopes it can serve as a low-cost, quick-to-build prototype to help hospitals.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/grad-student-builds-ventilator-using-home-depot-supplies/2353647/

Portugal extends full citizenship rights to migrants and asylum seekers, granting them access to healthcare during epidemic
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/30/europe/portugal-migrants-citizenship-rights-coronavirus-intl/index.html

Paul Simon serenades us with “American Tune” — and birds chirp in the background! 🐥
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.upworthy.com/amp/paul-simon-american-tune-coronavirus

Crocs to donate 10,000 pairs of shoes a day for frontline hospital workers fighting Corona
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/26/business/crocs-donation-coronavirus/index.html

The glorious National Theatre will provide free streams of their live productions via YouTube
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/National-Theatre-Will-Stream-NT-Live-Productions-For-Free-on-YouTube-20200326

Dyson designed a new ventilator in the last 10 days and plans to make 15,000 more
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/26/tech/dyson-ventilators-coronavirus/index.html

Elton John to host living room concert with Billie Eilish, Elton John, Mariah Carey and more. Airs this Sunday evening.
https://theweek.com/speedreads/904763/elton-john-host-living-room-concert-america-stars-performing-from-home

New Oxford study suggests a large swath has already built Corona immunity
https://theweek.com/speedreads/904584/new-oxford-study-suggests-millions-people-may-have-already-built-coronavirus-immunity

Stimulus package includes millions for the arts
https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99916513

Cuomo says there are early signs that social distancing precautions may be slowing the virus
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/nyregion/coronavirus-new-york-update.html

New York City animal shelters are running out of cats and dogs due to an onslaught of adoptions and fosters
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-25/newest-shortage-in-new-york-the-city-is-running-out-of-dogs

Biden names a Director of LGBTQ Vote Effort
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/03/joe-biden-names-reggie-greer-director-campaigns-lgbtq-vote-effort/

Miller Lite announces on Twitter a $1M donation and fundraising effort for out of work bartenders
https://twitter.com/MillerLite/status/1241123642479706119

UK to make 15-minute at-home kits available ‘within days’
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-test-uk-kit-home-nhs-cases-symptoms-public-health-england-a9424741.html

Dave Matthews to Play Live-Stream Concert Thursday to Kick Off Charitable Web Series
https://variety.com/2020/music/news/dave-matthews-live-stream-concert-verizon-series-pay-it-forward-live-1203544410/amp/

Bloomberg and other billionaires donate $75M to NYC non-profits
https://www.forbes.com/sites/hayleycuccinello/2020/03/20/michael-bloomberg-jon-stryker-donate-to-75-million-covid-19-fund-for-new-york-city-nonprofits/

World Health Organization says 20 Corona vaccines are in development
https://bgr.com/2020/03/22/coronavirus-update-20-vaccines-efforts-with-one-trial-live-in-the-us/

This creative writing course normally costs $1650.  You can now enroll for less than $30.
https://nypost.com/2020/03/16/boost-your-creative-writing-skills-with-the-help-of-this-training-that-costs-less-than-30/

The AMAZING Broadway community comes together to build and deliver protective gear for NYC-area hospitals
https://news.yahoo.com/broadway-community-comes-together-to-start-sewing-and-delivering-protective-gowns-to-new-york-city-hospitals-203847228.html

Patrick Stewart is reading Shakespeare online during quarantine.  Dare you not to smile. . .
https://comicbook.com/startrek/2020/03/23/star-trek-patrick-stewart-shakespeare-sonnets-quarantine-coronav/

Everything Netflix is releasing for the month of April is listed here
https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/03/9579296/netflix-new-releases-april-2020-movies-tv-original-series

Broadway.com brings back the Rosie show for a one-night-only benefit.  A must watch!
https://www.broadway.com/rosie/?fbclid=IwAR26Yp5uyz142rMmtN48HPOem4sJk6xXu0K6sixhqVlrCj435Hb0Dtgxg1U

Rihanna donates $5M to help fight Corona
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/22/us/rihanna-coronavirus-relief-donation-trnd/index.html

Even during a global pandemic, we don’t deserve Rita Wilson
https://mashable.com/article/rita-wilson-coronavirus-quarantine-rap-hip-hop-hooray/

After suffering an unfathomable tragedy, Tony-winning Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles is expecting a baby (My heart bursts!)
https://www.broadway.com/buzz/198865/ruthie-ann-miles-tony-winner-whose-life-was-touched-by-tragedy-is-expecting-a-new-baby/

Facebook steps up: Donates 720,000 medical masks, 1.5 million gloves for coronavirus battle
https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Facebook-donates-720-000-medical-masks-1-5-15148473.php

New York couple marries on the street as their friend officiates from 4th floor balcony
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/21/us/new-york-couple-married-street-officiant-trnd/index.html

90 year old woman who contracted Corona is recovering
https://www.wbtv.com/2020/03/21/year-old-woman-who-contracted-coronavirus-seattle-senior-care-facility-is-now-recovering/

Netflix forms a $100 million dollar Coronavirus fund for entertainment workers
https://variety.com/2020/film/news/netflix-coronavirus-relief-fund-100-million-dollars-1203540530/

Theme parks and museums begin to reopen in China
https://blooloop.com/news/theme-parks-museums-reopen-china/

Fashion designer Christian Siriano says his workers will make masks for emergency health workers
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/coronavirus/christian-siriano-offers-to-help-make-masks-to-fight-covid-19/2336688/

David Hockney unveils new painting to lift the world’s spirits
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8128821/David-Hockney-unveils-new-painting-lift-nations-gloom-amid-coronavirus-crisis.html

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