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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
Who run the world: Maryland’s first lady capitalizes on her South Korean heritage to secure test kits
Hamilton launches new ‘EduHam’ program, which allows students the ability to access free materials to create their own songs or scenes inspired by history
Today was the Queen’s birthday. Harry and Meghan zoomed her.
Michelle Obama launches a live stream to read books to children. Happens every Monday.
April 19, 2020
Governor Cuomo announces antibody testing on thousands of people will be starting next week in the “most aggressive way”
Gaga Raises $128M to combat Coronavirus with “One World” concert
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis launch “quarantine wine” — 100% of profits to benefit Covid charities
Meghan and Harry deliver food packages on behalf of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Project Angel Food this week
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.
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.
Adorable video of the Broadway revival cast of A Chorus Line performing the iconic opening number as they quarantine.
Beyoncé made an appearance at ABC’s Disney sing-a-long this evening
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
April 15, 2020
New York City unveils a $170M plan to help feed struggling New Yorkers during the pandemic
Watch Elizabeth Warren’s fiery video endorsement of Joe Biden
Theatre innovation continues! Musical theatre students across the US debut zoom version of new musical. Will be live streamed by iTheatrics this Friday.
Fierce leadership: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern cuts her salary during 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
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
NOT A COINCIDENCE: Countries with the best COVID-19 responses are all led by women leaders
Over 70 vaccines in development across the globe, with one in phase 2 of human testing
A true heroine: Trans woman is leading the fight against COVID-19 In Pennsylvania
Glamping company teaches us how to make the chicest indoor tents ever. . .
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
Vietnamese-owned nail salons across the country, which dominate the multibillion-dollar nail industry in the U.S., are donating protective masks and gloves.
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
April 9, 2020
Revision of model shows less American pandemic-related deaths than previously expected
“Schitt’s Creek” cast breaks down in tears after seeing thank you letter signed by 1,800 mothers of LGBTQ kids
Dolly again: Parton shares a beautiful tribute to Kenny Rogers with “Sweet Music Man” performance
Georgia bar owner removed $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to give to her unemployed staff
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
Lady Gaga raises $35M in a week to fund Covid-19 efforts and spearheads virtual concert with major star line-up
“Grace and Frankie” cast to perform live table read of season 7 premiere
Ireland’s acting Prime Minister will go back into medicine one night a week to help treat Covid patients
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)
April 6, 2020
George Saunders wrote a beautiful, heartfelt letter to his students this weekend. Published by the New Yorker…
Disney is releasing a new Frozen short series, which was made entirely at creator’s home
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
Cuomo sees good signs as Covid19 deaths remain flat over the last two days
Similar news from New Jersey. . .
For my marketing peeps: Harvard Business Review article on brand marketing THROUGH the Covid-19 crisis. A good 5 minute read.
April 2, 2020
FDA green-lights Corona test treatment that flattens the curve with patients who have the disease
Full length Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals are available for YouTube streaming
Patriotic indeed! Massachusetts governor strikes deal for 1 million N95 masks from China — The New England Patriots plane makes the delivery.
NBC’s Sunday night hit show “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” enlists deaf performers in this week’s episode
Tina Fey, Mike Schur, and 35 more TV writers tells us what their characters would do in a pandemic
April 1, 2020
God bless Dolly again and always! On her Instagram, Parton announces $1M donation to Covid19 research causes.
Representation matters! Disney Jr series “Fancy Nancy’” puts a spotlight on Autistic character for World Autism Awareness Day. Episode airs 4/2.
J.K. Rowling launches “Harry Potter at Home,” a digital hub to keep young children occupied while at home during the crisis
Twenty-one year old college student designs and makes masks for the deaf & hard of hearing
Attention New Yorkers: You can now buy groceries from Michelin-starred restaurant suppliers
Movie theatre owners start fund for out of work employees
Musk steps up: Tesla to supply FDA approved ventilators free of cost
Hope! New data suggests restrictions are slowing Coronavirus infections, according to the New York Times
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.
Portugal extends full citizenship rights to migrants and asylum seekers, granting them access to healthcare during epidemic
Paul Simon serenades us with “American Tune” — and birds chirp in the background! 🐥
Crocs to donate 10,000 pairs of shoes a day for frontline hospital workers fighting Corona
The glorious National Theatre will provide free streams of their live productions via YouTube
Dyson designed a new ventilator in the last 10 days and plans to make 15,000 more
Elton John to host living room concert with Billie Eilish, Elton John, Mariah Carey and more. Airs this Sunday evening.
New Oxford study suggests a large swath has already built Corona immunity
Stimulus package includes millions for the arts
Cuomo says there are early signs that social distancing precautions may be slowing the virus
New York City animal shelters are running out of cats and dogs due to an onslaught of adoptions and fosters
Biden names a Director of LGBTQ Vote Effort
Miller Lite announces on Twitter a $1M donation and fundraising effort for out of work bartenders
UK to make 15-minute at-home kits available ‘within days’
Dave Matthews to Play Live-Stream Concert Thursday to Kick Off Charitable Web Series
Bloomberg and other billionaires donate $75M to NYC non-profits
World Health Organization says 20 Corona vaccines are in development
This creative writing course normally costs $1650. You can now enroll for less than $30.
The AMAZING Broadway community comes together to build and deliver protective gear for NYC-area hospitals
Patrick Stewart is reading Shakespeare online during quarantine. Dare you not to smile. . .
Everything Netflix is releasing for the month of April is listed here
Broadway.com brings back the Rosie show for a one-night-only benefit. A must watch!
Rihanna donates $5M to help fight Corona
Even during a global pandemic, we don’t deserve Rita Wilson
After suffering an unfathomable tragedy, Tony-winning Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles is expecting a baby (My heart bursts!)
Facebook steps up: Donates 720,000 medical masks, 1.5 million gloves for coronavirus battle
New York couple marries on the street as their friend officiates from 4th floor balcony
90 year old woman who contracted Corona is recovering
Netflix forms a $100 million dollar Coronavirus fund for entertainment workers
Theme parks and museums begin to reopen in China
Fashion designer Christian Siriano says his workers will make masks for emergency health workers
David Hockney unveils new painting to lift the world’s spirits