Josie Natori, Adria de Haume to Be Honored at LOOT 2019 Opening Benefit

The Museum of Arts and Design is gearing up for the 19th installment of “LOOT: MAD About Jewelry.”
The annual event is double-barreled with an exhibition and sale of one-of-a kind contemporary jewelry. Set to bow on April 9, the show will feature the work of 55 up-and-coming and more established international jewelry artists and designers from 18 countries and territories. The majority of the participants will be presenting in New York for the first time.
During the opening benefit gala on April 8, designers and philanthropists Adria de Haume and Josie Natori will be presented with the LOOT awards. Natori recently introduced some signature loot to her own company — unveiling ready-to-wear for her Josie Natori label. Natori is active on boards for the Asian Cultural Council, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation (with the second two groups planning their own galas this spring). Honored to receive the award “from a museum that celebrates design art and craft, which I live in and love,” Natori said, “Barbara Tober persuaded me. She is such a force and I have great admiration for what she has done for the museum. Besides, I am a jewelry fanatic,

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Melania Trump’s Stylist to be Honored by City Officials in French Hometown

As the year comes to a close, First Lady Melania Trump’s designer choices have been the focus of plenty of listicles.
Soon her stylist of choice, Hervé Pierre, will be in the spotlight in his hometown. Pierre’s holiday celebrations will be extended Wednesday in Sancerre, France, where he will receive the keys to the city.
“I’m so touched because everyone is working in the wine industry or in the goat cheese industry. Sancerre is located on top of a hill, which is where all the vineyards are. And at the bottom of the hill you have Chavignol goat cheese, which is the most delicious and expensive one in the world — for people who like goat cheese.” he said. “It was not so easy as a kid to do fashion in that environment.”
“The good news was that they knew what I wanted to do. You have a lot of parents who look at their teenagers and say, ‘What are we going to do with that one?’ That was not the case with my parents. I knew exactly what I wanted to do — which university, which school. It was actually a very straight line. There were no surprises,” he said.
Although his father

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Anna Sui, Glamglow’s Shannon Dellimore Honored by Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization

Anna Sui and Glamglow cofounder Shannon Dellimore are among the honorees at this year’s annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.
Held at the United Nations today, the annual gathering of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization is meant to empower female entrepreneurs globally to drive economic expansion and advance their communities.
“As a woman who founded her own business, I know firsthand the challenges women and women in business face,” Dellimore said. “I also know we can be powerful forces for change because women get things done. The work of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is to empower, celebrate and support women in business around the world to help alleviate poverty.”

Shannon Dellimore 

The annual gathering unites business leaders, government officials and women’s empowerment advocates to collaborate on solutions to give young women opportunities to launch their own businesses through new policies or education. The organization has chapters in 144 countries and 110 universities globally.
“My motto has always been: live your dream,” Sui said on advice she gives young female entrepreneurs. “Competition and circumstances can be tough, but you need to be true to yourself and figure out your own niche. Do what you are best at and what you’re interested in and learn your craft.”
In addition to Sui

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Zandra Rhodes, Johnson Hartig of Libertine Honored in Dallas

DALLAS — Masterful colorists and mavericks Dame Zandra Rhodes and Johnson Hartig of Libertine just might collaborate in the future.
The two discussed the idea briefly Friday morning in Dallas, where they met for the first time before sharing the spotlight at the annual Night of Stars gala at the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas.
“It felt like this fast friendship,” Hartig said later. “I call her my soul sister. I said we should do something and she said, ‘I’d love to. Let’s talk about it when I come to L.A.’ So, we’ll see. She’s very busy.”
Produced by the Dallas chapter of Fashion Group International, the fete’s “No Rules” theme celebrated Rhodes for Lifetime Achievement, Hartig for Career Achievement, Tata Harper for Career Achievement in Beauty and Gonzalo Bueno for Career Achievement in Interior Design. Bueno is a principal in X+III in Dallas and Treceavo Plano in Monterrey, Mexico.
During the cocktail hour, a clutch of models on a platform displayed a retrospective of gowns that Rhodes brought in from London. The dinner program featured a sparkling runway procession of Libertine looks for men and women.
Rhodes’ longtime friend and former model Jan Strimple presented her with the Lifetime Achievement prize, describing the “78

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Lela Rose Honored in Dallas

Lela Rose made her debut at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball many moons ago, so it was no surprise when the league chose her to receive the inaugural Fashion Notes Designer Award.
“I remember teetering on the stage trying to do my bow with my nose to the floor, so I thought it would be nice to come back,” Rose said Monday at the fifth annual Fashion Notes luncheon at the Fairmont Dallas hotel.
The prize recognizes outstanding achievement in design, said DSO League president Lisa Loy Laughlin.
“Thank you for your strong and graceful example for all the women of the world, including our Dallas Symphony Orchestra debs,” Laughlin said.
Rose wore a pink coat trimmed with Mongolian lamb over a gray jumpsuit from her fall collection. But while some attendees also wore her designs, none appeared in the luncheon’s short runway show organized by Stanley Korshak. The house recently stopped selling to Korshak because they had so many points of distribution in Dallas, Rose explained. They include Rose’s flagship store at Highland Park Village as well as Neiman Marcus, Tootsies and Warren Barron bridal shop.
Rose capitalized on the visit with a lively party at her store Friday, which featured a

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Rashid Johnson and Warby Parker Cofounder Neil Blumenthal to Be Honored by RxArt

This year’s RxArt party, held on Nov. 8 at 432 Park Avenue (New York’s highest residential building), will honor artist Rashid Johnson and Warby Parker cofounder Neil Blumenthal.
The party is an annual fundraising event benefiting RxArt, whose mission is to “help children heal through visual art by commissioning contemporary artists to transform children’s hospitals into engaging and inspiring environments.”
Johnson is being recognized with the RxArt inspiration award, for his “extraordinary multidisciplinary practice and creativity.” He will make his directorial debut next year with the film “Native Son,” adapted from Richard Wright’s novel and starring Ashton Sanders. Also next year, RxArt will unveil a site-specific installation by Johnson at a new children’s clinic in Indio, Calif., which will serve some 60,000 patients annually.
Blumenthal is a board member of RxArt, and will receive the RxArt innovation award.

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Marta Minujín, Esteban Cortazar, Cesar Reyes and Julio Reyes Copello Honored at El Museo del Barrio Gala

THE ART OF THE MATTER: Thursday’s El Museo del Barrio gala turned out to be a record-breaking occasion, generating $ 1.1 million for the museum.
Guests like Maria Eugenia Maury, Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, Yolanda Santos, Monika McLennan and Eugenia Sucre ramped up the fashion at the 25th annual event at The Plaza. Conceptual and performance artist Marta Minujín was honored with the Excellence in the Arts award. In honor of her vibrant art, there were centerpieces of neon-colored geometric-shaped Styrofoam, and larger sculptural pieces lined the south side of the ballroom. In presenting the award, Tony Bechara spoke of how Minujín was “at the vanguard of the Sixties, engaging in the famous happenings along with the likes of [Richard] Rauschenberg, [Merce] Cunningham and [John] Cage. Marta collaborated with Warhol in The Factory and that generation. Her films and photography were at the cutting edge of that movement. Her performances and installations are evocative and genius and persist to today to baffle and delight.”
Her performance and conceptual art has been shown at the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Georges Pompidou, among other places. “Marta has been prescient in understanding the nuances of the power of media before social

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Avicii Honored With Tributes While Police Find “No Criminal Suspicion of Death”

AviciiDJ Avicii is being mourned and celebrated publicly across the globe, while police reportedly says there is no evidence of “criminal suspicion” of his death.
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Bethenny Frankel Honored by Dress for Success

IN REALITY: Leading her seven-year-old daughter through the Dress For Success gala crowd Wednesday night, Bethenny Frankel asked, “What do you think, Bryn? Fancy, right?”
With more than 800 attendees at the Cipriani Wall Street dinner, Bryn Hoppy had a lot to take in en route from the red carpet. But the founder and chief executive officer of Skinnygirl wanted her daughter to remember more than the glittery Adrianna Papell dresses worn by the DFS ambassadors.
Before honoring the “Real Housewives” star with this year’s Humanitarian award, DFS chief executive officer Joi Gordon spoke of efforts in 30 countries, a new DFS app, international interview boot camps, a Walmart-funded retail trajectory program through 20 U.S. affiliates. In its fourth year as a partner, Talbots recently raised more than $ 1.1 million in donations from its shoppers in six weeks. Coupled with a $ 250,000 donation from Talbots and a collection curated by Talbots and O Oprah magazine, “Dress for Success is on its way going strong, going places this year.” Gordon said. (Talbots’ ceo Lizanne Kindler, and O’s Jayne Jamison, Lucy Kalin and Adam Glassman were on hand for the festivities.)
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Demi Moore Honored as a Visionary Woman at L.A. Gala

Demi Moore got her moment in the spotlight on International Women’s Day when Visionary Women, an L.A.-based nonprofit organization focused female empowerment and advancement, honored the actress and activist with its inaugural Visionary Woman Award for her work to combat human trafficking. Moore, cofounder of the nonprofit organization THORN, picked up her award at Spago Beverly Hills on Thursday night.
Moore’s friends Adam Sandler and his wife Jackie, Shepard Fairey, Eric Buterbaugh, Soleil Moon Frye, Maye Musk and others were on hand to support her, along with her daughters Scout and Tallulah.
“Demi’s strength and dedication in her career and charitable endeavors are what make her the epitome of a visionary woman,” said Angella Nazarian, cofounder of Visionary Women. To date, THORN’s work has led to the arrest of 6,500 child sex traffickers.
“We don’t have to fight much, we just need to unite,” said Moore. “The power of our collective is only going to bring the light and the success to an even greater level.”
The affair, sponsored by Cartier, was one of several events with a fashion tie-in taking place to celebrate International Women’s Day. Jonathan Simkhai teamed up with activist Janet Mock at The Standard Hollywood to promote Ring

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ABG’s Jamie Salter Honored by Foreseeable Future Foundation

RECORD NIGHT: Jamie Salter, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Authentic Brands Group, was honored by the Foreseeable Future Foundation at its first Seeing Past Sight fund-raiser. The evening raised more than $ 250,000 to help visually impaired and blind people through sports. Griffin Pinkow founded the organization 11 years ago and other speakers at the event included Martha Ruether, a blind Paralympic swimmer; Lauren Lieberman, founder of Camp Abilities, and Jake Olson, blind USC football player.
“I hope this event inspires all of you to not only strive to achieve your own dreams, but also to get involved in others’,” Salter told the 250 guests. “Being part of a larger cause is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding things a human being can do.”
Salter founded ABG in 2010 and it owns brands such as Aéropostale, Frye, Neil Lane, Hickey Freeman, Tretorn, Hart Schaffner Marx, Juicy Couture, Spyder and Judith Leiber, as well as rights to use the names of Muhammed Ali, Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson.

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Mark Hamill Is Honored With Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Perfect Star Wars Fashion

Mark HamillMark Hamill has a new star and it’s not in a galaxy far, far away.
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Gucci’s Marco Bizzarri, Farfetch’s José Neves to Be Honored at The New School’s Parsons Benefit

PARSONS TAKES TWO: Two fashion forces — Gucci’s Marco Bizzarri and Farfetch’s José Neves — will be the guests of honor at The New School’s 70th Parsons benefit.
Gucci’s president and chief executive officer and Farfetch’s founder and ceo will be saluted not only for their leadership and innovation, but also for their commitment to sustainability. The executives join the ranks of such other previous honorees as Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Macy’s, Rihanna and Sarah Jessica Parker.
In commending Bizzarri and Neves for “fostering innovative and inclusive design,” Joel Towers, executive dean of Parsons School of Design, said, “Parsons was founded upon the idea that design can change the world, and our honorees are creating positive change that will impact the industry for years to come.”
Bizzarri, who joined the Kering Group in 2005, took over the helm at Gucci in 2015. With the creative direction of Alessandro Michele, he has seen the label’s sales launch skyward. The Italian house’s sales last year rose beyond 6 billion euros. Bizzarri has racked up all sorts of awards for the Italian label’s turnaround in recent years, including the British Fashion Council’s Business Leader of the Year award in 2016 and

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Mila Kunis Honored by Hasty Pudding Theatricals Amid Backlash

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Jenna Fischer on The Office Revival Rumors: “I Would Be Honored to Come Back”

Jenna Fischer, Splitting Up TogetherJenna Fischer is returning to TV with Splitting Up Together, but her return to the small screen has a bit of a shadow looming behind it in the potential revival of The Office.

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Hillary Clinton “Honored” by SNL’s Pete Davidson’s Tattoo of Her

Pete Davidson, Hillary ClintonPete Davidson has paid tribute to his “hero” Hillary Clinton in a special way.
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Stella McCartney Honored for Innovation at the Fashion Awards in London

STELLA’S MOMENT: The British Fashion Council will honor Stella McCartney’s commitment to championing sustainability and animal rights at this year’s Fashion Awards. McCartney will be the first recipient of the Special Recognition Award for Innovation, a new accolade that’s been added to the award ceremony’s lineup this year.
“What I am most proud of is that it is a new award that is introduced into the Fashion Awards, a special recognition on innovation. I am hoping that as being the first recipient, I can inspire other design houses to follow suit and to make this the most prestigious award, not just a one-off,” the designer said.
Natalie Massenet, the British Fashion Council’s chairman who has been working toward refreshing the image of the Fashion Awards in Britain and giving the event a more international scope, called McCartney a “fashion pioneer.”
“She has created a modern business that, in turn, has led her to be at the forefront of sustainable sourcing and material innovation. She is proof that high and ethical fashion combined can create astonishing results and her innovative approach to the industry is an inspiration to us all,” Massenet added.
McCartney has been using materials such as vegetarian leather, organic cotton and regenerated

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AMAs Host Tracee Ellis Ross Is Excited to See Mom Diana Honored at the Show: ‘She’s an International Treasure’

Sunday’s American Music Awards will be a family affair, with Tracee Ellis Ross hosting and mom Diana Ross doing double duty as a performer and the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“She’s a bit of an international treasure in my opinion,” the black-ish star, 45, tells PEOPLE. “I’m excited that a younger generation gets to witness that, even just through the television screen. Also I think it’s a really extraordinary thing to honor somebody who’s had such an everlasting career, whose music has touched lives in such a poignant and special way. Music reaches into your heart, and my mom’s voice has been a part of people’s lives for a long time.”

Ross plans to honor her mother, a 12-time Grammy nominee, in a personal way.

“I love clothes,” says the actress, who recently released a women’s clothing line with JC Penney. “I’m a style girl, so there will be a couple nods to my mother and her extraordinary fashion.”

Aside from the “I’m Coming Out” singer, Ross looks forward to seeing Pink, who will take the stage in addition to Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas and more at the awards show. “I’m obsessed with Pink,” Ross gushes. “I think she is extraordinary and she’s got some performances and a couple things I know about that I’m really excited about.”

The Los Angeles native also recognizes that some viewers will expect her to address current events topics such as the numerous sexual harassment and misconduct accusations that have been made against powerful men, as well as gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas tragedy. But whether she plans to comment on those issues will be a ggame-timedecision.

“I think I will follow my heart around what feels appropriate in the moment,” Ross says. “There is a full show and a lot of things are being addressed in other ways. But as a human being, that is clearly an area I have a lot of feelings about. If there’s a way that I feel it’s appropriate to address any or all of those issues, I will. And if not, you guys can go to my Instagram feed, because we know I’m vocal there.”

The single star adds that the range of accusations that’ve come out against Hollywood heavy hitters recently aren’t specific to her industry.

“The Hollywood stories are louder in this moment but this is not a Hollywood story,” asserts Ross. “It’s not a Hollywood scandal. It’s actually a revelation of a reality, and I think that’s really what’s important about what’s happening right now.”

As someone who’s been in the business for over two decades, Ross says that while she’s surprised by the inappropriate behaviors that’ve come to light over the recent weeks, she’s more so appalled.

“Had I known some of those things, I hope I would’ve been a person who spoke up way longer than it had to take,” the Girlfriends alum says. “I would hope that I would not have ben a bystander who didn’t know what to do; that I would push through the fear and attempted to help.”

She continues, “Right now the curtains need to be pulled so that we can actually see what’s here and there’s not a shred of secrecy around this. From there, there’s going to be a lot of learning for people to do and figure out why this behavior is so persistent, so that people can actually not be participating in that kind of abuse of power and privilege.”

The American Music Aawards air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Ava DuVernay, Hilton Als to Be Honored at Hammer Gala

The Hammer Museum’s 15th Annual Gala in the Garden is set take place in Los Angeles on Oct. 14, co-chaired by Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier, Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto and Jenni, Maggie and Saree Kayne.
This year’s honorees include “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and critic Hilton Als. Ms. DuVernay will receive a tribute from director J.J. Abrams, and Mr. Als from American writer Maggie Nelson. The evening will be capped with a performance by Grammy-nominated band Haim.
This marks the fifth year that Bottega Veneta is supporting the museum’s gala. The fashion house has previously supported the museum with cocktail parties and other events leading up to the gala, and Maier has provided creative direction for the event’s look in the past.
The Hammer Gala is usually a star-studded event and past honorees have included Diane Keaton, Joni Mitchell, Paul McCarthy, Joan Didion, Frank Gehry, Tony Kushner, Barbara Kruger, Catherine Opie, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman and Mark Bradford. Last year’s honorees were Laurie Anderson and Todd Haynes.
L.A.’s museums have forged strong ties with the fashion community, which has been keen to underwrite marquee events, including Gucci’s ongoing support of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Art

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Chester Bennington Honored at Private Funeral Near California Home

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FGI’s Margaret Hayes to Be Honored at Next Month’s ‘Hamptons Happening’

SALUTING HAYES: The Fashion Group International’s president and chief executive officer Margaret Hayes will be among the honorees at next month’s Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s Hamptons Happening fund-raiser.
The Grammy-nominated Rufus Wainwright will headline this year’s event and an up-and-coming musician Sophie Beem, a protégé of Beyoncé, will also perform. About 500 guests are expected to descend on Maria and Kenneth Fishel’s 15-acre home in Bridgehampton for the August 5 event. Other honorees will include First Wall Street Capital’s charman and ceo Glenn Myles, agent-producer-author Shep Gordon, restaurateur and chef Gabriel Kreuther and Magnolia Bakery’s chief baking officer Bobbie Lloyd.
A proponent of education and special events, Hayes has overseen such key programs at FGI as the group’s annual Night of Stars gala, a symposium series and a ready-to-wear trend one. The SWCRF honor personally hits home for the fashion executive. Hayes, a supporter of many cancer research initiatives, said, “As a cancer survivor myself, cancer research is not only philosophically critical, but has been vital to me in the course of my own life.”
Wainwright will be a familiar face to the fashion types who turn up next month. In addition to singing at Michael Kors’ fashion show in New York

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Federico Marchetti Honored With ‘Cavaliere del Lavoro’ Title in Italy

MILAN — Federico Marchetti, chief executive officer of Yoox Net-a-porter Group, has been named “Cavaliere del Lavoro,” or “Knight of Labour,” on Thursday. This is one of the highest recognitions bestowed by the president of the Italian Republic, currently Sergio Mattarella.
“What a great honor to be made a Cavaliere,” Marchetti said. “My father, a hard worker who sadly passed a few months ago, would be very proud,” he added, dedicating the recognition to his memory and to “my 4,200 colleagues at Yoox Net-a-porter Group.”
In addition, Marchetti shared the award with all the young entrepreneurs in Italy who like him “work in a wonderful country despite the countless challenges faced every day.”
Along with Marchetti,  24 other Italian entrepreneurs were honored with the same title, including Urbano Cairo, president of Cairo Communication and RCS MediaGroup, which publishes the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera.
Established in 1901 by King Vittorio Emanuele III, the “Cavalieri del Lavoro,” recognizes Italian entrepreneurs who have distinguished themselves in different sectors of the economy and contribute to social development, employment, technology and the growth of “Made in Italy.”
Born in 1969 in Ravenna, Marchetti graduated with an economics degree at the Università Bocconi in Milan and earned an MBA degree

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Deirdre Quinn, Richard Richman Honored by Foundation Fighting Blindness

“It’s not always the case that causes and organizations that we champion and support carry a direct affect in our own lives, but this honor does carry a special meaning.”
That was Deirdre Quinn, founder and chief executive officer of the Lafayette 148 brand, after she received the Visionary Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness, at a benefit for the organization at The Plaza in Manhattan on Tuesday evening. Richard Richman, the chairman and founder of The Richman Group, considered the seventh largest apartment complex owner in the U.S., also received the foundation’s Visionary Award.
“I have an uncle who is blind,” Quinn told the crowd of 260, who raised roughly $ 425,000 for the foundation. “I visit him frequently. We sit at the window and I ask him, ‘Can you see the trees?’ And he tells me he can see the shadows.
“It’s just incredible to think about how difficult it is for people with blindness. It’s such an honor to be here and such an honor to be part of a wonderful organization.”
“Twenty years ago, Deirdre had a dream — to create a vertically integrated fashion company that would cater to the lifestyle needs of professional women — real women with real

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How JFK’s Only Grandson Stepped into the Spotlight This Week — and Honored His Family’s Legacy

He’s named after one of the most mythic figures in American politics, but John “Jack” Kennedy Schlossberg has kept a relatively low profile over the years. But all that changed this week when he made headlines with his first red carpet at the 2017 Met Ball and first live TV appearance on NBC’s Today.

Growing up in New York City’s Upper East Side, the 24-year-old youngest child of Caroline Kennedy and Ed Schlossberg (and only grandson of JFK and Jackie Kennedy) was largely left alone by the photographers that followed his uncle John F. Kennedy Jr. from the day he was born — allowing Jack to grow up primarily outside of the public eye.

A 2015 graduate of Yale with a major in history and a concentration in Japanese history, Jack spent this past year living in Japan while his mother was serving as the U.S. ambassador. There, Jack studied the Japanese language and worked at the Suntory distillery company, where he assisted the CEO’s office with research and speechwriting.

Next year, he’ll head to Harvard Law, where his cousin — Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III — is listed among the institution’s most famous alumni. (His grandfather completed his undergraduate degree at the prestigious Ivy League school.)

Friends say Schlossberg is low-key, funny and “very much his own person” — though he’s apparently a lot like his uncle John F. Kennedy Jr., who died tragically in 1999. The two also share a remarkable family resemblance — down to that thick, sometimes wild brown hair.

“Jack is very much interested in John ,” a friend previously told PEOPLE. “He has an ease and a sense of humor. And he loves being compared to him. John was a rare kind of celebrity who grew up with being famous and had fun with it and didn’t let it take over his life.”

Added a college friend to PEOPLE in 2015: “He’s not walking around with a big sign over his head. He’s not spending a lot of time thinking about his family’s legacy. It’s something he’s proud of, but it doesn’t define him.”

Schlossberg may not be spending a lot of time thinking about his family’s legacy, but that doesn’t mean he’s not living up to it.

Sisters Rose and Tatiana have found their own paths — Rose, 28, launching a comedy web series offering women tips for surviving an apocalypse, while Tatiana, 26, reports for The New York Times. Jack has emerged as the sibling most vocal about politics, writing an essay for TIME about the Syrian refugee crisis, speaking out about climate change, and publicly supporting democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

He’s also served on the committee that chooses the recipient of the annual John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards and the annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Awards — the latter of which is an honor that has been given since 1989 to someone who shows an act of political courage.

Here, a recap of Jack’s fabulous week in the spotlight so far (and what’s still to come this weekend).


Caroline’s return to the Met Gala red carpet — and her “sphere like” oversized floral Comme Des Garcons dress — might have made made news on Monday night, but it was Jack’s red carpet debut that had many people talking.

Dressed in a simple suit and camo-patterned tie, Jack proved to be the perfect companion for his mother, who was also chairing the event. He posed with her for photographers, towering over her with his tall, slender frame.


On Friday, Jack and Caroline made a visit to the Today show — Jack’s first live TV interview.

It didn’t take long for Today anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie to grill him about whether he’d pursue a full-time career in politics.

“I’m inspired by my family’s legacy of public service. It’s something that I’m very proud of,” Jack said. “But I’m still trying to make my own way and figure things out. So stay tuned — I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

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Elsewhere in the chat, Jack looked back on his grandfather’s words — which he says still motivate him today.

“My favorite speech of his is his speech he gave at Rice University explaining to America we should go to the moon,” Jack confessed. “And in that speech he said that great challenges are actually great opportunities. I think that’s a really important thing to remember today for my generation when it seems like things couldn’t be any worse and we’re going to inherit a world where’s there’s a lot of unsolved problems.”

“When it seems like things couldn’t be any worse, it’s important to remember those are opportunities and we can rise to the occasion if we choose good leadership,” he said.


On Sunday, Jack will host the annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Awards — live from the JFK Library in Boston. This year, the prize goes to former President Barack Obama, who will receive it as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth.

Coverage of the ceremony will be seen on MSNBC’s Hardball at 8 p.m. ET.

“Faced with unrelenting political opposition, President Obama has embodied the definition of courage that my grandfather cites in the opening lines of Profiles in Courage: ‘Grace under pressure,’ ” Jack said in a statement.

“Throughout his two terms in office, he represented all Americans with decency, integrity, and an unshakeable commitment to the greater good,” he continued. “On key issues during his presidency, President Obama put policy above politics — expanding health security for millions of Americans, restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, and leading a landmark international accord to combat climate change.”

He added: “Our country owes a debt of gratitude to President Obama, not just for the many important policy achievements made during his tenure, but also for the example of leadership he provided all of us, which we may draw upon in the years to come.”

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11 Times The Oscars Honored White Actors For Playing People Of Color

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made strides to become more diverse in recent years, but there’s a long road ahead to make up for the organization’s long legacy of exclusion.

Throughout its 90-year history, the Academy has not only failed to recognize the talent of many actors and actresses of color but awarded whitewashed roles in the industry.

Hollywood has consistently given diverse roles to white actors over the years; in fact, quite recently Tilda Swinton was cast as a Tibetan monk in 2016’s “Doctor Strange.” And the Oscars haven’t helped alleviate this long-standing issue by rewarding this kind of whitewashing. 

Several notable white actors have been nominated for an Oscar for portraying people of color through the years. Many of them have actually won. 

Take a look at 11 times the academy has nominated actors for blackface, brownface and yellowface. 

Jennifer Connelly, “A Beautiful Mind”

Jennifer Connelly portrayed Alicia, the wife of mathematician John Nash in 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind.” In real-life, Alicia Nash (born Alicia Lardé) was Salvadorian. The actress, who has no Latin American roots, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role.

William Hurt, “Kiss of the Spider Woman”

In “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” William Hurt plays Luis Molina, a queer South American prisoner. The film was adapted from Argentine author Manuel Puig’s novel of the same name. Hurt, a white man who doesn’t identify as LGBTQ or Latino, won an Oscar for Best Actor for the role in 1985. 

Linda Hunt, “The Year of Living Dangerously”

Actress Linda Hunt won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1983 for portraying Billy Kwan in “The Year of Living Dangerously.” In the film, Kwan is a Chinese-Australian male photographer with dwarfism working in Jakarta, Indonesia.

 Laurence Olivier, “Othello”

Shakespeare’s “Othello” is a Christian Moor, who is often portrayed as having a dark-complexion. Legendary British actor Laurence Olivier wore blackface when he portrayed Othello in the 1965 film version. The actor was nominated by The Academy in the Best Actor category for the role. 

George Chakiris, “West Side Story”

Greek-American actor George Chakiris portrayed Bernardo, leader of the Puerto Rican gang The Sharks in “West Side Story.” He, as well as other white actors portraying Latino characters in the film, darkened their complexion with make-up. Chakiris won an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor category for the role. 

Hugh Griffith, “Ben-Hur”

Hugh Griffith portrayed Sheik Ilderim, an Arab character who owns the horses Judah ends up using in his chariot race, in 1959’s “Ben-Hur.” The British actor won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this role. 

Spencer Tracy, “The Old Man and the Sea”

Fans of Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and the Sea might recall the book’s titular character is a Cuban fisherman. But in the 1958 film adaptation of the novel, Spencer Tracy was given the titular role. The actor, who is not Latino, was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category for his role. 

Yul Brynner, “The King and I”

Yul Brynner, who is mainly of Russian descent, starred as the King of Siam (present-day Thailand) in the 1956 musical “The King and I.” The actor won an Oscar in the Best Actor category for the role. 

Marlon Brando, “Viva Zapata!”

Hollywood brought the story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata to life in the 1952 film “Viva Zapata!” The titular role went to Marlon Brando, who is not Latino. The actor was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category for the role. 

Luise Rainer, “The Good Earth” 

“The Good Earth” is a 1937 film based on the historical novel of the same name, its story focuses on a family of Chinese farmers. Actress Luise Rainer wore yellowface to portray O-Lan, one of the film’s protagonists, and she took home an Oscar for Best Actress for the role. 

Gale Sondergaard, “Anna and the King of Siam”

Gale Sondergaard portrayed Lady Thiang, the king’s head wife, in “Anna and the King of Siam.” The actress, who is not of Asian descent, was nominated for the role in the The Academy’s Best Supporting Actress category. 

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Zsa Zsa Gabor’s life, glamour, honored at funeral Mass

FILE- In this Aug. 15, 1986 file photo, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor smiles in Los Angeles. Gabor was remembered at a funeral mass Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at a picturesque Beverly Hills Church not only for her fame, but also what a pastor called her lesser-known compassionate side. The Hungarian-American actress died Dec. 18, 2016, from a heart attack at age 99. (AP Photo/File)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Zsa Zsa Gabor was remembered Friday during a funeral Mass for being the epitome of Hollywood glamour, an elegant and attention-seeking actress who paved the way for future generations of celebrities.

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Pierre Bergé Honored by King of Morocco

CHRISTMAS DECORATION: With the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech set to open in Morocco in October, Pierre Bergé’s longstanding ties with the country continues to deepen. Bergé on Thursday at the royal palace of Marrakech was decorated by King Mohammed VI of Morocco with the Grand Cross of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite for services rendered to the Moroccan state.
Also present at the private ceremony were Madison Cox and Quito Fierro, vice president and secretary general of the Jardin Majorelle Foundation, respectively.
Bergé first traveled to Morocco in the mid-Sixties with Yves Saint Laurent, his companion and business partner for 50 years. A place of refuge and inspiration, the country was to become deeply symbolic for the pair in their work and personal lives.
Following his death in 2008, Saint Laurent’s ashes were scattered in the rose garden of the Villa Oasis adjoining Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech, which he owned and restored with Bergé. A memorial was also built in the garden, designed around a Roman pillar that was brought from Tangier and set on a pedestal with a plate bearing his name.
The site is also home to a Berber museum, located in the former workshop of painter Jacques Majorelle and housing

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Diane von Furstenberg to Be Honored by Suzanne Rogers

HEADING NORTH: Suzanne Rogers has lined up Diane von Furstenberg for the fourth edition of her signature fashion event in Toronto.
The chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America will be up north in early May for “Suzanne Rogers Presents Diane von Furstenberg.” Proceeds from the event will benefit the Covenant House “Just Like a Girl You Know” campaign as well as other vital children’s charities.
Started in 2010, Suzanne Rogers Presents has honored such designers as Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa and Zac Posen in years past. To date, the event has helped to raise $ 2.5 million to support children’s charities, to help fight children’s poverty and strengthen a spectrum of health and education programs.
The designer’s multitiered career and her philanthropic efforts will be showcased in a detailed retrospective at the afternoon gathering, which will also include a seated luncheon and live entertainment. Rogers will share the hosting duties with the event’s chairwoman, Sylvia Mantella.
Von Furstenberg said, “I am looking forward to coming to this luncheon. Suzanne and I share a commitment to improving the lives of women and children around the world, and I’m humbled to be able to support such a phenomenal cause.”
Rogers said, “This event will

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Annette Bening: Honored at New York Stage & Film Gala/ Mother Writ-Large in Mike Mills’ Twentieth Century Women

“If I were a woman,” Rob Reiner said in a video of congratulatory messages for Annette Bening at the Plaza Hotel where this sublime actress was feted at the New York Stage & Film Gala, “I’d be jealous.” Even those of us attending, with so many who worked with her or want to work with her, including Billy Crudup, John Patrick Shanley, Peter Gallagher, Julianne Marguiles, Jennifer Westfeldt, Greta Gerwig, a who’s who of stage, television, and screen including her co-honoree David Rockwell, admired Bening’s stellar career on stage and in movies– some favorites include American Beauty, The Grifters, and The Kids are All Right. Next up she is Irina in Chekhov’s The Seagull. With her husband Warren Beatty who was also present, she is Hollywood royalty.

But to hear her speak, she’s all about the work, and incredibly grounded. The next day at Bistro Milano, Bening joined Greta Gerwig and Mike Mills, her director in the new movie Twentieth Century Women, for a panel discussion. As was his wont in Beginners, a movie hewing close to the life of Mills’ father, this movie features a whimsical mother figure casually limning the life of his, Dorothea Fields, in California in the ’70’s, played so well by Annette Bening, she is sure to be nominated for this year’s Best Actress Oscar. Mills said he learned from the poet Allen Ginsberg about creating drama inspired by his life. Twentieth Century Women is not too far from everyone’s sense of the 1970’s, the artifacts especially. Annette Bening recounted her saying to Mike Mills, as they were making the film, you want to see that macramé bag. I have that macramé bag, and sure enough, she unearthed it.

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Bob Dylan Honored At Nobel Prize Banquet Despite Absence

The times, they are a changin’.

When word of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize triumph caught wind, the literary world broke into heated, divisive debate. Does a songwriter deserve the recognition ― and money ― typically reserved for poets and novelists?

Just as dissenters began to accept the unexpected choice, Dylan stirred the pot. He declined to comment on ― or even accept ― the prize until two weeks after its announcement. Then, last month, the Swedish Academy announced that he would not attend the ceremony, “due to pre-existing commitments.”

The Academy noted in the same announcement that past winners — including writer Doris Lessing — have been unable to claim their prize at the ceremony.

So, diehard Dylan fans had no speech-in-song-form to anticipate, at least not one sung by Dylan himself. Dylan said he would write a “speech of thanks” to be presented at the banquet. Instead, Professor Horace Engdahl, a Swedish literary historian and critic, presented the award and delivered his own remarks.

“By means of his oeuvre, Bob Dylan has changed our idea of what poetry can be and how it can work,” Engdahl said. [You can read a full transcript of the speech here.]

Patti Smith attended the ceremony, and performed a cover of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” as tribute to Dylan. Smith was asked to perform before Dylan’s win was announced; she’d planned to play one of her own songs, but switched gears when Dylan, who influenced her own work, was awarded the prize.

“I have been following him since I was a teenager, half a century to be exact,” Smith said in an interview with Rolling Stone.

Smith stumbled at one point during the performance, forgetting the lyric: “I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’.” The singer apologized, explaining that she was nervous, and finished out the song. 

Perhaps one day, Smith will attend under different circumstances, as a musician-turned-literary influencer herself. For now, though, she sings Dylan’s words, chillingly apt for America’s current political climate. 

“I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken,” she sang, highlighting the importance of words that can carry weight, and inspire change.

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Ciro Paone to Be Honored at Pitti Uomo

NEW YORK — Ciro Paone, the cofounder of the luxury men’s brand Kiton, will be honored during the Pitti Uomo show in Florence in January.
Paone, who is the fifth generation of Italian fabric merchants, created the brand in 1956. He has been ill for some time and his nephews Antonio De Matteis and Antonio Paone are running the company as chief executive officer and president, respectively.
During a lunch here on Monday, Raffaello Napoleone, ceo of Pitti Immagine, said the trade show will hold a tribute to Ciro Paone called “Two or Three Things I Know About Ciro” that will include a portrait of the executive as well as a retrospective of the company, which is known for its high level of manufacturing in Naples.
“He’s not in good health, so we decided to do an event that would celebrate what he has done in his life,” Napoleone said, one that would serve as a tribute “to one of the most charismatic entrepreneurs” in Italy. Paone will also be presented with the Pitti Immagine Award during the fair.
Also at Pitti, Napoleone reiterated that Tim Coppens would be featured as the men’s wear guest designer, singled out for his “new luxury sportswear aesthetic.” It will

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Harold Koda to Be Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award by Pratt

Harold Koda will be saluted with the Lifetime Achievement award at the Pratt Institute Fashion Show + Cocktail Benefit on May 5.
Koda, who has announced he will be exiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute as curator in charge in January, will be honored for his “outstanding fashion curatorship and scholarship, which have helped elevate fashion as an art form.” Koda’s latest work can be seen in the Costume Institute’s “Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style.” His previous exhibitions include “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” “Diana Vreeland: Immoderate Style” and “Madame Grès.”
Koda, who graduated from the University of Hawaii with a B.A. and a B.F.A. in art history also studied at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and earned his M.A. in landscape architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
Koda, whose early days at the Met were under Diana Vreeland and Richard Martin, has said he prefers the behind-the-scenes elements of curating or, as he put it, “sort of the unglamorous part.” This summer he told WWD the 2008 deal with the Brooklyn Museum to share its American and European collection was an absolute boon.
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Prabal Gurung Honored by Dallas FGI

Prabal Gurung overcame his admitted fear of public speaking last weekend to accept an award for career achievement from the Dallas chapter of Fashion Group International.
“When I was told about this award, I was really taken aback, grateful and also excited to come to Dallas,” Gurung told the “Night of Stars” gathering at Fashion Industry Gallery. “I was born in Nepal, grew up in Nepal, lived in India, lived in London and then I came to America. I traveled everywhere, but the kind of generosity and warmth you guys have shown me — I am really grateful and will never forget this, so thank you very much.”
Gurung noted that his designs are inspired by strong women, and the foundation he started to educate girls in Nepal is intended to help empower them.
“This award is an affirmation not only to me but to my team and everyone else back in Nepal that the path that I chose, the decision that I made to leave my family back in Nepal to come here and live the dream, was the right one,” he said.
The fund-raiser for FGI Dallas’ scholarship fund also honored Morgan Fairchild for lifetime achievement, NorthPark Center co-owner Nancy Nasher for career

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Joan Rivers, Leonard Nimoy and More Honored During Emmys’ In Memoriam Segment

Sunday’s Emmy viewers said goodbye once again to Joan Rivers, Leonard Nimoy and the other entertainers who’ve died throughout the past year. Set to the sounds of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” the tribute spotlighted the following people:

Mike Nichols, Polly Bergen, Jerry Weintraub, B.B. King, Wes Craven, Gary Owens, Clark Terry, Anne Meara, Taylor Negron, Jack Rollins, Martin Milner, Bud Yorkin, Stuart Scott, Brandon Stoddard, Marv Adelson, Bob Simon, Patrick Macnee, Harris Wittels, Glen A. Larson, Stan Freberg, James Best, Jenna McMahon, Harve Bennett, Ed Sabol, Ann Marcus, Joan Rivers, Ernest Kinoy, Marty Pasetta, Gilbert Lewis, Albert Maysles, Sam Simon, Jack Carter, Dick Van Patten, Ian Fraser, Jan Hooks, Elizabeth Pena, Howard Lipstone, Frank Gifford, Judy Carne, Ray Charles, Rod Taylor, Donna Douglas, Richard Dysart, Joseph Sargent, Edward Herrmann, Jayne Meadows, Alex Rocco, Dean Jones and Leonard Nimoy.


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Carolina Herrera to be Honored by National Portrait Gallery

PORTRAIT OF A LADY: Carolina Herrera now has reason beyond her new CH Carolina Herrera boutique to return to Washington, D.C. — she has been named one of the 2015 Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery honorees.
Herrera will be celebrated at the inaugural American Portrait gala on Nov. 15 along with fellow winners Aretha Franklin, Maya Lin, Henry “Hank” Aaron and U.S. Marine and Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. Kyle Carpenter. The event singles out individuals whose portraits are in the museum’s collection and each will receive The Portrait of a Nation Prize for their achievements in the arts, business, entertainment, military service or sports and their commitments to service. Herrera’s likeness was captured by the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
The Venezuelan-born designer became a U.S. citizen in 2009.
The museum’s director Kim Sajet said, “Telling the history of this nation through the people who made it is core to our mission, and these honorees are today’s history makers. We are continually working to build the Portrait Gallery’s collection to reflect American achievement by highlighting those who make a difference, and these five people are exemplars in their fields.”
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George W. Bush to Be Honored at Father of the Year Awards

PRESIDENT, FATHER: The Father’s Day Council has snagged George W. Bush as this year’s honoree for its annual Father of the Year Awards. He will join Morris Goldfarb, chief executive officer of G-III Apparel Group at the event, which will be held on June 18 at the New York Hilton Hotel.

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Mario Testino to Be Honored by International Center of Photography

Mario Testino will be honored with a special presentation at the International Center of Photography’s 2015 Infinity Awards on April 30 at Pier Sixty.

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Calle 13 Honored By NYC As Band Demands Political Prisoner’s Release

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-East Harlem) honored one of the most popular anti-imperialist bands in the U.S. on Friday as the group’s frontman donned a T-shirt demanding freedom for a jailed Puerto Rican nationalist viewed by many of the island’s residents as a political prisoner.

At Gracie Mansion ahead of Sunday’s Puerto Rican Day Parade, the elected officials bestowed René Pérez and Eduardo José Martínez of Latin hip-hop group Calle 13 with a proclamation praising the group for “igniting minds, imaginations, and conversations around the world.” It would have seemed an odd sight just a few months ago, during the city’s more conservative Bloomberg administration.

Pérez was crowned the king of this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade, which chose the liberation of Oscar López Rivera as one of its main themes.

“They say that this is the country of freedom and human rights,” Pérez told The Huffington Post. “But if this were happening in another country, like Venezuela or China, people would say, ‘That’s a dictatorship.’”

Noting that President Barack Obama had visited the Robben Island jail cell where former South Africa President Nelson Mandela spent most of his 28-year confinement as a political prisoner, Pérez added: “You’ve got a political prisoner in your own country.”

López belonged to the Armed Forces of National Liberation, known by its Spanish initials as the FALN, which committed bombings, killings and kidnappings during the 1970s and 1980s in its efforts for Puerto Rican independence. He was convicted in 1980 of seditious conspiracy and sentenced to 55 years in prison, with 15 years added later after he was found guilty of attempting to escape. He has spent 12 of his 33 years in jail so far in solitary confinement, according to Puerto Rican news agency Primera Hora.

Those calling for his release say that at 71 years of age in an era in which the violent struggle for Puerto Rican independence has fizzled out, López no longer poses a threat. The Chicago-area bombings in which López was connected killed no one, and were intended to damage property rather than hurt people, according to Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, who represents the island as a non-voting member of the U.S. Congress.

The issue has widespread support on the island. Both Pierluisi and Gov. Alejandro García Padilla, who belong to opposing political parties, have called on the Obama administration to free López. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), himself of Puerto Rican descent, has also pressed for López’s release.

Wildly popular throughout Latin America as well as among Hispanics in the United States, Calle 13 has become known for its revolutionary politics as much as its eclectic rhythms and risqué lyrics. The band rages against the U.S. killing of Puerto Rican nationalist Filiberto Ojeda Ríos in “Querido FBI,” extends its solidarity to immigrants in “Pa’l Norte,” and offers an anthem to Latin American unity in “Latinoamérica.” Calle 13’s most recent album, “Multiviral,” features a guest appearance by WikiLeaks founder and U.S. government nemesis Julian Assange.

Though de Blasio refrained from discussing Calle 13’s politics in his public remarks, the band’s anti-imperialist message likely strikes a personal chord with the mayor. As a young man, de Blasio supported the Central American solidarity movement, traveling to Nicaragua in 1988 during the left wing Sandinista government to distribute humanitarian aid.

De Blasio’s support of the Sandinistas ran counter to that of the U.S. government at the time, which funded a right wing rebel army in Nicaragua known as the Contras during the Ronald Reagan presidency. A 1989 Human Rights Watch report describes the Contras as “major and systematic violators of the most basic standards of the laws of armed conflict, including by launching indiscriminate attacks on civilians, selectively murdering non-combatants, and mistreating prisoners.”

A corruption scandal had threatened to cast a shadow on this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. An investigation by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman revealed in February that the nonprofit that organizes the annual event had mismanaged $ 1.4 in corporate donations, according to the New York Daily News.

But Councilwoman Mark-Viverito, the first Latina to serve as city council’s speaker, praised the reorganized board as she spoke to the crowd at Gracie Mansion on Friday.

“Their efforts and the efforts of a community that is demanding accountability are bringing this parade back to its roots,” Mark-Viverito said.

She applauded the parade’s new leadership for championing the cause of Oscar López, saying that previous parade organizers had “never wanted to highlight” demands for his release.

Mark-Viverito said she chose to honor Calle 13 this year to send a message that those in positions of influence should use their fame to press for social change.

“We have added responsibility to raise our voice,” Mark-Viverito said. “And that is what Calle 13 does.”

In addition to López, this year’s parade will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the birth of poet Julia de Burgos, as well as the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers. Taking its name from the indigenous name of the island, “Borinquen,” the segregated Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment fought in World Wars I and II and the Korean War, before being disbanded in 1959.
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Hero Captain ‘Sully’ Honored With Insanely Awesome Rap Ballet Music Video

This week saw the five year anniversary of “The Miracle on the Hudson,” and one very creative person decided to mark the occasion and pay musical tribute to Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III in a rather… err, uh, unconventional way.

Zach Sherwin has released the music video above entitled “Goose MCs” that has absolutely everything you could imagine in it and more. Is there a hip-hop sound and smooth lyrical rhyme that gets your head bobbing to the beat? Check. Are there ballerinas dancing and dressed up as both Captain Sullenberger and a flock of geese? Yup. Do you need to click play and start watching this right away? Most definitely!
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