BARBRA: Back to Brooklyn

What a terrible loss for us all. First Robin who was a genius and now Lauren. It was my privilege to have known her, to have acted with her, and to have directed her. And, most of all, to have had her as a wise and loving friend. She was an original. Even with all those great films we can visit again and again, she will be missed. - Barbra.

Columbia Records has announced the upcoming release of Barbra Streisand’s “Partners” album, to debut on September 16th, 2014, featuring 12 inimitable new Streisand duets with the world’s greatest male vocalists.Read more »

Barbra and Michael collaborate on "It Had to Be You." Watch a clip of them in the recording studio together here.

Like what you hear? Pre-order Partners now at Amazon and iTunes.

Barbra has officially joined Instagram! Follow her at instagram.com/barbrastreisand!

By Barbra Streisand.

During a Congressional hearing this year, Texas Rep. Joe Barton (R) invoked Noah's Ark saying, "I would point out that if you're a believer in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change and that certainly wasn't because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon."

Really? Because 97% of the world's climate scientists beg to differ today.Read more »

Barbra was in Washington on Wednesday to raise awareness for Women's Heart Disease - the #1 killer of Women. Here are some tweets that came out of Washington:

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From TheHill.com:

SPOTTED: Singing legend Barbra Streisand, meeting with lawmakers including Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Wednesday to talk about women’s heart disease.

The “Funny Girl” star, who founded the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles in 2012, made the trip to Capitol Hill to urge Congress to expand existing women’s heart health initiatives and to push for additional research funding.Read more »

Her voice can never be silenced. The beauty of her words and the strength of her wisdom held us to the truth.

When I fell in love with Larry’s Kramer's play, "The Normal Heart," in 1986, I wanted to promote the idea of everyone’s right to love. Gay or straight!

The gay community was suffering. A new disease was rearing its ugly head and no one was listening.

Larry was at the forefront of this battle and God love him, he's still fighting. But there's no need to fight me by misrepresenting my feelings.

As a filmmaker I have always looked for new and exciting ways to do love scenes. It's a matter of taste... whether they're about heterosexuals or homosexuals. Read more »


Here is a sneak peek at Jay Landers' liner notes that accompany the set:

Some high-buttoned shoes are simply too big to fill.

In the 50 years since Barbra Streisand first inhabited the character of Fanny Brice, her association with Funny Girl (on stage and screen) has become so indelibly etched in our collective memories that any actress who’s attempted to play the role since, inevitably pales by comparison.
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Maybe he was sick of the lack of media attentionamaybe he had enough of the late night talk show hosts poking fun at his ageamaybe he realized that belonging to a party that has been associated with rich, white men was not going to connect with votersRead more »

I think Americans would agree that intelligence - examining our complicated world and finding the best solutions for hard questions; reading; thinking; evaluating different points of view; etc. - is an important quality for a president to have. After all,Read more »
You strongly supported Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Was switching to Sen. Barack Obama difficult?
We had a very deep bench of Democratic Presidential candidates in the primaryRead more »
'Out of many, one' It's the sentiment he's repeated since the moment the world was first introduced to Senator Barack Obama at the 2004 Democratic convention.Read more »
Over these past few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about the public's disapproval of the democrats in Congress.Read more »
Aren't we fortunate? We have wonderful, accomplished candidates vying for the democratic nomination.Read more »

I am reposting this statement that I wrote in 2003, as our country was debating the impending war with Iraq. I hate to say I told you so...

Some Questions to Think About (Before Going to War)... (Originally posted: February 3rd, 2003)

I wrote these questions in September, 2002, but didn't put them on my website until 2003. I think they are still relevant questions and are worth considering:

1. How many body bags does the military expect to send home to America? Read more »

There are 47 million single women eligible to vote in America. At present, 20 million of these women are not voting.Read more »
This week, a landmark House Resolution (H RES 799) calling for the investigation by the House Judiciary Committee of the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney for High Crimes and Misdemeanors passed in the House of Representatives.Read more »
By BOB HERBERT - NYTimes Op-Ed

The folks who gave us the Willie Horton ads, the Swift boat campaign, the purges of black voters in Florida and endless other dirty electoral tricks are at it again. Like crack addicts confronting the irresistibRead more »
Karl Rove may have resigned as the President's chief strategist, but the dirty and secretive tricks that have characterized the Republican Party in recent years are still here to stay. Leading California Republicans are promoting a dishonest iRead more »
"Shortly after George W. Bush was elected...sort of...I saw him on television say, "If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck-of-a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." And he laughed...Read more »

By Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Reader Supported NewsRead more »

By Dominic Rushe, Guardian UK

Campaigners say 139 people arrested in Chicago in what is thought to be the largest protest McDonald's has ever faced

McDonald’s closed part of its corporate headquarters on Wednesday in response to a mass protest by workers and activists that campaigners say ended in more than 100 arrests.

Over 2,000 people calling for a hike in the minimum wage and the right to form a union without retaliation descended on the fast food giant’s suburban Chicago headquarters in what is believed to be the largest demonstration McDonald’s has ever faced.Read more »

By Jane Ayers, Reader Supported News

Last night’s election results rocked Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley in celebration, as local non-GMO farmers won Measure 15-119, banning all GMOs from the Southern Oregon region of Jackson County. In the adjoining Josephine County, farmers also won their own initiative to ban GMOs.Read more »

By Ryan Koronowski, ThinkProgress

Sea level rise impacting naval bases. Climate change altering natural disaster response. Drought influenced by climate change in the Middle East and Africa leading to conflicts over food and water — as in, for instance, Syria.

The military understands the realities of climate change and the negative impacts of heavy dependence on fossil fuels.

The U.S. House does not.Read more »

By Ryan Koronowski, ThinkProgress


A group of retired American generals and admirals said that climate change poses a growing security threat and could be a start of a conflict in the arctic. (photo: Getty Images)

Sea level rise impacting naval bases. Climate change altering natural disaster response. Drought influenced by climate change in the Middle East and Africa leading to conflicts over food and water — as in, for instance, Syria.Read more »

By Bill McKibbon, Rolling Stone
When world leaders gather in New York this fall to confront climate change, tens of thousands of people (and maybe you) will be there to demand they take action before it's too late

This is an invitation, an invitation to come to New York City. An invitation to anyone who'd like to prove to themselves, and to their children, that they give a damn about the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced.Read more »

By Justin McCurry, Guardian UK

Tepco hails 'major milestone' in cleanup operation three years after earthquake and tsunami damaged reactors at nuclear plant.

The operator of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has started pumping groundwater into the Pacific ocean in an attempt to manage the large volume of contaminated water at the site.Read more »

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By Zack Ford, ThinkProgress

A federal judge ruled Monday that Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, and unlike in many other states, this may mean that marriage equality has permanently arrived in Oregon. Due to the precedent set in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case challenging California’s Proposition 8, only the state can appeal a ruling, but Oregon’s Attorney General is not defending the ban and thus will not likely appeal. The decision takes effect immediately, meaning couples can begin marrying immediately.Read more »

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

According to a report released last week in the widely-respected health research journal, The Lancet, the United States now ranks 60th out of 180 countries on maternal deaths occurring during pregnancy and childbirth.

To put it bluntly, for every 100,000 births in America last year, 18.5 women died. That’s compared to 8.2 women who died during pregnancy and birth in Canada, 6.1 in Britain, and only 2.4 in Iceland.

A woman giving birth in America is more than twice as likely to die as a woman in Saudi Arabia or China.Read more »

By Brandon Baker, EcoWatch
14 May 14

Regardless where you live, May 24 marks the annual opportunity to March Against Monsanto.

The event protesting the GMO (genetically modified organisms) giant will simultaneously take place in more than 400 cities in 52 countries that span six continents. That’s up from 36 cities in 286 countries last year. Among the marches is one in St. Louis, MO, which is home to Monsanto’s headquarters.

Click here for a full list of March Against Monsanto events.Read more »

OP-ED COLUMNIST
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Everywhere you look these days, you see Marxism on the rise. Well, O.K., maybe you don’t — but conservatives do. If you so much as mention income inequality, you’ll be denounced as the second coming of Joseph Stalin; Rick Santorum has declared that any use of the word “class” is “Marxism talk.” In the right’s eyes, sinister motives lurk everywhere — for example, George Will says the only reason progressives favor trains is their goal of “diminishing Americans’ individualism in order to make them more amenable to collectivism.”Read more »

Larry Kramer does not need me to publicize his beautiful play. It stands on its own. For the last time – I will answer his complaints, which rewrite history.

When I saw the play in 1985 I was very moved and immediately contacted Larry to acquire the rights. After going through several drafts with Larry, I hired another writer to develop a screenplay that was faithful to Larry’s play -- but adapting it to make it more cinematic. It was finished in 1995. Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Branagh were interested in doing the version that I oversaw.Read more »

2cents.....

Haahaa.... If my sweet wife and I can ever get out of bed
(somedays it's noon)... I have long planned to paper our vintage barn's
outhouse walls, with these excremental egested rag articles that are
void of even a sniff of truth. Of course, she has held me back with
her gift for perfect decor. But I still say my idea is more
authentic,... Haahaa. Right?

Hillary and Bill Clinton have been friends now since I first
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“The most truthful part of a newspaper is the advertisements”

---Thomas Jefferson

Boy, Barbra must sell a lot of papers.  That tabloid keeps re-telling the same lies.

I asked my wife if I could borrow her Truth Alert to respond to the latest tabloid nonsense, an outrageous story that I oppose her doing "Gypsy." These scandal sheet guys only print stuff that is the exact opposite of the truth. I'm already lined up to buy the first ticket for that film. Her youthful beauty will perfectly complement her singing and performance. But the point here is that tabloids only traffic in bad news, bad news that they have to maliciously make up in Barbra's case.Read more »

I was just made aware of a ridiculous story in one of those weekly rags. This is just to say that the story is untrue in every respect, just unmitigated, sloppy, and malicious invention.  The madness of the constant inaccuracy of these publications is evidenced by the fact that in this recent story the main photo they use of "Jason" is not even Jason!

One of the tabloids is recycling a fabricated story which we truth-alerted as false in 2004.

It's ridiculous to dredge up a 7 year old story about having a polyp removed. It must be a slow news day.

I’ve endured Larry Kramer’s outbursts in the past, not wishing to dignify them with a response. But at a time when we are all pulling together to achieve such giant steps toward gay equality, it is anguishing to me to have my devotion to this cause so distorted. I think my efforts for the gay community and my immersion in securing its constitutional entitlement and other equitable rights is quite evident and a matter of record.Read more »

I was happy to hear recently that the Loew's Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York will be undergoing renovations for a reopening in 2014 . It was one of those beautiful old movie palaces of the past. I was 13 years old when I first started spending many a wonderful afternoon there, partly because it had double features, air conditioning and great ice cream cones.Read more »

To clarify the ridiculous assertions relating to Barbra Streisand's participation in the new "We Are The World," the recording of which I attended with her, Barbra hit it on her first take, but then asked Patti Austin, who was producing the vocal session, if she could do a few more to see what else she might come up with. Patti thought the first take was perfect, and she thought the fourth one was more perfect. They stopped at "more perfect."

---Jay Landers / SVP A&R Columbia Records.

I discovered in a recent book of rather serious intent, and in which I was otherwise fairly treated, that the author chose to print some of the silliest fabricated tales about me even after acknowledging that they were “perhaps more apocryphal than true.” I was surprised that this author would not even bother to check his facts. I don’t care if someone doesn’t like my work or tells a story that is unflattering…as long as it’s the truth.Read more »

An Addendum to my Truth Alert about Pete Hamill’s 1963 Article in The Saturday Evening Post.

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I wanted to write an addendum to the Truth Alert I posted below because I couldn’t stop thinking about which “friend “could possibly have so misjudged me. I decided to track down Pete Hamill, who wrote the 1963 article that appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. Read more »

To celebrate her new album RELEASE ME, Barbra sat down to discuss the songs and what went into making each. Here is her interview about the ballad "Home" from The Wiz from the QVC-exclusive DVD available at a special price today only by clicking here!Read more »

During today's special presentation of Release Me with Bonus DVD on QVC, Barbra called in on the phone to discuss the album with her friend and creative collaborator Richard Jay-Alexander. Click here to watch the video of her calling in and to take advantage of the one day only special price!Read more »

We've set aside a limited number of tickets for Barbra's upcoming shows in Las Vegas, San Jose & Los Angeles just for fans of barbrastreisand.com! Purchase tickets before the general public until 3:00 pm PT tomorrow at ticketmaster.com using the code RELEASEME.

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Last night, when Barbra walked onto the stage and looked up at Marvin's picture - before heading to the microphone - the audience could already sense that they were in for something very special.Read more »

Tune into Katie Couric's new talk show Katie on September 25 to see a brand new interview with Barbra. Click here to find your local station!

To celebrate her new album of previously unheard recordings, RELEASE ME, Barbra sat down to discuss the songs and what went into making each. Here is her interview about the Randy Newman track "I Think It's Going To Rain Today" from the Stoney End sessions.

Barbra Streisand's longtime collaborator Richard Jay- Alexander is scheduled to appear on QVC® Thursday, September 20 at 7 AM and noon (ET) to offer the singer’s upcoming album "Release Me," which has been specially packaged with a bonus DVD for the multimedia retailer.

The album features 11 previously unreleased songs recorded throughout Streisand's career.

The DVD is a track-by-track commentary from Barbra filmed in August and also features archival footage of Streisand in the studio.Read more »

Meet the Incomparable Barbra Streisand at one of four forthcoming concerts, with 2 top level house seat tickets included. These amazing tickets are not available through Ticketmaster.

The following shows are included:

Meet the Incomparable Barbra Streisand on Monday, October 8 with
2 Top Level House Tickets to her Wells Fargo Center Show in Philadelphia

Meet the Incomparable Barbra Streisand on Thursday, October 11 with
2 Top Level House Tickets to her Barclays Center Show in Brooklyn, NY
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The magic of Barbra Streisand in concert continues this fall with the addition of three NEW live performances in the US with special guests Chris Botti and Il Volo.
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Even though this is an album of previously unreleased material, it's clearly music Barbra cares about, as she states in this quote from the liner notes. Click here to pre-order RELEASE ME now.

For Barbra's most loyal fans first, here's the world premiere of "I Think It's Going To Rain Today" from her new album Release Me, available everywhere on vinyl September 25 and on CD and MP3 on October 9. Pre-order now HERE.
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