BARBRA: Back to Brooklyn
Source: Columbia Records. In her sixth decade of providing music magic, Barbra Streisand continues to reach the number one position on the charts. Her “Back To Brooklyn” concert DVD has been confirmed as Number One on the Billboard Top DVD Music Videos chart. Achieving that distinction with the Columbia Records release, Streisand now has topped the DVD charts five times. Her success in the DVD field also includes having earned nine Gold DVDs, six Platinum and three Multi-Platinum.Read more »
Watch Barbra perform "Evergreen" with special guest Chris Botti from her "Back To Brooklyn" show!
"I had just gone to pick up the first serious piece of antique jewelry I ever bought-- a beautiful Edwardian choker. It was a lot of money for me to spend ($750,) but I was doing 'Funny Girl' on Broadway, so I could afford it. In the shop, we heard that the President was gone. I was so stunned and devastated that I got in a cab to go home. Driving through Central Park, I suddenly passed Elliott Gould.. my husband at the time.. sitting on a bench. How did he get there? It was like out of a dream. I stopped the cab, and we just held each other. I never could wear that necklace."
Here is the speech that Barbra made as she picked up the Glamour "Woman of the Year Lifetime Achievement" award at Carnegie Hall on Monday November 11th 2013.
Thank you, Katie…the first woman to anchor the evening news on her own…and also the girlfriend we’d all like to have because she really listens…and asks tough questions in such a sweet way that she makes people reveal who they really are…And I want to thank Glamour magazine for this honor…and for focusing our attention not only on fashion, but also on the most important issues affecting women today.Read more »
To celebrate her remarkable career plus her dedication to raising awareness on women's heart health issues, Glamour magazine is honoring Barbra with its Lifetime Achievement Award at 2013's Women of the Year event.
Read more at glamour.com, and congratulations Barbra!
Columbia Records has announced the simultaneous release of a CD and a CD/DVD package of Barbra’s critically acclaimed 2012 “Back To Brooklyn” concert, set to be released on November 25. Filmed and recorded over two nights, the CD and DVD capture the superstar’s celebratory return to her hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Read more »
Following an unprecedented three-year wave of state legislative attacks on abortion and family planning services, a group of Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate plan to go on the offensive Wednesday with a historic bill that would make it illegal for states to chip away at women's reproductive rights.Read more »
By Wendell Potter, Reader Supported News
13 November 13
My heart sank when I got an email late last month from my friend Robert, who has been battling multiple sclerosis for the past decade. He wrote to tell me that he was among the many Americans who in recent weeks received letters from their insurance companies saying that their policies won't be available next year.Read more »
By Nicole Flatow, ThinkProgress
As expected, the Senate blocked an up-or-down confirmation vote Tuesday on one of the nation's leading women's rights attorneys, Georgetown University law professor Nina Pillard.Read more »
Last week, Senate Republicans introduced a national abortion ban that would chisel away at the constitutional rights guaranteed under Roe v. Wade. Now, their Democratic colleagues are striking back with some abortion-related legislation of their own. On Wednesday, a group of pro-choice senators plan to introduce the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013, a measure intended to stem the barrage of state-level restrictions on reproductive rights.Read more »
By Al Jazeera America
One report indicates EPA inspectors fell sick at the site during a recent visit to follow up about residents' complaints
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has called on an oil servicing company to stop production at its Los Angeles facility which has been the subject of hundreds of complaints since 2010 after some local residents complained of nosebleeds, headaches, dizziness and respiratory problems. Several housing projects and schools surround the site.Read more »
By Paul Kane, The Washington Post
The Senate moved closer to passing a historic piece of legislation Monday that would ban discrimination against gay workers, signaling a dramatic shift in political attitudes on the issue.
Seven Republicans joined 54 members of the Democratic caucus in voting to formally begin considering the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The 61 to 30 margin virtually guarantees its passage this week.Read more »
By Daniel Strauss, Talking Points Memo
Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright (D-TX) was denied a voter ID card thanks to Texas's strict voter ID law.
"Nobody was ugly to us, but they insisted that they wouldn't give me an ID," 90-year-old Wright said according to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.
Wright said he previously realized earlier in the week that the identification he had to vote, a Texas Christian University faculty ID and a Texas driver's license that expired in 2010, did not meet the criteria of the new voter ID law.Read more »
By RICK LYMAN
HOUSTON — First, Judge Sandra Watts was stopped while trying to vote because the name on her photo ID, the same one she had used for voter registration and identification for 52 years, did not exactly match her name on the official voter rolls.
A few days later, state Senator Wendy Davis, a Democrat who became a national celebrity after her filibuster over a new abortion law, had the same problem in early voting. So did her likely Republican opponent in next year’s governor’s race, Attorney General Greg Abbott.Read more »
By JARED BERNSTEIN and DEAN BAKER
WASHINGTON — ASK most people in this city what the most important step is to increasing economic growth and job creation, and they’ll reply, “Reduce the budget deficit!”
They’re wrong. So-called austerity measures — lowering budget deficits while the economy is still weak — have been shown both here and in Europe to be precisely the wrong medicine. But they could be on to something important if they popped the word “trade” into that sentence.Read more »
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Five years and eleven months have now passed since the U.S. economy entered recession. Officially, that recession ended in the middle of 2009, but nobody would argue that we’ve had anything like a full recovery. Official unemployment remains high, and it would be much higher if so many people hadn’t dropped out of the labor force. Long-term unemployment — the number of people who have been out of work for six months or more — is four times what it was before the recession.Read more »
By Norm Ornstein, The Atlantic
Draconian new laws restrict suffrage in North Carolina, Texas, and Alabama - and point to a glaring omission.
t is becoming increasingly obvious that the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which eviscerated the Voting Rights Act, is leading to a new era of voter suppression that parallels the pre-1960s era - this time affecting not just African-Americans but also Hispanic-Americans, women, and students, among others.Read more »
By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog
So how to explain this paradox?
As of November 1 more than 47 million Americans have lost some or all of their food stamp benefits. House Republicans are pushing for further cuts. If the sequester isn't stopped everything else poor and working-class Americans depend on will be further squeezed.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 »
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
met them 16 years ago.... and without any interruptions... birthdaysRead more »
“The most truthful part of a newspaper is the advertisements”
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.
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 »
Don't miss the Lindt Gold Bunny Celebrity auction, launching today March 8 in support of Autism Speaks. Barbra Streisand is one of this year’s celebrity participants. The auction in its third year, and has 75 actors, athletes, chefs, and other top personalities who have lent their signatures to the cause by autographing a porcelain Lindt Gold Bunny. All of the bunnies will be auctioned off online at LindtGoldBunnyAuction.com March 8-18, with 100% of proceeds benefitting Autism Speaks.
Los Angeles, CA (February 22, 2012) - Enjoying a working relationship that has spanned nearly half a century, it was announced that Ms. Streisand is extending her recording contract with Columbia Records.Read more »
She had everything, beauty, a magnificent voice. How sad her gifts could not bring her the same happiness they brought us.
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Dozens and dozens of Paramount Pictures stars from the past gathered on the famous lot today for a once in a lifetime group photograph. The occasion was the 100th anniversary of the studio. Stars from The Godfather–like Robert DeNiro, James Caan, and Al Pacino, as well as director Francis Ford Coppola–were joined by famous types like Barbra Streisand, Shirley Maclaine, director Peter Bogdanovich, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, plus Martin Scorsese, Gore Verbinski, Tom Cruise, and Charlize Theron.Read more »
From today, Barbra will be joining 11 other celebrities who are competing to win a $25,000 prize for their chosen charity. In Barbra's case –the beneficiary of the contest is the Women’s Heart Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Last October, Barbra launched an online fundraising campaign to raise $5 million to benefit The Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program. Fans were invited to donate online using ‘Crowdrise’ – a fun website which incorporates fundraising with social networking, crowdsourcing and contests. Read more »
On Thursday night, in a rare performance, Barbra took to the stage to lend her voice at the “Friends of the Israel Defense Forces” Gala at The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
Barbra’s set included four songs.
•“The Windmills of your Mind” From Grammy-nominated album What Matters Most (available now at Amazon.com and iTunes)
•“The Way We Were”Read more »
We would like to congratulate Barbra for receiving two Grammy Nominations for her most recent studio album "What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman".
Barbra's album received nominations in the "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" and "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)" categories.
The 54th Grammy Awards will be held on February 12, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
DIRECTOR OF WOMEN’S HEART CENTER AT THE CEDARS-SINAI HEART INSTITUTE AT TEDXWOMEN CONFERENCE.
Barbra Streisand to introduce presentation by MD pioneering discoveries about gender differences in heart disease.Read more »
Just in from Elle Magazine:
As you know, we honored Ms. Streisand in our annual Women in Hollywood issue this year, and for those of her fans who missed it, we’ve printed an extra round of her limited edition cover available to order at: http://www.bmiserv.com/scripts/ells01.plc?mag=elle
Supplies are limited, so please let your readers know. We were so proud to feature Ms. Streisand as our Women in Hollywood Legend, and would love to share the issue with more of her fans. We hope they enjoy it!
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