Artists Voice Support for Women’s March
Over 5 million people worldwide took part in the Women’s March on January 21st 2017 in support of women’s rights, among many other things. The march drew tens of thousands of people here in Toronto and over a million in Washington, where it was organized.
Organized to directly protest Trump’s inauguration, which took place in the capital a day earlier, the Women’s March on Washington drew artists Janelle Monae and Alicia Keys, who gave heartfelt speeches and performed some music during the day.
Artist Halsey also showed up at the march to show her support, and went a little further when she announced that she had donated $100,000 to Planned Parenthood, making good on a promise made on the day of the March to donate $1 for every re-tweet, which quickly escalated.
The National, Sleater-Kinney perform at Women’s March After-Party
The National and Sleater-Kinney were among a group of artists who performed at the Women’s March official after-party, at D.C’s 9:30 Club, where Sleater-Kinney, Matt Berninger (lead singer of The National), and the president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, performed a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son”.
Chris Brown calls Aziz Ansari “Aladdin”
Comedian Aziz Ansari had some words about the new president as he hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend, wherein he referred to Trump as the “Chris Brown of politics”. Chris Brown was quick to respond on Instagram, wittily referring to Aziz Ansari as “Aladdin”.
New Music from Father John Misty
Father John Misty (aka John Tillman) released a new song, “Pure Comedy”, along with a video that questions what it means to be alive and human, and features footage of Obama and Trump. He also released a 25-minute short film about the making of his upcoming album, Pure Comedy. The album (his third under the Father John Misty moniker) is set to come out on April 7th.
La La Land Racks Up Academy Award Nominations
A few weeks removed from cleaning up at the Golden Globes, the feel-good musical La La Land continued to pile up the accolades as the Academy announced its nominations for the upcoming Oscars, with the delightful musical receiving an astonishing 14 nominations, including Best Original Score and Best Original Song. The Oscars will take place on February 28th, and will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon.
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