Jun 052017
 

Ariana Grande Makes America Proud

Ariana Grande’s star-studded benefit concert “One Love Manchester” was held in Manchester the day after the barbaric attack on the London Bridge and Borough Market.

Grande was joined by pop’s greatest stars: Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Usher, Take That, Pharrell Williams and Niall Horan. In spite of wide spread fears following the latest terror attack in London and stringent security, 50,000 fans attended the “One Love Manchester” benefit concert.

The goal of the concert was to raise money for “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund” created by the Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross in support of victims and survivors of the May 22nd bombing. According to conflicting reports, the concert raised 3 to 9 million dollars, money that will help those affected by the terrorist attack in Manchester cope and – hopefully – recover.

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine wasn’t among Ariana Grande’s fans before the tragedy in Manchester. We are now.
The shock of the bombing right after her previous concert in Manchester must have traumatized her no less than her young fans. It must have been tough for Grande as an artist and entertainer to witness / know that her music-loving fans were attacked; that there were deaths and serious injuries. She could have dwelled on existential questions and wondered about the future. She could have chosen to hide and recover. But she didn’t.

The very young Ariana Grande acted with courage and dignity. She organized a benefit concert to help those affected. She returned to Manchester. She visited her fans in local hospitals and gave them comfort. She kept her end of the deal and found it in her to perform and raise much needed recovery funds. Ariana Grande makes America proud! Her actions in the aftermath of the Manchester tragedy were American and spoke volumes of who we are as a nation. She is so young and so mature! Here is to Ariana Grande a beautiful, compassionate human being and a true artist.

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May 232017
 

Terrorist Attack In Manchester

On May 22nd 2017, immediately after Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, a 22-year-old British Muslim, identified by authorities as Salman Ramadan Abedi, exploded a shrapnel-laden, home-made bomb at the exit of the venue. As a result 23 people (including the terrorist) have died and 116 were injured.

Any terrorist attack is terrifying and outrageous, this one even more so because so many of Ariana Grande’s fans are children, tweens and teens. (The youngest person killed in the Manchester bombing was only 8 years old!)

The compassion and solidarity of the people of Manchester following the explosion was heart-warming. Housing, food and transportation were provided free of charge to all affected. Queen Elisabeth visited injured survivors in the hospital.

British authorities acted swiftly and upon analyzing the improvised explosive device concluded that neither the device nor the attack were the work of a lone wolf. In the days following the Manchester tragedy, Salman Abedi’s home was searched. The police found plentiful supplies for bomb-making. Eight suspected co-conspirators were arrested in connection with the terrorist attack. UK’s state of emergency has been reduced from “critical” immediately after the attack to “severe”.

Tributes to victims and survivors of the Manchester terrorist attack continue growing. Several vigils were held. The United Kingdom, Europe and much of the world – including the United States – stand together with Manchester in condemnation of the attack.

Shortly after the terrorist attack in Manchester, Ariana Grande said:
“We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win… Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”

Having canceled her world tour following the tragedy, Ariana Grande has just announced that she’ll hold a benefit concert (“One Love Manchester”) in Manchester on June 4th. The star will be joined by other artists for the benefit performance (among them: Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Usher, Take That, Pharrell Williams and Niall Horan).

The goal of the benefit concert is to raise money for “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund” created by the Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross in support of the victims and survivors of the May 22nd bombing. Ariana Grande is true to her words.

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

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Jan 242017
 
L.A. Women’s March Larger than in Washington D.C.

2017 Women’s March in Los Angeles

Many sources put the number of participants in Los Angeles Women’s March at 750,000. (The Women’s March in Washington D.C. is estimated at 400,000 – 500,000 participants.) It was one of the largest protests in L.A.’s history and yet, there were no unrests and no one was arrested. The march was well organized. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was one of the speakers. Los Angeles along with its leaders stepped up and delivered. Our message was clear: we will protect our values and our rights.

We didn’t stand alone, similar marches took place throughout the United States and the world. Celebrities joined Women’s Marches. The participation of celebrities from the entertainment industry gave more visibility to our common cause. Some of the celebrities that took part in January 21st 2017 protests in the United States are:

Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Blake Lively, Alicia Keys, Vanessa Hudgens, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Mandy Moore, Jane Fonda, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bello, Charlize Theron, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Emma Watson, Drew Barrymore, Amy Schumer, Ashley Judd, Felicity Huffman, Idina Menzel, Zendaya, Gillian Anderson, Helen Mirren, America Ferrera, Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Cher, Jessica Chastain, Katie Holmes, Rihanna, Jamie Lee Curtis, Whoopi Goldberg, Yoko Ono, Cynthia Nixon, Rosie Perez, Mindy Kaling, Bella Thorne, Uzo Aduba, Emily Ratajkowski, Elizabeth Gillies, Amber Tamblyn, Janet Mock, Lena Dunham, Melissa Harris-Perry, Diane Guerrero, David Beckman, Charlie Brotman, Suki Waterhouse, Sir Ian McKellan, Rita Ora and others.

In addition to the entertainment industry’s celebrities there were real-life legends standing up for what’s right. Some of them were: Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem and Michael Moore.

My favorite sign carried during Women’s Marches? Make America THINK, Again! As we’ve seen on January 21st 2017, America is thinking and most of the thinking people are in Los Angeles. 

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

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