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The actress has been vocal about concerns in her home state
Another candidate has entered the gubernatorial race in New York this week, and if you’re a fan of Sex and the City, she may look familiar. Actress and longtime activist Cynthia Nixon tweeted to fans on Monday letting them know she would be running for Governor of New York.
Nixon is most famous for her role as lawyer Miranda Hobbes on the hit HBO series. But now, she’s throwing her hat in the ring for an even bigger role. “I love New York and today I’m announcing my candidacy for governor,” the mother of three tweeted, along with a campaign video.
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) March 19, 2018
Nixon will be challenging Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, who’s running for a third term, stating that she presents a “strong progressive alternative.” The video featured video of her wife, Christine Marinoni, and their lovely seven-year-old son, Max. She also has two older kids with ex-husband Danny Mozes, Charles, 15, and Samantha, 17.
The education activist will most likely have school systems top of mind. “New York is where I was raised and where I’m raising my kids. I’m a proud public school graduate, and a prouder public school parent,” she said in the clip. “Our leaders are letting us down. We are now the most unequal state in the entire country with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty. How did we let this happen?”
According to CNN, Nixon served on de Blasio’s advisory board for the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, so she’s not entirely inexperienced with local politics.
She also wrote a CNN op-ed in January that was basically a call to action. “If we’ve learned anything during this first year of the Trump presidency, it’s that the cavalry isn’t coming to save us. We ourselves are the cavalry. In 2018, each one of us has to do whatever we can to take the government back. If we want change, we have to go out ourselves and seize it.”
Leave it to Miranda Hobbes to cut through the nonsense and lead the charge.
Of course, Charlotte York and Stanford Blatch weighed in immediately because we all still believe they live on the same block and have boozy brunches together every Sunday:
I am so proud of @CynthiaNixon , no one cares more than she does about EVERY person getting a fair change and a good education. I know that she would be an excellent Governor ! https://t.co/xEAyRxFBb8
— Kristin Davis (@KristinDavis) March 19, 2018
And many others joined in to show their approval:
Cynthia Nixon is running for governor. Naturally, you may want to question what experience she really has in governing. As a gay man I can assure you that all lesbians are qualified to do literally every job. They are the most prepared humans on the planet.
— Phillip Henry (@MajorPhilebrity) March 19, 2018
Cynthia Nixon: I’m an outspoken progressive activist and I’d be the first woman governor of NY
New Yorkers: meh we don’t need more celebrities running for office
Cynthia Nixon: I will fix the subways
New Yorkers: pic.twitter.com/Xf4u13kaTu
— Emmy Bengtson (@EmmyA2) March 19, 2018
Cynthia Nixon is going to beat Cuomo and be the next governor of New York
— WillMenaker (@willmenaker) March 19, 2018
Cynthia Nixon has been a political activist for years. She’s also quite charismatic.
You may argue against her positions, but if you’ve voted for Trump, Schwarzenegger, or Reagan, claiming she’s just “an entertainer with no political experience” translates to “She’s a woman.”
— Charlotte Clymer (@cmclymer) March 19, 2018
“We want our government to work again, on health care, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway,” Nixon stated. If elected, she would become the first female and first openly gay governor.
Of course, the road won’t be an easy one for Nixon. She’s never run for elected office before and is running against a longtime politician with more than $30 million injected into his campaign.
Still, it’s been done before. “We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us,” she said. Amen to that.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s collaboration with Ben Platt is inspired by Parkland
Grab the tissues before you hit play on the video below. Or don’t, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. Hamilton writer Lin-Manuel Miranda just teamed up with fellow broadway star Ben Platt to release a song about gun control and the kids who are leading the movement in the U.S. and oh my God, I’m crying again.
The video features Miranda and Platt in the studio recording the song, as well as a lot of cuts to the producers, orchestra members and others just listening in as they become overwhelmed with emotion. It’s a beautiful song and a beautiful video, and damn it, where did I put those tissues?
The song contains lyrics from Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, the musical Platt stars in. It was inspired by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who inspired a movement after surviving the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 of their classmates and teachers, and who are now leading the fight for gun control. A portion of proceeds from sales of the song will go to the March For Our Lives, set for March 24, when high school kids and the adults who love them will march on Washington, D.C. and all over the country to shame the useless adults who have watched child after child be murdered and still haven’t done a damn thing about our school shooting epidemic.
The lyrics are honestly so perfect and so powerful. With lines like this:
“We may not yet have reached our glory
But I will gladly join the fight
And when our children tell their story
They’ll tell the story of tonight.”
“Have you ever felt like nobody was there?
Have you ever felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere?
Have you ever felt like you could disappear?
Like you could fall, and no one would hear?”
How could anyone listen to this and not just sob? And that includes student leaders from Parkland, like Emma Gonzales and Cameron Kasky.
I just listened to it and I can’t stop crying I’m gonna listen to this forever holy heck https://t.co/QO7PlyaAOx
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) March 19, 2018
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) March 19, 2018
The collaboration is stunning, because not only do both Miranda and Platt have voices like angels, but Dear Evan Hansen is a perfect choice to lend to this subject. The musical follows its titular character, Evan Hansen, a high school senior with a severe anxiety disorder who struggles to make friends. After a fellow classmate, also friendless, commits suicide, Evan makes up a story about having been close friends with Connor to help ease his parents’ grief. The musical explores topics of mental illness and bullying, and it’s as heartbreakingly beautiful as this new song.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 19, 2018
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The trailer for the Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” was released today
Today would’ve been Fred Rogers’ 90th birthday, and it’s hard not to wish with all our might that he were still here — because his gentle nature and loving heart are needed now more than ever. Thankfully, his memory is being kept alive by us nostalgic adults who let our kids watch Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and now, there’s a new documentary coming out about what drove Rogers in his life and in creating his revolutionary television show.
You should snag a few tissues before hitting “play,” because this trailer packs more of an emotional punch than you might expect. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
While you finish blubbering, here’s a little more info on the upcoming documentary from Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville. Titled Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the Focus Features film shows viewers how Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood came to be, and how Rogers’ personal philosophy of love and kindness guided every episode over a run of more than 30 years.
From making statements by welcoming characters of color at a time when that was considered radical, to creating episodes that would help children grapple with hard things like death (there’s a 1968 episode dedicated to the assassination of Robert Kennedy) and divorce, Rogers’ program was absolutely one of a kind.
“Love is at the root of everything,” he says in the trailer. “All learning, all relationships, love or the lack of it.”
His approach in treating kids with respect and patience is part of what made him such an icon. He recognized that little ones have complex lives and ideas of their own — and he listened to them. “Children have very deep feelings just the way everybody does.”
At the end of the clip, Rogers says, “The greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of loving.” That is his legacy, one I’m thrilled to share with my own children. If you’d like to do just that, there’s a Mister Rogers marathon airing all day on Twitch in honor of his 90th birthday.
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