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Y&R’s Mishael Morgan Produces Video For Juneteenth Day Featuring Several Soap Notables

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Today is Juneteenth, Freedom Day, which recognizes the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy.

For it, The Young and the Restless Mishael Morgan (Amanda) produced an inspiring and emotional video.  She is joined her Y&R co-stars: Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R), Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R), Bryton James (Devon), Sean Dominic (Nate), as well as Daytime Emmy winner and a nominee again this year, Tamara Braun (Ex-Kim, GH) for this video entitled, “The I Have a Dream Project”.

The Project was inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement and was created in Honor of Juneteenth (Freedom Day). In the video, Mishael and her soap friend and others perform a modern reinterpretation of the “I Have a Dream Speech” that was delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.  During this speech King called for civil and economic rights and also an end to racism & segregation in the United States. It still remains to this day, one of the most iconic speeches in American History.

Today, according to the project, they are attempting to “bring this “dream” alive with the collaboration of actors from diverse backgrounds, age, race, sexual orientation and countries. Everyone put their own unique cadence on the words originally spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King. We are attempting to display unity and the fact that we are all more alike than different. Actor’s use the words of this iconic speech to create a personal emphatic monologue while adding a unique modern spin. Through this visual representation we are hoping to continue to inspire social justice reform and simulate conversations that address systemic racism on a global scale… times have changed but the message remains the same! The dream of one American hero, now lives in the hearts of people from all over the world. Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for giving us the words and a dream that continues to inspire us.”

Watch “The I Have a Dream Project” below, then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section.

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I pray for all of you but you are completely whacked if you think burning buildings tearing down statues beating the crap out of people is going to impress anyone all I see is I hope Jesus comes soon the only kneeling I do is in front of my savior and yes their had been horrible past but to say we are still living it no way ! Obama would not have been elected twice if we were indeed a racist nation Oprah Winfrey would not have been one of the wealthiest people in America if our country was racist!… Read more »

Jim
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many keep mentioning there is no Hitler Statue in Germany but that has not prevented many racist people from stop hating Jewish people..so i dont think removing and destroying statues will stop anything…

Satan
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Not only are there no Hitler statues in Germany, there are no pro-Nazi memorials of any kind, nor are any depictions of Nazi logos allowed. For example, the band “KISS” has to alter their logo on their album covers in Germany, because the “SS” part of the logo actually resembles the symbol for Hitler’s SS. So KISS albums pressed in Germany have something like two backward Z’s where the SS would be. Contrast this with the use of the confederate symbology in the USA. Just like Naziism, it was a destructive force, based on racism, that totally destroyed the country… Read more »

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Here here, Satan! Well said!

Sandi
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Sandi

Thanks Satan!!

soapfan
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White people (myself included) have NO business saying there is no racism in America. It’s like a man saying menstrual cramps don’t exist because he doesn’t have them. It’s time for white people to sit down and be quiet. We have had 400 years to say ridiculous, uninformed and harmful things about race. It’s enough.

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Thank you, YES!

Jim
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Im sorry but while Dr King was a great civil rights leader…he disliked gays. lesbians, transgender people and also cheated on his wife…he may talked unity but not for all when it comes to same sex couples ect.-his own family admitted it ////im totally for equality for all and nothing against Juneteenth-anything that brings people together is great and justice for all…maybe this comment wont make it but i think the truth be known if people want to expose all bigotry in this country!!!

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Jim, I am an African American and I agree with just about everything you said. But, a man cheating on his wife has nothing to do with fighting for equality. Until all (Black, White, Hispanic. Asian and Indian) can see and be treated as equals, there is no progress. As long as someone is denied because of the color of their skin or orientation, there is no progress. Just because this is 2020, it doesn’t mean that we view each other fairly. As long as a people of color have to express/chant Black lives matter in a public forum to… Read more »

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i agree with you mostly too…the thing is maybe he would had changed we will never know,,,i dont hate the man-i even think he would had made a great president….maybe everyone in the past would think different if they were with us today-i would love to think so…maybe General Custer would think differently too,,,but what people thought then were never given the chance to think differently now…and he too was discussed about cheating on his wife…so if im willing to give MLK a pass why cant others think the same of the horrible things people done and thought since the… Read more »

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Jim,

Martin Luther King Jr. was a MAN, not the second coming of Christ. You would be hard-pressed to find a religious leader who came to prominence in the 1950s who was a pro-trans suppoter. Even some of the most liberal Americans would have had reservations 60-70 years ago. People evolve and change. If he were alive today perhaps his views regarding the lgbtq community would be different. To evolve is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, he did not have the chance. Whatever the case, his fortitude and fight against racism is unmatched and should be celebrated.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Great post!

Satan
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Jim, I don’t think it’s fair to assume Dr. King was a homophobe. Sexual orientation wasn’t as well understood in those days as it is now, and certainly not within the evangelical religious community, which of course was where Dr. King came from. Like most people of the time, he probably assumed that people “chose” to be gay, and could therefore “unchoose” it at anytime. Yeah, it sounds completely ridiculous now, but that was the prevailing mentality of the day. One of MLK’s mentors & advisors in the civil rights movements was a gay man named Bayard Rustin. Rustin actually… Read more »

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Congratulations Mishael Morgan and Tenika Davis. I appreciate seeing Dr. King’s speech performed so beautifully. I hope white soap fans like me watch and really think about the message. #blacklivesmatter

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I thought it was exceptionally done and applaud Ms. Morgan and Ms. Davis on bringing together such a diverse number of people. I believe it made it even more powerful than had all the participants been black.

If, I have one complaint it was that the “cast” are not named in the credits. Some I obviously recognized immediately but it would be nice to know all who took part.

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AW and OLTL Alum, Robyn Griggs Dead at 49

In more heartbreaking soap news this weekend, Robyn Griggs had lost her battle with cancer.  The actress, best-known to daytime viewers as Stephanie on One Life to Live and Maggie on Another World, passed away at age 49.

The news came on Saturday via Griggs’ official Facebook posted, where in a statement it noted: “Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing. However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories. I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so. RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

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From 1991-1992, Griggs found her first soap success playing the part of One Life’s Stephanie Hobart.  Later, in 1993-1995, she played AW’s Maggie Cory.  Robyn was also a singer and signed a recording deal with RCA Records.

Robyn had been battling stage 4 Endocervical Adeno cancer.  Back on July 7th, Griggs had taken a turn for the worse, sharing on Facebook, “Unfortunately, I have 4 new tumors …2 new tumors on my liver, one on the abdominal muscle, and a large one on the right side lymph node.” On August 11th, her father shared Robyn was put into hospice care.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Robyn Griggs Riley and her loved ones in the comment section below.

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Anne Heche, ‘Another World’ Alum and TV and Film Star, Dead at 53

Following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home last week and suffering severe burns, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

You can watch the conversation below.

Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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Anne Heche ‘Not Expected to Survive’; Suffered Severe Brain Injury From Fiery Crash

In just heartbreaking news, Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), is not expected to survive after days in the hospital following being severely burned in a fiery car crash when her vehicle struck a home in Mar Vista, California last Friday.

According to family and friends of the motion picture and television star in a statement, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”  Deadline notes, the actress will be taken off life-support.

The statement went on to say, “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.  More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

There are plans for Heche to get an Honor Walk, which is a hero’s goodbye donor patients receive by hospital staff as they are wheeled into the operating room in their final journey.

Heche will be featured on Lifetime’s Girl in Room 13, set to premiere this fall in September. Lifetime’s Executive VP  and head of programming, Amy Winter, revealed earlier this week at the TCA press tour, “As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking.”

In addition, TMZ had reported that following toxicology reports, Cocaine was found in Heche’s system following the crash. They also found fentanyl. However,  sources say fentanyl can often be used as a pain medication in hospitals, so there is no confirmation that it was in Anne’s system at the time of the crash.

Anne was an amazing actress with such a tortured life.  We send thoughts and prayers to all her loved ones during this difficult time.  Share your thoughts on the latest update on Anne in the comment section below.

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