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Jun 21st 2012

MAKERS Adds Actress, Advocate and Architect


New to the MAKERS.com video library this week are the stories of actress Rita Moreno, who talks about breaking into Hollywood and defying stereotypes; Whitney Smith, who advocates for empowering girls, and Marika Shioiri-Clark, an architect who uses design to empower social change.

Rita Moreno is a singer, dancer, and actress, among one of the few actors to have one an Oscar, Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy. She was the first Latina to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anita in the 1961 musical film West Side Story. Moreno continues to have a rich and vibrant career. Her latest roles include the Fran Drescher sitcom Happily Divorced and her autobiographical one-women-show Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup,which debuted on stage in 2011.

Whitney Smith is a teen advocate and the founder of Girls For a Change, an international organization that empowers girls to create social change within their communities and abroad. Smith began her career as a social advocate in college, where she initiated and developed the first LGBT support group in the Pennsylvania state university system. She's active on many boards for high-profile organizations, including Thinking Beyond Borders and the National Girls Institute.

Marika Shioiri-Clark is an architect who uses design to empower global change and battle inequality. Working alongside Partners in Health, she was a lead designer on the Butaro Hospital Project in Rwanda, where she lived on-site in 2008 developing designs and overseeing construction. Shioiri-Clark has been rewarded amply for her accomplishments. She was an Ideas Scholar at the Aspen Institute in 2009, a summer fellow at Public Architecture in 2007, and received a U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Traveling Fellowship in 2008.

Learn more about Marika by watching this video:

Nov 22nd 2011

Michelangelo Signorile Joins HuffPost Gay Voices


We're excited to announce that Michelangelo Signorile has joined the HuffPost team as Editor-at-Large of HuffPost Gay Voices. In this position, Signorile will help shape the site's vision and direction, offer commentary and analysis, live-blog events, assist with assigning story coverage, and enlist a wide array of voices to contribute to the conversations of interest to the gay community and beyond.

In its first month after launch, HuffPost Gay Voices was the most popular gay site, as measured by comScore (October 2011).

Signorile's popular radio program, "The Michelangelo Signorile Show," airs on Sirius XM's LGBT channel, OutQ, each weekday from 2pm-6pm ET. He regularly interviews politicians, filmmakers, playwrights and celebrities, from Congressman Barney Frank and Larry Kramer to Rosie O'Donnell and Chaz Bono -- and takes calls from listeners across North America.

Signorile is a former editor-at-large for The Advocate, a former columnist and editor-at-large for Out magazine and also served as editor-at-large for Planet Out/Gay.com. He is the author of four books, and has written for many publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, the New York Observer, the Los Angeles Times and New York magazine. Signorile has appeared on many TV news programs, including Today, Good Morning America, the O'Reilly Factor, AC360 and Larry King Live.

To learn more about Signorile, click here.

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