For Your Entertainment: Samantha Bee and Upcoming Festivals

Samantha Bee – Bringing Laughs As The First Woman To Host Late Night Television

By Paige Miller

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, an Emmy Award-winning TV show, is hosted by Samantha Bee herself. Samantha Bee was a former correspondent on The Daily Show before she wanted to start her own late night show. On February 8, 2016 Samantha Bee aired her first episode of Full Frontal which made her the first woman to host a late night talk show in the United States. Her accomplishments on and off the show have amazed many people including Barack Obama. Her most famous episode called “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” raised $200,000 for the Committee to Protect Journalists. Samantha Bee supports Planned Parenthood, Distributing Dignity, CPJ, and Hispanic Federation by providing them with a portion of the money that is raised by the show’s merchandise. Samantha Bee hosts Full Frontal to satisfy her passion and uses it as a way to give back to the community of women.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Indio, California April 13 – 22

By Caroline Antonacci

This April, two major entertainment events will be taking place. First, is the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. This is an annual music and arts festival is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, which is located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. In the past eighteen years, Coachella has only had three women be “worthy” of a headline slot. This year, Beyonce is the only woman of the three headliners, and she is the first woman of color to headline. The other headliners are Eminem, and The Weeknd. While there are still more men performing at Coachella such as Post Malone, David Byrne, Migos, and Miguel, a record- setting number of women will be performing. Some of which include Cardi B, Sza, Haim, Rezz, Alison Wonderland, and St. Vincent. The line up will be about 33% women, which is an increase from the 27% in 2016, but there is still room for improvement.

The Tribeca Film Festival

New York City April 18 – 29

By Caroline Antonacci and Chloe Cornell

The last two weeks of April is The Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan. The festival will feature 96 films from 103 different filmmakers.  46% of the films are directed by women which is the highest percentage in the festival’s history.

The world premiere of a documentary on famed rocker Patti Smith, Horses: Patti Smith and her Band, which features her final performance of the 40th anniversary of the Horses album tour will be shown on April 23rd at the Beacon Theater.  After the screening, Patti Smith and her band will perform some of their most popular songs live after the screening. Tickets go on sale on Monday April 2, at 12:00 PM.

The TIME’S UP Foundation will host its first New York event during the Tribeca Film Festival. Activists, filmmakers, storytellers and lawyers including TIME’S UP members Ashley Judd, Julianne Moore, Fatima Goss Graves (National Women’s Law Center), Robin Morgan (poet and activist), and Mónica Ramírez (Alianza Nactional de Campesinas) will participate in talks. The conversations will address the current conditions, the women who led the way to heightened awareness, and next steps for TIME’S UP.

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