Mar 2018
Mar 2018

Actress Cynthia Nixon enters the race for New York governor

New York, March 20: Best known for her role as Miranda in the hit TV series "Sex and the City", actress and activist Cynthia Nixon has officially entered the race for the governor of New York, challenging incumbent Andrew M. Cuomo who is seeking his third term, the media reported.

"I love New York, and today I'm announcing my candidacy for governor," the 51-year-old tweeted on Monday, along with a video.

"I've never lived anywhere else... But something has to change. We want our government to work again, on health care, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us. It can't just be business as usual anymore."

Nixon will challenge Cuomo in the state's Democratic primary in September, reports CNN.

Nixon is forming a team of alumni of the New York political sphere, including Rebecca Katz and Bill Hyers -- who worked on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's first campaign -- to help her ahead of the primary. 

Katz will work on the campaign as a senior strategist. Nicole Aro, who recently worked as the American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organizations' director or digital strategies, will serve as campaign manager.

The Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner were among the star-studded cast of actors, entertainers, and activists who came together for "the People's State of the Union" in January, an alternative event to President Donald Trump's first State of the Union speech.

"Our democracy is under attack, and we Americans need to cherish and to fight for it," Nixon had said.

The mother of three, who is married to activist Christine Marinoni, has also been vocal about education issues, and she served on de Blasio's advisory board for the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, reports CNN. 

She was recently honored by the Human Rights Campaign with its Visibility Award for her work advocating for marriage equality and fighting stigma and prejudice.

Nixon's campaign said in a statement that she will spend the coming weeks traveling across the state to hear from voters.

Source: IANS

Mar 2018

Deepika Padukone, Virat Kohli win Instagram Awards

Mumbai, March 20: Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has the 'Most Followed Account' and cricket star Virat Kohli has got the 'Most Engaged Account' on Instagram, according to the Instagram Awards which have been announced for the first time in India.

Kohli has 19.8 million followers as on Monday. His account generated the biggest number of engagements when all likes and comments from the content that he shared in 2017 -- except 'Story' views and video views -- were aggregated.

The list, which acknowledges photo-sharing platform Instagram's most engaging community members, also recognizes Emerging Account and 20 Million Milestones.

In the Most Followed Account category, Priyanka Chopra trailed behind Deepika's 22.4 million followers with a count of 22 million, and Alia Bhatt rounded up the top three with 20.8 million followers.

Deepika said in a statement: "Staying connected with my fans and loved ones is extremely important to me. I value the love, support and connection I share with them and I hope I continue to remain true and authentic."

Actor Ishaan Khatter, who will be seen in "Dhadak", has been named for India's 'Emerging Account' for growing his fanbase on Instagram significantly throughout 2017.

For Ishaan, Instagram is his most loved social media platform.

"It's a non-stop source of inspiration from people and personalities all over the world. I find it especially enjoyable because it's about connecting with pictures and videos. On a more personal note, it's almost like a time machine for your memories and a way to immortalize your favorite moments. 

"It's lovely connecting with others through this medium and I look forward to being inspired and hopefully inspiring more people in the future, too," he said.

Alia also got a 'milestone plaque' with Shraddha Kapoor in recognition for building a community of 20 million followers. 

Source: IANS

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