Category: diversity

Because the vast majority of my audience is likely not a member of the Screen Actors Guild, I am going to repost a letter from twice-elected Nation President of the guild Allen Rosenberg expressing his outright disdain for the events of the past week that have led to the National Executive Director Doug Allen being fired yesterday.

Doug Allen held his ground amidst much panic induced by certain forces (let’s say A-List actors who also tend to be producers who also tend to be in bed with producers) and those without sufficient foresight or backbone to believe that we can withstand the temporary uncertainty of a strike in exchange for a fair pay scale in the realm of online and emergent media.

Here is the letter from Allen in its entirety:

Watch the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama live from Washington DC right here on the

Now that the stream is closed, we want to share some videos from the streets on inauguration day.

Inauguration at Times Square

Inauguration from the National Mall

Up to four million people are expected to attend the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama in Washington DC on January 20th, with 25,000 law enforcement officials on the scene. Cellular networks have been pleading with their customers to minimize the use of cell phones during the event, claiming they have already stretched their resources to their breaking limits in anticipation of the bandwidth surge.  The event is projected to easily outpace the numbers of the Superbowl in terms of viewership.

Here is the schedule for the event:

Runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET. Program is as follows:

  • Call to order and welcoming remarks — Dianne Feinstein.
  • Invocation — Dr. Rick Warren.
  • Musical selection — Aretha Franklin.
  • Oath of office administered to vice-president-elect Joe Biden.
  • Musical selection — John Williams, featuring Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Gabriela Montero, Anthony McGill.
  • Oath of office administered to president-elect Barack Obama by Chief Justice John Roberts.
  • Inaugural address.
  • Poem — Elizabeth Alexander.
  • Benediction — Rev. Joseph E. Lowery.
  • National anthem.

Post your comments to join in the discussion. What do you think about the event?