Celebrity

51 Unforgettable Chris Rock Quotes for His 51st Birthday

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The great Chris Rock turns 51 years old on Sunday, and sure, we should’ve made a bigger deal of it last year – but better late than never, especially if it gives us an excuse to share some of our favorite nuggets from the ever-quote-worthy comic, social commentator, and filmmaker. So here are some of his most memorable bits of wisdom from his stand-up act, his book, and his interviews through the years.
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Why Are Men Still Media’s Default “Experts” on Reproductive Rights?

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As we haltingly approach a half-century since Roe v. Wade, abortion rights activists’ notion of reproductive rights has expanded to become far more inclusive. For instance, 2016’s ideal “reproductive justice” movement fights to include transgender and queer individuals and to safeguard rights that go beyond abortion: to encompass safe, informed, consented-to, and affordable prenatal and childcare, too.
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No Industry Is Immune to Sexual Harassment Scandals

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The fallout from the sexual harassment scandal around music publicist Heathcliff Berru this week has been fast and furious: a public resignation and follow-up statement, a number of bands cutting ties with Berru’s firm, and a great deal of media attention. The irony that the firm represented so many artists known for being politically progressive, from Killer Mike to Speedy Ortiz, has not been lost — mindful of their values, several artists have quickly made statements condemning the alleged behavior and announcing that they’re no longer working with Life or Death PR.
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Alan Rickman Embodied an Imperfect Character with a “Perfect Voice”

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Alan Rickman’s filmography and theatrical endeavors — both as an actor and director — are towering achievements. But it’s inarguable that while everyone might have their separate favorite Alan Rickman moments (whether it’s his dignified kindness in Sense and Sensibility, his ghost boyfriendliness in Truly Madly Deeply, or his willing submission to utter silliness in Galaxy Quest), the character most people think of immediately when they think of Rickman is Sevreus Snape, of the Harry Potter series. (After all, he portrayed him in eight different films, under four different directors.) 
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