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Ilene Angel
Ilene Angel is an award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, political activist, and writer. Her first book, In Search of George Stephanopoulos - A True Story of Life, Love, and the Pursuit of a Short Greek Guy, is available now. She is currently recording her second singer/songwriter CD, titled In Color, and completing her second book, which will be available in 2016. Ilene blogs regularly on the subjects of politics and popular culture.

Entries by Ilene Angel

What Tree Are We Planting?

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 10:42 AM

I heard this quote yesterday while watching a Barbra Streisand special on PBS...

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

It is a Greek proverb. I know, it's a little unlikely that my source for Greek proverbs would...

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'The Color Purple' -- the Best One Yet

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 5:46 PM

I see a lot of Broadway shows. And because I do, I have both a profound appreciation of all theater and a discerning palette when it comes to what I truly love. I enjoy quite a bit, but for something to get a rave from me, it must be compelling,...

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In Search of What Sustains Us

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2015 | 10:09 PM

I've been overwhelmed lately, as I think many of us have, with thoughts about life and death, guns and terrorism, rights versus responsibilities, politics and the media.

The noise is so deafening, I can't hear myself think. The violence is real. The chaos is maddening. And any sane, rational...

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Don't Jump -- The Review

(8) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 11:41 AM

I seldom read fiction. I think real life is absurd enough that I don't have to spend what little time I do have reading something conjured by someone else.

I'm a fan of the memoir, because I find people and their lives inherently fascinating and beautifully flawed. And if...

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'At Seventeen'...Plus a Few Decades

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 2:29 PM

No one knows when they sit down to write something, that it will become iconic. There's no way of determining what will resonate with people in such a fashion that it will live on for decades of maybe even centuries, and hold a place in the hearts of listeners that...

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The Colbert Report...Card

(9) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 7:27 PM

There's a simple rule in entertainment as in any successful business - know what the people want and give it to them.

In the days and weeks leading up to the premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, there was much speculation about who Stephen Colbert actually was,...

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Full Disclosure: In Defense of George Stephanopoulos

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:08 PM

Our society loves to build people up so we can tear them down. That is the climate we live in. It is the substance of every reality TV show, and in recent months, it has bled over into our legitimate news programs and the people who bring them to us....

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Hillary's Biggest Challenge

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 3:39 PM

It's a sign of maturity that we evolve. The longer we live, the more wisdom we are supposed to attain. Life experiences teach us valuable lessons, and for me, those lessons include the ability to recognize human frailties and flaws along with the admirable attributes. In short, there is more...

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A Final Offering

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 4:32 PM

It's been a few days since I heard the news of Robin Williams' death, and though that scarcely seems like enough time to wrap my head around referring to his life in the past tense, the entire world seems to have weighed in, whether using his end as a cautionary...

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A Facebook Comment, George Stephanopoulos, the President, and Me

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 4:01 PM

I don't have much time to watch TV these days. Where I used to carve out the hour(s) to watch or read things that kept me both politically informed and perpetually fired up, as time has progressed, I have grown weary of the pettiness and rancor, the stalemates and the...

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Coming Full Circle

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 6:29 PM

If you were to ask any songwriter what their favorite song is, most of us would answer, "The one I wrote today." We can't help it. It's our newest baby, our shiny toy, and the one whose luster hasn't worn off yet. We've still got hopes and dreams for it,...

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Unfinished Business: What I Learned From the Good Wife

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 5:50 PM

I don't watch much television anymore. I have my TV viewing whittled down to a handful of shows that I intentionally watch. And none of them are "reality" shows, because a) there is no reality in reality television, and b) I often find fictional characters to be far more likable...

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Review: David Michael Finkelstein's Bar Mitzvah

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 12:53 PM

Bar Mitzvahs, much like sweet 16's, have morphed into some pretty wacky events of late. And while there is yet to be a reality TV show about this rite of passage, there is a new musical written by Sue Fabisch with enough comedy and drama to satisfy even the greatest...

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You Know You're Old When...

(2) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 11:00 AM

Bill Clinton called me last night. Okay, so it was one of those automated political calls, urging me to vote for our local Democratic candidate, but still, I'm going with Bill Clinton called me last night.

He was sure to remind me that we were neighbors, live in the...

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What Are We Creating?

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 12:02 PM

I'm on a lot of email lists. Political ones. And this week, I have received more political emails than at any other time, including the past two presidential elections. It was as if someone, somewhere out in the political ether, thought I could stop the government shutdown, or at the...

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Sid Bernstein Remembered

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 9:25 AM

There are pivotal moments and pivotal people in everyone's lives, people who leave indelible impressions, sometimes knowingly, sometimes not, and our lives are forever altered because of them. So when someone like that passes, we are momentarily stopped in our tracks, forced to take a moment out of our otherwise...

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America's Breath of Fresh Air -- a Standout at the Fringe Festival

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 3:00 PM

I love musical theater and so I go to see it every chance I get. But I'm also not immune to the guilty pleasures of our celebrity obsessed popular culture. Enter America's Breath of Fresh Air, the perfect marriage of the two.

With book, music and lyrics by multi-platinum hit...

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Changing the World -- One Song at a Time

(3) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 2:46 PM

These are cynical times we live in, where it seems like it's every man for himself. Instead of being more unified by our limitless ability to communicate with anyone anywhere in the world 24/7, we're more polarized, more isolated, less connected in actuality, regardless of how things appear virtually.


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Can We Talk About Love and Peace Now?

(3) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 7:08 PM

After yesterday's bombing in Boston, I cannot keep silent any longer -- I don't think we can have a war on anything and expect peace to be the outcome.

No war on terrorism, drugs, guns or anything else has ever achieved a lasting defeat to what it was trying to...

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And the Oscar Goes to... the Oscars

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 11:57 AM

I know there are people in parts of the country that just don't care about the Oscars. I would not be one of them. In fact, I do not have a conscious recollection of a time in my life before I was cognizant of these golden statues.

Some little...

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