Elliott Abrams, born 24 January 1948, a senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Elliott Abrams, a former U.S. diplomat who was convicted in the Iran-Contra scandal, was appointed as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s new special envoy for Venezuela. Read Elliott Abrams Biography and Profile.
Michael Cohen was born 25 August 1966. He began his career as a private injury lawyer in 1992, but his business interests quickly expanded as he built a large real estate portfolio and a business that specialized in the New York City taxicab trade. In the 2000s, Cohen began working for future President Donald Trump, where he earned a reputation for loyalty and ferocity. Read more Michael Cohen Biography and Profile.
Born in New York City 19 March 1952, Harvey Weinstein established the Miramax Films Corporation with his brother, Bob, in 1979. Miramax went on to produce critical and commercial hits like Pulp Fiction and Shakespeare In Love, and the brothers found more success after launching The Weinstein Company in 2005. Harvey Weinstein also became known as a supporter of progressive causes, but his reputation was severely damaged after reports surfaced in October 2017 of his alleged sexual harassment of women, resulting in his expulsion from The Weinstein Company and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Read Harvey Weinstein Biography and Profile.
James Baldwin was born 2 August 1924, New York City, an essayist, playwright and novelist regarded as a highly insightful, iconic writer with works like The Fire Next Time and Another Country. James Baldwin published the 1953 novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, going on to garner acclaim for his insights on race, spirituality and humanity. Baldwin’s writing career began in the last years of legislated segregation; his fame as a social observer grew in tandem with the civil rights movement as he mirrored blacks’ aspirations, disappointments, and coping strategies in a hostile society. Read James Arthur Baldwin Biography and Profile.
Hoda Muthana was born to a Yemeni diplomat in New Jersey and moved to New York and then Washington, D.C., before finally settling with her family in Alabama as a seventh grader. Hassan Shibly, a lawyer with the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida, provided a birth certificate for Ms. Muthana that showed she was born in Hackensack, N.J., on Oct. 28, 1994. Hoda Muthana joined the Islamic State. Continue reading Hoda Muthana Biography and Profile.
Born on January 19, 1946, in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, Dolly Parton was one of 12 children. After high school, she moved to Nashville to pursue music and initially found success with country star Porter Wagoner, before embarking on a solo career marked by hit songs like “Joshua,” “Jolene,” “The Bargain Store,” “I Will Always Love You,” “Here You Come Again,” “9 to 5” and “Islands in the Stream,” among many others. Read Dolly Parton Biography and Profile.
Jeffrey Rosen, born February 13, 1964, Professor of Law, graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University, and Yale Law School. His books include: Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet; The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America, the best-selling companion book to the award-winning PBS series; The Most Democratic Branch: How the Courts Serve America; The Naked Crowd: Freedom and Security in an Anxious Age. Read Jeffrey Rosen Biography and Profile.
Born on June 21, 1983, actor and singer Jussie Smollett started performing at an early age. Jussie Smollett, known for his groundbreaking role as tortured pop star, Jamal Lyon in the mega-hit television series Empire, is now emerging beyond what many call one of the most powerful characters on television. Read Jussie Smollett Biography and Profile.