Chinese-American artist and illustrator Tyrus Wong is being recognised for his illustrious career with a Google Doodle on what would have been his 108th birthday. Mr Wong, who was born Wong Gen Yeo in the Guangdong Province, China on October 25 1910, immigrated to the United States with his father when he was nine - which marked the last time he would see his mother and sister. Immediately upon arriving in America, Mr Wong faced hardship as he was initially barred entry under the Chinese Exclusion Act, which restricted the number of Chinese immigrants that could enter the country. After finally settling in Los Angeles, California, Mr Wong began attending school. Shortly after, his teachers noticed his artistic capabilities.
I was born in Chicago on December 30, 1946, within the vortex of a huge snowstorm. My father had to help the taxi driver navigate Lake Shore Drive with the windows wide open, while my mother was in labor. I was a scrawny baby, and my father worked to keep me alive, holding me over a steamy washtub to help me breathe. I will think of them both when I step on the stage of the Riviera Theatre, in Chicago, on my seventieth birthday, with my band, and my son and daughter. Despite the emotionally wrenching atmosphere that has engulfed us during the Presidential election, I have tried to spend December immersed in positive work, tending to the needs of my family, and preparations for the new year.
The family of Heather Heyer will pay their respects to the 32-year-old in a memorial service being held in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. The public farewell comes days after Heyer was killed when a man plowed his vehicle into a group of counter-protesters who had gathered in response to the neo-Nazis and white nationalists who descended on the city for the "Unite the Right" rally. Nineteen others were injured in the attack. The funeral of Heather Heyer will be held Wednesday at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville and will begin at 11 a.m. Friends and family have said Heyer, a paralegal and Charlottesville local, would often stand against injustice.
Billy Bush doesn't say much about his former employer, NBC, in his in-depth interview with The Hollywood Reporter but he does claim that "plenty of people" at NBC knew about the 2005 tape that featured him and Trump discussing women in a lewd manner. The audio was published by the Washington Post on Oct. 7, 2016, just two days before the second presidential debate between then-candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Many questioned the timing of the leak, speculating that politics played a role in the release of the years-old recordings. Though Bush said little else about his employer's knowledge of the damaging tapes, his brother Jonathan spoke out against the network. Jonathan Bush lamented to The Hollywood Reporter, "NBC News and [their] crocodile outrage: 'We are so disappointed with Billy.'
Former correspondent of The New York Times Sydney Hillel Schanberg died Saturday at the age of 82 in Poughkeepsie, New York . He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the genocide in Cambodia in 1975. His death was confirmed by former Times reporter Charles Kaiser, who said Schanberg had a heart attack Tuesday, the newspaper reported. "Sydney Schanberg was an historic and courageous correspondent," Dean Baquet, executive editor of The Times, said in a statement, according to the Associated Press. "He was part of a generation of war correspondents who made America understand what was truly happening in Vietnam and Cambodia."