In Memoriam: Tyler Clementi (1992-2010)

In Memoriam: Tyler Clementi (1992-2010)

Our hope is that our family’s personal tragedy will serve as a call for compassion, empathy, and human dignity.”

-Family of Tyler Clementi

Tyler Clementi was an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman when he jumped from the George Washington Bridge in an apparent suicide in September 2010, days after he had been secretly filmed during an intimate encounter which was then broadcast on the Internet.

Ellen DeGeneres: An Important Message About Bullying

Gorecki Symphony No. 3: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

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Ellen DeGeneres Delivers Moving Speech at Tulane’s Commencement

Ellen DeGeneres Delivers Moving Speech at Tulane’s Commencement

Ellen DeGeneres returned to her hometown of New Orleans last Monday to deliver a moving commencement speech to the 2009 graduates at Tulane University, the Katrina class. She joined honorary degree recipient Harry Connick Jr. as the honored celebrity guests at the event. Tulane President Scott Cowen presented DeGeneres with the Tulane University President’s Medal for her work to raise money and awareness for New Orleans after Katrina.

Ellen’s talk was equal parts funny, serious, touching and memorable. From her first greeting to the robe-clad graduates (“Look at you….Usually when you’re wearing a robe at 10 in the morning, it means you’ve given up”), to re-telling the sad story behind her the famous “phone call to God” joke that got her a spot on The Tonight Show, to jokes about being gay (“When you’re older, most of you will be gay”), it was all priceless. After her address, which she concluded with lyrics from Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance,” Ellen proceeded to dance through the audience bringing the graduates and their families joyously to their feet.

Ellen DeGeneres Delivers Moving Speech at Tulane’s Commencement

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Be a Voice Against Violence

There have been many responses to the classroom killing of Larry King in Oxnard, California, including the now well-known statement that was made by Ellen DeGeneres on her television program. Below is a more recent Public Service Announcement against violence, a video that also has been created in response to the Larry King murder:

Be a Voice Against Violence

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Ellen DeGeneres Speaks about the Killing of Larry King

Fellow Students at Larry King’s Memorial Service in Port Hueneme, California

Larry King’s memorial service was attended by more than 500 people in Port Hueneme, California. The service drew a diverse group of mourners who said that the killing had touched them deeply. Several students wore buttons bearing his picture. Lawrence “Larry” King was remembered Friday as a sensitive child, who on one recent Christmas helped his mother crochet hundreds of scarves so that U.S. troops in Afghanistan wouldn’t be without a holiday gift. “God knit Larry together and made him wonderfully complex,” the Rev. Dan Birchfield of Westminster Presbyterian Church told the crowd as he stood in front of a large photograph of the victim. “Larry was a masterpiece.”

The memorial service was a somber hourlong reflection on King’s life as a boy growing up in and around Oxnard, California. It was also a chance for his family, seated in a front row of Westminster Presbyterian Church, to offer a fuller portrait of the boy. King came to the public’s attention in the days after the classroom killing when it was revealed that another boy had targeted him after a falling out between the two about King’s sexual orientation.

The shooting has stunned residents of Oxnard, a laid-back middle-class beach community just north of Malibu. It has also drawn a strong reaction from gay and civil rights groups.

Ellen DeGeneres Speaks about the Killing of Larry King

Be a Voice Against Violence

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Singing for Freedom

Anthony Gargiulia

This is 8-year-old Anthony Gargiulia.  Anthony says that watching American Idol changed his life and made him want to be a singer.  One problem is, though, it’s hard out there for an 8-year old who sings like Frank Sinatra.  But through the power of YouTube, Ellen DeGeneres found him.  Here he is performing Freedom on Ellen’s show and, on a later show, Signed, Sealed, Delivered.  His performances are somewhat awe-inspiring.

Anthony Gargiulia: Freedom

Anthony Singing: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

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