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Ardsley woman was one of Sen. Jeff Flake's 'elevator ladies' (lohud)

Ardsley woman was one of Sen. Jeff Flake's 'elevator ladies' (lohud)

WASHINGTON – Maria Gallagher from Ardsley was one of the two "#ElevatorLadies" who confronted pivotal U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake Friday after he announced he would vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

Crazy Rich Identities

Crazy Rich Identities

The movie Crazy Rich Asians, adapted from Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel, has been widely celebrated in the United States as a big step toward diversity: It’s a Hollywood movie with an Asian cast. But in Singapore, some people are complaining that the film doesn’t capture their country’s actual diversity. That’s even granting the film’s focus on people who are crazy rich (not—to avoid confusion—crazy and rich, though some are both). “The focus is specifically on characters and faces of East Asian descent, which plays into issues of racism and colorism that still exist, not only in the US but in Asia,” the Singapore journalist Kirsten Han writes in Vox. The film’s “all-Asian boast,” in her view, is “nothing more than a perpetuation of the existing Chinese dominance in mainstream media and pop culture.” Sangeetha Thanapal, an Indian Singaporean writer and activist, takes issue with the way the movie is being sold as “this big win for diversity, as this representative juggernaut,” telling a New York Times reporter, “I think that’s really problematic because if you’re going to sell yourself as that, then you bloody better actually have actual representation.”