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Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o discuss women's issues, election

Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 01:25

Honorees of Variety Magazine's Power of Women event reveal causes that are dear to their heart and how they are watching the 2016 presidential primaries. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Some of the most influential women in the entertainment and media industries came together in New York for Variety magazine's annual "Power of Women" luncheon on Friday (April 8). This year, the magazine chose five women as Lifetime Impact Honorees for their work in philanthropy. This list includes Oscar winners Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyong'o, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, ballerina Misty Copeland and fashion designer Vera Wang. Moore, who is being honored for her work with "Everytown for Gun Safety", the largest gun violence prevention organization in the United States, said that she is following the presidential primaries closely. "I am a supporter of Hillary Clinton. I think she has been doing a great job. We are all watching with great interest," she told Reuters. Fellow actress Lupita Nyong'o is in support of "Mother Health International," a nonprofit organization dedicated to provide relief to pregnant women in areas of disaster, war and extreme poverty. Nyong'o is currently starring in the Broadway play "Eclipsed", a drama telling the story of women's roles in the Liberian civil war. She said that she is enjoying the work, and added there is a connection between the play and the organization. "To have women who are interested in making the care of a woman giving birth better is really important for the next generation, to stop the cycle of violence that these women live in," Nyong'o said. Playwright Danai Gurira, who wrote "Eclipsed" said that she is a Hillary Clinton supporter. "I think it is important that Hillary is elected. I think just like people of African descent needed to see, and all people, needed to see a person of color become president of this country, I think our next step is we need to see a woman up there. And that to me is progress. " Ballerina Misty Copeland is following the election too, but said that she has not made up her mind yet. "Of course it's always important. I think especially following behind President Obama, those are big shoes to fill. So I am anxious to see where that goes and he will definitely be missed." Copeland was honored for her work with "Project Plie", an initiative by the American Ballet Theater to increase diversity in America's classical ballet companies. Copeland made news last year when she was appointed as the first African-American female principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre in the dance company's 75-year history.

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Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o discuss women's issues, election

Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 01:25