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A Search That Forged New Stars, Friends and Rivalries

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) participates a briefing on the pandemic from public health experts in Wilmington, Del. the day after she was introduced as Joe Biden's running mate, Aug. 13, 2020. (Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times)
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) participates a briefing on the pandemic from public health experts in Wilmington, Del. the day after she was introduced as Joe Biden’s running mate, Aug. 13, 2020. (Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times)

It was early in Joe Biden’s vice-presidential search when he asked his advisers a sensitive question about Sen. Kamala Harris. He kept hearing so much private criticism of her from other California Democrats, he wanted to know: Is she simply unpopular in her home state?

Advisers assured Biden that was not the case: Harris had her share of Democratic rivals and detractors in the factional world of California politics, but among regular voters, her standing was solid.

Biden’s query, and the quiet attacks that prompted it, helped begin a delicate audition for Harris that has never before been revealed in depth. She faced daunting obstacles, including an array of strong competitors, unease about

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What These 32 Netflix Stars Did Before They Were Famous

With over 167 million subscribers, Netflix has the power to turn unknowns into superstars virtually overnight — and that’s been the case for the stars of several of the streaming service’s original television series and films. Some Netflix notables had been pursuing acting for years before getting their big break, while others had gotten their start in other industries before gaining small-screen fame.

See what the stars of “Stranger Things,” “You,” “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and more were doing before they were famous.

Last updated: Aug. 7, 2020

Uzo Aduba

Uzo Aduba was relatively unknown when she was cast as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on “Orange Is the New Black.” Before she got the small-screen role, Aduba was predominantly a stage actress, having starred in several off-Broadway shows as well as the Broadway show “Godspell.”

Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley’s acting career started long before he appeared as

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Mystery and voyeurism around Bollywood star’s death

Sushant Singh Rajput made his big-screen debut in 2013
Sushant Singh Rajput made his big-screen debut in 2013

Sushant Singh Rajput lived an extraordinary life – just like some of the characters he played in his hit Bollywood films.

But his fairy tale journey, from humble beginnings to stardom, ended on 14 June when he was found dead in his flat at the age of 34. The police in Mumbai, where he lived, said he took his own life.

The news devastated millions of his fans, who saw his success as their own.

Sushant grew up in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states. He worked hard and was admitted to one of India’s top engineering colleges – a sure way of securing a bright future for middle class families.

But his heart was set on acting. So he dropped out of college and went to Mumbai, a city that makes and breaks thousands of dreams every day.

He did

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Tony Bennett Honored by Elton John, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and More Stars on 94th Birthday

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Happy birthday, Tony Bennett!

In honor of Bennett’s 94th birthday on Monday, many of Bennett’s famous friends and fans, including Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel, shared loving messages to him.

Also, Bennett’s team celebrated the musical icon on Twitter by asking fans to send him their birthday wishes. “Happy 94th birthday to Tony Bennett!” the tweet read alongside a photo of the star. “We would love to share your warm wishes with him today. Feel free to share your message here, and tell us which album you’re playing to celebrate! – Team Tony.”

While Bennett has laid low these past years, the “Rags to Riches” singer participated in a sing-along in April in honor of those working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

RELATED: Tony Bennett Cancels Multiple Shows and Is Advised Not to Travel After Contracting Virus

During the virtual

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The Stars Want You To Open Up This August

The month starts on an expansive note. We’re encouraged to open our minds on August 3, when the Moon waxes full in forward-thinking Aquarius and creates a square against change-loving Uranus at 11:58 a.m. EST. This is a day to absorb what is happening around us and focus on flexibility. Chatty Mercury speeds into the proud sign of Leo on August 4, altering how we share our thoughts. We’ll enjoy a new sense of confidence while the messenger planet moves through this sign, but we’ll have to be prepared to put a little extra effort into listening. Charming Venus makes her way into sensitive Cancer on August 7, helping us be gentler with our loved ones. We may notice that we’re more doting toward our partners, or that we’re feeling more open to new relationships. August 15 offers us an opportunity to manage our energy, as change-loving Uranus stations retrograde

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Black creators matter. But Black TikTok stars say the app has work to do.

In early June, Erynn Chambers stepped onto her porch, just outside the front door of her North Carolina home, opened TikTok on her phone, and began to film herself.

“Black neighborhoods are overpoliced, so of course they have higher rates of crime,” she sang to her own tune. “And white perpetrators are undercharged, so of course they have lower rates of crime.”

Chambers, 27, who started using the short-form video app during quarantine, had just watched a TikTok by drag queen Online Kyne discussing the manipulation of statistics to make Black Americans appear more violent. Chambers, an elementary school music teacher, set her frustration to music.

“It went viral pretty much overnight,” Chambers said. “It was incredible.”

Chambers refers to her content, made under the user name @Rynnstar, as “edu-tainment” — education and entertainment — and she uses it, in part, to raise awareness of the American Black experience. She’s

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Search continues for ‘Glee’ star’s body; education lawsuits pile up

Actress Naya Rivera is presumed dead after going missing during a boat trip in Ventura County. The state and the University of California file separate lawsuits against the Trump administration. And a tired California mother envisioned a faster, healthier way to feed her daughter. Think Keurig, for babies. 

It’s Arlene with all the news to know this Thursday.

But first, Downtown Disney reopened Thursday morning to throngs of visitors clamoring for some of that M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E feeling. What coronavirus?

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‘Glee’ star presumed dead following what was to be a short boat trip 

A Ventura County Sheriff's helicopter aids in the search on Thursday, July 9, 2020, for "Glee" actress Naya Rivera, who was missing after renting a boat with her 4-year-old son at Lake Piru on Wednesday.
A Ventura County Sheriff’s helicopter aids in the search on Thursday, July 9, 2020, for “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, who was missing after renting a boat with her 4-year-old son at
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