Jean teaches astrology, tarot & metaphysics. She is an author, ordained nondenominational minister, & member of the NJ Metaphysical Ctr.
Food for Thought
Bob Marley, or Robert Nesta Marley, 2/6/45-5/11/81, is the revered Jamaican musician who introduced Reggae music to the world. Bob was the rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of Bob Marley and the Wailers, consisting of himself, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh. Marley also spread the Rastafarian religious movement throughout the world, voicing the political and social conditions that existed in Jamaica during his lifetime through his music. All these years later, he is still considered Jamaica’s Ambassador to the People, and they talk about him as if he were still here.
Marley’s father was Norval Sinclair Marley, a white English/Jamaican Captain of the Royal Marines, and his mother was Cedella Booker, an 18-year-old Black woman. Norval Marley supported Bob and his mother until he died when Bob was 10 yrs. old. Marley faced issues about his mixed ancestry throughout his life, although he came to terms with it. He identified as a Black African, citing the two biggest influences in his life as Haile Selassie and Marcus Garvey. As a Rastafarian, he believed that Haile Selassie was a living God in Ethiopia, and a theme in Marley’s work discusses the return of the Rastafarian people back to Africa, likely in Ethiopia. Bob wrote many songs about the oppression the Black people fought in many instances.
When Bob Marley was 12 he moved to Trenchtown, Kingston, a poor and squalid government complex. He met up with Bunny and Peter there, and they cut a record, with "One More Cup of Coffee and "Judge Not", songs that did not get air play in 1962, but are part of the Songs of Freedom Box Set now. In 1966, Marley married Rita Anderson, and it has been said he was so shy that he gave a note to a friend to pass on to her before he would speak to her. They moved to Wilmington, DE for a time to visit Bob’s mother, but Bob did not enjoy the fast pace of American life. He and Rita formally became Rastafarians when they returned to Jamaica, and Bob began to grow his famous dreadlocks.
During the years of 1968-1972, Bob, Rita, Bunny and Peter tried to commercialize their sound, in both London and Kingston. Bob needed to establish himself outside of Jamaica, so lived in London for about a year. Island Records producer Chris Blackwell helped them cut an album, fronting the money, and Catch a Fire was the result.
Marley's Career Flourishes
By 1973, Burnin’ came out, and the popular songs "I Shot the Sheriff," and "Get Up, Stand Up," got Bob Marley critical recognition. Eric Clapton helped by singing and playing a cover of "I Shot the Sheriff," which was popular in the U.S. This album reached both reggae audiences and rock audiences, and Blackwell gave Marley his studio in Kingston on 56 Hope Road, which Bob used as both his office and his home.
Although the lineup of singers changed often, Bob still billed his group as The Wailers. His first breakthrough song in the U.S. was the anthem "No Woman No Cry," from Natty Dread. In 1976 there was to be a “Smile Jamaica” concert, organized by Prime Minister Michael Manley, to ease tension between warring political groups. Marley, Rita, and his manager Taylor were shot in Marley’s home before the concert, with Rita and Taylor sustaining serious injuries, though they recovered. Bob was wounded in the chest and arm, and many in the public thought the concert was a support rally for Manley. Bob performed at the concert 2 days later, responding that, “The people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. How can I?” So Marley played for 80,000 people, but was emotionally wounded that he was shot in his own country. Some still suspect the CIA, as any person who seems to love peace is always suspect.
Marley left Jamaica to recuperate for two years in England, in seclusion and exile, although he wrote material for more albums there. He finally returned to Jamaica in 1978 to perform another political concert, once again trying to bring peace to warring political groups.
Bob Marley and the Wailers went on to release 11 albums, writing much more politically charged songs, such as "Survival", "Zimbabwe", "Africa Unite" and "War". Bob and the Wailers appeared in South Africa in 1979 to oppose apartheid, and support the struggles of the Black people there. Uprising in 1980 was Bob’s last studio album, and one of his most religious.
"Get Up, Stand Up"
Bob Marley Never Goes Out of Style
Bob’s life as a Rastafarian was a big part of the Reggae culture. He grew his dreads long and became a vegetarian, indulging frequently in “ganga”. When asked to explain his religion, he said, “Be still, Haile Selassie of Ethiopia is the Almighty, living God, the Bible says so, the newspaper says so, and I and the children say so. I don’t see what more people want. Maybe they want a White God, but God comes in Black too.” Bob quoted the passage of the Bible where Jacob gives his blessing to his son Joseph. Marley was baptized by the Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Kingston, Jamaica in 1980.
Bob had 11 children who are officially acknowledged on his website, including three with his wife Rita, but this author believes Bob and Rita had four children together. In 1977 Marley was found to have malignant melanoma under one of his toenails. He refused to have the toe amputated, stating religious reasons. Bob continued touring, his last concert at what is now the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA. But soon after the concert date, the cancer spread throughout his body. Marley was treated at the Bavarian Clinic Josef Issels, where he received a controversial type of cancer treatment, based mostly on diet and drugs, but after 8 months he got worse, and although he tried to get home to Jamaica, his organs failed at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, FL. His final words to his son Ziggy were “Money can’t buy life.”
According to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Bob Marley was the Third World’s first superstar. He was the man who introduced the world to the mystic power of Reggae. He was a true rocker at heart, and as a songwriter, he brought the force of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Smokey Robinson to his work. Bob Marley was a symbol to poor and powerless people everywhere; if one had talent, they could make it. Even at the height of his wealth, he lived mostly on Hope Road when he was in Jamaica, ate the same foods he ate when he was poor, and got up early every morning to enjoy nature. Marley was a good and spiritual man, who left us all too soon, at the age of 36.
Oprah Winfrey, born 1/29/1954, was actually born Orpah Gail, her first name an incorrect spelling from a woman in the Book of Ruth in the Bible. Oprah is the ultimate success story, a poor, Black woman born in Mississippi, who co-anchored an evening news show, and eventually had her own talk show, which is one of the most successful of all time. Today she is the only self-made Black billionaire in world history!
Oprah had a hard life of poverty, and experienced sexual abuse by her uncle, her cousin, and a family friend. She confided this on one of her own shows in 1986, when the topic was sexual abuse, but although cathartic for her, the family lived in denial of these facts. Oprah became pregnant at age 14, and lost the child in infancy. Once she became famous, a family member sold this story to The National Inquirer, a trashy gossip newspaper, further hurting her.
She was sent to a more affluent school, but suffered teasing and abuse, and finally her mother sent her to live in Nashville, TN, with her father Vernon, who though only a one-night stand for her mother, was really Oprah's father. He did encourage Oprah, and she became an honors student, got on the speech/debate club, and was voted Most Popular Girl in East Nashville High School. Oprah’s choice to work in the communications media did not surprise anyone, as she had a natural way with people, and they loved to confide in her.
She was the first Black female anchor of a local radio station, and stayed during her first 2 years of college. Oprah relocated to Chicago to host the half hour morning talk show AM Chicago. At the time Phil Donahue was the most popular radio talk show host, but within months Oprah overtook him, and critic Robert Ebert signed her up for syndication with King World. It was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show, and the rest is history.
Oprah, a Good Listener and Empathizer
Because Oprah has a great personality and is a good listener and talker, she was able to get many media shy celebrities on her show. She is always sympathetic, and has her finger on the button of what people care about and are thinking about. Aquarius people live in the Now, and always are interested in what is going on around them and everywhere else in the world. Oprah was always informed, yet could also talk about issues common to regular housewives.
She had Michael Jackson on her show, which was the 4th most watched interview in TV history. She appeared on David Letterman’s show in 2005 to promote The Color Purple, which she produced, the first time the two popular talk show hosts got together in 16 years. The public thought there was a rift between them, but they denied it, and if there was one patched it up. She had problems with Ludacris when he was on her show, and she had some of his lyrics edited out, but explained she felt he was marginalizing women with his words, and they came to a peaceful understanding. Oprah also faced criticism about several political people she had on her show when she endorsed Barack Obama for his first Presidential term, but this was the first time she ventured into politics, formerly keeping out of it on her show.
Oprah co-starred in Stephen Spielberg’s The Color Purple in 1985, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. This author has read that Spielberg cried at the end of the book (didn't everyone, I know I did)? It went on to be a Broadway musical which she produced. Oprah also produced and starred in Beloved, based on Toni Morrison’s book, but the movie was not as popular as she would have liked. Oprah co-authored five books, shared her battles with weight gain and loss with her fans, and publishes “O” Magazine, the biggest start-up in the industry. Circulation has declined, but the audience for the magazine is more upscale than the audience for her TV show, with the average woman who reads it earning well above the median pay scale for women.
Oprah, First African American Billionaire in World History
Oprah currently lives on “The Promised Land”, her 42 acre estate in Montecito, CA, with its fabulous ocean and mountain views. She also owns a house in Lavallette, NJ, an apartment in Chicago, an estate on Fisher Island, FL, a ski house in Telluride, CO, and property on Maui, HI and in Antigua. Her “base” is the apartment in Chicago.
Winfrey and her boyfriend Steadman Graham have been together since 1986, though a wedding has never occurred. Her best friend since her young adult life is Gayle King, who she always talked about on her show, and once had a large role in the planning of it. The two have faced rumors they are gay, but this happens often when women are close friends, and not necessarily true. Maria Shriver is also a close friend of Oprah, and Oprah considers the late poet Maya Angelou to be her mother/sister/friend.
Oprah became a millionaire at the age of 32, and at 42 she had a net worth of $340 million, replacing Bill Cosby as the only African American on the Forbes 400. With a 2000 net worth of $800 million, she is believed to be the richest African American of the 20th century. Because of her status as a historical figure, Professor Juliet Walker of the University of Chicago teaches a course: History 298, Oprah Winfrey, the Tycoon. Forbes International lists Winfrey as the first Black Billionaire in World History. In Sept. of 2010, she overtook Meg Whitman, the CEO of eBay, as the richest self made woman in America.
Oprah Ranks in the 50 Most Generous Americans
Oprah is one of the most powerful and influential women in the world. She is described as a “top alpha” woman who lets nobody get in her way. She has also polled as one of the greatest women in American history, as she is well liked and has a loyal following. Public confession became much more popular after Oprah admitted to her rape on her show, not ever expecting to, it just came out as she was empathizing with other women. Even though she has weight issues, Ms. Magazine notes that, “Winfrey made fat, sexy, elegant—damned near gorgeous—with her drop dead wardrobe, easy body language, and cheerful sensuality.” She has popularized and paved the way for other talk show hosts, and helped people to accept the LGBTQ population by her own acceptance. Her endorsements and opinions really affect consumer buying choices, something we have seen when she had her book club. Oprah brought many new authors into the public eye. She is also a spiritual leader, discussing uplifting and inspirational topics.
Oprah Winfrey has made so many philanthropic donations, to discuss them would take another whole article. She ranks in the 50 most generous Americans, and has opened a school for young girls in Africa to empower them. She has come a long way from that poor, abused young girl from Mississippi!
Ashton Kutcher and wife Mila Kunis
Ashton Kutcher, Aquarian Entrepreneur
Ashton Kutcher—Christopher Ashton Kutcher—2/7/78—is an American actor, former model, producer and comedian, who first became popular on That 70’s Show, playing the dim bulb, pot smoking, Michael Kelso. He went on to produce Punk’d., a show that played practical jokes on people while they were on hidden camera, and had parts in several movies. He had a reoccurring role in Two and a Half Men on the CBS sitcom, playing Walden Schmidt, when Charlie Sheen was in rehab. Ashton has a twin brother who had a heart transplant when they were young, and his brother also has cerebral palsy.
Ashton states that his home life was stressful, because he did not want to ever hear bad news about his brother. He considered suicide when he was 13, and then his family moved to Homestead, IA. His parents divorced when he was 16, and he acted out by committing a string of burglaries, resulting in probation, community service, and ostracism from his neighbors. Ashton enrolled at the University of IA with plans to major in biochemical engineering, motivated by the hope of finding a cure for his brother. While in a bar one evening, he was approached by a scout and recruited to enter the “Fresh Faces of Iowa” modeling competition. Ashton won 1st place, and moved to NYC to take part in the International Talent and Modeling Association Convention.
Kutcher signed a contract in 1998 to model in ads for Calvin Klein, in New York, Paris and Milan, and then did his stint on That 70’s Show. Then he caught the acting bug and moved to Los Angeles. Afterwards he was in a string of movies that appealed to teenage boys, so they did not have critical success, but did somewhat well at the box office. Ashton runs a production company called Katalyst Films with friend Jason Goldberg, and was part of a management team for Ooma, a tech start up in the voice over Internet Protocol business.
He spearheaded a marketing campaign and produced videos to promote this service. Kutcher is a spokesperson for Nikon cameras. In 2011 Ashton launched his own Twitter client with Uber Media, called A.Plus. The app became available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry. To download on one of those 3 platforms, users need the Uber Social client installed on their device. Kutcher has been a savvy investor in several tech startups, including Skype, Foursquare, Path and Fab.com. He is the co-founder of the venture capital fund A-Grade investments.
An Astute Businessman
Ashton Kutcher began dating Demi Moore in 2003. At first many thought it was a publicity stunt, as she had taken some years off from her acting career to raise the three daughters she has with ex-husband Bruce Willis. But they surprised everyone and married in 2005, in a ceremony conducted by a Rabbi at a Kabbalah Center, with Bruce Willis and about 150 friends attending. The almost 20-year age difference is not unusual for an Aquarian person; they often have romantic partners either much older or younger than themselves. Demi and Ashton did split in 2011 though, and Ashton is currently married to Mila Kunis, who co-starred with him on That '70s Show. They have two children, and Mila says Ashton is the first boy she kissed while working on That '70s Show.
Kutcher is an astute businessman, and owns an Italian Restaurant named Dolce with two of his 70’s show friends, Danny Masterson and Wilmer Valderrama. He also has a Japanese-themed restaurant called Geisha House, and it has expanded to 3 locations, Atlanta, LA, and NYC. He became the first Twitter user to have more than one million followers in 2009. He describes himself as a fiscal conservative and a social liberal, and continues to study Kabbalah. Ashton seems to be doing well for himself in a variety of businesses, and has a bright future ahead of him.
Yoko Ono, Artist, Musician, Peace Activist
Yoko Ono—2/18/1933—is a Japanese avant-garde artist, musician, author and peace activist, known mainly for her marriage to John Lennon, though she was deeply entrenched in the New York performance art scene before she met him. Yoko Ono became an advocate of feminism in her music, and is involved in many philanthropic causes, among them art, peace, and AIDS outreach programs. Yoko was born in Japan, and her father was a descendant of one of its Emperors. In Japan, Yoko’s servants had to back away from her on their knees when they were done doing their work for her! So the cultural shock must have been great when she came to live in New York in the mid 1950’s.
Ono loved the bohemian freedom in NY, and adored meeting the many artists and poets who live in that great city. Her parents did not approve of her life in NY, but Aquarians do not really care what others think if it is something they feel is right for them, they do it. Yoko Ono was married twice before she married John Lennon. The public does not hear much about her first marriage, but the second one to Anthony Cox in 1962 produced a daughter, Kyoko, and Yoko and Tony had custody battles for years, with him finally winning it. She does have a relationship with her daughter now.
Yoko met John Lennon at an art exhibition in NY, and he was dazzled by this strong woman artist. He was already married and had son Julien, who lived in England with his mother, Cynthia, but they “had to “ get married at a young age. John and Yoko became an item right away, and John divorced Cynthia to marry Yoko. It was not so easy though, as the U.S. government was trying to get Lennon out of the country. Any peace activist is normally suspect in this country for some reason. Finally they married in Gibraltar in 1969. The public was angry, and many believed Yoko broke up the Beatles, but they were already working on solo projects by the time Yoko and John married. The public was cruel and racist, and now looking back at documentaries, one can see people pulling her hair and throwing things at her. She was only a young woman in love, and John obviously adored her. Perhaps old Beatle fans still blamed her for the breakup, but they were broken up during the periods they recorded and released both Abbey Road and Let it Be.
Yoko During Happy Times with John
Yoko: Before and After John
Ono and Lennon made many very public protests for peace, one on their honeymoon “bed-in” in Amsterdam, when they had visitors to their suite and discussed how awful war was. This did not end war, of course, but did garner much attention. People did not really understand Ono’s art at the time, performance art was new, but John adored her and insisted she accompany him everywhere. They had a child together, Sean, and John happily played house husband. Sadly, he was shot in front of their apartments in the Dakota in NY, and Yoko still lives there to this day. She is still very outspoken about peace, and has done much to preserve John’s memory.
Yoko Ono did later receive much critical acclaim for her artwork. In 2001, her Yes Yoko Ono 40 year retrospective got the International Association of Art Critics USA award for Best Museum Show in NYC, one of the highest honors in the art world. Her show Between the Sky and My Head in 2008 was popular in Kunsthalle, Bielefeld, Germany and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, UK. She received a Golden Lion Award for lifetime achievement in Venice in 2009. Her Wish Tree, in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, is very popular, and gets visits from all over the world. Yoko Ono funded and maintains the Strawberry Fields Memorial to John Lennon in NY’s Central Park, across the street from where they lived and where he died. In Oct. of 2007, Yoko dedicated a memorial called the Imagine Peace Tower, which is located outside of Reykjavik in Iceland. Every year between 10-9—12/08 (John’s birthday and the day he was murdered), it projects a vertical light beam high into the sky.
Ono has been active in peace efforts, fights for gay rights, and performs musically for autism projects. She is very generous in many humanitarian causes. Like most Aquarians, she was ahead of her time in the art world, and will probably always be misunderstood as far as her relationship with John went, although it was apparent he loved her, and was likely always looking for a Mother image, after losing his own Mother so young.
She has also never shared much of John's wealth with his first wife Cynthia and their son Julian, a fact that has caused people to wonder why, as it's obvious she is very wealthy. It is difficult to separate Yoko Ono from John Lennon, even after all this time has passed. In 2012, Paul Mc Cartney has patched up his relationship with Ono, and even admits that she inspired much of John’s solo work after the Beatles break up. She keeps involved in the art scene and still lives in the Dakota, so apparently being both in NY and where she was last with John makes her happy.
Elmore James, Blues Singer
Elmore James—1/27/1918—5/24/1963—was an American blues guitarist, songwriter, singer, and band leader, who is known as “the King of Slide Guitar.” If you look closely, many guitarists use slides when they play. He had a very unique style, and was noted for his use of amplification and his stirringly emotional voice. He was born Elmore Brooks in Holmes County, MS, but his father was probably Willie “Frost” James, so Elmore took his name when the man moved in with him and his Mother Leola, who had Elmore at the tender age of 15. Elmore started making instruments at an early age, and created a simple one string instrument called a diddley bow or jitterbug. He was playing at local dances as Cleanhead and Joe Willie James.
Being a well known musician in those days meant he had access to free food, good liquor (this was during prohibition), women, and a way to get away from the hard agricultural work expected of a Black man of his time. He was also introduced to moonshine at an early age. James served in the Navy during WWII, then settled in Canton with his brother Robert, in his electrical shop. It was at this shop that Elmore James devised his unique electrical sound, using parts he found there and the unusual placement of two D’Armond pickups. He began recording with Trumpet Records in 1951, along with Sonny Boy Williamson and their friend Sonny Love. Their song “Dust My Broom” was a surprise hit and turned James into a star. Ike Turner also played along with him, and James had other hits, such as "The Sky is Crying" and "It Hurts Me Too".
Dust My Broom
The Inspiration for many Blues Artists
Elmore James played a variety of blues, similar to Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and B.B. King’s work, but his sound was distinguished by his guitar’s tone coming from a hollow, modified, body traditional acoustic guitar, which sounded “amped up” compared to “more modern” solid body guitars. Many electric slide guitar players admit to being influenced by Elmore James. Rolling Stone Brian Jones had such admiration for James he said he wanted to be him. Stevie Ray Vaughn covered much of James’s work in concert. George Thorogood used “Move It On Over”, and Eric Clapton played “There’s One In Every Crowd.” Janis Joplin sang several covers of Elmore James songs.
One of Elmore James’s most famous admirers was Jimi Hendrix, and there is an iconic picture of him wearing an army jacket and holding up the Best of Elmore James Album (see below). Jimi Hendrix performed “Bleeding Heart” at the Royal Albert Hall concert in 1969, and Buddy Miles also sang along with Hendrix while he played “The Sky is Crying.” James is the one being honored by John Lennon in “For You Blue”, as Lennon plays slide guitar and George Harrison is heard in the background saying, “Elmore James got nothing on this, baby.” Other artists influenced by James include The Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, and Eric Clapton. Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton did a song they named “Tribute to Elmore.” It’s really interesting to realize that many artists we hear today were influenced by this one man. Elmore James’s music and style are still imitated and had an immense influence on blues writers, including The Allman Brothers.
Jimi Hendrix Holding Elmore Jame's Album
Ellen Lee Degeneres--1/26/1958—is a stand up comedian, actress, and syndicated talk show host. Aquarian women always have beautiful skin, and Ellen is a great example of this; in fact she is the spokesperson for the Olay Regenerist and Cover Girl lines of skin care products for mature women. Ellen is likable in the enthusiastic, yet detached way that Aquarians can be interested in people. She has hosted both the Academy Award and Prime time Emmy shows. Ellen has starred in two sitcoms, Ellen from 1994-1998, and The Ellen Show in 2001-- 2002. Degeneres came out publicly as a lesbian on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show in 1997, and shortly afterward her character on Ellen, Ellen Morgan, also “came out” to a therapist played by Oprah. The show went on to explore issues in the LGBTQ community, and to discuss what it is like to come out in this way. Degeneres has won 13 Emmys and awards for her charitable work. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named Ellen as Special Envoy for Global Aids Awareness.
Ellen De Generis at a Birthday Party for Oprah
Ellen's Other Ventures
Ellen is a vegan animal lover and is currently coordinating a vegan outreach website called “Going Vegan with Ellen.” This is important, because when people make major dietary changes, at first they need to know what healthy foods to substitute for the ones they stop eating, so they don’t gain weight or get sick from eating the wrong foods just to feel full.
Ellen attended the University of New Orleans, where she majored in communication studies, but worked at a broad range of jobs, including waitressing, painting houses, restaurant hostess and a bartender. She finds a lot of comedy material from the experiences she had at these jobs.
In a 2011 episode of her show, Ellen was exploring her genealogy, and found that she is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s 15th cousin through their shared ancestor Thomas Fairfax. Ellen started doing standup comedy in clubs and coffeehouses in 1981, and says she was influenced by Woody Allen and Steve Martin at the beginning of her career. She appeared in 1986 on the Johnny Carson show, and people were not used to seeing many women comedians at that time.
She did a TV role in Open House, and was in the movie The Cone Heads. Ellen starred in a series of shows named for Ellen’s Energy Adventure, part of the Universe of Energy Pavilion at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center. In the show Ellen would fall asleep, then awaken to find herself in a souped up version of Jeopardy, playing against Albert Einstein. She hosted a second show, this time with Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Degeneres launched her talk show in 2003, at the same time as Sharon Osbourne and Rita Rudner began similar shows, but her show has consistently done well in the ratings and gets widespread critical praise. Ellen loves people, and sings and dances right along with her guests, so she is always fun to watch. Her standup humor is always funny, but she does not swear or rely on saying nasty things to get laughs, probably another reason she is so well liked.
Ellen replaced Paula Abdul in the 9th season of American Idol, but did not “feel it was the right fit for her.” When Ellen hosted the 2001 Emmy Awards everyone was afraid to be too upbeat after the tragedy of 9/11. Ellen said, “What would bug the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews?” She also hosted the Emmys 3 weeks after Hurricane Katrina, once again making people laugh with her gentle humor at a time of difficulty.
Ellen Comes Out as a Lesbian
When Ellen came out as a lesbian in 1997, the media was tough on her, and she went through a period of depression, then her partner Anne Heche left her. She then had a 3 yr. relationship with Alexandra Hedison. But she has been with Portia de Rossi (from Ally McBeal) since 2004, and when the ban on gay marriage was overturned in CA, she gave Portia a 3 carat pink diamond ring, and they married in 2008 in their home in Beverly Hills. The two had once decided to divorce, but are still together in the beginning of 2018. They recently had to save their numerous pets from the raging wildfires which ravaged many homes in Southern CA, and the area near their home.
Apparently Ellen’s mother was stunned when Ellen admitted to being gay, but became one of her biggest supporters, as Moms often do. She wrote a book titled Love, Ellen, and now Betty Degeneres is a spokesperson for the Human Right Campaign’s Coming Out Project. Forbes has predicted Ellen’s wealth at about $65 million dollars. She and Portia are very involved in animal rights and protection causes, and Ellen continues to be very popular.
© 2012 Jean Bakula
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on January 21, 2014:
I hope all goes well with your friend too.
Dreamer at heart from Northern California on January 21, 2014:
I am mailing this hub to my Aquarian best friend. He is a writer and very intelligent. His first book: "Beating Cancer Can Be Fun" by John Hall is at Amazon and written to help other people find healing. I am saying prayers that his second book will be completed in the next few months.
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on September 22, 2013:
I think many of the classic rock singers were influenced by Etta James, Muddy Waters, Elmore James and all the old gospel singers.
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on September 22, 2013:
Thanks for reading. I put Part 1 of the Famous People by Sun Signs on HP, but Part 2 is on my blog, http://www.Spiritualitypathways.com. I love Bob Marley, and he is featured on there. I arranged these pieces that way because I was building my blog at the time I wrote these, but although I say so at the beginning or in a blue box to stand out, it appears most people are missing the Part 2's. It's a shame, because I put the ones I liked better on the blog! Marley is great. I've been to Jamaica 4X, and it's amazing how proud they are he came from there.
amandajoyshapiro on September 21, 2013:
I like being an Aquarian and definitely have the traits you described: communication especially, and sometimes stubborn (channeled into being a critic). I always thought it was funny they are the water carriers because I like food shopping which requires carrying the groceries. LOL.
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on April 01, 2013:
Thanks for visiting and commenting. Oprah's story really is inspiring, I read Kitty Kelley's unauthorized biography about her a year or so ago, and it's shocking what she overcame. The public doesn't know the half of it! I'm trying to put in at least 2 new people this year in the "Famous People" series, beginning with Aries, as new people come into the public eye and I want the series to stay fresh. If you like to read Astrology stuff, you may enjoy my blog http://www.Spiritualitypathways.com. Plus the other half of Famous People is on there. Take care.
vibesites from United States on April 01, 2013:
I love reading about astrology. Oprah's story in particular is really inspiring, rising above all odds. Thanks for sharing. :)
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on January 09, 2013:
Hello, and thanks for reading my work and leaving such kind comments. Yes, I never watched too many of Oprah's shows, but I was also impressed with how much adversity she overcame to get where she is today. Fixed signs are very tenacious. Take care!
FullOfLoveSites from United States on January 09, 2013:
Thanks for featuring famous Aquarius people, very interesting -- Oprah's story is the story of triumph. I guess being a fixed sign, her determination to overcome adversities and also to succeed is really impressive and admirable. You've found a following here. Voted up and interesting. :)
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on November 21, 2012:
Thanks for the good wishes, and for reading and writing in. It's complicated, your Sun is in Aquarius, but all your planets, your Moon and your Ascendant are in a sign too. The Age of Aquarius is supposed to mean a change when we all work together for the betterment of the Earth. I hope that is true. Take care.
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 20, 2012:
It is the Age of Aquarius...I know that song so well as I am an Aquarian. I do not follow astrology closely at all. As a matter of fact, am not even sure when the last time was that I read my horoscope. Even so, I still find it intriguing to read about others of the same sign and learn about their lives.
Reading about those who have gained fame and fortune under this sign is always interesting to me. I do marvel at how some became famous and others remain private and unknown by the world at large.
Of course now you know, Jean, I will need to go off and read my horoscope. Nice job.
Sending Angels your way :) ps
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on November 18, 2012:
Thanks for reading Part II! I feel that most people miss it, and I work so hard on it, it's the other half! I really learned quite a bit about people I normally may not have known about if I did not do this series. I learned of Elmore James when my son began to play guitar, and then went on to like blues and slide guitar. It's fun to see how people we know in our times were inspired though. And thankfully we have people who put things on Youtube! Take care.
Jan on November 18, 2012:
I took a look at spiritualpathways and enjoyed reading the rest there. I wasn't even aware of Elmore James either. There seems to be a lot of people that go way back who have influenced many newer artists of today, and it's great to find who and what influenced their expression of art. Similar to how Madonna had been influenced by Marilyn Monroe, ect, and maybe today's generation, Angelina Jolie may influence young girls.
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on November 16, 2012:
Thanks for the advice. When I first started the blog, I made blue boxes to bring attention to it. I think I will make two links, it's still allowed. When Luke learned to play guitar, he delved heavily into the history of any group or person he was interested in. He does that with anything, being a double Scorpio. I went through Syd Barrett years (founder of Pink Floyd) The Beatles (which I kind of enjoyed at this age), and now he's on old blues stuff. Elmore James influenced lots of people, so did Leadbelly. Bessie Smith did Trouble in Mind, and Janis Joplin sang a few of her songs. You know how Scorpios have to dig deep!
PWalker281 on November 16, 2012:
Jean, you might want to include a link to part two at the end of the hub instead of at the beginning. That way, once people are done reading, they can then move over to your blog for part 2. And HP allows for 2 links (no more) to the same site, so you could even have a link at the beginning and one at the end. At least I think they do; double check that before doing it. Don't want your hub to be unpublished.
I was about to comment at your blog yesterday when I lost my internet connection. I need to go back because I wanted to watch the video of the blues singer whom I'd never heard of and didn't realize how influential he was.
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on November 15, 2012:
Good, I'm glad, I don't want to sound like a broken record, but since you like Astrology, I have much of my better work on my blog. I offer readings there, but have explained Venus positions and many other metaphysical things. All of my Famous People of the Sunsigns have covered 10 people, but I split them 5 on HP and 5 on my blog to get people there!
atheistchick from Hangin' in my room on November 15, 2012:
Thanks Jean! that does help, I appreciate it
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on November 15, 2012:
Thanks Patrice, I hope you are feeling better. If you read the thread, it appears most people don't realize I write a whole other part on this series. I label it clearly Part I and say Part II continues on my blog. Somebody in the beginning of the thread asked why I didn't mention Bob Marley. He's one of my all time favorite artists. So I saved him for the blog. Apparently it's a whole different crowd for the blog except for you! I guess after the series is done, I won't bother to write a piece on another site to lead people to the blog, online readers scan, and don't see anyway. There's a statistic feature on the blog, and it appears the people who write me are all different. My Google presence has gotten bigger since advice I got from my "mentor" and most of the blog people say they found me on Google. I do like history, being a Cancer, and regret I didn't choose historical people over celebrities. It's hard to cater to an audience so varied in age, and I've written about people I knew nothing about. It's best to stick to what you know.
PWalker281 on November 15, 2012:
Hey Jean, I enjoyed reading about these Aquarians and look forward to reading the rest of the article at your blog. You've put a lot of hard work in and done a great job with this series of famous sun sign people. Voted up and shared.
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on November 15, 2012:
Well, according to the Ephemeris--the book of planetary tables I preach about--your Sun is in 5 degrees of Scorpio. I should have known, as we correspond often and I ususally get along with Scorpios, having the ascendant myself. FYI--I think your moon is in Sagittarius, but I'm looking at the position at midnight on your Bday. Still, it's at 15 degrees then, so unless you were born really late in the day, it's probably in Sag. Mercury in 29 Scorpio (fixed ideas), Venus in 11 degrees Sag, friendly to most or tolerant at least, Mars 21 degrees Cancer (my Sun is in Cancer, these similar signs draw people to each other. Do you like putter around the house and build things, or enjoy home improvement stuff? Jupiter in 3 degrees Libra, you have general good fortune ( I don't know your time of birth and haven't cast a whole chart, I'm just telling you what signs your planets are in and general meanings. Saturn 11 degrees Aquarius, Saturn is karmic and Aquarius has to do with sudden change, Uranus in 14 Capricorn, logical thinker, sort of torn between old and new ideas, Neptune 18 Capricorn, your dreams are sensible ones, and you'll work hard to achieve them, Pluto 22 Scorpio, so you will reinvent yourself several times throughout your life, as you are a Sunsign Scorpio too. You may look online at an ephemeris, I use Cafeastrology.com, but don't pay for a chart. I checked the signs the planets were in so I could give people a link to find some planetary positions to understand my pieces. Those were right. But then I sat with a stack of horoscopes I knew well, and they came out backwards, totally incorrect. So the site is fine for planetary positions, but not whole horoscopes. Astrotheme seems better. Hope this helps. Take care.
atheistchick from Hangin' in my room on November 15, 2012:
I always wondered...what Zodiac sign I am? My birthday is October 29th, 1992. I know according to the Chinese Calender I was born in the year of the monkey... but that's all I know. How do I figure out my Zodiac sign?..
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on November 15, 2012:
I'm happy you enjoyed the piece. Actually I continue all these on my blog, and if you look at the end of the intro, the link to it is there. I love Bob Marley, Legend is one of the Top Ten CD's I would take with me on the proverbial desert Island! I am sure the decans have much to do with small differences, but I can't get into it there. I have 5 more Aquarians on Spiritualitypathways.com, in fact 5 more of each Astrology sign and lots more. Take care.
A triple huh! You must be fun! The green hair was an exaggeration of course, but you guys are nonconformists. I noticed as I began this series that the choice of 10 people of the same sign did not always show the "same" traits. Your Sun is in a sign, but so is every other planet, your ascendant and moon. All the Aquarians are outspoken and activists, or at least generous philanthropists, so this group did care about others, they had a common thread. I begin with a list, and it's very hard to get it down to 10. I wanted to write about Galileo and Lincoln, but it's a matter of who will read about history and who will read about celebrities. If I were to begin again, I would choose one or the other, I like history. As I told the person above, the link is Spiritualitypathways.com, and I put 5 more people of each sign on there. I also put my better work on there, I write about all Metaphysical subjects. I am a Cancer sun, Capricorn moon, Scorpio ascendant. The ascendant is what makes these things so long, I can't just write a little paragraph, I dig. I do not necessarily like all the ones I write of, or at least there are people I admire more, but it's about what this crowd will read. Thanks for the comments.
Barbara from Stepping past clutter on November 15, 2012:
Hello! As a triple Aquarian, I read your analysis with humor. My question is, where are the green- haired individuals in your list of famous Aquarians? All I see are entertainers!
There are many fascinating Aquarians out there, beginning as far back as Gallileo, good old Abe Lincoln and Charles Scwab...
Anyway, you have done a generous and indepth analysis of the folk you chose to represent my sign. I wonder which sign you claim, lol!
Jan on November 15, 2012:
P.S. Forgot to mention, that's so sad about Sarah McLachlan having a stalker :(
It's just horrible that these things happen to people. She does have a beautiful voice and great songwriting skills, which would probably make an avid admirer lose themselves in her.
I also read that Jennifer Aniston had one too awhile back. Since she has the resources to help against stalkers (maybe not always even if you're rich and famous) they can usually find out who their stalkers are and help put a stop to them.
Jan on November 15, 2012:
Hi Jean, these are really nice profiles on the famous Aquarians mentioned. I noticed a big difference between January and February Aquarians too. It must be the decan influences.
Also, I wanted to mention, there's a really good famous musician Aquarian Bob Marley who would have been a good mention. :)
I also found Etta James, who was a famous blues singer and many, like Beyonce ect have tried to emulate her.
I'm still learning and trying to find out about different Sun signs, which is very general but the characteristics are very telling in their need to "make a better world" philantrophy.