Sunday, September 16, 2012

Out Spotlight

Today's Out Spotlight is an American entrepreneur who co-founded and served as spokesman for the online social directory and networking site Facebook with Harvard roommates Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, and Eduardo Saverin. He is currently the publisher and editor-in-chief of The New Republic, after purchasing the magazine in 2012. Today's Out Spotlight is Chris Hughes.

Chris Hughes born November 26, 1983 and  grew up in Hickory, North Carolina, as the only child of Arlen "Ray" Hughes, a paper salesman, and Brenda Hughes, a public-school teacher. He was raised as an evangelical Lutheran. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. In 2006 he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in history and literature.

 Hughes served as the coordinator of online organizing for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign on, the campaign's online social networking website. He was the subject of an April 2009 cover story in Fast Company magazine under the headline, "The Kid Who Made Obama President; How Facebook Cofounder Chris Hughes Unleashed Barack's Base - and Changed Politics and Marketing Forever."  In March 2009, Hughes was named Entrepreneur in Residence at General Catalyst Partners, a Cambridge, Massachusetts, venture-capital firm.

Hughes is the Executive Director of Jumo, a non-profit social network organization which he founded in 2010, which "aims to help people find ways to help the world". In July 2010, UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS) appointed him to a 17-member "High Level Commission" of renowned politicians, business leaders, human rights activists, and scientists tasked with spearheading a "social and political action campaign over the coming year aimed at galvanizing support for effective HIV prevention programs."

He is also an invitee of the Bilderberg Group, an annual, unofficial, invitation-only conference of approximately 120 to 140 guests from North America and Western Europe, most influential people in the world.  About one-third are from government and politics, and two-thirds from finance, industry, labor, education and communication.  Hughes attended the Swiss 2011 Bilderberg conference at the Suvretta House in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

In March 2012, he purchased a majority stake in The New Republic Magazine and became publisher and editor in chief of the magazine.

Openly gay he attended President Barack Obama's first state dinner with his then boyfriend Sean Eldridge, Political Director of Freedom to Marry. Hughes and Eldridge announced their engagement in January 2011 at a reception in support of Freedom to Marry.  They married on June 30, 2012.

And to all who celebrate 
Rosh Hashanah

L'Shana Tova!

Happy 5773!


Jersey Tom said...

Great Spotlight.

Happy Rosh Hashanah to everyone who celebrates.

videos said...

ALMA awards arrival:



Special K said...

Thanks so much for the videos.

I did see a few of those Jake smiles sprinkled in there.

And seriously does anyone wear a suit better than Jake? Talk about the poster boy for impeccable tailoring.

destiny said...

Happy Rosh Hashanah to all who celebrate.

It's so great to see someone like Chris Hughes using his money and power to push for gay rights.

Special K said...

Sometime Jared's randomness is baffling. Why would he make a post about Nicole Richie and Jake in a post about the ALMA awards. There's not even one pic of them together.

Just Jared

tweet said...

Emily Hislop ‏@emh021
@GayleKing catching up with Jake Gyllenhaal in the @CBSThisMorning green room

premiere tonight said...

Jake at tonight's premiere in LA.


End of Watch premieres tonight at the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14! Stars from the movie (Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Natalie Martinez, Anna Kendrick, David Harbour, Frank Grillo, America Ferrera & other cast members) and the filmmakers are all scheduled to walk the red carpet starting at 6:00 p.m. If you're planning on attending to see the celebrities as they arrive, I'd highly recommend getting there early.

Hope those of you who saw my earlier entry on getting tickets to the premiere enjoy yourselves! If you missed out on tickets there's still hope! I'll e-mail a printable pair of tickets to the first Twitter follower who tweets me asking for tickets. Please only request tickets if you intend on attending the premiere with a guest and arriving early. ***Update*** Congratulation to Leslie Stratton for winning the tickets! I may do another ticket giveaway in a couple days, so keep your eyes open.

The Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 is located at 1000 West Olympic Boulevard and directions can be found here. For any additional information, please call the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 at (213) 763-6070.

interviews said...

CBS This Morning interview:

IHJ video

End of Watch featurette and interview (there is no direct link to the interview, choose "end of watch interviews" video at the end of the featurette clip)

ALMA red carpet interview:


co-stars said...

Michael Pena about Jake:
“Unfortunately, we didn’t have anything in common at first,” Pena says. “But we did a lot of training together for this film and became great friends. We really had each other’s back. I can call him about anything. He’s a good guy and a complicated dude.”

Anna Kendrick Anna Kendrick about Jake:
She describes Gyllenhaal as “a very sincere person,” with generosity and patience that inspire her fawning. “Jake should direct actors immediately. I think he would get the most stunning performances out of people. He’s just so connected and so willing to go the extra mile to help everyone out in their performance. He doesn’t think like an actor, he thinks like a director and it’s really beautiful.”

Special K said...

Here's Jake on the CBS This Morning Show.

Jake-CBS This Morning

EOW screening yesterday said...

Cate Park @scatepark Private screening of @endofwatchmovie w/ Jake Gyllenhaal & @ericgarcetti #mayorofla #e @ WME Screening Room

Another pic: joebuscaino lapd

About the private screening: Hollywood Reporter

Special K said...

Thanks interviews I didn't see your post when I put up the link to CBS.

Anonymous said...

Jersey Tom says. listen to Anna jake

Anonymous said...

ITA Destiny. Jake sure isn't. no pass from me. Jersey tom

radio interview said...

1031VirginRadioWPG ‏@1031Virgin Tomorrow On Air with Ryan Seacrest Jake Gyllenhaal and Flo Rida! 10am to noon

Seaweed said...

Great Spotlight Special...

Your weekly posts on this topic are so informative and I really do appreciate your steadfast efforts.

Summer is slowly coming to a close and things are getting back to a more reasonable pace here at home. Hope to continue to be tuned in here at OMG and part of the discussion with friends.