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Natalie Port­man took a flamethrower to the pa­tri­archy. Ge­orge Clooney ad­mon­ished what he called the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s cul­ture of fear. Emma Gon­za­lez im­plored peo­ple to vote. And host Jenifer Lewis spared no one, from Me­la­nia Trump and Kanye West to Supreme Court Jus­tices Clarence Thomas and Brett Ka­vanaugh. Noth­ing was off the table at Va­ri­ety mag­a­zine’s Power of Women lun­cheon Fri­day in Bev­erly Hills, al­most ex­actly a year since The New York Times and The New Yorker pub­lished ac­counts from dozens of women al­leg­ing sex­ual mis­con­duct by the once-pow­er­ful movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein.

Port­man ad­dressed the un­der­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in all in­dus­tries and laid out guide­lines to in­cite change, such as do­nat­ing to Time’s Up, opt­ing against de­pict­ing vi­o­lence against women in films and hir­ing women for po­si­tions they’re not typ­i­cally con­sid­ered for.

Bey­once, Jay Z ap­pear at can­cer char­ity event

Bey­once paid homage to a high-pro­file mu­sic ex­ec­u­tive be­ing hon­ored at a char­ity event to raise money for can­cer re­search.

The singer’s vo­cals soared as she per­formed three bal­lads in­clud­ing her 2009 smash hit “Halo” and “Ava Maria” af­ter salut­ing the char­ac­ter of Warner/Chap­pell Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing CEO Jon Platt at the City of Hope gala near Los An­ge­les on Thurs­day night. She took the stage fol­low­ing her hus­band, Jay Z, who pre­sented Platt with the Spirit of Life award dur­ing a char­ity event that raised more than $6 mil­lion.

“Most peo­ple lead with their ego, but you lead with your heart,” Bey­once said of Platt, who will be leav­ing his po­si­tion at Warner/Chap­pell to take on the top role at Sony/ATV, the top mu­sic pub­lish­ing com­pany.

“You have touched so many lives, mine in­cluded,” she added.

The mu­sic ex­ec­u­tive is known for sign­ing pub­lish­ing deals with Jay Z, Usher, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg. His ros­ter of song­writ­ers at Warner/ Chap­pell in­cludes Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars and Tim­ba­land.

Natalie Port­man

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