In times of national grief it’s important to highlight the chutes of love that come out of tragedy.

The investigation into the Orlando shooting will continue, politicians can try to blame each other and, eventually, we’ll learn more about how this happened. For now, please enjoy a round-up of entertainers at their very best—comedians taking a break from laughs, musicians writing some of their best lyric, and hosts pausing to honor those we lost.

If you have something for me to add to this group, please mention in the comments below or tweet me and I’ll credit you.

“Pulse” by Eli Lieb and Brandon Skeie
This is a brilliant tribute to the people of Orlando and its LGBT community. Grab your tissues.


Adele in Antwerp
The Divine Miss A was audibly emotional when she dedicated her show to the people of Orlando and Pulse nightclub, saying LGBT people “are like my soulmates.”


Conan O’Brien Monologue
“Sometimes events are so horrifying and bleak that to come out here and tell jokes isn’t really possible.” Conan goes on to talk about banning assault weapons.


Stephen Colbert Monologue
“We must love each other.”


James Corden, host of The 70th Annual Tony Awards
“Our hearts go out to all those affected. Your tragedy is our tragedy.”


Here’s a photo montage of the Atlanta LGBT Peace Vigil held at TEN Midtown, set to “Imagine” performed by Jennifer Hudson.

I’ll update myself when I come across others… and please comment below if you have anything to add. Watch out for CrankyYank, as always, this Thursday at 2 p.m. ❏


Will Pollock is an Atlanta-based freelance multimedia journalist and author of two books (Pizza for Good & Leaving Triscuit), with more on the way. Sign up for the mailing list, follow on TwitterFacebook and Instagram—and check out the book links below.



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