“Dr. Martin Luther King paid for Julia Roberts’s hospital birth” links

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. paid for Julia Roberts’s hospital birth. [Just Jared]
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The Supreme Court is probably going to end diversity quotas at universities. [Towleroad]

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  1. Brassy Rebel says:

    I saw the video of Julia talking about this over the weekend. And everyone on line was like,”I had no idea!” It’s a pretty cool story to keep under wraps for so long. If I had such a connection to the Kings, I would make sure everyone knew!

    • Persephone says:

      lol Agreed, it’s pretty cool. Julia keeping this under wraps doesn’t surprise me though – she seems to be kind of low key.

      • Duch says:

        The MLK / Julia Roberts thing has to be one of the randomest stories I’ve ever heard, but it’s pretty cool!

      • DiegoInSF says:

        JULIA!? Lowkey? Watch her making Denzel’s oscar win ALL about her, I’m surprised she didn’t brag about this earlier.

    • It is hard to imagine that the Kings whose leadership was in the forefront of integration/civil rights would be spending their hard-earned assets on JR’s/her mother’s hospital bill instead of their own family or their chosen causes.

      Does anyone else know? Has it been confirmed by any surviving member of the King family who would know? Coretta Scott King died about 16 years ago. Just saying — convenient timing for Roberts to first tell this story.

      • ME says:

        Julia’s parents owned a dance school in the South. They allowed Black students to attend the school and were attacked by racists/bigots for doing so. One of the students was MLK’s daughter. MLK and his wife helped Julia’s parents pay their hospital bill because at the time they were in a financial bind. It is crazy Julia never told this story before, but I can believe it being true. Their daughter unfortunately died years ago so there is no way to ask her either.

      • QuiteContrary says:

        Yolanda King has confirmed this. Bernice King confirmed it on Twitter:
        “Grateful that #JuliaRoberts shared this story with @GayleKing
        and that so many people have been awed by it. I know the story well, but it is moving for me to be reminded of my parents’ generosity and influence.”

      • Kathryn says:

        Julia did not bring it up (at least in the interview making the rounds) Gayle King found out via research and asked Julia about it, who seemed surprised and said “Wow, you really do your research” and then Gayle invited her to tell the story

      • Debbie says:

        Is it really that hard to imagine a preacher and his wife helping out people they know in their time of need? Come on now.

      • Fabiola says:

        Who are you to say what a person should spend their money on? If they wanted to help out a family that’s their business. I don’t see why you think the kings helping out Julia’s parents is a negative thing.

    • Boxy Lady says:

      Yeah, I’m gonna be the party pooper here. I 1st heard this story about 20 years ago. Back then Yolanda King, the oldest of the Kings’ children, was still alive and she talked about it. Yolanda was an actress and IIRC she was once a student of Julia’s parents. And I think she and Julia were friends until Yolanda died.

      • TheOriginalMia says:

        I didn’t realize people didn’t know about this story. I guess it’s an Atlanta thing.

    • MissMarirose says:

      That is a pretty interesting story. I hope that Julia has repaid the King family’s kindness by contributing to the King Center or other civil rights causes close to the family’s heart.

  2. It Really Is You, Not Me says:

    The idea that Tom Brady could date Hope Hicks sent a cold chill down my spine. MAGAs court big stars who impress their core constituency and I could totally see Hope Hicks being sent out to bring Tom Brady into the fold. Kind of like Tom Cruise for the Scientologists.

    • ME says:

      Do you think he’ll actually retire after this season? I think if he doesn’t win the Superbowl he’ll be back for another season. I don’t see him dating anyone if he returns to the NFL because he does like to focus on his game and nothing else, hence why his wife felt neglected.

    • pottymouth pup says:

      what do you mean “bring him into the fold?” Brady is a ride or die Republican who is texting buddies with Ron DeSantis

  3. bettyrose says:

    That Julia Roberts story is crazy. How has that not been bigger news for decades? And also WTAF is wrong with our country that people need charity to pay for safely delivering a baby? Has that changed? Is child birth more affordable? Because we’re about to see a giant boom in women with limited resources delivering babies. We’re 8 days away from finding out *just how serious* this public health crisis is going to be. A few quaint red states or the whole damn nation.

    • AnneL says:

      I live in Texas which now has a very restrictive abortion ban. We’re not a “quaint red state,” we’re a huge state with a big, diverse population and new people coming all the time from other states and countries. The cities and urban areas all vote Blue.

      Unfortunately there are still a lot of small towns, rural and exurban areas that go Red. There is also quite a bit of voter suppression. They disallowed straight ticket voting, for example, which makes voting more complicated and takes longer. They got rid of drive-through voting in Harris County, which was popular and served everyone well during the Pandemic. And they just added another (paper) step to what was a perfectly well functioning touchscreen system, at least here in Houston.

      Kansas is one of the Reddest states there is. But the right to abortion is in their state constitution. When they had a referendum to try to get rid of that, the people came out in droves to vote and say “No thanks, we’ll keep our reproductive rights.”

      It isn’t helpful or accurate to dismiss states with Republican governments as lost causes or insignificant, which “quaint” seems to imply. People who live here have to deal with the consequences of this war on women. We’re trying really hard, many of us, to protect our rights and get them back.

      • MsGnomer says:

        I have an extended family member living in a red state near Texas. She is very defensive about the government of her home state and preemptively tells me the same story with the same language AnneL has used. Very polite and genuine, but to me, ineffective. You all are going to have to work hard to get your rights back. Show us all how you can git ‘er done.

    • bettyrose says:

      Annel – There is a very real chance that the results of the Nov. 8th election will lead to a national abortion ban. I don’t have time to mince words right now because Texas voters spent years not taking this seriously. You’re one of the largest, most politically influential states in the union, and that responsibility needed to be taken seriously before now. I’m not here to speak dainty on this issue. I have spent thousands of dollars out of pocket to fly to red states to campaign. I’ve spent hundreds of hours making phone calls. And all it really took was for more women in Texas to not vote republican. Now all our lives are hanging in the balance of next Tuesday’s election. If you don’t like quaint, I have another word for your state: fascist.

    • Isa says:

      Idk how much it cost back then, but I doubt it’s gotten better. I had to pay thousands up front, and once your baby is born they have their own deductible. And factor in the loss of income from not having a paid maternity leave. I don’t know if high deductible plans were a thing back then, but people often chose them bc they need the money monthly instead of paying for the lower deductible plans which cost more per month, then you get a surprise pregnancy and oof.

      • Fabiola says:

        I have insurance but the deductible I had to Pay for having my baby was very high and I have a good job. I can’t imagine how it is when you’re low in money and having nothing to pay the deductible.

  4. lanne says:

    Irony of ironies on the Supreme Court ending affirmative action–the next major beneficiary of affirmative action is likely to be men–including white men. Colleges are 60/40 women to men these days.

  5. Colby says:

    Jared Kushner is also a co-owner of Skims. That brand has seen my last dollar.

    • ME says:

      I think you mean his brother Josh Kushner, but I could be wrong. The worst part about SKIMS is a lot of their inventory is made in Turkey. How can Kim talk about the Armenian Genocide and then go ahead and make a SKIMS factory in Turkey? Hypocrite.

  6. Lala11_7 says:

    I think I know why Julia Roberts kept her King connection on the DL ….because Julia wanted to be what she became…”America’s Sweetheart” & one of the BIGGEST stars in the 🌎…and that would have been harder or not possible if the powers that be or her general audience knew her family got down with Black folks like that…and BTW that’s also the MAIN reason why the GOP despises DEMS…racist folks despise ANYONE who shows ❤️ to Black folks…Julia is from the South so she knows how that goes….Her parents & Patrick Swayze’s Mama will ALWAYS be beloved by the culture for what they did back in the day❣️

    • ME says:

      Wow that is such a good point. I never thought of that. 100% agree with you.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think you’re right, she would totally have faced prejudice.

      That said, I have known many GOPers who were not racist at all. They were mostly from New England, so definitely a more centrist bunch overall, but not remotely racist. Many were from immigrant communities. So just an FYI that not all are jerks. It’s unfortunate that these crazies who call themselves alt-right are co-opting the Republican Party. They should get their own thing. I heard one GOPer saying ~ “why is being a Republican or on the ‘right’ something that makes people think of you as racist? I blame John McCain for bringing the Tea Party in with Sarah Palin as the beginning of the end!” They we’re just a fiscally conservative person who believed in small govt, not a racist.

      • Lizz says:

        “Not all Republicans”…. It started way before John McCain and Sarah Palin. The racists and crazies are not “coopting” the GOP – the GOP invited them right in. The racism has been a clear and explicit GOP strategy for decades to gain support and votes among white southerners after they felt betrayed by the Dems’ support and passage of civil rights and voting rights legislation in the 60s and 70s. DJT’s racist birtherism against Obama helped propel him into legitimacy among the GOP faithful – supported by McConnell and his ilk who wanted to disrespect and take Obama down at any cost. It doesn’t get more mainstream than the 2 leaders of the party.

      • MsGnomer says:

        OK, Anonymous, when I start to hear about the imploding Republican party because people like you who are not racist POS take a stand against the fascists, then I will pay attention to anything you have to say. Right now, go fart in the wind. Thanks.

  7. Lucy says:

    This season of Kody Brown Finding Out has been glorious. It makes total sense that he’s a gun nut, he totally fits the profile – narcissist, increasingly paranoid, increasingly controlling. At least that means there’s stuff he’s busy doing, I guess? But what does the nanny DO?

    • bettyrose says:

      I’m not following it, but I would have assumed that Captain Toxic Masculinity was all things MAGAt and NRA. I find the show absolutely unwatchable, but I do follow it on Reddit. Meri having the world’s worst case of Stockholm syndrome while even her own child came out as trans and is living their truth is just beyond my comprehension.

  8. Kea says:

    Julia did tell the story ions ago on one of her Oprah appearances….