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Millennial Squad Star Power at DNC

Elizabeth Banks, Meryl Streep and Lena Dunham were headliners

Singer Andra Day does a sound check on stage on day two of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark)
Singer Andra Day does a sound check on stage on day two of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark)

On Day 2 of the DNC convention, a millennial friendly star-studded crowd came out for Hillary Clinton.  

Whether millennials themselves or big time celebrities to the under 35 crowd of Americans, the actors and singers on Tuesday appealed to Clinton’s young voters.  

The evening’s host, Elizabeth Banks, appeared in too many recent movies to count.  

Banks came out to Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” mimicking Donald Trump’s appearance at last week’s Republican National Convention to the same song.  

“Who’s excited to pound a dozen cheese steaks with me after this?” Banks asked the crowd. She told a story about attending a President Bill Clinton presidential campaign rally and being blown away by Hillary.  

Banks is a producer, director and actress, known best for her role in comedies and the sixth highest-grossing female actress of all time.  

Tony Goldwyn is President Fitzgerald Grant III on ABC’s “Scandal,” and appeared to introduce a group of mothers who lost their children to gun violence.  

Goldwyn directed a commercial for Clinton in March, which featured “Scandal” co-star Kerry Washington, “How to Get Away with Murder” star Viola Davis, “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Ellen Pompeo and TV’s hit creator Shonda Rhimes.   

The first performance of the night was Andra Day. Day, 31, is best known for her R&B song, “Rise Up.”  

To kick off the “Women and Families” portion of the night, actresses America Ferrera and Lena Dunham teamed up on remarks. Ferrera, 32, is best known for her role in NBC’s “Ugly Betty” and most millennial females know her for her role in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.”  

And, Dunham has literally created the show for female millennials. The 30-year-old is the creator, writer and star of HBO’s “Girls,” for which she has received two Golden Globe awards.  

They have both been on the Clinton train for a while.  

Shortly after this power-duo, actress Debra Messing introduced the “Standing Up For 9/11 First Responders & Survivors” portion.  

Messing had an eight year run on the widely popular NBC show, “Will & Grace.” She most recently starred in NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” and has been in numerous young people favorite movies, including “The Wedding Date” and “Along Came Polly.”  

Erika Alexander, who played Pam Tucker on NBC’s “The Cosby Show” from 1990-92, introduced the ‘Health Care’ section. She was also on Fox’s “Living Single” for which she won two NAACP Image Awards.  

Clinton’s is then scheduled to bring out the true powerhouse.  

Following Bill Clinton’s remarks, actress Meryl Streep takes the stage. She is frequently called the best actress of her generation and is one of six actors to have won over three Academy Awards for acting.  

And, following Streep, a performance by Alicia Keys was scheduled. The 35-year-old has 15 Grammy Awards and proved staying power since her début in 1996.  

Other celebrities have been spotted in the crowd or performing at various events in Philadelphia and E News has broadcasted from the convention floor .  

Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., posted on Instagram a video of “Frozen” singer Idina Menzel performing on Tuesday.


Fabulous @idinamenzel @demconvention  Enjoy!

A video posted by Kathy Castor (@usrepkathycastor) on


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