First Madonna, Now Paul Friedman
By Brenda Sandburg, The Recorder
Ubiquitous hip hop diva Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott is all over the place these days, from Gap ads with Madonna to the top of the Billboard charts.
She also shared an electronic billboard in Times Square with Paul Friedman.
You say you've never heard of Paul Friedman? Perhaps it's because he's simply a partner at Morrison & Foerster, not a bling-bling obsessed rap superstar.
Friedman shared marquee billing with Elliott for their efforts to stop domestic violence through Break the Cycle, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that tries to teach kids about healthy relationships and provides free legal services to youth.
Friedman's name appeared Friday on NASDAQ's 8-story screen at Broadway and 43rd Street in New York, and on Hershey's running ticker at 48th Street and Broadway, and Reuters' 12-screen billboard.
"I've gotten a big kick out of it," Friedman said. "I have two teenage girls and they thought it was hilarious I was going to be on billboards at Times Square with Missy Elliott."
Each week Lifetime Television recognizes one man and one woman, as well as a nonprofit, for taking a stand to stop violence against women. Lifetime's Times Square Project began in April and is to run for one year.
Friedman got star billing as the chairman of The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, which is providing $150,000 in matching funds to support Break the Cycle's expansion into San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C. Elliott, the national spokeswoman for Break the Cycle, has also launched a $5 million fund-raiser for the group.
Break the Cycle opened its San Francisco office last week with staff attorney Jennifer Ornelas, a recent graduate of Stanford Law School, and director Thomas Sponsler, former dean of Albany Law School.
As for Friedman, the honor probably won't go to his head. He had to admit that before their joint Times Square appearance, he'd never heard of Elliott.