Archive for August, 2008

Tyra as Michelle Obama

Posted in Fashion and Beauty, Politics with tags , , , on August 17, 2008 by Noli

Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

Tyra did a fashion editorial for Harper’s Bazaar where she posed Michelle Obama as the first lady of the United States.  Tyra looks phenomenal, and this man that’s supposed to be Barack is HOT! If come November they are the President and First Lady, we will have really come up!

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BET Dissing Black Female Hosts?

Posted in Entertainment, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2008 by Noli

Sharon Carpenter, BET News

So I hear that BET executives don’t think Black women are “marketable” as hosts and won’t be hiring Black women as hosts going forward. 

What the ….???!!! 

Supposedly BET has hired Sharon Carpenter, who is half Indian and half White, to work with BET News.  Rocsi, who is Dominican, is doing 106 and Park (and building up a horrible repuation), and Julissa, who is Puerto Rican and was on BET occasionally, has moved over to MTV.  None of them are BLACK….you know, like us…regular African- American women. Sharon Carpenter has supposedly been talking about how BET doesn’t want Black women as hosts anymore, which is why they were so pressed to get her.

What I know is that young Black girls need to see role models that look like them hosting those shows.  They are already seeing women that look like them pop their coochies in all the videos on BET…can we get them at least a decent host to identify with? 

For real, I still need FREE!  She was a very positive Black female role model and a fabulous host. If BET doesn’t think Black women are marketable as hosts, it’s very disappointing.  As difficult as it is for Black women to get on-air jobs, I wouldn’t think that a seemingly Black network would not discriminate against us. Ol’ Massah (Viacom) definitely has to be in on this one. [The Insider]

MOMO Rocks Africa Rising

Posted in Entertainment, Fashion and Beauty, Music, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2008 by Noli
Alek Wek Wearing MOMO

Alek Wek Wearing MOMO

The Africa Rising Celebration in Washington DC on August 1, 2008 at the Kennedy Center was AWESOME.  Started in 2006 by Nduka Obaigbena and “This Day”, a Nigerian newspaper, Africa Rising is a celebration of Africa featuring fashion and music.  Jay Z and John Legend surprised the crowd with full concerts!  I was also pleasantly surprised to see a fashion show featuring the MOMO couture line by Nigerian fashion designer Fati Asibelua.  Her pieces were effortlessly modern with a soulful edge…I couldn’t get enough!  I need a MOMO dress!!

New L’oreal Advertisement …Is that Beyonce??

Posted in Fashion and Beauty, Music, Race and Culture with tags , , , on August 6, 2008 by Noli

So there seems to be some controversy about L’oreal airbrushing this photo of Beyonce to death and also lightening her skin.  The girl is beautiful as is…wonder what made them think they needed to make her less ethnic looking this time around to have a decent ad?  If I recall, the older L’Oreal ads actually looked like Beyonce.  This doesn’t look like her!  I don’t like it one bit.

Real Housewives of Atlanta Coming Soon to Bravo

Posted in Entertainment with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2008 by Noli

I saw the preview of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” on Bravo on July 30th, and it was such a treat!  Still the same cattiness and drama of Real Housewives of Orange Country and New York City, but with a little extra flavor.  The characters are as follows:

DeShawn Snow:  married to Eric Snow of the Cleveland Cavaliers;  Kim Zolciak:  single mother and only White cast member; aspiring country singer that is supposed to work with Dallas Austin; Lisa Wu Hartrell:  successful real estate mogul and jewelry maker, married to ex NFL player Ed Hartwell; NeNe Leakes:  married to a real estate investor, and founder of The Twisted Hearts, which is a foundation focused on domestic violence; and Sheree Whitfied:  a single mother that started a clothing line called “She by Sheree”. 

These chicks have REAL money…so you KNOW this is going to be an entertaining show!  No premiere date has been revealed yet, but I cannot wait!!!

Our First Black Disney Princess!

Posted in Entertainment, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2008 by Noli

Disney is producing a new animated musical feature film entitled “The Princess and the Frog” which will star our first Black American Disney princess named Princess Tiana!  Scheduled for release in December of 2009, the movie will take place in the 1920’s in New Orleans and will feature the jazz community as a backdrop.  Anika Noni Rose will be the voice of Princess Tiana, but Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keyes, and Tyra Banks were also considered for the role.

You know this didn’t go down without some drama…word on the street is that Princess Tiana was initially named “Maddy” and was a chambermaid…which you KNOW is not the typical job for a Disney princess.  After that got out, Disney had to make some changes.  Tiana still sounds stereotypically Black to me…but I love it!