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Diddy’s Black Self Don’t Like Black Girls?!

Posted in Entertainment, Fashion and Beauty, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by Noli

Sean Combs and Ciroc

So, last week Imperative Talent Management sent out a casting call for women to appear in a new Ciroc advertisement with Diddy…and they said they only wanted to women of the following races:  “White, Hispanic, or Light Skinned African American.”  Diddy supposedly organized this casting call.  Ciroc released a statement saying that they were not aware of the “inappropriate and offensive casting call” and they in no way condone such practices.  Essentially, they are trying to stay far away from this discriminatory BS cuz they know it’s not cool with a Black woman in the White House.  For real, Diddy, your mama Janice is brown, your baby mama is brown, and you SURELY are brown…so what’s the problem?!  [hello beautiful]

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We’re Shrinking

Posted in Fashion and Beauty, Health and Wellness, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , on January 10, 2009 by Noli
Courtesy of washingtonpost.com

Courtesy of washingtonpost.com

An economist named John Komlos did a study regarding the correlation between standards of living and body size that will be released by NHANES.  Supposedly, everyone is getting taller…but Black women who are getting SHORTER.  We average 5’4″ now, but in the 1960’s we averaged 5’5″.  Generally, mankind gets taller with each generation unless there is “war or famine.”  White women are getting taller, so why are we shrinking?

Komlos believes it is tied in some way to our high rate of obesity…I think it also may be due to high stress and/or socioeconomic conditions.  Let’s get it together ladies… [washingtonpost.com]

Is America Really Celebrating the Chocolate?

Posted in Fashion and Beauty, Politics, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2008 by Noli

NEWSWEEK DEC. 1 COVER

In a recent Newsweek cover article by Allison Samuels, she said the following about Michelle Obama:

“As my brunch friends and I continued talking about Michelle, our conversation wandered into one area we seldom discuss, even among our families and closest confidantes. Michelle is not only African-American, but brown. Real brown. In an era when beauty is often defined on television, in magazines and in movies as fair or white skin, long straight hair and keen features, Michelle looks nothing like the supermodels who rule the catwalks or the porcelain-faced actresses who hawk must-have cosmetics. Yet now she’s going to grace the March cover of Vogue magazine–the ultimate affirmation of beauty.

 Who and what is beautiful has long been a source of pain, anger and frustration in the African-American community. In too many cases, beauty for black women (and even black men) has meant fair skin, “good hair” and dainty facial features. Over the years, African-American icons like Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge, Halle Berry and Beyoncé–while beautiful and talented–haven’t exactly represented the diversity of complexions and features of most black women in this country.

 That limited scope has had a profound effect on the self-esteem of many African-American women, including me. “When I see Michelle Obama on the cover of magazines and on TV shows, I think, Wow, look at her and her brown skin,” said Charisse Hollands, a 30-year-old mail carrier from Inglewood, Calif., with flawless ebony skin. “And I don’t mean any disrespect to my sisters who aren’t dark brown, but gee, it’s nice to see a brown girl get some attention and be called beautiful by the world. That just doesn’t happen a lot, and our little girls need to see that–my little girl needs to see it.”

Michelle Obama is truly a representation of all of us.  She’s downhome and regular…she’s educated and sophisticated.  She’s a mother and a wife, a lawyer and an orator.  She’s just as comfortable in a suit as she is in some sweats.  She’s beautiful, she’s brown, and she has a booty (can I get an amen?)  I only have one thing to say…BLACK IS BACK!!!!! [Michael Shaw – Huffington Post]

Beyonce Talks About Marriage to Jay Z for the First Time!

Posted in Entertainment, Fashion and Beauty, Love and Relationships, Music with tags , , , on October 19, 2008 by Noli

Beyonce is featured in the November 2008 issue of Essence that just hit newstands.  For the first time, she supposedly talks about her marriage to Jay Z and how real their relationship is.  I’m trying to figure out why she took so long to talk about it…we all knew they got married a while ago!  Definitely pick up Essence this month so you can get the scoop!

Tyra’s Toast to the Black Issue of Italian Vogue

Posted in Entertainment, Fashion and Beauty, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2008 by Noli

Yesterday, Tyra did an entire show dedicated to celebrating the Black models that were in the ALL Black issue of Italian Vogue (of which I have TWO copies!).  Supposedly it is the highest selling issue ever and they are currently on their third printing!  Toccarra, who was discovered on Tyra’s show America’s Next Top Model had a 14 page spread in the magazine!  Toccarra was on the show, along with Selita Eubanks, Beverly Johnson, B. Smith, Veronica Webb, Chanel Iman, Noemie Lenoir, and Jessica White, among others.  There were SO many beautiful Black women on the stage…every hue, every size…it just confirmed to me how stunningly beautiful we are!!! 

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!

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!!