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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!

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!

TV One Access Names Halle Berry the Sexiest BSW Alive!

Posted in Entertainment, Fashion and Beauty with tags , , , , , , , on July 3, 2008 by Noli

TV One Access has named the 16 sexiest Black women alive…with Halle Berry in the number one spot! Also included in the list were Tyra Banks, Alicia Keyes, Michelle Obama, and Paula Patton.  TV One Access’ Sexiest Black Women Alive show will air on July 6th on the TV One cable network.  Check your local listings for times.  *Just my two cents..Halle is the sexiest woman alive…PERIOD.  Black, White, or otherwise…don’t you think?  [Access Hollywood]

All Black Issue of Italian Vogue?!!!

Posted in Entertainment, Fashion and Beauty, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2008 by Noli

This week, an ALL BLACK issue of Italian Vogue will hit the newstands!!!  Tired of Black women being discriminated against on the runway and in fashion magazines, Franca Sozzani, the editor of Italian Vogue, decided to take action…and published an issue with ALL Black models and Black themed editorials!!  The cover is a four page pull out featuring Liya Kebede, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn, and Naomi Campbell (above).  Photographer Steven Meisel, who also expressed disappointment in how Black women are treated in the fashion industry, was given about 100 pages to fill with Black models…and he filled them with the likes of Veronica Webb, Tyra Banks, and many others…inluding America’s Next Top Model cast member and plus sized model Toccara Jones!  If you run across a copy, you should buy it…this WILL be a collector’s item! [NY Times]

Check out the NY Times slideshow of Black models here.

**Update:  I just called a well known bookstore in NYC called Rizzoli’s and had them ship me a copy.  If you can’t find it in your local bookstore, I suggest you try a non-chain bookstore in NYC!

Tyra Asks, “Where Are All the Good Black Men?”

Posted in Entertainment, Love and Relationships, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2008 by Noli

I LOVE the Tyra Show!!! And since I’m no longer in my 20’s, I am constantly getting flack from my girlfriends about tivo’ing it daily.  What they don’t know is that the Tyra Show may be for young girls, but Tyra covers issues that are important to grown *ss Black women, too!  A few months ago, she did a show entitled “Black Women:  State of the Union”.  You mean SOMEONE cares enough to talk about what’s going on with us?  That’s what I’m talking about!

When I got back from Germany, I went straight to the tivo to check Tyra and she had a show on May 23rd entitled “Where are all the good Black men?”!!!!  I was SICED!  The coverage of the topic was broad and the analysis was not that deep since the targeted audience is 18-24.  The guests were of course extremists, with a Black man that said what is wrong with Black women is that they are not white; a Black woman that said all Black men are liars, cheaters, have too many kids out of wedlock and don’t take care of their responsibilities, and a White man that loves Black women and said Black men can’t deal with our strength.  All were ridiculous, but the audience and her panel of good Black men, including Finesse Mitchell, broke it down.  The main answer to the big question is that they exist, but we can’t identify them and are looking at the wrong men.  One guy in the audience said you can’t say you will only date Tupac with a Harvard education because you will be limiting yourself.  Sounds pretty accurate to me (though I do know some Ivy Leaguers that would fit the bill…they are seriously few and far between). 

Looking for the good Black men?  They’re out here…just be open to finding them in different packages.  *I hope that doesn’t sound like I’m saying settle…UGH!