I'm just as confused as you are
So, um, outlandish basketball star Dennis Rodman made his way to North Korea for a little visit and he ended up meeting and becoming bromance BFFs with the country’s undisputed and all-powerful leader Kim Jong-Un. Now, I’ve read the reports a few times to try and understand better how all of this happened and … I’m still confused. Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-Un are bros now … like, for serious. Click below to see the photos and read the report from ESPN to see if you can understand any of this confusing madness. More »
Oh Yes, They Did!
So, remember how First Lady Michelle Obama was the surprise Best Picture presenter at the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday night? Remember how her appearance on the show live via satellite from the White House caused a media sensation around the world? The story was so big that the Iranian news agency Fars even reported on her Oscars appearance … but in order to report her appearance in a way that they would deem unoffensive, they Photoshopped her dress to cover her up more. Click below to see what they did to her dress. More »
IL Hopes to Become the 10th US State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
The State of Illinois took a huge step forward today in becoming the next US State to legalize same-sex marriage. By a vote of 34-21, the Illinois Senate approved a bill that would make their State the 10th in the US to enjoy marriage equality. There is still a big hurdle to overcome before the marriage equality bill can become law. Even tho IL governor Pat Quinn has promised to sign the bill into law, it must next be ratified by the Illinois House of Representatives … where its passage is not assured. BUT, the GOOD NEWS today on this Valentine’s Day is that the Illinois Senate has voted in favor of marriage equality … which is a BIG win for love! More »
Posted under: Same-Sex Marriage
STRIKE, RISE, and DANCE To End Violence Against Women And Girls
Towards the end of last year Anne Hathaway covered Glamour magazine and she was interviewed by Eve Ensler, feminist, activist and author of Vagina Monologues. I nearly lost my mind when I saw the cover story, because I could lit’rally perform certain parts of Vagina Monologues in my sleep, and Eve Ensler has always been a celebrity of sorts to me. Anne and Eve spoke about One Billion Rising, a worldwide event (founded by Ensler) that Anne wanted everyone to know about. PITNBr E. Lee also commented about V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women, which Eve Ensler also founded (and which now works in conjunction with One Billion Rising). Today, Anne, Eve, and women and men the world over are asking people to strike, rise, or dance in support of a world free of violence against women. Click inside to learn more about how you can join me, and celebrate V-Day!
Now that Hillary Clinton is no longer our nation’s Secretary of State, many folks are wondering if she is planning a bid for the office of President of the United States when the next election is held in 2016. President Barack Obama will not be able to run for president again after he finishes out his second term so the field is wide open for an ambitious Democrat to lead the party (er, sorry Joe Biden). Thus far, Hillary has made it clear that she has made no decision to run for President … but yesterday, she launched a new official website that has some folks speculating the site is her first step towards a presidential run. HMMM. More »
I Don't Know What To Do With This Information
So, it’s official. Reality television has taken over the entire world… and I’m kinda glad my mother isn’t here to see this, LOL. For the record, my parents took me to South Africa and Zimbabwe when I was eight because they were doing research. Both were professors in African and African-American history and I was raised to believe a lot of things– one being that Nelson Mandela is basically a deity. So when I learned that his granddaughter’s were getting a reality show, I couldn’t help but wonder what my Mom would think. But it’s happening. And I need to mentally prepare, so click inside for more!
Posted under: 'Being Mandela'
"Our journey is not complete ..."
As you may have noticed, Barack Obama was inaugurated into his second term as President of the United States yesterday in a celebratory event held in our nation’s capital city, Washington DC. Many of us spent a lot of time focusing on the amazing fashion, entertaining musical performances and the pomp & circumstance. But at the center of yesterday’s event, was the delivery of President Obama‘s inauguration speech. For the first time in American History, a US president openly and very vocally addressed the push for gay rights in this country … More »
Posted under: Barack Obama
Oh Say, Can You See?
Altho President Barack Obama was officially sworn into his second term yesterday morning, today is the public celebratory day of his second inauguration and as such a whole slew of festive events are taking place in our nation’s capital today. As you may recall, 4 years ago legendary singer Aretha Franklin was chosen to sing the national anthem at Obama‘s first inauguration. This year, that honor goes to megapopstar Beyoncé. Over the weekend, Bey shared a couple of personal photos from inside the rehearsal space … photos that you can check out below. More »
Posted under: Beyoncé Knowles
"Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say sh--"
This is either really awkward… or really awesome, depending on where you stand politically. Lupe Fiasco, known for being a strong lyricist whose songs reflect great sociopolitical concerns (and for inspiring folks like Kanye West to take a similar approach to rap), performed his song Words I Never Said at an unofficial inaugural ball. Many headlines are incorrectly stating that Lupe went on an anti-Obama rant. As far as I can tell from the video he wasn’t ranting, just rapping the lyrics to his song– and there’s only one line that could be deemed anti-Obama: Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist/Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit/That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either… (you can read the rest of the lyrics at DirectLyrics). In reality, the song is anti-establishment. Lupe names Obama and other politicians, but also stresses the fact that he wouldn’t vote for any of these guys, because he’s ultimately anti-war and war plays a huge part of any political campaign, including Obama‘s. Check out the video above to see the altercation, which finally ended in Lupe being removed from the stage, and click inside for more.
P.S. I’m Team Lupe. Just for the record.
Somebody Get Me Kerry's Hair. Now.
As you all know by now, I can pretty much stare at Kerry Washington‘s face for, like… ever. LOL. Most recently I found myself obsessing over all her red carpet looks for the Django Unchained premieres, and I was excited to see that she was in Washington, D.C. for the President’s Inauguration. Kerry and Rosario Dawson (another fave of mine) were both in attendance at a celebration for leading women in Washington, as well as The Daily Beast Bi-Partisan Inauguration Brunch. I came across some pretty sweet pics of the two of them together, and Eva Longoria, who was also in attendance. Peep the gallery for more!
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