Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Here's an addendum to my post on Sunday's notorious BET Awards.
When it was announced that the show would be revamped into a Michael Jackson tribute show, a friend of mine wrote on Facebook that BET should reach out to Ne-Yo and Chris Brown for a performance.
Man, I better not see Chris Brown prancing around in highwaters. Ne-Yo, OK, but not Breezy.
I figured it was way too soon for Chris Brown to be spinning around on stage. I mean, he was just in court for the Rihanna massacre days earlier. I thought that if he did show his face he'd be booed into oblivion.
And since he didn't make the show, I applauded BET for showing good sense, for once.
Oh, but silly me. BET and "good sense" is an oxymoron. Apparently BET DID attempt to get Chris Brown. According to The Source:
Chris Brown was scheduled to perform at Sunday's BET Awards and had rehearsed for three days to perform, but was pulled the morning of the show after Jay-Z told event organizers that he wouldn't perform if Brown was there. Jay-Z is, of course, very close to Rihanna who Brown abused earlier this year.
Of course, the hip hop community is now painting Jay as the bad guy. Rhodes scholar Juelz Santana called it a "sucker move" and said Jay's "swagger was on zero," whatever that means.
I'm not saying that Chris Easy-Breezy-Cover Girl should never be forgiven. But having him perform a high profile tribute after such a lengthy absence seems like a reward to me. I mean, I highly doubt I'd get to perform at the Keith Sweat memorial tribute show (perish the thought!) if I had been sentenced to probation after maliciously beating up my woman.
Actually if I maliciously beat up my woman I wouldn't have gotten probation, I would have been put under the jail. But then again, I don't have a Doublemint commercial so I'm not special.
Anyway, what do y'all think? Do you think Chris Brown should have performed or are Jay and I are just a couple of haters?
Well, we all know I'm a hater.
I can't wait for the day when I become so famous that someone writes a song about me. But when that day comes, please get someone other than Hurricane Chris to perform it.
I'm sure you've heard the "Halle Berry" song by now. If not, here's your chance.
One of our readers sent me a video last week of Mr. "A Bay Bay" performing the song at the Louisiana legislature. Why? Sigh, who knows. In the video, Chris more or less explains that the song is to let girls know that even if they're unattractive they can still pretend to look like Halle Berry. What a self-esteem booster.
What are y'all doing down in Louisiana? Don't y'all have legislation to pass?
Black lawmakers, I need y'all to get it together. Yeah, Obama has cookouts on the White House lawn, but he doesn't have Gucci Mane and OJ Da Juiceman running around the statehouse in wife beaters and house shoes.
Well, at least Hurricane Chris put on a suit and took those barrettes out of his hair for this occasion. Aww, he looks like he's going to the prom.
Best line of the video: some guy says over the loudspeaker: "I don't believe Chris is related to the tsunami the chairman has been talking about."
Har har. The hilarity. My sides, they are a splittin'.
Check out the video here, if you dare.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I'm sure you've already heard that celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, a.k.a. Mario Lavandeira, was punched in the face recently by will.i.am's manager when he called the Black Eyed Peas member a "f--king faggot" during a heated argument. Hilton has been called out by gay rights activists for using the slur, but the ladies over at Jezebel are asking the question that I've been pondering (and fussing about) for months -- Why does Perez Hilton get a pass on misogyny?
Hilton throws around the b-word, constantly calls women hos and we just sit back and laugh. Maybe it's because we see him as just one of the girls, but this hardly makes it right. I don't care who you are -- male or female, gay or straight -- disparaging women is not cute.
Check out the Jezebel post and let me know what you think.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Nice way to celebrate Black Music Month, guys.
Just when I thought my faith in the music industry had been forever shaken, the wifey directed me to this interesting essay at TheRoot.com. Writer Erin Evans says that, despite this age of rampant buffoonery, it's more important to celebrate black music than ever before.
And I agree - to a point.
Let me clear something up - celebrating black music goes beyond BET airing a Top 10 Booties in Hip Hop special. Let's hear more about the pioneers of the genre.
NO, I do not mean R. Kelly and Mary J. Blige. Even folks like Prince and Quincy Jones. Yes, Michael Jackson is great and all, but let's hear more about pioneers like George Duke - a guy whose work is sampled endlessly but never gets any love. His stylings laid the groundwork for today's producers.
Let's encourage kids to pursue careers in music. Instead of telling Lil' Quisha "baby, you sho can sang" when you know she clearly can't, we should encourage music fans to explore a career that extend beyond the spotlight. Trust me, if you wanna make money in the music industry, composing is the way to go. Performers usually get shortchanged. Ask T-Boz n' dem. Encourage schools to retain their music and arts programs so kids can cultivate a solid musical education.
Seriously, would YOU want your children learning about music from these fools?
Does his chain say yum? Ewwww.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Man, you can get sued for anything these days. Even your name.
Annoying pop singer Katy Perry has allegedly fired shots at clothing designer Katie Perry, according to music-news.com:
Australian fashion designer Katie Perry has been issued a cease-and-desist order by Katy Perry
Though the Katie Perry clothing line began two years before Katy Perry broke onto the national scene, Perry did not secure a trademark for the name.
Interestingly, the designer's
So a woman, whose real name isn't even Katy, wants a lady, whose real name IS Katie, to stop using her name. Too bad Johnnie Cochrane is no longer with us, Snoop Dogg would have him all over Charlie Brown n' dem by now.
I wish I was a celebrity. Must be nice to be so bored that you have time to fret about such simple-minded things. I'm too busy trying not to get laid off to deal with that.
In her defense, this seems more like Perry's record label being snotty. In fact, rumor is that the singer didn't even know about this.
You know what would make my day? Kate Hudson should issue a cease-and-desist order to Ms. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson for her "similar name."
Monday, June 22, 2009
Even though I'm pretty sick of news organizations asking this, Costello did bring up some interesting points, such as, whether or not a conservative woman can be a feminist and if feminism loses its power, meaning and worth if women (and men) are free to define feminism for themselves.
What do you think?
Check out video of the segment below, or click here to read Costello's blog post on the topic.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
And I'm not talking about if Bret Michaels' hair is real. It's obviously not.
Mos Def says he doesn't agree with Jay-Z's "Greatest Rapper Alive" title, saying he feels there are other hip-hop artists who deserve the title more."My response was to me seeing an article where [Jay-Z] was referred to, with trademarks following it, as the 'Greatest Rapper Alive'. Now that don't have nothin' to do with me, but if you saying that, that's a trade claim...If you saying that, you saying you better than Slick Rick, who's still very alive and well? You saying you better than Rakim? You saying you better than Black Thought? People making that claim have never been in a position to defend that in an open forum."
Mos makes good points, but like it or not, Jay is the best rapper alive.
See? He has the crown and everything.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Late last week, the inbox on my cell phone was flooded with text messages telling me about Usher's divorce. Being the superior journalist that I am, I'm always skeptical of text message rumors (remember when Kat Williams supposedly died in a car crash?) but when I get three or more messages saying the same thing, it's usually pretty accurate.
And what do you know, the ghetto grapevine had its facts straight. From nme.com:
Usher and wife Tameka Foster are getting a divorce after just two years of marriage. The couple has two children, an 18-month old and a 6-month old. The two have apparently been living apart for nearly a year now.
Now it's no secret that I have no love for Usher, but I kinda feel for him. He might not be getting a Christmas card from me this year but I hate to see so many marriages crumbling.
Y'all remember what happened with Nas and Kelis, who have been going through a pretty nasty divorce themselves. Kelis has been twittering about Nas' alleged creeping, while Nasty Nas is trying his best to keep those spousal support checks to himself.
Drama. I wonder if Nas wishes he hadn't written all those songs about her. I bet he crosses them off his concert performance list.
Now don't get me wrong, all problems aren't related to creepin'. According to People, it seemed Usher and his ex never seemed to get things together:
"They peaked before they even got married," a friend of Tameka comments. "Right after it was over, they started to drift apart. [Usher] just wasn't ready to settle down, at least not with her."
Before people rush into relationships - whether it's marriage or simply dating - I wish couples would take more time to work out their issues and to weigh what they really want. Remember when Usher got mad when Tameka's criminal record came out right before they got married? Or when Tameka nearly died while getting some raggedy cosmetic surgery in Brazil? Oh yeah, they had issues.
Usher and Tameka may have wanted to be responsible parents for their babies, but if they rush things and get divorced anyway, it's worthless in the long run. I hope young couples take heed.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Others feel the women from the article are hung up on things that don't carry as much weight as they think.
I do abhor the way the wedding industry makes women feel like they need to spend $30,000 on one day in order to be happy. (My entire wedding day -- ceremony and reception -- was less than $5,000.) But I wasn't really concerned with having a feminist wedding. I was more focused on creating a healthy marriage -- a union in which my thoughts, desires and goals would be respected and I would be treated like a partner not a maid. And I don't think my poofy white dress stood in the way of that.
Monday, June 15, 2009
So vamp lovers, what did you think of last night's True Blood season premiere?
If you heart Lafayette as much as I do check out this Entertainment Weekly interview with Nelsan Ellis, the actor who bring the fiery, funny character to life. (Warning: Do not read if you haven't watched the premiere yet.)
What would you like to see happen on the show this season?
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Shelby Knox.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Last year I fell for another man.
I couldn't help myself. He's a true Southern gentleman, strong and kind. And since he's several years my senior, he's also very wise. This man has experienced things I can only imagine. Oh, and did I mention he's hot?
Don't worry, though. Hubster and I aren't drafting any divorce papers. While I have always had a thing for older men, this guy happens to be 167 years old, and that's a bit much, even for me.
His name is William Compton, but if you're a fan of the HBO original series True Blood, you know him simply as Bill, the sexy, sensitive vampire that had us at "Sookie is mine!"
Edd thinks my crush on Bill is hilarious because he considers him a poor excuse for a vampire. As True Blood fans know, Bill tries to live peacefully among humans, so he's not the savage beast ripping folks apart for sport that you may be used to in vampire flicks. (Although if you mess with Sookie he will open up a can of whoop-ass on you.)
But this is what makes True Blood such a great show. With vampires like Bill struggling to be accepted by the living folk the series becomes a commentary on race relations and even gay rights. Sure, the metaphor is pretty in your face, but even in its lack of subtly it still works to make the show more than brain (and/or eye) candy.
That's why I'm counting down the hours until I can see my Bill again at 9 p.m. on Sunday.
If there's one thing you've probably learned about me by now is that I live for nostalgia. Those carefree days of my childhood will always be cherished.
And like any grouchy old man, boy, do I hate when people tamper with my memories.
We all grew up on scary movies, and the cinematic villains who starred in them. The Aliens, the Wolfman, Predator, Lil' Wayne's cousins the Gremlins all provided hours of entertainment. And perhaps no movie monster is as prominent as the vampire. I loved vampires because you knew they were gonna cause havoc - and most of the time you couldn't kill 'em! No matter the incarnation - from Dracula, his ghetto cousin Blackula, to the old Castlevania video games back on Nintendo - vampires were no joke.
So who thought it was a good idea to turn feared creatures into whiny Abercrombie models?
I've watched True Blood with the wifey a few times, and yeah, overall the show is OK. But it bothers me to no end that those vampires are just prissy pretty boys. I understand that this show provides a more "realistic" take of vampire mythology but even Count Duckula would shake his head at the wimpy main character, Bill. He only does three things - stand around looking sad, run around looking sad, or have sex with that lady, while looking sad. Isn't dude like 450 years old? Why hasn't anyone called him out on his cradle-robbing?
The only vampire on that show who has a mean streak is a dude named Eric. Now who would be afraid of somebody named Eric? Can you think of one scary guy named Eric? Erik Estrada? Eric Benet? Eric Cartman? Playa, please. At least name him Dr. Fang or something.
And don't even get me started on those pasty Twilight kids. They look more concerned with writing bad poetry and listening to All American Rejects than doing bad stuff.
These new vampires suck. So to speak.
I'm going to get a bowl of Count Chocula. Now that's a real vampire for you.
Iranians packed polling stations from to choose Friday between keeping hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power or replacing him with a reformist who favors greater freedoms and improved ties with the United States. The fiery, monthlong campaign -- with mass rallies, polished slogans, savvy Internet outreach and televised debates that resembled Western elections -- could bring a record turnout. Lines formed quickly at many voting sites in areas considered both strongholds for Ahmadinejad and his main rival, reformist Mir Hossein Mousavi, who served as prime minister in the 1980s and has become the surprise hero of a powerful youth-driven movement. MSNBC
American college student Amanda Knox took the stand today in an Italian courtroom, defending herself against charges that she took part in the killing of her roommate two years ago, her lawyer said. Knox, 21, from Seattle, Washington, distanced herself from the confused and conflicting deposition she gave to police just days after her roommate, British student Meredith Kercher, was found dead. She said she was under the influence of marijuana when she spoke to police and did not realize at the time that her police interview was on the record. Kercher's body was found half-naked in her bed Nov. 2, 2007, at the villa she shared with Knox. Prosecutors have said Kercher, 21, died in a "drug-fueled sex game" with Knox and Knox's then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. Knox and Sollecito are charged with murder and sexual assault. CNN
Malawi's highest court has ruled that Madonna can adopt a second child from the country, Malawi, overturning a lower court decision that forbade the adoption earlier this spring. The three-judge panel ruled that the singer's commitment to helping disadvantaged children should have been taken into account when deciding on Madonna's request to adopt 3-year-old Chifundo "Mercy" James. Children's welfare groups had expressed concern that rules meant to protect children were being bent because of Madonna's celebrity, and perhaps out of gratitude for what she has done for Malawi. (Madonna has founded a charity, Raising Malawi, which helps feed, educate and provide medical care for some of Malawi's more than 1 million orphans, half of whom have lost a parent to AIDS.) A Malawian man claiming to be Mercy's biological father had also objected to the adoption. CBS News
Thursday, June 11, 2009
In the last cycle of America's Next Top Model the judges often gushed over contestant Celia Ammerman's tres chic style, eventually gave her the boot because at 25 she was simply too old to start a high-fashion modeling career.
Season 2 of She's Got the Look premieres tonight at 9 p.m. EST. If you check it out, stop by and let me know what you think.
Two pieces of new evidence suggest that Air France Flight 447 broke up over a number of minutes, rather than in one catastrophic incident, before plunging into the Atlantic Ocean and killing all 228 people aboard. Firstly, bodies from Flight 447 had been picked up from locations more than 50 miles apart. And secondly, a re-analysis of the plane's last automatic transmissions indicated many parts had malfunctioned before it plunged into the Atlantic. Manufacturer Airbus say the investigation re-enforced the belief that the parts measuring air speed were the first to fail. Meanwhile, two terror suspects who died alongside 226 other passengers on the stricken jet have been ruled out as a cause of the disaster. The two men only "shared the same name" as known Islamic radicals, posthumous security checks found. FOX News
President Barack Obama, facing challenges to his ambitious health care overhaul from Congress, is visiting supporters outside the capital and to muster up support and momentum for his plans.
Obama on Thursday readied to fly to Green Bay, Wis., to talk directly with voters about his proposals to spend $1.5 trillion over the next decade to cover uninsured Americans. MSNBC
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, who stirred up trouble for herself when she said gays shouldn't be allowed to marry, heard two dreaded words from Donald Trump today: "You're fired." Trump, who owns Miss California USA's parent organization, and other pageant leaders said Prejean was being got the boot not because of the remarks but because she hadn't been holding up her end of the agreement she signed when she entered the pageant. They say Prejean was skipping Miss California USA events while speaking out against gay marriage at unsanctioned appearances. After the complaints reached Trump the mogul initially decided to give her a second chance and keep her on, but today changed his mind. CBS News
Chrysler and Italian automaker Fiat have officially signed a strategic alliance brokered by the U.S. government, one day after the Supreme Court cleared the path for the deal. Fiat will initially take a 20% stake in the company; its share can go up to 35% if it reaches certain fuel-efficiency goals. CNNMoney.com
It’s happened again.
For the past few years, almost like clockwork, I start getting an urge to get knocked up around springtime. The feeling is usually gone before summer rolls around but June 21 is less than two weeks away and I still keep having baby love daydreams.
I hate when this happens, mainly because I feel like I have split personalities. You see, no part of my rational self wants a kid. Don’t get me wrong, I think motherhood is beautiful, but I’m not ready to be anybody’s mama. I can barely take care of myself. But despite this, something inside, probably hormones (or indigestion from too much Mexican food) has me wondering, "What if."
To make matters worse, not one, not two, but three of my best friends are preggers. And folks around me keep saying, “You’re next.” and I keep saying “You’re crazy.” But I also keep kicking around baby names.
If you’re thinking, "Oh Jai, you’d be a great mom," you obviously don’t know me well. I’m selfish, I’m broke, I hate cooking and I’m afraid that becoming a lactation station will give me saggy boobs.
While I work great with teenagers, little kids scare the crap out of me. They’re always leaking something from somewhere and they’re constantly giggling, babbling and falling like miniature drunks. In fact, I often refer to them as drunkards to their faces and I have a tendency to employ the "eye for an eye" philosophy when dealing with them. Case in point: one day at the grocery store this bad little girl threw Skittles at me. My response: I picked the candy up off the floor and hurled them right back at her. I bet she'll think twice the next time she wants to throw confections at strangers minding their own business. But that probably wasn’t the mature, motherly thing to do.
So the next time you’re tempted to ask me when hubster and I are having kids, reread this post and remember that, at least for now, it’s best for society that I remain childless.
I'm sure this is a huge shock for all of you so I'll give you a moment of silence to process this.
After months of speculation about his sexuality, Lambert finally came out in a Rolling Stone magazine cover story. He says, "I'm proud of my sexuality. I embrace it. It's just another part of me."
As to why he did not come out publicly earlier, Lambert says, "I'm trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader."
What has me baffled, however, is not why Lambert didn't come out earlier, but what exactly the Rolling Stone art department was going for with the cover shot. Check it out.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Have you heard Jay-Z's new song? It's called D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-tune), which amounts to four minutes of Jay fussing about rappers moonlighting as karaoke singers.
It's like I wrote this song!
Ironically, the track was co-produced by Mr. Snug Britches, Kanye West. I expect him to start whining any minute. But according to Jay, it's not a diss. From xxlmag.com:
“I’m not saying that Auto-Tune is wack,” he explained. “What I’m saying is someone does that. You know T-Pain he did it, he writes great melodies, fantastic, Wayne did it and Kanye. You know leave that for them. Not everybody. Like we all gonna make one type of record. Like that’s how you stagnate hip-hop, that’s how people get turned off. You listen to the radio and every single record has Auto-Tune. That’s corny, that’s wack.”
You can't fool me, Jay. You hate auto-tune as much as me.
If we can expect more of this grumpy, old-man rap on his new album, Blueprint 3, I'm counting the days till September. Check it out.
If you see a look you really like, let us know. If you see a look you hate, let us know that too.
The government is set to announce as early as Tuesday morning which of the country's biggest banks will be able to repay billions in federal bailout dollars. But some worry the repayments could widen the gap between healthy and weak banks. Congress approved the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program eight months ago as financial markets teetered on collapse but banks have been eager to pay back bailout money and cut the federal strings that come with it. Combined, the repayments could exceed $50 billion. Experts say that figure reflects a measure of stability that has returned to the banking system but caution that the crisis isn't over. MSNBC
U.S. authorities have brought the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to the United States, flying him into New York to face trial for bombing U.S. embassies. Ahmed Ghailani arrived in the early morning hours Tuesday. U.S. Marshals took custody of Ghailani from his military jailers and brought him to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. Ghailani is scheduled to appear in Manhattan federal court later Tuesday. NY Times
Monday, June 8, 2009
Seventeen bodies have been recovered from last week's crash of an Air France jetliner off the South American coast, according to Brazil's military. Air France 447 disappeared over the Atlantic early last Monday. The jet was en route to Paris, France, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with 228 passengers and crew aboard. The bodies were found floating about 700 miles from the Brazilian coast. Items found in the same area Saturday were confirmed to have come from the jet, including pieces of the aircraft's wing section, luggage and a leather briefcase containing an airplane ticket with a reservation code for the doomed flight. Two key pieces of evidence -- the flight data and cockpit voice recorders -- remain missing, and could lay on the ocean floor. CNN
President Barack Obama promised Monday to deliver more than 600,000 jobs through his $787 billion stimulus plan this summer, with federal agencies pumping billions into public works projects, schools and summer youth programs. Obama is ramping up his stimulus program this week even as his advisers are ramping down expectations about when the spending plan will effect a continuing rise in the nation's unemployment. Many of the stimulus plans that Obama announced Monday already were in the works, including hundreds of maintenance projects at military bases, about 1,600 state road and airport improvements, and federal money states budgeted for 135,000 teachers, principals and school support staff. FOX News
Friday, June 5, 2009
With companies in no mood to hire, the unemployment rate jumped to 9.4 percent in May, the highest in more than 25 years. But layoffs eased, with employers cutting 345,000 jobs, the fewest since September. This marks the fourth straight month that the pace of layoffs slowed. The much smaller-than-expected reduction in payroll jobs, reported by the Labor Department on Friday, adds to evidence that the recession is loosening its hold on the country. Still, the increase in the nation's unemployment rate from 8.9 percent in April underscores the difficulties that America's 14.5 million unemployed are having in finding new jobs. CBS News
The body of American actor David Carradine, known for the 1970s TV series "Kung Fu" and the "Kill Bill" movies, was found yesterday in a Bangkok hotel room closet naked with a rope tied to his neck and genitals. Police initially suspected suicide but now say his death may have been accidental suffocation. Police Lt. Gen. Worapong Chewprecha told reporters that Carradine was found with a rope "tied around his penis and another rope around his neck." "The two ropes were tied together," he said. "It is unclear whether he committed suicide or not or he died of suffocation or heart failure due to an orgasm." CBS News
Thursday, June 4, 2009
* Visit CNN.com for more details and video of the speech.
The number of people on the unemployment insurance rolls fell slightly last week for the first time in 20 weeks and the tally of new jobless claims also dipped. The Labor Department said the tally of first-time claims for jobless benefits declined to a seasonally adjusted 621,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 625,000. The total jobless benefit rolls fell by 15,000 to 6.7 million. The report provides a glimmer of good news for job seekers, though both drops were small and the figures remain significantly above the levels associated with a healthy economy. CBS News
Two American journalists faced trial Thursday in North Korea on accusations of illegal entry and "hostile acts" in a case that could send them to a labor camp for 10 years. Back home, their families pleaded for leniency. Laura Ling, sister of journalist Lisa Ling, and Euna Lee, both reporters for former Vice President Al Gore's California-based Current TV media venture, were arrested March 17 near the North Korean border while on a reporting trip to China. MSNBC
A Washington state man accused of having sex with his two dogs admitted in Lewis County Superior Court he would be found guilty of cruelty to animals. The 21-year-old was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail and a deviancy evaluation. He's restricted from owning animals for two years. Prosecutor Michael Golden told a Washington radio station Whitson is a member of a group known as the Furries who identify with an animal and dress the part in makeup, ears and tail. Golden says Furries gather for social events but having sex with animals is not part of their normal behavior. He says two other Furries who met Whitson witnessed the animal sex and turned him in. CBS News
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The bigger question here is why in the world Eminem would agree to this.
President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia today for the first leg of his third overseas trip, where the Middle East peace process is at the top of his agenda. Obama will spend the day at the king's horse farm outside the city and the two leaders are expected to discuss the Middle East peace process, Iran, Pakistan and oil prices. The White House recently added this quick stop in Riyadh before the president travels to Cairo Thursday. ABC News
An activist abortion opponent was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, asking the judge by video when he would see his court-appointed lawyer. Scott Roeder, 51, was shown via a video link from the Sedgwick County Jail. Judge Ben Burgess ordered Roeder to be held without bond and said he was not allowed to communicate with Tiller's family. Roeder will be assigned a public defender. CBS News
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Some experts believe these public weight battles can cause more harm than good, according to a recent New York Times article. That's the topics of a recent NY times article.
Health experts quoted in the story say celebrity dieters often publicize weight-loss goals that are unrealistic for more obese women.
Furthermore, chance are a woman who has finally come to accept her body as is will feel pretty discouraged after hearing celebs like Alley call herself "disgusting" for being overweight.
From the NY Times article, "Bingeing on Celebrity Weight Battles":
It’s not that these women are unsympathetic to Ms. Alley. Been there, felt that. “You loathe yourself,” Ms. Alley told People. “You hate what you’ve done to yourself.”
But the yo-yo dieting and disparaging comments prompt some women to feel unmotivated and hopeless.
“I can’t believe this is still getting to me,” said Sarah Morice, 31, a doctoral candidate in theology at Notre Dame. “I see what Kirstie Alley says about herself and how easy it is for that to become my script. It’s easy to lapse into ‘Oh, my body’s ugly,’ and ‘What’s the use?’ She triggers all those messages for me.”
What do you think about celebrities going public with their weight struggles?
General Motors Corp. has tentatively agreed to sell its Hummer brand, a day after the U.S. automaker filed for bankruptcy protection with hopes that it will transform its most profitable assets into a new company within just 30 days. Appearing on CBS' The Early Show Tuesday, GM CEO Fritz Henderson did not disclose the buyer's name or the price, but said the "buyer is quite capable." The sale will likely save more than 3,000 U.S. jobs in manufacturing, engineering and at various Hummer dealerships. CBS News
Rebecca Rubin is an alleged domestic terrorist who may have been involved in groups that led two of the biggest eco-crimes in U.S. history -- the 1998 bombing of a Vail, Colo., ski resort and a 2001 explosion at an Oregon power plant. But Rebecca Rubin is also an 18-inch doll, the newest in the American Girl collection, which brings in $463 million each year for the toy giant Mattel.
Unfortunately for the toy company those searching for online purchases of the doll will likely find an FBI wanted poster instead. ABC News
Check out this report which predicts the states that recover from the recession first. My sweet home Alabama should start to bounce back early next year. Things don't look so good for Kentucky, though. When will your state make a comeback?
Please read this Associated Press report on "The Black Man Did It" lie. Here's how the story begins:
It's an old lie, claiming that The Black Man Did It.
But it was trotted out again last week when a white mother from suburban Philadelphia said two black men snatched her and her 9-year-old daughter from their SUV and abducted them in the trunk of a black Cadillac.
Blacks across the country were outraged after Bonnie Sweeten was found in a luxury hotel at Disney World. Authorities quickly unraveled the hoax, but not before an Amber Alert, frantic searches and national news coverage that played into images of marauding black men.
It goes on to review other times this lie has been used and what it means for race relations in our country. Click here for the entire story and let me know what you think.
Monday, June 1, 2009
General Motors has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a deal that will give taxpayers a 60 percent ownership stake and expand the government's reach into big business. The federal government would pump $30 billion dollars into GM as it makes its way through bankruptcy court. That's besides the $20 billion in taxpayers' money that the Treasury already lent to the automaker. At least 11 plants will be closed and three idled and 21,000 more jobs will be eliminated. Dealership cuts could total 2,600. Additionally GM's Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer and Saab operations will be either sold or closed. CBS News
Officials believe a missing Air France jet carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro to Paris ran into strong thunderstorms over the Atlantic Ocean and was possibly hit by lightning. Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330, left Rio on Sunday at 7 p.m. local time, 6 p.m. EDT, with 216 passengers and 12 crew members on board. About four hours later, the plane sent an automatic signal indicating electrical problems while going through strong turbulence. The plane eventually disappeared from radar. Two Brazilian Air Force planes were searching the waters about 300 kilometers northeast of the coastal city of Natal near the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha.