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Monthly Archives June 2008

Ga Ga: Zoe Kravitz in Vanity Fair

Zoe Kravitz, Lenny & Lisa's actress daughter, is featured in Vanity Fair's Hollywood’s Next Wave issue. Photographed by Mark Seliger for the magazine, Kravitz, who costarred with Jodie Foster in The Brave One and will next star in Assassination of a High School President, appears with other up-and-comers Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka "McLovin) and Emma Stone (aka Jules) of Superbad, and Olivia Thirlby of Juno. Here are some snippets from Zoe's interview:

Favorite lip gloss? Kiehl’s lip balm. Style icon? “Jimi Hendrix. He’s rad.” Justin Timberlake or John Mayer? Jeff Buckley. Rihanna or Carrie Underwood? Billie Holiday. What’s on your iPod? “Oh God, everything. Zeppelin, Jeff Buckley, Feist, Fiona Apple, Jimi Hendrix.”

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Ga Ga: Black Kids Play Glastonbury

black_kids Florida indie rock band Black Kids (contrary to their cheeky name, only lead singer Reggie Youngblood and his younger sister Ali are black) took the stage at Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, Somerset. During their set, the band (who Rolling Stone listed in their Artists to Watch feature in 2007) played their hits, 'I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You' and 'Hit The Heartbreaks." Keyboardist Dawn Watley, according to NME, asked the crowd: "Are you naked?" We'd drop trow to hear them play, "Hurricane Jane." PHOTO: Courtesy of Rolling Stone
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Outarra And Samuelsson Bring the Spice

Ivory Coast native Morou Outtara and Ethiopian-born Marcuss Samuelsson are the latest culinary artists infusing the American palate with bold flavors from Africa. Outtara peppers the food at his Virginia restaurant, Farrah Olivia, with flavors from his West African homeland and thinks America is ready for the new tastes. "For six, seven years now people are playing with the idea of African food, and people are now starting to accept it," Outtara said in an interview with Philly.com. "It's been gradually happening," said Samuelsson, who opened the New York pan-African restaurant Merkato 55. “You are now seeing those [North African and Arab spices] like harissa, za'atar and dukka showing up on menus." And to help the spices make their way into the American kitchen, Samuelsson launched Afrikya, a line of African spices. The North African and Middle Eastern spice combination of poppy seeds and rose was even named one of the Top 10 flavor pairings for 2008 by McCormick & Co.
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Blake, Williams Sisters Heading to China

James Blake and Venus and Serena Williams are among the nine players named to the U.S. Olympic tennis team. In August, they will be heading to China to represent America at the 2008 Olympic Summer Games. The Olympic tennis tournament will be staged from August 10-17 at Beijing's Olympic Green Tennis Center, with Blake and Venus playing singles and doubles, and Serena playing doubles. At the 2000 Games, the Williams sisters became the first siblings to combine for an Olympic gold medal in doubles. Venus also won the gold in singles.
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‘Deracinated Coloured People’ on BBC

Samir Shah, a member of the BBC's board of directors, is criticizing network execs for "cloning" themselves offscreen, while "flickering" minorities onscreen, according to the Guardian. In many of the UK networks' television shows (including the popular soap, EastEnders), Shah says execs are hiring those like them behind the scenes to call the shots, but are overcompensating for their lack of executive diversity by putting minority actors onscreen—even if the roles they play have nothing to do with their race. Shah says this had led to a "world of deracinated coloured people flickering across our screens—to the irritation of many viewers and the embarrassment of the very people such actions are meant to appease." PHOTO: Courtesy of BBC
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ObamaNation: Barack on Patriotism in TIME

In its current issue, TIME magazine explores the meaning of patriotism (or love of country) for all Americans. While both presidential candidates get their own platform in the magazine to share their views, it is Barack Obama's final words on the topic in his essay ("A Faith in Simple Dreams") that was a complete tearjerker:

"As a young man of mixed race, without a firm anchor in any community, without even a father's steadying hand, this essential American ideal — that our destinies are not written before we are born — has defined my life. And it is the source of my profound love for this country: because with a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya, I know that stories like mine could only happen in America."
PHOTO: Courtesy of BarackObama.com
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Monthly Archives June 2008

Ga Ga: Zoe Kravitz in Vanity Fair

Zoe Kravitz, Lenny & Lisa's actress daughter, is featured in Vanity Fair's Hollywood’s Next Wave issue. Photographed by Mark Seliger for the magazine, Kravitz, who costarred with Jodie Foster in The Brave One and will next star in Assassination of a High School President, appears with other up-and-comers Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka "McLovin) and Emma Stone (aka Jules) of Superbad, and Olivia Thirlby of Juno. Here are some snippets from Zoe's interview:

Favorite lip gloss? Kiehl’s lip balm. Style icon? “Jimi Hendrix. He’s rad.” Justin Timberlake or John Mayer? Jeff Buckley. Rihanna or Carrie Underwood? Billie Holiday. What’s on your iPod? “Oh God, everything. Zeppelin, Jeff Buckley, Feist, Fiona Apple, Jimi Hendrix.”

Read More

Ga Ga: Black Kids Play Glastonbury

black_kids Florida indie rock band Black Kids (contrary to their cheeky name, only lead singer Reggie Youngblood and his younger sister Ali are black) took the stage at Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, Somerset. During their set, the band (who Rolling Stone listed in their Artists to Watch feature in 2007) played their hits, 'I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You' and 'Hit The Heartbreaks." Keyboardist Dawn Watley, according to NME, asked the crowd: "Are you naked?" We'd drop trow to hear them play, "Hurricane Jane." PHOTO: Courtesy of Rolling Stone
Read More

Outarra And Samuelsson Bring the Spice

Ivory Coast native Morou Outtara and Ethiopian-born Marcuss Samuelsson are the latest culinary artists infusing the American palate with bold flavors from Africa. Outtara peppers the food at his Virginia restaurant, Farrah Olivia, with flavors from his West African homeland and thinks America is ready for the new tastes. "For six, seven years now people are playing with the idea of African food, and people are now starting to accept it," Outtara said in an interview with Philly.com. "It's been gradually happening," said Samuelsson, who opened the New York pan-African restaurant Merkato 55. “You are now seeing those [North African and Arab spices] like harissa, za'atar and dukka showing up on menus." And to help the spices make their way into the American kitchen, Samuelsson launched Afrikya, a line of African spices. The North African and Middle Eastern spice combination of poppy seeds and rose was even named one of the Top 10 flavor pairings for 2008 by McCormick & Co.
Read More

Blake, Williams Sisters Heading to China

James Blake and Venus and Serena Williams are among the nine players named to the U.S. Olympic tennis team. In August, they will be heading to China to represent America at the 2008 Olympic Summer Games. The Olympic tennis tournament will be staged from August 10-17 at Beijing's Olympic Green Tennis Center, with Blake and Venus playing singles and doubles, and Serena playing doubles. At the 2000 Games, the Williams sisters became the first siblings to combine for an Olympic gold medal in doubles. Venus also won the gold in singles.
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‘Deracinated Coloured People’ on BBC

Samir Shah, a member of the BBC's board of directors, is criticizing network execs for "cloning" themselves offscreen, while "flickering" minorities onscreen, according to the Guardian. In many of the UK networks' television shows (including the popular soap, EastEnders), Shah says execs are hiring those like them behind the scenes to call the shots, but are overcompensating for their lack of executive diversity by putting minority actors onscreen—even if the roles they play have nothing to do with their race. Shah says this had led to a "world of deracinated coloured people flickering across our screens—to the irritation of many viewers and the embarrassment of the very people such actions are meant to appease." PHOTO: Courtesy of BBC
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ObamaNation: Barack on Patriotism in TIME

In its current issue, TIME magazine explores the meaning of patriotism (or love of country) for all Americans. While both presidential candidates get their own platform in the magazine to share their views, it is Barack Obama's final words on the topic in his essay ("A Faith in Simple Dreams") that was a complete tearjerker:

"As a young man of mixed race, without a firm anchor in any community, without even a father's steadying hand, this essential American ideal — that our destinies are not written before we are born — has defined my life. And it is the source of my profound love for this country: because with a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya, I know that stories like mine could only happen in America."
PHOTO: Courtesy of BarackObama.com
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