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Monthly Archives July 2008

Media Goes Purple to Appear Neutral in Campaign Season

In an effort to appear neutral on air in this very divisive campaign season, television pundits have opted for purple ties rather than Democratic blue or Republican red, according to the New York Times Style section. “Purple is the new neutral,” Jim Moore, the creative director of GQ, said of the latest tie trends of grape to periwinkle--exhibited on the always-yummy Anderson Cooper. “I’m surprised to see it on so many people throughout this whole political season,” said Tommy Fazio, the men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman. “There are other ways of not being partisan.”
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Ludacris Sounds Off On Bush, McCain, Hillary and Jesse

Not to be outdone by rappers Nas and Jay-Z, who have both spoken out recently about Barack Obama and the current political climate, Ludacris is adding his own two cents with his song, "Politics (Obama is Here)." Ludacris, a staunch Obama supporter, uses some politically incorrect verses, skewering not only President Bush and Republican presidential nominee John McCain, but also former Democratic candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton and Rev. Jesse Jackson:

Hillary hated on you, so that b—- is irrelevant. Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what? If you said it then you meant it. How you want it head or gut? McCain don’t belong in any chair unless he’s paralyzed. Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped. Ball up all of his speeches and just throw ‘em like candy wrap ’cause what you talking I hear nothing even relevant and you the worst of all 43 presidents.
Ludacris even attempts to rally the black community to support Obama at the polls, urging, "So get off your ass, black people, it’s time to get out and vote! Paint the White House black and I’m sure that’s got ‘em terrified."
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Ga Ga: Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura in Star Trek Movie Poster

While director J.J. Abrams is keeping mum about his upcoming Star Trek film, he recently gave a slight sneak peek of his promotional posters, featuring the always-fabulous (and underrated) Zoe Saldana. The film, which hits theaters on May 8, 2009 and also stars Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock) and Eric Bana (Nero), features Saldana as Nyota Uhura--the Enterprise's only female and African-American crew member. "It’s great to see an exotic face in sci-fi," Saldana told Latina magazine. "Little girls who look like me, or who are Arab, Filipina, whatever, are going to go, ‘Oh, my God, we can be in space, too!'"
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UPDATE: House Apologizes to Blacks for Slavery & Jim Crow

The House of Representatives issued a groundbreaking apology to African Americans for slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws. "Today represents a milestone in our nation's efforts to remedy the ills of our past," Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Michigan, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said. Although the unprecedented federal apology doesn't mention reparations for the suffering caused to black Americans and their ancestors, Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen (pictured with Barack Obama), who spearheaded the resolution, said, "Slavery and Jim Crow are stains upon what is the greatest nation on the face of the earth."
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Michelle Obama Makes Vanity Fair‘s Best-Dressed List

Vanity Fair's 69th annual International Best-Dressed list heralds Michelle Obama as a 'commander-in-sheath.' The First Lady hopeful joins the prestigious list of stylish celebrities, socialites and industry fahionistas to become one of the few black women to receive such wardrobe approval. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice graced the list in 2006.
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Fashion Photographer Nick Knight Tackles Racism With Naomi Campbell

Renowned fashion photographer Nick Knight has created an experimental video featuring a machine gun-toting Naomi Campbell, two Rodarte dresses, a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and title cards that silently express his outrage at the fashion industry's systemized racism. Excerpts from the video read:

I am virtually never allowed to photograph black models for the magazines, fashion houses, cosmetic brands, perfume companies and advertising clients I work for. Whenever I ask to use a black model I am given excuses such as “Black models are not aspirational in some markets” or “they do not reflect the brands values,” normally, however, no reason is given. By my own inaction, I am guilty of allowing racism to be normalized and accepted in this business. This has made me deeply sad and increasingly angry. Fashion is often seen as frivolous but this is not a trivial issue. It is my belief that our society must be inclusive and by denying people the right to be seen as beautiful you cause deep cultural resentment, alienation and division.
PHOTO: Nick Knight/ Showtudio.com
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Monthly Archives July 2008

Media Goes Purple to Appear Neutral in Campaign Season

In an effort to appear neutral on air in this very divisive campaign season, television pundits have opted for purple ties rather than Democratic blue or Republican red, according to the New York Times Style section. “Purple is the new neutral,” Jim Moore, the creative director of GQ, said of the latest tie trends of grape to periwinkle--exhibited on the always-yummy Anderson Cooper. “I’m surprised to see it on so many people throughout this whole political season,” said Tommy Fazio, the men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman. “There are other ways of not being partisan.”
Read More

Ludacris Sounds Off On Bush, McCain, Hillary and Jesse

Not to be outdone by rappers Nas and Jay-Z, who have both spoken out recently about Barack Obama and the current political climate, Ludacris is adding his own two cents with his song, "Politics (Obama is Here)." Ludacris, a staunch Obama supporter, uses some politically incorrect verses, skewering not only President Bush and Republican presidential nominee John McCain, but also former Democratic candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton and Rev. Jesse Jackson:

Hillary hated on you, so that b—- is irrelevant. Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what? If you said it then you meant it. How you want it head or gut? McCain don’t belong in any chair unless he’s paralyzed. Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped. Ball up all of his speeches and just throw ‘em like candy wrap ’cause what you talking I hear nothing even relevant and you the worst of all 43 presidents.
Ludacris even attempts to rally the black community to support Obama at the polls, urging, "So get off your ass, black people, it’s time to get out and vote! Paint the White House black and I’m sure that’s got ‘em terrified."
Read More

Ga Ga: Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura in Star Trek Movie Poster

While director J.J. Abrams is keeping mum about his upcoming Star Trek film, he recently gave a slight sneak peek of his promotional posters, featuring the always-fabulous (and underrated) Zoe Saldana. The film, which hits theaters on May 8, 2009 and also stars Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock) and Eric Bana (Nero), features Saldana as Nyota Uhura--the Enterprise's only female and African-American crew member. "It’s great to see an exotic face in sci-fi," Saldana told Latina magazine. "Little girls who look like me, or who are Arab, Filipina, whatever, are going to go, ‘Oh, my God, we can be in space, too!'"
Read More

UPDATE: House Apologizes to Blacks for Slavery & Jim Crow

The House of Representatives issued a groundbreaking apology to African Americans for slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws. "Today represents a milestone in our nation's efforts to remedy the ills of our past," Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Michigan, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said. Although the unprecedented federal apology doesn't mention reparations for the suffering caused to black Americans and their ancestors, Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen (pictured with Barack Obama), who spearheaded the resolution, said, "Slavery and Jim Crow are stains upon what is the greatest nation on the face of the earth."
Read More

Michelle Obama Makes Vanity Fair‘s Best-Dressed List

Vanity Fair's 69th annual International Best-Dressed list heralds Michelle Obama as a 'commander-in-sheath.' The First Lady hopeful joins the prestigious list of stylish celebrities, socialites and industry fahionistas to become one of the few black women to receive such wardrobe approval. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice graced the list in 2006.
Read More

Fashion Photographer Nick Knight Tackles Racism With Naomi Campbell

Renowned fashion photographer Nick Knight has created an experimental video featuring a machine gun-toting Naomi Campbell, two Rodarte dresses, a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and title cards that silently express his outrage at the fashion industry's systemized racism. Excerpts from the video read:

I am virtually never allowed to photograph black models for the magazines, fashion houses, cosmetic brands, perfume companies and advertising clients I work for. Whenever I ask to use a black model I am given excuses such as “Black models are not aspirational in some markets” or “they do not reflect the brands values,” normally, however, no reason is given. By my own inaction, I am guilty of allowing racism to be normalized and accepted in this business. This has made me deeply sad and increasingly angry. Fashion is often seen as frivolous but this is not a trivial issue. It is my belief that our society must be inclusive and by denying people the right to be seen as beautiful you cause deep cultural resentment, alienation and division.
PHOTO: Nick Knight/ Showtudio.com
Read More