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Monthly Archives August 2008

Ga Ga: TG Woman & Illustrator Nina Poon in Kenneth Cole Ads

"We all walk in different shoes," politically and socially conscious designer Kenneth Cole says in his latest ad campaign, which celebrates individuals who choose to redefine the roles society gives them in order to be their true selves. What makes Nina Poon, one of Cole's latest faces, exemplary (and ga ga-worthy) is not her fame or her celebrity or her beauty, it's the fact that she's a 30-something illustrator--who happens to be a transgender woman. Born in 1975 in Saigon, the oldest son of traditional Chinese parents, Poon immigrated with her family in 1978 to Florida, and soon realized that her body didn't match her gender. It was a battle between her anatomy and her gender. "I've always felt like a woman. It was like I was in jail," Poon says of growing up in a male's body. "When I was little, I didn't think there was anything I could do about it at all." In 2004, Poon underwent sexual reassignment surgery. Now, an applauded illustrator and artist, Poon and her boyfriend Robert Jason appear in Kenneth Cole ads, sharing Poon's journey and battle as a transgender woman in American society. The ads also feature an African American albino woman, a punk evangelist, an ovarian cancer survivor, and the hasidic reggae musician Matishayu. "I just knew her for being her," Jason--who identifies himself as a straight man--says of his girlfriend. "I am, like, my true self now. It feels euphoric," she says.
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A Campaign of Change: Will America Choose A Black President or A Female VP?

It seems Senator John McCain flipped the switch on Friday, with his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential candidate. Calling her "the running mate who can best help me shake up Washington," McCain is not only tapping into a fresher, younger demo (Palin's 44, three years younger than Obama), but he's selected a woman--a beautiful one, who was actually a former Miss Alaska runner-up! "To have been chosen brings a great challenge," Palin said. "I know that it will demand the best that I have to give and I promise nothing less." Blindie suspects McCain is hoping to win over disgruntled Hillary Clinton voters who feel shafted that their female messiah was "cheated" of her White House dream by a less-experienced man. Regardless, the 2008 Presidential campaign will be a historic one of change--whether it's Obama in the White House, or Palin in the Vice President's Residence.
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VIDEO: Barack Obama’s Historical Moment At The 2008 DNC

I get it, I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office. I don't fit the typical pedigree, and I haven't spent my career in the halls of Washington. But I stand before you tonight because all across America, something is stirring. What the nay sayers don't understand is that this election has never been about me, it's been about you.
Barack Obama said during his historic speech—which was made 45 years to the day since Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. PHOTO: AP
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Top Ten Moments Of Project Runway, The Saturn Challenge

Project Runway's latest design challenge was a shameless cross-promotion for one of its biggest sponsors, and provided a treasure trove of hilarious quotes--and oh yeah, the "ah-mah-zing" Rachel Zoe. And without further ado, here are Bindie's Top Ten moments from last night's episode:

  1. Jerell was on fire with catty remarks: "Terri doesn't know how to talk to people. She belittles people. She's got two faces, two of 'em! Count 'em! And four patterns--that’s it! Don’t trust the bitch!" His creation also won rave reviews from all three judge
  2. Suede didn't only refer to himself in the third person (again!), but also memorialized another dead relative, recalling when his late father gave him his uncle's 1966 Buick Electra--his "favorite memory involving a car."
  3. More sighs and huffs from Korto! Did we see a slight eye roll when Heidi proclaimed she was in, but NOT the winner? Is anyone else reminded of Dee from What's Happening!!?
  4. Keith taking out his design shortcomings on his model complaining, "I've given a small task to a model and I would hope that she could follow direction," and then trying to chastise the judges: "There is criticism and then there are insults!"
  5. Heidi tells Blayne that the broken mirror used in his design will be seven years of no sex! Is that a German thing or a model thing? (Click in for full list!)

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Ga Ga: British Pop-Rocker David Jordan

Singer-songwriter David Jordan is only 21 and poised to become the next big thing from England. With a style, sound and moves reminiscent of Prince, Terence Trent D'Arby and Lenny Kravitz, Jordan's album Set The Mood delivers an eclectic mix of touching lyrics, guitar rock, and pop fun. His single, "Sun Goes Down", is energetic and displays the many facets of his music with a rhythm section that draws from his homeland's traditional Highland and Scottish music. Jordan even shows off his Michael Jackson side in the "Move On" video, with spins that rival the gloved one's signature pirouettes. Born to an Indian father from Calcutta and a mother from the Caribbean island of Montserrat, Jordan was once signed to American Idol producer Simon Fuller's management company. He counts Jimi Hendrix and James Brown as musical influences--and Amy Winehouse as a friend. Blindie is ga ga for David Jordan and hopes he will stay on the scene longer that Terrence Trent D'Arby (aka Sananda Maitreya).
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Confessions of an ObamaVoter: This Joe is No Average VP

It's official: Senator Joe Biden of Delaware is on the Barack Obama ticket for Vice President--and now its Blindie’s turn to weigh in with a classic pro/con list. PROS:

  • Experience in Washington. With 36 years in Senate, Biden brings a lot of Judiciary and Foreign relations accomplishments to the table. He’s been around long enough to know how to work the fat cats and get things done.
CONS:
  • Biden keeps it real…and keeping it real can go wrong. Biden’s outspoken style has gotten him into trouble. Like, when he said of Obama, "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." (Click in for full list!)

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Bryan Clay Named USA Track & Field’s Athlete Of The Week

After taking home the gold at the Olympics in Beijing, decathlete Bryan Clay has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week. Clay finished the two-day decathlon competition just 10 seconds shy of beating the Olympic record, but won by a 240-point margin--the largest since 1972. Born in Texas to an African American father and a Japanese mother, he was raised in Hawaii and joined the track club as a child to channel his energy. Standing at a height of 5'11" he is considered small for a decathlete, but Clay proved he had the speed, strength, skill, stamina, endurance, and perseverance to win the 10-event competition and joins the league of great American decathletes like Jim Thorpe, Bill Toomey and Bruce Jenner. Dubbed "Hawaii's Hero" in the press and considered the "World's Greatest Athlete," Clay, who also won the silver at the 2004 Olympics in Athen, says "It's been a little while since we had the Olympic gold medal in the decathlon brought back to the States. I'm happy with being the person to do it. I hope the Wheaties box and all those types of things happen. I'd love for that to happen. I'd love for this to be a spark for the decathlon and bring it back to the forefront of track and field." The married man and father of two credits Christianity as a strong force in his life and gives back to his community with the Bryan Clay Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to provide Hawaiian students in need with support to pursue college. PHOTO: Reuters
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Ga Ga: TG Woman & Illustrator Nina Poon in Kenneth Cole Ads

"We all walk in different shoes," politically and socially conscious designer Kenneth Cole says in his latest ad campaign, which celebrates individuals who choose to redefine the roles society gives them in order to be their true selves. What makes Nina Poon, one of Cole's latest faces, exemplary (and ga ga-worthy) is not her fame or her celebrity or her beauty, it's the fact that she's a 30-something illustrator--who happens to be a transgender woman. Born in 1975 in Saigon, the oldest son of traditional Chinese parents, Poon immigrated with her family in 1978 to Florida, and soon realized that her body didn't match her gender. It was a battle between her anatomy and her gender. "I've always felt like a woman. It was like I was in jail," Poon says of growing up in a male's body. "When I was little, I didn't think there was anything I could do about it at all." In 2004, Poon underwent sexual reassignment surgery. Now, an applauded illustrator and artist, Poon and her boyfriend Robert Jason appear in Kenneth Cole ads, sharing Poon's journey and battle as a transgender woman in American society. The ads also feature an African American albino woman, a punk evangelist, an ovarian cancer survivor, and the hasidic reggae musician Matishayu. "I just knew her for being her," Jason--who identifies himself as a straight man--says of his girlfriend. "I am, like, my true self now. It feels euphoric," she says.
Read More

A Campaign of Change: Will America Choose A Black President or A Female VP?

It seems Senator John McCain flipped the switch on Friday, with his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential candidate. Calling her "the running mate who can best help me shake up Washington," McCain is not only tapping into a fresher, younger demo (Palin's 44, three years younger than Obama), but he's selected a woman--a beautiful one, who was actually a former Miss Alaska runner-up! "To have been chosen brings a great challenge," Palin said. "I know that it will demand the best that I have to give and I promise nothing less." Blindie suspects McCain is hoping to win over disgruntled Hillary Clinton voters who feel shafted that their female messiah was "cheated" of her White House dream by a less-experienced man. Regardless, the 2008 Presidential campaign will be a historic one of change--whether it's Obama in the White House, or Palin in the Vice President's Residence.
Read More

VIDEO: Barack Obama’s Historical Moment At The 2008 DNC

I get it, I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office. I don't fit the typical pedigree, and I haven't spent my career in the halls of Washington. But I stand before you tonight because all across America, something is stirring. What the nay sayers don't understand is that this election has never been about me, it's been about you.
Barack Obama said during his historic speech—which was made 45 years to the day since Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. PHOTO: AP
Read More

Top Ten Moments Of Project Runway, The Saturn Challenge

Project Runway's latest design challenge was a shameless cross-promotion for one of its biggest sponsors, and provided a treasure trove of hilarious quotes--and oh yeah, the "ah-mah-zing" Rachel Zoe. And without further ado, here are Bindie's Top Ten moments from last night's episode:

  1. Jerell was on fire with catty remarks: "Terri doesn't know how to talk to people. She belittles people. She's got two faces, two of 'em! Count 'em! And four patterns--that’s it! Don’t trust the bitch!" His creation also won rave reviews from all three judge
  2. Suede didn't only refer to himself in the third person (again!), but also memorialized another dead relative, recalling when his late father gave him his uncle's 1966 Buick Electra--his "favorite memory involving a car."
  3. More sighs and huffs from Korto! Did we see a slight eye roll when Heidi proclaimed she was in, but NOT the winner? Is anyone else reminded of Dee from What's Happening!!?
  4. Keith taking out his design shortcomings on his model complaining, "I've given a small task to a model and I would hope that she could follow direction," and then trying to chastise the judges: "There is criticism and then there are insults!"
  5. Heidi tells Blayne that the broken mirror used in his design will be seven years of no sex! Is that a German thing or a model thing? (Click in for full list!)

Read More

Ga Ga: British Pop-Rocker David Jordan

Singer-songwriter David Jordan is only 21 and poised to become the next big thing from England. With a style, sound and moves reminiscent of Prince, Terence Trent D'Arby and Lenny Kravitz, Jordan's album Set The Mood delivers an eclectic mix of touching lyrics, guitar rock, and pop fun. His single, "Sun Goes Down", is energetic and displays the many facets of his music with a rhythm section that draws from his homeland's traditional Highland and Scottish music. Jordan even shows off his Michael Jackson side in the "Move On" video, with spins that rival the gloved one's signature pirouettes. Born to an Indian father from Calcutta and a mother from the Caribbean island of Montserrat, Jordan was once signed to American Idol producer Simon Fuller's management company. He counts Jimi Hendrix and James Brown as musical influences--and Amy Winehouse as a friend. Blindie is ga ga for David Jordan and hopes he will stay on the scene longer that Terrence Trent D'Arby (aka Sananda Maitreya).
Read More

Confessions of an ObamaVoter: This Joe is No Average VP

It's official: Senator Joe Biden of Delaware is on the Barack Obama ticket for Vice President--and now its Blindie’s turn to weigh in with a classic pro/con list. PROS:

  • Experience in Washington. With 36 years in Senate, Biden brings a lot of Judiciary and Foreign relations accomplishments to the table. He’s been around long enough to know how to work the fat cats and get things done.
CONS:
  • Biden keeps it real…and keeping it real can go wrong. Biden’s outspoken style has gotten him into trouble. Like, when he said of Obama, "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." (Click in for full list!)

Read More

Bryan Clay Named USA Track & Field’s Athlete Of The Week

After taking home the gold at the Olympics in Beijing, decathlete Bryan Clay has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week. Clay finished the two-day decathlon competition just 10 seconds shy of beating the Olympic record, but won by a 240-point margin--the largest since 1972. Born in Texas to an African American father and a Japanese mother, he was raised in Hawaii and joined the track club as a child to channel his energy. Standing at a height of 5'11" he is considered small for a decathlete, but Clay proved he had the speed, strength, skill, stamina, endurance, and perseverance to win the 10-event competition and joins the league of great American decathletes like Jim Thorpe, Bill Toomey and Bruce Jenner. Dubbed "Hawaii's Hero" in the press and considered the "World's Greatest Athlete," Clay, who also won the silver at the 2004 Olympics in Athen, says "It's been a little while since we had the Olympic gold medal in the decathlon brought back to the States. I'm happy with being the person to do it. I hope the Wheaties box and all those types of things happen. I'd love for that to happen. I'd love for this to be a spark for the decathlon and bring it back to the forefront of track and field." The married man and father of two credits Christianity as a strong force in his life and gives back to his community with the Bryan Clay Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to provide Hawaiian students in need with support to pursue college. PHOTO: Reuters
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