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Monthly Archives August 2008

‘Woman to Watch’: Kerry Washington Featured in Marie Claire

Actress Kerry Washington, who can next be seen in Lakeview Terrace with Samuel L. Jackson & Patrick Wilson, is featured in the latest issue of Marie Claire. "I've been to nine states on behalf of Obama," she tells the magazine. "The enormous level of diversity among the volunteers have been so great to see!" The 31-year-old Bronx-born stunner, who has a knack for playing the wives of Oscar winners onscreen (Jamie Foxx in Ray and Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland), lives in L.A. with her shih tzu-Yorkie mix "Josephine Baker," and admires her mama. "She's the epitome of grace--as a person, and as a woman of color," Washington says. "She's very cerebral. She taught me about walking with dignity in the world."
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GIMME FIVE: People Who Are Definitely NOT On Obama’s Veep List

As the nation eagerly anticipates the announcement of Barack Obama's running mate, Blindie has compiled a list of people who definitely won't be making the cut as the nation's potential next Vice-President: 1. Rev. Jesse Jackson, who says he had the burning desire to cut Obama’s "nuts off." 2. John Edwards, who is busy with a cancer-stricken wife, a mistress, a baby he denies fathering, and dodging the National Enquire. 3. Country singer Toby Keith, who thinks Obama "don’t talk, act, or carry himself as a black person." 4. Rev. Jeremiah Wright whose fiery sermon is a pesky reminder of America's shameful history. 5. Ex-Senator Larry Craig whose "inappropriate" behavior in a Minneapolis airport bathroom prompted his resignation. He insisted, "I am not gay and never have been."
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Sophia Loren Made Tina Turner Come Out of Retirement to Tour One Last Time

With her one last blowout tour beginning in October, music legend Tina Turner says it was screen legend Sophia Loren who persuaded her out of retirement, according to Elle. "Sophia Loren asked me what I'd been up to. I said, 'Taking a rest.'" Turner recalls to the magazine. "She said, 'Seven years. Rest is over! People want to see you.'" After announcing retirement in 2000, Turner, then 68, took over the Grammys in silver hot pants with a mind-blowing performance with Beyonce, proving that age is nothing but a number. Revealing that she keeps her legendary legs in shape by "swimming and hiking. A lot," Turner adds, "This will be my last worldwide tour--I swear!" PHOTO: AP
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RushmoreDrive: Google For Black People

Johnny C. Taylor, President and CEO of Black Web Enterprises, has launched RushmoreDrive because he thinks Google isn't providing adequate search results for black people. Taylor's black search engine promises to deliver more of what black people are looking for online--such as chitterlings.com, Taylor points out. Apparently when the word "whitney" is searched in Google, it brings up results on the Whitney Museum rather than information on the ups and downs of Whitney Houston. And Taylor thinks black people are more interested in 'hell-to-the-no' Houston, rather than modern art. Using a special algorithm, the site picks up on search patterns and learns from what people are clicking on to bring up more "black" results. The first snag to a racial-profiling search engine: When RushmoreDrive was first launched white people visiting the site were skewing results and bringing up more "white" results (probably bringing up more info on museums and science, you know, nonsensical things like that). To prevent RushmoreDrive from becoming another white Google, the company is launching a campaign, making appearances on the Tavis Smiley show and sponsoring a 10-city gospel tour with Regina Belle. But how will they keep all of those white people from nosing around on the site and messing up their black algorithm?
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Black Kids Skip ‘School’: Where’s High School Musical‘s Corbin Bleu & Monique Coleman?

In the latest media blitz for Disney's High School Musical 3: Senior Year, stars Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale appear in a Grease-inspired photo spread for Elle. But blatantly missing (once again!) are black stars Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman. Granted Coleman isn't necessarily a major player in the Disney Channel megahit, but Bleu is definitely a tween heartthrob. Although race is the obvious difference between these stars, it still confuses Blindie as to why the media continues to crop out Bleu, who is a hunk in his own right. Coleman, who plays smarty-pants Taylor McKessie in HSM, told Ebony that nabbing the role was important to her so she could "show that the smartest girl in the school is a Black girl!" Of the coverage given to Tisdale, Efron and Hudgens, Coleman told USA Today last month, "It's a popularity situation, and I can be really thrilled by the fact that it hasn't happened to me yet." PHOTO: Tierney Gearon for Elle
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Latinas Eva Mendes & Penelope Cruz Cover Coveted September Fashion Mags

Covering the coveted September issues of Fall fashion magazines isn't an easy feat for anyone who isn't white. That's why Blindie was shocked to see, not one, but two Latinas amongst the lily-white covers (from Keira Knightley on Vogue to Carrie Underwood on Allure) on the newsstands. Marie Claire's cover girl Mendes, who has just debuted her steamy ads for Calvin Klein, is starring in her first female-driven film, The Women, with Annette Bening. “She reminds me of one of those women back in the ‘40s and ‘50s," Mendes says. "She’s a broad, and I want to be a broad. I mean, she’s like Ava Gardner or Bette Davis or Katharine Hepburn. Those women were broads. They said it like it was.” As for Glamour cover girl Cruz, she's starring in two films, including Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Elegy with Ben Kingsley, who tells Glamour, "She comprehends the struggle of the female soul in our confused society. She doesn't have to guess what the vital issues are--she knows."
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SPOTTED: Lance-Chandler at Union Square & Noa at SoHo’s The Market NYC

NAME: Lance-Chandler Russell HOMETOWN: Bushwick, Brooklyn NAME YOUR EMSEMBLE: "Urban Street Meets Fashion Runway" OUTFIT SOUNDTRACK: "A Little Better" by Gnarls Barkley FASHION ICON: Life. ("I draw from myself. Life fashions itself.") NAME: Noa HOMETOWN: Nepal NAME YOUR EMSEMBLE: "Self" OUTFIT SOUNDTRACK: Anything Bob Marley. FASHION ICON: Ex-girlfriend. ("She would dress me up, make me try new things. I would've never worn skinny jeans if it wasn't for her. Now, I'm all over it.")
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Monthly Archives August 2008

‘Woman to Watch’: Kerry Washington Featured in Marie Claire

Actress Kerry Washington, who can next be seen in Lakeview Terrace with Samuel L. Jackson & Patrick Wilson, is featured in the latest issue of Marie Claire. "I've been to nine states on behalf of Obama," she tells the magazine. "The enormous level of diversity among the volunteers have been so great to see!" The 31-year-old Bronx-born stunner, who has a knack for playing the wives of Oscar winners onscreen (Jamie Foxx in Ray and Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland), lives in L.A. with her shih tzu-Yorkie mix "Josephine Baker," and admires her mama. "She's the epitome of grace--as a person, and as a woman of color," Washington says. "She's very cerebral. She taught me about walking with dignity in the world."
Read More

GIMME FIVE: People Who Are Definitely NOT On Obama’s Veep List

As the nation eagerly anticipates the announcement of Barack Obama's running mate, Blindie has compiled a list of people who definitely won't be making the cut as the nation's potential next Vice-President: 1. Rev. Jesse Jackson, who says he had the burning desire to cut Obama’s "nuts off." 2. John Edwards, who is busy with a cancer-stricken wife, a mistress, a baby he denies fathering, and dodging the National Enquire. 3. Country singer Toby Keith, who thinks Obama "don’t talk, act, or carry himself as a black person." 4. Rev. Jeremiah Wright whose fiery sermon is a pesky reminder of America's shameful history. 5. Ex-Senator Larry Craig whose "inappropriate" behavior in a Minneapolis airport bathroom prompted his resignation. He insisted, "I am not gay and never have been."
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Sophia Loren Made Tina Turner Come Out of Retirement to Tour One Last Time

With her one last blowout tour beginning in October, music legend Tina Turner says it was screen legend Sophia Loren who persuaded her out of retirement, according to Elle. "Sophia Loren asked me what I'd been up to. I said, 'Taking a rest.'" Turner recalls to the magazine. "She said, 'Seven years. Rest is over! People want to see you.'" After announcing retirement in 2000, Turner, then 68, took over the Grammys in silver hot pants with a mind-blowing performance with Beyonce, proving that age is nothing but a number. Revealing that she keeps her legendary legs in shape by "swimming and hiking. A lot," Turner adds, "This will be my last worldwide tour--I swear!" PHOTO: AP
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RushmoreDrive: Google For Black People

Johnny C. Taylor, President and CEO of Black Web Enterprises, has launched RushmoreDrive because he thinks Google isn't providing adequate search results for black people. Taylor's black search engine promises to deliver more of what black people are looking for online--such as chitterlings.com, Taylor points out. Apparently when the word "whitney" is searched in Google, it brings up results on the Whitney Museum rather than information on the ups and downs of Whitney Houston. And Taylor thinks black people are more interested in 'hell-to-the-no' Houston, rather than modern art. Using a special algorithm, the site picks up on search patterns and learns from what people are clicking on to bring up more "black" results. The first snag to a racial-profiling search engine: When RushmoreDrive was first launched white people visiting the site were skewing results and bringing up more "white" results (probably bringing up more info on museums and science, you know, nonsensical things like that). To prevent RushmoreDrive from becoming another white Google, the company is launching a campaign, making appearances on the Tavis Smiley show and sponsoring a 10-city gospel tour with Regina Belle. But how will they keep all of those white people from nosing around on the site and messing up their black algorithm?
Read More

Black Kids Skip ‘School’: Where’s High School Musical‘s Corbin Bleu & Monique Coleman?

In the latest media blitz for Disney's High School Musical 3: Senior Year, stars Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale appear in a Grease-inspired photo spread for Elle. But blatantly missing (once again!) are black stars Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman. Granted Coleman isn't necessarily a major player in the Disney Channel megahit, but Bleu is definitely a tween heartthrob. Although race is the obvious difference between these stars, it still confuses Blindie as to why the media continues to crop out Bleu, who is a hunk in his own right. Coleman, who plays smarty-pants Taylor McKessie in HSM, told Ebony that nabbing the role was important to her so she could "show that the smartest girl in the school is a Black girl!" Of the coverage given to Tisdale, Efron and Hudgens, Coleman told USA Today last month, "It's a popularity situation, and I can be really thrilled by the fact that it hasn't happened to me yet." PHOTO: Tierney Gearon for Elle
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Latinas Eva Mendes & Penelope Cruz Cover Coveted September Fashion Mags

Covering the coveted September issues of Fall fashion magazines isn't an easy feat for anyone who isn't white. That's why Blindie was shocked to see, not one, but two Latinas amongst the lily-white covers (from Keira Knightley on Vogue to Carrie Underwood on Allure) on the newsstands. Marie Claire's cover girl Mendes, who has just debuted her steamy ads for Calvin Klein, is starring in her first female-driven film, The Women, with Annette Bening. “She reminds me of one of those women back in the ‘40s and ‘50s," Mendes says. "She’s a broad, and I want to be a broad. I mean, she’s like Ava Gardner or Bette Davis or Katharine Hepburn. Those women were broads. They said it like it was.” As for Glamour cover girl Cruz, she's starring in two films, including Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Elegy with Ben Kingsley, who tells Glamour, "She comprehends the struggle of the female soul in our confused society. She doesn't have to guess what the vital issues are--she knows."
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SPOTTED: Lance-Chandler at Union Square & Noa at SoHo’s The Market NYC

NAME: Lance-Chandler Russell HOMETOWN: Bushwick, Brooklyn NAME YOUR EMSEMBLE: "Urban Street Meets Fashion Runway" OUTFIT SOUNDTRACK: "A Little Better" by Gnarls Barkley FASHION ICON: Life. ("I draw from myself. Life fashions itself.") NAME: Noa HOMETOWN: Nepal NAME YOUR EMSEMBLE: "Self" OUTFIT SOUNDTRACK: Anything Bob Marley. FASHION ICON: Ex-girlfriend. ("She would dress me up, make me try new things. I would've never worn skinny jeans if it wasn't for her. Now, I'm all over it.")
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