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Monthly Archives September 2008

GIMME FIVE: Sarah Palin’s Most Quotable Moments at the RNC

Full of sass and armed with a string of one-liners, John McCain's running mate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin gave a surprisingly impressive speech at the Republican National Convention--that was actually entertaining in its outrageousness! Blindie counts down the Top Five most cringe-worthy quotes from her big moment under the Republican sun: 1. Comparing her experience to Barack Obama, Palin says, "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities." 2. Palin compares Obama and McCain: "In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change." 3. Of McCain, she urges, "Take the maverick out of the Senate. Put him in the White House." 4. Getting tough on Obama, Palin says, "It's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform--not even in the state Senate!" 5. Further attacking Obama: "The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of 'personal discovery.'" PHOTO: AP
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With Fro in Tow, Erykah Badu Debuts Tom Ford’s New Fragrance

Multiplatinum R&B singer Erykah Badu was handpicked by designer Tom Ford to be the face of his new fragrance, White Patchouli. Her ads have debuted in the September fall fashion magazines. "For this project, I wanted to reinvent patchouli," Ford recently said. "I loved the idea of mixing patchouli with white florals." The New York Times recently said of Badu: "Thanks to Ms. Badu's appealingly eccentric neo-soul sex goddess/funky earth mama/black power revolutionary persona, her pipe cleaner of a voice, thin and bendy, her sultry delivery and beauty, she's still a potentially bankable star."
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Carlos Campos Announces All-Black Lineup For Runway Show

Even though Diddy did it for his fall 2008 Sean John collection and Dsquared2 followed suit with a mostly non-white runway show, it still makes headlines when a designer chooses to go exclusively black. Menswear designer Carlos Campos sent out a press release announcing he will be using an all-black cast of models for his first womenswear runway show at the Altman building on Monday during Fashion Week. The release describes Campos's collection as "jet set rockstar — think David Bowie and Iman on holiday in the South of France." Iman is also credited as inspiring the all-black casting. The New York Observer poses the obvious question "...should we interpret Mr. Campos's show as having diversity for the sake of diversity, or just a publicity stunt?" And considering the recent succes of Italian Vogue's black issue, Blindie is wondering the same thing.
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Jon Voight Slams Obama And Rails Against The Media

Actor and staunch Republican Jon Voight joins the bandwagon and attacks Barack Obama's "celebrity." "Obama has a nice way of speaking. He can read a television monitor," Voight says in an effort to belittle the Democratic nominee. "He'd be terrific in my part of the world ... But he's being manipulated guys....It's a science, and we think that that's a guy who can take care of our country?" The actor, whose celebrity daughter Angelina Jolie causes a worldwide media frenzy at the mere birth of a child, then goes on to accuse the media of making a spectacle of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin's pregnant teen daughter. Coincidentally, like a true Hollywood celebrity, Voight is also promoting his upcoming film, An American Carol, a satire about an anti-American filmmaker who is visited by three ghosts who show him the true spirit of the country. (Yes, it's a spoof on Oscar-winning liberal Michael Moore!) But Blindie's guessing the ghost of the future will not be a black presidential candidate who shows him change in America.
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Spike Lee Reflects On Obama’s Impact On African American Artists

Filmmaker Spike Lee discusses the importance of Barack Obama's presidential run on African American music and artists with Contactmusic.com. "We should use an event like Barack's presidency, which I feel is probably one of the most important moments in the history of this country, to galvanise us, to inspire us, and, yo, let's go!" the acclaimed filmmaker says. "I believe artists have to lead the way," Lee adds. "The same way as in the turbulent 60s... that music reflected both the difficult times we were going through and the enthusiasm and optimism we had, too. And I think Obama is going to have the same effect on African-American artists and it's needed."
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John McCain’s Veep Choice: A Tactical Distraction or Complete Oversight?

On the surface, Senator John McCain's vice presidential choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, 44, seemed like an obvious decision: she was young, attractive, female and inexperienced, and seemed to have those qualities that would rival Barack Obama. But with all of Palin's skeletons running out of the closet, it seemed the 72-year-old war vet and seasoned Washington politico had actually lost his damn marbles! As we all know, Republicans have a track record of winning elections--even at the price of risking their candidates' credibility. Remember, even Dubya won TWO presidential elections! Last week, Obama was on top of the world: He made history as the first African American presidential nominee, gave a goosebump-inducing speech, and got tough with McCain. BUT once McCain announced Palin as his VP pick, Obama's spotlight faded...and guess who took center stage? Sarah Palin! With her Miss America good looks, down syndrome baby, pro-life speak and teen daughter Bristol's pregnancy, Palin beamed in the spotlight--and it seemed the Republicans and McCain made the most tactical choice: PULLING the media's glare away from Obama, and turning the focus onto McCain's unknown, headline-drawing VP pick. Even pop tart Lindsay Lohan felt distracted by Sarah Palin's teenage baby woes, writing on her MySpace blog:

"I am concerned with the fact that Sarah Palin brought the attention to her daughter's pregnancy, rather than all world issues and what she believes she could possibly do to change them – if elected. I get Sarah Palin's views against abortion, but i would much prefer to hear more about what she can do for our country rather than how her daughter is going to have a child no matter what."
But what worries Blindie is this: Say the Republicans win this election and McCain happens to pass away during his first term (remember: he is in his 70s!), do we really want Palin and her baggage in the White House?! PHOTO: Reuters
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Facebook, The Movie?

A new profile for screenwriter Aaron Sorkin popped up on Facebook and sent bloggers and tech geeks into a tizzy with claims that he is bringing the social networking phenomena to the big screen. Sorkin's profile page announces plans to write a movie about the Mark Zuckerberg invention with Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin. The West Wing creator also confesses to being a Facebook virgin and not understanding how it works. "I figured a good first step in my preparation would be finding out what Facebook is, so I've started this page," Sorkin writes. With legal disputes over it's original inventors, controversy over it's breach of privacy with the Beacon advertising program and Microsoft's $240 million stake in the company, Facebook has all the makings of a Hollywood drama. But while Sony confirmed to InternetNews.com that the project is in the works, Facebook says in a statement, "We are routinely approached by writers and filmmakers interested in telling the Facebook story. We are certainly flattered by the attention and interest, but at this point, have not agreed to cooperate with any film project."
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Monthly Archives September 2008

GIMME FIVE: Sarah Palin’s Most Quotable Moments at the RNC

Full of sass and armed with a string of one-liners, John McCain's running mate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin gave a surprisingly impressive speech at the Republican National Convention--that was actually entertaining in its outrageousness! Blindie counts down the Top Five most cringe-worthy quotes from her big moment under the Republican sun: 1. Comparing her experience to Barack Obama, Palin says, "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities." 2. Palin compares Obama and McCain: "In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change." 3. Of McCain, she urges, "Take the maverick out of the Senate. Put him in the White House." 4. Getting tough on Obama, Palin says, "It's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform--not even in the state Senate!" 5. Further attacking Obama: "The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of 'personal discovery.'" PHOTO: AP
Read More

With Fro in Tow, Erykah Badu Debuts Tom Ford’s New Fragrance

Multiplatinum R&B singer Erykah Badu was handpicked by designer Tom Ford to be the face of his new fragrance, White Patchouli. Her ads have debuted in the September fall fashion magazines. "For this project, I wanted to reinvent patchouli," Ford recently said. "I loved the idea of mixing patchouli with white florals." The New York Times recently said of Badu: "Thanks to Ms. Badu's appealingly eccentric neo-soul sex goddess/funky earth mama/black power revolutionary persona, her pipe cleaner of a voice, thin and bendy, her sultry delivery and beauty, she's still a potentially bankable star."
Read More

Carlos Campos Announces All-Black Lineup For Runway Show

Even though Diddy did it for his fall 2008 Sean John collection and Dsquared2 followed suit with a mostly non-white runway show, it still makes headlines when a designer chooses to go exclusively black. Menswear designer Carlos Campos sent out a press release announcing he will be using an all-black cast of models for his first womenswear runway show at the Altman building on Monday during Fashion Week. The release describes Campos's collection as "jet set rockstar — think David Bowie and Iman on holiday in the South of France." Iman is also credited as inspiring the all-black casting. The New York Observer poses the obvious question "...should we interpret Mr. Campos's show as having diversity for the sake of diversity, or just a publicity stunt?" And considering the recent succes of Italian Vogue's black issue, Blindie is wondering the same thing.
Read More

Jon Voight Slams Obama And Rails Against The Media

Actor and staunch Republican Jon Voight joins the bandwagon and attacks Barack Obama's "celebrity." "Obama has a nice way of speaking. He can read a television monitor," Voight says in an effort to belittle the Democratic nominee. "He'd be terrific in my part of the world ... But he's being manipulated guys....It's a science, and we think that that's a guy who can take care of our country?" The actor, whose celebrity daughter Angelina Jolie causes a worldwide media frenzy at the mere birth of a child, then goes on to accuse the media of making a spectacle of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin's pregnant teen daughter. Coincidentally, like a true Hollywood celebrity, Voight is also promoting his upcoming film, An American Carol, a satire about an anti-American filmmaker who is visited by three ghosts who show him the true spirit of the country. (Yes, it's a spoof on Oscar-winning liberal Michael Moore!) But Blindie's guessing the ghost of the future will not be a black presidential candidate who shows him change in America.
Read More

Spike Lee Reflects On Obama’s Impact On African American Artists

Filmmaker Spike Lee discusses the importance of Barack Obama's presidential run on African American music and artists with Contactmusic.com. "We should use an event like Barack's presidency, which I feel is probably one of the most important moments in the history of this country, to galvanise us, to inspire us, and, yo, let's go!" the acclaimed filmmaker says. "I believe artists have to lead the way," Lee adds. "The same way as in the turbulent 60s... that music reflected both the difficult times we were going through and the enthusiasm and optimism we had, too. And I think Obama is going to have the same effect on African-American artists and it's needed."
Read More

John McCain’s Veep Choice: A Tactical Distraction or Complete Oversight?

On the surface, Senator John McCain's vice presidential choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, 44, seemed like an obvious decision: she was young, attractive, female and inexperienced, and seemed to have those qualities that would rival Barack Obama. But with all of Palin's skeletons running out of the closet, it seemed the 72-year-old war vet and seasoned Washington politico had actually lost his damn marbles! As we all know, Republicans have a track record of winning elections--even at the price of risking their candidates' credibility. Remember, even Dubya won TWO presidential elections! Last week, Obama was on top of the world: He made history as the first African American presidential nominee, gave a goosebump-inducing speech, and got tough with McCain. BUT once McCain announced Palin as his VP pick, Obama's spotlight faded...and guess who took center stage? Sarah Palin! With her Miss America good looks, down syndrome baby, pro-life speak and teen daughter Bristol's pregnancy, Palin beamed in the spotlight--and it seemed the Republicans and McCain made the most tactical choice: PULLING the media's glare away from Obama, and turning the focus onto McCain's unknown, headline-drawing VP pick. Even pop tart Lindsay Lohan felt distracted by Sarah Palin's teenage baby woes, writing on her MySpace blog:

"I am concerned with the fact that Sarah Palin brought the attention to her daughter's pregnancy, rather than all world issues and what she believes she could possibly do to change them – if elected. I get Sarah Palin's views against abortion, but i would much prefer to hear more about what she can do for our country rather than how her daughter is going to have a child no matter what."
But what worries Blindie is this: Say the Republicans win this election and McCain happens to pass away during his first term (remember: he is in his 70s!), do we really want Palin and her baggage in the White House?! PHOTO: Reuters
Read More

Facebook, The Movie?

A new profile for screenwriter Aaron Sorkin popped up on Facebook and sent bloggers and tech geeks into a tizzy with claims that he is bringing the social networking phenomena to the big screen. Sorkin's profile page announces plans to write a movie about the Mark Zuckerberg invention with Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin. The West Wing creator also confesses to being a Facebook virgin and not understanding how it works. "I figured a good first step in my preparation would be finding out what Facebook is, so I've started this page," Sorkin writes. With legal disputes over it's original inventors, controversy over it's breach of privacy with the Beacon advertising program and Microsoft's $240 million stake in the company, Facebook has all the makings of a Hollywood drama. But while Sony confirmed to InternetNews.com that the project is in the works, Facebook says in a statement, "We are routinely approached by writers and filmmakers interested in telling the Facebook story. We are certainly flattered by the attention and interest, but at this point, have not agreed to cooperate with any film project."
Read More