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Monthly Archives October 2009

Dutch Model Lara Stone Dons Blackface for French Vogue

In the never-ending, broken record saga of blackface as an art form, Dutch model Lara Stone is the latest white person to dip into the shoe polish. Stone's face, arms and legs were painted in dark make-up to resemble what we can all assume to be a black person. French Vogue's editor-in-chief Carine Roitfield styled the shoot, and is rumored to be next in line as editor-in-chief at the American Vogue.
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Color on the Cover: Serena Williams Strips for ESPN Mag

serena-williams-espnTennis sensation Serena Williams bares her birthday suit for the cover of ESPN magazine's first Body Issue which debuted this past Friday. "They told me that I have a great body and wanted me for the cover, and I was super flattered that they asked. I think they did a great job with the photos," Williams said. The special publication features athletes from a range of sports showing off their semi-nude physiques including mixed martial artist Gina Carano (also known as "Crush" on the recent NBC revival of American Gladiators), Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, and NFL superstar running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. But will it rival Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue?
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Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize -Critics Even More Annoyed

obamaMuch to the chagrin of Republicans and haters everywhere, President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised the President's "efforts to strengthen international diplomacy," his "vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons" and for inspiring hope and creating "a new climate in international politics." Obama responded to the honor saying he was surprised and deeply humbled. "Let me be clear: I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations," hesaid. "To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize." And what did all the critics say? "Apparently Nobel Prizes are now being awarded to anyone who is not George Bush," Air America correspondent Ana Marie Cox wrote on Twitter. Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein also commented on Twitter: "Obama also awarded Nobel Prize in chemistry. 'He's just got great chemistry,' says Nobel committee." The Daily Beast's Peter Beinart wrote: "I like Barack Obama as much as the next liberal, but this is a farce." And Michael Russnow wrote on the Huffington Post that he too is an Obama supporter but, "Whatever Happened to Awarding for Deeds Actually Done?" horbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, told the AP, "Some people say — and I understand it — 'Isn't it premature? Too early?' Well, I'd say then that it could be too late to respond three years from now," T "It is now that we have the opportunity to respond — all of us." Obama is the third sitting U.S. president to win the award after President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. He plans to donate the cash prize of $1.4 million to charity.
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Harry Connick Jr. Schools Clueless Australians About Blackface

Harry Connick Jr. appeared as a guest judge on the Australian television show Hey Hey Hey it's Saturday and spoke out against a shameless blackface performance that was billed as a "tribute" to Michael Jackson by the "Jackson Jive." Speaking not as a white American but as an American, Connick expressed his disapproval to the blackface jive saying, "we've spent so much time trying to not make black people look like buffoons that when we see something like that, we take it really to heart..." We can't figure out what's more outrageous -that the host apologizes to Connick for offending him (not black people), that the entire Jackson Jive troupe are now (supposedly) highly educated and are doctors, or that Jive did the same routine on the same show 20 years ago AND WON!
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Monthly Archives October 2009

Dutch Model Lara Stone Dons Blackface for French Vogue

In the never-ending, broken record saga of blackface as an art form, Dutch model Lara Stone is the latest white person to dip into the shoe polish. Stone's face, arms and legs were painted in dark make-up to resemble what we can all assume to be a black person. French Vogue's editor-in-chief Carine Roitfield styled the shoot, and is rumored to be next in line as editor-in-chief at the American Vogue.
Read More

Color on the Cover: Serena Williams Strips for ESPN Mag

serena-williams-espnTennis sensation Serena Williams bares her birthday suit for the cover of ESPN magazine's first Body Issue which debuted this past Friday. "They told me that I have a great body and wanted me for the cover, and I was super flattered that they asked. I think they did a great job with the photos," Williams said. The special publication features athletes from a range of sports showing off their semi-nude physiques including mixed martial artist Gina Carano (also known as "Crush" on the recent NBC revival of American Gladiators), Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, and NFL superstar running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. But will it rival Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue?
Read More

Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize -Critics Even More Annoyed

obamaMuch to the chagrin of Republicans and haters everywhere, President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised the President's "efforts to strengthen international diplomacy," his "vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons" and for inspiring hope and creating "a new climate in international politics." Obama responded to the honor saying he was surprised and deeply humbled. "Let me be clear: I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations," hesaid. "To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize." And what did all the critics say? "Apparently Nobel Prizes are now being awarded to anyone who is not George Bush," Air America correspondent Ana Marie Cox wrote on Twitter. Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein also commented on Twitter: "Obama also awarded Nobel Prize in chemistry. 'He's just got great chemistry,' says Nobel committee." The Daily Beast's Peter Beinart wrote: "I like Barack Obama as much as the next liberal, but this is a farce." And Michael Russnow wrote on the Huffington Post that he too is an Obama supporter but, "Whatever Happened to Awarding for Deeds Actually Done?" horbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, told the AP, "Some people say — and I understand it — 'Isn't it premature? Too early?' Well, I'd say then that it could be too late to respond three years from now," T "It is now that we have the opportunity to respond — all of us." Obama is the third sitting U.S. president to win the award after President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. He plans to donate the cash prize of $1.4 million to charity.
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Harry Connick Jr. Schools Clueless Australians About Blackface

Harry Connick Jr. appeared as a guest judge on the Australian television show Hey Hey Hey it's Saturday and spoke out against a shameless blackface performance that was billed as a "tribute" to Michael Jackson by the "Jackson Jive." Speaking not as a white American but as an American, Connick expressed his disapproval to the blackface jive saying, "we've spent so much time trying to not make black people look like buffoons that when we see something like that, we take it really to heart..." We can't figure out what's more outrageous -that the host apologizes to Connick for offending him (not black people), that the entire Jackson Jive troupe are now (supposedly) highly educated and are doctors, or that Jive did the same routine on the same show 20 years ago AND WON!
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