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Our Favorite ’80s Teen Queen (Next to Lisa Bonet) is Back!

When she turned toward the camera and delivered the line, "They f--king forgot my birthday," in 1984's Sixteen Candles, Molly Ringwald had our heart. Yes, we obsessed over Lisa Bonet's style and sass on The Cosby Show, but it was Ringwald who was the every-girl you cheered for. Now 40, the freckled face of '80s teen angst is starring as a mom in ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Yes, it's a far cry from her days as the It Girl of eclectic, vintage fashion. "I never thought of myself as a style icon," Ringwald told the Los Angeles Times. "I wore all that vintage because my parents kept me on an allowance, and so I shopped on Melrose. My style was based on necessity." As for Sixteen Candles? "I think that Sixteen Candles lends itself to [another film]," she says of a possible sequel. "It was such a Cinderella story. And I was interested to see what happened to this girl." We're crossing our fingers!!!
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ObamaNation: Jackson Apologizes For Saying Obama Talks Down to Blacks

To paraphrase Rodney King: Can't we all just get along? After Rev. Jesse Jackson claimed that Barack Obama seems to be "talking down to black people" when addressing black churches and pledging to cut Obama’s “nuts off," the civil rights leader apologized for his comments, according to CNN. Calling the remarks he made on Fox News "crude and hurtful," Jackson explains, "I was in a conversation with a fellow guest at Fox on Sunday. He asked about Barack's speeches lately at the black churches. I said it can come off as speaking down to black people." Is Jackson specifically referencing Obama's Father's Day speech at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago's South Side, where the presidential hopeful urged black fathers to be more engaged in their children's lives? Clarifying his comments in a written statement, Jackson, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, said:

"My appeal was for the moral content of his message to not only deal with the personal and moral responsibility of black males, but to deal with the collective moral responsibility of government and the public policy which would be a corrective action for the lack of good choices that often led to their irresponsibility."
PHOTO: AP
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UPDATE: Yearbook to Reprint, Covering Fake Black Names

To correct the made-up black names (like "Tay Tay Shaniqua," "Crisphy Nanos" and "Laquan White") printed in a L.A. high school yearbook by a student staffer, the school will order reprints of the pages where the names were incorrectly attributed to the Black Student Union. Hoping all 1,350 students who ordered yearbooks will pick up the replacement pages, the school's principal told the Los Angeles Times, "We wouldn't want any books out there with this in there."
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Ga Ga: Designer Adama Kargbo Makes Fashion, Not War

Escaping the confines of civil war, Sierra Leone native Adama Kargbo, 24, has spun the wounds from her country and the skills she sharpened at the prestigious Parsons the New School for Design into a couture line. Called Aschobi, Kargbo's high-end line is based in Freetown, the capitol of her war-shattered West African country, according to GOOD Magazine, which says her "clothes give traditional African style an urban twist." On her line's Facebook page, Kargbo describes her mission as seeking to "Africanize the fashion industry, removing the African from exotic to everyday while at the same time continuing the legacy of African Couture as was begun in Dakar and Bamako in the 1950s." PHOTO: Henry Jacobson
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Ga Ga: J*Davey Releases Double LP

The duo J*Davey (Jack Davey & Brook D'Leau), which has been praised by ?Questlove as the "swift kick in the ass I've been praying for black music to produce," partied and performed Tuesday night at their double EP release party for their latest effort, The Beauty in Distortion/The Land of the Lost, at The Echo Park in L.A. Their fusion of soul-based melodies, electro-funk and New Wave is beyond categorization of Neo-Soul or R&B—they've created their own trail mix of influences from Prince to Peter Gabriel. "We're the black Eurythmics," D'Leau said in 2006. Although the twosome formed J*Davey in 1999, it was their single, "Mr. Mister," featuring Jack Davey straddling a mannequin in black lingerie—that had the Internet buzzing. We're currently ga ga for their song, "Turn the Lights Out", and for this YouTube clip of Jack Davey's (real name: Briana Cartwright) former life as an Assistant Music Producer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. PHOTO: Courtesy of J*Davey by Pablo Aguilar
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ObamaNation: Barack’s Little Girls

Granting their first interview as a family, the Obamas speak to Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos in a feature shown on the Today Show. And the exclusive interview was all about the girls. Sasha, 7, the adorable little ham, says while on the campaign trail all her dad does is “blah blah blah blah.” “My dad doesn’t like sweets,” Sasha says of Barack, who Michelle calls “boring” when it comes to his sweet tooth. “He likes like minty gum, he doesn’t like like bubble gum,” the littlest Obama girl adds. Malia, 10, the more reserve daughter, even gives her dad campaign advice, explaining how she told him he shouldn’t “shake kids’ hands,” and instead “you know you just wave or say hi!” When the campaign is done, the girls are looking forward to getting a dog! PHOTO: AP
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Our Favorite Royal Prince Harry Makes Mum Proud With Work in Lesotho

Princess Diana's flamed-haired son, Prince Harry, may be the third in line to the British throne, but he has always been the first monarch to make our hearts go pitter-patter. Speaking at the Thuso Center in the impoverished African kingdom of Lesotho, the 23-year-old prince says his mother would be proud of the work he and his regiment, the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals, are doing to revamp a special needs school for children in Lesotho. "It would be wrong for a patron of a charity to not get involve," he said of the projects he's working on through the charity, Sentebale, which he established in his mother's memory with Prince Sessio of Lesotho. PHOTO: Press Association
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Our Favorite ’80s Teen Queen (Next to Lisa Bonet) is Back!

When she turned toward the camera and delivered the line, "They f--king forgot my birthday," in 1984's Sixteen Candles, Molly Ringwald had our heart. Yes, we obsessed over Lisa Bonet's style and sass on The Cosby Show, but it was Ringwald who was the every-girl you cheered for. Now 40, the freckled face of '80s teen angst is starring as a mom in ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Yes, it's a far cry from her days as the It Girl of eclectic, vintage fashion. "I never thought of myself as a style icon," Ringwald told the Los Angeles Times. "I wore all that vintage because my parents kept me on an allowance, and so I shopped on Melrose. My style was based on necessity." As for Sixteen Candles? "I think that Sixteen Candles lends itself to [another film]," she says of a possible sequel. "It was such a Cinderella story. And I was interested to see what happened to this girl." We're crossing our fingers!!!
Read More

ObamaNation: Jackson Apologizes For Saying Obama Talks Down to Blacks

To paraphrase Rodney King: Can't we all just get along? After Rev. Jesse Jackson claimed that Barack Obama seems to be "talking down to black people" when addressing black churches and pledging to cut Obama’s “nuts off," the civil rights leader apologized for his comments, according to CNN. Calling the remarks he made on Fox News "crude and hurtful," Jackson explains, "I was in a conversation with a fellow guest at Fox on Sunday. He asked about Barack's speeches lately at the black churches. I said it can come off as speaking down to black people." Is Jackson specifically referencing Obama's Father's Day speech at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago's South Side, where the presidential hopeful urged black fathers to be more engaged in their children's lives? Clarifying his comments in a written statement, Jackson, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, said:

"My appeal was for the moral content of his message to not only deal with the personal and moral responsibility of black males, but to deal with the collective moral responsibility of government and the public policy which would be a corrective action for the lack of good choices that often led to their irresponsibility."
PHOTO: AP
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UPDATE: Yearbook to Reprint, Covering Fake Black Names

To correct the made-up black names (like "Tay Tay Shaniqua," "Crisphy Nanos" and "Laquan White") printed in a L.A. high school yearbook by a student staffer, the school will order reprints of the pages where the names were incorrectly attributed to the Black Student Union. Hoping all 1,350 students who ordered yearbooks will pick up the replacement pages, the school's principal told the Los Angeles Times, "We wouldn't want any books out there with this in there."
Read More

Ga Ga: Designer Adama Kargbo Makes Fashion, Not War

Escaping the confines of civil war, Sierra Leone native Adama Kargbo, 24, has spun the wounds from her country and the skills she sharpened at the prestigious Parsons the New School for Design into a couture line. Called Aschobi, Kargbo's high-end line is based in Freetown, the capitol of her war-shattered West African country, according to GOOD Magazine, which says her "clothes give traditional African style an urban twist." On her line's Facebook page, Kargbo describes her mission as seeking to "Africanize the fashion industry, removing the African from exotic to everyday while at the same time continuing the legacy of African Couture as was begun in Dakar and Bamako in the 1950s." PHOTO: Henry Jacobson
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Ga Ga: J*Davey Releases Double LP

The duo J*Davey (Jack Davey & Brook D'Leau), which has been praised by ?Questlove as the "swift kick in the ass I've been praying for black music to produce," partied and performed Tuesday night at their double EP release party for their latest effort, The Beauty in Distortion/The Land of the Lost, at The Echo Park in L.A. Their fusion of soul-based melodies, electro-funk and New Wave is beyond categorization of Neo-Soul or R&B—they've created their own trail mix of influences from Prince to Peter Gabriel. "We're the black Eurythmics," D'Leau said in 2006. Although the twosome formed J*Davey in 1999, it was their single, "Mr. Mister," featuring Jack Davey straddling a mannequin in black lingerie—that had the Internet buzzing. We're currently ga ga for their song, "Turn the Lights Out", and for this YouTube clip of Jack Davey's (real name: Briana Cartwright) former life as an Assistant Music Producer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. PHOTO: Courtesy of J*Davey by Pablo Aguilar
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ObamaNation: Barack’s Little Girls

Granting their first interview as a family, the Obamas speak to Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos in a feature shown on the Today Show. And the exclusive interview was all about the girls. Sasha, 7, the adorable little ham, says while on the campaign trail all her dad does is “blah blah blah blah.” “My dad doesn’t like sweets,” Sasha says of Barack, who Michelle calls “boring” when it comes to his sweet tooth. “He likes like minty gum, he doesn’t like like bubble gum,” the littlest Obama girl adds. Malia, 10, the more reserve daughter, even gives her dad campaign advice, explaining how she told him he shouldn’t “shake kids’ hands,” and instead “you know you just wave or say hi!” When the campaign is done, the girls are looking forward to getting a dog! PHOTO: AP
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Our Favorite Royal Prince Harry Makes Mum Proud With Work in Lesotho

Princess Diana's flamed-haired son, Prince Harry, may be the third in line to the British throne, but he has always been the first monarch to make our hearts go pitter-patter. Speaking at the Thuso Center in the impoverished African kingdom of Lesotho, the 23-year-old prince says his mother would be proud of the work he and his regiment, the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals, are doing to revamp a special needs school for children in Lesotho. "It would be wrong for a patron of a charity to not get involve," he said of the projects he's working on through the charity, Sentebale, which he established in his mother's memory with Prince Sessio of Lesotho. PHOTO: Press Association
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