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Project Runway: Let The Bickering Begin

Speed skater and Dancing With The Stars winner Apolo Ohno presented an Olympic challenge to the Project Runway designers. As the couturiers scrambled to pull an athletic ensemble together, Blindie was finally reminded of why we tune in religiously: the bickering! Joe almost lost his cool when he found out Daniel re-threaded his machine with red thread (gasp!). Terri almost snapped when Keith hovered over her fabric at Mood, saying, "A sistah gotta keep one eye open. That's all I'm saying." And everyone seems to be annoyed with Kenley's cackling laughter, with Jerrell proclaiming, "Somebody get this girl a muzzle!" But the gold medal for the episode went to judge Nina Garcia, who said of Jerrell's wacky ensemble (complete with floppy polka-dot hat), "I'm puzzled..it looks like Mary had a little lamb!" Judge Michael Kors took the silver for describing Daniel's inappropriate cocktail dress as the "republic of cocktail land." We can't help but dispense some advice to the designers: Korto: You just won a challenge, so learn how to smile! The sad sulky look is not going to win you the cash-worthy fan-favorite award. Jerrell: This isn't a Galliano runway show. Save the whimsical costume designs for the couture challenge. Joe: Stop complaining about the queens in the room. Who do you think runs the fashion industry? You better learn how to tolerate the tranny fierceness that is Queendom! Blayne: Quit talking about tanning. On second thought, just stop talking!
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Blindie EXCLUSIVE: Catching Up With Anya of America’s Next Top Model

Blindie caught up with Anya Kop (who's real surname is Rozova) on Tuesday night at Metal magazine's launch party in SoHo, where the America's Next Top Model finalist talked life-after-ANTM and her new digs in New York. The Cycle 10 star, who in Blindie's opinion was shafted of her victory by Tyra's need to throw a plus-size model the title, moved from Hawaii--that's where her "bizarre" accent (which is the island's native pidgin) comes from--to New York five weeks ago. Having signed with Elite Model Management last month, Anya told Blindie, "I'm so excited. The show was a stepping stone and I can't wait to prove myself beyond TV." The Waipahu, Hawaii native also talked about her adventures in the Big Apple (she's got a cute condo in SoHo furnished by Elite), and how she's adapting. "I've been to Jones Beach, it's amazing!" Anya said. "I know it's not Hawaii, but you know what? I'm in New York now, so I love it. I can't wait to go to Fire Island." I guess you can take the Hawaii girl off the island, but not the island out of the girl. Good luck, Anya!
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Project Runway: All 3 Black Designers Survive Third Challenge

The third episode of Project Runway Season 5 had the remaining 14 contestants using elements of New York City as their inspiration, Tim Gunn learning the catchphrase "holla at 'cha boy," and all three black contestants advancing to the next round. Jerrell didn't earn much cred even though his dress was more polished than others; Korto landed in the safe zone with her well-made, but kinda boring jumpsuit; and Terri (pictured) received high marks from Heidi and celebrity guest judge Sandra Bernhard for her colorful and gauzy dress. With Terri, Korto and Jerrell doing so well on Project Runway and the success of the July "All-black" issue of Italian Vogue, this summer is turning out to be a magical time for blacks in fashion. PHOTO: Bravo
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An Open Letter to Tyra Banks & Cycle 12 of America’s Next Top Model

As The CW’s America’s Next Top Model gets ready to cast diamonds-in-the-rough for Cycle 12, Blindie has a few things for producers to keep in mind. Basically, we still think this guilty pleasure can be saved from itself--and from the claws of Tyra--but only if they get rid of a few of the show's formulaic tendencies. Here's 10 Things Blindie Hates About You, ANTM: 1. Tyra, STOP the dramatics. From your random accents on the panel to your unnatural sadness when kicking contestants off. If we have to hear you say, "I have two beautiful girls standing before me, but I only have one photograph in my hand. That photo represents the girl who is still in the running toward becoming America's Next Top Model…." I think we will have to cut your tongue out! 2. ENOUGH already with the "Smile with Your Eyes" bit. We know how to do it--you've been schooling these girls on smiling with their eyes for 11 cycles now! 3. No more pretty girls with disabilities! From Cycle 1's Amanda (retinitis pigmentosa) to Cycle 2's Mercedes (Lupus) to Cycle 10's Heather (Aspberger’s, a form of autism), we get it: Pretty people have problems too. 4. Stop calling Nigel Barker a "noted fashion photographer! 5. No more plus-sized models. Just develop a spinoff. We are tired of seeing Size 8s dubbed plus-sized because they are in a house full of Size 0s...
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ObamaNation: Obama, European Rock Star

After visiting Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel earlier this week, Barack Obama greeted a crowd of nearly 200,000 people in Berlin on Thursday and gave a rousing speech about partnership and unity:

The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes, natives and immigrants, Christians and Muslims and Jews cannot stand.
The German press likened the presumptive Democratic nominee to the late President John F. Kennedy and his 1963 Berlin speech in which he expressed brotherhood by declaring, "Ich bin ein Berliner." They also called Obama "young, sexy and charismatic." Meanwhile back home in America, news anchors marveled over Obama's rock star status in Europe and debated over whether his popularity would help or hurt his chances of becoming President. PHOTO: AP
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Petition To Fox: Stop The Racist Smears

Fox News has consistently rubbed not only Barack Obama supporters the wrong way, but African Americans in general with irresponsible reporting that resembles a racial smear campaign. From on-air graphics calling Michelle Obama, "Obama's baby mama," and confusing Barack with "Osama" then joking the pair should be assassinated, to calling Barack and Michelle's fist bump a 'terrorist fist jab,' Fox News is proving they are far from being "fair and balanced." Two political organizations dedicated to representing the voice of the people, ColorOfChange.org and Moveon.org are calling on Fox News to stop the racial smears with a petition signed by over a half a million people. Rap artist Nas is expected to deliver the petition to Fox today.
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Variety Calls CNN’s Black in America “Vanilla as Documentaries Get”

CNN's documentary series, "Black in America," earned negative reviews from Variety, which calls anchor Soledad O'Brien's reporting "at best skin-deep...This project is ultimately about as vanilla as documentaries get." With its three parts ("The Black Woman & Family," "King Assassination" and "The Black Man"), the series, according to Variety, "seems like a Nickelodeon special for kids who have never met a black person--aimed at an audience completely naive about the African-American experience." What do you think?
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Project Runway: Let The Bickering Begin

Speed skater and Dancing With The Stars winner Apolo Ohno presented an Olympic challenge to the Project Runway designers. As the couturiers scrambled to pull an athletic ensemble together, Blindie was finally reminded of why we tune in religiously: the bickering! Joe almost lost his cool when he found out Daniel re-threaded his machine with red thread (gasp!). Terri almost snapped when Keith hovered over her fabric at Mood, saying, "A sistah gotta keep one eye open. That's all I'm saying." And everyone seems to be annoyed with Kenley's cackling laughter, with Jerrell proclaiming, "Somebody get this girl a muzzle!" But the gold medal for the episode went to judge Nina Garcia, who said of Jerrell's wacky ensemble (complete with floppy polka-dot hat), "I'm puzzled..it looks like Mary had a little lamb!" Judge Michael Kors took the silver for describing Daniel's inappropriate cocktail dress as the "republic of cocktail land." We can't help but dispense some advice to the designers: Korto: You just won a challenge, so learn how to smile! The sad sulky look is not going to win you the cash-worthy fan-favorite award. Jerrell: This isn't a Galliano runway show. Save the whimsical costume designs for the couture challenge. Joe: Stop complaining about the queens in the room. Who do you think runs the fashion industry? You better learn how to tolerate the tranny fierceness that is Queendom! Blayne: Quit talking about tanning. On second thought, just stop talking!
Read More

Blindie EXCLUSIVE: Catching Up With Anya of America’s Next Top Model

Blindie caught up with Anya Kop (who's real surname is Rozova) on Tuesday night at Metal magazine's launch party in SoHo, where the America's Next Top Model finalist talked life-after-ANTM and her new digs in New York. The Cycle 10 star, who in Blindie's opinion was shafted of her victory by Tyra's need to throw a plus-size model the title, moved from Hawaii--that's where her "bizarre" accent (which is the island's native pidgin) comes from--to New York five weeks ago. Having signed with Elite Model Management last month, Anya told Blindie, "I'm so excited. The show was a stepping stone and I can't wait to prove myself beyond TV." The Waipahu, Hawaii native also talked about her adventures in the Big Apple (she's got a cute condo in SoHo furnished by Elite), and how she's adapting. "I've been to Jones Beach, it's amazing!" Anya said. "I know it's not Hawaii, but you know what? I'm in New York now, so I love it. I can't wait to go to Fire Island." I guess you can take the Hawaii girl off the island, but not the island out of the girl. Good luck, Anya!
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Project Runway: All 3 Black Designers Survive Third Challenge

The third episode of Project Runway Season 5 had the remaining 14 contestants using elements of New York City as their inspiration, Tim Gunn learning the catchphrase "holla at 'cha boy," and all three black contestants advancing to the next round. Jerrell didn't earn much cred even though his dress was more polished than others; Korto landed in the safe zone with her well-made, but kinda boring jumpsuit; and Terri (pictured) received high marks from Heidi and celebrity guest judge Sandra Bernhard for her colorful and gauzy dress. With Terri, Korto and Jerrell doing so well on Project Runway and the success of the July "All-black" issue of Italian Vogue, this summer is turning out to be a magical time for blacks in fashion. PHOTO: Bravo
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An Open Letter to Tyra Banks & Cycle 12 of America’s Next Top Model

As The CW’s America’s Next Top Model gets ready to cast diamonds-in-the-rough for Cycle 12, Blindie has a few things for producers to keep in mind. Basically, we still think this guilty pleasure can be saved from itself--and from the claws of Tyra--but only if they get rid of a few of the show's formulaic tendencies. Here's 10 Things Blindie Hates About You, ANTM: 1. Tyra, STOP the dramatics. From your random accents on the panel to your unnatural sadness when kicking contestants off. If we have to hear you say, "I have two beautiful girls standing before me, but I only have one photograph in my hand. That photo represents the girl who is still in the running toward becoming America's Next Top Model…." I think we will have to cut your tongue out! 2. ENOUGH already with the "Smile with Your Eyes" bit. We know how to do it--you've been schooling these girls on smiling with their eyes for 11 cycles now! 3. No more pretty girls with disabilities! From Cycle 1's Amanda (retinitis pigmentosa) to Cycle 2's Mercedes (Lupus) to Cycle 10's Heather (Aspberger’s, a form of autism), we get it: Pretty people have problems too. 4. Stop calling Nigel Barker a "noted fashion photographer! 5. No more plus-sized models. Just develop a spinoff. We are tired of seeing Size 8s dubbed plus-sized because they are in a house full of Size 0s...
Read More

ObamaNation: Obama, European Rock Star

After visiting Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel earlier this week, Barack Obama greeted a crowd of nearly 200,000 people in Berlin on Thursday and gave a rousing speech about partnership and unity:

The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes, natives and immigrants, Christians and Muslims and Jews cannot stand.
The German press likened the presumptive Democratic nominee to the late President John F. Kennedy and his 1963 Berlin speech in which he expressed brotherhood by declaring, "Ich bin ein Berliner." They also called Obama "young, sexy and charismatic." Meanwhile back home in America, news anchors marveled over Obama's rock star status in Europe and debated over whether his popularity would help or hurt his chances of becoming President. PHOTO: AP
Read More

Petition To Fox: Stop The Racist Smears

Fox News has consistently rubbed not only Barack Obama supporters the wrong way, but African Americans in general with irresponsible reporting that resembles a racial smear campaign. From on-air graphics calling Michelle Obama, "Obama's baby mama," and confusing Barack with "Osama" then joking the pair should be assassinated, to calling Barack and Michelle's fist bump a 'terrorist fist jab,' Fox News is proving they are far from being "fair and balanced." Two political organizations dedicated to representing the voice of the people, ColorOfChange.org and Moveon.org are calling on Fox News to stop the racial smears with a petition signed by over a half a million people. Rap artist Nas is expected to deliver the petition to Fox today.
Read More

Variety Calls CNN’s Black in America “Vanilla as Documentaries Get”

CNN's documentary series, "Black in America," earned negative reviews from Variety, which calls anchor Soledad O'Brien's reporting "at best skin-deep...This project is ultimately about as vanilla as documentaries get." With its three parts ("The Black Woman & Family," "King Assassination" and "The Black Man"), the series, according to Variety, "seems like a Nickelodeon special for kids who have never met a black person--aimed at an audience completely naive about the African-American experience." What do you think?
Read More