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Medicine’s Racial Divide

The American Medical Association apologized to black doctors, admitting to a history of racial discrimination in its policies and practices. Dr. Ronald Davis, the AMA’s previous president, says the group has "a feeling of profound regret and embarrassment for what has been uncovered." Dr. Nelson Adams, who was most recently the president of the National Medical Association, which was founded in 1895 to represent black doctors, says, "[The] AMA looked the other way when local medical associations worked to exclude most black physicians from becoming members." The AMA apology is prompted by a study commissioned in 2005 titled, “The Racial Divide in Organized Medicine,” which will be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It was only on Saturday that a state study showed that in New York City, black nurses were being paid less than their white counterparts.
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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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Chanel Iman Still Passed Over in Fashion

Even after fashion bible Vogue asked, "Is fashion racist?" Chanel Iman is still passed over for modeling jobs, the 17-year-old It Girl—and our favorite model of the moment—tells Newsweek. "I will fly to London for what is supposed to be 20 casting calls and won't get but 15 because the other five designers don't want black models," says Chanel Iman, who is currently in Gap billboards around the country and is arguably the hottest black fashion model (next to Liya Kebede). "That's not going to happen to white models. It's upsetting and insulting and totally backwards.'' Supermodel Naomi Campbell also chimes in, "This is not the conversation I thought I would have to have at this point. You think you've broken the barriers and then the game changes. So you have to fight all over again."
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Outarra And Samuelsson Bring the Spice

Ivory Coast native Morou Outtara and Ethiopian-born Marcuss Samuelsson are the latest culinary artists infusing the American palate with bold flavors from Africa. Outtara peppers the food at his Virginia restaurant, Farrah Olivia, with flavors from his West African homeland and thinks America is ready for the new tastes. "For six, seven years now people are playing with the idea of African food, and people are now starting to accept it," Outtara said in an interview with Philly.com. "It's been gradually happening," said Samuelsson, who opened the New York pan-African restaurant Merkato 55. “You are now seeing those [North African and Arab spices] like harissa, za'atar and dukka showing up on menus." And to help the spices make their way into the American kitchen, Samuelsson launched Afrikya, a line of African spices. The North African and Middle Eastern spice combination of poppy seeds and rose was even named one of the Top 10 flavor pairings for 2008 by McCormick & Co.
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Ga Ga: The Next Fashion Icons

michelle_barack_fashion Not only has Michelle Obama caused her own fashion frenzy with the White House/Black Market dress she wore on The View, but her husband spawned fashion headlines of his own when Donatella Versace dedicated her 2009 Spring-Summer collection to the presidential hopeful, reports the Canadian Press. The creative force behind Versace said she designed for "a relaxed man who doesn't need to flex muscles to show he has power." But Donatella's homage to Barack didn't stop her from giving him a piece of her mind, fashion-wise: "I would get rid of the tie and jazz up the shirt." PHOTO: AP
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Black Is The New Italian

Italian Vogue painted their entire issue black: devoting their July issue to black models and issues showing up American Vogue who dared ask the question “Is Fashion Racist?” in their July issue, then dedicated a paltry spread to a mere three models—Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Arlenis Sosa. “Mine is not a magazine that can be accused of not using black girls,” editor Franca Sozzani, who has put Naomi Campbell, Liya Kebede and Alek Wek on her covers, told the New York Times. “Franca doesn’t realize what she’s done for people of color,” Naomi Campbell said. “It reminds me of Yves [Saint Laurent] using all the black models.”
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Fashionistas For Obama! Vogue & Calvin Klein Head Fundraiser

Vogue's Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley and designer Calvin Klein chaired "An Evening with Michelle Obama," a $1,000-a-head-fundraiser at the Sikkema Jenkins art gallery in New York last night, Fashion Week Daily reports. For $2,300, guests got their photo taken with the prospective First Lady, while $10,000 got them an invite to a dinner at the home of Calvin Klein. The 44-year-old beauty wore Isabel Toledo. "We almost fainted," the designer's husband Ruben Toldeo said. But it was designer Zac Posen who wore his support on his sleeve, sporting a "Yes We Can, Obama 08" T-shirt under his blazer. "I think it's always great for someone who represents our country to look good," Posen said. PHOTO: Wireimage
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Medicine’s Racial Divide

The American Medical Association apologized to black doctors, admitting to a history of racial discrimination in its policies and practices. Dr. Ronald Davis, the AMA’s previous president, says the group has "a feeling of profound regret and embarrassment for what has been uncovered." Dr. Nelson Adams, who was most recently the president of the National Medical Association, which was founded in 1895 to represent black doctors, says, "[The] AMA looked the other way when local medical associations worked to exclude most black physicians from becoming members." The AMA apology is prompted by a study commissioned in 2005 titled, “The Racial Divide in Organized Medicine,” which will be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It was only on Saturday that a state study showed that in New York City, black nurses were being paid less than their white counterparts.
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
Read More

Chanel Iman Still Passed Over in Fashion

Even after fashion bible Vogue asked, "Is fashion racist?" Chanel Iman is still passed over for modeling jobs, the 17-year-old It Girl—and our favorite model of the moment—tells Newsweek. "I will fly to London for what is supposed to be 20 casting calls and won't get but 15 because the other five designers don't want black models," says Chanel Iman, who is currently in Gap billboards around the country and is arguably the hottest black fashion model (next to Liya Kebede). "That's not going to happen to white models. It's upsetting and insulting and totally backwards.'' Supermodel Naomi Campbell also chimes in, "This is not the conversation I thought I would have to have at this point. You think you've broken the barriers and then the game changes. So you have to fight all over again."
Read More

Outarra And Samuelsson Bring the Spice

Ivory Coast native Morou Outtara and Ethiopian-born Marcuss Samuelsson are the latest culinary artists infusing the American palate with bold flavors from Africa. Outtara peppers the food at his Virginia restaurant, Farrah Olivia, with flavors from his West African homeland and thinks America is ready for the new tastes. "For six, seven years now people are playing with the idea of African food, and people are now starting to accept it," Outtara said in an interview with Philly.com. "It's been gradually happening," said Samuelsson, who opened the New York pan-African restaurant Merkato 55. “You are now seeing those [North African and Arab spices] like harissa, za'atar and dukka showing up on menus." And to help the spices make their way into the American kitchen, Samuelsson launched Afrikya, a line of African spices. The North African and Middle Eastern spice combination of poppy seeds and rose was even named one of the Top 10 flavor pairings for 2008 by McCormick & Co.
Read More

Ga Ga: The Next Fashion Icons

michelle_barack_fashion Not only has Michelle Obama caused her own fashion frenzy with the White House/Black Market dress she wore on The View, but her husband spawned fashion headlines of his own when Donatella Versace dedicated her 2009 Spring-Summer collection to the presidential hopeful, reports the Canadian Press. The creative force behind Versace said she designed for "a relaxed man who doesn't need to flex muscles to show he has power." But Donatella's homage to Barack didn't stop her from giving him a piece of her mind, fashion-wise: "I would get rid of the tie and jazz up the shirt." PHOTO: AP
Read More

Black Is The New Italian

Italian Vogue painted their entire issue black: devoting their July issue to black models and issues showing up American Vogue who dared ask the question “Is Fashion Racist?” in their July issue, then dedicated a paltry spread to a mere three models—Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Arlenis Sosa. “Mine is not a magazine that can be accused of not using black girls,” editor Franca Sozzani, who has put Naomi Campbell, Liya Kebede and Alek Wek on her covers, told the New York Times. “Franca doesn’t realize what she’s done for people of color,” Naomi Campbell said. “It reminds me of Yves [Saint Laurent] using all the black models.”
Read More

Fashionistas For Obama! Vogue & Calvin Klein Head Fundraiser

Vogue's Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley and designer Calvin Klein chaired "An Evening with Michelle Obama," a $1,000-a-head-fundraiser at the Sikkema Jenkins art gallery in New York last night, Fashion Week Daily reports. For $2,300, guests got their photo taken with the prospective First Lady, while $10,000 got them an invite to a dinner at the home of Calvin Klein. The 44-year-old beauty wore Isabel Toledo. "We almost fainted," the designer's husband Ruben Toldeo said. But it was designer Zac Posen who wore his support on his sleeve, sporting a "Yes We Can, Obama 08" T-shirt under his blazer. "I think it's always great for someone who represents our country to look good," Posen said. PHOTO: Wireimage
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