New York Governor David Paterson condemned The New Yorker‘s cover of Barack and Michelle Obama.

Speaking Thursday at the NAACP’s national convention, Patterson, who is the first black governor of New York, said it was “one of the most malignant, vicious covers of a magazine I have ever seen. It depicted them as angry, hateful, violent and unpatriotic.”

Adding in his speech, “No matter how prosperous we are, no matter how well heeled we may be, no matter how ambitious and successful we have been, we still can be cast under the same net regardless of our circumstances.”

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The face of South Africa and a symbol of compassion and forgiveness, who was imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against apartheid, has turned 90 today. Happy birthday, Mr. Nelson Mandela!

But, the first black president of South Africa celebrated his landmark birthday in Robin Hood-style (minus the thievery!): he urged the wealthy to share their prosperity with the less fortunate, according to the AP.

“There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty,” Mandela said, adding that many people in his country are not fortunate enough to make it to 90. “If you are poor, you are not likely to live long.”

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A Utah native and former boxer, Wendell Lissimore has the right balance of ruggedness and beauty to become the next male supermodel (Tyson who?)!

The 23 year-old signed with New York’s Red Models in 2006 and has been working overtime ever since. In 2007, he landed the Bloomingdale’s fall catalog and an editorial in Vanity Fair, and by 2008 he was walking in shows for Hermes, Ungaro, and Thierry Mugler. The model newbie even got a chance to work with one of the original supermodels, Linda Evangelista for a V editorial.

This month finds Wendell on the cover of Japan’s LUSSW, bleu magazine, and the Italian D magazine with his little son, Phoenix.

Blindie’s just ga ga for Wendell–AND Phoenix!

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