Day: August 10, 2008

Accolades Cullen Jones Europe Feuds Sports

Cullen Jones and the Men’s USA Relay Swim Team Win Gold—Beating Trash Talking French

The amazing swimming foursome from the USA, Cullen Jones, Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, and Jason Lezak, shatter the world record in the mens 400-meter freestyle relay race in Beijing, beating the French, who recently trashed the Americans in the press.

Crossing the finish line at 3 minutes, 8.24 seconds, the Americans took the gold medal, with the French nabbing silver and the Australians taking bronze. Jones is the second African American to win a gold medal in swimming.

“We love listening to hear people talk stuff about us,” Jones said in response to French swimmer Alain Bernard, who made headlines for telling sports newspaper L’Equipe, “The Americans? We’re going to smash them. That’s what we came for.”

“This is our event,” said Phelps, whose dream of making Olympic history is still alive.

PHOTO: AP

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Deaths Music

1942-2008: Soul Singer Isaac Hayes Dies at 65

Grammy-winning singer Isaac Hayes died on Sunday after being found unconscious in his Memphis, Tennessee home, according to the AP. He was 65.

The soul singer, who won an Academy Award for his theme song for 1971’s Shaft and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will appear in the upcoming comedy Soul Men, with the late comedic actor Bernie Mac (who also died this weekend) and Samuel L. Jackson.

Hayes will also be remembered for his work on South Park, where he voiced ladies’ man and school cook James “Chef” McElroy. Hayes, a Scientologist, quit the risqué Comedy Central series due to the show’s consistent jokes about religion.

“There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins,” Hayes said in a statement in 2006. “Religious beliefs are sacred to people…As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices.”

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Advertisements Europe Uncategorized

“Thirsty Black Boy” Raises Millions In Belgium

A daring ad campaign in Belgium raised over $5 million in just six days, with an innovative idea that found a young, shabbily-dressed “black boy” interrupting live prime time television shows for three days.

Music For Life worked with Studio Brussels and the Red Cross to launch the campaign, which involved the boy running onto a live set, quickly drinking the host’s glass of water, and then running off again to illustrate the fact that a child dies every 15 seconds from the lack of clean water.

The campaign, which rose awareness of the lack of clean drinkable water for approximately 1.1 billion people around the world, was so successful that “Have you seen the thirsty black boy?” became the catchphrase and a commercial of the stunt became a viral hit on the Web.

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Lisa Bonet TV

Lisa Bonet Returns To Television ‘On Mars’

First it was JCPenney’s Breakfast Club commercial and then George Michael’s comeback concert and now Lisa Bonet back on television!

The ex-Cosby kid is making her return to the small screen on the ABC cop drama, Life On Mars, playing Maya Daniels, the girlfriend of Jason O’Mara’s time-traveling character Sam Tyler.

After virtually disappearing from TV in the early 1990s, Bonet left a void in Blindie’s heart that could not be filled with her occasional paltry film roles in Enemy of the State (1998), High Fidelity (2000 ) and Biker Boyz (2003). We yearned for more of the free-spirited Denise Huxtable we fell in love with on The Cosby Show and the sultry Epiphany Proudfoot that scandalized us in Angel Heart.

Blindie followed her private life, rooting for her marriage with the equally free-spirited and sultry Lenny Kravitz and really wanted to believe Lenny when he sang “it ain’t over till it’s over.” Blindie’s even begun idolizing her look-alike daughter Zoe Kravitz!

So we’re pretty much besides ourselves that Bonet, who now calls herself Lilakoi Moon (and whose real name is actually Lisa Michelle Boney), can be seen around New York filming scenes for Life On Mars and strolling with her boyfriend Jason Momoa, of Stargate Atlantis, and their daughter Lola Iolani.

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Race Matters TV

Baldwin Hills: TV Critics Weigh In On BET’s Black Beverly Hills

It’s a simple formula perfected by MTV from Laguna Beach to The Hills: Young, rich, beautiful and white. Producers throw in a dose of mediocre drama about love, betrayal and the revolving door of BFFs, and a TV hit is born.

But it wasn’t until BET created their version of Laguna Beach in the mold of The Hills, Baldwin Hills–which premiered its second season this summer–that there was another piece to the formula: race.

BET’s hit show follows a group of affluent black kids who live in the L.A. neighborhood that’s dubbed the “Black Beverly Hills.” The show’s opening proclaims, “Not all black people live in the ghetto.”

Besides the fact that Blindie found it interesting that it took BET this long to highlight this side of young black America, we’re glad that the show, like The Cosby Show before it, is helping America realize that yes, we can be spoiled and rich too, just like the pouty blonde beauties on The Hills.

With its second season now making waves for the all-black network, the show’s castmember, Gerren Taylor, is also featured in this week’s PEOPLE magazine, which charts her rise at age 12 as the fashion industry’s “Baby Naomi” to having no modeling jobs at 15.

Here’s what the critics have said about Baldwin Hills:….

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