Day: November 3, 2008

Gossip Girl TV

Gossip Girl Watch: Jenny Humphrey’s Big Fashion Show

Everyone is up to their old tricks on Gossip Girl with Jenny Humphrey still clawing her way up the ladder of fame and fortune, Blair Waldorf scheming to get into Yale, Serena van der Woodsen chasing after the indie artsy guy, and Chuck Bass giving killer James Bondish dialogue.

Here are Blindie’s highlights from Gossip Girl‘s “There Might Be Blood” episode:

  1. After Blair bombs in yet another Yale interview with a prominent donor, Serena suggests she tries kissing up by babysitting the woman’s teen daughter Emma.
  2. Emma turns out to be a wild child who declares, “I’ve got a credit card, fake ID, and I want Bacardi and a boy…this body is open for business.” Blair runs around the city trying to stop the young girl from finding a “de-virginator” and finds the perfect blackmail opportunity that will help her get into Yale when she spots Emma’s mother making out with another man at the 1Oak club.
  3. Artsy Aaron is proving to be a manipulative player who is planning to add Serena to his harem of women as he woos her with cute voicemail messages and a licorice ring. Too bad he keeps claiming his multiple female friends, who kiss him on the lips and answer his phone while he is in the bathroom, are “just friends”.
  4. Jenny crashes the Philanthropic Society’s gala and with a guerilla fashion show and everyone is there to see it even Vanessa who catches Jenny and Nate kissing yet again!
  5. A cameo by nightclub king former Ashley Olsen and Jamie-Lynn Sigler boyfriend Scott Sartiano, who owns the 1Oak club.
  6. Nate kisses Jenny AGAIN! But this time somone snaps a photo and it winds up on the Gossip Girl blog where Dan sees it!
  7. Dan Humphrey almost beats up Nate for kissing his sister. “You’re the guy who traded sex for money!” Dan yells at Nate and then kicks him out of the Humphrey house.
  8. Blair shows her softer side as she advises Emma to save her virginity for someone she loves and has a change of heart about using blackmail to get into Yale even though she refuses to settle for Princeton because it’s a “trade school.”
  9. Just as the usually ego-centrical Blair and Chuck learn to be self-less and help someone else besides themselves, do-gooder Dan learns how to get ahead at the expense of others and mails off his story about Chuck’s painful family life.
  10. Jenny packs up and moves out! We’re guessing she won’t be homeless for long, since her fashion stunt was splashed all over the morning papers.

Photo Credit: Giovanni Rufino / The CW

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Europe Lewis Hamilton Sports

Lewis Hamilton: First Black And Youngest Formula One World Champion

Lewis Hamilton finished a nail-biting race on Sunday in the Brazil Grand Prix at Interlagos, taking fifth place to claim the driver’s title. He became the first black and youngest Formula One champion in the history of the sport and the first British champion since Damon Hill won in 1996.

Hamilton has been the target of hateful and racist attacks by racing fans in Spain who earlier this year dressed in blackface during a race and most recently with a website containing obscene posts referring to Hamilton’s color and reads “Hamilton cannot finish the race..we have to stop him however we can,” inviting users to burst his tires.

The 23 year-old driver needs to win just two more Formula One championships to win the $8 million rare McLaren F1 road car that was promised to him by McLaren team boss Ron Dennis last year.

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Deaths ObamaNation

Condolences: Barack Obama’s Grandmother Madelyn Dunham Dies One Day Before Election

One day before his historic election, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama’s maternal grandmother Madelyn Dunham, who helped raise Obama from the age of 10 , died of cancer at 85.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer,” Obama said in a joint statement with his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng. “She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility.”

Blindie’s deepest condolences go out to the Obamas.

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Business Race Matters

Analyst Mellody Hobson Wants To Bring Stock Market To Black Dinner Table

A recent Fortune magazine article profiled financial analyst Mellody Hobson as the one to watch and listen to expert of Wall Street.

As president of Ariel, the largest minority owned mutual fund company in America, Hobson’s “slow and steady value investing approach” is being touted as the voice of reason during these fast and furious financial times.

The product of a single mother in Chicago’s inner-city, 39 year-old Hobson is on a quest to increase financial awareness among everyone and most importantly among black people who have been reportedly underinvested in the stock market according to a study conducted by Ariel and Charles Schwab.

“I am trying to make the stock market a subject of dinner-table conversation in the black community, ” Hobson says.

Hobson boasts many admirers including CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz who describes her as being among “a select few that are professionally so strong and personally without fault, ” and director, producer George Lucas whom she is currently dating and can often be seen accompanying to red carpet events.

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