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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but outright copying in the media industry can smell of desperation!

For its April issue, the voice of Black women in America, Essence magazine, has (from the looks of it) stolen the annual age issue concept from Glamour—even completely translating their three-actresses-of-varying-ages cover concept.

For their age issue, Essence recruited 27-year-old tennis star Serena Williams, 53-year-old supermodel Iman and Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson. See past examples of original Glamour covers from 2007 and 2008 below.

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Despite Chris Brown‘s arrest last month and his recent court appearance on domestic violence charges, the singer is still in the running to receive a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award and Twittermoms, a network of “influential moms,” are trying to get the singer removed from the ballot with an online petition.

Brown and his publicity camp have received criticism for actively pursuing the award by sending a message through his official Myspace page asking fans to vote for the superstar in the Favorite Male Singer and Favorite Song categories.

“Hey fans,” the message reads. “Vote for Chris on the Kids Choice Awards 2009 link provided below … Thank you for your support.”

Aparently someone is oblivious to the severity of his criminal charges, the possible jailtime, and even the mere implications of beating a woman, allegedly Rihanna, and leaving her on the side of the road.

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Satirical magazine The New Yorker has given First Lady Michelle Obama sleeves for their Style Issue.

The illustration by Floc’h, titled “Michelle O.”, depicts the First Lady on a runaway in a colorful array of full-length sleeved frocks.

New York Times columnist David Brooks, who criticized Obama’s much-debated sleeveless frocks to fellow columnist Maureen Dowd on Sunday, will certainly be elated to see that Obama’s “thunder and and lightning” have been “put away” to his liking.

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