Day: September 8, 2009

Africa Newsy Sports

South African Runner Semenya Shows off Girly Make-Over for Cover of You Magazine

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Maybe it was to silence the critics who claim she’s really a man, or maybe she just wanted to feel glamorous in make-up and pretty clothes like most woman. Whatever the case, South African runner Caster Semenya cleaned up and dolled up for a fashion shoot in the September issue of South African magazine YOU.

Last month’s world track championhsips thrust 18 year-old Semenya into the spotlight as her gender was brought into question. One of her coaches, Wilfried Daniels, has since resigned amidst the controversy claiming he was ashamed of being “part of the collective responsibility and blame” for having Semenya unknowingly gender tested and the resulting public scandal for what should have been a private medical issue.

Semenya says in the magazine, “I’d like to dress up more often and wear dresses but I never get the chance. I’d also like to learn to do my own make-up” and: “I’ve never bought my own clothes – my mum buys them for me. But now that I know what I can look like, I’d like to dress like this more often.”

Some critics like UK’s Times Online aren’t buying Semenya’s timely make-over or the necessity for her to even force a feminine appearance, calling her a pawn in the politics of sports.

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Newsy ObamaNation

Obama Delivers Controversial Speech To School Children

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President Barack Obama delivered a televised speech to school children across the country from the Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia on Monday amidst controversy and protests.

Even though other presidents have delivered back-to-school addresses, Obama’s speech was met with harsh criticism as some accuse him of trying to push his agenda directly to children.

Before his speech, the President met with a group of Wakefield students for an informal discussion where he warned the high-schoolers of the perils of posting on Facebook saying, “be careful what you post on Facebook. Whatever you do, it will be pulled up later in your life.”

Obama stressed the importance of taking responsibility and committing to succeed during his speech and said, “At the end of the day, the circumstances of your life, what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you have going on at home, none of that is an excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude in school.

“There is no excuse for not trying. Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you because here in America you write your own destiny. You make your own future.”

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Media Overhype Michelle Obama

Want Michelle Obama’s Arms? Get the Inside Scoop From Women’s Health

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Women’s Health has revealed Michelle Obama‘s secrets for sculpting her bionic, headline-grabbing arms.

For the first time the First Lady’s personal trainer Cornell McClellan has detailed their regimen, which he says he’s put Obama through since 1997, starting at 5:30 a.m.

“She’s truly committed herself to the importance of health and fitness,” McClellan says. “I believe the purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit. To do that, we take a holistic approach that includes strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility training.”

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