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Color on the Cover: First Lady Michelle Obama Covers TIME


Michelle Obama has landed another cover: TIME Magazine.

The issue, which tries to define the “Meaning of Michelle,” features a striking photograph of the First Lady’s face. While we hated how uncomfortable she looked on the cover of Vogue in March, we’re really wondering how much airbrushing this photograph’s been under?

“I’m pretty much who I’ve been for a long time. So that … I just think that people have the opportunity to see all of who Michelle Obama is over a longer period of time,” she says. “And hopefully they like what they see. And I think they actually … to the extent that they saw all of me … liked what they saw then.”


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Color on the Cover: Beyoncé Says Marriage to Jay-Z is a ‘Power Struggle’

Fronting the December issue of Elle, Beyoncé Knowles says being married to hip hop mogul Jay-Z is “a power struggle.”

“But if I didn’t respect someone and they didn’t have that strength, then I would be bored,” the 27-year-old beauty told the fashion mag. “I wouldn’t be attracted to them.”

And just as long as it took her to nab her beau to wedlock, it seems making mini-mes will take just as long.

“I’m terrified of having a child,” Knowles said. “No way! I’m terrified of delivering a child because I saw my nephew being born. That traumatized me. I’m only 27. I’ve got time.”

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Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr: TV’s Latest Phenom of the Ambiguous Ethnic Girl

Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr isn’t the first token TV character. Take a look back: Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies) on Saved By the Bell. Rhonda Blair (Vanessa A. Williams) on Melrose Place. And Cleveland Brown on The Family Guy. But the latest phenomenon is the beautiful, ambiguously-ethnic character.

Take Szohr as Vanessa Abrams on the CW’s hugely popular teen soap. She came onto the lily-white set of Gossip Girl as the boho-esque, Williamsburg hipster waitress who had gifts from Eastern Europe in tow on her first episode.

Although Szohr’s character was a sharp contrast to the non-speaking, harajuku-costumed black (played by Nicole Fiscella) and Asian (played by Nan Zhang) background characters on the show, it was quite confusing to peg Szohr’s ethnicity. Her hair was curly (she could be Puerto Rican/Dominican?), but her eyes were blue/green and her skin was basically the same color as her castmates. She is reportedly Hungarian and African-American.

Another primetime example is Rashida Jones as Karen Filippelli on The Office. Calling Karen “exotic,” Steve Carell’s charmingly clueless character puts everyone’s (even our own) curiosity to rest, asking Karen, “Is your father a G.I.?” As most may know, Rashida is Quincy Jones’ daughter with Mod Squad star Peggy Lipton. Her sister is Kidada Jones.

But, while on past shows, except for Lisa on Saved by the Bell (who was famously fawned over by the un-dateable Screech, and dated Zac Morris for an episode), these characters are far cries from the sassy black girlfriend who tells it like it is roles we’ve been bamboozled by. They are actually part of major romantic story lines.

On The Office, Jones’ character was involved in the fabled love triangle between John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer. While Szohr’s character shook things up between Blake Lively and Penn Badgley. She also went on to date the prettiest character on the show, Chace Crawford (pictured above). Before joining GG, Szohr also played Barry Watson’s neighbor and love interest in the cancelled ABC series, What About Brian?

”Do I want to see any more shows where someone has a sassy black friend? No, because I’m nobody’s sassy black friend,” Girlfriends creator Mara Brock Akil recently told Entertainment Weekly of TV’s lack of diversity. “I just want to see shows in which people get to be people and that look like the world we live in.”

As our frustrations with TV’s lack of color continue to flourish, enjoy this Entertainment Weekly article, “Why is TV so White?”

PHOTO: Courtesy of The CW

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‘Deracinated Coloured People’ on BBC

Samir Shah, a member of the BBC’s board of directors, is criticizing network execs for “cloning” themselves offscreen, while “flickering” minorities onscreen, according to the Guardian.

In many of the UK networks’ television shows (including the popular soap, EastEnders), Shah says execs are hiring those like them behind the scenes to call the shots, but are overcompensating for their lack of executive diversity by putting minority actors onscreen—even if the roles they play have nothing to do with their race.

Shah says this had led to a “world of deracinated coloured people flickering across our screens—to the irritation of many viewers and the embarrassment of the very people such actions are meant to appease.”

PHOTO: Courtesy of BBC

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