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Watch Beyoncé’s “Run The World (Girls)” Video


Beyoncé debuted her “Run The World (Girls)” music video on “American Idol” last night and it’s the same-old Beyoncé motifs we know and (sometimes) love: scantily clad beauties declaring their independence and power through bellydancing. Queen Beyoncé’s got a court of statuesque handmaidens — and even a real, live lion. When a gang of nondescript male invaders penetrate her lady-sanctuary (no, that’s not a euphemism), Queen B challenges the blokes to a dance-off. I’ll let you guess who wins. Keep reading »

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Resigns From IMF & May Be Replaced By A Woman, Christine Lagarde

After being accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid in New York City this weekend, Dominique Strass-Kahn, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, resigned from his position on Wednesday. Strauss-Kahn was charged with attempted rape, forcible touching, sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment, among other charges. He was denied the $1 million bail posted by his wife on Monday and is currently imprisoned at NYC’s Rikers Island. The formal letter of resignation he submitted last night denied all the charges against him:

“To all, I want to say that I deny with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations that have been made against me. I want to protect this institution which I have served with honor and devotion, and especially—especially—I want to devote all my strength, all my time, and all my energy to proving my innocence.

According to The New York Times, the frontrunner to replace Strauss-Kahn at the IMF is a woman: Christine Lagarde, the French finance minister. If Lagarde were to be appointed, she would be the first-ever woman to hold the top position. Keep reading »

Quickies: See Jennifer Lawrence As Katniss In “Hunger Games” & “Are You There, Vodka?” Clips

  • Attention, “Hunger Games” nerds! (Ahem, Amelia.) Here’s a first look of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.. [ONTD]
  • Director Lars Von Trier, in Cannes to promote his film “Melancholia,” was asked about his German roots and gave some weird quote about Hitler and how he “understand(s) much” and “sympathize(s)” with him. Umm … okay. Read the full quote here. [The Daily What]
  • Little Suri Cruise was photographed wearing heels again, which means the media is going to flip out in five … four … three … [The Gloss]
  • If you’re in the New York City-area, you should not miss the Bust Craftacular and Food Fair this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. We go every year and it is always a blast! [Bust]

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Today’s Lady News: “16 & Pregnant” Teen Deterred By Parental Consent Law

  • On last night’s episode of “16 & Pregnant” on MTV, a pregnant teen talked with her mother about how she was deterred by Mississippi’s parental consent law for abortion. It’s confusing why Cleondra and the baby’s father didn’t end up getting the abortion, since Cleondra’s mother says in the clip (watch it on Jezebel) she was 100 percent supportive of her daughter getting one. Maybe they were afraid the baby’s father’s parents would be more angry about getting permission for an abortion than becoming a teen parent? It’s my understanding that only the parent or guardian of the female minor needs to have consent? In any case, it just goes to show how creating barriers for abortion contributes to teen pregnancy. [Jezebel]
  • Speaking of parental consent/notification laws, Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) introduced a bill on Monday that would require all parents of minors seeking an abortion to be notified by mail about it. Sen. Boozman claims a federal parental notification law would protect young women from being abused by sexual predators who may take them to another state to have an abortion if their state has a parental consent/notification law. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Maya Moore, 22, a UCONN basketball player and number one WNBC draft pick, has been the first woman signed to Nike’s Jordan Brand, joining the likes of Derek Jeter and Carmelo Anthony. Congratulations! [The Grio]

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8 Things To Know About The Dominique Strauss-Kahn Sexual Assault Scandal

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This weekend, police apprehended International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on an airplane moments before takeoff over accusations that he sexually assaulted a New York City hotel maid earlier that day. Strauss-Kahn, a French politician, is now the center of what the London Guardian is calling “France’s Monica Lewinsky moment” — as well as the same-old, same-old s**tshow that happens anytime a powerful and famous man is accused of sexual assault or rape.

Let’s familiarize ourselves with what’s going on, shall we? Keep reading »

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg On Women Underestimating Themselves In The Workplace

“We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not looked over and ignored … I encourage you to think big. Studies show very clearly that in our country in the college-educated part of the population, men are more ambitious than women. They’re more ambitious the day they graduate college; they remain ambitious every step along the career path. We will never close the achievement gap until we close the ambition gap. But if all young women start to lean in, we can close the ambition gap right here, right now, if every single one of you leans in. Leadership belongs to those who take it. Leadership belongs to you.”

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Yale Suspends Delta Kappa Episilon Frat Over Sexist Chants

Yale University has suspended the Delta Kappa Epsilon frat from campus for five years for an October 13th incident (captured on audio) when pledges marched outside freshman dorms chanting “No means yes! Yes means anal!” According to an email sent by the Yale College Dean on Tuesday afternoon, the school found that the actions of DKE, who are not an official campus organization, “threatened and intimidated others,” which violates the school’s Undergraduate Regulations. Individual frat members have been punished, although Yale wouldn’t disclose how because of confidentiality agreements. Keep reading »

Chelsea Handler Is Too Direct For Some Men

“I’m not easy. I’m difficult to be in a relationship with. I’m not that feminine, I’m kind of a little bit too direct for some men, but that’s good because those men don’t like me anyway so they don’t even come near me.”

Chelsea Handler on the burdens — or blessings? — of being a strong woman on the dating scene. I hear ya, Chelsea. It’s hard out there for a girl who calls it like it is. [PopEater] Keep reading »

Quickies: Meet Arnold’s (Rumored) Love Child & Carla Bruni Is Pregnant

  • Meet the alleged child whom Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered out of wedlock, Tanner Tousignant, who graduated from high school in California last year. Tanner’s mother, Tammy Tousignant, was a stewardess on Arnold’s private jet for 20 years and friends and colleagues of hers say the pair carried on a romance for years. Both 19-year-old Tanner and Tammy deny Arnold’s paternity, although Gawker has compellingly connected the dots to indicate that might not be the truth. [Gawker]
  • And here’s a timeline of Arnold’s sex scandal history, dating all the way back to the ’80s. Bleak. [Shine]
  • If I don’t have anything nice to say about the jewelry collection Mondo Guerra from “Project Runway” has made, I won’t say anything at all. [The Cut]

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Today’s Lady News: NYPD Cops Deny Raping Drunk Woman

  • The closing argument by the defense in the trial of two NYPD police officers — one who is accused of raping a drunk East Village woman while his partner napped — gives me the skeevies. You can read all about the case here. In the closing arguments, the lawyers for Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata insinuated the alleged victim was a golddigger because she’s seeking a $57 million settlement. “Fifty-seven million — that’s a lot of money,” lawyer Edward Mandery said. “She knows she may never have to work for the rest of her life.” He also called into question the victim’s testimony: she remembers being penetrated from behind, but she was in and out of consciousness while the alleged rape happened. “It’s very dangerous to rely upon the testimony of someone who doesn’t have a clear memory, who doesn’t have an accurate memory,” Mandery said. While I understand the lawyer’s point (and understand his lawyerly reasons for making that point), I friggin’ hate how he is casting doubt on the alleged rape victims story. Rape victims struggle hard enough already to be taken seriously. [Village Voice]

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