How do you say “UGH!” in Italian? Because that’s what the entire country of Italy said when they learned MTV’s “Jersey Shore” would be filming its fourth season in the beautiful and historic city of Florence. The mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, has drawn up a list of rules that Ronnie, Snooki, and pals must obey when they begin filming there next month. Because we know that will keep them in line. Keep reading »
“We’re at least talking about [masturbation] much more. [In 1994] everybody was acting like this was a word they’d never heard. Everybody does it, but nobody admits to it. If everybody in Congress who’d ever masturbated in their life would turn green, then we would have a green Congress.”
— Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, 77, who was the first African-American to hold the position during the Clinton administration. In 1994, Elders said masturbation was a part of human sexuality and perhaps should be taught in sex ed classes as a way to keep youngsters from having, you know, sex. Everyone’s head exploded and Elders was forced to resign. I recommend you read the full interview with Joycelyn Elders’ feisty commentary about the status of sexual health in America at The Root, because this woman is a spitfire! [The Root] Keep reading »
Beyoncé‘s back! Her new song, “Girls (Who Run The World),” leaked online yesterday. Catchy like “Single Ladies” it ain’t, but it’s girl power-iffic in a way that reminds me of her Destiny’s Child-era stuff. I think it’s meh, but I guess they all can’t be “Crazy In Love,” can they? [PopEater] Keep reading »
If a new bill introduced in New York goes through, people convicted of domestic violence or stalking would be required to register with a Domestic Violence Offender Database. Anyone convicted of a felony domestic violence offense against a family or household member would be required to join the registry, which would identify the school at which he or she is enrolled, the place of employment he or she works, and offender’s home address. The registry would be set up similar to, and accessible to the public like, the sex offender registry already in place.
The bill was prompted by the murder last week of 23-year-old Sarah Coit, who was allegedly stabbed and then beheaded by her boyfriend Raul Barrera on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Raul Barrera had several DV incidents on his record. Keep reading »
I am not the target audience for “Bring It On: The Musical,” which will be traveling around the country in fall 2011, bringing the tale of dueling cheerleading squads hither and yon. But I know girls who love that movie, but what’s more, I know dudes who looove that movie. Singing cheerleaders? I’ll pass. (I never really got the “Bring It On” obsession. Can someone explain?) The only thing that might redeem “Bring It On: The Musical” is the fact that it’s made by the creators of “In The Heights,” “Next To Normal” and “Avenue Q,” which are all extremely well-regarded Broadway shows. But still: singing cheerleaders, people.
What do you think? Would you see “Bring It On: The Musical” if it came to your neck of the woods? [YouTube via Salon.com] Keep reading »
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
was one of my favorite books of 2010 — and millions of other readers agree. This summer, “The Help” hits the big screen, starring Emma Stone
as Skeeter, a white recent college graduate writing for the local newspaper in her Mississippi town, and Viola Davis
(“Doubt”) as Aibileen, a black maid who works for one of Skeeter’s friends. Skeeter comes home from college to find all the friends she grew up with are married with children and employers to black “help,” who are second-class citizens in 1960′s Jackson, Mississippi
. The story follows Skeeter as she interviews Aibileen and other black maids for a secret book project that exposes the ugly day-to-day racism
in Jackson’s domestic life to the rest of the world. While I was originally unconvinced that teen sex comedy queen Emma Stone was the right casting for the role of Skeeter, judging by the trailer for “The Help,” she carries it off with just the right amount of sass and spunk. [AOL
] Keep reading »
Some of us haven’t been lucky enough to see Lady Gaga in concert (ahem, Amelia). But fret not! Those of us who fork over the moolah each month for HBO can watch a concert video of Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball” show on Saturday, May 7. Sigh. Minus the sweat of 10,000 screaming fans and buckets of glitter, it should be just the same, right? [YouTube] Keep reading »