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Should There Be A Domestic Abuser Registry?

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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 »

“Bring It On: The Musical” … Because Why Not Have Singing Cheerleaders?

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” Trailer Is Out!


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 via ONTD] Keep reading »

Will You Be Watching Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball” Concert On HBO?

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 »

Quickies: Kate Middleton Designing Her Wedding Dress? And Vanessa Hudgens’ Eats Mysterious Powder

  • Kate Middleton is reportedly designing her own wedding dress out of ivory satin, lace and pearl buttons. Designer Sophie Cranston from the label Libelula is said to be piecing the dress together. (P.S. The Lifetime original movie “William and Kate” airs TONIGHT at 9 p.m. EST. I’ll totally be watching, bitches!) [Daily Mail UK]
  • After Nicolas Cage’s arrest for domestic abuse this weekend, he was bailed out of the pokey by Dog the Bounty Hunter. Embarrassing! [People]
  • Not to brag or anything, but our very own Amelia and her dog Lucca were featured in The New York Post on Sunday! Aren’t they a good-looking couple? [NY Post]

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Today’s Lady News: Jennifer Egan Wins The Pulitzer Prize For Fiction

  • Jennifer Egan’s novel A Visit From The Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, it was announced today. Has anyone read it? What did you think? [AP]
  • Match.com has agreed to screen its users to weed out sex offenders after a customer blitzed the media with her tale of being sexually assaulted on a date. [The Root]
  • Curious how many male vs. female writers write for late-night comedy shows? Why, here’s a handy charticle about that very topic. [Buzzfeed]
  • Here’s what Congress would look like if it actually represented Americans based on demographics, i.e. a lot less old white dudes. [Feministing via GOOD Magazine]

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Shopping Guide: 11 Cute Easter Dresses That Won’t Get You Thrown Out Of Church

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I never know how to dress for Easter Sunday. Some years, I am dragged to a formal church service, but other times, I’m just kicking it at home with family, elbowing my nieces in the face so they don’t get to my Cadbury eggs. Plus, Easter always falls in March or April, so half the dresses in my closet aren’t warm enough to wear. My go-to Easter get-up — thrown together at the last minute, natch — is usually a floral or pastel frock with a cream-colored cardigan, thick, warm stockings, and flats. Here are 11 dresses I’ve picked out for you to wear to welcome the Easter bunny into your home … and then again and again.

Angry Birds’ Easter Edition Is Here!

We might be just a little obsessed with Angry Birds here at The Frisky. I can even do a halfway decent “heh heh heh” piggy impression when asked! Well, the Easter bunny has a present for us all. The app Angry Birds Seasons (which puts out seasonal versions of the addictive game) introduced an Easter edition with colorful eggs and piggies in bunny ears — for only 99 cents! Come on, get it — those piggies are mocking you. [iTunes Store] Keep reading »

You Made Me An Eyeshadowboxer, Baby

Now that spring has sprung, you’ll be batting your eyes a bunch. The six shadows in Bobbi Brown‘s Peony & Python Palette, inspired by the designer Tibi, will make those peepers pop! The eyeshadow shades range from charcoal to lavender to plum and come with a good sized compact mirror and not one, but two, brushes. Sure, $50 sounds like a lot for eye makeup, but remember you get six shades here. This limited edition palette can be mixed and matched to find the perfect smoky eye that will make him weak in the knees.

[$50.00 Sephora]

That Gwyneth Paltrow, She’s Such A Gangsta

“I went to L.A. the summer between my junior and senior year of high school and I discovered N.W.A which became my obsession. I was fascinated by lyrics as rhythm and how Dre had a such different cadence and perspective from say, Eazy-E, who I thought was one of the most ironic and brilliant voices hip hop has ever had. It was an accident that I learned every word of ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and to love something that A) I had no real understanding of in terms of the culture that it was emanating from and B) to love something that my parents literally could not grasp. But I was hooked. I can’t remember what I ate for dinner last night but I could sing to you every single word of N.W.A’s ‘F**k Tha Police.’”

Gwyneth Paltrow is just full of surprises. First we find out she can sing, then we learn she can rap, too! Maybe this is why she and Jay-Z are such good pals. (America’s WASP princess also loves Nirvana, but I won’t torture you with those quotes.) Next we are going to find out she keeps a greenhouse somewhere in rural Connecticut where she grows her own chronic. [Life + Times] Keep reading »

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