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PETA Weighs In On Airport Body Scans

Airports in New York, Las Vegas and Charlotte, North Carolina, have said “no” to a proposed PETA ad campaign of a skinny woman’s physique under a body scan X-ray with the words, “Be proud of your body scan: go vegan.” (The Vegas airport claimed they don’t post “political” ads.) Good to know that PETA is not only still making everything about themselves, but they’re still using scantily clad women’s bodies to entice you to give up Big Macs. [Bust] Keep reading »

“Burlesque” Looks

Black TV Newswoman Vows To “Go Natural” With Her Hair

At the beginning of reporter Rochelle Ritchie’s TV news career, she was told she had to get hair extensions. Like millions of black women, Rochelle has worn long, shiny extensions and wigs because she thought it made her look more professional. For six years, she “faithfully” wore wigs and weaves and progressed up the corporate ladder. But that’s come to an end. “After years of manipulation, I took the break step of going natural,” she now says on this great five-minute-long segment on WPTV. From now on, Rochelle will be reporting from West Palm Beach, Florida, with just her own ‘do — and she looks gorgeous. Keep reading »

Nicki Minaj On The Word “Bitch”

“When I am assertive, I’m a bitch. When a man is assertive, he’s a boss. He [is] bossed up. No negative connotation behind ‘bossed up.’ But lots of negative connotation behind being a bitch. Donald Trump can say, ‘You’re fired.’ Let Martha Stewart run her company the same way and be the same way. [People will say] ‘f**king old evil bitch!’ But Donald Trump, he gets to hang out with young bitches and have 50 different wives and just be cool. ‘Oh, Donald, we love you, Donald Trump!’ … When you’re a girl, you have to be everything. You have to be dope at what you do but you have to be super sweet and you have to be sexy and you have to be this, you have to be that, and you have to be nice. It’s like, ‘I can’t be all those things at once. I’m a human being.’”

Nicki Minaj sounds off on the sexual double standard in her MTV special, “My Time Now.” [MTV] Keep reading »

What Footwear Could Be More Unnecessary Than The Teva Stiletto?

Lord help us, Tevas are re-populating. Behold the $330 Teva stilettos, made in collaboration with the shoe designer Grey Ant. Could any footwear be more unnecessary — or overpriced? [Or grotesque? -- Editor] Sadly, I can see my hippie sister wearing these to a “formal” event. [The Gloss] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Bosnian Rape Victims To Complain To UN About Angelina Jolie’s New Movie

  • Women who were raped during the Bosnian war have warned they will complain to the United Nation’s refugee agency about the love story Angelina Jolie is currently filming about victims of the war. Jolie serves as the refugee agency’s goodwill ambassador. The victims are still upset by rumors that Jolie’s flick depicts a woman who falls in love with her rapist. (Why didn’t Jennifer Aniston think of this?) [ABC News]
  • Surprise, surprise: Sarah Palin got a bit creative with feminist history in her new book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag. Let’s do a little fact-checking, shall we? [The Daily Beast]
  • Anivia Cruz-Dilworth, a model in New Jersey, has been charged with giving unlicensed “butt-boosting” implants to six women, sending them to the hospital. The 28-year-old injected women with silicone sealant, which is used to caulk bath tubs, and covered the injection sites with Krazy Glue. Eeek! [Black Voices]

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Overexposed James Franco To Host 2011 Oscars With Anne Hathaway

Amelia, I will not be liveblogging the Oscars this year: Mr. Overexposure himself, James Franco, will be co-hosting the 83rd annual Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway. Maybe we’ll get lucky and he will get stuck under a boulder and cut his arm off onstage? I kid, I kid. But seriously, James Franco is damn near impossible to avoid these days. He just published a book, his new movie “127 Hours” is out, he does performance art dissecting “Three’s Company,” he’s posing in drag on the covers of magazines, and he’s apparently a grad student at, like, five different colleges simultaneously. (I am exaggerating, but not by much.) While that is wonderfully productive, he’s really just a not-terribly-interesting thespian whose forté is acting like a stoner. Anne Hathaway, at least, can sing, dance and act, which are qualities that might come in handy for an Oscars host.

I’ll be skipping this year’s Oscars, I’m afraid. I’ll learn all I need to know next season on “The Rachel Zoe Project” as Rachel freaks out over Anne’s dresses, I’m sure. [People] Keep reading »

Indian Village Bans Unmarried Women From Having Cell Phones

Unmarried boys, of course, are free to dial away as much as they please. Keep reading »

Did Chelsea Handler Get Married This Weekend?

Chelsea Handler says all kinds of things that are coo-coo bananas, so we are scratching our heads over this one: Earlier this afternoon, Chelsea tweeted, “Its Monday and I got married over the weekend. I will introduce my husband on tonight’s show.” Wait, what? Wasn’t Chelsea chillin’ in Mexico over the long holiday weekend with her gal pal Jennifer Aniston? It seems unrealistic that the paparazzi could have been stalking Jen and the pals she flew down to Cabo in private jets with and totally missed the nuptials. I call B.S. on a shotgun wedding to her rumored boyfriend, 50 Cent — but we’ll just have to wait until tonight and see. [Twitter/ChelseaHandler] Keep reading »

What Actual Burlesque Stars Think Of The Movie “Burlesque”

If you love burlesque like I do, you might have had mixed feelings when you heard about the movie “Burlesque.” Just how badly might Christina Aguilera and Cher butcher this thing that I love? But on the other hand, how awful can a movie be if Stanley Tucci is in it?

I had to get to the bottom of this caper, so I wrangled two hungover New York City burlesque stars, Anita Cookie and Clams Casino, for a Friday afternoon showing of “Burlesque.” I am sure you will be shocked — shocked! — to learn that Hollywood took some creative liberties with the art of burlesque. (Spoilers ahead!) Keep reading »

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