Yesterday the White House announced which preventative services will be free under President Obama’s health care reform and birth control did not make the cut. Uh, isn’t getting birth control the very definition of a preventative service? Like, preventing a baby? Apparently not. Keep reading »
Yesterday, Lindsay Lohan checked into the facility where (I think) she belongs: rehab. Lohan went to the Pickford Lofts, a sober-living house in Los Angeles. Pickford Lofts was founded by Robert Shapiro, a lawyer who defended O.J. Simpson in the ’90s and whose son died from an overdose in 2005. Apparently, Lindz is hoping the judge will reduce her jail sentence or toss the sentence entirely, provided she stays in rehab. She’s only been in rehab for 24 hours now and already she has received visits from her ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson, mom Dina and sister Ali, her assistant, and her alleged flame, Eilat Anschel. The assistant was toting a case of Sprite, toilet paper, and bags from Blick art supply.
Even if the judge says “no way, José” to Lindsay’s last-ditch attempt to avoid jail — hasn’t this girl been in rehab, like, three times already? — her stint at Pickford Lofts won’t be for naught. She definitely will need to sober up before she is required to check into the slammer on Tuesday. [People, New York Daily News] Keep reading »
With Kurt Cobain as a dad and Courtney Love as a mom, it only makes sense that 17-year-old Frances Bean Cobain is an artiste. Under the pseudonym “Fiddle Tim,” Frances Bean will exhibit several of her drawings at Los Angeles’ La Luz De Jesus gallery and has sold all of her work for the reasonable price of between $250 to $400 each. “Celestial Splendor” is the charcoal work depicted here; “Treat Me Like Your Mother Or I’ll Eat The Sun” shows a big green alien head, and another drawing of a man standing next to a goat with the caption “I don’t owe you s**t.” Angsty, yes, but I think the girl’s got talent. Media outlets are saying Frances Bean’s art is “disturbing,” but the only thing I think is disturbing is the name of the exhibit: “Scumf**k.” Still, that’s tame in this family. [New York Daily News] Keep reading »
My favorite makeup brand, MAC, has teamed up with Rodarte designers for a September 2010 collaboration based on their fall collection— but it’s gone horribly wrong. Drawing inspiration from the colors and culture of Mexico, MAC/Rodarte features a pink powder blush called Quinceanera, a sheer white lipstick called Ghost Town, and other items. That’s fine and dandy. But they’ve also tastelessly named their nail polishes Juarez (a pink frost) and Factory (a mint frost). Why’s it tasteless? Juarez is an impoverished Mexican factory town notorious for the number of women between the ages of 12 and 22 who have been raped and murdered with little or no response from police. Keep reading »
Prodigious pint-sized blogger Tavi has lept on the Seventeen magazine bashing bandwagon. And for good reason: The 13-year-old penned an open letter to Seventeen on her blog, The Style Rookie, over a downright evil cover line on its June/July 2010 issue, “The Party Drug That Can Make You Fat & Ugly.” Fat and ugly? Yeah, Seventeen went there.
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Alleged phone call snippet #5 between Mel Gibson and ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva is out and this time they’re fighting about that thorniest of relationship woes: $$$. Apparently, crazy-rich crazy celebrities blow their top if they have to tighten their belt and sell their Lakers box seats! Poor, poor Mel. Keep reading »
What has your S.O. done for you lately? Martine Rothblatt commissioned a $125,000 interactive robot — actually, just a robot head — of her wife, Bina Rothblatt, so that she may live foreveeeeer. A Vermont-based robotics group created Bina48, a robot with a Jane Lynch ‘do, rubbery skin, and the most vacant eyes since Charles Manson. Keep reading »
We can vote! We can make decisions about our own reproduction (sort of)! But can we get paid an equal wage for equal work? The New York Times Economix blog has a nifty map depicting the wage gap between men and women state by state. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year women’s median income was 80.2 percent of men’s, but the differences between states vary wildly. In Connecticut, my home state, women’s median earnings in 2009 were 75 percent that of men’s. In California it was 88.7 percent and in Texas it was 81.4 percent. The most equitable place to live, as far as fair pay is concerned, is Washington, D.C., where women’s median earnings were 95.6 percent that of men’s. The worst? Louisiana, at 65 percent.
Maybe it’s time to summon up some chutzpah and ask your boss for a raise, chickydoodles. [New York Times] Keep reading »
Most of us either know Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson as an NFL star or a toe-tapper on “Dancing With The Stars.” But Ochocinco’s most recent role has been as pasha to his very own harem of women on the VH1 reality dating show “Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch.” The star has caught some flack recently for only choosing two black women on the show from an array of beauties. So Essence.com sat down with him to discuss how some black women feel snubbed that a black man chose women representing other ethnicities to be his dates; his response was respectful but slightly dismissive. “I’ve never heard other races complaining about their men dating outside of their race besides black people,” Ochocinco said. “I hate that we continue to pull that race card.” Keep reading »