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Evening Quickies: Did Chris Brown Steal An iPhone?

"Birthday Cake"
Chris Brown is on Rihanna's remix of her song "Birthday Cake." Read More »
Rihanna's Forgiveness
Collaborating? Rihanna takes her forgiveness of Chris Brown too far. Read More »
Morning Quickies
"The National Enquirer" allegedly ran Whitney Houston's casket photo. Read More »
Chris Brown photo
  • The ever-so-charming Chris Brown has been accused of stealing a woman’s iPhone at a Miami nightclub after she took a picture of him. A 24-year-old woman started photographing Chris Brown and Tyga leaving a nightclub and he allegedly reached out of the window, took her phone and said, “Bitch you ain’t going to put that on no website.” [Buzzfeed]
  • In other Bad Dude News, Bobby Brown is pitching a tell-all book about his marriage to ex-wife Whitney Houston. Klassy. [PopCrush]
  • The words “purple nurple,” “student” and “teacher” do not belong in the same sentence, ever. [The FW]
  • Kate Middleton has a cousin who is a burlesque artist?!?! [The Gloss]
  • The six worst Oscar snubs in black film history. [Uptown Magazine] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Virginia Kills “Fetal Personhood” Bill

Today's Lady News
  • Virginia’s state Senate killed a “fetal personhood bill” which would have criminalized all abortions by declaring a fetus to be a human being at the moment of conception. Yesterday, Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell rescinded his intent to sign a “transvaginal ultrasound” bill, which would have required a woman seeking an abortion to be vaginally probed with an ultrasound, after it attracted nationwide and worldwide attention.  [WSLS]
  • Texas is now officially banning Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving federal women’s health funds because they are “an affiliate of an abortion provider.” At least 130,000 low-income women will lose their access to contraception and cancer screenings as a result of this decision. Frisky contributor Andrea Grimes has the story. [Hay Ladies]
  • Please read New York Times op-ed columnist Gail Collins’ thoughts on gender in the 2012 election. Just trust me on this. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Producer The Dream Defends Rihanna & Chris Brown’s Collaboration

"Birthday Cake"
Chris Brown is on Rihanna's remix of her song "Birthday Cake." Read More »
Rihanna's Forgiveness
Collaborating? Rihanna takes her forgiveness of Chris Brown too far. Read More »
Chris Brown's Abuse
On why our culture must take domestic violence more seriously. Read More »
The Dream photo

“Whatever my friend Rihanna wants to do.  It’s whatever she wants to do. [To] forgive is a word that people need to rethink and actually figure out whether they can do that, or if they’re just saying that they can forgive and they actually can’t and don’t possess the power to do that. And [Rihanna] does, [and] I do, along with a lot of people I know do. You know we’re all human at the end of the day. This isn’t ‘hey, [I'm] sticking up for this person, or whatever.’ It’s not about that. It’s really about what I was taught as a kid. This is how I thought the world was supposed to work, you know. We want forgiveness when it’s us, but we don’t want forgiveness when it’s somebody else. It’s like you’re in a glass house and and you’re casting rocks out … You’re just shattering your own house because the same willingness you have to not forgive someone else, you have to understand that one day you’re going to have a child and that child may do something that you don’t sincerely approve of. But you have to start to understand that we are human and this is how it is.”

– The Dream, who produced Rihanna’s song “Birthday Cake” that she remixed with her abusive ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, tells PopCrush what he thinks about the controversy. Keep reading »

xoJane Blogger Defends ESPN Journalist Fired Over Racist Jeremy Lin Headline

Xo Jane On Plan B
Amelia just needs to vent on this stupid piece about Plan B. Read More »
The Gloss On XOJane
The Gloss has a bone to pick with xoJane, too. Read More »
Topless Basketball?
Dennis Rodman is launching a topless women's b-ball team. Read More »
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Earlier this week, xoJane’s sports blogger Daisy Barringer wrote a piece called “Do We Really Think That ESPN Headline Was Intentionally Racist?” In it, Daisy argued that the ESPN headline writer who penned the “Chink In The Armor” headline — after the Knicks lost on Saturday night — might have made an honest mistake when he used a racial slur for Asian-Americans in a story about the player Jeremy Lin. The writer, Anthony Frederico, has since been fired from ESPN;  he maintains that he didn’t know “chink” was a racist slur and the incident was completely unintentional. He also has used the phrase “chink in the armor” in other headlines before when he wasn’t referring to Asian-Americans, suggesting that’s just a phrase he likes to use in headlines. So, Daisy gives him the benefit of the doubt because she claims she didn’t know until well into her 20s that “chink” was a racist slur, either. 

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Sweets For The Sweet (In Paris!)

Travel Diary: Paris!
Travel with Winona to Paris! Read More »
365 Days In Paris
Leonora lived in Paris for a year and brought us along with her. Read More »

Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to move to Paris for work? Amy Thomas was a copywriter in New York City when one day her boss offered her a dream gig writing copy for Louis Vuitton — in the City of Lights. Sold! But unlike other ladies who’ve flown across the pond, Amy wasn’t looking for l’amour or even la mode. This sugar-freak intended to use her time in Paris snarfing sweets all the best patisseries and boulangeries, which she lovingly recaps in her foodie memoir, Paris, My Sweet: A Year In The City Of Light (And Dark Chocolate). If an Air France flight is not in your budget, Paris, My Sweet should satiate any cravings you might have … at least temporarily. [$10.19, Amazon]

Morning Quickies: “National Enquirer” Allegedly Runs Whitney Houston Casket Photo On Cover

RIP: Whitney Houston
Updated information on the passing of Whitney Houston. Read More »
Her Last Performance
Whitney sang at a pre-Grammy party two nights ago. Read More »
Alcohol and Xanax?
Whitney Houston reportedly died from mixing alcohol and prescription drugs. Read More »
J-Hud's Tribute
Jennifer Hudson delivered a gorgeous tribute to Whitney. Read More »
  • National Enquirer, what the hell is wrong with you? The tabloid rag’s cover is allegedly a photograph of Whitney Houston lying in a casket at her funeral. If this photo is real, shame on the Enquirer and shame on the person who took the photo at the funeral and sold it. [Guardian UK
  • Lea Michele and Cory Monteith from “Glee” are either dating or doing schmoopy things like giving each other “puppy dog eyes” and feeding each other pasta just to torture single people. [Life & Style]
  • You won’t believe what some idiot dude said to this woman on their first date. [The Gloss]
  • Meet the eight annoying people who always show up at an Oscars party. [The FW]
  • “Harry Potter” scribe J.K. Rowling is writing a novel for adults. [Washington Post] Keep reading »
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