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Morning Quickies: Chris Brown Tried To Pickup Woman With “I Promise I Won’t Beat You”

Chris And Rihanna
A timeline of Rihanna and Chris Brown's relationship. Read More »
Chris Brown's Abuse
On why our culture must take domestic violence more seriously. Read More »
Jay-Z Hates Him
Jay-Z didn't clap for Chris Brown's performance. Read More »
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  • What? No. Just no. A woman in the Grammy gift lounge tells Us Weekly that Chris Brown approached her and asked, “Can I get your number? I promise I won’t beat you.” Then his friends started laughing and one cried “That’s his new line!” The woman says she “wanted to throw up.” Us, too. [Us Weekly]
  • Bobby Brown won’t be attending his ex-wife’s Whitney Houston’s funeral at her family’s request. Also, Aretha Franklin, Whitney’s godmother, is set to perform at the funeral. [Fox News, Starpulse]
  • Who is Carly Rae Jepsen and what does she have to do with the Biebs? [PopCrush]
  • Classic period scenes in TV and film. [Crushable]
  • A woman with a double uterus carried “twins” — one baby in each womb. Oh, the wonders of nature. [The Stir] Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Meet Malachy, Winner Of The Westminster Dog Show

Dog Shuts Up Baby
This dog tells an annoying baby to shut up. Watch »
Morning Quickies
Amber Riley on "Glee" photo
You have to listen to Amber Riley's cover of "I Will Always Love You." Read More »
  • Meet Malachy, the Ewok — I mean, the Pekingese — who took the Best In Show top prize at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. [The FW]
  • Megadeth’s frontman Dave Mustaine has endorsed for president — wait for it! — Senator Rick Santorum. [Daily Beast]
  • The “Waiting To Exhale” sequel will still happen sans Whitney Houston. [PopCrush]
  • Would you be freaked out if your OB/GYN was selling sex toys? I wouldn’t. I would be, like, yeaaaah buddy! [Betty Confidential]
  • I’ve seen two different women wearing maxi skirts in the frigid February weather here in NYC, so there must be an art to this “wearing maxi skirts in winter” thing. [Wander With Style] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Ban Proposed On Abortion After 20 Weeks In Washington, D.C.

Today's Lady News
  • Utah Sen. Mike Like, a Republican supported by the Tea Party, has proposed a ban on abortion after 20 weeks in the District of Columbia. This “fetal pain” bill is based on the anti-abortion argument, unproven by the medical establishment, that five months is the point at which a fetus can feel pain. (You can read more in-depth on “fetal pain” laws here.) Oklahoma, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska and Alabama have similar fetal pain bills in effect.  [Salt Lake Tribune]
  • I have instructed Amelia to drink some cold medicine and watch this unintentionally HILARIOUS video from the American Life League about the evils of Planned Parenthood, which include “penis balloons,” “vagina cupcakes,” and “vagina macarons.” Actual quote from this video: “Planned Parenthood’s gateway drug is masturbation.” Oh my word, the comedy is priceless! (Priceless and scary.) [The Stranger via Feministing] Keep reading »

Viola Davis Addresses Black Actresses, Racism In “The Help”

Racist Or Raving?
What critics are saying about "The Help." Read More »
Octavia's Spanx
Octavia Spencer says she wore 3 pairs of Spanx to the SAG Awards. Read More »
Black Women Stereotypes
Stephen Colbert gets schooled on stereotypes of black women. Read More »

“The black artist cannot live in a revisionist place. The black artist can only tell the truth about humanity, and humanity is messy. People are messy. Caucasian actors know that. … We as African-American artists are more concerned with image and message and not execution, which is why every time you see your images they’ve been watered down to the point where they are not realistic at all. My whole thing is, do I always have be noble? As an artist, you’ve got to see the mess.”

– Actress Viola Davis responds to journalist Tavis Smiley regarding their roles in “The Help,” which has been criticized for being a “Hooray, White People Solved Racism” movie. Smiley told his guests, Viola and Octavia Spencer, that “I want you to win [an Oscar], but I’m ambivalent about what you’re winning for.” Whether you agree with Viola’s reply or not, it was earnest and, in my opinion, a refreshing response to the litany of complaints about “The Help” that have dogged it since the film came out. She’s probably sick of people saying this to her face and knowing people are saying it behind her back, too. [New York Times via YouTube]

Virginia Advances Anti-Abortion “Fetal Personhood” And “Transvaginal Ultrasound” Bills

Obama On Abortion
Read the president's statement about Roe Vs. Wade's 39th anniversary. Read More »
Public Hanging?
abortion photo
An NC politician called for the public hanging of abortion providers. Read More »
Today's Lady News
An abortion in the U.S. is safer than giving birth here, study finds. Read More »
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Virginia politicians advanced two extreme and extremely disturbing anti-abortion bills yesterday — Valentine’s Day, for God’s sake! One is a so-called “fetal personhood” amendment, which would criminalize all abortions by declaring that a fertilized egg is a person. 

The state’s Republican-controlled House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed the “fetal personhood” bill, which now heads to the state Senate. If the bill passes the state Senate and is signed into law by Republican Governor Bob McDonnell, it would be the most sweeping criminalization of abortion in the United States. Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Amber Riley Covers “I Will Always Love You” On “Glee”

J-Hud's Tribute
Jennifer Hudson delivered a gorgeous tribute to Whitney. Read More »
RIP: Whitney Houston
Updated information on the passing of Whitney Houston. Read More »
Alcohol and Xanax?
Whitney Houston reportedly died from mixing alcohol and prescription drugs. Read More »
Amber Riley on "Glee" photo
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  • Here’s Amber Riley cover of “I Will Always Love You” on “Glee,” which was recorded before Whitney Houston’s death this weekend. Just like J-Hud, Amber has a big, booming, beautiful voice that does this song justice. [Us Weekly
  • Watch Taylor Swift’s video for “Safe & Sound,” her song off “The Hunger Games” soundtrack. I’m warning you, it’s depressing. [Update: it looks like the video has been pulled. Bummer, dude. Here's the song with some stills from the video on YouTube.] [The FW]
  • Charming Chris Brown told his Twitter haters to “f–k off” because “I got a Grammy!” [Celebuzz] Keep reading »
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