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When In Rome: Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi “Parties” With 200 Italian Women

When Muammar Gaddafi went to speak at the U.N. General Assembly in September, he drew controversy — he was protested, shut out of local housing, and his nearly two-hour speech was disparaged in the news. But the Libyan leader may have found a new way to speak his message to the people.

While attending a U.N. global food summit in Rome, Gaddafi reportedly brought some 200 women to a local villa, where he lectured them for two hours about his country and women’s roles in the Islamic faith. Keep reading »

Studying The Catwalk In The Classroom

Princeton University’s campus is about to get fierce! According to The Ink, the blog for the university’s press club, a class on fashion models is among the New Jersey school’s offerings in the spring.

It is the Ivy League, so don’t expect a class discussion on the latest season of “America’s Next Top Model” (sorry, Tyra). “Model Memoirs: The Life Stories of International Fashion Models” in the Comparative Lit and African-American Studies departments, will focus on “American, African, and Asian women in the fashion industry as a launching point for thinking about race, gender, and class.” Required texts include the life stories of famous models Alek Wek, Waris Diric, and Irina Pantaeva; students will discuss the constructions of femininity and ethnicity and relate their own ideas on beauty ideals in their assignments. Keep reading »

Quickies: Aerosmith Seeks Steven Tyler Replacement & A Post-Mortem On The “Gossip Girl” Threesome

  • Now that Steven Tyler‘s apparently out, who should become Aerosmith‘s new frontman? [Entertainment Weekly] — EW has some interesting suggestions, but that’s beside the point — it just won’t be the same.
  • Strange fashions abound at a Beijing Fashion Week grad student show. [The Daily Mail] — How far does a look have to go before it moves from “avant-garde” to just plain crazy?
  • City” boy Freddie Fackelmayer says MTV edited him into a “womanizing jerk.” [Washington City Paper] — Scripted or not, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it just might be a womanizing jerk.

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Quickies: Ryan Seacrest Gets Military Apology And The “Irritating” Kate Winslet Wins Lawsuit

  • The U.S. Army apologized to Ryan Seacrest after learning the “American Idol” host’s stalker was one of their own. Chidi Uzomah Jr., a sergeant with the Army Reserves, entered the E! offices on Friday armed with a knife. He also attacked one of Seacrest’s bodyguards in September. [People] — Ryan sort of annoys us, but he doesn’t deserve to be stalked.
  • During a D.C. Council hearing on marriage equality, a witness paused during his testimony to propose to his partner. [The Daily What] — Aww.
  • Weezer teamed up with Snuggie to promote their new album [Spinner] — I believe a 2009 remix for “Undone (The Sweater Song)” could be in the making.

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“Southland” Tales: NBC Shows That Have Made It… Somewhere Else

The Greatest Moments Of The American Mustache

The Greatest Moments Of The American Mustache

Throughout America’s history, the mustache has grown on the lips of many famous and influential Americans. In honor of Movember, click on for the mustache’s impact on America over the years.

Quickies: First Daughters Inoculated For Swine Flu & This Actually Isn’t It For Michael Jackson

  • Sasha and Malia Obama received their shots against H1N1, after vaccination questions flooded the White House. [New York Times]
  • The LAPD is concerned about paparazzi after a series of break-ins at stars’ homes. [Los Angeles Times]
  • It’s been a bad week for the Church of Scientology. Director Paul Haggis broke ties over Scientology’s stance on gay rights The Wrap, while a French court convicted the group of fraud. [Yahoo] — What would Xenu do?

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Kanye West’s “We Were Once A Fairytale” And Other Celebs’ Violent Videos

Quickies: Oprah Vs. Palin in November & Octomom’s Doc Gets Disbarred

  • Oprah will finally sit down with Sarah Palin on the Nov. 16 episode of her talk show. [What an awesome birthday present! -- Editor] [TrèsSugar] — This is quite possibly the showdown of the century.
  • “Real Housewife” Bethenny Frankel, who got engaged recently, admits she’s pregnant after internet rumors started to spread. [NYDailyNews.com] — Lesson learned: no matter what, you can never outrun the internet.
  • Beer pong: the swine flu’s latest victim. A New York college has banned the playing of beer pong after several students contracted H1N1 during a weekend of partying. [Lemondrop]

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Quickies: Jon Gosselin Is Forced To Give Back The Dough & A Health Care Reform Hurdle Cleared

  • Jon Gosselin has been ordered to return $180,000 in marital funds to Kate Gosselin by Oct. 26. If he doesn’t give it back, he faces contempt charges. [MSNBC]
  • U.K. Bartender Lloyd Gardner helps catch rapist, then donates his police reward to the victim. [Lemondrop]
  • Note to, well, everyone: Nudity does not make you ineligible for a shoplifting arrest. [Dumb As A Blog] — It only makes your situation more ridiculous.

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