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Does The TV Show “Stars Earn Stripes” Glorify War?

Military Sister
My brother joined the armed forces. Read More »

In the endless quest to create new, exciting and compelling reality TV shows, it seems that producers sometimes engage in strange equation-making. Z-list celebs + jungle setting + strange tasks = “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.” Or desperate single ladies + mansion setting + one eligible dude = “The Bachelor.” But the math for the latest reality TV iteration, “Stars Earn Stripes,” seems all wrong. In this one, military professionals + Z-list celebs + real ammo and explosions is supposed to equal good TV. But many feel that the show — which stars Nick Lachey and Olympic skier Picabo Street, amongst others — not only makes a mockery of the important work of the Armed Forces, but also glorifies war. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Is Hollywood Still Colorstruck? The Search For Nina Simone Is Skin Deep

Tokenism?
Erica says lay off "Girls" for being all-white and give black girls a show. Read More »
Race On Mad Men
Dawn on "Mad Men" photo
Teyonah Parris on playing "Mad Men"'s first black employee. Read More »
Racists Upset
Some racist "Hunger Games" fans are mad about its black actors. Read More »

When the big news was announced last week that Zoe Saldana would be playing singer Nina Simone in a biopic, black cyberspace (yes, there is a “black Twitter” and a “black Facebook”) let out a collective “Oh, hell to the naw”!

For some it was because they did not believe that Zoe had enough acting talent to pull it off. Nina Simone was an extremely complex woman in real life, and the actress assigned to do this would be embarking upon the role of a lifetime. For others, the statements ranged from “Can Zoe even sing?” to “Wait, I thought she said she was a Latina?” to “Zoe is too skinny to play Nina Simone anyway!”

As the debate continued, it became clear to me that the issues surrounding the casting of Zoe ran much deeper than her acting ability. It was “skin deep.” Once again we were seeing an example of how Hollywood just doesn’t understand black women. To mainstream America, Black is “one color fits all.” But to African-American women, the color of our skin is much more than a random hue. In many ways, it uniquely shapes who we are and how we are treated in the world. For us, body image and self-esteem does not only involve loving your womanly body for the shape of it, but also embracing your complexion, hair texture and other features in a culture that constantly reminds you that thin white women are the standard of beauty. Keep reading »

I Really Want To Hang Out With The Cast Of “Community”

"Community" Challenge
Joel McHale and Chevy Chase take a pop culture challenge. Read More »
"Community" College Vid
Check out this hilarious college commercial. Read More »
Alison Brie's Mad Men Style
What do you think of her red carpet look? Read More »
Alison Brie Raps!

I’ve always been a fan of the show “Community,” starring dreamy Joel Mchale and a cast of other talented comedians. But after watching their series of season four bloopers, I definitely want to hang out with them. Their set looks like so much fun! (Though it might actually not be, given the feud between “Community” creator Dan Harmon and Chevy Chase. Harmon was fired as a result.) So I’m hereby publicly offering myself as an additional member of the gang. I can’t rap like Alison Brie, but I’m hoping they can find a spot for me on their team. [YouTube]

Too Cute! “Matilda”-Inspired Fashion

Literary Crushes
14 fictional people from books we are crushing on IRL. Read More »
Book Club Rules
Five rules for a book club that actually reads. Read More »
Book Confessions
Our deepest, darkest book confessions. Read More »
Style Inspiration: Books!
Style Inspiration Taken From The Books Of Four Very Famous Literary Ladies
Steal the style of 4 famous literary characters! Read More »
matilda fashion

I might be a little too into the young adult novel Matilda than is suitable for a grown woman … right down to squee-ing when I saw the blog College Fashion did a how-to on how to get Matilda’s look. If Matilda’s now your type, they also show you how to get Miss Honey’s sweet and ladylike style, as well as vaguely dominatrix-inspired Miss Trunchbull look. The only thing they forgot with Matilda is a pile of library books! [College Fashion]

Probably The Most Appropriately Made Portrait Of Daenerys Targaryen

Why is Fay Helfer‘s art so appropriate for Daenerys? Well, it has to do with how she produced those dark flowing lines: with fire. She uses a heated tip to burn her lines into wood, just like those hobby kits that your parents would never buy you when you were a kid because they were covered with warnings. Fortunately, you will not need parental supervision to view Helfer’s art right here. And don’t miss a special tabletop gaming surprise at the end. Read more…

“10 Years” Trailer Features Even More Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum must be some kind of time traveler, because he seems to put out more hot movies than the rest of Hollywood combined. This year alone he’s already headlined three of Hollywood’s biggest surprise hits, “The Vow,” “21 Jump Street” and “Magic Mike.” So he’s probably ready for a well earned vacation, right?

Nah, of course not. Instead, he’s got a brand new trailer for yet another movie coming out this fall, “10 Years.” Read more…

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