March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.
NINA SIMONE (1933-2003)
Singer, pianist, composer, and arranger Nina Simone was destined for musical greatness — she started playing the piano at age 4. Born Eurnice Waymon, Simone was the sixth of seven children in a poor North Carolina family. A music teacher set up a fund for her, and she went to study at the Julliard School of Music.
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The movie version of the infamous documentary “Grey Gardens” airs on HBO on April 18 — so soon! — and we finally have two trailers to tease you. When we initially heard about the movie, starring Drew Barrymore as Little Edie and Jessica Lange as Big Edie, we were a little worried: Would they do justice to the documentary, which has inspired everyone from Marc Jacobs to Rufus Wainwright? Amelia was especially concerned about Barrymore’s abilities.
I, for one, will be trekking to a friend who has HBO’s apartment next month. The movie goes back 40 years before the documentary was filmed, delving into why the mother and daughter withdrew from society. And, Drew’s accent doesn’t sound half bad! After the jump, the second trailer, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie, and a clip from the original documentary for you to compare. Keep reading »
Our beloved Huxtables, who very rarely dealt with sex even though dad Cliff was a gynecologist, are being turned into a porn spoof called “Not The Cosby’s XXX,” which X-Play and Hustler Video started filming in December 2008. Hopefully, the actor who plays Cliff won’t make any references to Jello Pudding while he engages in a lot of hard-core action. And I’m guessing there’s going to be some incest going on. Back in the late ’80s, women envied Denise Huxtable for her unapologetic style, and men just wanted to date her because she was cute, but not overly sexy. Never did we expect to watch Huxtables getting down and dirty in Denise’s bedroom — a set for the spoof has been rigged to resemble Denise’s boudoir. Check out a SFW photo of the cast after the jump. [NYPost.com] Keep reading »
It’s going to be raining birth control pills on college campuses now that the “Affordable Birth Control Act” has passed, which, as part of omnibus spending bill, will give college health clinics and community health centers affordable access to birth control pills. In 2007, due to federal cost-cutting, students were forced to pay up to 10 times more for the pill than they had before. Some went from paying $5 or less per month to paying $30 to $50. Some college pharmacies stopped stopped stocking birth control pills altogether. Now uninsured students won’t have to view the pill as an extravagant luxury and can enjoy the tons of sex they’re having without risking an unintended pregnancy. [USNews.com] Keep reading »
Tonight, while myself and the rest of The Frisky staff goes bowling, special guest blogger Sasha I is going to be filling you in on the dirty “Top Model” details. Will TyTy make someone cry? Will she find some way to talk about herself even when it’s totally not appropriate? What hideousness will Mr. Jay be wearing? And most important of all — who will go home? Check back at 8 pm EST to find out! — Amelia Keep reading »
Given the drama of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and the deer-in-headlights-spectacle of “Orange County,” the NYC version is the most tepid and ho-hum of Bravo’s franchise. That’s not to say, however, that some of their cast members aren’t as heinous. While I kind of respect damaged and opinionated Bethenny, adore blabbermouth Jill, and find Alex&Simon’s (they’re one entity, you know) nerdy pretentiousness entertaining, Ramona and LuAnn drive me about as crazy as Sheree and Vicki. Ramona is one marble away from the insane asylum and LuAnn lost any chance with me when she chastised Bethenny for introducing her to a lowly commoner by her first name. Mental case versus classist bitch, who to hate more?! Last night I made up my mind — C(o)untess LuAnn de Lesseps, you are THE WORST. Keep reading »
The Museo Tamayo in Mexico City has created some shock-advertising that has left some viewers scratching their heads and some suggesting misogyny. In the ad, a woman stands in what one can assume is the museum, her finger on her chin as if contemplating a work of art hanging on the wall in front of her. In response to whatever it is she sees, her heart is exploding out of her chest in the shape of a gory fist. Shocking? You bet. Misogynist. I’m not so sure. Jossip seems to think the violent image is woman-hating: “Because nothing says modern art like a bloody fist violently ripping out of a woman’s chest.” Copyranter, on the other hand, just thinks it’s obnoxious. So, what do you think? To find out, check out the full graphic image after the jump. Keep reading »
Mercede Johnston is Levi’s sister and you might remember her as the blabbermouth who said some pretty suspicious things on her MySpace page during the “Is Trig Palin actually Bristol’s kid not Sarah’s?”-scandal last year. In an interview with Star magazine, she says Bristol and Levi broke up awhile ago, that Bristol is not attending school, and that she doesn’t allow Levi much access to their two month old baby Tripp. “Levi tries to visit Tripp every single day,” she told the magazine, “but Bristol makes it nearly impossible for him. She tells him he can’t take the baby to our house because she doesn’t want him around ‘white trash.’ She treats him so badly!” If this is true, Bristol has chosen the lesser of two “evils,” by opting to be a single mom, rather than marrying “white trash.” I wonder what Ann Coulter has to say about this… [via Radar Online] Keep reading »