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Women Who Rock: Lydia Thompson

March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday. Since today is the last day of this awesome month, we’ll be going out with a bank, spotlight FIVE women who rock.

LYDIA THOMPSON (1838-1908)

Born in 1838, Eliza Hodges Thompson was a London dancer, actress and theater producer. As a teenager, she toured as a dancer throughout Europe, starring in many successful burlesque shows around London. She won notoriety for introducing burlesque to America in 1868. Thompson traveled the states with her troupe, the British Blondes, from 1868-1874. Their first hit show, “Ixion,” was a comedy that featured cross-dressing women playing men’s roles.

Thompson’s shows included a mix of pantomime, burlesque, improvisation, singing, dancing and racy costumes. The scantily clad dancers wore skirts that were above the knee and flesh-colored tights. While they never appeared in the nude, the shows were popular because they were sexually suggestive and drew attention to the female body.
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9 Things To Know About Chelsea Clinton And Marc Mezvinsky’s Relationship

Chelsea Clinton is supposedly planning a lavish $1 million dollar wedding to Marc Mezvinsky for this summer, which would be the perfect time because Hillary Clinton should have settled into her Secretary of State position by then. Chelsea is considering a sunset wedding on a hill overlooking the ocean, so friends say they could tie the knot at Martha’s Vineyard or Hilton Head Island. Unlike her past relationship with Ian Klaus, Chelsea has been careful with Marc to keep their relationship private and out of view of the paparazzi and gossip tabloids. But we dug up a few interesting things about him and their relationship. Keep reading »

Recapping “Gossip Girl”: Remains Of The J

OMG! Spoiler alert, for those of you who have yet to review your DVR’d “Gossip Girl” from last night: this episode didn’t completely suck! I know, right? Amazing! Let’s dive right into it.

First up: did they or didn’t they? Meaning Blair and Nate, of course. Turns out they didn’t, although Blair has been bringing Nate breakfast at his manse on the windswept Upper East Side moors for the past week. Try telling that to Vanessa, though. After getting a friendly text from her estranged loverboy (or so she thinks!), Our Lady of Indeterminate Ethnicity catches sight of Blair leaving Nate’s abode before school one morning. Chuck rolls up in his limo and lets V know that it was in fact he, the dastardly Bassling, who sent the false text. For you see, Charles has been stalking Blair and is convinced that Nate has resumed sticking his Archibald in her Waldorf. Vanessa resists Chuckie’s attempt to draw her into his plans for revenge, but oh: the episode’s only just begun…. Keep reading »

Women Who Rock: Josephine Baker

March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday. Since today is the last day of this awesome month, we’ll be going out with a bank, spotlight FIVE women who rock.

JOSEPHINE BAKER (1906-1975)

Josephine Baker, born on June 3, 1906, was the quintessential “wild child” of the 1920s. She was born Freda Josephine McDonald in East St. Louis, Ill., to Carrie McDonald. Although it’s not known exactly who Josephine’s father was, it’s believed that he was McDonald’s white employer at the time. At least that’s what Josephine believed.

Baker’s childhood was not what anyone would call easy. At either, she was abused by a lady she was working for because she used too much soap in the laundry. By the time she was 12, she had dropped out of school and had become one of the “street children” that slept in cardboard boxes and ate from garbage cans. She earned money by dancing on street corners.

She got her start in Vaudeville at 15 in the chorus line. There was no turning back. Josephine Baker broke the color barrier in theater and movies. She made her name in the Follies Bergères, and was recipient of the Croix de Guerre for her war efforts on behalf of her adopted country of France.

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Kangaroos Are The New Humans

Everyone seems to be looking for the next big thing in cozy. Of course, there’s the Snuggie and all of its permutations, but what about people who have babies and want keep them all cuddly and warm while mom runs errands? Gizmodo just unearthed the Peekaru, an $80 fleece vest with a pouch used for transporting babies. It’s kind of like a synthetic-fiber kangaroo pouch. Fingers crossed that we see a mom using one of these in real life — only then will we be complete. [Gizmodo via The Underwhelmer] Keep reading »

Women Who Rock: Mary McLeod Bethune

March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday. Since today is the last day of this awesome month, we’ll be going out with a bank, spotlight FIVE women who rock.

MARY McLEOD BETHUNE (1875-1955)

Born July 10, 1875, Mary McLeod Bethune made great strides in education, social justice and positive thinking for women, children and African-American society.

Mary McLeod Bethune is best known for founding Bethune-Cookman University. Though the school is a prestigious university today, it began as a small school for disadvantaged African-American girls.

Mary McLeod Bethune fought for the rights of women, for education without segregation, health care for black children, and much more. She did all this while still focusing on her school. Through the years, Mary McLeod Bethune championed many human rights causes and served as an adviser to five American presidents.

In addition, she served as president of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, founded the National Council for Negro Women, was appointed to the Child Welfare Conference under the Coolidge administration, and served in many other important roles.

Wherever Mary McLeod Bethune saw need for social remedies, she found ways to help. She opened a hospital to serve the African-American population when a sick black man was turned away from a Daytona Beach hospital.

Mary McLeod Bethune is known for saying, “Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.” She truly lived by those words, and though she died on May 18, 1955, her legacy continues. Keep reading »

Women Who Rock: Gwendolyn Brooks

March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday. Since today is the last day of this awesome month, we’ll be going out with a bank, spotlight FIVE women who rock.

GWENDOLYN BROOKS (1917-2000)

There are several influential African Americans — women especially — who sometimes fall through the cracks of history. Gwendolyn Brooks is one of them. Where women are concerned, there are few socially and politically influential people who can be called amazing. But a quick peek into the life and accomplishments of Gwendolyn Brooks is sufficient to comprehend the impact that she has had on today’s African American culture.

Born in 1917, Gwendolyn Brooks came from a typical loving family with parents who celebrated education. Her mother left a teaching career to focus on family life. And because the costs of medical school were too high, her father pushed aside the idea of becoming a doctor, settling for janitorial work instead. Years later, Gwendolyn Brooks herself would experience the sting of “settling,” taking on typing jobs and domestic work despite having submitted over 75 poems to The Chicago Defender.
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Quickies!: Josh Hartnett Has A Major Tummyache

  • Josh Hartnett was hospitalized for some sort of gastrointestinal disorder. And, no, this isn’t another Hollywood excuse, like exhaustion. [Dlisted]
  • Bjork was spotted in one of her kooky outfits while shopping in New York City. Wait, she actually shops for those clothes? I thought she conjured them in a cauldron. [Perez Hilton]
  • Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer broke up reportedly because he has a Twitter addiction. But that’s not the only annoying internet habit that can doom your relationship. [College Candy]
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    You’ll Have A Ball (And Eat Some) At The Testicle Festival

    If you’re in or around Oakdale, CA, today and enjoy eating rocky mountain oysters, make sure to stop by the Rotary’s Testicle Festival. Approximately 400 lbs. of “cowboy caviar,” aka bull testicles, will be marinated in red wine, garlic, olive oil, and herbs overnight, breaded, and then deep fried. The event is a little pricey — $50 in advance or $65 at the door — but it’s all for a good cause. The proceeds will benefit the Oakland Cowboy Museum. All of a sudden, I’m not so hungry for dinner. Keep reading to watch bull testicles being prepared for a past festival. But don’t say I didn’t warn you. Keep reading »

    “Guest Of Cindy Sherman” Explores Famous Girlfriend Syndrome

    Besides “Sunshine Cleaning” and “I Love You, Man,” one of the movies I am dying to see right now is “Guest Of Cindy Sherman,” a documentary directed by artist-turned-TV host, Paul Hasegawa-Overacker, aka Paul H-O. The movie is about the unlikely love affair he had with Sherman, a feminist artist/photographer famous for transforming herself into different characters which she shot as self-portraits. The film seems especially interesting because it’s directed from the perspective of a hanger-on who becomes personally involved with one of the most revered figures of the art world he follows so closely. In a way, it’s a fitting film to see now, with the recession resulting in so many lost jobs, particularly among men, making women the breadwinners for many families. Sherman and H-O hardly had the prototypical relationship, but her incredible fame hid him in the shadows. At least until now. Check out the trailer above, and click after the jump to see a few of Sherman’s photographs. Keep reading »

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