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Put On Your Nylons, Dollface, It’s Time For An Air Raid Party

Brits. We will never understand them sometimes—and not just because of the cute accents.

Tonight some rather cheeky Brits are celebrating a “Blitz Party,” the 65th anniversary of D-Day, when the Allied forces invaded Normandy, France, during WWII. (The Blitz was when the Germans bombed the city of London for over a month straight, tens of thousands of Brits were killed and millions of homes and buildings destroyed.) Keep reading »

It’s My Divorce Party And I Will Wear A Wedding Dress If I Want To

Not to rain on our own bridal bonanza parade, but not all marriages end happily ever after. While there is no “right” way to handle a divorce, Brit Jo Wallace can’t be accused of moping. Rather than skulk around her house after her three-year marriage ended, Jo threw a divorce party. Sure a divorce party isn’t quite as conventional as a Tupperware party, but it was actually the dress code that caught our attention. Rather than don the average “night out on the town to pick me up a hunk of new man” garb for the pub crawl through Brighton, England, Wallace insisted that all the women wear wedding gowns. Not just any wedding dress, oh no, the most hideous dress one could find on eBay. Stomping around Brighton like Bridezilla probably doesn’t come up high on the list of conventional ways to celebrate one’s divorce, but we give Wallace credit for making lemonade out of lemons, and giving dresses that usually only get worn once a second life. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »

Rape Victim Turns Painful Past Into Promising Future For Young Women

An article on CNN yesterday turned me on to Zimababwe native Betty Makoni, CNN hero of the week. She is a teacher, a volunteer, and the executive director of her organization, Girl Child Network (GCN), which boasts 30,000 members in Zimbabwe alone. She was also raped when she was 6 years old.

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Quickies!: Nine-Year-Old “Slumdog” Actress Writes A Memoir

  • Nine year-old Rubina Ali is more than just an adorable actress from “Slumdog Millionaire”—she’s also a soon-to-be author! [People] – From the description, the memoir sounds just as vivid as the beautiful film.
  • Denise Richards talks about her “complicated” life in an interview with PopEater. [Pop Eater] — She actually sounds fairly intelligent! Way to step it up, Denise! Now if you could just stop flaunting your bra straps like a wannabe bimbo…
  • Now that James Franco has bailed on giving the UCLA commencement speech, students are rallying together to try to get Conan O’Brien to give it. [Perez] — Here’s hoping they can get the hilarious redhead to show! I will be very jealous if they do.

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Trailer Park: “Away We Go,” “The Hangover,” And “Land of the Lost”

Let’s face it, you’re going to have to deal with the utter emptiness left in your evenings this weekend. There’s a big, gaping abyss that’s been occupied by “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” all week. Thank goodness that movies still exist! This week, a pregnant couple look for home in “Away We Go,” you should maybe be drunk before seeing (the “Dude Where’s My Car” for grown-ups) “The Hangover,” and you might cry because they ruined the already bad TV show “Land of the Lost.” Keep reading »

The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For June 6-7th 2009

    Saturday

  • “Fashion Show” on Bravo at 10 am
  • “The Hills” on MTV at 10 am
  • “NYC Prep Preview” on Bravo at 11 am
  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey” marathon on Bravo, starting at 11:30 am
  • “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” on TBS at 12:30 pm
  • MTV Movie Awards” on MTV at 3 pm
  • “100 Greatest Songs of The 80’s” on VH1 at 5 pm

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What Barack Obama Had To Say To Muslim Women

This week, Barack Obama headed to Egypt with a pretty big mission in mind: smoothing over relations between the United States and the Muslim World. The pinnacle of his trip—a speech at Cairo University yesterday afternoon. In his speech, he emphasized the need for tolerance, not confrontation, between peoples, genders and religions in our increasingly interdependent world and called out for global cooperation as the only way to solve the problems we all currently face. But we were especially interested in what he had to say about Muslim women. After the jump, the words straight from Obama’s mouth. Keep reading »

President Obama Causes A Rise In Multiracial Population

Individuals who classify themselves as multiracial are the fastest growing demographic group in the U.S. According to the latest census estimates, the number of multiracial people increased 3.4 percent last year to around 5.2 million. Americans were allowed to identify themselves by more than one race on the census for the first time in 2000 and their numbers jumped 33 percent. This group now makes up 5 percent of the minority population, but it’s suspected that millions more have been uncounted. Experts attribute the rise to greater acceptance and less immigration. Keep reading »

Prepping For Bravo’s NYC Prep

Slated to premiere later this month, Bravo’s “NYC Prep” is already stirring up drama off the airwaves. And modeled as a reality “Gossip Girl,” it’s easy to see why—the preview episode checks off just about every controversy box, from underage drinking caught on camera to bitchy admissions about wealth and sex. Just how long did everyone think this would last before the slew of legal headaches presented themselves? The head of Nightingale-Bamford, an all-girls school where one of the show’s characters is enrolled, has already sent a letter to parents and alums criticizing the exposure. Time Out published the letter in full, but here are a few excerpts… Keep reading »

Men Are Unlikely To Protect Themselves, Or Their Partners, From HPV

An HPV vaccine for men is likely to be approved in the next year, but according to a recent study, men are fairly unlikely to get the shot, even if told it would help protect their female partners against cervical cancer. Sadly, we’re not surprised. Many men won’t sport a rubber to protect themselves and their ladies (yes I know I’m generalizing here), why would we expect them to get poked by a needle?

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