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Bristol Palin Kicks Levi Johnston To The Curb

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 »

Women Who Rock: Madame CJ Walker

MADAME C.J. WALKER (1867-1919)

Did you struggle in school? Come from an abusive family? Marry the wrong man? If so, you have the makings of a success, if the amazing life of Madam C.J. Walker is anything to go by.

One of the most successful female entrepreneurs of the 20th century, Madam C.J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove on Dec. 23, 1867. She began life in poverty, which included backbreaking work in the cotton fields of Delta, La. By the time she was seven, both her parents were dead, leaving her under the care of an older sister, Louvenia. Unfortunately, Louvenia was married to an abusive man, which led Walker to marry early in order to escape. Four years into the marriage, her husband, Moses McWilliams, died, leaving Walker to raise their only child, Lelia, alone. This marked the turning point of her life. Keep reading »

Threats To Masculinity Lead To Depressed Men

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Although men and women have experienced more equal employment opportunities in recent decades, men still connect their masculinity to their role as breadwinner. And when men feel insecure about their jobs or fear becoming redundant at work, they’re more likely to be stressed or depressed than women, according to a study conducted in Britain by Cambridge University. More women than men have lost their jobs in Britain during the recession and a recent poll released earlier this year showed that women, more than men, were worried about losing their jobs, so you’d think women would be the depressed ones. Not so! Even when unemployed men found an insecure job, their psychological health didn’t improve. For unemployed women, on the other hand, finding an insecure job helped restore psychological health. Men may be better at saving face in a crisis, but women, it seems, are more equipped to deal with the crisis — after the tears and screaming, that is. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Quickies!: Boycott Nickelodeon?

  • Hey! Love animals that talk? Want to see our editor Amelia (and her ex, actually) make a fool out of herself? Click here! [It's Todd's Show!]
  • Nickelodeon refuses to remove Chris Brown’s name from the list of Kid’s Choice Awards nominations, despite receiving thousands of requests to do so. Not that I ever watch Nickelodeon, but could a boycott be in order? [Perez Hilton]
  • “American Idol” producers thought they were upping the wow-factor by adding a 13th finalist, but they were really upping the ohh-factor. As it turns out, the sequenced telephone number for contestant 13 is already in use by a phone sex company. [TMZ]
  • Okay, so we kind of knew this already, but Kim Zolciak’s Big Poppa was indeed ATL real estate developer Lee Najjar. Why else would Kim have “Lee” tattooed on her left ring finger? [Dlisted]
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    National Women And Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

    Today, March 10, is National Women And Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — a day to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. In 1990, women only made up 11 percent of new AIDS cases, but by 2005, that number had more than doubled to 26 percent. AIDS is now the leading cause of death for black women ages 25-to-34. Most women are infected with HIV through heterosexual contact, so it’s imperative that women and adolescent girls learn the HIV status of their male partners and get tested regularly. When a woman knows her HIV status, she can make informed decisions regarding childbearing and can take steps to prevent spreading the infection. Women who aren’t directly affected by HIV/AIDS tend to forget that there’s an epidemic, but this disease can affect anyone. Instead of turning a blind eye, take action by getting tested, practicing safe sex all the time, not engaging in risky behavior, discussing HIV prevention with others (especially grandparents), and supporting those living with HIV/AIDS. [HIV/AIDS Awareness Days] Keep reading »

    Women Who Rock: Laura Ingalls Wilder

    LAURA INGALLS WILDER (1867-1957)

    Laura Ingalls Wilder lived a simple life on the prairie, which she captured for millions in her writing (which were our favorite books when we were younger!), telling stories about growing up on the American frontier. She did much of her writing after her only daughter, Rose, had grown and left home, but getting a later start hasn’t had an effect on her books’ reach. “Little House on the Prairie” and her other 10 other books have been translated into more than 40 languages. “I had no idea I was writing history,” she had said, but she was. [She taught me that you should put maple syrup on snow -- yum. -- Catherine]

    Further reading:

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life by Pamela Smith Hill
  • The Complete Little House Nine-Book Set
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    “Coco Avant Chanel”: A Worthy Biopic

    The trailer for “Coco Avant Chanel,” a biopic based on Coco Chanel’s early years starring Audrey Tatou, has finally arrived much to our delight. Since the film opens on April 22 in France, the preview is in French, but we can tell from the love, sex, wild parties, and fantastic costumes that this Chanel biopic will be much better than the made-for-Lifetime one starring Shirley MacLaine without a French accent, just a grumpy expression.
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    Women’s Magazines: Who’s Evolving, Us Or Them?

    Women’s History Month should feel different this 2009. We’re living in an epicenter of change and progression. We have powerhouses Nancy Pelosi and Hilary Clinton sitting high in the White House. Tina Fey represents our new wave of venerated cultural icons. And before our new president married our first lady, he was reporting to her in the workplace. Yes, smart is sexy again. Or is it? Keep reading »

    Another “Real Housewives” Arrest And A Few More Rap Sheets

    The talent of “The Real Housewives of New York” seem like the classiest and most sophisticated of the housewives bunch. I mean, LuAnn deLesseps is writing a book on etiquette and Alex McCord’s sons speak like 15 languages. Plus, the women are actually immersed in New York’s high society. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have their legal woes too. Kelly Killoren Bensimon, the newest addition to “The Real Housewives of New York” cast, gives off an air of refinery, but this former model can get down and dirty when she wants. Keep reading »

    Bonnie Sheds New Light On “Bachelor” Drama

    Yesterday afternoon I happened to switch on “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” a program I don’t normally watch (honestly!), just as Bonnie was introducing “The Bachelor”‘s Jason Mesnick and his Bachelorette, Molly Malaney. Last week I was on vacation in Central America, but by some grace of God, my hotel had satellite cable and I was able to catch the finale and both “After The Final Rose” shows (much to my boyfriend’s chagrin). I also might have flipped through the People that featured Jason on the cover while I waited to board my flight back to the States, so I was pretty up on what was going on in “Bachelor”-land despite missing some of the TV interviews last week. Still, there were some juicy revelations in this two part Bonnie Hunt interview — which clocks in at a whopping 17 minutes, 6 seconds, so grab some popcorn and get comfy. Pay particular attention to the little nugget of info shared at the tail-end of part two (clip after the jump, at around 8:50 or so), which sheds some new light on all the drama. Keep reading »

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