“I feel like she’s black. I’m black and I’m her mother and I believe in the one-drop theory. I’m not going to put a label on it. I had to decide for myself and that’s what she’s going to have to decide – how she identifies herself in the world. And I think, largely, that will be based on how the world identifies her. That’s how I identified myself. But I feel like she’s black.”
– Halle Berry on daughter Nahla’s race in Ebony magazine. For those of you who are not familiar, the one-drop theory is that people with partial amounts of African ancestry are considered black. The origins of the term are interesting. The one-drop rule was passed in many states in the 1920s, saying that people with one-eighth to one-quarter of African ancestry (depending on state law) could be considered legally white. This quote from Halle is particularly timely, as sources told TMZ that her ex and baby daddy, Gabriel Aubry — with whom she’s engaged in a bitter custody fight — “would go nuts” when she referred to Nahla as black. [Celebitchy] Keep reading »
Earlier this week, Kim Kardashian took her new dude, Nets forward Kris Humphries, out to celebrate his 26th birthday in New York City. But that’s not the point. I’m just amused because in this picture, Kris appears to be twice Kim’s size. [OK!] Keep reading »
Last week, I went on a date. I haven’t been on a date in two years, owing to the relationship I was in that recently ended, and it was the most nerve wracking experience since the first day of high school. I tried on, like, six different outfits. I spent an hour and a half showering and doing my hair and makeup. As I walked to the restaurant where we’d agreed to meet for dinner, I forced myself to take long, deep breaths of the cold February air to calm down. It only kind of worked.
There’s no question my two-year relationship changed me from being the kind of girl who would sleep with two different men in one weekend just to have fun to a “relationship girl.” I feel like my wild oats were thoroughly sown — which is a good thing! — and that I matured a lot in the past few years. After the security, intimacy and love that I had with Ex-Mr. Jessica, I don’t think I could go backwards to being the rowdy girl I was before. At least right now, hopping in and out of bed with different dudes for fun just plain doesn’t interest me.
But I don’t know if I can do the exact opposite, either. The idea of dating someone seriously again, with the intention a relationship, is seriously daunting. Remember, I was dumped only a little over a month ago. Dipping my pinky toe into dating again — albeit briefly — has only shown me it’s too soon: I am still way, way, waaaay too messed up by all the things Ex-Mr. Jessica did to me to do this. Keep reading »
We recommend she seek treatment immediately. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
“I completely understand. [Christina is] one of the best singers of our time. Nobody can take that away. But you get nervous at these things. We’re human. It’s such a huge venue, your nerves take a hold of you.”
—Fergie defends Christina Aguilera’s much-maligned National Anthem lyric snafu at the Super Bowl. Wait, does that explain why the Black Eyed Peas sounded so terrible during halftime? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
A few weeks before the Academy Awards, the nominees get together for lunch, nosh on salad and shrimp, congratulate each other on their awesomeness, and wish each other “good luck.” (Do they actually mean it? Who knows.) Here’s a look at what the female nominees wore for this polite affair…