A few years ago my friend Dana and I were volunteers for Minds Matter, a non-profit organization that helps underprivileged kids get into college. Dana, a white Florida hippie who had a thing for rap music, was hoping to boost her resume in order to secure a teaching fellowship in the city. My goal as a biracial fashion executive was just to help underprivileged minority girls get into college. The program was amazing. Every Saturday, Dana and I, along with a hundred other mentors would devote hours to our mentees and help them identify the schools best suited for them, complete their applications, and draft their personal essays. My mentee was a beautiful African American high school senior from Harlem named Jaleesa. She was smart, hardworking, and respectful, and I had come to view her like a little sister. To know that I was helping this young and talented girl into to college made me really proud, and protective. Keep reading »
Yes, Conor Oberst is dreamy. But that’s not why you should get The People’s Key, the seventh studio album from Bright Eyes, which drops today. Here’s a sample review from our friends at NPR: “I won’t mince words: This is the best record Bright Eyes has ever made.” So if you’ve enjoyed anything from this folk-tinged indie rock band before, you’ll no doubt enjoy their richer, more philosophical turn here. Full of spoken word moments and references to Rastafarianism and aliens, there’s also just some good, catchy, thought-provoking tunes here that are perfect for road trips.
Michelle Obama? Fat? The woman whose toned upper-arms have headlined the 10 o’clock news? Who would dare say such a thing? In a cartoon on a conservative web site called BigGovernment.com, the First Lady and the president are depicted chowing down on dinner — she with a pile of hamburgers and French fries and he with a few lettuce leaves. The joke here, I guess, is that she’s a hypocrite because she actually eats junk food sometimes? I don’t get the joke. What’s offensive about the cartoon, though, is how Michelle Obama is drawn with pudgy jowls, and bulging arms, and snaps at Barack, “Shut up and pass the bacon!” According to the media watchdog group Media Matters For America, a previous version of the cartoon that appeared online had Michelle saying, “Shut up and pass the lard!” Keep reading »
Ladies, don’t ever think guys don’t care about what you wear. When I asked my guy friends to give their opinions on a few lady-specific fashions, they were more than happy to offer their thoughts. Oh man, did they have some feelings about the clothes we wear. Major feelings. First up, I asked them about wide-leg jeans, which are on trend for spring 2011. Personally, I love them, because I have short dachshund legs, and I feel like they elongate my stumps. I’m wearing them right now! But guys? Well, that’s another story. After the jump, a mega man panel of 15 guys tell us what they think about this pair of Hudson wide-leg jeans.
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As if boning Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t reason enough to hate Irina Shayk! The 24-year-old Russian model and her ah-may-zing tatas are the 2011 cover of Sports Illustrated‘s spank-bankable esteemed swimsuit edition. So, who is Irina Shayk? She’s from Emangelynsk City, Russia, and was “discovered” in 2004 on a train ride. In addition to barely containing herself in her Sports Illustrated swimsuit, Irina and her sexpot-iness have also posed for Intimissimi, Lacoste and Guess. As Amelia so succinctly put it, “She’s the kind of chick dudes get boners for.” [Sports Illustrated, NY Daily News] Keep reading »
Hey, remember Serene Branson, the local CBS reporter in LA who started talking gibberish
in the middle of her post-Grammy segment Sunday night? (See above!) The one some of us — um, me — had a good chuckle about until reports that she had a stroke made us — um, me — feel like ginormous a**holes? Well, Brandon did not — repeat, DID NOT — have a stroke
. In fact, she’s in perfectly good health, according to her employers and the paramedics who examined her. That’s a relief. I never wanted Branson to be ill. Can I go back to laughing hysterically now? Keep reading »