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Most people celebrate their birthdays by opening gifts and blowing out candles. Janet Jackson marked the day a bit differently. For her 44th birthday, Janet went a little bit crazy (in a good way) and cut off most of her hair! (Either that, or she normally wears wigs and opted to go without.) Just two weeks ago, she walked the red carpet at the annual Costume Institute with her long locks pulled back into a tight bun, and apparently she loved the sleek look so much, she decided to get rid of it for real! It’s a drastic change from the usual long curly hair we see on Ms. Jackson, but she certainly has the bone structure to pull off the face-revealing style. What do you think of her freshly shorn hair? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
- Janet Jackson has a new, 20-something-year-old boyfriend who looks an awful lot like Rene Elizondo, but you know, Jermaine Dupri wasn’t really Janet’s type. [Media Takeout]
- Susan Boyle really wants a boyfriend, says her brother. Me too, Susan. Me too. [Starpulse]
- Should Tiger Woods apologize to his mistresses? [PopEater]
- Janet Jackson‘s life hasn’t been scrutinized as much as Michael‘s, but there are some interesting rumors that turned out to be true. [PopEater] — I don’t know about y’all, but I still believe the one about her child with James DeBarge.
- Forever 21 is starting a lifestyle, fashion, and beauty magazine that’s slated to launch this Friday. [Black Book] — I wonder if “lifestyle” includes the religion of the parent company?
- More Afghani women have access to birth control pills, but they still hide it from their husbands. [TrèsSugar] — This is one bittersweet situation when you consider the consequences for some Muslim women who disobey their husbands.
How retro. The FCC has proclaimed that it would like to “further investigate” Nipplegate, i.e., the moment in 2004 when Justin Timberlake pulled at Janet Jackson‘s costume during the Super Bowl halftime show, baring her pierced nipple and traumatizing children for years, even though a commercial for Viagra that made reference to a “four-hour erection” aired during the same program and apparently had no adverse effect. The FCC has brought their complaint all the way up to the Third District Appeals Court, hoping that the case can be reopened. “The evidence in this case strongly suggests that CBS had access to video delay technology at the time of the 2004 Super Bowl,” the FCC said. In other words, they think the nip slip was “willfull.” Really? Does anyone still care about this? And doesn’t our government have better things to be spending its time on? [Gawker] Keep reading »
“People can have rhinoceros skin, but there’s a point when something’s going to hurt you. Not everyone is stone. I haven’t watched the news in weeks. I had to ask my chef, ‘How’s Obama doing?’ I haven’t read a newspaper…Now at least I know that I can step up to the plate and not crumble when I’m needed. When it comes to something like this that is so, so serious, so painful, so traumatic, I can handle it.”
This video gave me the mega Monday sadsies. Last night, just a few days after her brother’s death, Janet Jackson stepped out to give thanks to his fans at the BET Awards. For a minute, she was able to keep her composure. “To you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family,” she said. “And he will forever live in all of our hearts. On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all of your love. Thank you for all of your support. We miss him so much.” Then her voice got shaky. Although a few days have passed, his death is still evoking sadness of epic proportions. [CNN] Keep reading »