The South. It’s a beautiful but haunted kind of place, filled with the vestiges of the Civil War, slavery and romantic longing for a “different way of life.” You may ask, “What does this Jewish girl living in Brooklyn know about the South?” but I actually lived there as a kid, in Fort Worth, Texas. It is something of a different world down there. And later, when my parents moved us to Southern New Jersey, I experienced a different kind of south — because the tip of New Jersey is below the Mason-Dixon line, there is a contingent of people who live in New Jersey who consider themselves southerners. They have “southern pride.” Is this crazy? Perhaps.
But whether you’ve lived there or not, it’s clear that there are still some rather mighty problems when it comes to race and the South. I mean, there are still segregated proms in Georgia.
Enter Brad Paisley’s new track, “Accidental Racist,” featuring LL Cool J. Keep reading »
Nina: If I get all A’s on my report card this year, do I get a present?
LL: I expect you to get all A’s. Why would I get you a present?
Nina: Daaaad, that’s my question—you’re supposed to answer it! I’d like an iPad, a new phone, or a puppy. So what would it be?
LL: I think it’s obvious we grew up in different neighborhoods. I would take you out for ice cream.
—LL Cool J gets interviewed by his 10-year-old daughter Nina in Redbook, and it is so much cuteness we can’t handle [NY Post] Keep reading »
Everybody thinks they can design clothes nowadays. Jessica Simpson wants to launch a curvy fashion line; Beth Ditto is coming out with her own plus-size line of clothing; and Daisy Fuentes is launching a reasonably priced line at WalMart. But the biggest trend right now seems to be celebrity fathers getting into the fashion biz and launching children’s clothing lines. Fashion may not be their calling, but their children have inspired them so much that they are taking a chance on launching what they all seem to think will be trendy and fashion-forward with the kiddies…
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