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June 30, 2008

Look of The Day

Eva Mendes at the Dior Haute couture fashion show in Paris.

Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network

The event took place over at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) is comprised of a coalition of powerful women of all races & ages committed to supporting, promoting and defending the positive, balanced portrayal of women in entertainment and in society.

WEEN’s missions, goals and vision which will target three core areas:
  1. corporate social responsibility
  2. media/artist responsibility
  3. community programs/outreach
More info click here

Report on the Status of Black Women & Girls

Check out the full article regarding this report over at blackwomenvote.

To purchase this book click here. Advise them that shecodes sent you.!!!
The Law and Policy Group, Inc.’s Report on the Status of Black Women and Girls® is the first ongoing report on the state of Black females in America. The Law and Policy Group has long believed that Black women and girls hold a valued place within both the Black community and the larger society. This Report responds to a long awaited need to present the Black female as a whole person with achievements and challenges enabling agencies, individuals, and the media to better understand the progress and pressures of Black women and girls. It provides data on the complex world of Black women and girls from infant to elder in areas of health, education, religious beliefs, employment/income, family status, political participation, and criminal justice.

Sights: Marrakech, Morocco

I found this beautiful luxury hotel in Marrakech, Morocco. The Kasbah Agafay Hotel and Spa,
here are some photos from the hotel and information about the city. Enjoy!!

Marrakech or Marrakesh (مراكش Marrakesh), known as the "Red City" or "Al Hamra," is a city with a population of 1,036,500 (as of 2006) in southwestern Morocco, near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. The possible origin of its name could be from the Tamazight (Berber) words mur (n) akuch, which means "Land of God". (The root "mur" is now in the Berber languages used only in the feminine form "tamurt"). The same word "mur/mawr" appears in the country Mauritania, but this interpretation is still unproven to this day. There are other possibilities that are often invoked. more info/source

My ticket to Barbados: 7 more weeks to go

7 more weeks until I hit the sunny beach of Barbados, I can't wait. The last time I was there I was only 9 years old and now I'm 23 , so its been long overdue. Both of my parents, grand parents, great grand and great great grandparents are from Barbados, so I will be going to the National Archives to try and trace back my history a bit further and see what I find.

Let the countdown begin.!!!!!!

Quote of The Day

Children are the reward of life.
African Proverb

Supermodel's death ruled a suicide

Ruslana Korshunova, the 20-year-old supermodel whose face graced the cover of Vogue, committed suicide on Saturday when she fell from her ninth floor apartment in New York's financial district, according to the medical examiner's office. source

June 29, 2008

Ruben Studdard Marries in Alabama

Former "American Idol" Ruben Studdard has married Surata Zuri McCants at a church in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. Alabama will be their home as the 29-year-old-singer gets set to release a new album later this year. source

Hyde Park concert honours Mandela

Leona Lewis

U.K singer Jamelia

Jamelia, Will & Jada

46664 is an African response to the global HIV AIDS epidemic that invites the whole world to take the fight in hand. The 46664 campaign began in 2003 when Mandela realized that to reach the youth of the world he needed to engage the support of the people who most appeal to them.

June 27, 2008

Win a Trip to Jamaica: From Carol's Daughter

10th Annual White Tea & Tiara Ball

The 10th annual white tea & tiara ball took place last night in London England, the benefit was held for the Elton John's AIDS foundation with Chopard. Guest included Will & Jada Smith, Denzel & Pauletta Washington, Mishca Barton, Chris Tucker and Naomi Campbell

National HIV Testing Day

The picture says it all, take control of your health and find out your status today!!! Click here for more information.

WTF its Unconstitutional to Punish a Rapist??

Angry politicians vowed to keep writing laws that condemn child rapists to death, despite a Supreme Court decision saying such punishment is unconstitutional.

"Anybody in the country who cares about children should be outraged that we have a Supreme Court that would issue a decision like this," said Alabama Attorney General Troy King, a Republican. The justices, he said, are "creating a situation where the country is a less safe place to grow up."

The court's 5-4 decision Wednesday derailed the efforts of nearly a dozen states supporting the right to kill those convicted of raping a child - and said execution was confined to attacks that take a life and to other crimes including treason and espionage.

At issue before the high court was a Louisiana case involving Patrick Kennedy, sentenced to die for raping his 8-year-old daughter in her bed, an assault so severe she required surgery.

In his majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote "the death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child," despite the horrendous nature of the crime. source

June 26, 2008

Mandela's 90th Birthday Dinner

Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Denzy and Pauletta Washington
The Whitakers
Naomi and Marcus Elias


Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton
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Sisters In Song: Coko, Shanice & Nicci Gilbert Jam In Japan

'Lady Soul Greatest Hits' tour that featured R&B divas Coko of SWV, Shanice and Nicci Gilbert of Brownstone.

The ladies played 10 sold-out shows at Billboard Live venues in Fukuoka, Tokyo and Osaka.

'Lady Soul Greatest Hits' is an almost 90 minute show that features all three singers co-headlining. It has a very Las Vegas feel to it! source

June 25, 2008

Quote of The Day

If your spirit is not present where you are, and you feel intuitively called elsewhere, you must listen to your inner voice. I am not encouraging you to be irresponsible and run away from things you need to do. I am encouraging you to be responsive to your spirit. It is not responsible to engage in activities that are against your soul. Honor your soul by being where you belong.

~ Alan Cohen

Jennifer Hudson “Spotlight”

Paranoia, Race Relations and the Election

Jackson, author of "Race Paranoia," outlines a new paradigm in race relations.

He distinguishes race, racism and racial paranoia.

Race is a social construct; previously non-white groups have become white. In this new political landscape, race has been "pushed so below the surface that we think it no longer matters."

Jackson argues that straight-up racists have also been pushed out of sight:
Archie Bunker is dead. No one is a self-proclaimed racist. That's not the game you want to play. That's progress but it also means that we're living in a world where we have to talk about race when there are no explicit racists.
Jackson said racial paranoia is real. It is fueled by politically correct racial interaction, residential segregation and segregated social networks. "We are not privy to what's going on in other communities." He added:Barack Obama has to walk an interesting tightrope between the candidate who doesn't want to talk about race and the candidate who's going to get the country to talk about race. His candidacy demonstrates that schizophrenia – putting out fires on one end and lighting them on the other end. source

June 24, 2008

Bet Awards 2008 Red Carpet & Performance

Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune, founder-president of Bethune-Cookman College, named director of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration. She was the first Black woman to receive a major appointment from the federal government. She educator held the post until January 1, 1944. For bio click here

Angie Stone's single 'Baby' featuring Betty Wright.

Jill Scott: Officially Engaged To Young Drummer

On June 20, neo-soul diva Jill Scott celebrated her Carnegie Hall debut with a special announcement of her new engagement to young drummer Lil' John Roberts.

While she began to sing a tear-filled intro to her signature song 'He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat),' the blond-striped coiffed musician emerged with a bouquet of yellow roses and kissed the double-Grammy Award winner after whispering sweet sentiments in her left air. source

Civil RIghts Icon Dies

Justice Revius O. Ortique, a seminal civil rights figure and the first African American elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court, died Sunday following a stroke a week earlier. He was 84 years old.

The New Orleans native and World War II veteran earned his bachelor’s degree from Dillard University, a master’s from the University of Indiana and his law degree from Southern University in 1956, according to

Ortique began his own private law practice in 1956, working on any type of case but focusing primarily on estate cases. His practice became one of the largest estate practices in the State of Louisiana. As the President of the Community Relations Council, Ortique served as "chief negotiator" for the peaceful desegregation of lunch counters, hotels and other public facilities in New Orleans.

Between 1965 and 1967, Ortique served as the president of the National Bar Association. In 1970, after the National Guard shot to death four students and wounded four others who were protesting the war in Southeast Asia, then-President Richard Nixon appointed Ortique to the President's Commission on Campus Unrest. Four years later, Nixon named Ortique to the newly created Legal Services Corporation, designed to guarantee equal access to the criminal justice system by providing legal assistance to poor defendants. source

June 23, 2008

Check out the Obama Mega Post over @ Racialicious

"Many said Obama’s lambasting of the stereotypical black father was over the top. I don’t really agree with that. He thankfully did note that half of black households do indeed have a Dad present. Again, not great, but certainly not the dire 70% picture many people usually correlate with the unfortunate percentage of out of wedlock births. And while he did lay it on Black fathers who aren’t active, he did praise the men (especially Michelle’s father) who do indeed sacrifice and put in work. And given the occasion (duh, check the holiday) I think such a speech was timely and appropriate, not pandering. What did you want him to talk about, burning bushes and whales? Sheesh." read full story here

Laugh of The Day

I couldn't stop laughing once I came across this picture . source

Item of The Day

Rihanna was spotted wearing these Balenciaga gladiator boots last week I recall on 106 & Park. The craftmen ship is amazing I must say, wouldn't catch me wearing them because I'll most likely hurt myself !!! I am a fan of Balenciaga they have beautiful tailored clothes.

Donatella Versace dedicates Spring-Summer 2009 collection to Barack Obama

The latest "first" for Barack Obama comes off the Milan runway.

Calling the U.S. presidential hopeful "the man of the moment," Donatella Versace dedicated her Spring-Summer 2009 collection presented Saturday evening to Obama, creating a style she said was designed for "a relaxed man who doesn't need to flex muscles to show he has power." source

June 22, 2008

I Love Cornrows

Side View
Top view:
I just got my hair cornrowed on Saturday, I haven't had it done in a while, but here is some history on the ancient style and art form in Africa.

Cornrow hairstyles originated in Africa a very very long time ago . The descendants of Africans who live all across the globe (fyi: blacks were in America waaay before the slave trade & ( the diaspora) have created new and innovative styles to the practice. Just like African art and architecture , cornrow hairstyles show the use of four geometric concepts: translations, rotation, reflection, and dilation.
"Hieroglyphs and sculptures dating back thousands of years illustrate the attention Africans have paid to their hair. Braids were etched into the back of the head of the majestic sphinx."

Cornrow hairstyles in Africa also cover a wide social terrain: religion, kinship, status, age, ethnicity, and other attributes of identity can all be expressed in hairstyle. Just as important is the act of braiding, which transmits cultural values between generations, expresses bonds between friends, and establishes the role of professional practitioner.Source

We Are More

Ain't I a woman PSA, I found over at what about our daughters

Katherine Dunham

Katherine Mary Dunham (June 22, 1909May 21, 2006) was an American dancer, choreographer, songwriter, author, educator and activist who was trained as an anthropologist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in American and European theater of the 20th century and has been called the Matriarch and Queen Mother of Black Dance. read more

UN moves to end violence against women

The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution Thursday in New York calling for an end to the ongoing violence against women as a war tactic.

The resolution, which passed unanimously, called for greater protections for women and demanded aggressors around the world end practices of using violence against women during war, the United Nations reported.

Officials say when women are targeted during conflicts as a tactic to humiliate and instill fear, the conflict deepens and exacerbates fragile security and humanitarian conditions.

The resolution says perpetrators of sexual violence in war should be excluded from amnesty. Additionally, the resolution calls for new measures to be taken to train troops in military humanitarian conduct and to increase protections for women and girls.

"When women and girls are raped, we cannot be silent. ... We must be their advocates," U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in a statement at the opening of the meeting. source

June 21, 2008

National Aboriginal Day marked in ceremonies across Canada

National Aboriginal Day celebrations took place across the country Saturday, honouring the cultural contributions of First Nation, Inuit and Metis people.

First proclaimed 12 years ago by the Liberal government of Jean Chretien, National Aboriginal Day is held on June 21, the first day of summer, the longest day of the year and the day deemed to mark the rebirth of Mother Earth. This year's celebration comes less than two weeks after Prime Minister Stephen Harper formally apologized on behalf of the government for the legacy of residential schools, where many young aboriginal people suffered abuse and neglect. source


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