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February 28, 2009

Jennifer Hudson on Oprah

First Lady's Offical White House Photo

Michelle is wearing a Michael Kors black shift dress.

Beyonce Covers Ebony Magazine

Am I the only one getting tired of seeing celebs on the covers of magazines? I would like to see some unknown faces like, women who are making a difference in their community. Or women who have top grades in College or University, or up and coming artist and or actresses. What are your thoughts, would you like to see more unknown faces sometimes on magazine covers?

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) for all people and all nations. In the UDHR, the United Nations stated in clear and simple terms rights that belong equally to every person. These rights belong to you. Familiarize yourself with them. Help to promote and defend them.


Adopted by UN General Assembly Resolution 217A (III) of 10 December 1948

WHEREAS recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

WHEREAS disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

WHEREAS it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

WHEREAS it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

WHEREAS the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

WHEREAS Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in cooperation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

WHEREAS a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, therefore, the General Assembly Proclaims

THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

1.All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

2.Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

3.Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

4.No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

5.No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

6.Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

7.All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of the Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

8.Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

9.No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

10.Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

1.Everyone charged with a penal offense has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.

2.No one shall be held guilty of any penal offense on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offense, under national or international law, at the time it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offense was committed.

12.No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

1.Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
2.Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

1.Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.

2.This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

1.Everyone has the right to a nationality.
2.No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

1.Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
2.Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
3.The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

1.Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
2.No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

18.Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

19.Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression: this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

1.Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
2.No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

1.Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
2.Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
3.The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

22.Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co- operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

1.Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
2.Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
3.Everyone who works has the right to just and favorable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
4.Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

24.Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

1.Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

2.Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

1.Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
2.Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.

3.Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

1.Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
2.Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

28.Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

1.Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
2.In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

3.These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
30.Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.


February 27, 2009

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro 2009 & Carnival in Trinidad 2009

source: corbis

source: corbis and trinisoca

Here are the pictures from Carnival in Rio De Janerio Brazil Feb 20-Feb 24 2009 and Trinidad and Tobago. Click here to learn the history of Carnival in Rio De Janerio. Click here to learn the history of Carnival in Trinidad.

February 26, 2009

Look of The Day

Michelle and Barack Obama @ a concert held at the White House to honor Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder was awarded with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

February 25, 2009

Deborah Cox welcomes third child

JUNO Award-winning R&B singer gave birth to her third child on Monday. Cox and her husband/manager, Lascelles Stephens welcomed daughter, Kaila Michelle at 11:55 a.m, weighing a healthy 7.7 lbs. Congrats to Deborah & Lascelles. Source

Deborah Cox (born July 13, 1974 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian R&B singer-songwriter and actress. Cox's 1998 song "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" held the record for longest-running number one single on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (14 weeks), a record held for nearly eight years. Cox has achieved nine number-one hits on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Bride Noir

Another great magazine I found online last night, a bridal magazine called Bride Noir. Click here to check out their website. Also click here to see behind the scene video footage of their photo shoots.

February 24, 2009

Duke Ellington becomes first African-American on U.S. coin

Jazz legend Duke Ellington is the first African-American to appear on an American coin, the U.S. Mint says in introducing the latest in its line of state-themed quarters. The District of Columbia commemorative quarter showing Ellington playing the piano will be introduced by U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy at a news conference Tuesday at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Continue reading here

Quote of The Day


"the enemy will stew in his own juice" symbol of importance of learning from the past

February 23, 2009

Barack & Michelle Obama Host 1st Black Tie Dinner

President and First Lady Obama’s first official White House State dinner

Oscar Performance's

The Musical - Hugh Jackman & Beyonce ft. Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper

Hugh Jackman & Anne Hathaway, Loved this performance.

AR Rahman Jai Ho Performance

81st Academy Awards

February 22, 2009

24th Annual Film Independent’s Spirit Awards / Rip The Runway

Now This I Have to See

Lil Kim on Dancing with the Stars. Season PremiereMonday, March 9 at 8/7c
An all-new cast of 13 celebrities hits the dance floor with the highly anticipated two-hour season premiere! Source

February 21, 2009

Taraji Isn't Missing A Beat

Looking fab everyday all day, good luck to her tomorrow at the Oscars.

International Women's Day March 8th 2009

International Women’s Day is a chance to stand with the women of southern Sudan, Rwanda, Afghanistan or any other country where we work and proclaim that women have rights and value. They are worthy of celebration and honor. They are worthy of the economic and social change.

Hundreds of supporters have added their name to the list joining our call on March 5 or hosting an event of their own. They are standing with the women for grassroots solutions to end the food crisis and empower socially excluded women everywhere.

Join us for our celebration of the women we serve and supporters like you who are causing social change.
With food prices skyrocketing, women are wondering where they’ll find the next meal for their children and themselves. Women in the field are seeking the tools and skills that will allow them to end the food crisis forever. Thanks to your support, our commercial farming initiatives in Rwanda and Sudan go beyond traditional means of aid and actually teach the women the techniques and sustainable practices of organic farming.

Add your name to the list of supporters that are celebrating women on International Women’s Day.

February 20, 2009

2nd Annual Essence Women in Hollywood

Everyone looks fabolous.

Pondo- Mpondon Wig, South Africa

The Pondo are a South African ethnic group who have given their name to Pondoland, the country comprising much of the seaboard of the SE part of Cape Province. The Pondo are divided into several tribal groups and speak the Xhosa language.

The Pondo revolt (1960-1962) was the result of the resistance of the Pondo people against the implementation of the Bantu Authorities Act, part of the Apartheid legislation . Source

Pondo women wore decorative wigs or headdresses during the late 19th and 20th centuries. This wig is the combination of three separate articles, joining into the resulting elegant object.
Cords were made from plant fiber, ochre and beads then applied.

February 19, 2009

I don't Know What to Say

I'm hoping and praying that Rihanna is going to leave Chris Brown after this situation. I personally do not buy albums or Cd's so it will not be hard for me to boycott Chris Brown but for those who do please do not buy any of his music etc. BOYCOTT. Violence committed by anybody towards anyone needs to end. Please do not "racialize" this incident either because men of all ethnic groups are violent towards women, sadly there are women out there promoting the notion that non-black men are not violent or will not abuse you which is false. I will not name the blogs were I see this foolishness taking place.

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Look of The Day

Jourdan Dunn and Sessilee Lopez working the runways of Oscar De La Renta RTW Fall 2009

February 18, 2009

Quote of The Day

“Eat the pineapple only when it is ripe.” Everything in its own good time"

Ghana Proverb

Kanye West ‘Welcome To Heartbreak’ (feat. KiD CuDi)

Michael Jackson’s Brother Planning “Slavery Theme Park” WTF??

"Michael Jackson's brother has come under fire for plans to invest in a £2.4 billion plan to build a luxury resort and slavery theme park in Badagry, Nigeria, a historic port town that was the last departure point for thousands of slaves leaving Africa at the height of the transatlantic trade in humans."

OK how do I say this without offending anybody. Yes slavery was a very very painful part of our history but to make a "slavery theme park" you have to be kidding me.

"But some historians have condemned the project, which would include a theme park with a slave ship replica, along with casinos, shops, a golf course and condominiums."

Would anyone really want to put their kids on a slave ship replica ??? Um no. £2.4 billion is a lot of money which to me can be put towards better use.

To read full article click here.

February 17, 2009

African Harps

Figure A: ZOROMO ZITHER , Tanzania

Figure B: MANGBETU HARP ,Democratic Republic of Congo

Harps and other stringed instruments are among the important art forms in Africa, used both as a musical instrument and as a work of sculpture significant in many religious and secular ceremonial functions, including dance, rituals and story-telling. Many examples incorporate the human form as the body of the instrument.

Saudi Women Becomes Deputy Minister

Saudi Arabia has named a woman as deputy minister for education - the most senior role ever held by a female in the kingdom.Norah al-Faiz, currently an official at the Saudi Institute for Public Administration, was named as the deputy minister responsible for women's education as part of a reshuffle of the cabinet, military and judiciary on Saturday. Continue reading here

February 15, 2009

M.I.A Gives Birth to Baby Boy

I was reading over at Glennisha Morgan's page that M.I.A gave birth on Wednesday Feb 11 2009.

M.I.A has posted an updated on her blog about the birth check it out here.



Congrats M.I.A


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