President Barack Obama celebrates 51st birthday…
President Obama will likely not have time for a full-fledged vacation this summer, but he’ll at least get to spend his birthday weekend at home in Chicago. That’s the word from none other than first lady Michelle Obama, who spilled the beans today in an e-mail to campaign supporters.
For $3 or more, donors will get the chance to be one of the guests at the birthday bash, according to the campaign. It’s the latest fundraising twist in a campaign that’s already offered lunches, dinners and a chance to meet two presidents together: Obama and Bill Clinton.
“Barack’s birthday is one of the last opportunities he’ll get for a little downtime before the final weeks of the election,” the first lady says. “That won’t stop me from teasing him about all those new gray hairs he has — though I think it’s fair to say he’s earned every one.”
Obama turns 51 on Saturday, Aug. 4 — a date that Donald Trump and other so-called ‘birthers’ haven’t questioned. IAmKolorBlind would like to wish the 44th US President Barack Obama a happy 51st birthday. Wishing you many more. To sign President Obama’s birthday card, click here…
Bill Cosby interviews Deborah Kenny, Harlem Village Academy Founder…
Educator and national activist Dr. Deborah Kenny was interviewed by Bill Cosby about her new book, “Born to Rise” at the National Charter Schools Conference, held recently on the 20th anniversary of the charter movement.
In discussing how to attract and develop great teachers, Kenny said, “We should not be too quick to fire teachers. We have a sacred responsibility as charter schools because we have the ability to hire and fire by performance. We need to reflect as a movement on what we are doing to hone our own abilities in hiring in the first place.”
Kenny started the Harlem Village Academy in 2003, that has since expanded into several schools with hundreds of low-income and underprivileged students who are beating the odds in New York’s public education system.
The school is noted for being at the top among Harlem schools for eighth grade reading and math, boasting 100 percent proficiency in math for three consecutive years. But it has also been criticized for high student and teacher attrition. A June post by Gary Rubenstein on TeachForUs, a blog by a Teach for American alumnus, points out that following the same class of students from fifth to ninth grade, the number in that class fell 75 percent between while the public school district’s same class of students grew 45 percent. Read full interview excerpts here…
You can also watch a clip of the interview in the video below:
Bill Cosby has been showcasing his interviewing skills of late…
New York Sightings: Kelly Ripa & Mark C…
You’d never know TV presenter Kelly Ripa and All My Children star Mark Consuelos have been married for almost 18 years and have three rapidly growing children together.
The two looked like a young couple in love as they scored some goodies from a Soho store and walked back to their apartment in New York talking with animation and holding hands as they crossed the street. The Live! With Kelly host took a break from her usual glamorous wardrobe of mini dresses and heels to wear a cute bohemian outfit.
Kelly let her long blonde hair flow loose, but tied the two front pieces into a braids, which she pinned back like a flower-child. Her Indian-patterned short skirt showed off her perfectly toned legs. Her toes, easily visible in her strappy flats, were painted the same tone of orange of the skirt.
At 41, Kelly is certainly looking great for her age. She went makeup free and showed her flawless complexion. To view more photographs of the happy couple, click here…
Stacey Dash singing?
The 46 year-old sexy starlit recently tweeted that she has a brand new song called “Life of the Party” featuring Blake Smith. The song can be downloaded on iTunes.
Stacey is mother to two children: a son 21 year old Austin and a 9 year old daughter Lola. The actress and former star of the Vh1 sitcom Single Ladies during its initial season comes from an entertainment family. Her cousin is Damon Dash and her mother was general manager of DME Interactive Holdings. Dash herself is of mixed Bajan, African American, and Mexican descent with “clear green” eyes. Her children are also multiracial. We already know she can act and is beautiful, but what do you think of her singing?
Ellianna Placas – Fashion Director fired from Essence Magazine. Was race the issue?
Ellianna Placas, Essence magazine’s fashion director, has been fired according to the New York Post.
Placas was hired in July 2010 by the magazine’s former editor-in-chief Angela Burt-Murray and her tenure was mired in controversy from the start. The decision to place Placas, who is white in a key editorial role at the black women’s magazine, was unpopular with Essence’s loyal readers.
Eyebrows and voices were raised. Subscriptions were dropped. And activists and black fashion journalists spoke out following the controversial appointment. However, Burt-Murray stood by her decision and released the following statement:
I understand that this issue has struck an emotional chord with our audience, said Burt-Murray, however I selected Ellianna, who has been contributing to the magazine on a freelance basis for the last six months, because of her creativity, vision, the positive reader response to her work and her enthusiasm and respect for the audience and our brand. We remain committed to celebrating the unique beauty and style of African-American women in Essence magazine and online at Essence.com
While the rumor mill has undoubtedly started to churn, it is yet unclear exactly what is behind Placas’ ouster.
However, her departure doesn’t seem to be about race, rather her relationship with the current editor-chief Constance White. It’s been rumored that Placas was simply butting heads with her boss. Read full story here…
Makeup Artist Ayami Nishimura teams up with Photographer Rankin…
There was a time when makeup was simply about enhancing your natural features, but now it seems nature has nothing to do with it. Avant-garde makeup artists like Ayami Nishimura have turned cosmetics from a morning ritual to a full-blown art form, turning the face into a living canvas.
The makeup artist incorporates Japanese traditions into her visions, along with images of nature, projections of a cyber-crazed future, African art, animals and… well “everything, really,” in her words. Nishimura’s painted faces combine the wild freedom of nature with technology’s ambitious drive, offering makeup as a mask, an escape or an entrance to a dream world. Forget about enhancing cheek bones, Nishimura’s models are transformed into aquatic gems, haunted Harajuku girls and human gardens. In one particularly striking look, a woman cries tears of multicolored neon paint.
Now Nishimura is collaborating with British photographer Rankin on a fearless exhibition of faces not as they are, but as they can be. International tastemaker Rankin recently launched the magazine and web channel “Hunger,” feeding his readers and viewers art, music and barely legal starlets. The collaboration with Nishimura is Rankin’s second beauty book and will also show as an exhibition at the Rankin Gallery in LA. Part fashion spread, part fairy tale, the images show what can happen when two creative powerhouses from completely different worlds collide.
Rankin presents Ayami Nishimura at Rankin Gallery from August 7 – September 18.
View the images below. This is one of the most beautiful artistry I’ve seen in a long time. From the makeup to the photography….this is simply a wonderful piece of art. Kudos to photography Rankin and makeup artist Ayami.
100 Days and counting: President Obama targets female voters in new TV ad
What do you think? Is this ad effective or not?
100 Days and counting: Bill Clinton to have marquee in summer Democratic National Convention…
One of my favorite US Presidents of all time Former President Bill Clinton will have a marquee role in this summer’s Democratic National Convention, where he will make a forceful case for President Barack Obama’s re-election and his economic vision for the country, several Obama campaign and Democratic party officials said Sunday.
The move gives the Obama campaign an opportunity to take advantage of the former president’s immense popularity and remind voters that a Democrat was in the White House the last time the American economy was thriving.
Obama personally asked Clinton to speak at the convention and place Obama’s name in nomination, and Clinton enthusiastically accepted, officials said. Clinton speaks regularly to Obama and to campaign officials about strategy. Read full article here…
Have race relations improved in the Obama era?
Ask Americans how race relations have changed under their first black president and they are ready with answers:
Ashley Ray, a white woman, hears more people debating racial issues. “I know a lot of people who really thought we were OK as a nation, a culture, and now they understand that we’re not,” she says.
Karl Douglass, a black man, sees stereotypes easing. “White people deal with me and my family differently,” he says.
Jose Lozano, who is Hispanic by way of Puerto Rico, believes prejudice is emerging from the shadows. “Now the racism is coming out,” he says.
In the afterglow of Barack Obama’s historic victory, most people in the United States believed that race relations would improve. Nearly four years later, has that dream come true? Americans have no shortage of thoughtful opinions, and no consensus. Read full story here…
100 Days and counting: Voter ID Laws could impact Election…
Politico: “At least 5 million voters, predominantly young and from minority groups sympathetic to President Barack Obama, could be affected by an unprecedented flurry of new legislation by Republican governors and GOP-led legislatures to change or restrict voting rights by Election Day 2012.”
“Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wisconsin, all viewed as important states this fall, each have enacted stricter ID laws. Florida and Ohio have cut back on early voting. And a whole host of other states have passed new ID laws as well.”
100 Days and counting: Romney disrespects Palestinian leaders…
This is the candidate the Republican Party are trying to shove down our throats! Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East. Romney’s campaign later said his remarks were mischaracterized.
“As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,” the Republican presidential candidate told about 40 wealthy donors who ate breakfast at the luxurious King David Hotel.
Romney said some economic histories have theorized that “culture makes all the difference.” Click here to read the full story…
Ancestry.com discovers: President Obama is related to 1st documented slave in America…
Every since President Obama was sworn into office in 2008, American researcher and geologists alike have been restless in their pursuit of tracing his ancestry…the restless pursuit has lead a research team from Ancestry.com (the world’s largest online family history resource) to conclude that President Barack Obama is the 11thgreat-grandson of John Punch, the first documented African enslaved for life in American history. Remarkably, the connection was made through President Obama’s Caucasian mother’s side of the family.
The discovery is the result of years of research by Ancestry.com genealogists who, through early Virginia records and DNA analysis, linked Obama to John Punch. An indentured servant in Colonial Virginia, Punch was punished for trying to escape his servitude in 1640 by being enslaved for life. This marked the first actual documented case of slavery for life in the colonies, occurring decades before initial slavery laws were enacted in Virginia.
In the 372 years since, many significant records have been lost – a common problem for early Virginia (and the South in general) – destroyed over time by floods, fires and war. While this reality greatly challenged the research project, Ancestry.com genealogists were able to make the connection, starting with Obama’s family tree. President Obama is traditionally viewed as an African-American because of his father’s heritage in Kenya. Read the full story here…
Hillary Clinton to begin 11-day Africa trip…
Growing security threats from Islamist militants and China’s increasing influence throughout Africa are topping the agenda as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton begins an 11-day swing around the continent.
Clinton departed Tuesday for her latest marathon overseas journey, which will take her to at least six African nations, including the world’s newest country, South Sudan, as well as Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa.
She will start the tour in Senegal, where U.S. officials say she will give a speech warning African states about the potential perils of Chinese investment, which many development experts claim enriches China at Africa’s expense. She will say that proper development will blunt the appeal of extremist groups that are gaining power in Nigeria and Mali and still threaten Somalia. Click here to read the full story…
‘Indiana Jones 5’: Harrison Ford may never don the Fedora again…
“Indiana Jones 5” has long been the subject of internet rumor and speculation, and according to producer Frank Marshall, it may stay in that state forever.
During an interview with the website Collider, Marshall — who produced all four films in the series — revealed that the lucrative “Indiana Jones” franchise was likely over. At least as far as he was concerned.
“I say, for me, [‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ is] the last hurrah,” he said. “I know that yes, we talk about it, but there’s no idea; there’s no MacGuffin.”
For those unaware, a MacGuffin is a plot device that gives the protagonist or antagonist their motivation. A recent example of this would be the identity-erasing doohickey that Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle is searching for in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Read full article here…
University of North Carolina names Taffye Benson Clayton as new Chief Diversity Officer…
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a prestigious institution celebrated for being the best in nearly every area possible: academics, sports, and even diversity. Indeed, UNC is known for having relatively large minority populations, an involved international community, and a wide variety of political and social views amongst the student body. The November hiring of Taffye Benson Clayton as vice provost for diversity and multicultural affairs further demonstrates UNC’s current and growing diversity.
“[In my tenure] I hope to create an institutional diversity strategy that’s comprehensive and demonstrates the institution’s commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Clayton. “I think [one of the challenges] is articulating a definition for diversity where everyone can see himself or herself in it. We define diversity broadly, but it’s a matter of making sure the campus community knows that, and they feel a connection to the work.”
Clayton is a natural fit for the role. Read full story here…
Jhene Aiko: “For my brother”…
A talented singer by the name Jhene Aiko wrote and recorded a wonderful but sad song for her brother Miyagi who passed away as a result of a brain cancer. He had battled the illness for two years.
Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo, is an American singer–songwriter. She was formerly signed to T.U.G./Epic Records, but left to continue her education. On December 16, 2011, Jhené signed a recording contract with No I.D.‘s record label Artium distributed through Def Jam Recordings. The song below is one of the songs on her recently released mixtap. She stated:
I wrote and recorded this myself on my lap top, for my brother…. Miyagi . this song was really just intended for him to hear….. but i thought it would be nice to share ….I was so nervous to play it for him myself, so when i left for San Francisco on Thursday I had my TT play it for him. She said his breath got calm as he listened and i know he heard every word. Later that night he became the angel he was born to be and i am so grateful that he got to hear this before he left on his infinite journey. Now i hear him telling ME , what i was singing to him… to not give up .
I love you SO much Miyagi! Everything x2 now. Everything for you now ….
Not only is Jhene a unique and talented artist, she is also of mixed heritage. Her background consists of: her mother who is of Japanese, Spanish, and Afro-Dominican descent, while her father is of African American, Yaqui, Choctaw, Cherokee, Navajo, and German Jewish descent. She also has French ancestry but has not stated which of her parents is part French. Check out the video below. It’s such a beautiful but sad song:
As sad as the above video is, I’m glad Jhene has an outlet to express herself.
Mayte Garcia joins PETA…
The ad depicts Mayte’s stripped down, caged, and covered in blood with the caption, “Fur on your back is blood on your hands. On episode 6 of “Hollywood Exes, Mayte revealed why she decided to support the often controversial group.
“If I can educate one person to how these animals are treated, then I’ll do it again!”
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters.
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. A lot of celebrities have been known to support the cause by which they feature in PETA ads.
For those of you who don’t know who Mayte Garcia is, she was married to Prince (the Artist formerly known as Prince) for two years during 1996 – 1998 although they dating for several years. Mayte is of Puerto Rican descent.
Watch the behind the scenes footage below:
What are your thoughts on the behind the scenes footage?
The Simmons host 13th Annual Art for Life…
Last weekend, hip hop mogul Russell Simmons hosted the 13th annual Art For Life event at his East Hampton estate, with proceeds going to the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Art For Life was founded by all three Simmons brothers (Danny, Russell and Rev) and helps under privileged kids get access to the arts which we all know is so important in helping children blossom.
Soledad O’Brien played host for the evening, introducing the night’s honorees, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon who praised Russell Simmons for all the work he and Rush Philanthropic do.
Star Jones did a fabulous job as the auctioneer, getting the crowd to break the Art For Life record, raising over $2M for Rush kids.
Some of the top donators were Tyler Perry, who graciously donated $100,000, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Patrice Motsepe with $150,000, Ron Pearlman and Alan Patricoff. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congressman Greg Meeks, Gov. David Paterson and NY State Senator Malcolm Smith were also generous with their donations. To see the full photo album of the night, click here…
Billionaire hotelier Vikram Chatwal was also among the guests present. He is seen here photographed with Skye Stracke although back in April ’12 he stated he wanted to get married again but we’re not sure if he plans on taking his current Victoria’s Secret model girlfriend Angela Lindvall to the alter or someone else. I wonder if he’s in a relationship with Skye Stracke? He’s been romantically linked to Lindsey Lohan, Gisele Bündchen and Kate Moss. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Read more on Vikram here…
NHS among developed world’s most efficient health systems…
NHS among developed world’s most efficient health systems, says study
Report in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine finds health service second only to Ireland for cost-effectiveness.
I hope U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is reading this and challenge themselves.
The NHS is one of the most cost-effective health systems in the developed world, according to a study (pdf) published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.
The “surprising” findings show the NHS saving more lives for each pound spent as a proportion of national wealth than any other country apart from Ireland over 25 years. Among the 17 countries considered, the United States healthcare system was among the least efficient and effective. Read full story here…
Dirk Nowitzki‘s traditional wedding album released…
Two weeks ago, we reported about Dirk Nowitzki‘s wedding to his beautiful Kenyan bride Jessica Olsson and just a few days ago, Baller Alert made the traditional wedding photographs in Kenya public a few days ago. Take a look:
So unfortunate: Laura Dern files divorce papers…
On October 8, 2010, Harper, having been married for five years, filed for divorce from Dern, citing irreconcilable differences. He is seeking joint custody of their two children, as well as asking for a denial of spousal support for Dern. On July 6, 2012, Dern filed papers reactivating the dormant divorce. Dern is asking for primary physical custody of the couple’s two kids and joint legal custody. She is also seeking spousal support, child support, and attorneys fees.
Sources tell us that the reconciliation was “very rocky” and Dern now wants out. FYI – Laura is already the primary caregiver for the couple’s two kids. But we’re told she also plays a significant role in raising Harper’s two other children from a prior marriage. This so unfortunate. I thought they were happily married. I hope things work out for them.
Chelsea Handler interviews Rick Ross…
The two went back and forth for most of the interview, with Chelsea joking that she was upgrading from 50 Cent to Rick Ross after told her she needed to upgrade from her Bentley to a Maybach. She finally took a break from flirting to talk about his health scare earlier in the year when he had multiple seizures in the same day:
“I had a seizure. Basically too much weed. I wake up, I party too much, I drink too much at the parties. Then I would wake up in the morning and drink the warm leftover champagne and it took a toll on my kidney. Well really I was just extremely exhausted so I had to change up a few things. I’m trying, I’m not all the way there yet but I’m trying.[…]I’m drinking a little less.”
Chelsea: Last time I saw you I was sitting on you to remember? At the VMA’s I got to ride him on a scooter
Rick Ross: Oh yeah you got to straddle me…. but the time before that you promised me sex
Chelsea: I did? I don’t remember that.
Rick Ross: Ohh
Chelsea: What did I say?
Rick Ross: I’ll refresh your memory
Chelsea: Okay.. Alright
Rick Ross: Yeah..
Chelsea: I would actually be a little bit scared to have sex with you. You seem like you’re pretty intense. I mean it’s nice that you have so much seeding on your face. Nice padding just in case I decide to…
Rick Ross: OHHHH!
Chelsea: I mean you’re probably sweet lover aren’t you?
Rick Ross: Very passionate…extremely
Chelsea: Very tender.. tender lover. But you don’t want to get married right?
Rick Ross: Nah not married
Chelsea: But see I would want to marry you if I had sex with you
Rick Ross: We can meet halfway. I got a great idea we could have the ceremony. Walk you down the aisle, everyones happy, and we just not sign any paper work.
Chelsea whose mother is a first generation German-American is a stand-up comedian, actress, best-selling author, and producer. She has hosted the late-night talk show Chelsea Lately on E! Entertainment Television since 2007.
The show has been successful despite the fact that Handler’s guests often are not A-list celebrities. In a 2008 interview, Handler said,
“The worse the guests are, the more pathetic they are, the funnier the show is.”
Camila Alves show off in new Macy’s ad…
Matthew McConaughey‘s model wife Camila Alves fronts new ad for Macy’s… and was secretly already pregnant during the shoot. The new wife of actor Matthew McConaughey, is now the newest face of Macy’s brand I.N.C, and has revealed she was secretly pregnant while shooting the campaign. The Brazilian actress and model announced she was pregnant with her third child earlier this month, but she was actually already in the throws of morning sickness during the desert shoot.
The 30-year-old revealed to Fashionista: ‘I found out I was pregnant a week before the shoot. The I.N.C. people knew, but the crew, everyone else didn’t and, you know, I was getting sick…’
She also admitted to being amazed at how quickly other models lose weight after giving birth, saying: ‘How do you do that?!’
She described her teaming with I.N.C., which will continue through 2013 and includes a multi-platform campaign including print and digital, as a fully-fledged ‘partnership.’
The model explained how she has visited the headquarters and made an effort to ‘understand the whole process’ of how the brand is produced, from clothes to its forthcoming home line. Macy’s I.N.C International Concepts is said to ‘concentrate on creating trendy and up-to-date sophisticated clothes and shoes for the elegant women of today,’ according to its website. Read more here…
Chris Noth‘s Big day! Married the Hawaiian way…
Congratulations to Chris Noth and Tara Wilson on their April 2012 wedding (yes, I know I’m late on this, but better late than never). It seems as if Chris took his role Sex and the City as Mr. Big personal for a few years by not marrying his sweetheart sooner. But we’re glad to hear he decided to do the honorable thing. The 57-year-old actor married his long-term partner Tara Wilson, 30, in an intimate Hawaiian setting in April 2012.
The happy couple tied the knot in a sunset ceremony in Maui on April 6, according to the National Enquirer. The nuptials took place in a luxurious oceanfront estate on Makena Beach in front of just 10 people. Their four-year-old son Orion served as the ringbearer.
A source told the National Enquirer: ‘Chris and Tara married in the most romantic way possible. Tara was beaming, and Chris had a smile on his face the entire time.’
Chris wore a charcoal double-breasted suit while his blushing bride looked stunning in a sleeveless white dress and lace veil, carrying a bouquet of local flowers. Read full story here…
What’s in a name…really?
OCHOCINCO, PARTY OF ONE … is what Evelyn Lozada will be saying for the next few weeks, since she’s currently the only Ochocinco left in her family. Let us explain …
According to TMZ and it has been confirmed by Evelyn herself, when the “Basketball Wives” star got married in early July, she changed her last name to Ochocino to match her NFL star husband, Chad Ochocinco. A few weeks later, Chad went ahead with his pre-planned move to switch his name back to Johnson and Evelyn planned to change her name to Johnson as well, post-wedding.
Unfortunately, we’re told Lozada has not received her official marriage paperwork yet … and she can’t legally change her name to match his until it comes in. To make things even more complicated … our sources say Chad still wants Ocho to be part of his life, so he’s adding the Ochocinco BACK to his name (before the “Johnson”) after the football season.
After all the name-changing is said and done, he’s going to be “Chad Javon Ochocinco Johnson” and in a show of support, Evelyn will become “Evelyn Alexandra Lozada Ochocinco Johnson.” The Johnsons also have a reality TV show coming up on September 3rd at 9:30pm on Vh1. Make sure you’re tuned in to watch her plan her wedding with celebrity wedding planner Diann Valentine and watch the actual wedding ceremony including Evelyn’s three wedding dress changes…
Evelyn Lozada poses for YRB magazine…
Evelyn Lozada poses in the latest issue of YRB Magazine which hits newsstands across America on Friday, August 3rd. She joins the likes of Katie Perry, LaLa Anthony, Kim and Khloe Kardashian and other noteworthy celebrities who have previously graced their covers. She states:
”This was an outstanding photo shoot and I’m extremely honored to be on the cover of YRB! I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with. A huge thank you goes to Darius Baptist (creative director), Carlos Arias (photographer), Ursula Stephen (hair) an Lucky Smyler (make-up). You guys are awesome and hugs to all of you!”
Who is 9 year old Rachel Beckwith?
Rachel Beckwith had a wish for her ninth birthday – to help others. She wanted to raise $300 for charity: water so 15 people could get clean water to drink. She managed to raise $220, and told her mum she would try harder next year. A month later she was tragically killed in a road accident.
More than $1.2million was raised within months after people across the world heard about Rachel’s birthday wish and donated to charity: water. On the one year anniversary of Rachel’s death, Rachel’s mum Samantha and grandparents travelled to Ethiopia to meet some of the people Rachel has helped.
60,000 people in over 100 villages will drink clean water because of Rachel’s wish and Rachel’s mum continues to fundraise in Rachel’s honour. Click here to watch the video and find out more about Rachel’s touching story and visit her current fundraising campaign to donate.
Age, size or anything else shouldn’t hold any of us back from making a difference in the world. We can all learn from Rachel’s wonderful example and try to help others every day. By Richard Branson. Founder of Virgin Group
Could an Apple/Twitter deal be in the works?
Reports Say Apple May Invest In Social Network.
As one of the very few big tech companies without a Twitter account, Apple may seem like an odd choice for the rumor mill to pair with Twitter. But that’s exactly what’s being whispered in the tech press, and frankly, the marriage might just be fate.
Citing “people briefed on the matter” at Apple, the New York Times’ Evelyn M. Rusli and Nick Bilton reported Friday that Apple is considering taking a stake in Twitter and making a strategic investment “in the hundreds of millions of dollars.” The Wall Street Journal, speaking with other insiders, followed up with its own piece confirming the rumors, and adding there were talks that took place about a year ago. UPDATE: Reuters has released its own report citing its own ” sources familiar with the matter” countering the reports from the Times and the Journal. Read full article here…
Mark Zuckerberg‘s sister now works for Google…
Where wouldn’t you expect a Zuckerberg to land? Google is probably at the top of that list. But Tuesday, Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) officially “friended” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, Arielle Zuckerberg, when it acquired Wildfire, the social ads marketing firm she works at.
“Congrats Wildfire! There are officially now more Zuckerberg family members working for Google than Facebook! #awkward ;),”sister Randi Zuckerberg blasted off in a tweet, alluding to the possibility that another member of their family is a Google employee.
Google declined to comment on whether all of Wildfire’s 400 employees would joining the company following the acquisition.
Arielle Zuckerberg works as a junior product manager at the Redwood City, Calif.-based company, which helps marketers engage their audiences using social media. Read the full story here…
You quit your job, now they demand an Exit Interview. What do you say?
You just quit your job. In your final two weeks you’ll tie up loose ends, help train your replacement, clean out your desk and say your good-byes. There’s also a good chance you’ll be asked to attend one final meeting before you hit the road: the exit interview.
Before leaving most firms, the Human Resources department will ask you to meet with them to discuss your reasons for quitting, among other things. “The purpose of an exit interview is to get the departing employee to divulge why she is leaving and how she feels about her experience with the company,” says Alexandra Levit, the author of Blind Spots: The 10 Business Myths You Can’t Afford to Believe on Your New Path to Success. “Ostensibly, this provides data that senior leadership will use to improve things.” Click here to continue reading…
Black Couple told they can’t wed in Baptist Church…
Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson were looking forward to saying “I do” in the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, Miss. on July 21. But the day before their Big Day, their pastor told them their wedding had been cancelled.
Fox 6 in Alabama reports that the couple had booked the church and distributed invitations only to find out that the church’s congregation had decided that the Wilsons, an African American couple, could not tie the knot in their church.
“The church congregation had decided no black could be married at that church, and that if he went on to marry her, then they would vote [the pastor] out the church,” Charles Wilson told Fox.
The Wilsons regularly attend the predominantly white church, though they are not members. Read the full story here. I cannot believe this is happening in 2012. One thing IAmKolorBlind stands for is the unification of all people/races. I am against all form of racism and prejudice. Why aren’t they allowed to get married? Where is Rev. Al Sharpton when you need him?
Scandal spreads over death of Venezuelan envoy in Kenya…
The slaying of Venezuela’s newly arrived ambassador in Nairobi has led to the arrest of another senior envoy and unleashed a torrent of scandalous allegations about sexual harassment, embassy power plays and retaliation against whistle-blowers.
Since acting Ambassador Olga Fonseca was found strangled and trussed with wire in her bedroom Friday, Kenyan authorities have rounded up at least nine alleged conspirators and witnesses, including First Secretary Dwight Saragay, whom police have named as their prime suspect.
“They are the right suspects in this case”, Nairobi’s criminal investigation chief, Nicholas Kamwende, told journalists in the Kenyan capital, referring to Saragay and a local physician, Mohammed Ahmed, who was still at large Monday but being sought by police. Read full story here…
James Holmes charged with 142 counts – including 1st degree murder…
I was hesitant to post about this update on James Holmes. I can’t stand the sight of him and have no desire to promote a serial killer on my blog but I thought about those who are probably too busy to catch the news, so here it is:
According to TMZ, James Holmes has just been charged with 24 counts of 1st degree murder — two counts for each of the 12 people he shot and killed during the “Dark Knight” massacre in Colorado on July 20.
Holmes appeared in a Colorado courtroom … still sporting reddish, orange hair … where he was also charged with 116 counts of attempted murder … 2 counts for each of the 58 people who were injured in the shooting. Read full story here…
Sofia Vergara and breast, breast and more breast…
Sofia Vergara is certainly a woman who knows what she’s working with. Her curves have garnered the actress quite a bit of attention and have transformed her into a modern feminine icon. So it comes as no surprise that Sofia is pestered about the actual size of her breasts at any chance an interviewer gets.
The September issue of Allure was no different, featuring Sofia styled à la Sophia Loren in a sultry pose with teased bombshell hair and a lacy brassiere. And, just the magazine’s luck, the recently engaged star dished on her bra size, revealing that she’s a size 32F (according to Just Jared).
But hasn’t she already talked breast size in a national magazine? It turns out, Sofia did, in fact, talk to Self about her breast size back in 2010:
When I was 13, I got these ridiculous boobs. I wanted surgery. I told my mom, ‘As soon as I’m older, please take these boobs away.’ She said, ‘Sofía, shut up. When you’re 18, it will be different.’ I was like, ‘Why would I want these huge tits? I’m a 34DD.’ It’s hard to dress. No matter what I wear, I look like a stripper. That said, I’m grateful I have them, and honestly, they’ve helped me a lot in my career. And I’ve always felt sexy.
Wait a minute…did she say 34DD? That’s not quite as large as a 32F, her most recent bra size. Read full article here…
Quinn breaks with Bloomberg over Chick-fil-A: “Not Welcome in NYC’…
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a leading mayoral contender in 2013, is often on the same business-friendly page as Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but when it comes to the now-controversial remarks against gay marriage made by the head of a fast food chain based in Georgia, they’re on decidedly different sides of the issue.
During a radio interview yesterday morning, Mr. Bloomberg said that the views expressed by the owner of a business should not impact government policies, and declared the idea of blocking Chick-fil-A establishments in the city, “a bad idea and it’s not going to happen.”
This morning, however, Ms. Quinn’s office sent out a press release announcing a petition calling on the president of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, to apologize for his “repugnant and un-American” comments and discriminatory views. Read the letter here…
Chick-fil-A store owners seek distance from gay marriage debate…
Some owners of Chick-fil-A restaurants are trying to distance themselves from the national debate over gay marriage sparked by the fast-food chain’s chief executive.
Jeremiah Cillpam’s Chick-fil-A restaurant on Sunset Boulevard straddles two of the city’s largest LGBT populations, in Hollywood and West Hollywood. A 2002 demographic profile of West Hollywood identified 41% of the city’s population as gay or bisexual males. Cillpam said that after hearing of the protests Thursday, he circulated a letter that night on the restaurant’s Facebook page, stating his intention to run his business apolitically.
“We strive to ensure that every guest receives amazing food and service regardless of belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” he wrote.
Cillpam said he wrote the letter because he wanted to put a human face on his business. Both Cathy and the LGBT community have a right to free speech, he said.
“I recognize that I have a community that has gays and lesbians, and I love my community,” he said.
The last few days have been relatively normal, Cillpam said, noting that he’s fielded some angry phone calls and entertained a lone protester but that business remains steady.
“Customers have just been eating chicken,” he said.
How to slowly kill yourself and other in America: A Remembrance…
I’ve had guns pulled on me by four people under Central Mississippi skies — once by a white undercover cop, once by a young brother trying to rob me for the leftovers of a weak work-study check, once by my mother and twice by myself. Not sure how or if I’ve helped many folks say yes to life but I’ve definitely aided in few folks dying slowly in America, all without the aid of a gun. Continue reading here…
Stone Age Poison pushes back dawn of ancient civilization 20,000 years…
The late Stone Age may have had an earlier start in Africa than previously thought — by some 20,000 years. A new analysis of artifacts from a cave in South Africa reveals that the residents were carving bone tools, using pigments, making beads and even using poison 44,000 years ago. These sorts of artifacts had previously been linked to the San culture, which was thought to have emerged around 20,000 years ago.
“Our research proves that the Later Stone Age emerged in South Africa far earlier than has been believed and occurred at about the same time as the arrival of modern humans in Europe,” study researcher Paola Villa, a curator at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, said in a statement. Read full story here…
Passenger finds needle in Air Canada sandwich…
A passenger on an Air Canada flight found a sewing needle in a catered sandwich during a flight Monday, the airline said.
Peter Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for Air Canada, said Tuesday that the airline is “working closely” with its caterer, which he didn’t name, to “ensure heightened security measures have been put in place. The police are investigating the incident, which occurred on a flight from Victoria, British Columbia, to Toronto. Safety is always our top priority so we are taking this matter very seriously,” Fitzpatrick said, adding that it appeared to be an isolated incident.
The FBI and Dutch authorities are also investigating reports of needles found in six sandwiches on Delta flights from Amsterdam to the United States two weeks ago. Read full story here…
Warrant out for Cuba Gooding Jr.’s arrest…
Cuba Gooding Jr. will star in his own courtroom drama — coming this Friday.
The Oscar winner has been summoned to a New Orleans municipal court to answer allegations that he lost his cool and shoved a female bartender on Bourbon Street last week. Gooding was ordered to court after he and his lawyer met briefly with police Tuesday.
“At the meeting’s conclusion, Mr. Gooding was given a summons to appear in municipal court,” said New Orleans police spokesman Frank Robertson. “The matter is now being handled in the court system.”
Robertson would not reveal whether Gooding is charged with a crime.
“We can’t answer any further questions,” he said.
Gooding’s mouthpiece also divulged little about the meeting.
“Mr. Gooding, his representative and the New Orleans authorities met this morning and are moving swiftly to resolve this misunderstanding,” Nancy Kane said.
However, in a statement to The Associated Press, the French Quarter restaurant said its employee wouldn’t press the case.
“It is our understanding the employee involved in the alleged altercation has chosen to drop all charges against Mr. Cuba Gooding Jr.,” said Old Absinthe House spokeswoman Carolyn Pierce. “While we continue to investigate this matter internally, we are hopeful that this will put an end to the matter.”
“The witness indeed has indicated that she is likely to drop the charges,” said Ryan Berni, a city spokesman. “If she does, and after prosecutors review the evidence, a determination will be made as to whether to dismiss the charges.”
Berni said Gooding’s arraignment is set for Friday. It was not immediately known whether he was required to appear. Gooding is married to his high school sweetheart Sara Kapfer and they have three children together: Spencer, Mason and Piper. Read full story here…
High School discriminates against Chinese students…
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has launched an investigation into allegations that the San Mateo Union High School District is discriminating against Chinese students.
A discrimination complaint lodged against the California school system has the agency looking into claims that the district holds Chinese students to “different standards for demonstrating residency or guardianship than students of other races” and nationalities, a department spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal.
The civil rights complaint comes as at least a dozen Chinese students say they have been transferred from top-performing high schools to low-performing ones. The district says the students were transferred because they don’t reside with their parents — who, in many cases, live in China — and instead live in homes owned by relatives. Read full story here…
Sarah Palin, Chick-fil-A and the 1st Amendment…
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) repeated her support for fast-food chain Chick-fil-A and its president on Tuesday.
In an interview on Fox News, Palin defended Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s decision to publicly express his anti-gay marriage views and claimed that the resulting backlash against the company was an affront to free speech.
“Well, that calling for the boycott is a real — has a chilling effect on our 1st Amendment rights,” Palin told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “And the owner of the Chick-fil-A business had merely voiced his personal opinion about supporting traditional definition of marriage, one boy, one girl, falling in love, getting married. And having voiced support for kind of that cornerstone of all civilization and all religions since the beginning of time, he then basically [is] getting crucified.” Read full story here…
Chick-fil-A: 5 Reasons it isn’t what you think…
Former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee decreed Wednesday, Aug. 1, to be “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” The former Republican governor of Arkansas says he “has been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick Fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld.”
Of course, not one word of that is accurate, not even that Dan Cathy is the CEO (his dad is), and if you’re standing in line waiting for your chicken sandwich and waffle fries, why not take a moment to learn about what Chick-fil-A really does, and — even if you’re opposed to same-sex marriage — what your money is buying. Read the 5 reasons here…
Health Care Reform and Americans…
Wondering why so many Americans so passionately oppose the new health care law? A new poll offers an explanation: Many believe that they’ll be on the hook to pay higher taxes under the Affordable Care Act.
Twenty-six percent of Americans expect to pay the individual mandate tax associated with health care reform, according to a national poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted in late July and released Tuesday.
Yet under the new law an estimated 2 percent of Americans will likely wind up paying the “individual mandate,” a penalty levied upon those who don’t carry any insurance, according to the Urban Institute. (Hat tip: the Washington Post’s Wonkblog.) Wording may be part of the issue. When the same poll asked if they expect to pay a health reform “fine,” only 12 percent of respondents answered in the affirmative. Read full article here…
How Obamacare is working for women…
Outside the Supreme Court on day 2 of the Affordable Care Act hearings, women are giving firsthand accounts of how the healthcare law’s benefits are improving their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
Show your support for protecting women’s health and the law by sharing this image on Facebook and Twitter today:
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 20.4 women have gained access to preventative health services like mammograms, new baby care and well-child visits. In 2014 when the law is fully implemented, 45 million women in our country will have increased access to preventive care services without co-pays and deductibles. Women can be charged up to 150% more for healthcare than men — but thanks to the law, this will change.
Learn more benefits for women under the healthcare law on SEIU.org here.
Diana Ross on the recent Jackson saga…
When T.J. Jackson stepped in to file for temporary legal custody MJ fans worldwide were asking:
“Where is Diana and why didn’t she file for temporary custody? Wasn’t she supposed to take the kids if Katherine became incapacitated?”
Have no fear, the 68-year-old songstress was legally notified of the custodial changes in guardianship. So what does Diana have to say about the matter? In a statement to the media, she urged everyone to back off.
“All interests are best served if it remains private,” Ms. Ross insists.
Privacy was certainly valued by Michael so his friend is saying exactly what he might have said. Diana is by all accounts an excellent mother to her children. Diana’s beloved clan includes daughters Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Tracee Ellis Ross, Chudney Lane Silberstein, and sons, Ross Arne Næss and Evan Ross.
America’s Top Colleges: Forbes List…
College is outrageously expensive. Four years at an elite, private school like the University of Chicago (#4) or Stanford (#3) costs more than a quarter of a million dollars. A degree from a more affordable state school, like the College of William & Mary (#40) or the University of California, Berkeley (#50), still costs around $100,000, even for “in-state” students, who pay less in tuition.
Is it worth it? For many students, the answer is probably not – unless they are accomplished enough to be accepted by one of the schools ranked near the top of our annual list of America’s 650 Top Colleges.
The rankings, which are compiled exclusively for Forbes by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity, focus on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low-levels of debt. They do not attempt to assess a school’s reputation, nor are they a measure of academic selectivity and we pointedly ignore any metrics that would encourage schools to engage in wasteful spending. View full list here…
Congrats to Daya Vaidya and Don Wallace…it’s twins!
Jai Blue Wallace arrived first at 10:49 p.m., weighing in at 5 lbs., 8 oz and measuring 19.5 inches long. His brother Dev Eshaan Wallace followed at 10:53 p.m., weighing in at 5 lbs., 3 oz. and measuring 19 inches long.
“Don and I are so thankful for our healthy and thriving boys,” Vaidya tells PEOPLE. “I was fortunate to follow through with my plan for a natural and unmedicated delivery.”
The twins join big sister Leela Grace, 3, who’s already getting to know her baby brothers.
“Leela can’t stop hugging and kissing them, we are all so in love,” says Vaidya. “Identical twins are incredible — we’re not getting any sleep, but that gives us more time to figure out who’s who!”
We’re happy to see the KolorBlind family growing. Vaidya who ancestry includes East Indian and Italian-American is keeping the interracial population alive.
Happy 15th Anniversary Brad and Keesha Sharp….
15 years ago, Brad asked his then-girlfriend Keesha to marry him. She said yes and on August 1, 1997 they were joined together as man and wife. This is one couple that’s not only humble, but loving. They are a perfect example of what KolorBlind love represents. Check out a video of a song Brad wrote for his wife:
Isn’t their love inspiring?
Hennessy unveils their VS Limited Edition Bottle Designed by Futura…
Hennessy unveiled their VS Limited Edition bottle designed By Futura 2000 on Wednesday August 1st. In attendance were some of KolorBlind’s family members Jesse Williams, Olivia Munn and Santi Gold and a few hand-selected celebrities. Futura 2000 is a graffiti artist. He started to paint illegally on New York’s subway in the early seventies, working with other artists such as ALI.
Leslie Uggams: Still Singing Her Song…
Leslie Uggams may have been just 17 in January 1961, but she brought panic to the boardrooms at NBC when she joined the cast of “Sing Along With Mitch,” starring Mitch Miller. At the time she was the only African-American performer on network television, and NBC and its sponsors were feeling the heat from the South. Eventually the show became such a hit that the issue of Uggams’ skin color was no longer a concern.
Sammy Davis Jr. recognized this triumph and a few years later told Newsweek:
“She’s very special. Everybody identifies with her. The first great step has happened with her…Leslie’s bridged a very important space.”
Uggams acknowledged it was a heavy load to carry because she wanted people to have respect for the black community.
“At that particular time you carried your race on your back,” Uggams said. “Today you can do anything you want, but back then you couldn’t because it reflected the whole race. If you did something wrong people would say, ‘See how they are!’ That was a great responsibility, but I was willing to take it on.”
Born on May 25, 1943 in New York City, Uggams made her show business debut at 6 playing Ethel Waters’ niece on the TV show, “Beulah.” Read full story here…
Mariah Carey releases new song: Triumphant…
Mariah Carey is joined by Rick Ross and Meek Mill for her brand new single ‘Triumphant’ (Get ‘Em), which was produced by Bryan-Michael Cox and Jermaine Dupri.
While on a conference call with reporters, bloggers and DJs, the legendary performer started out singing the praises of her song’s co-stars Meek and Rozay.
“It was a great experience,’ she said about teaming with two of Maybach Music Group’s made men. To me, working with Ross and Meek is incredible. Obviously Ross is a huge star and everybody loves him. I’m a fan of his music. I really wanted to work with him. I love his voice. I felt the contrast between his and my voice was really going to be something special. Just working with him in general was great.”
“To work with Meek was also great, she added. He adds an excitement and like a newness to the record that’s pretty rare right now. That was important to us. I’m happy I got both of them on one record. Its a big deal to me.”
Mariah’s single officially goes on sale to iTunes on Tuesday, (August 7). Jermaine Dupri produced the song. Take a listen to Mariah’s new collaboration below and click here to read the full interview…
Look out for her upcoming 14th studio album!
Khloe Kardashian has had it….
Enough is enough! Khloe Kardashian is sick of it!
The 28-year-old reality star, who was photographed at the Amy Lecompte Salon in West Hollywood holding her purse, laptop case, shopping bag and car keys, publicly voiced her opinion on how she really feels about all the negative media attention.
The tabloids have been in uproar over the Kardashian sister, mercilessly focusing on her weight, troubles getting pregnant, and marriage rumors. But, she’s finally over it.
In a series of tweets, she wrote:
Khloe Kardashian launches HPNOTIQ Cocktail…
Khloe Kardashian wife of NBA Basketball Player Lamar Odom rubbed it in once again today just what a lavish lifestyle she leads. As the rest of us worry about mortgages and Friday night’s beer money, the 28-year-old fretted over a gust of wind threatening to blow her sleek locks out of place.
The reality television star was busy celebrating the launch of her custom cocktail recipe for HPNOTIQ Harmonie Liqueur today, looking like an ice princess in a chiffon white A-line dress.
However. judging from the snapshots on the purple carpet and her comedy tweet, Khloe was more concerned about her Kodak moment and was having difficult keeping her mane under wraps. Read full story here…
A mind is a terrible thing to waste: Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey wish they could mock President Obama more…
We imagine that a good 40% of Lorne Michaels’ day is taken up by muttering, “What have I unleashed on the world?” After hearing about the activities of many “Saturday Night Live” alumni, you couldn’t fault him.
When Jon Lovitz guest hosted Dennis Miller’s nationally-syndicated talk show on Monday, he and guest Dana Carvey spent several minutes discussing why people get so upset at Obama jokes. And in light of Lovitz’s recent “Obama’s A F***ing A**hole” bit, as well-crafted a jibe as one could possibly muster, one can only assume this is an issue dear to his heart. Read full story here and watch the video clip below…
People do a lot for attention including ‘being stupid’…
Katherine Jackson reinstated as Guardian…
Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson has been reinstated as guardian of her late son Michael’s three children, a Superior Court judge ruled Thursday. Judge Mitchell Beckloff made the ruling after a court investigation concluded that Katherine, 82, was doing a “a wonderful job” taking care of Prince Michael, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10.
“It’s clear to me that the children are well cared for by Mrs. Jackson. It is clear to me they love her very much,” Beckloff said at a hearing on Thursday, according to the LA Times.
Cousin TJ — who was granted temporary custody of Michael’s children on July 25, the same day Katherine’s was suspended — will remain at his post for the time being, and will eventually share full guardianship with Katherine, the report says.
Katherine lost custody of Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket after she suddenly left her home in Calabasas, Calif., and headed to Arizona. For weeks, the exact cause of her disappearance remained unknown.
Happy 12th Birthday Alexis…
Becoming a teenager is always a memorable event. When you’re the daughter of famous supermodel Iman, it’s even more special because you get to wear your mom’s makeup and probably pose for a few fashion photographers.
Alexandria Bowie turns 12 tomorrow August 4th. She was born in 1999. We’re so excited to see her grow. This is her last year before she officially becomes a teen. It seems like it was just yesterday when she was born. Happy birthday darling. Hope you get a really nice birthday party with tons of gifts.
That’s it for our Weekly KolorBlind News 8/04/12: Obama@51, Bill Cosby, Stacey Dash, Harrison Ford, Jhene Aiko, Mayte Garcia and more… I hope you enjoyed reading it. The things reported in the news makes us aware of the things that occur in our environment and the world at large. Stay informed!