Weekly News 08/11/12: Sikh Temple, Kimora Lee Simmons, Mark Zuckerberg, Vogue, Eunice Johnson and more…

Shocking: Sikh Temple Shooting!

A group that monitors hate crimes says the suspect in a shooting that killed seven at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee was a musician in white power bands whose lyrics express hate against minorities and ethnic groups.

The gunman, Wade Michael Page, was also killed in Sunday’s shooting at the temple. Mark Potok with the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., said Monday that Page had been on the white power music scene for more than a decade in bands including Definite Hate and End Apathy.

Potok says the music is so violent and full of lyrics talking about carrying out genocide against the Jews and other minorities that the whole business exists almost exclusively over the Internet – via SFgate

LAPD steps up patrols around Sikh temples

Police in Los Angeles have stepped up their patrols around Sikh temples, advising officers to take an extra look at those places of worship for at least the remainder of the day, officials said Monday.

In the wake of the tragedy in Wisconsin that left seven people dead, the Los Angeles Police Department has instructed officers on patrol to make extra swings past Sikh temples in North Hollywood, Northridge, Canoga Park and elsewhere. In addition, department officials have gone to the temples to meet with their members.

“We always have that fear that there might be a copycat, so we just provide the extra patrol to make sure everything is safe,” said LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman. “It’s something done when any major incident happens” in another part of the country. Read full story here and watch video clip below…

Sikh temple shooting: Gunman had been on investigators’ radar

Wade Michael PageFederal investigators had “looked at” Sikh temple gunman Wade Michael Page more than once because of his associations with right-wing extremists and the possibility that he was providing funding to a domestic terrorist group, but law enforcement officials at the time determined there was not enough evidence of a crime to open an investigation, a senior U.S. law enforcement official said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, would not say Monday which law enforcement agency had considered investigating Page, or when. Read full story here…

Gunman who opened fire in Wisconsin Sikh temple exhorted other white supremacists to act

Guests attend an interdenominational candlelight vigil at the Illinois Sikh Community Center August, 6, 2012 in Wheaton, Illinois. The vigil was held to honor the victims who were killed yesterday at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Wade Michael Page, a suspected white supremacist, opened fire at the temple killing six people before being killed by police.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Wade Michael Page played in white supremacist heavy metal bands and posted frequent comments on Internet forums for skinheads, repeatedly exhorting members to act more decisively to support their cause.

“If you are wanting to meet people, get involved and become active,” he wrote last year. “Stop hiding behind the computer or making excuses.”

A day after Page strode into a Sikh temple with a 9mm handgun and multiple magazines of ammunition, authorities were trying to determine if the 40-year-old Army veteran was taking his own advice when he opened fire on total strangers in a house of worship. Read full story here…

Sikhs say turbans misinterpreted as symbol of fanaticism

To a Sikh man, the turban he wears is a symbol of freedom, love and justice — values taught by their founding guru for 500 years. To a hate criminal, it’s a target.  In the past decade, there have been three killings and several serious beatings of individual Sikhs, but nothing like Sunday’s mass killing at temple near Milwaukee.

Police say a suspect connected to white supremacy groups killed one woman and five turban-wearing men at their Sunday worship. Security has been increased nationwide at Sikh temples, known as gudwaras, and at Muslim mosques as well, according to leaders in both communities. Read full story here…

Alleged Wisconsin Gunman Wade Michael Page’s Ex-Girlfriend Arrested

Police say they have arrested the former girlfriend of Wade Michael Page, the man who allegedly shot and killed six people in a Sikh temple, after authorities say they found a gun in her Milwaukee home. Cook was taken into custody on the grounds that she is prohibited from having a gun as a convicted felon, a federal law enforcement official said. Cook was convicted in 2002 for fleeing and eluding a traffic officer.

Milwaukee police released a statement Tuesday after the arrest of Misty Cook, saying, “In a joint investigation with the FBI, the South Milwaukee Police Department has arrested Misty Cook on the crime of felon in possession of a firearm. Charges will be sought through the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.”

There’s no indication Cook was involved with the attack. Much like her ex-boyfriend, according to the Anti-Defamation League, Cook was involved in white supremacy. Read full story here…

CNN forced to apologize after Sikh temple shooting…

CNN has been forced to apologise after playing Billy Joel’s song Only the Good Die Young following a segment about the Sikh temple massacre in Wisconsin.
A panel on Monday morning’s Starting Point discussed the shooting – in which six people were killed and three injured – with Narinder Singh, the chairman of the board of trustees for the Sikh Coalition.

Then after cutting to a three-minute commercial break, the program returned with the song – and the show’s hosts seemed unaware of the thoughtless choice.

The song contains the lyrics: ‘They showed you a statue, told you to pray, they built you a temple and locked you away. But they never told you the price that you pay… Only the good die young.’
It was part of a playlist chosen by the day’s guest, New York Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf.

‘That’s why you were singing along with me this morning,’ host Zoraida Sambolin joked with Sheinkopf as the song played. Read full story here…Gaffe: CNN came under fire for playing the song Only The Good Die Young after an interview with Narinder Singh, from the Sikh Coalition, who was talking about the Sikh temple shootings in Wisconsin

Poor choice: After an advert break, the program returned with the Billy Joel song playing, see top left

Kimora Lee Simmons‘ Empire is JustFab…

KolorBlind queen Kimora Lee Simmons is known for a lot of things; her fabulous sense of style, her beautiful children Ming Lee, Aoki Lee  and Kenzo Lee, her luxurious lifestyle, and also her mogul status.

Kimora’s latest venture, JustFab, recently secured $140 million in funding from investors proving this isn’t just a clothing and accessories line, it is a serious piece of Kimora’s ever-growing empire. So, $140 million? Yes, that’s A LOT of money, but the idea behind JustFab is simple yet genius:

Users who sign up for JustFab.com input their style preferences and each month, will receive a personalized boutique of shoes and handbags that have been chosen to fit their individual style. With each offering, members receive styling advice and outfit recommendations to complete their look from head to toe. Read full story here…

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Hate Crime: Chavis Carter Shooting Death Investigated by FBI….

ImageThe FBI said Thursday it will join the police investigation into the death of Chavis Carter, the 21-year-old man shot in the head while handcuffed in the back of a police car in Jonesboro, Ark.

The investigation comes amid lingering questions over who pulled the trigger. Police said he committed suicide with a gun officers failed to find when they searched him. His family members said they believe he was killed by police who are attempting to cover it up.

Carter suffered a single, fatal gunshot wound to the head. He was detained on Saturday night following a traffic stop in Jonesboro, about 2 1/2 hours north of Little Rock, after officers said they found marijuana and empty baggies. Officers searched him twice, handcuffed him and placed him in the back of a police car, police said. Not long after, police said, he was found slumped over, with his head in his lap and a gunshot wound to the head. Read full story here…

Midas Touch as Naomi Campbell joins London 2012 Closing Ceremony team…

BRITAIN’s leading supermodels teamed up with the country’s brightest design stars in the September issue of Vogue for one of the magazine’s all-time most exciting and glamorous photoshoots, Midas Touch, part of the London 2012 Closing Ceremony.

Vogue was asked to commission a set of pictures featuring the work of the British design luminaries – the result? A glittering fashion story featuring bespoke, gold pieces created by labels such asAlexander McQueenBurberry and Christopher Kane and worn by the likes of Kate MossNaomi CampbellGeorgia May JaggerKaren ElsonStella TennantLily ColeLily DonaldsonJourdan Dunn and one very handsome boy –VOGUE.COM blogger David Gandy. With photographs by Nick Knight and styling by Vogue fashion director Lucinda Chambers, the images have to be seen to be believed. Read full story here…

Mark Zuckerberg has lost $9 Billion since IPO…

Newest KolorBlind member and Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerbergwho owns 503.6 million shares of the world’s largest social network, has lost about $9 billion since the company went public in May.

The 28-year-old co-founder has seen the value of his company fall by nearly half since its initial public offering at $38 per share. On Thursday alone, his fortune fell by $423 million when the stock price reached a new low of $20.04.

At market close Thursday, Zuckerberg was worth $10.2 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. That knocked him out of the top 10 for richest technology billionaires, according to Bloomberg, putting him $400 million behind James Goodnight, the co-founder of software maker SAS Institute Inc.

Facebook’s stock picked up Friday morning. At the time of this writing, shares had increased 4.8% to about $21.

Wolfgang Puck @ Hotel Bel Air…

Are you a chocolate lover  food? Then you much check out Hotel Bel Air’s restaurant. When the legendary Hotel Bel-Air re-opened in fall 2011 after a two-year extensive re-design, renowned Chef Wolfgang Puck took over the food and beverage operations.

Puck, who also happens to be KolorBlind, features modern California cuisine with European and Mediterranean influences; all of this in a spectacular garden setting. All of Hotel Bel Air’s menus reflect the healthy California lifestyle and showcase the best of California’s wonderful fresh ingredients. Their chefs visit the farmer’s market every week and select the freshest, most seasonal items to utilize in our menus.  If the photograph above is anything to go by, it’s a must visit, check out their website to learn more…

Beyoncé partners with United Nations for Global Campaign…

Beyoncé‘s running the world…again, and for a good cause! The “Countdown” singer took to her Tumblr last week, posting the message “Leave your footprint on 19 August 2012.” It turns out the international songbird is teaming with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations on a global campaign encouraging people to get involved.

According to the Associated Press, Beyoncé and songwriter Diane Warren will donate a video of “I Was Here” that will be filmed in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York in front of a live audience. The video will premiere Aug. 19 on World Humanitarian Day. The UN hopes it will help the campaign reach 1 billion people.

The campaign’s website, which launched Thursday, allows people to share their individual acts of good.

Watch Beyoncé’s message on World Humanitarian Day below.

What a wonderful cause! (via Vibe)

Vlisco is a thing of African beauty…

The Funky Grooves collection draws from Vlisco’s proud history, inspired by global urban culture and couture craftsmanship. It’s a collection of contrasts, with edgy street wear influences reinterpreted through a lens of pure glamour. The new collection is a melting pot of ideas, using new colours to update Vlisco’s heritage designs, and classic Vlisco techniques to create new looks.

Raw, geometric lines, traditional wrap shapes, bold metallic studs and edgy industrial hues come together to create a modern vibe. The collection’s colours range from earthy browns, brassy golds and bronzes, to brick reds and shocking pinks, and fresh acid blues and greens. It all comes together in the Funky Grooves collection, for a look that is bold, punky and original, yet feminine and effortlessly easy to wear.

The new Funky Grooves fabrics will also form part of a fashion & accessories collection, which will be available at selected Vlisco boutiques from August 2012. 

Watch their latest campaign video clips below:

Vlisco’s ankara fabrics are so versatile. I’m happy they’re getting the much needed attention.

Eunice Johnson Overlooked on Intl’ Best Dressed List?

We’ve been pouring over Vanity Fair’s 2012 International Best-Dressed List that was released this week, highlighting the sartorial prowess of the world’s most stylish beings. Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Ozwald Boateng and actress Farida Khelfa are just a few of the notables who snagged spots on the coveted list. While we were surprised by a few of this year’s honorees (Morley Safer, seriously?) it was an even bigger shock to find out that in the list’s 72 years of existence fashion icon Eunice Johnson never garnered a spot on the list.

Cathy Horyn, fashion editor at The New York Times, exposed this bit of information in her “On The Runway” column today and we’re still trying to pick our jaws up off the floor.

Eunice JohnsonJohnson, who died in 2010, was a pioneer and legend in the Black fashion world. As the wife of John H. Johnson, the founder of the Johnson Publishing Company of Ebony Magazine fame, she was the creative force behind The Ebony Fashion Fair, the famous touring fashion show for women of color. Johnson was among the first to bridge the divide between the world of high fashion and the Black community. And she did so when no one else would–or cared to try. Read full story here…

Clint Eastwood endorses Mitt Romney…

Clint Eastwood Has Endorsed Mitt RomneyWhile giving a speech to a group of Republican donors at a fundraiser in Sun Valley, Idaho yesterday, Clint Eastwood revealed his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Sure, it’s not on the level of Jenna Jameson’s endorsement from yesterday, but then again, what is?

Anyway, during his speech, Eastwood recalled the first time he saw Romney in a campaign ad during the filming of Mystic River in Massachusetts.

“I said, ‘God, this guy, he’s too handsome to be governor, but he does look like he could be president.’…as the years have gone by I began to think even more so about that.”

Then, continuing, Eastwood explained that he endorses Romney and plans to vote for him during the upcoming election. Read full story here…

Flight Canceled? What To Do When You’re Stranded…

A United Airlines flight from China was recently delayed by three days. According to ABC News, the situation was so tense that violence broke out at the airport.

United has now dropped to last place in on-time arrivals among the major carriers. While some blame maintenance difficulties as a result of their merger with Continental and others cite a possible pilot strike, one thing’s clear: United passengers are probably in for a bumpy ride this summer.

Delays are bad enough. But what should you do if you are flying United -– or any other airline –- and you experience a flight cancellation?

1. Be Prepared

Never take it for granted that your airline will get you to your destination as promised. If you’re on a tight schedule, spend a few minutes looking up different flight options that will get you to your destination by the time you need to be there. Consider alternate airports that will get you close enough. That way, if your flight is canceled, you can suggest an alternative when you call the airline. Speaking of which… Read more tips here…

President Obama and Mitt Romney release statements on Sikh Temple Shooting…

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney have released statements on today’s shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin via CNN.

President Obama’s statement:

Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin. At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded.

My Administration will provide whatever support is necessary to the officials who are responding to this tragic shooting and moving forward with an investigation.

As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family.

Mitt Romney’s statement:

“Ann and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of today’s shooting in Wisconsin. This was a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship.

Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the entire Oak Creek Sikh community. We join Americans everywhere in mourning those who lost their lives and in prayer for healing in the difficult days ahead.”

Networks struggle to appeal to Hispanics…

Sofia Vergara is probably the most recognizable Hispanic actress working in English-language television. She is one of the stars of “Modern Family,” the highest-rated scripted show on network television, and she has parlayed her celebrity into commercials for brands like Pepsi and Cover Girl.

Despite her popularity, “Modern Family” is not a hit with Hispanic viewers. Out of its overall viewership of 12.9 million, “Modern Family” drew an average of only about 798,000 Hispanic viewers in the season. That audience accounts for only about 6 percent of the show’s viewers — less than half of what you might expect given the 48 million Hispanic television viewers that Nielsen measures.

The same pattern can be seen on other top network shows: “Two and a Half Men” on CBS averaged 611,000 Hispanic viewers out of an average total of 14.6 million viewers. “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC averaged 583,000 out of 10.9 million. “Glee” on Fox averaged 518,000 out of 8.7 million. And “NCIS” on CBS averaged 509,000 out of 19.1 million. Read full story here…

Photo: Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara in ABC’s highly rated “Modern Family.” Ms. Vergara plays Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, a sexy Latina trophy wife.

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Go Zip-Lining in Mexico with Joe Francis…

Looks like Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Joe Francis (yes, of “Girls Gone Wild” fame) got into the Olympic spirit by zip-lining in Mexico recently (via HuffPost).

The notoriously camera-friendly couple vacationed at Francis’ Mexican estate (alongside Mario Lopez) and pursued activities like zip-lining and relaxing “poolside before hitting the ocean and ripping through the waves on jet skis launched from a gorgeous white sand beach,” according to Francis on his website. Meanwhile, Francis practiced writing the world’s longest sentences.

Aah Paris Jackson misses her dad…

Paris Jackson, the beautiful 14 year old daughter of the late King of Pop tweeted a photograph of her room a few days ago and guess what her background is? Yes, a collage of her late father which took her 3 hours to complete.

It’s clear the teenager misses her father very much. She and her siblings have gone through quite a lot since their father passed away. He’s watching you from heaven Paris…don’t worry.

Khloe Kardashian next X-Factor host?

0806_khloe_kardashian_xfactor_articleKhloe Kardashian is being seriously considered to become the next host of “X Factor” … TMZ has learned. Sources connected with the show tell us … they have whittled down the list of finalists to 6, and Khloe is on it.

We’re told Khloe would like the gig, but she’s not going to get it without a screen test. Production sources tell us … producers will be doing screen tests in the next 2 weeks. Our sources say they will NOT buy a pig in a poke, and anyone who wants the hosting job must audition.

Not a bad move for the show, because the Kardashians are a proven audience draw. So we gotta ask …

Ngeo Boon Lin, Malaysian Pastor, celebrates gay wedding reception in home country…

A gay pastor who married his musical producer boyfriend in New York last year has fulfilled a vow to hold a wedding banquet in his native Malaysia in what they believe is the first such event in the Muslim-majority country.

Malaysian-born Ngeo Boon Lin and African-American husband Phineas Newborn III, quietly held the closed reception Saturday – complete with public kisses and karaoke ballad performances – with about 200 guests, including a handful of Chinese-language journalists who were asked not to report on the event until afterward.

The couple risked the ire of a government that has banned a gay arts festival, prosecuted a politician for sodomy and declared that homosexuality has no place in Malaysian society.

“We’re thankful to be able to make Malaysian history here,” Newborn said.

Ngeo, an ethnic Chinese pastor who has lived mainly in the United States since 1998, attracted criticism from Malaysian officials and religious groups when he married Newborn, a Broadway musical producer, last August. Read full story here…Ngeo Boon Lin Wedding

President Obama accused of “racism” against white in new superPAC web ad…

ObamaA web ad released by a new superPAC suggests that President Obama’s administration has quietly accepted and even promoted racism against white people. The ad, by a superPAC called FightBigotry, said that the president has gotten a free pass for “his disturbing, yet crystal-clear pattern of tacitly defending black racism against white folks before and since being elected president.”

According to ThinkProgress, the group was founded by Stephen Marks, a Republican media consultant and opposition researcher, who penned a 2008 book called “Confessions of a Political Hitman.”

The ad goes on to assert that Attorney General Eric Holder said that the administration’s critics are motivated by race.

“Implying that whites are too stupid to have honest disagreements with the president without being racist is, in and of itself, racist against whites,” the narrator says. Read full story here and watch video clip below…

The ad attributes that assertion to a December 2011 New York Times article where Holder told a reporter that a few critics were “conflating things, conveniently leaving stuff out, construing thins to make it seem not quite what it was.”

It’s yet another sad day: racist parents batter daughter…

A couple were jailed yesterday for a brutal attack on the daughter they felt had shamed them by dating a black man. David and Frances Champion repeatedly punched Jane in the face and shouted racist abuse while kicking her boyfriend out of the family home.

They lost control after they returned home to find their 17-year-old daughter in a ‘state of undress’ with Alfonce Ncube, a court heard.

After throwing the waiter out of the house, Mr Champion, 50, grabbed his daughter by her hair and started to hit her, said Nicola Powell, prosecuting.

‘He told her she was destroying the family and pushed her out of the door, Champion shouting racist language to describe Mr Ncube,’ she added.

Jane went to stay with her grandmother but returned to her parents in St Thomas, Swansea, once the situation had apparently calmed down.
But a month later her parents challenged her over Mr Ncube when they returned from a pub. Read full story…'You deserve it': Jane was punched in the face by her father after admitting she was still dating Mr Ncube. Her mother also hit her, saying 'you deserve it. It is all your fault.'

Two young female teachers poisoined in Vietnam while vacationing…

Two friends who went backpacking across Vietnam collapsed and died within days of one another from a mystery poison.

Canadian-born Cathy Huynh, 26, who taught English in South Korea, decided to take a week-long break with her friend and fellow teacher Karin Joy Bowerman, 27, from Illinois in the United States.

While sharing a room at the Son and Daughter guesthouse in the coastal city of Nha Trang, Miss Bowerman fell ill and was taken to the Khanh Hoa Province General Hospital by her friend last Monday evening.

She did not have any apparent injuries, but was suffering from serious respiratory failure and her blood pressure had dropped to zero.
By 10.30pm that night, Miss Bowerman had died.

Two days later, Miss Huynh, who is of Vietnamese origin, was treated in the same hospital for symptoms of shock and while under intensive care, reportedly suffered several cardiac arrests. She died in the early hours of Thursday morning. Read full story here…Sudden death: Teacher Karin Joy Bowerman, 27, from the United States, quickly deteriorated after being admitted to hospital

Spotted: Wayne Brady and daughter at the Red Carpet premiere of ‘Paranorman’…

Wayne Brady, daughter Maile, 9, and a family friend smiled for cameras at the premiere of ‘ParaNorman’ held in Universal City, California on August 5, 2012. The two looked stylish and Maile even brought along a friend.

Wayne recently told USA Weekend about his special ‘daughter and me’ time. “Our thing is something called ‘grape time,’ and that’s at night just before we go to bed. We’ll snuggle, yes I said snuggle, and watch [TV]; we’ll just eat grapes and talk about the day. It’s nice bonding time,” Brady said.

The comedian and television host is the proud father of one child – via BCK

Brazil gains business and influence as it offers aid and loans in Africa…

In Mozambique, Brazil’s government is opening a plant making antiretroviral drugs to fight the AIDS epidemic. Brazil is lending $150 million to Kenya to build roads and ease congestion in the capital, Nairobi. And in Angola, West Africa’s rising oil power, a new security agreement seeks to expand the training of Angolan military personnel in Brazil.

Brazil, which has more people of African descent than any other country outside of Africa itself, is assertively raising its profile again on the continent, building on historical ties from the time of the Portuguese empire. Read full story here…

Hillary Clinton parties in South Africa…

Hillary Clinton is currently on an eleven day tour though Africa. She’s already visited Uganda, Senegal, Kenya, Malawi and Sudan. But judging from the video below, she enjoyed herself the most in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Recently, at a dinner hosted by South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Clinton danced and was all smiles. Honestly, we didn’t know our Secretary of State had it in her. Mrs. Clinton must have felt free to be herself in Mother Africa. Read full story here…

Check out the clip below:

Hillary Clinton visits Nelson Mandela at home…

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited with Nelson Mandela at his home on Monday to pay her respects to the aging South African icon. Clinton and a small group flew to the 94-year-old Mandela’s home village of Qunu, where they reminisced and had a small private lunch.

Clinton and Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel, talked as photographers snapped pictures and Mandela looked on smiling from his wingback chair.

“That’s a beautiful smile!” Clinton said. “Madiba’s smile is a trademark,” Machel said, affectionately referring to Mandela by his Xhosa clan name.

Afterwards, Clinton, Machel and the others went into the main dining room for lunch. Mandela remained in the living room with his medical attendants. Click here to read full story…

Woody Allen in San Francisco: Chasing the director all over town…

Woody Allen San FranciscoWoody Allen has a tendency to use the city as his muse. Remember Midnight In Paris? Or Vicky Cristina Barcelona? How about Manhattan? After more than four decades in the business, it’s about time the iconic, neurotic director descended upon San Francisco.

And so he has. His new flick, filming around town all this month, tells the story of a rich New Yorker who moves into with her sister in San Francisco after losing all her cash. Rumored stars include Cate Blanchett and Louis C.K., both of of whom were also seen in his vicinity recently.

It makes perfect sense that Allen has most frequently been spotted down in the Mission. Read full story here…

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics launches pop-up shop in Grand Central Terminal…

“I am so excited to be opening our first pop-up shop in the US,” says Bobbi Brown, makeup artist and Founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, “A broad cross-section of women pass through Grand Central every day, so it is the perfect location to be in the middle of all of the excitement and capture women on-the-go.”

The design of Bobbi Brown “The Pop-Up”—located in the Lexington Passage—is exclusive to the brand’s new pop-up locations around the world. Uniquely designed, the architecture will be flattened into wallpaper, which will also depict photos of Bobbi in action around the globe and iconic products from the brand.

Incorporating personal touches and elements from Bobbi’s office in SoHo, the shop’s industrial design will mimic Bobbi’s design aesthetic at her Montclair free-standing store featuring heavy metal furniture, Emeco 1001 chairs, stainless steel rolling tables, and the iconic Bobbi signature in neon lights. The shop will be easy to navigate while keeping with the chic and streamlined interiors of all Bobbi Brown counter locations worldwide. Read full story here…

Harry Belafonte: “Mitt’s not my cup of tea”…

APHarry Belafonte has spoken out against President Barack Obama, but that doesn’t mean he supports Mitt Romney.

Asked whether he’d like Romney to win the election, Belafonte told the Hollywood Reporter, “Only if I would like to see the end of civilization. No, absolutely not.”

“Mitt Romney is not my cup of tea at all,” he added.

The singer has previously criticized Obama, charging that the president lacks moral courage.

Dismayed at the state of the nation, Belafonte told THR, “…I think the period now is the most challenging I’ve ever lived in.”

“The power in many societies has become almost absolute,” he said. “Those who have the power in the free enterprise system start to crush societies and create wars that are unholy. What we did during the Bush period, what we still continue to do, even with Barack Obama, is the continuency of not changing the paradigm, of not changing the view.” Read full story here…

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West snub VMA host Kevin Hart…

Comedian Kevin Hart is already reaping the benefits that come with hosting the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, including hanging out with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian … even if they don’t really want you around.

Yes, in a brand-new VMA 2012 promo spot, Hart tries his best to strike up a friendship with ‘Ye and KK, suggesting matching outfits and sneakers (nope).
While we’re not sure what the newly minted trio will wear to the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, we know when you can tune in to find out:

Watch the promo video clip below?

The big show airs Thursday, September 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, live from Staples Center in Los Angeles. Read full story here…

Top ten differences between white terrorists and others…

  1. White terrorists are called “gunmen.” What does that even mean? A person with a gun? Wouldn’t that be, like, everyone in the US? Other terrorists are called, like, “terrorists.”
  2. White terrorists are “troubled loners.” Other terrorists are always suspected of being part of a global plot, even when they are obviously troubled loners.
  3. Doing a study on the danger of white terrorists at the Department of Homeland Security will get you sidelined by angry white Congressmen. Doing studies on other kinds of terrorists is a guaranteed promotion.
  4. The family of a white terrorist is interviewed, weeping as they wonder where he went wrong. The families of other terrorists are almost never interviewed.
  5. White terrorists are part of a “fringe.” Other terrorists are apparently mainstream. Click here to read more…

Women, white people: is that what campaign 2012 is coming down to?

President Obama appeals to women by pushing the issue of access to contraceptives, while Mitt Romney accuses him of watering down welfare reform — an issue that tends to stir up feelings about race among whites.

With the election still locked in a near-tie, the politics of gender and race have moved into the spotlight of the presidential campaign.

For most of the summer, the debate has focused on two things: the state of the economy and Mitt Romney’s background in business. But in recent days, the two campaigns have added new, sharp-edged issues to the mix.

On Wednesday, President Obama flew to Colorado, a key battleground, where he pushed the issue of access to contraceptives, which is also the subject of a campaign ad in swing states featuring quotes from Romney attacking Planned Parenthood. Read full story here…

Photo: President Obama with Georgetown law student and activist Sandra Fluke at a campaign event in Aurora, Colo. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press / August 8, 2012)President Obama with Sandra Fluke in Aurora, Colorado

Khloe Kardashian sizzle in white leather dress…

Donning a skin-tight leather dress and sky-high heels, the reality star flaunted her slim figure at the InStyle Summer Soiree at The London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. Wednesday night.

Kardashian flashed her pearly whites for the camera as she posed with her brunette locks flowing over the apricot detail of her mostly black ensemble.

Who’s to thank for Khloe’s hot new slim-down? The 28-year-old beauty has become quite the gym rat in the last few weeks, attending regular gym sessions with personal trainer Gunmar Peterson. View additional photos here…Khloe-Kardashian-InStyle-80812

Jhene Aiko debuts new video: 3:16AM

It was reported last December that Jhene Aiko had signed a deal with Def Jam, since then the songstress has remained somewhat quiet in terms of new music. She changed that today with the release of her new video titled “3:16AM” which will hopefully debut on her upcoming album. It’s a dark, moody track and the same can be said for its video, which finds Aiko in a contemplative state in various locations. Watch the video below:

We hope the new album is released soon.

Keesha Sharp remembers 6th wedding anniversary…

One of the most inspiring interracial celebrity couples we have in our time tweeted yesterday recalling her wonderful memories of her 6th wedding anniversary. Keesha and Brad have the married for 15 years. That’s longer that most 10 Hollywood marriages combined. She tweeted:

“Throwback Thursday!! This was our 6th wedding Anniversary in Arizona. We saw a Cowboys game too:) Perfect!!”

Isn’t Keesha stunning? She still got it! Love is truly a beautiful thing when it’s pure, and the Sharps have a way of showcasing what true love is… 

Beyonce sings at UN General Assembly Hall…

US R&B singer Beyonce has recorded a video clip in the hall of the UN General Assembly that will be used to celebrate World Humanitarian Day on August 19.
The solemn chamber was transformed for the occasion Friday August 11, 2012, with an improvised stage and a gigantic arching screen.

Clad in a white dress with sequins, the winner of 16 Grammy Awards sang one of her hits, “I Was Here”, while images of floods and rescuers digging through rubble after an earthquake were displayed in the background.

The video, which the singer offered as a donation to the UN, will be included in a campaign broadcast on the Internet at http://www.whd-iwashere.org, illustrating the work of humanitarian organizations around the world. The video will be accompanied by the testimonies of millions of volunteers.

“We all see the headlines and we think: ‘What can I really do to help?’ World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity for all of us to work together to make a difference,” Beyonce said in a release.

World Humanitarian Day was established in 2008 to commemorate the attack on August 19, 2003 against the UN headquarters in Baghdad, which claimed the lives of 22 UN workers, including a UN special envoy to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. His son, Laurent Vieira de Mello including The Dream and Dianne Warren who co-wrote the ‘I Was Here song’ were present at the event Friday evening, as well as other personalities involved in humanitarian aid and entertainment industry. Read full story here…

That’s it for our Weekly News 08/11/12: Sikh Temple, Kimora Lee Simmons, Mark Zuckerberg, Vogue, Eunice Johnson 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!


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