Weekly News 09/29/12: Election 2012, Warren Buffet, Denise Vasi, Halle Berry and more…

Warren Buffet and other billionaires giving away half of their wealth…

Warren Buffett Giving PledgeWarren Buffett got 11 more billionaires to agree to give away half of their wealth to charity. The Giving Pledge, a philanthropic initiative started by the business mogul and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to get the super rich to pledge their fortunes early in their lives, so that they can have more control of how it’s spent.

In the two years since it was launched, the pledge has recruited 92 billionaires, including the likes of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Some of the newest members of the benevolent club include Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and his wife Patty Quillin, along with Intel Chairman Emeritus Gordon Moore and his wife Betty, MarketWatch reports.

Moore, who already gave away half of his fortune when he established a foundation that focuses on science, health and environmental issues, told the Wall Street Journal that his giving habits already put him “ahead of the curve.” Click here to continue reading…

Michelle Obama speaks at Congressional Black Caucus

michelle obama picturesMrs. O took to the stage to speak to the gathering of black lawmakers and leaders in a floor-length black satin gown by Michael Kors (the same one she wore to the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in June). Detailing like the asymmetrical neckline, iridescent belt and matching silver earrings made us think of glitzy vintage screen sirens.

Michelle’s signature doe-eyes and coiffed hair definitely helped in that department too. (Unfortunately, as far as we can tell, there was no nail color in sight, leaving us to remember fondly the days of the Democratic National Convention when her gray nails sparked a major trend.)

Michelle Obama says protecting the right to vote has become the nation’s most important civil rights issue. The first lady tells a gathering of black lawmakers and leaders that they owe it to those who fought and died for equal rights in the 1960s to make sure every voter can freely cast a ballot.

Her comments at an annual awards banquet for the Congressional Black Caucus come amidst a push in more than a dozen states to pass laws requiring voters to show ID at the polls. Critics say the laws unfairly harm minorities, poor people and college students – all groups that tend to vote Democratic.

Comparing it to the civil rights movement, Obama calls voting rights “the march or our time” and “the sit in of our day.” Click here to continue reading…michelle obama pictures

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Mo Farrah receives ‘twin gifts’ from Arsenal…

Mo Farrah is not only a proud father of two, he’s also very lucky. The Olympic champion has been receiving a lot of gifts for his twin daughters lately. Check out the latest gift he received from the Arsenal Football Team:

Nick Cannon talks fatherhood with People Magazine…

Nick Cannon knows that his kids with Mariah Carey have a good life — and he want to make sure they appreciate it.

“I want my kids to understand that every child isn’t as fortunate as they are,” the America’s Got Talent host tells PEOPLE of 17-month-old twins Monroe and Moroccan. “I want [them] to grow up helping others. I was raised by my grandmother. We were low-income, but she was always taking in foster kids. She would help anyone, and it was a good lesson for me growing up.”

Cannon, 31, was in Orlando on Friday to host the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals‘ Awards Dinner. At the event, he mingled with children ages 3 to 17 who are fighting diseases or recovering from traumatic injuries.

“I really believe in this charity, in this event,” he says. “It’s our duty to help kids who need it.” Cannon was also on-hand to announce a collaboration between Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Kuboo.com, a 3D Virtual World for kids.

Sitting in his hotel room with PEOPLE before the event, Cannon pointed to a laptop with a missing key. Click here to continue reading…

Tyler Florence host dinner for President Obama…

Jay-Z and Beyonce aren’t the only ones who’ve hosted fundraising dinners for President Obama’s campaign. Celebrity chef  Tyler Florence whipped up some burrata appetizers and more for the $20,000-a-plate fundraising dinner. While everyone else was eating a plate of leftover pasta (or actually cooking or getting real food like real adults), Obama was working a fundraising dinner, and Food Network’s Tyler Florence was the man behind the meal. The dinner, hosted in the backyard of a Tampa, Fla., mansion, cost guests $20,000 per plate for a meal that included smoked almond foam, burrata, squash, quail eggs, and banana mustard.

We feel super classy just writing that. The full menu, compiled from tweets and courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle, started off with burrata with basil, peach, and berry, followed by a squash and quail egg ravioli, chicken-fired quail, crispy fried pork belly, and corn pudding with zucchini confit and smoked almond foam. For dessert, Wayfare Tavern pastry chef whipped up coconut shortbread with Key lime and parsley curd, blackberries, and a vanilla lime pavlova. Click here to continue reading…

Eric Holder, George Lucas among CBC Foundation gala honorees…

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was honored Saturday night at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Phoenix Awards, sharing the honors with a southern mayor, a feisty congresswoman, and the man behind Star Wars.

Both men served up passionate speeches in which the attorney general vowed to protect Americans’ right to vote, and the filmmaker decried the continued existence of racism, including in Hollywood.

Filmmaker George Lucas spoke about his dogged pursuit to make Red Tails, a feature film with an all-black cast that told the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Saying he was “deeply honored” by the award, Lucas said he worked on the film for 20 yeas.

He said that having grown up in the 1960s, he had believed that electing a black president would mean society had changed, but instead, it merely “brought some things to the surface,” adding that today, racism exists in “code words.” And he said that while he initially thought the movie would appeal mostly to young black males, he discovered that the most enthusiastic audience was “black women in their 50s.” Click here to continue reading…

Benetton’s Rebirth…

In the 1980s, Benetton was a youthful brand beloved for its sweaters and socially aware advertising. Then it all but disappeared from the U.S. market. Now it’s launching a reinvention campaign with a new, fashion-forward collection. Robin Givhan reports from Milan.

No other industry demonstrates such a deep affection for the ghosts of its past as fashion. Its designers and bean counters are constantly trying to revive comatose brands and re-energize sluggish ones. Few companies are ever left for dead—even those for whom a dignified funeral might be the kindest gesture.   Click here to continue reading…Benetton

Nollywood seeks a hit on the streets of New York…

On the surface the production that commandeered a few dormant rooms at the Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital on Roosevelt Island this year resembled many other low-budget film projects in New York City. Crew members were each handling multiple jobs. Those from out of town were spending their short nights on friends’ couches. The catering consisted of a box of Dunkin’ Donuts and a carton of coffee, both empty by late morning.

But despite the production’s humble appearance there was a lot riding on it. Its director and producer, Tony Abulu, and his financial backers say the film, “Doctor Bello,” has the potential to chart a new direction for the booming Nigerian film industry half a world away.

That industry, known as Nollywood, is perhaps the world’s third-largest filmmaking industry in revenues, producing more than 1,000 titles every year. But the industry is known for churning out slapdash films with feeble story lines, amateurish acting and sloppy production values. Nearly all go straight to video and are soon forgotten. Click here to continue reading…

Pictured: Genevieve Nnaji, Isaiah Washington, Olumide Bakare

Tony Abulu on the set of Doctor Bello

Spotted: The Nixon twins seeing into the future…

Actress Garcelle Beauvais’ twins are some interesting boys. They were on a school field trip and decided to make a stop to get a reading by a psychic.

Emma Stone, Halle Berry and Revlon team up to talk about Breast Cancer…

Emma Stone RevlonEmma Stone and Halle Berry both know how to play up their lips. But instead of using them to model the latest shade of lipstick, the faces of Revlon are putting their pouts front and center to raise awareness for a good cause: breast cancer prevention.

As part of the “Revlon Cares” program, a new PSA from the cosmetics company features Emma and Halle urging people to “save a life with your lips” by talking about cancer and getting loved ones to go to the doctor for regular screenings. For Emma, this issue is one that is very close to heart — her mother Krista is a recent survivor of breast cancer and the two posed in ads for another part of Revlon’s “Your Lips Can Save Lives” campaign. Click here to continue reading…

Denise Vasi is an epitome of beauty at her photoshoot…

Single Ladies’ Denise Vasi is looking uber-beautiful in this photoshoot taken by Itaysha Jourdan Photography. The recently engaged actress has been busy planning her wedding and using that opportunity to do photoshoots.

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Click, click…it’s Denise Vasi and her brothers…

This is one beautiful multiracial family. You agree?

Bill Clinton On Economy: No President Could Have ‘Magically’ Fixed It In 1 Term…

Former President Bill Clinton vouched for Barack Obama’s economic record on Sunday, making his case for the president to have a second term. In an appearance on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” Clinton reasoned that no president would have “magically” delivered a “fully healed” economy in four years.

“I think that the Obama approach is better,” Clinton said. “It’s more likely to produce broad-based prosperity than Romney’s [approach].”

“That’s why we’ve got to keep working at it,” Clinton added.

The former president answered:

“No, but it’s interesting. You know, I know a lot of higher income people. A lot of whom help me do my work, and they’re supporting Gov. Romney, and a lot of people say things like that. But I think it’s worth pointing out, if you look at that 47%. First, they do pay taxes. They pay Social Security taxes. They pay Medicare taxes. They pay state and local taxes.”

“Second, they are out of the federal income tax pool for two reasons. One is the economic crash, which lowered a lot people’s incomes. Even a lot of the newer jobs don’t pay high incomes. Now, the second reason is interesting. It’s a bipartisan reason in the past. It’s because the combined impacts of the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Child Tax Credit.”

“I doubled the Earned Income Tax Credit, which I think President Ford signed into law, and which President Reagan supported. And it’s refundable, if you work and you got kids and your income’s low, the government will actually refund the credit if you drop out of owing income tax. It was designed to support working families.” Click here to continue reading…

Clinton’s words paralleled Obama’s rhetoric on Saturday. At a Milwaukee campaign event, the Associated Press reports that the Democratic incumbent said change takes more than one term in the White House, more than just a president and more than one single party.

This was not the first instance of Clinton voicing this type of message. At a Sept. 12 Orlando, Florida campaign rally, he invoked his own name in explaining that the economy Obama inherited was an uphill battle. Click here to continue reading and watch the clips below…

Spotted: Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana at the movies…

Bradley Cooper, Zoe SaldanaIt’s been a strange, mysterious almost-year, but it seems that after an extensive caesura in the butterfly-kissing, Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana are back on. The lovers were spotted in their comfy, cozy clothes strolling through a parking garage after a refreshing nap in a movie theater playing The Master.

Hours before watching The Master, the Hangover thesp was spotted leaving Saldana’s house in Los Angeles that morning around 7 a.m. via E!

Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Lucy Liu dazzled at 2012 Emmy Awards Red Carpet…

The 2012 Emmy Awards red carpet was a flurry of blues, yellows and glitz. Heidi Klum sizzled in a turquoise goddess dress with a very high slit by relative newcomer Alexandre Vauthier. Sofia Vergara showed off her famous curves in an aquamarine glittering body-hugging gown from Zuhair Murad. Nicole Kidman looked stunning in an off-white gown with electric blue paillettes on the front bodice. Hayden Panettiere’s Marchesa brocade dress came with a blue tulle overlay.

And Zooey Deschanel went the princess route in a frothy pale blue Reem Acra ball gown.Punchy colors were all over the red carpet too with Padma Lakshmi in a tangerine mermaid hem gown from Monique Lhuillier. Claire Danes’ pregnancy glow was enhanced by her buttercup yellow Lanvin number. Julie Bowen wore a strapless ruched chartreuse dress.

Julianne Moore was all covered up in a sunshine yellow number from Christian Dior Couture. Ginnifer Goodwin wore a nude dress embroidered with orange detailing. Julianna Margulies was a knockout in a floral print gown in shades of blue and green from Giambattista Valli Couture. And Girls’ Allison Williams opted for an emerald green Carolina Herrera dress.

There were those actresses who went for fail-safe black as well. Mad Men’s January Jones in a webbed Zac Posen gown and Elisabeth Moss in a floral print Dolce & Gabbana. Amy Poehler chose a glitzy Stella McCartney halter neck black number.

View the photos below to see all these dresses and more from the red carpet of the 2012 Emmy Awards via Forbes.

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2012 Emmy Winners…

Emmy Winners 2012Emmy winners for the 2012 award ceremony included many familiar faces and some newcomers. In the comedy category, “Modern Family” took home awards in the Best Supporting Acting categories, Outstanding Comedy Series and Directing for a Comedy Series.

It was the second Emmy for both Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet for their work on “Modern Family.” This is the third year in a row “Modern Family” won Best Comedy Series.

In the drama category, newcomer “Homeland” swept the acting categories with Claire Danes and Damian Lewis taking home Emmys. “Homeland” broke “Mad Men’s” Best Drama Series streak.

In the Miniseries/Movie category, “Game Change” took home the prize for Best Actress, Writing and Directing as well as the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries/TV Movie. Click here to view the full list of winners… 

Wolfgang Puck stunned with delicious food at the Emmy After-Party…

While everyone was busy admiring or salivating the gorgeous women of the 2012 Emmys and speculating who would take home the ‘golden man’, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck was busy backstage making sure his food was ‘Emmy-Cuisine’ worthy.

Take a look at the mouth-watering savories below and click here to view the full food gallery:

Yellow Tomato Gazpacho Shooters (a way to serve the cool soup to a crowd)Glazed Pickled Beets with Pistachio Brittle, Frisée and Buratta CheeseMango and Papaya Summer Rolls with Chili-HoisinMini Angelfood Cakes with Pineapple Cream

Flashback: Amber Rose channels her inner masculinity….

She may be best known for her romantic entanglements, but Amber Rose is certainly a singular force to be reckoned with. With a blossoming music career in the works, Ms. Rose was the perfect person to grace the pages of BlackBook’s June/July issue. But we couldn’t just do the ordinary, which is why we had the lovely lady add a dash of femininity to the masculine look of the summer’s hottest menswear.

Rose who is of mixed Cape Verdean, Irish, and Italian descent shows her masculine side in this Spanish Harlem-themed shoot, Ms. Rose chills with the barrio boys. Check out our exclusive images and video! Amber Rose

Singer Cassie flaunts it for GQ magazine…

Cassie the smokin’-hot R&B singer is about to make amends for Step Up 2 with her first album since 2006. The singer who is of Her father is of Filipino descent, and her mother is of African-American, West Indian, and Mexican descent explains:

“I’m just a laid-back person.” This is how Cassie explains the painful six-plus-year delay between her self-titled debut album and soon-to-be-released sophomore LP. “Maybe laid-back to a fault.”

Furthermore, she doesn’t feel all that bad about it. Throw this in her face: that Rihanna— 24 to Cassie’s 26—has already released six studio albums. She’ll come back with Sade, who put out just six in her entire twenty-eight-year career. And you know, there’s no denying that the two share something else: a slow-burn sexuality that helps you forgive just about anything.

“It’s been too long, I know, but I got to start over and over again,” Cassie says.

“It would be awesome to stay popular, but if I was only an underground artist, I would be okay with that.” Unlikely, with mastermind (and rumored boyfriend) Sean Combs guiding her from the R&B do-me-baby sound of her debut to the electro-pop and tribal thump of the first single off album two, “King of Hearts.” “I feel like I’m a new artist,” she says. Whatever you are, we’re in. Click here to continue reading and to view additional photographs…

Is calling Zoe Saldana ‘too light’ to play Nina Simone color discrimination?

Many people have written posts, tweets and blogs about Saldana not having dark enough skin, “blacker” features, or resembling Nina Simone. Unfortunately, not everyone can be Halle Berry as Dorothy Dandridge. Just because she’s not in the latest Tyler Perry movie, or tends to have white men as love interests in the movies she’s appeared in, doesn’t make her any less black than the next black actress.

For the people who’ve cited that maybe she can’t pull off the role because of a lack of talent, that’s another matter of opinion. Personally, if I had to weigh her talent against Mary J. Blige’s, who was originally up for the role, I’d put my money on Zoe. Hollywood is going to do what Hollywood wants to do. We’ve already seen them turn Angelina Jolie into a bi-racial black woman. Hollywood is only concerned with making the dollars at the box office.

You could also bring up the fact that Angela Bassett, looked nothing like the lighter Tina Turner, but she did get that role and was fucking amazing. No one yelled or hollered about that. Sure, there are probably more talented actresses out there, but if they were lighter as well, would the talent surpass their color? Click here to continue reading…Actress Zoe Saldana

Show Review: Versace Spring 2013…

Versace is synonymous with glam, from the brand’s voluminous bombshell hair shown on the runway season after season to its crystal-embellished lucite wedges. Donatella Versace herself embodies the glitz that has become inherent to the fashion house.

Surprisingly for Spring, the brand strayed a bit from the norm and took its woman to the desert with relaxed hair, minimal makeup, and lace. Of course, she would be stomping the sands in knee-high gladiator pumps with tons of skin exposed: what would a Versace collection be without a little sensuality? Click here to continue reading and view entire gallery…

Crystal & Paul Wall talk Zumba Fitness for YAMS Health & Lifestyle Tour…

Crystal & Paul Wall are advocates for the benefits of Zumba Fitness and healthy eating.  They will  be providing demonstrations for the Yolanda Adams Health and Lifestyle Tour on Saturday Sept. 29th in Sunnyside Park Community Center via Majic.

Spotted: Ashley Madekwe at the BAFTA LA TV Tea 2012…

Ashley Madekwe was spotted at the BAFTA LA TV Tea 2012 in West Hollywood. She looked extremely beautiful in a lace dress from Kain Label via FashionBomb.

Derek Lam For Kohl’s: The Designer To Release A Brazilian-Inspired Collection…

Derek LamSick of designer collaborations yet? Well, get ready to muster some excitement for the latest marriage of a high fashion figure and a mass retailer: Derek Lam and Kohl’s.

We had speculated about this possibility in June after Women’s Wear Daily briefly mentioned the possibility. Now, WWD confirms that the American designer will be the second participant in the DesigNation project for Kohl’s, which asks designers to create a destination-inspired collection for the mass retailer. (You may remember Narcisso Rodriguez’s Istanbul collection from the summer — if you have any more brain space for these sort of things, that is.)

Lam’s destination of choice is Brazil, but don’t expect to see only skimpy bikinis and beachwear. It happened to rain the entire time he was in Rio de Janeiro, so the collection reflects what he saw on his trips to the museums and botanical gardens rather than days spent lounging in the sand (even though this collection will include his recent foray into swimwear design). Click here to continue reading…

Congratulations Chudney Ross on the birth of your baby!

Diana Ross is a grandmother for the second time! The legendary singer’s daughter, Chudney Ross, gave birth to a baby girl named Callaway Lane in Los Angeles last week.

“We are so excited to welcome Callaway Lane to the world!,” shared Chudney with her Facebook fans. “She was born on September 19, 2012 at 6:40pm and weighs 7 lbs 8 oz!”

Callaway is Chudney’s first child with beau Joshua Faulkner. The newest addition to the family happens to be the second grandchild for Diana, whose eldest daughter Rhonda Ross Kendrick welcomed son Raif-Henok in August 2009.

Obama Gets ‘Presidential Cheeseburger’ at OMG! Burgers…

Just as Rick Santorum got his own salad a while back, Obama is getting his own cheeseburger. Except, it won’t quite carry his name. After a surprise visit to OMG! Burgers in South Miami, the burger shop renamed the American Classic cheeseburger to the “Presidential Cheeseburger.”

“He made us famous for a day, so we really appreciate him coming to our restaurant,” owner Abiel Ballesteros told the Miami Herald.

The lunch was not on the president’s official schedule, but was planned for a round table with three university students. Obama ordered a double-decker American cheeseburger (now the Presidential cheeseburger) with french fries and a soda.

In the meantime, rival VP candidate Paul Ryan was also in the area, hanging out at Cuban restaurant Versailles and greeting a crowd of voters. Click here to continue reading…

Burger King Japan’s ‘Premium Kuro Burger’…

Colored hamburger buns are the new big trend abroad, it would seem. Burger King Japan is the latest to join the ranks of alternative-color buns with its “Premium Kuro Burger,” which aptly translates to “Black Burger.”

OCWeekly’s Chain Reaction blog brings us word that the buns are colored with bamboo charcoal that’s mixed into the dough. The ketchup is black, too — it’s flavored with squid ink. The burger’s release on September 28 is set to coincide with the fifth anniversary of Burger King’s first foray into the Japanese market.

Japan’s “Kuro” burger comes on the heels of McDonald’s pair of white and black-bun burgers, which set the internet a flutter earlier this month. It’s unclear how those burgers got their hue.

Earlier this year, Belgian fast food chain Quick also unveiled its own dark bun burger timed with the re-release of Star Wars: Episode I in 3D movie theaters. The “Dark Vador” burger, associated with Darth Vader, features an unnaturally dark bun that left HuffPost editors scratching their heads. Click here to continue reading…

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ABC’s Scandal Season 2 premiere…

For those of you who are Scandal fans, season 2 premiere on Thursday, September 27 at 10|9c. Did you get a chance to watch it? If you didn’t, here’s a clip of what you can expect this season:

VLISVO Giveaway! WIN €500,- TO SPEND IN THE VLISCO E-SHOP…

Vlisco is doing a giveaway! To join the Vlisco Style contest and win 500 Euros *) to spend in the Vlisco e-shop participate in the contest by creating your own bomber jacket using the Vlisco pattern.

Then take a photo of yourself wearing the jacket and upload it to our Facebook page. Show your style and invite your friends to vote for your creation! The creator of the design voted as the favourite by visitors will win the prize.promotion banner

Princess Lucy Liu?

After her dazzling showing at the 2012 Emmy Awards, Lucy Liu made her way to the HBO Annual Emmy Awards Post Awards Reception. For the occasion, she once again donned a Versace gown, though this time from the Atelier Versace collection via FashionBomb.

Take a look below:

Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan married secretly in Las Vegas…

Two years ago, Los Angeles Clippers ‘small forward’ Matt Barnes and his fiance Gloria Govan planned a nice August wedding that left invited guests shocked when they received a text message during the 11th hour stating that the wedding was cancelled.

After a turbulent two-year relationship, the couple are back on track and secretly tied the knot last weekend. It was Laura Govan’s birthday last weekend when the couple, a few friends and family decided to fly out to Vegas. While there and enjoying the Las Vegas, the couple decided to elope.

According to The Las Vegas Journal Review, (under the sightings section), Matt married Gloria at the Little Church of The West which is a historic wedding chapel and landmark in Vegas. Matt’s teammate and friend DeAndre Jordan served as the best man and the couple were spotted at the marriage bureau on Monday applying for a marriage license.

In a recent interview with Joy Daily that was released this week, Gloria hinted that when she decides to get married, it wouldn’t be a huge spectacle:

“Marriage isn’t necessarily a huge priority for me. Matt and I are working on our relationship in terms of being parents first and foremost, being friends secondly and like I said, we had so much growth, we have to get to know each other. I know it’s in the future, it’s just not tomorrow. I think when it happens, everyone will be surprised because I don’t think we will make a big deal out of it.” via NecoleBitchie.

Heidi Klum Wears Denim Overalls The Day After The Emmys…

We’ve all been there: the morning after a big party (like say, the Emmys), you wake up feeling a little more… sluggish than usual. Heidi Klum’s so-called “hangover clothes” on Monday were a stark contrast from the sexy ice blue Alexandre Vauthier 2012 Emmys dress she aced on Sunday night.

The supermodel slipped into baggy denim overalls and a pair of sneakers to pick her kids up from school in Santa Monica. (Her new bodyguard/rumored boyfriend Martin Kristen was also in tow.) Are those… bleach whiskers?

Of course, this isn’t Heidi’s first trip at the dubious denim rodeo. You might remember these wildly flared jeans that left us speechless and in this slightly chic-er jumpsuit.

But whether you’re ready for a full-on ’90s overalls comeback or not, it might not matter: judging from Heidi’s pair and the spring runways, the retro snapper-ons might be here to stay. Click here to continue reading…heidi klum

Heidi Klum and Martin Kristen take the kids to Big 5

Heidi Klum and Kids with Martin Kristen in Santa Monica

Heidi Klum and Kids with Martin Kristen in Santa Monica

Heidi Klum and Kids with Martun Kristen in Santa Monica

Heidi Klum picks Lou up from school

From YouTube Cooking Program to ABC TV…

An online-video series funded by Google Inc.’s YouTube video site is being turned into a syndicated TV show to run on ABC stations, a sign of how made-for-Web content is finding new legs in the offline world.

Everyday Health Inc., which launched the healthy-cooking series “Recipe Rehab” in April on its YouTube “channel,” said it is making longer, 30-minute episodes of the show, which will appear on nearly all stations affiliated with Walt Disney Co.’s ABC. The show, which is co-produced by Trium Entertainment LLC, will be broadcast on weekends in mid-morning starting Oct. 6 via WSJ. Watch a clip below:

Heather Headley‘s new album ‘Only One In The World‘ is out!

Cover artTony and Grammy-award winner Heather Headley, who will star in the London world premiere of The Bodyguard: A New Musical, released her latest solo recording on Sept. 25 entitled “Only One In The World,” the new disc is now available online and in music stores worldwide.

The recording features new songs penned by Headley, R&B hits, familiar favorites and a cut from the upcoming production of The Bodyguard.

“I’m incredibly honored to play Rachel in the musical version of The Bodyguard, but I’m also really excited to bring the new music to my fans on my upcoming CD,” said Headley in a previous statement. “I wanted to record songs that are inspiring and uplifting, songs I love singing, and I hope my fans enjoy the variety of songs that I put together for them on ‘Only One In The World.'”

Produced by Paul Mills and Keith Thomas, “Only One In The World” includes Whitney Houston’s famed song “Run To You” from “The Bodyguard” as well as “River Deep, Mountain High” and “Superwoman,” among others.

The complete track listing follows:

  • Only One In The World
  • The Reason
  • Because You Need Me
  • Bring Him Back
  • Run To You
  • A Little While
  • River Deep Mountain High
  • One Last Cry
  • Superwoman
  • Hey Mama
  • I Wish
  • Home

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Chef Morimoto is an Iron Chef for a reason…

They don’t call him an Iron Chef for fun. Look at this unique creation chef Morimoto came up with: a Sushi Cake.

Former President Clinton Urges Religious Tolerance…

Clinton MuslimsFormer President Bill Clinton says the followers of Islam shouldn’t resort to violence when they hear their faith challenged in an increasingly diverse and Internet-connected world.

Clinton tells CBS “This Morning” that “you cannot live in a shame-based world. You won’t make it in the 21st century.”

He says in an interview broadcast Tuesday the United States wasn’t “disrespecting Islam” by declining to censor a film trailer that, quote, “nobody in authority knew anything about.”

Clinton says the world has learned the hard way that people must be allowed in a free setting to say and do things that others might find abhorrent. He adds, quote, “you can’t react every time you’re insulted.” Click here to continue reading…

Spotted: Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez at Hollywood Premiere of Cybergeddon…

Halle Berry attended the Hollywood Premiere of Cybergeddon with Olivier Martinez looking quite casual…

Kimora Lee-Simmons talks ‘bullying’…

Kimora Lee Simmons Talks About Being Bullied for Being Different”Larry King interviews Kimora Lee Simmons. Model and former Baby Phat president Lee discusses her difficult childhood growing up in St. Louis, Missouri and victim of racially motivated bullying via ORA TV.

Watch the clip below:

POTUS and FLOTUS make an appearance on The View…

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited The View for an episode that aired on Tuesday (Sept. 25). POTUS brought Barbara Walters a birthday present: a gift basket full of White House napkins, beer, M&Ms and playing cards — since she’s admitted, in the past, to stealing little tchotckes from the joint. Obama also joked that he was “just eye candy” for the ladies.

Walters asked the couple about how they celebrate their wedding anniversaries; Mrs. Obama admitted that she forgot all about their very first anniversary. Mrs. Obama was also asked to describe her husband’s personality; she said:

He’s very loving, he’s very giving, he’s very open. He’s funny; I’m funnier. But we understand that.

FLOTUS also disclosed that she is one of the few people who can really make him mad; the President explained she does it “by being thoroughly unreasonable!” Of course it’s all a PR stunt, part of the campaign: Cute, safe hints at bickering — The President’s just like us!

Yet they were seemed pretty real, down-to-earth and honest, even if every time he reached for her hand, it seemed vaguely choreographed. Still, you have to love a woman who says that she does not allow her kids to complain: “You are blessed… There are people with real issues,” she said she stresses to Malia and Sasha. Click here to continue reading and watch clips of their appearance below…

‘Ice Loves Coco’ Star Coco Austin Replaces Holly Madison in Las Vegas ‘Peepshow’ Act

Mommy-to-be Holly Madison is leaving her Las Vegas Peepshow act in October, but the show’s creator is confident that he has found the perfect replacement in fellow reality star Coco.

The voluptuous star of E!’s Ice Loves Coco tweeted the news Monday night.

”The news is…I’ll be taking Holly Madison’s place headlining for the sexiest show in Vegas at Planet Hollywood’s Casino called ‘Peepshow,’” Coco tweeted.

Is Coco ready for her big break?

She continued: “I start performing in Vegas Dec 3rd through March 10th.. Now you can see me up close & personal & I’ll get to meet my fans in real life!! U have 2 watch ‘Ice Loves Coco’ season 3,Oct 28rd on E! and see how me headlining a Vegas show unravels.This is this wildest time in my life.”

Peepshow will use ensemble cast members in the lead role until Coco begins her reign at Planet Hollywood.

“The moment I met Coco I realized that she would a a fantastic fit for Peepshow, ” show creator and director Jerry Mitchell said in a news release. “She is fun and sexy and very talented. I’m looking forward to working with her and putting a spotlight on a side of Coco that I don’t think many people have seen.” Click here to continue reading…

President Obama Warns Iran and Pleads for Tolerance in Arab Spring…

President Obama challenged the Arab world to use its newfound embrace of democracy to ensure protection for freedom of religion and speech and even life, using the last address of his first term to the General Assembly on Tuesday to call for a renewed focus on the “painstaking work of reform.”

Mr. Obama took on a number of issues at play between America and the Muslim world, vowing that the “United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon” and warning that time to diplomatically resolve the Iranian nuclear issue “is not unlimited.”

But he refused to go further than what he has said in the past, that “a nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained,” despite pleas from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to establish a new red line.

“America wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe there is still time and space to do so,” Mr. Obama said. “We respect the right of nations to access peaceful nuclear power, but one of the purposes of the United Nations is to see that we harness that power for peace.”

But he spent most of his 30-minute speech on the Arab democracy movement and its fallout. Click here to continue reading…

September 15 – October 15, is National Hispanic Heritage Month…

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, which was observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. The observance was expanded in 1988 by Congress to a monthlong celebration (Sept. 15 — Oct. 15), effective the following year. America celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

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The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2011, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or race minority. Hispanics constituted 16.7 percent of the nation’s total population. In addition, there are 3.7 million residents of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory. Source: 2011 Population Estimates. Click here to continue reading…

The Kardashians are all about branding…

The Kardashians take the branding of their product so serious they even had a cake made to showcase their affiliation with Sears. Take a look:

Madonna Calls Obama ‘Black Muslim’

Well, who says big bloated concert tours can’t be fresh and spontaneous now and then? On Sunday night in Washington, Madonna stripped down and got some guy from the audience to write “SEXY” on her bare back. But when she undressed during Monday’s Verizon Center show, she had already inked up: a tramp stamp reading “OBAMA.”

Just part of an oddball four-more-years pitch from the superstar. While Sunday’s show was apolitical, Monday’s audience got a three-minute Madonnalogue (captured on video) about the martyrdom of Lincoln and MLK Jr., culminating in a tribute to the incumbent.

“Those kind human beings did not die for nothing! They fought for our freedoms! So y’all better vote for [expletive] Obama, okay?”

And then: “For better or for worse, all right, we have a black Muslim in the White House, okay?”

Er, you know he’s not Muslim, right? Or was this the famous Madonna sense of humor? Her rep did not get back to us. We’re told fans at the show mostly non-reacted to this bit of provocation because, you know — Madonna via WP.

Kesz Valdez: Homeless Filipino Boy Wins $130,000 Children’s Peace Prize…

A homeless 13-year-old Filipino last week won a very prestigious award for his commitment to improving the lives of fellow street kids.

Business News Online reports that Cris “Kesz” Valdez, who lived off a trash dump and slept in an open tomb for the majority of his childhood, was awarded this year’s International Children’s Peace Prize in The Hague on September 19, receiving $130,000 in prize money.

“You are wonderful,” Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu, who awarded this year’s prize, told the resilient teen.

Valdez survived by scavenging off a dumpsite since the age of two; he was viciously abused and forced to seek help after he was badly injured, according to Global Post. However, he had a remarkable idea to help other homeless children.

At the age of seven, Valdez founded “Championing Community Children,” a charity that raises funds to hand out necessities to street kids in Cavite City.

GMA reported that Championing Community Children has handed out more than 5,000 gifts, including sandals, clothes, candy and toys, to poor children living in the slums around Manila. Click here to continue reading…Kesz Valdez

Salma Hayek on motherhood and body image…

With her new film Here Comes the Boom set to hit theaters on October 12th, Salma Hayek covers the October 2012 issue of Canada’s More magazine. The actress, 46, opens up about her 5-year-old daughter Valentina, motherhood, and being “at the limit of chubbiness at all times.”

On whether she’s a pushy mom: “I make an effort to be laid back and often I want to give her space, and then I catch myself doing things. In Paris I had a birthday party with a piñata with kids, who were Mexican, they were boys and they were older. She was really concerned she wouldn’t be able to take a candy when the piñata broke. I said, ‘Don’t worry’. When the piñata broke, she couldn’t get in, I was pushing them, trying to get in. And then I caught myself and I thought, ‘I’ve turned into one of those mothers!’ I moved away. I think I’m a bit of both. I think we all are.”

On Valentina: “She’s into the gymnastics because of the Olympics. It’s amazing how she points her toes, like a little bird or something. She’s doing it every day.”

On her 40s: “I feel more relaxed. I don’t have to prove something. I don’t have that urge of ‘Something’s missing, gotta get out there and find it somehow.’ I was always dreaming big, but my life is better than anything I dreamed.” Click here to read the full interview…

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Heidi Klum & Kids go Chuck E. Cheesing…

Model mom Heidi Klum was all smiles with her four kids – Leni, 8, Henry, 7, Johan, nearly 6, and Lou, nearly 3 – along with some family members and her bodyguard beau Martin Kirsten at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Los Angeles, Calif. on Saturday (September 22) via Celebbabyscoop.Heidi Klum and boyfried/bodyguard Martin Kristen take the kids to Chuck E Cheese's in Los Angeles

Heidi Klum and boyfried/bodyguard Martin Kristen take the kids to Chuck E Cheese's in Los Angeles

Heidi Klum and boyfried/bodyguard Martin Kristen take the kids to Chuck E Cheese's in Los Angeles

Heidi Klum and Martin Kristen take the kdis to Chuck E. Cheese

Harold Perrineau and wife expecting baby #3…

Congratulations are in order for Brittany and Harold Perrineau who are expecting their third child together early next year. The actor and his wife recently shared the good news of expectancy with People magazine, making this the third child they will have together. Harold and Brittany are already parents to Wynter,4, and Aurora,18.

Harold currently portrays a gangster in this season of ‘Sons of Anarchy.’ When asked about his role by The Hollywood Reporter the actor said:

“I think I’m the last person you think could play this character. For me, it’s not that hard because it’s not that different from Lost because I’m playing a grieving father. This is just a grieving father with means and a bit of a mean streak.”

Harold and Brittany will delve into children’s products next month as Brittany’s bathing line, Cream Heads, debuts online via BCK.

Kendra Wilkinson, husband Hank Baskett and Hank, Jr. attend Frankenweenie premiere…

Kendra Wilkinson and husband Hank Baskett took Hank Jr. to the premiere of Frankenweenie in Hollywood, California on Tuesday. Kendra looked stunning in her black printed dress, and Hank Jr. stole the spotlight with his blue eyes and curly hair.

Little Hank has been receiving much publicity for his beautiful hair as Kendra states:

“It’s awesome that he has his trademark hair! We definitely appreciate the love for our son.” While paparazzi admire mom and dad, they love to snap pics of Hank Jr. rocking his natural curls and beautifully highlighted hair.

Hank Sr. doesn’t get angry at all of the attention that his son receives. In fact, he thinks it’s pretty comical for a 2-year-old to have thousands of fans.

“Definitely never expected this when I thought of having children,” says Big Hank. “But it’s been good. What’s funny is he doesn’t mind the paparazzi at all. In fact there are times where he will notice them even before we do.”

Hank Jr. is Kendra and Hank Sr.’s first child together via BCK.

Spotted: Angelina Jolie and her park pals…

Angelina Jolie had a fun day out with the kids over the weekend. The actress took five of her six children to a park in France, and the kids had a ball. All of the kids took advantage of the various activities the park had to offer, including the slide and bouncers.

Angelina and her crew took a McDonald’s break after their hard day at the park.

Jolie recently toured the Middle East. In addition to enjoying the sites of Turkey and Iraq, the actress visited Syrian refugees on behalf of the United Nations.

Angelina Jolie and boyfriend Brad Pitt have six children together. Check out more pictures of Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne below via BCK

Interethnic couples night out at the GQ party in Hollywood…

It was definitely couple’s night out last night as athletes from the LA Clippers and various teams hit up the Sayers Club in Hollywood to celebrate GQ Magazine’s October Issue featuring Chris Paul on the cover.

Before hitting the stage, to perform a few tracks from his upcoming album Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel was spotted posing it up with his girlfriend Nazanin (who is featured in his upcoming video) as well as Chris Paul and his wife Jada.

On the carpet, newly married Matt Barnes (LA Clippers) posed with his wife Gloria Govan (Basketball Wives), Gilbert Arenas (Memphis Grizzles) was spotted with his long-time girlfriend Laura Govan and Caron Butler (LA Clippers) brought along his wife Andrea via NecoleBitchie.

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I Can’t Help But Take Immigration Seriously…

I can’t discuss immigration without getting upset. There are times that the topic makes me want to cry and/or flip a table over. When people refer to “illegal immigrants,” they are referring to my family, so it’s much more than a political issue for me. And I’m not ashamed to appear “too emotional.”

My parents left their hometown to escape poverty. Growing up in desolate rural Mexico, they were only able to obtain a sixth grade education, and when they got married, there were very few jobs available. My paternal grandmother told me that my family was so poor that sometimes they would eat nothing but beans for weeks at a time. Out of desperation, my parents crossed the border in the trunk of a Cadillac in 1978.

My parents first arrived to Los Angeles where an aunt and uncle already lived. My father worked as a bus boy at the Brown Derby in Hollywood. My older brother was born soon after they arrived. Life in LA proved to be too hard so they quickly moved to Chicago where my mother’s brothers lived.

In Chicago, my parents worked as laborers. My dad worked at a cheesecake factory for many years and then later at an industrial filter factory where he is now a supervisor. My mother worked at paper packaging factory. It is repetitive, brutal, and dehumanizing work. Click here to continue reading…

Tiger Woods to Michael Jordan: “I consider him like my big brother”…

The Ryder Cup begins this weekend and Tiger Woods is paying homage to basketball legend Michael Jordan. This year’s host club for the Cup is some 30 miles west of the city Jordan ‘owned’ during his storied tenure with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan is serving as an ‘adviser’ to this year’s team and Woods is happy to have him.

The world’s greatest golfer told reporters this week his first meeting with Jordan involved lots of drinks, despite having to play in a golf tournament the following day.

“I still shot some really good numbers that day and made an eagle on the last hole to win,” Woods told reporters.

Jordan is a member of the Medinah Country Club and will be a constant fixture in the locker room, according to U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III. Woods said having one of the world’s greatest athletes around will be “incredible” for this year’s team.

“I consider him like my big brother,” Woods said. “I may take that for granted, but some of the other guys that don’t really know Michael, I think it’s a real treat for them.” Click here to continue reading…

Music, laughter dominate Ryder Cup celebrity scramble as Scottie Pippen and others play for charity…

Fans sing happy birthday to Pippen; Murray a hit with crowds. Justin Timberlake dropped an extra ball on Medinah’s first tee, as if planning to take a mulligan.

“You think I’m kidding?” he said, turning toward the fans surrounding the tee.

Timberlake then pulled his tee shot toward a hospitality tent during Tuesday’s Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble. His adoring fans, including gallery member/fiancee Jessica Biel, did not seem to mind.

The fans were there for laughs — and to sing happy birthday to Scottie Pippen.

“That was breathtaking,” the 47-year-old Bulls legend said. “That’s the most people I ever had at my birthday party.”

Pippen’s first drive was decent — a low laser into the left rough. But compared with Olympic champion Michael Phelps’ dribbler, it was a bomb. Click here to continue reading…

Happy 47th Birthday Scottie Pippen

The former NBA legend turned 47 on September 25, 2012. Wishing you many more…

So who’s the nice young boy, Paris?

She’s endured the death of her beloved father and more recently been at the centre of a complex family feud. But Paris Jackson looked like a carefree teenager at last as she hit a mall in Century City, California, on Sunday.

The 14-year-old was out with a group of friends including a mystery handsome young man in a Jimi Hendrix T-shirt. The pair exchanged sweet glances, giggles and stood with their arms touching but it’s unclear if it’s a fledgling romance or simply a sweet friendship.

Paris was dressed casually in denim shorts, a grey tee, plaid shirt and Dr Martens.  She had lashings of her favourite black eyeliner and she let her brunette locks hang loose. Click here to continue reading…Fledgling romance? Paris Jackson was joined by a handsome young man in LA on Sunday

Fun times: The pair were joined by another female friend

Low key: Paris wore jean shorts, a grey tee and plaid shirt with Dr. Martens

Spotted: Jackson Bosh looking dapper…

Chris Bosh and his wife Adrienne Bosh are lucky parents to this handsome little guy name Jackson. His mom is currently school-shopping so he wanted to make a great impression 🙂

Nicole Scherzinger makes $1 million for a 45-minute concert…

Nicole Scherzinger, the former Pussycat Dolls front lady, recently cashed in $1 million for performing in Dubai for 45 minutes. The singer who is of  Filipino father, Hawaiian and Russian ethnicity and is currently an X-Factor judge for the UK edition, her performance at the biggest banking group in the entire Middle East — the Dubai World Trade Centre for Emirates NDB bank.

A source told The Sun: “Even Nicole can’t turn down that sort of cash. It didn’t take too much time out of her schedule and she was flown in and out of Dubai first class…It’s easy money.”

Perhaps this fat paycheck will help her buy the new house she is reportedly looking for. According to sources, the singer is looking for a new home in London to be closer to her new man, 27 year-old Lewis Hamilton who owns a house in Monaco. The two have been dating on and off since 2008.

It is rumored that the ex-Pussycat Doll was looking into a house near the central London hotel which is also where Hamilton was reportedly caught partying it up with a group of women and making out with another back in July. Hamilton of course denied the accusations and Scherzinger soon forgave him. Click here to continue reading…

Michelle Obama set to appear on The ‘Steve Harvey’ show…

MichelleobamasteveharveyFirst lady Michelle Obama will appear on Steve Harvey’s new daytime talk show. The show’s producers say she will tape her appearance on Thursday. It’s scheduled for broadcast on Oct. 3. “Steve Harvey” is taped before an audience at NBC’s studios in Obama’s hometown of Chicago.

The 55-year-old veteran comic’s show debuted earlier this month. Harvey said in a statement that he’s honored to have Mrs. Obama as a guest. The first lady’s appearance on Harvey’s program will be her latest on the daytime talk-show circuit as the presidential election enters its final weeks.

Earlier this week, Mrs. Obama joined her husband, President Barack Obama, for a pre-taped, joint interview on ABC’s “The View.” Click here to continue reading…

Keija Minor named ‘Brides’ Editor-In-Chief, first African-American to head up A Condé Nast magazine…

Keija MinorKeija Minor has been named the editor-in-chief of Brides, making her the first person of color to ever hold the title at a Condé Nast Publications (CNP) magazine. To put it simply–Minor’s new appointment is major news.

CNP, the privately owned company that produces 18 magazines including Vogue, Glamour, Vanity Fair and GQ, has been in existence since 1909. That’s 103 years that no black editor has ever been named to the top of an editorial masthead at the company–until now. Yikes!

Minor fills the top spot at Brides that was left vacant after the announcement earlier this month that Anne Fulenwider would be leaving the title to become the new editor-in-chief of Marie Claire.

Minor’s new gig got us wondering: Are there or have there ever been any other black editor-in-chiefs at mainstream publications? Click here to continue reading…

From farms to Family Planning: Investing in women on World Contraception Day…

Today is World Contraception Day. I am celebrating by visiting a cassava farm in Tanzania. Read similar stories via Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

It might seem like a strange way to observe the day, except for this fact: the women who do the majority of the labor on small family farms in developing countries are often the very same women who are asking for, but not getting access to, contraceptives. They put family planning and agricultural productivity in the same category: both are critical to raising healthy and productive families.

Their goal isn’t to have access to a range of contraceptive methods. Nor is it to be an expert on soil health. Their goal is to make sure their children can fulfill their potential, and they need both the power to determine whether and when to have children and the ability to grow enough food to nourish them. Click here to continue reading…

What’s sweet potatoes got to do with it?

sweet-guy-403x403Last week ONE launched a campaign urging world leaders to make commitments to reduce chronic child malnutrition for 25 million children by 2016. The mascot for thepetition and campaign? ONE’s unsung hero, the humble sweet potato!

But what do tasty orange sweet potatoes have to do with malnutrition, a scourge that claims the lives of well over three million children a year? They have the power (or shall we say “superpower” since we’re talking about heroes, here) to provide much-needed nutrients like vitamins C, A and B6 to undernourished children, helping to avert stunting and ensuring proper growth. On top of that, sweet potatoes are relatively cheap to produce and easy to grow in uncertain conditions, perfect for regions prone to drought and famine.
Although more than 7 million tons of sweet potatoes are produced each year and are widely eaten in Africa, they’re not the kind that have essential nutrients. They’re white in color and low in vitamin A, a vitamin that helps prevent blindness and infant mortality. But several years ago, a Ugandan breeder, in collaboration with an international research association, developed a new orange-colored variety of sweet potato that is loaded with orange-hued beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. Click here to continue reading…
Growing Sweet Potatoes in Tanzania
Growing Sweet Potatoes in Tanzania

Newlyweds Gloria Govan & Matt Barnes talk LIFE in Rolling Out Magazine…

It’s a windy Monday afternoon in New York City. Cars whip by and people do that typical Big Apple thing — move at a blindingly fast pace down the street as though they’re being chased. All the while a petite woman in an alabaster swimsuit and a staggeringly tall tattooed man, also in white, pose against a motorcycle casually propped up in the street.

A group of tourists approach and stare quizzically at the pair as if to ask, ”Who are these people?!” All the while confusion remains etched on the ladies’ faces as they continue to gawk in silence. It’s clear that they’re completely oblivious to the reality TV world that is Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan, but they watch them all the same.

The quizzical looks and the raised eyebrows are nothing new for the couple that first drummed up noise on the first season of Shaunie O’Neal’s Shed Media program. Like the confused New Yorkers, viewers watched wide-eyed as the Matt and Gloria romance came to a screeching halt with reports of infighting and infidelity.

A peak of sorts was reached in December of 2010, when Barnes was arrested for domestic violence; Gloria maintains that nosy neighbors blew the incident out of proportion. Later, Matt would wage war with a man online over Govan for hundreds of thousands to see. Today, however, there is no conflict — just peace and plenty of onlookers — but this time it’s admiration for the couple who look blissfully happy. Click here to read the full interview…

Heineken celebrates 15-year partnership with MTA Museum in Brooklyn, NY…

Earlier this week, the MTA Museum in Brooklyn was the platform for the 15th Anniversary of Heineken’s partnership with the James Bond movie franchise. The museum was a quintessential space to imagine scenes from classic James Bond films and debuts themes from the newest film, SKYFALL.

As guests meandered the Heineken decorated platform and boarded the historic train cars–complete with snow bunnies, ice crystals, Russian dolls and faux fur stoles–I had the opportunity to ask some of the male attendees to share their most James Bond-like essentials from their style repertoire.

Actor Anthony Mackie shared that his shoe game is of utmost importance. “A man is always measured by his shoes. I try to keep my shoe game correct.” Click here to continue reading…

Denise Vasi and other celebrities partied at the “Crack The Case” Event, celebrating Heineken’s 15 year partnership with James Bond at the MTA Museum in Brooklyn, NY a few days ago.

Take a look at the photographs below:

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Happy 3 year anniversary Essence Atkins & Jaime Mendez

The actress who welcomed a baby boy late last year and her husband, former football player, Jaime Mendez were married on September 26, 2009. They celebrated 3 years of wedding bliss on Wednesday. Wishing you eternity together.

Happy 3 year anniversary Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom

The famous Kardashian sister and her NBA player husband Lamar Odom celebrated 3 years of wedding bliss on September 27.  The world was surprised when after only dating for a month, they announced their wedding in 2009. Their love however is a match made in heaven. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

Sofia Vergara makes appearance on the Katie Talk Show…

Sofia Vergara showed off her perfect figure in a snake print one-shoulder dress from her collection on her way to Katie Couric’s talk show, in NYC.

The Modern Family star was careful to wear a dress with little to no potential for ripping after her humiliating Emmy gown debacle. On Sunday night, Sofia’s green, mermaid-like Zuhair Murad dress sported a broken zipper in the back, which revealed the actress’s backside.

“Yes!!!! This happend 20 min before we won!!!! Jajajajja. I luv my life!!!!” she Tweeted, with an attached photo of the dress.

Sofia has long talked about how getting too thin is frowned up in Columbian culture and how she loathes to get below 130 pounds.

“My a** gets smaller, and my boobs get smaller,” she says. ‘I don’t mind when the boobs get smaller. I don’t like it when the a** gets smaller. In Latin America, if you don’t have a big a** you are nothing.” via OK.

Sofia Vergara Sept. 26

Sofia Vergara Sept. 26

Sofia Vergara Sept. 26

Sofia Vergara Sept. 26

3rd Grade Redux: How much reading should a 3rd grader be capable of?

Reading by the third grade is considered critical to a child’s educational development. As a result, more states are requiring students to be held back in third grade if they do not meet standard reading levels. In fact, the number of states requiring third graders to repeat a grade if they can’t read increased to 13 in the last year. But is holding students back the solution, or does it present risks? And what are the social consequences?

Mary Kay Hoal, a mother of five, chose to keep two of her children back and does not regret this decision.

“They’re more confident,” she said on HuffPost Live Monday. “They have better learning skills. They’re very excited by how well they do in school.”

Hoal joined HuffPost Live host Janet Varney to discuss holding struggling readers back a grade with Martin West, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Amy Elias, educational consultant and mother of three, Anjali Deshpande, a doctoral student at NYU. Click here to continue reading and to view complete list of top 20 books read among U.S. high schoolers 2010-2011…

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Top 20 books read among U.S. high schoolers 2010-2011:

1. Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins (ATOS book level 5.3)2. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck (4.5)3. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (5.6)

Alicia Keys is a hott momma

Grammy Award-winning singer Alicia Keys was seen with her adorable son Egypt, in London, England on Wednesday (September 26). The Fallin‘ singer was a red hot mama in skinny jeans and sky-high ankle boots as she toted her tot outside the ITV studios.

Alicia was the star attraction in Manchester and performed at the city’s cathedral as she headlined MTV Crashes Manchester. “Lovin Manchester! Incredible place , spectacular vibe!!

Thank u for rockin w me,” she tweeted Monday.

The proud new mom recently gushed about her baby boy:

“He loves to play the piano and he loves to dance,” Alicia said. “He’s just a joy. I haven’t got him doing the scales just yet, and I don’t want to be that type of mother but I have observed that when he’s playing the piano against another child of his age, the other child is like bang, bang, bang and he’s different. So he has good construction in his fingers so maybe it’s just natural.”

Meanwhile, Alicia’s husband Swizz Beatz shared some inspiration of his own via Instagram.

“Had to take some time out and reflect on where I came from and where I am now. I feel like I’m put on this earth for a cool reason:) I’m in the biz of inspiring that’s why I do some many things. I give thx to the most high #nevergiveup,” he shared via CelebBabyScoop.

Alicia Keys & Son Egypt Visit ITV Studios

Alicia Keys & Son Egypt Visit ITV Studios

Alicia Keys & Son Egypt Visit ITV Studios

Alicia Keys & Son Egypt Visit ITV Studios

Alicia Keys & Son Egypt Visit ITV Studios

Alicia Keys & Son Egypt Visit ITV Studios

Heidi Klum to host 2012 MTV EMA!

Heidi Klum To Host '2012 MTV EMA'!German supermodel Heidi Klum will be heading back to her homeland to host the ‘2012 MTV EMA’! Following in the footsteps of previous hosts Katy Perry, Eva Longoria and Selena Gomez, Heidi will bring her hosting A-game to the awards show, which is being held this year in Frankfurt’s historic Festhalle.

“I’m honored to host the ‘2012 MTV EMA’ in its return to my home country of Germany,” said Klum, a native of Bergisch Gladbach, just two hours outside of Frankfurt.

“The MTV EMA is one of the biggest nights in global music, fashion and culture, and I’m thrilled to play a part in bringing this one-of-a-kind show to audiences all over the world. We’re going to have a blast!”

Some of the biggest names in music are up for awards this year, with Rihanna and Taylor Swift leading the nominations with six and five nods, respectively, and Justin Bieber and Katy Perry following close behind with four nominations each.

Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen, fun., Lana Del Rey, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z and Kanye West each received three EMA nominations, while Green Day, Gotye, Pitbull, Rita Ora, Flo Rida, Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White and One Direction are up for two awards. Click here to continue reading…

Meet the world’s most humble President: Jose Mujica…

In a sworn statement detailing his assets, Mr Mujica said he has no bank accounts or other assets and put his small flower farm in his wife’s name, only possessing the ageing car, worth £1,300.

Mr Mujica, a former leftist guerrilla, took office in March and he is popular in the small ranching nation for his modest lifestyle and down-to-earth attitude.

The 75-year-old president’s sworn statement, made public this week, shows Mr Mujica has no debt – or savings – and does not own any other property.

Mr Mujica’s presidential salary is £8,000 per month, but he donates most of that to the ruling leftist coalition and a public housing programme.

He has refused to move to the official presidential residence, opting to stay in the simple home his senator wife owns on the outskirts of the capital, Montevideo. Click here to continue reading…Jose Mujica: Uruguay's president's assets are only a 1987 Beetle

Show Review: Balenciaga Spring 2013

Balenciaga has come to be known amongst the chic set for its inventive silhouettes, sci fi predilections, unique prints, and lustworthy shoes. While Nicolas Ghesquière tends to focus on more menswear inspired fits with boxy jackets and tapered trousers, he wholly embraced the feminine ruffle for Spring 2013, adding the flourish to peplumed tops and slashed skirts. Click here to continue reading and view full Spring 2013 gallery…

Spotted: President Barack Obama for Rolling Stone Italy

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Show Review: Gareth Pugh Spring 2013…

Gareth Pugh is fashion’s crowned Prince of Darkness, but he pulled back a bit from his heavy, futuristic designs for Spring 2013 and channeled something more medieval, regal, and romantic. The first look set the tone: a sleeveless, high neck, cinched waist gown paired with a veiled mantilla hat (you might recognize one from Lady Gaga’s Alejandro video): so beautiful and serene that one could not help but instantly be intrigued.

Then the collection burst into leather with pants, sculpted bustier tops, a floor-length cape on Jeneil Williams, and open-toe booties which might be a big hit with the fashion set for the season because of their functionality. Click here to view full 2013 collection…

Kimora Lee-Simmons and her L.A. pals…

The queen of fabulosity, Kimora Lee Simmons and her girls Ming Lee, 12, and Aoki Lee, 10, spent the afternoon window shopping in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Wednesday (September 26).

Kimora wore printed leggings with Christian Louboutin shoes and carried a black Hermes Birkin bag for the trip out. The girls were all smiles and looked happy just to be alone with mom via CelebBabyScoop.Kimora Lee Simmons : Colorful and Joyful in the 90210

Kimora Lee Simmons : Colorful and Joyful in the 90210

Kimora Lee Simmons : Colorful and Joyful in the 90210

Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins and wife Joy Enriquez expecting baby #3…

Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and Joy Enriquez strike a pose at Jayneoni Moore’s Boom Boom Room Pre Emmy Gifting Suite held on Saturday on September 22 at The Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood California.

The parents to be announced earlier this year that they are expecting their third child.

“Just got this from @OfficialJoy. Gotta love this anniversary pic!!! Baby Darkchild #3 is on the way!!! #SOBLESSED,” Rodney wrote on his Twitter page.

The couple are already parents to Heavenly,2, and Rodney Jr,4 via BCK.

Spotted: Harold Perrineau and wife Britney

Harold Perrineau, his wife and daughter, were spotted alongside other celebrities such as Laila Ali, Alimi Ballard, Joy and Rodney Jerkins at the Jayneoni Moore’s Boom Boom Room Pre Emmy Gifting Suite- Saturday, September 22 at The Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood California via BCK.Harold Perrineau and Family

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose pose it up for XXL Magazine’s November issue…

It’s a love thing between Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose, hip-hop’s most publicly affectionate couple. And now they’ve got a baby on the way. The engaged and expecting item grace the cover of XXL’s October/November issue with a special interview by XXL editor-in-chief, Vanessa Satten, and revealing classic portraits by Sarah McColgan.

In the story, Wiz and Amber speak openly on topics such as how they met, being a celebrity couple in hip-hop, their excitement about becoming parents and being in love, Wiz toning down his herbal habits around his pregnant fiancé, what family and friends think about their union and details on Wiz’s highly-anticipated sophomore album, O.N.I.F.C. [Only Nigga In First Class]. Click here to read the interview…

The Kardashian Sisters For Khroma Beauty…

Kourtney, Khloe and Kim Kardashian are busy promoting their new cosmetic line and they released these promo pictures:

Show Review: Manish Arora Spring 2013…

When you come from a culture whose fashions are steeped in rich textures, embellishment, and vibrant colors, is there ever really a better inspiration?

Manish Arora was influenced from within and brought the vibrant heritage of his own Indian culture to life with beaded headpieces and jewelry (a part of his collection with brand Amrapali), tiger motifs, bold makeup, metallics, exotic skins, and so much more. Click here to view full 2013 collection…

Phoenix, AZ mayor ‘tired’ after living off food stamps experiment for 4 days…

Greg Stanton, the mayor of Phoenix, AZ, has been living on food stamps for a week to coincide with Hunger Awareness Month. On day four of his experience he reports that he feels “tired” and has trouble focusing. Stanton is keep a diary of his ordeal. Think Progress reports:

When local activist groups challenged Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to live on a food stamp budget for a week to mark Hunger Awareness Month, he took them up on the offer and found out just how hard it was. Stanton kept a diary on the challenge, which allotted him roughly $29 a week, the same amount 1.1 million Arizonans receive from the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) each week.

By day four, Stanton noted that he was “tired” and “it’s hard to focus” after leaving the house for work without time to scramble eggs or eat a decent breakfast:

“OK- ran out the door today with no time to scramble eggs or even make a sandwich. So I’m surviving on an apple and handful of peanuts, and the coffee I took to the office until dinner. I’m tired, and it’s hard to focus. I can’t go buy a sandwich because that would be cheating- even the dollar menu at Taco Bell is cheating.”Click here to continue reading…

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Olivia Munn Cast In ‘New Girl’…

Nick and Jess may end up getting together on this season of “New Girl,” but it looks like they’ll have a major bump along the way. According to Deadline, “Newsroom” actress Olivia Munn has landed a multi-episode arc on “New Girl” as Angie, Nick’s (Jake Johnson) girlfriend.

Munn’s character is described as “sexy, earthy, charming” and able to “hold her own with the group.” Sounds like some serious competition for Jess. In addition to “The Newsroom,” Munn’s other TV appearances include “Perfect Couples” and “Greek.” Click here to continue reading…Olivia Munn New Girl

Kim Kardashian hosts Midori Makeover Parlour event…

Kim Kardashian, 31, was a vision in green at the Party with Midori event at the Fred Segal Salon in Santa Monica, California. The star’s deep green, low-cut Gucci dress was definitely the fashion highlight of the night – and would have turned heads even if it didn’t match the signature color of the party’s sponsor to a tee (which it did).

Partygoers were treated to more than just a look at Kanye West‘s girlfriend, however. The event also featured the “Midori Makeover Parlour” where men and women attending the party could get a full on makeover from top beauty experts on the spot. Click here to continue reading…Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

KolorBlind couples Matthew McConaughey & Camila Alves and Chrissy Teigen & John Legend dazzle at The Andy Roddick Foundation Gala…

Friday night’s (September 21, 2012) Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) gala raised more than $1 million. The seventh annual charity gala featured nine-time Grammy® Award winning musician and philanthropist John Legend, and was held at the W Hotel Austin and ACL Live Moody Theater in Austin, Texas.

Roddick will use event proceeds to help fund youth programs at a new 10,000 square-foot, eight-court tennis and learning facility in Austin, and other youth programs run by its partner organizations. Joined by Matthew McConaughey, Roddick and wife Brooklyn Decker, and Legend’s fiancee, Chrissy Teigen, over 1,000 attendees were treated to live pre-concert music, dinner, live and silent auctions, and a concert performance by Legend.

McConaughey and wife Camila Alves won an $18,000 bid on a VIP all-access package for the Austin radio program The Bobby Bones Show. Newly retired Roddick is now focusing his efforts on ARF programs, and is thrilled that the event was a success:

“The foundation is growing, and this event gives us strong momentum going into 2013.”

Roddick has always made giving back a part of his career. In 2000, he established ARF to make a difference in the lives of youth in underserved communities, and in 2004 was awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his charity efforts. Click here to continue reading…

Camila Alves spoke of the foundation:

“Andy has created an amazing organization, and it was really wonderful to be a part of such a great night where people come together to show support for our youth,” Camila tells Celebrity Baby Scoop.

“This is an important cause for me, as we also focus on supporting the youth through our J.K. Livin Foundation,” Camila adds.“

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen were engaged last year and are still planning their wedding. Matthew and Camila, who got married a few months ago, are currently expecting their third child. They are already parents to son Levi, 4, and daughter Vida, 2.

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Lewis Hamilton leaves McLaren and signs £60m deal to join F1 rival Mercedes…

Lewis Hamilton has cut ties with his boyhood team McLaren – pocketing a deal worth up to £60million in a move to the rival Mercedes Formula One team.

The British racing superstar will replace the retiring legend Michael Schumacher next season in a deal that will make him one of the sport’s richest stars.

It will bring to an end the Briton’s 14-year association with McLaren, the team who sponsored him from when he was a 13-year-old karting prodigy.

‘It is now time for me to take on a fresh challenge and I am very excited to begin a new chapter,’ he said. ‘Mercedes-Benz has such an incredible heritage in motorsport, along with a passion for winning which I share.”

“Together, we can grow and rise to this new challenge,’ the 27-year-old Hamilton added. ‘I believe that I can help steer the Silver Arrows to the top and achieve our joint ambitions of winning the world championships.”

Hamilton had spent weeks denying that he was leaving after news broke last month that he was considering a move away, after rumors of rifts with the team and regular mechanical problems. He is currently fourth in the drivers’ championship with six races to go in his final season with McLaren.

It should earn him £45 million until 2016 plus a possible extra £15 million in bonuses.  It will also allow him more freedom to make more money from sponsorship. Click here to continue reading…Shake-up: After more than a decade at McLaren, Lewis Hamilton is moving to Mercedes in a £60m deal over three years

Stars: Hamilton's rise to sporting fame coincided with his on-off relationship with Pussycat Doll singer Nicole Scherzinger

Champion: Lewis Hamilton embraces his brother Nicholas, centre and Nicole when he won the Formula One world drivers' championship in 2008

Victory: Lewis as he wings his way around the Monza circuit in Italy, where he won the grand prix earlier this month

Spotted: Jillian Michaels with daughter Lukensia out and about…

The Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels was spotted with her daughter Lukensia having lunch with a friend in Malibu, Calif. on Thursday (September 27). The mother of two checked her phone while the 2-year-old tot snuggled close to her mama.

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Spotted: Actor Harold Perrineau enjoy family time at ‘Boom Boom Room’…

Actor Harold Perrineau, wife Brittany and daughter Wynter Aria, 4, were all smiles as they posed at Jayneoni Moore’s Boom Boom Room Pre Emmy Gifting Suite on Saturday, September 22 at The Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California.

Wynter may be daddy’s little girl, but not for long! Perrineau and his wife, Brittany, recently announced that they are expecting a baby boy or girl in late winter. The couple also have an older daughter named Aurora Robinson Perrineau via BCK.

Kobe Bryant plays basketball with President Obama….

L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant is one of the best players in the NBA, but there is one opponent he goes a little easy on: President Barack Obama. Bryant, who has played some games against the commander-in-chief at the White House, says Obama is “very, very good” on the basketball court, but Bryant was tentative about going full-out during their competitions.

“The thing that’s interesting is that if he makes a nice move, you kind of catch yourself,” Bryant tells Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show Friday. “I’m going to steal the ball from him. Then all the sudden, I start peeking around looking for the CIA. I say, you know, I should just let him go.”

DeGeneres agrees, advising Bryant, “Let him win.”

But Bryant says he couldn’t hold back when it came to some harmless trash-talking on the court – but he swears he didn’t start it.

“He talks a lot of trash,” Bryant says of Obama. “You know he’s from Chicago – the Bulls through and through. He always talks Bulls this, the Bulls that. I’m like, my goodness. Can I talk trash to the President?”

Asked if he did indeed trash-talk right back, Bryant says, “Of course I did. I couldn’t help it.”

Rashida Jones attends Celeste and Jesse Forever New York premiere…

Rashida Jones and Odette Annable attend the premiere of Celeste and Jesse Forever held at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Wednesday (August 1) in New York City. The film is about a divorcing couple (Jones and Andy Samberg) that tries to maintain their friendship while they both pursue other people.

Earlier that day, Rashida made an appearance on Good Morning America to promote the film, which hits limited theaters on August 3. Click here to view full photo gallery.

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Rashida Jones at Celeste and Jesse Forever Zurich Film Festival premiere…

Rashida Jones gives a grin at the premiere of her film Celeste and Jesse Forever at the Zurich Film Festival on Thursday (September 27) in Zurich, Switzerland.

The 36-year-old actress, who wrote and starred in the flick, was joined at the premiere by her co-writer Will McCormack, who also had a role in the film.

“Zurich, I’m feeling you. And it’s not just the chocolate…(But the chocolate IS next level)” Rashida tweeted while in town. “Case in point…this may be destroyed by me by the end of the day,” she added, along with a pic of some chocolate. Yum!! Click here to view full photo gallery…

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Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is Officially Open!

After nine years as the focal point of a pitched confrontation over urban development, power and basketball, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn began its first day of life on Friday with the hip-hop superstar Jay-Z performing at a sold-out concert while activists outside the arena reminded attendees of the unfulfilled promises of the center’s developer.

Under weeping, sun-starved skies, the surrounding streets were animated from early morning. Curiosity-seekers without tickets staked out viewing spots in hopes of glimpsing notables and to bear witness to a milestone.

“We thought Beyoncé was going to come out the side,” said Josie Mignone, 68, a lifelong Brooklyn resident who walked over to the center with her husband from their nearby apartment 11 hours before the start of the concert.

After making a few detours to weigh bargains at some stores, they planted themselves in the Starbucks on the arena’s ground floor and had some free samples.

“This is a big event for us Brooklyn people,” Ms. Mignone said.

By early afternoon, dozens of workers were filing through a back door, many of them reporting for their first day of a new job. Click here to continue reading…

Denise Vasi and fiancee Anthony Mandler support Jay-Z at his Barclay’s Center 40/40 Grand Opening…

Jay-Z got the party started right last night, throwing a star-studded bash in honor of the grand opening of his 40/40 Club and restaurant at the brand spanking new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“I walked around here earlier and I just seen everybody busy and at work trying to finish up and it was a great feeling,” Jay-Z told press on the red carpet. “A guy stopped me in the hallway and said, ‘Man this is a great thing for New York City.’ And that’s what the whole thing was about.”

Celebrities such as Denise Vasi and her fiancee Anthony Mandler, Rihanna, radio personalities Angela Yee and more stepped out for the fete and everyone was clearly in a Brooklyn state of mind. Jay-Z kicked off his eight-night live concert Friday night (September 28th). Click here to view full photo gallery…

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Show Review: Christian Dior Spring 2013…

The fashion world at large has been anxiously awaiting Raf Simons‘s first Ready-to-Wear collection for Dior. Besides Hedi Slimane‘s debut collection for Yves Saint Laurent (or rather, Saint Laurent Paris), this was the most anticipated show of the week. Simons’s first couture offerings for the label were greeted with glowing reviews this summer, and everyone was dying to see his vision for Ready-to-Wear.

The show started with a slew of suiting separates– pencil sharp ankle-skimming trousers and suit jackets nipped at the waist, all in the season’s color of choice– black. But things soon took a flirty, feminine turn with draped, bubble-hem tunics, dresses, and skirts made from bright, iridescent candy-wrapper material. Click here to continue reading and to view full 2012 collection…

Show Review: Issey Miyake Spring 2013…

A silver foil catwalk set the stage for Issey Miyake’s Spring 2013 show: an eye-catching juxtaposition against the bright shades and mixed prints of the collection’s designs. Zigzagging stripes, pixelated dot prints, and houndstooth all played together in neutrals and neons on easy athletic-inspired silhouettes, truly making the woman who wears the brand unmissable for Spring. Click here to view full 2012 collection…

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