Yesterday, I posted the above photo of R&B Diva Monica rocking a fierce pair of gold mirrored aviator hater blockers. My Inbox soon lit up with inquiries about the shades. After an exhaustive search, loyal reader Quin found them and emailed the link to share with my readers.
Carrie Bradshaw and co. have spawned many contentious fashion trends over the years, including Uggs (ugh!). But the bold, gold mirrored aviators that SJP sports in Sex and the City 2 are pure eye candy. A collaboration between the Belgian fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm and the Berlin-based eyewear company MYKITA, the light, sleek, stainless frames were inspired by the Alpine ski racer Franz Klammer’s downhill heroics during the 1976 Winter Olympics. They’re $525 at Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York and patriciafield.com.
A mixed race woman and her African husband learned the hard way that love and politics don't mix
When Caroline Jamieson wrote to U.S. president Barack Obama back in January begging him to intercede in her husband's deportation case, she got more than what she bargained for.
According to CNN, her husband "Hervé Fonkou Takoulo, was facing deportation to his native Cameroon. Takoulo failed in a bid before political asylum almost a decade ago."
Takoulo and Jamieson were married in 2005, and a judge issued a deportation order after they were married. Despite the judge's order, Takoulo applied for a green card that would give him the freedom to live and work in the U.S. as a legal resident.
He graduated from State University of New York at Stony Brook with an engineering degree in 2008 and received several engineering job offers, but no follow up due to the deportation order.
The couple had planned to go before immigration officials to plead their case for legal residency based on marriage to a U.S. citizen.
But immigration law requires that the deportation order be lifted before Takoulo can apply for legal residency.
"We want to be given the chance to interview and prove that we are a married couple, so Hervé can get a green card, and that has proven extremely difficult to do," Jamieson told CNN. [link]
Frustrated that the wheels of justice were turning too slowly for them, Jamieson, a vice president of marketing at a new-media advertising company, wrote that fateful letter to Barack Obama.
They never received a direct response to the letter. But they did get two Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers waiting outside their East Village, Manhattan apartment on June 3 when Takoulo was leaving the apartment to go to the gym. [link]
The 27-year-old son of the new Dallas Police Chief was gunned down by officers after he shot and killed one of their own.
The tragic scene unfolded around 6pm yesterday evening at the River Bend apartments in Southern Dallas county after residents called the police to report gun fire.
According to the Dallas News, David O'Neal Brown Jr., the son of Dallas Police Chief David Brown, was in an agitated state when he wandered from his apartment into the parking lot of the complex carrying a handgun and wearing just boxers and sunglasses.
Residents say Brown Jr. approached the driver's side door of a car that had just pulled into the parking lot. The driver of the vehicle was 23-year-old Jeremy Jontae McMillian, who was on his way to a Father's Day dinner with his wife and their two small children.
Apparently, without provocation, Brown fired twice into the car hitting McMillian in the head, and barely missing the other occupants of the car. McMillian was a family man with two jobs and no criminal history. It isn't clear whether he knew Brown.
After shooting McMillian, Brown stalked back and forth between his apartment and a Dodge Stratus parked in the lot. He eventually removed a shotgun from the trunk of the Stratus and climbed behind the wheel as police sirens wailed in the distance.
Rap mogul Sean "puffy" Combs launched a new blog project today called DiddyBlog. According to a press release, Puffy intends to use his DiddyBlog to spread 100% positivity and love because he's tired of all the negative blogs out there talking bad about him. The Love Movement is Sean's online forum for viewers to join and share their inspirational, positive stories.
"Down with hate," he says in a video posted on the blog. "Today we start the love movement. Stop talking about what you don't like about somebody and what somebody did wrong. Start talking about what you love about somebody... today is the day we start the love movement... the love movement has begun!"
Sean, who is one of the most notorious narcissists in the business, promises not to use the blog as yet another self-promotional vehicle, but we know he's lying. He's only saying that because his marketing team has done their research and they know that a 100% positive blog is a guaranteed failure.
We know that if Diddy blog takes off and starts garnering millions of hits a day, Sean will most likely convert it to shameless self-promotion -- or he wouldn't have named it the DIDDY BLOG.
I guess NBA bench warmer Matt Barnes felt some kind of way about how his manhood was crushed on the Basketball Wives Reunion last night. In case you aren't familiar with him, Barnes is engaged to BW cast member Gloria Govan, who, according to Hello Beautiful, continuously brags about their "perfect" union.
My regular readers know that when a woman brags too much about her perfect man, she's actually trying to convince herself because she knows the truth is the exact opposite of her life. Remember that insecure women are attracted to insecure men because they think they can change him.
In the video below, at 3:09, Gloria says, “I just want women to know that you can respect yourself and be in a healthy relationship at the same time. And you don’t have to put up with infidelity.”
In case you missed the Basketball Wives Reunion on VH1 last night, Suzie Ketcham threw a bowl of water on NBA groupie Sandra and then ran backstage like a coward. I don't condone violence, but I kind of wish that Suzie had stayed put and gone toe to toe with Sandra.
An argument could be made that the show's producers knew what Suzie was up to -- and they probably provided the bowl and the water to get spark drama during the rather boring reunion?
A white South African doctor has developed a new condom to fight rape that plagues African women, according to CNN.com.
Dr. Sonnet Ehlers invented the Rape aXe 'condom with teeth' 40 years after treating a rape victim who told her, "If only I had teeth down there."
She said she consulted with "engineers, gynecologists and psychologists" to help make sure the design was safe and would not subject victims to HIV or other STDs.
Dr. Ehlers is distributing the female condoms in the various South African cities where the World Cup soccer games are taking place.
The woman inserts the latex condom like a tampon. Jagged rows of teeth-like hooks line its inside and attach on a man's penis during penetration, Ehlers said.
Once it lodges, only a doctor can remove it -- a procedure Ehlers hopes will be done with authorities on standby to make an arrest.
"It hurts, he cannot pee and walk when it's on," she said. "If he tries to remove it, it will clasp even tighter... however, it doesn't break the skin, and there's no danger of fluid exposure." Read More...
South Africa has one of the highest rape rates in the world, according to Human Rights Watch. Critics call Dr. Ehlers' device "medieval" and they say it causes psychological trauma and puts women at risk for more violence from the entrapped rapist.
But Dr. Ehlers counters those claims with words of wisdom: "Yes, my device may be a medieval, but it's for a medieval deed that has been around for decades," she said. "I believe something's got to be done ... and this will make some men rethink before they assault a woman."
Last week I posted photos from the star-studded birthday party of a NY socialite named "Dawnie B." In my post I asked the question: I wonder who she is? The answer came from a loyal reader in the form of a wedding notice posted in the NY Times newspaper. Excerpts from that notice are posted below:
Dawn Camille Baxter and Derrin Arthur Woodhouse were married Saturday evening at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Englewood, N.J. The Rev. Robert L. Shearer, the priest-in-charge of the church, performed the ceremony, with the Rev. Charles L. Fischer III, another Episcopal priest, participating.
The bride, 34, will continue to use her name professionally. She works in New York as a manager in the entertainment marketing department of Nike of Portland, Ore. She handles the company’s collaborations with performers and books acts for Nike advertisements and events. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
The bridegroom, 37, works in Manhattan as the director of consumer marketing at Vevo, an online music site owned by the Universal Music Group. He helps produce special events for the site’s advertisers.
The couple were introduced by a mutual friend who had invited them to a Jets preseason game at the Meadowlands in the spring of 2002. The friend asked Ms. Baxter to give Mr. Woodhouse a lift to and from the game because they both lived in Harlem.
The two quickly rubbed each other the wrong way. Read More...
Singer Lauryn Hill channeled Oprah Winfrey at the 2010 Harmony Music Festival in Santa Rosa, California over the weekend. The ex-Fugee singer showed off a new, natural hairdo that probably signals some new direction she's taking in her troubled life. Lauryn once grew dreadlocks during her ganja smoking, rastafari days. Lately she's been rocking an unkempt afro.
Disgraced rapper/producer Kanye West was spotted outside Bar Pitti after dining with friends in New York City on Friday (june 18). Kanye has agreed to perform during the upcoming BET Awards show since no other awards show will have him.