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April 29, 2010

.toni, you too?!.

Filed under: music,no ma'am.,Uncategorized — capricious_me @ 7:12 am

now toni braxton has shaved the sides of her head! *oh lawd…*

in the words of sandrarose.com this was a “desperate bid to stay relevant in an irrelevant music industry.” <—— i love that!


April 28, 2010

.kim kardashian has a cupcake line??.

Filed under: Uncategorized — capricious_me @ 8:20 pm

Kim Kardashian at cupcake launch. 2/19/10.

am i the only one that didn’t know kim kardashian launched a cupcake line with the famous cupcakes bakery in february? are you telling us that in between modeling, running a clothing store and shoe line (shoe dazzle), taping a tv show, making your own fragrance, walking the red carpet at every event and doing commercials, that you had time to conjure up the recipe for these cupcakes? hmmm…. i don’t think so.

how are you going to promote weight loss pills AND fluffy, vanilla cupcakes with pink buttercream frosting and pink sugar crystals?

April 27, 2010

.malcolm x assassinator freed after 44 years.

Filed under: black history,in the news,Uncategorized — capricious_me @ 5:34 pm
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Thomas Hagan, the only man to admit shooting Malcolm X, was freed today on parole 45 years after he helped assassinate the civil rights leader.

Hagan, 69, has said he was one of three people who shot Malcolm X as he began a speech at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem on Feb. 21, 1965,  but said the two men convicted with him were not involved. They maintained their innocence and were paroled in the 1980s. No one else has ever been charged.

Hagan had been in a full-time work-release program since March 1992 that allowed him to live at home with his family in Brooklyn five days a week while reporting to the prison just two days.

To win his release, Hagan was required to seek, obtain and maintain a job, support his children and abide by a curfew. He must continue to meet those conditions while free. He told the parole board he’s worked the same job for the past seven years. He told the New York Post in 2008 he was working at a fast-food restaurant.

hagan in 2008.

see the full story on www.cnn.com

April 26, 2010

.trina covers kontrol magazine.

Filed under: fashion,music,Uncategorized — capricious_me @ 9:16 pm

i’m not the biggest trina fan, but her photoshoot for this magazine is excellent! elegance trumps raunchy all day, everyday.

April 22, 2010

.notre dame’s first black valedictorian.

Filed under: black history,in the news,Uncategorized — capricious_me @ 10:37 pm

Katie Washington, a biological sciences major from Gary, has been named valedictorian of the 2010 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address at the May 16 commencement.

Washington is believed to be the first black valedictorian at Notre Dame.

The university doesn’t keep records by race of valedictorians, but employees in the campus news office and the University Archives said they don’t know of any previous black valedictorian. An officer of the Black Alumni of Notre Dame group said that group is unaware of any previous black valedictorian.

Washington, who earned a 4.0 grade-point average, has a minor in Catholic social teaching. She has conducted research on lung cancer at Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) Laboratory and performed genetic studies in Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health on the mosquito that carries dengue and yellow fever. She is the co-author of a research paper with David Severson, a professor of biological sciences.

Washington directs the Voices of Faith Gospel Choir at Notre Dame, is a mentor/tutor for the Sister-to-Sister program at Washington High School in South Bend and serves as student coordinator of the Center for Social Concerns’ “Lives in the Balance: Youth Violence and Society Seminar.”

After graduation, Washington plans to pursue a joint M.D./Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University.

source: www.southbendtribune.com

April 21, 2010

.abortion fight erupts over pregnant girl, age 10.

Filed under: in the news,Uncategorized — capricious_me @ 7:31 pm

(Newser) – An abortion rights battle is heating up in Mexico, with activists claiming officials didn’t tell a 10-year-old girl raped by her stepfather that she could abort her fetus. In the girl’s state of Quintana Roo, abortion is only legal in cases of rape, and only during the first 3 months of pregnancy, which the girl passed a month ago. Quintana Roo authorities say the girl and fetus are healthy, but a state legislator warns that a pregnancy at that age is a risk to both.

The girl’s stepfather has been charged with rape. The case is the latest clash between abortion rights advocates and conservative factions, backed by the Catholic church. Mexico City legalized abortion in 2007 during the first 3 months of pregnancy, but it’s prohibited or severely restricted in most Mexican states, reports CNN.

source: www.thefrisky.com

.arizona house votes to have obama show birth certificate in 2012 election.

Filed under: in the news,Uncategorized — capricious_me @ 7:18 pm

Almost two years after the historical election, the Obama haters are still in full effect.

According to published reports, the Arizona House voted for a prerequisite that would require President Barack Obama to show his birth certificate, in order to appear on the state’s ballot in the event he runs for reelection.

The new provision, which will be added to a separate bill, would require U.S. presidential candidates who want to appear on the ballot in Arizona to submit documents proving they meet the constitutional requirements to be President.

The House voted 31-22 to add the provision to a separate bill. The measure still faces a formal vote.

Mesa Republican Rep. Cecil Ash said he has no reason to doubt Obama’s citizenship but supports the measure because it could help end doubt.

source: www.hiphopwired.com

April 20, 2010

.civil rights leader, dorothy height, dies at 98.

Filed under: black history,in the news,Uncategorized — capricious_me @ 7:11 pm

WASHINGTON — Civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height, the president of the National Council of Negro Women for more than 40 years and a pivotal figure during the civil rights era of the 1960s, died Tuesday at the age of 98. She continued actively speaking out but had been at Howard University Hospital for some time. The hospital said in a statement she died of natural causes.

 Height was “the godmother of the Civil Rights Movement and a hero to so many Americans,” President Obama said in a statement.

 In awarding Height the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004, President Bush called her a “giant of the civil rights movement” who had been an informal adviser to presidents and first ladies for more than 50 years.

 “She’s a friend of first ladies like Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Rodham Clinton,” Bush said. “She’s known every president since Dwight David Eisenhower. She’s told every president what she thinks since Dwight David Eisenhower.”

 NAACP Chairwoman Roslyn Brock heralded Height as the “matriarch” of the civil rights movement.

 “The nation has lost a stalwart champion for civil rights and gender equality,” Brock said in a statement. “With perseverance and strong determination, Dr. Height broke through the proverbial glass ceiling as the only woman (among the ‘Big Six’ organizers of the March on Washington) to secure civil rights legislation in the 1950s and ’60s.”

 Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who was one of those organizers of the March on Washington, praised Height as ” … a feminist, and long before there was a women’s movement,” and as ” … a great American, a brave and courageous woman who worked tirelessly for the cause of civil rights and social justice.”

 Lewis said Height’s work in the South in Mississippi helped educate the rest of America on strained conditions in the region.

 “She helped build bridges and form relationships that sensitized women in the North to the problems in the South,” Lewis said in a statement.

 NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said he first met Height at the 25th anniversary observance of the March on Washington, in 1993, and had the opportunity to work with her in recent months.

“Despite being in poor health, she joined the NAACP late last year in our health care war room to advocate for health care (change),” Jealous said. “Dr. Height was a tireless and committed fighter for civil rights.”

Officials acknowledged the balance Height maintained between determination against injustice and a sense of personal style.

“Dr. Height was an icon of unswerving compassion, awesome intellect, rapier wit and dashing style,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said in a statement. “Not only was she a private counselor to U.S. presidents and lawmakers, but she was also a personal mentor to so many who followed her lead in fighting for equal rights.”

 Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., referred to Height as ” … a mighty woman, noble, fierce and loving, and today she’s reached the mountaintop. She was the first lady of the long struggle for equality for African Americans and women.”

 Said Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Hispanic advocacy organization, “She broke down barriers for so many of us to follow — with her signature grit and consummate grace — and for that, we will always be deeply grateful.”

Height’s other honors include receiving the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Reagan in 1989 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Clinton in 1994. She always maintained that her principal achievement was raising the profile of black women while helping ensure that women of all races enjoyed full opportunity.

“Black women are the backbone of every institution,” Height often said.

Born in Richmond, Va., and raised in the mill town of Rankin, Pa., Height won a scholarship to New York University for her oratory skills. She had been accepted at Barnard College but turned down for admittance, she wrote in her memoir, attributing the rejection to a racial quota system.

Height started her career as a caseworker with the New York City Welfare Department. At 25, Height began decades of work with the National Young Women’s Christian Association, during which she pushed the organization to lead efforts to provide equal opportunity and access for women of all races and cultures.

When Height began her work with the organization, most cities had separate YWCAs for whites and blacks. In 1946, Height led the group to adopt a charter calling for full integration.

In 1937, National Council of Negro Women founder Mary McLeod Bethune noticed Height, then the assistant director of the Harlem YWCA in New York City, when she escorted first lady Eleanor Roosevelt into a NCNW meeting.

Bethune urged Height to join her in the fledgling organization, beginning decades of work with the two groups in which Height became one of the nation’s most influential civil rights activists.

Height became president of the NCNW in 1957 and began to work closely with the leadership of the burgeoning civil rights movement. She became known as one of the so-called “Big Six,” joining Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Roy Wilkins, A. Philip Randolph, Lewis and James Farmer at the forefront of the struggle.

But Height, who never married, was often overshadowed by her male counterparts in the movement. She wrote in her 2003 memoir, Open Wide the Freedom Gates, that she was consistently cropped out of photographs of meetings between civil rights leaders and presidents.

“But I knew I was there,” she wrote.

Julian Bond, NAACP chairman emeritus, heralded Height as someone who was unstoppable. “Dr. Height never saw a mountain she could not overcome, from being denied entry to Barnard College to achieving a master’s degree in psychology at NYU and lobbying President Kennedy to sign the Equal Pay Act in 1963,” Bond said in a statement.

Behind the scenes, Height’s influence was significant. King sent her to Birmingham to help black families respond to the deaths of four little girls in a 1963 church bombing.

She was part of the planning committee for the legendary 1963 March on Washington and was among those who insisted that King speak last so his words would be remembered.

Height wrote that while some planners wanted a female speaker, “the women finally decided that our overall objective was too great, and we didn’t want to detract from that. So we accepted that the only female voice would be that of Mahalia Jackson, who sang the national anthem.”

In his statement, Obama noted that a college once denied entry to Height because it had already met its quota of two African-American women. “Dr. Height devoted her life to those struggling for equality,” the president said, and witnessed “every march and milestone along the way.”

Known for her quiet manner and stylish dress — particularly her trademark hats — Height often surpassed her male peers with her access and influence with policymakers. She remained the chairperson of the NCNW’s executive board until her death.

 In her later years, Height helped create the Black Family Reunion movement as a way of promoting a national celebration of black kinship.

 In her book, Height wrote that a phrase she heard Bethune use more than 50 years earlier had become a mantra for life: “The freedom gates are half ajar. We must pry them fully open.”

Wrote Height: “I have been committed to the calling ever since.”

 source: www.usatoday.com

April 17, 2010

.who gets what when you {bf/gf} break up?.

Filed under: Uncategorized — capricious_me @ 11:01 am

(The Frisky) — At a long-ago birthday party, my cartoonist friend Peter gave me a framed piece of his artwork. As he handed it over, he said, “This is for you, so no matter what happens with him, it’s yours.”

At the time I thought it was weird. After all, my boyfriend and I were never ever going to break up.

When my boyfriend dumped me a few months later, Peter’s painting was the first thing I packed.

Though The New York Post recently ran a story about couples signing “pre-prenups” before marriage is even on the table, most cohabiting, or even co-existing, couples don’t bother. I mean, if it’s legalities you want, either get married or go down to City Hall and register as domestic partners.

And besides, without kids or shared property, what’s the law going to do for you? Gifts are one thing, but what of the random detritus that gets left behind? Is Johnny Law really going to help you get your Ramones shirt back? Probably not. So most couples figure this stuff out themselves.

Kendra, a project manager from Brooklyn, worked out a unique solution with her college boyfriend. “We used to buy expensive records together — collectibles, mostly bootlegs — and would take turns being the one with ‘custody,'” she reported. “The agreement was that if we broke up, whoever had custody had to make a recording of it for the other person.”

I’ve certainly lost my share of stuff to exes, but peace of mind has always been worth more than arguing about its return. (Yes, Kevin, that means you can keep the $100 I “loaned” you — not that you were planning on ever paying me back anyway.) It’s the intangibles that I’ve always found harder to divide.

I mean, can you really legally ban someone from showing up at the bar you two used to frequent? I know of one couple who agreed to alternate trivia nights at their local bar after they split. My friend Jennifer banned a long-ago ex from their neighborhood Whole Foods.

“He kept to our agreement for a year,” Jen reports. “He said he preferred the cheese counter at the store across town, but lately I keep bumping into him. Maybe their cheese selection went downhill.”

Friends can be another kind of collateral damage. When Jill broke up with Jack, they ended things gracefully and he assumed things between them were fine. Until New Year’s Eve, when their friend Melissa decided to uninvite him to her party because Jill would be there with her new boyfriend and Melissa didn’t want any awkwardness.

“I would have never done anything to make her feel unwelcome,” Jack tells me, obviously still annoyed at the slight. “Can you make sure you describe Melissa as ‘slovenly?'” he adds.

Megan’s ex-girlfriend Sandy was even worse. Sandy let Megan keep the apartment they shared on the condition she cut ties with all of their mutual friends. Megan agreed to her ex’s wacko terms, with the exception of one couple. “She never spoke to either of them again,” Megan says. Another mutual friend got back in touch only after five years of banishment. Hopefully Sandy’s not reading this or it’s back to the doghouse for him.

Without children to argue over, animals are probably the biggest breakup bone of contention. One of my co-workers made a valiant attempt to keep the dog she didn’t even live with. “I tried to claim custody,” she laughs. “But he had a freezer full of the dog’s special meds, so he won.”

Thirty-two-year-old illustrator Kristin reluctantly left her cat behind when she and her live-in broke up. “I knew he was her favorite because she would lick his stinky armpit and sleep on the dirty underwear that he’d leave all over the apartment,” she says ruefully. “I couldn’t deny her the man-stink.”

I guess a pre-prenup would work in animal custody cases, but call me a cuddly, wuddly romantic because it seems like planning for the demise of a relationship is a bigger harbinger of a breakup than tattooing the other person’s name across your knuckles.

Speaking of which, the only thing my current boyfriend and I would fight over is our cat, Inky. Which may be why he got Inky’s likeness and name tattooed on his bicep. How am I going to argue with that? I know how Judge Judy would rule.

source: Judy McGuire, The Frisky //

.economy’s down. what can you get with $10?.

Filed under: in the news,Uncategorized — capricious_me @ 10:55 am

(CNN) — If you’re in New York City with only $10 in your pocket, Julio Ortiz-Teissonniere has you covered.

Get an unlimited day pass MetroCard, he says. “It’ll take you from the Bronx Zoo down to Coney Island and everywhere else in between for just $8.25. Just make sure you’re done by 3 a.m. of the day after you bought it — otherwise you’ll spend a lot more than $10 on a yellow cab.”

If you’re in Italy, Diana Corridori could show you where to get a fantastic breakfast of cappuccinos, chocolate croissants and cookies for a ten-spot. And Jon Regas of Switzerland could help you dig up more than 40 singles on vinyl for that price. In Bhutan, Deki Dorji could feed you with fresh vegetables for a week.

Yes, the economy’s down, but $10 can still buy you quite a bit — if you know where to look.

This was our challenge to CNN iReporters last weekend: Go to the ATM, get $10, and see how far it can take you. That’s it. It was the ultimate in thrift and simplicity, and iReporters from around the world found endlessly creative ways to get the most out of their tenner.

Some went for the basics. Sherbien Dacalanio, Monica Lee and Melissa Melcombe all used their money to stock up on groceries. Exactly how much they were able to stock up, though, depended on where in the world they were.

Lee and Melcombe live in Los Angeles, California — known for its high cost of living — but both made the most of it. Lee clips coupons, which her local grocery store doubles, and looks for specials every week. She came home with a huge stash of yogurt, spaghetti sauce and frozen dinners. And Melcombe got enough food for four meals at Whole Foods, which she considered a victory.

“I am always going to Whole Foods to see what’s on sale,” she said of the retailer, which, to some, has a reputation of being expensive. “I am a foodie, and I love a good deal.”

Dacalanio lives across the world, between Makati and Pasay cities in the Philippines. For $10 — or about 450 Philippine pesos — she filled her fridge with chicken, ham, fruits, veggies and spices.

And then there’s Dorji, from Thimphu, Bhutan, who shelled out 443 Bhutanese ngultrum at the local farmers market for a week’s worth of vegetables.

“I always found it funny how you were able to buy so much here in Asia and so little in North America for the same amount of money,” said Dorji, who went to college in Canada. “But we have to also look at how much people earn in their respective countries. Ten dollars a week on vegetables is how much we in Bhutan spend on an average, but I know in North America, for $10, I couldn’t get very far into the week.”

Tony Coolidge’s shopping trip in Tainan, Taiwan, helps prove her point. He got 24 new pairs of socks and 10 new ties, all for 300 New Taiwan dollars. That amounts to about $9.50 in the U.S.

Not a bad return on $10, and there’s no Ponzi, no pyramid; nobody loses.
–Larry Cooper

“I know I would have spent much more than that in the USA, even at Wal-Mart,” he said. “I have always enjoyed an amazingly affordable cost-of-living, living in Taiwan. … I moved here a year ago with a wife and three kids and enjoy a high quality of life that costs 40 percent of what it cost to live in Florida.”

For the ultimate in food thrift, some iReporters put their Alexander Hamilton toward growing a vegetable garden.

Larry Cooper and his wife have been growing vegetables in their Black Earth, Wisconsin, garden for years. They spent their $10 on 350 spinach seeds and the supplies to grow them. Cooper said it gives them a connection to the land and makes good financial sense. He spotted 5-ounce bunches of spinach for $4.99 at a local grocery store.

“If a single plant produces only 5 ounces, and each seed germinates and grows to maturity, 350 plants would have a produce department value of $1,746.50,” he calculated. “Not a bad return on $10, and there’s no Ponzi, no pyramid; nobody loses.”

Looking to try out something a little more exciting than the basics (but equally thrifty)? Turns out there’s lots of fun to be had for $10 or less.

In Los Angeles, you could ride the world’s shortest railway 40 times. Angel’s Flight, which has been around since 1901 (and used to cost only a nickel), will take you up or down a hill for a quarter. And in Vero Beach, Florida, you can still see a movie for under five bucks, which means Cynthia Falardeau could take her son to the latest Miley Cyrus flick and have enough left over to get him a chocolate milk.

Cliff Olney had a similar idea. The Watertown, New York, native spent his $10 on gas for a friend’s fishing boat and took his 12-year-old twin boys fishing on the nearby Black River.

“Each ended the day with eleven sizable fish and a big smile on their faces,” he said. “[It] was the best ten dollars I’ve spent in a long time.”

There’s also the ever-popular art of vintage shopping, which can yield some of the best bargains of all. Christina Santiago of Rockville, Maryland, picked up a vintage American Tourister travel case, a floral dress and three silk scarves to create an adorable under-$10 outfit. Theresa Link found a store in Shakopee, Minnesota, where you pay $10 for all the clothes you can stuff in a bag. She was able to fit in enough for a summer weekend getaway. In Sydney, Australia, Charyn Bello spent $10 on a variety of glass beads to make homemade jewelry. And vintage doesn’t just mean clothes — Jon Regas of Switzerland always checks out a local half-price bookstore when he visits his family in Indianapolis, Indiana, to buy records. This time, he snagged 40 singles on vinyl for just 25 cents each.

Finally, some iReporters decided that the very best way of all to spend $10 was to give it away.

“Giving a helping hand is more fun than buying more stuff,” wrote Brian Bossard, who donated the money to United Way in Butte, Montana.

“I felt like I could stretch my $10 even further by giving [it] away to someone who needed it more than I,” agreed Monika Szymanska in New Haven, Connecticut. “The first thing that came to my mind when spending my $10 was two $5 footlongs. The idea must have come from those catchy Subway commercials … so I went on the hunt in my hometown for a couple people who would appreciate a free meal.”

She gave the first meatball marinara sub to a “charming old man” known as Papa Joe, who lives on the streets of New Haven. The second went to a man she met at the Salvation Army who was donating furniture, clothes and other items.

“So, to sum it up, my $10 got me two $5 Subway footlongs and the gratification of helping those in need,” Szymanska said. “This definitely made me think twice about how I spend … each dollar.”

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