Monthly Archives: March 2009

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: Women’s Playbook or is the Joke on us?

Steve HarveyIs it me or did ‘comedian’ suddenly become synonymous with ‘therapist’? Between Greg Behrendt’s “He’s Just Not That Into You” and Finesse Mitchell’s relationship column “Oh Brother” in Essence magazine, I’m seriously beginning to wonder if I should have done my clinical training at The Laugh Factory in CA. There’s been a rash of comedians turned “self-help gurus” and the latest edition to the tribe is Steve Harvey with his NY Times Best Seller, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man”. In it, he strings together comedy and personal stories to illustrate how men “really” think and then loosely ties together those experiences to offer advice to women on how to receive the treatment we desire from a man. Steve does an adequate job of acknowledging the paradox that exists between men with their simple needs and women with our complex desires. But beyond that it felt like the same old advice coming from a new comedic voice. Which begs the question, has relationship advice been reduced to a punch-line? Are we women so obsessed with the topic of getting a good man that we’re willing to re-purchase and re-read the same advice from just any body (e.g a comedian – no judgment)? Perhaps my therapeutic cynicism has caught up with me.

Tell us what YOU think of the book. Was it the ultimate playbook for women or is the joke on us?


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“Tasteless” Russian Ice Cream Ad

Russian Obama Ice CreamThe Daily Voice is talking about this Russian ice cream ad showing a Barack Obama cartoon character. Do you think this is racist?

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Study Finds High Bulimia Rate in Black Girls

A new study finds that black girls are 50% more likely than white girls to be bulimic, with the highest rates coming from girls from low income households and those whose parents had a high school education or less. Some say that the data show that they are more likely to suffer from food addiction. Either way, this is a topic that has not been widely discussed in the black community.

Are you surprised by the study’s findings?

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Jill Scott: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

#1 Ladies Detective AgencyShe’s been No. 1 on the Soul/R&B charts and beginning on March 29 at 8pm EST, Jill Scott will be starring in the new HBO series, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. A native of Philadelphia, Jill was known around town for her captivating spoken word performances. It wasn’t long before fellow Philadelphian,Questlove of the Roots , heard of her talent and invited her to join the band in the studio. The collaboration resulted in her first co-writing credit and Grammy for the song “You Got Me”.  
Raised by her mother and grandmother, Jill’s first career endeavor was to become a high school English teacher. But after studying secondary education at Temple University for three years, she made the choice to leave school and pursue her creative talents. 

Jill’s soul stirring, lyrically honest, passionate prose set to music is what made everyone stand up and notice. And as if that weren’t enough, her performance in Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” showcased yet another dynamic extension of Jill’s talent. So we were excited to see that HBO is spotlighting Jill in the lead role for their new series, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Based on the book by Alexander McCall Smith, the series is the first major film/TV project to be shot entirely in Bostwana. Also starring in the cast is Tony Award winner, Anika Noni Rose. So make sure you tune in!

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SXSW Favorite: Janelle Monae

Janelle MonaeBy Guest Contributor, April C.

I’ve been to many music festivals in different parts of the world, but South by Southwest  (known as SXSW) by far attracted the most eclectic mix of artists and audiences in every imaginable genre from all over the world, performing at over 100 venues around the city of Austin (not to mention those who held court in the street!). This was definitely an experience to remember. 

A few big name “surprise” guests also popped up, including Erykah Badu, Kanye and Common. My favorite act of the weekend, however, was the artistically and vocally talented sister named Janelle Monae. This Grammy nominated artist was a hit at SXSW.  Her mix of funk, rock and alternative soul with a 50’s spin is truly out-of-the-box. Her music doesn’t safely fit into any of today’s mainstream genres and I think that’s just the way she likes it. I first saw her perform a couple of years ago at Howard homecoming. At that time, she was putting her records out on her own independently owned label based in Atlanta.  Since then she has signed with Diddy’s Bad Boy Records and apparently will be on tour with No Doubt this summer. 

If you haven’t already done so, check out her CD, Metropolis: The Chase Suite. In an era of sexed up pop artists that are great performers, but not necessarily great singers (a la Rihanna and Beyonce), Janelle Monae is a breath of creative fresh air.


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Shoes We’re Loving

Patchwork d'Orsay Shoes

Patchwork d'Orsay Shoes

We are loving these Manolo Blahnik Patchwork d’Orsay shoes. At $795, we are going to admire them from a far for now. But a girl can dream, can’t she?

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Exclusive Designer Bargains: Invitation Only Shopping Sites

online-sample-salesIf you love designer labels, but not designer prices then you have to check out the latest trend in online shopping – invitation only shopping sites. These virtual sample sales offer exclusive deals on many of the hottest fashion lines around, each for one to a few days in length. The catch is that you have to be “invited” by a member to take advantage of the sales. Once you’re in, invite your friends and you can get a $10-$25 credit once they make their first purchase! Here are our favorites:

Gilt Groupe

This week’s sales include: Alice & Olivia, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Cole Haan.

Special Invitation for The Vyne Weekly Readers:

Rue La La
This week’s sales include: Elie Tahari, Dolce and Gabbana, and BCBG.
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This week’s sales include: Jill Stuart, designer shoe sale (including Pucci!).
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