Monthly Archives: June 2009

White House Style: Vogue Highlights Michelle and Desiree


Two White House fashionistas were featured in this week’s Vogue.com 10 Best Dressed list. Both Michelle Obama and Desiree Rogers were featured in stunning attire at events over the past couple weeks.

Michelle Obama Mrs. Obama rocked this Rachel Roy dress at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service event last week.

Desiree RogersDesiree Rogers looked ultra chic wearing this Barbara Tfank coat at the 9th Annual Michael Z. Bennahum Forum event in New York on June 18th.

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BET Awards ’09: Tell Us Your Opinion


Photo courtesy of www.bet.com

Photo courtesy of http://www.bet.com

Last night, Jamie Foxx played host to BET’s annual music awards celebration. In light of Michael Jackson’s passing, the folks at BET changed gears to put on a show that would reflect and honor his memory. If you were on Twitter or Facebook then you know just how many people were updating their status or tweeting in real time throughout the program. Did you watch the show? If so, what did you think about it?

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MJ: Never Can Say Goodbye


In honor and remembrance of the King of Pop, here’s a video of him with his brothers in the Jackson 5 singing “Never Can Say Goodbye.”

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R.I.P. Michael Jackson – King of Pop


You will be missed

You will be missed

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Going to a Wedding and Don’t Know What to Wear?


Wedding WearIt’s peak wedding season and if you’re like us, you may have already received several invitations from friends getting married. To help with the “what am I going to wear?” question, here are a few ideas whether you’re attending an early, afternoon, or nighttime wedding.

Early Day Weddings
Weddings taking place early in the day tend to be less formal than nighttime weddings. If the wedding is taking place outdoors in a warm climate, remember to wear a breathable, flowing fabric, and stay away from silk which may show unsightly sweat spots.
1. BCBG MAXAZRIA Leaf Print Crinkle Satin Halter Gown, $378
2. Donna Morgan Tiered Chiffon Dress, $158
3. California Iris Dress, $69.95

Late Afternoon/Evening Weddings
With weddings taking place in the late afternoon or evening, the best bet is a dress that is not too formal, but doesn’t look like a sundress either. Given the season, bright colors are a great choice.
4. Tadashi Ruched Matte Jersey Dress, $298
5. Adrianna Papell Strapless Laser Cut Satin Dress, $158
6. Sue Wong Crisscross Silk Dress, $288

Night/Formal Weddings
Though an old rule of thumb used to be not to wear black to a wedding, formal weddings are the exception. If the wedding is after 6:00 or if the invitation indicates “formal” reception or attire, then these dresses would be appropriate. Also, even in the case of a “formal” wedding, you don’t have to wear a floor length dress – a cocktail dress is just fine.
7. Knit Floral Print Maxi Dress, $138
8. JS Collection Ribbed Trim Mesh Dress, $198
9. Donna Ricco Chain Halter Jersey Dress, $128

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Chris Brown: How Do You Plea?


 
Photo by Lori Shepler-Pool/Getty Images

Photo by Lori Shepler-Pool/Getty Images

“Nearly one in every three adult women experiences at least one physical assault by a partner during adulthood…[and] approximately four million American women experience a serious assault by an intimate partner during a 12-month period” according to research. Earlier this year, singer Rihanna became one of these tragic statistics at the hands of her then boyfriend, pop star Chris Brown. Earlier this week a judge sentenced Brown to six months of hard “community labor”, domestic violence counseling and five years of probation after he pled guilty to felony assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Interestingly enough he was not given any actual jail time. As expected, the media and the blogosphere began buzzing with discussion about whether his celebrity got him off easy or if the punishment truly fit the crime. Do you have an opinion on the matter? If so, post your comments below.

 

NOTE: Domestic violence is not a hot topic. It is a serious and deadly issue in our communities. If you are or know someone who is in an abusive relationship visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

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“I Can’t Believe You’re Not Married?!”


Photo Courtesy of Racialicious.com

Photo Courtesy of Racialicious.com

If you’re a single black woman, educated, accomplished, attractive, with no known crazy tendencies, then chances are you’ve had this statement said to you. Can you remember your reaction? Did you respond with a sarcastic, “I can’t believe it either!”? Or maybe you laughed it off while simultaneously giving the person the “what for” in your mind! What ever your reaction was, you likely didn’t appreciate the comment.

Article after article has been written about the alleged “epidemic” of single black women, each trying to answer the question “why are so many black women single?” Research continues to show that the percentage of black women who are unmarried is double that of white women. Other research and editorials site lack of desire to get married and too picky as reasons why more black women are single when compared to other groups of women. A couple of years ago, Oprah got in on the conversation with a special segment on single black women. Even CNN’s special, Black in America, took a shot at it by filming a focus group of black men and women discussing the state of black relationships. Although quite entertaining, they struggled, as do many articles and programs on this topic (this article included!) to really answer the question in a way that suggests the existence of a solution. Often the answers focus on the perceived material needs of single black women (e.g. money, education, property, etc.) or on their actions, attributes and choices without a balanced investigation into the actions, attributes and choices of single black men.

But even if the investigation into this topic were balanced and society asked just as many men “why are you single?” as we do women there’s no guarantee we’d come up with any better answers than what the current research and editorials show. Which begs the question, is the growing number of single black women an issue that can be resolved or an “evolutionary” epidemic with no definitive solution?  Let us know what you think.

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