Category Archives: Pop Culture

Serena Williams’ New Look


Serena recently debuted a fresh new look that has everyone buzzing. According to People Magazine, she had recently undergone “foot surgery.” Looks to us that there may have been another part of her body that went under the knife. Not for nothing, we think it looks great!

What do you think?

Read more about this on the Daily Mail.

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Alicia Keys Getting Married and Expecting Baby


Photo Courtesy of Zimbio.com

We have all heard the rumors and speculation, and now it is confirmed. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats have confirmed that Alicia is indeed pregnant and they are planning a private wedding. Check out the article on Essence here.

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Should Desiree Rogers be Blamed for the Party Crashers?


Desiree Rogers, White House Social Secretary, is certainly getting some heat after the Tareq and Michaele Salahi party crashing incident. Many are saying that she or her staff should have stayed at their post throughout the night checking people in, others say that the Secret Service should have been more responsible that evening, ensuring everyone was cleared to attend. Though the Secret Service Chief took the blame yesterday, Desiree may still be required to testify.

Though it is understandable that she may be questioned given the risk the incident presented, it’s sad that the media is really trying hard to put her in a bad light (and so far has been unsuccessful). When a recent Chicago Tribune article, tried to question her background, it was so evident that they were reaching, it was almost sad. The article had the subtitle of “White House makes clear it’s standing by the former Republican.” Was her former political affiliation really relevant, Chicago Tribune? Really? In the article they also mentioned that while president of People’s Gas, the company was sued for “massive fraud.” Sounds serious, but they couldn’t dig out much from it to indicate she had any questionable activities. So what do you think, do you think she should be the blame?

On another note, while doing a google search I found Michaele Salahi’s Facebook page. However, it wasn’t her personal page, it was her Fan Page! Can someone please tell me why this woman has a Facebook Fan page that started prior to the dinner scandal?

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The TMZ Effect: No Judgement


By Keesha Boyd

I suppose we should have expected it. In the age of Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, iPhones and blogging, we should have expected that not even the news could resist the allure of 24 hour content. It makes sense that traditional news programming would want to be a part of, if not lead, the charge to provide compelling content faster and meet the “on demand” terms of the American public. That said, the other day I was tuned into CNN and two thoughts occurred to me while I was watching the weekend news segments: 1) “Didn’t they already talk about this?” and 2) “Is this CNN or TMZ?”

Perhaps I had not paid close attention in the past or maybe I only watched 15 minute blocks of news at a time. But somewhere around the 15 minute mark it became starkly apparent that the “so called” 24 hour news was looping. I watched as Suzanne Malveaux  kept reaching to make heads or tails out of the breaking Tiger Woods story by continuing to report the same scant details that were reported five minutes earlier. No disrespect to Suzanne but it made me think, is there really such a thing as 24 hour news if it’s simply the same story looped and spun a variety of different ways?

Which brings me to my second thought, “Is this CNN or TMZ?” Last I checked, reputable news networks like CNN and MSNBC would not dare stoop to run tabloid-esque stories. But as sure as I was sitting there, eating left over Thanksgiving dinner, Suzanne was reporting on Tiger Woods’ alleged affair like it was Watergate. While I can appreciate the entertainment value, it begs the question, what really constitutes “news” these days? When TMZ content is passing as hard hitting journalism and networks fill their schedule with show after show of the same “news” stories, it gives the illusion that there is such a thing as 24 hour news. But at the end of the day the reality may very well be that in the age of Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, iPhones and blogging, perhaps our concept of news has been reduced to trending topics and bite sized pieces of compelling gossip just short enough to be looped, tweeted or fit into a status update.  No judgement, just something to think about the next time you tune in to the “news”…

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