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Grown Up Girls Weekend in NYC: Part 2


Last week we gave you an itinerary for an Empire State of Mind girls’ weekend in NYC. This week we’re giving you Part 2 – for “girls who just want to have fun” and want to live it up like they’re Carrie, Samantha and the gang. Just because you’re not 25 anymore doesn’t mean that you don’t want to be in “the scene” just a little bit.

Itinerary #2: Sangria, Shopping, SoHo and the City
Friday Night:
Dinner @ Buddakan – Located in the Meatpacking District, this Modern Asian restaurant does not disappoint. You may have seen it in Sex and the City: The Movie during the rehearsal dinner scene.

Drinks @ The Standard – After dinner, head to posh The Standard Hotel for a cocktail at the bar.

Saturday:
Brunch @ Pastis – Yummy brunch and always great people watching.

Shopping in SoHo – Check out this SoHo shopping guide with tons of stores to choose from to plan your attack.

Afternoon snack @ Cupcakes by Melissa – These stuffed teeny-tiny cupcakes are so good and make you feel not as guilty eating more than one (or three!).

Dinner at Delicatessen – Great martinis and comfort food. Make sure to try the truffle spinach artichoke dip.

Have drinks while looking at the breathtaking view on the rooftop @ 230 5th Ave.

Sunday:
Brunch @ Calle Ocho – We have 3 words for you: Free Bottomless Sangria. Enough said.

Sex and The City Tour – Yes, it is a tourist attraction, but if you’re a fan of Sex and the City, we hear it’s a blast!

Dinner @ Ilili – The beautiful décor and delicious Mediterranean fare is sure to please.  And, on Sundays you can take advantage of their $38 prix fixe menu.

So what are your favorite NYC spots for a girls weekend? Tell us!

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Black Politicians: What’s Really Going On?


Congressman Charles Rangel

Is it us or have the past couple weeks been a shame spiral for some notable black politicians? Ok, maybe that’s not fair to say as they have yet to be given due process but seriously…what’s with all the scandals? New York Governor David Paterson has been implicated in three separate scandals including alleged domestic abuse, alleged inappropriate interactions with staff (e.g. ka-noodling) and allegedly accepting kick backs a la Yankees World Series Tickets. Yikes! Not to be outdone, Congressman Charles Rangel, who has represented Harlem since 1971, stands accused of falsely disclosing his personal assets, failing to pay federal income taxes on a vacation property, and renting rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem at rates far below market value, despite rules prohibiting House members from accepting gifts that cost above $50.

Al Sharpton and several other prominent activists and black politicians recently gathered in Harlem to demonstrate a showing of support for Governor David Paterson (despite several members of Paterson’s own staff stepping down). If you look at the track record of politicians with salacious scandals, Democrats and Republicans alike, both Gov. Paterson’s and Congressman Rangel’s alleged misgivings could be seen as “politicians as usual”. Chicago Tribune writer Clarence Page addresses the need for black politicians to have high standards during a recent interview on NPR. Some would argue that the historic presence of the first black President brings an incredible amount of scrutiny for all black politicians and consequently an even greater amount of responsibility to display some decorum or “home training” to put it plainly.

What do you think Vyne readers, should black politicians be holding themselves to a higher moral standard with the Obamas in office?

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The Vyne Must Do List: Black History Month


Photo Courtesy of the Atlanta History Center

It’s Black History Month, the month that we celebrate and remember people from the African Diaspora who have made the greatest impact on our country. Below we share some “must do” events this month in a city near you:


Must Watch:
40th NAACP Image Awards, Feb 26th

Must Do in Atlanta:

Atlanta History Center exhibit, “Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits” (through April 25th)

Fine Art + Fashion event for National Black Arts Festival, Thursday, February 25

Must Do in Chicago:
Freedom’s Sisters exhibit at DuSable Museum (through April 4th)

Must Do in Dallas:
Haute Africa Fashion Week, February 24th – 28th

Jazz Saxaphonist Tom Braxton at the Dallas Museum of Art, February 18th

Must Do in DC:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site: Celebrating Frederick Douglass’ 192 birthday, February 14, 12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Must Do in LA:
Celebrating Black History Month Event at the California African American Museum, February 7th

Must Do in New York:
Harlem Opera Theater Concert, February 26th
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – Basie and the Blues, Feb. 11 – 13

Must Do in Philadelphia:

Finding the Children of Slaves: A Generation’s Untold Story
Monday, February 22 at the National Constitution Center

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NY Fashion Week: What’s Coming for Spring 2010


NY Fashion Week 2010NY Fashion Week kicked off on September 10th to reveal what Spring 2010 has to offer. Though there is still one more day to go (it wraps up September 17th), we wanted to show you some of our favorites from the runway:
1. Christian Cota – Photo: Style.com
2. Tracy Reese – Photo: Essence.com
3. Badgley Mischka – Photo: Essence.com
4. Oscar de la Renta – Photo: NYTimes.com
5.  Diane von Furstenberg – Photo: InStyle.com

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