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Black Style: Michelle Fenty

In Fashion on June 21, 2009 at 12:53 am


Michelle Fenty's fashion sense is profiled in the Huffington Post.

Michelle Fenty's fashion sense is profiled in the Huffington Post.

 The Huffington Post’s Style section has been a great resource for covering the Obama women’s (Michelle and members of the administration) style sense.  The paper has covered Michelle Fenty before, but this is a more recent article on her style choices.  She has a very natural, unfussy look a la Joy Bryant.  I love it.  As a fan of Ms. Fenty’s style (and the fact that she is an HBCU grad, extremely smart woman and working mom), here are a few (past) articles on all there is to love about Ms. Fenty.

Inching into the Public Eye“-  Washington Post
Staff Bio– Perkins Coie
Michelle Fenty Feels at Home with Women in Power“- Politico 
Working Women: Michelle Fenty“- ABC 7 News


“The Obama Effect” on Test Scores?, An Underdog Congressional Candidate and Justice in Nigeria (?)

In Business, Global, U.S. on June 10, 2009 at 1:21 am

nigeria flares

Dr. Ray Friedman of Vanderbilt University claims that black students achieved higher scores on standardized tests after Obama’s achievements during the presidential election.  Dr. Joshua Aronson of NYU thinks it’s all bull.  What’s the truth?

Underdog congressional race candidate Anthony Woods is a young African-American, an Iraqi veteran, and a Harvard grad.  He’s also openly gay and opposed to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.  Can he win the California 10th district seat?

After more than 10 years of legal battles, Shell has agreed to a $15.5 million settlement to benefit the Ogani community in Nigeria.  Shell was sued by Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr., the father of an environmental activist hanged in Nigeria. The company is accused of ordering the execution of  his father, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and other non-violent human rights activists in the country who protested the company’s environmental practices.

News and Culture Links

In Fashion, U.S. on June 9, 2009 at 12:23 am



Bethann Hardison is featured in the current ( and beautiful) issue of Arise Magazine, along with Spike Lee and a feature on the new class of young, global Africans referred to as Afropolitans. I found my copy at Barnes & Noble.


Make Fetch Happen features some of the newest ads and editorials featuring black models including Britain’s Jordan Dunn in the new Yves Saint Laurent men’s fragrence ad above. 


The Boston Globe has an article on Chanequa Campbell, a black Harvard senior who is being barred from graduation due to the school linking her to the recent murder of a young man on the campus.  NewsOne questions why the Black Harvard community is staying silent on the issue.


The Root takes on the black civil rights community’s silence on the abortion debate and Dr. Tiller’s murder.

Defending Rap Music

In Entertainment on June 8, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Throwback video from Chris Rock’s Never Scared performance in Washington, D.C.  I randomly thought of it as I was listening to Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” single.  My mother finds the unedited version extremely offensive and as I began to defend some of the lyrics (“That’s only one part of the song!  He’s not talking just about sex!”), I instantly thought of Chris Rock’s monologue about defending rap music.

As I’ve gotten a little older, I’ve actually started to appreciate hip-hop more.  I never really listened to it or got into the culture but somehow I’ve started to gravitate toward the music- downloading mix tapes and researching up-and-coming artist(s). However, as a young, African-American female (raised in the Catholic school system) the lyrics of today’s artists sometimes make me cringe.  

Am I advocating artists stifling the creative process and censoring their work?  No, but couldn’t Drake just as easily have said, “Baby, you’re the best” as opposed to “You the f*****in’ best?” I think soo… I love the radio version of the song, the album version I play a little less frequently.  

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President Obama’s Speech

In Foreign Affairs on June 4, 2009 at 10:02 am


Can be found here.

President Obama touches down in Saudi Arabia

In Foreign Affairs on June 3, 2009 at 8:29 am


Coverage on Obama’s trip into the Middle East and Europe.

Huffington Post Coverage- “Obama Lands in Riyadh”
Arab News- “Obama’s Visit to the Kingdom Evokes Hope for the Future”
NY Times- “As Obama Begins Trip, Arabs Want Israeli Gesture”
Al Jezeera English – “Obama Begins Middle East Tour”

Voices Of Power: Jarrett on Her Relationship with the President – washingtonpost.com

In government, Uncategorized, Women on June 2, 2009 at 8:40 am

Obama Governors

The oh-so- glamorous Valerie Jarrett speaks to the Washington Post about her role in the White House and her relationship with the Obama family.

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Arthur Ashe School: The New Class

In Global, Sports on June 1, 2009 at 11:32 pm


French player Gael Monfils has shoved Andy Roddick out of the French Open

French player Gaël Monfils has shoved Andy Roddick out of the French Open

In between classes one day I turned on the French Open just in time to see French men’s tennis player Josselin Ouanna on the tube winning a match. In the stands watching was his friend Gaël Monfils who the sportscaster mentioned as being another French tennis player.  After mentioning my discovery on my Facebook page, my boyfriend asked why I wasn’t interested in researching Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga.  This was my introduction to the new class of black tennis players.   I’m ashamed to say that my knowledge of these young men is minimal.  The last young black male tennis player I was able to name was James Blake and I haven’t been following his career in a while. So for those of you who are in the same boat, I’ve put together a collection of articles for you.  An introduction to the new class of black tennis players.


Name: Josselin Ouanna

Age: 23

Born: Tours France / Current Residence: Suresnes, France


Wikipedia profile
Player Profile– ATP
French don’t fare well at French Open – LA Times
Josselin Ouanna strikes blow for French Evolution – Times Online

tsongaName: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Age: 24

Birthplace:  Le Mans, France  / Current Residence: La Rippe, Switzerland


Wikipedia page 
Player Profile– ATP
Tsonga, Monfils spark hopes– The Sydney Morning Herald
High-flying Frenchmen the toast of Roland Garros– USA Today 

 gmName: Gaël Monfils

Age: 22

Born: Paris, France  /  Current Residence: Nyon, Switzerland


Wikipedia page
Player Profile– ATP
Roddick loses to Monfils in 4th round of French – The Associated Press
Monfils Rolls Over Roddick– New York Times