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Defending Desiree

In government on December 9, 2009 at 11:38 pm

The Black Socialite has an excellent op-ed piece about the recent brouhaha concerning Desiree Rogers and the media’s attempt to “put her in her place”.  For the most part, I found that the article was wonderfully written.  It seems quite evident that the media (including, unfortunately, some blacks in the media) cannot seem to handle the fact that Ms. Rogers is talented, smart, rich, and beautiful.  Now, considering the economic climate Ms. Rogers must be careful to balance her love of fashion with the need to be sensitive to the current financial pressures that many Americans are facing.  However, the current crisis with the White House Party crashers was a security issue, first and foremost, that has nothing to do with Ms. Rogers as a person, only with her understanding of proper White House party-planning protocol.

My only critique of the article is The Black Socialite’s statement that ” So, if you truly support this Administration… criticize in private and praise publicly.”  Ladies and gentleman, we cannot be equal in some ways and not be equal in others.   Petty gossip and unwarranted negativity whose purpose is to tarnish the image of a kind of African-Americans we rarely see in this country is one thing.  Questions concerning protocol, policy, and propriety are another.  We should hold this administration to the same standards we would any other. However, I understand Black Socialite’s call to not stand for those in the media who continue to try to tear down members of our community who we should above all continue to be proud of and promote.


President Obama Wins the Nobel Prize! Coverage

In Foreign Affairs, government, U.S. on October 9, 2009 at 7:32 am


Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize-  [Huffington Post]
Praise and Skepticism Greet Obama Nobel award- [Reuters]
Analysis: Obama’s Nobel honors promise, not action- [Associated Press
Syria Reacts Warmly to Obama Peace Prize- [Wall Street Journal]
The First Draft: What was the Nobel committee thinking?- [Reuters Blogs


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

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

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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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Passing the Torch: First Black President Nominates Potential First Hispanic Supreme Court Justice

In government, Uncategorized, Women on May 26, 2009 at 5:34 pm


Many Latino voters were disappointed with number of Latinos in the Obama administration. But the President has “redeemed” himself with his selection of the “qualified” Sonia Sotomayor.  Complementing her three decade career, President Obama pointed out and praised Sotomayor’s “depth of experience and breadth of perspective”.  

Though some in the GOP has been quick to label her as someone from the “far left” and even “racist“, some in the party are (such as John McCain) are promising a fair confirmation hearing.  Any harsh attacks on the nominee could result in further alienating the fastest growing demographic in the country (67% of Hispanics voted for Obama) and women.  Softening their stance against her can alienate the old-guard of the party.  Look forward to an interesting confirmation process.

Sotomoyor Wikipedia Page

CNN – Partisan Confirmation hearings expected for Sotomayor

Miami Herald- NY Judge Rises from Projects to the Supreme Court

Capital File Magazine Profiles Social Secretary Desiree’ Rogers and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett

In government, U.S., Women on May 25, 2009 at 7:54 pm

As someone who will be heading to Washington, D.C. in about a year after completing my M.A. program, I have really taken to D.C.’s social magazines. Capital File and Washington Life are websites I frequently visit.  I also love DC blogs such as Capital Hill Style and Off the Cuff, and I check out Washingtonian Magazine as well when I want to read about local real estate, restaurants, and other things.

The Capital File Summer Issue has a beautiful spread of Desiree’ Rogers and Valerie Jarrett and the interview can be read here.  The article features a “day in the life” of both women and highlights them in high-end fashion.  Read it it for your daily dose of inspiration.

VOGUE profile on Dr. Susan Rice

In Foreign Affairs, Global, government, U.S., Women on May 25, 2009 at 6:43 pm


With previous profiles on Desiree’ Rogers, Valerie Jarrett, and of course, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vogue Magazine is becoming the place to go to  check out the “Black Cabinet”.  Though Vogue is still on probationary status (along with Vanity Fair, most recent offense here), the magazine is taking a step in the right direction.