Saturday, December 8, 2007
Oprah publically endorsed Obama today in a rousing speech delivered before a packed auditorium in Iowa. Literally, she tranformed from entertainment mogul to political power player before our eyes. Iowa is a key state in the democratic party primaries and until this evening, Sen. Hillary Clinton hovered above Obama in the Iowan polls. To make matters worse for the Obama camp, lately news networks havebeen providing scant coverage of his campaign, making it appear that he is slowly falling out of national favor against his political rival. Accordingly Obama went for his trump card. Oprah.
Oprah, a woman that literally holds "America" (not just White or Black America) by its heart strings has traditionally shied away from politics. "I only have an hour," she said during her speech this evening as she explained her reluctance to interview polticians on her day-time talk show. "That's not enough time to lift the political vail." Nevertheless, from the early stages of the Obama campaign Oprah has demonstrated her willingness to use her celebrity and astonishing national influence to help the Illinoise senator inch toward victory.
It is a daring move on her part considering that many will be annoyed with her political bearings (especially Hillary Clinton) but I think it demonstrates brilliant career strategy. Oprah entered the air-waves as the non-threatening, over-weight, asexual talk show host who was charming and fun to listen to. Over the years she has become a swan and one of the best dressed and impecably styled women, really, in the World. Not only that she, has challenged her international audience to address such pressing humanitarian issues as genocide, war, and inequalities in our own back yard. Now that she is her own corporation and has amassed a huge fortune and following, she is using her resources to inspire lasting change.
This is really no different than the legacy of Carnergie, or the Bush family or any other mogul turned behind-the-scenes power player who've used their financial independence as a means of power.
Oprah is a role model for Blacks, for women, and for everyone that believes in the ability of one resillient soul to change the world.
She is fly!
More to come on the speech. I'll post it when I find it on-line.
Looks like the list of the 2008 Miss USA contestants is almost complete, and it appears that amongst the hopefuls, there will be four gorgeous Black queens hailing from New York, Texas, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. For Texas Queen Crystle Stewart, her state title was a major victory. She was crowned after 5 attempts in the largest, most competitive state pageant. She was first runner up in both 2006 and 2007! Chelsea Rodgers, DC Queen, also holds the title of Miss Black DC USA and is a recent graduate of Howard Law School.
-withness flyness...and crowns,
Posted is Crystle's coronation in the Miss Texas USA pageant. It was such a great moment. Also, this girl is absolutely stunning and her dress is fly (very similar to Zuleyka Rivera's, Miss Universe 2006). She will definitely be in the top ten.
Friday, December 7, 2007
The actual show begins at 4.27 on the clip.
This product is a serious bang for the buck. Good old Queen Helene. Available at http://www.queenhelene.com/ or at your nearest beauty supply store for $4.60.
Grapes have antioxidant properties that are second to none. Antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals and assist in repairing cellular damage. They are essential to aging gracefully. Common antioxidants are vitamins A, C, E and beta carotene.
Some products that contain wine and grape seed oil are replete with these skin saving properties.
Here' what I like:
Shea Cuvee Body Butter
A moisturizing body butter containing a unique combination of brown sugar, grapeseed oil and white wine, along with shea butter, and vitaminsby the Napa Soap Company. Purchase at Nimly for $20.
Inspired by traditional Japanese bathing techniques, this product incorporates the detoxifying powers of rice, the relaxing effects of ginger and pine, and it contains an infusion of peaches, a beauty tradition taken from the geisha. This product is out of this world, as is the price. $80 at Fresh.
Crushed Cabernet Scrub
Luxuriating blend of grape seed oil, crushed grape seed, brown sugar, acacia honey and essential oils. Purchase at Caudalie for $35.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
-African-American playwright Lynn Nottage to a group of Yale students when asked about her time spent at the Yale School of Drama
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
But since I have neither achieved immense wealth or fame (give me 'till 2011) nor married rich, It's not happening. Stumbled across some fabulous replica's though at http://www.evesaddiction.com/.
This sterling silver peridot bubbles ring retails for $36.
I LOVE how this woman works it. Thank you Sharon for being fierce. Thanks.
The following two words will change your life:
Coined "the ancient drink of health and friendship"mate is a tea that is a staple in South America. Why do I grab this every morning? Because I literally am not the same person without it. Mate energizes the body and stimulates the nervous system. It's sort of like a natural form of adderol, except you don't have to cry ADD to get this. Mate does contain natural caffeine but it also contains liberal amounts of xanthine which increases one's ability to concentrate. (Amazing for a college student slaving over a paper at 4 AM in the morning). So yes, I need this to be on point, but there are so many other health benefits.
- Suppresses appetite and controls metabolism. Used by many for weight control.
- Eases menstrual cramps when drank regularly, and in a major way. (This, for many women, should be a reason for drinking it alone. )
- Strengthens the immune system and the body's ability to heal.
- Fights depression. Literally... makes you feel good.
- Allergy and asthma relief.
- Relieves stress.
- Cleanses colon... yes, some people like to keep it regular.
I've introduced my friends and dad to this and they all say the same thing: What was life before mate?
So next time you feel like making a Starbucks run, op for Mate. You may never turn back.
Here in New Haven it can be purchased at the Koffee 2. It's also sold at places that have extensive tea collections. It can be found at holistic and health food stores and also at Whole Foods. You can also purchase yerba mate on line at http://www.nativayerbamate.com/. This site contains a wealth of additional info about the tea that will change your life.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
NOT anymore. There's a store called United Roots right down the street from Yale's campus that I stumbled into one day, just out of curiosity. To my sensual pleasure, I found over 800 scent types in oil base!!! United Roots carries designer-type scents (Cocomademoiselle, Magnetism, Armani Code, Shalimar Light), essential oils and blends. Every time I go there I stay for over an hour. Oh and prices.... between $5 and $25. Perfume fans, welcome to paradise!
A word of caution: while some scents are enhanced in their oil base (the original base before alcohol is added) others are not. Oil-bases tend to be base-note heavy and they don't have the same dynamic scent-release quality of alcohol bases in which you first smell mostly the top, then the middle, then the base-notes. The oil base tends to flatten the smell. Nevertheless it lasts practically all day, verses 3 to 5 hours, and the little $5 roll-on sticks are perfect for sticking in your evening clutch to freshen up your scent at the end of the night.... or the next morning (a fly diva's got to stay prepared, hehehe).
The website is http://www.unitedroots.com/. The store is located at 49 Orange Street, New Haven CT and there is another at 140 Fairfield Ave. in Bridgeport CT. If you are anywhere near this area, it's worth the trip.
I love the sophistication of this piece. It is simple, elegant, and modest yet still very alluring. The sleeves and high kneck (with pearl details) give it a nice retro 60's feel. Great with these Brian Atwoods I stumbled upon at Saks. Retails for $260 (a steal!) at http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/.
What a dress!! This Marc Jacobs Mini Dress has holiday written all over it because let's be real, it's the only time you can really get a way with the extravagant design. Will show off an amazing pair of legs (and fabulous shoes). Not for the timid. Retails for $548 at http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/.
And the icing on the cake is this sequin dress by Marc Bouwer at Saks fo $548. This dress is fly on top of fly and only for the woman that relishes in attention and wants to be the fiercest woman at the party (hey, it's a worth while goal). And this criss-cross back just says "Watch me as I walk away!" Consider this one for New Years as well. Would be FABOLAH with some Loboutins!!!
Why is she fly? We love her because despite growing up in the lap of luxury, this woman made a name for herself as a top student and a big player in Hollywood. On the red carpet, Miss Hill is always impeccably put together in a classic and elegant ensemble that transcends timely trends. I mean... she's on the INTERNATIONAL BEST DRESSED LIST. Not a game. She has an amazing long and lithe body and radiant skin. Her beauty is enhanced by dancer like poise.We also love that she wrote for two of our fav’ shows; The Cosby Show and a Different World. Miss Hill is worldly, she speaks three languages, and is making a place for women of color in traditionally segregated high society of New York.