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    Last week was a noteworthy one for black female sexuality in the news. On one hand, Vibe’s 2012 Sexy Issue cover story touted as “role models” four female reality television stars who are featured on notoriously violent and sex-driven shows. On the other hand, actress Meagan Good shared in an interview that she’s been practicing celibacy and Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones tweeted that she is a virgin. Vibe readers critiqued the pop culture magazine for its cover story. And, predictably, the public cheered Good and rewarded Jones with a huge overnight bump in her Twitter following.

    SCANDAL - ABC's "Scandal" stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope. (ABC/CRAIG SJODIN) These mainstream offerings may offer a peek through a tiny crack in the bedroom of black women, but it’s a long way from the full-bore reality of our sexual identities and experiences — most often only shared within private sister-girl conversations.

    What we do (and don’t do) with our bodies is a deeply private matter and we are not obligated to shed light on our intimacies for public consumption. But we should ask ourselves why the media tend to depict our sexuality in such extremes.

    Even within those extremes, the portrayals are very shallow. Why is there so little examination of the life experiences, beliefs and behaviors that lead some black women to be promiscuous and others to be celibate?

    Too often, we’re characterized as pathologically hypersexual creatures who are incapable of taming our emotional and physical dependence on men. Our abstinence is presented as a superhuman, radical break from the norm, one made only by devout Christians — when factors such as sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy and infidelity make it a far more commonplace choice than the public realizes.

    Are all of the nuances in between those two options too boring to keep audiences engaged? Are there not enough writers and filmmakers of color empowered to show the full range of black female sexuality? Do we perpetuate the problem by buying into the same recycled images?

    Isn’t it time for us to overcome our fears of societal stigmatization and judgment related to our intimate choices — fears based in history — and take part in shaping our sexual image? Isn’t it time to start holding others accountable, too, for our debasement in the public eye?

    Some bloggers are already doing this in writing about Shonda Rhimes’s new hit show “Scandal.” True, many seem unequivocally enchanted with lead character Olivia Pope — played by Kerry Washington. But there are also those who find the hot and heavy sex scenes between her and Fitz Grant, a married man who also happens to be the president of the United States, problematic.

    Drawing a comparison with Thomas Jefferson (Fitz is white) and Sally Hemings, Stacia L. Brown says in an article in Clutch Magazine that she finds herself “distracted by this idea that, for all her gutsy unflappable-ness, and for all her intimidating, unflinching command in the face of an employee or opponent, the married president happens to be her weakness.”

    While many have called this comparison a leap, I get why some writers have gone there as a point of criticism. Olivia is a black woman that gets the job done and commands respect. There’s a lot to like about her dance with professional and personal perfection. But the one thing that constantly reminds viewers of her flawed humanity is a man. A man who rules the free world — but a married man nonetheless.

    And that’s where it gets messy. While some, like Ebony contributing reporter Patrice Peck, argue that Olivia’s “blatant disregard for political and social realities when it comes to matters of the heart” provides escapist, fantasy-world entertainment, there are others, myself included, who think that it’s a taste of familiar medicine.

    Once again, it’s not enough for a black woman to be brilliant and powerful, living out her sexuality in the ways that millions of other women like her do daily. That’s never enough — for some reason. She must be sexually deviant.

    But mainstream media have not been completely bereft of role models.

    Twenty years ago, the film “Boomerang,” starring Eddie Murphy, gave the world a taste of a 1992 Olivia Pope. Her name was Jacqueline (played by Robin Givens) and she was the quintessential alpha woman. The difference between Olivia and Jacqueline is that Jacqueline not only handled business in the boardroom, but she could also keep things in perspective in the bedroom.

    Jacqueline felt empowered to walk away from her sexual intimacies emotionally intact; she knew how not to get “messy” when there was no hope of a future with her partner. I’m not in favor of being too emotionally detached, but Jacqueline was the sort of sexually smart and self-possessed black woman rarely seen in popular culture — yet out there in reality.

    Many of us are yearning to see our sexual selves more thoughtfully portrayed within mainstream media. But by watching these television shows and movies, we are co-signing on these recycled portrayals rather than supporting and creating alternatives.

    We have some serious work to do toward truth-telling, beginning with ourselves. Maybe this will lead us to the place where we collectively resist cultural abasement and self-abasement and demand that Hollywood stop sticking to these stereotypical scripts.

    As consumers of popular culture, we can all stand to learn a lesson or two from Jacqueline about knowing when our needs aren’t being met and when the time has come to walk away.


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  • 06/04/12--07:23: Celebrity picture post
  • Lana Del Rey and Jaime King

    Ashley Benson at Chateau Marmont

    Janice Dickinson

    Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne at the 2012 Miss USA Competition at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas.

    Alyson Hannigan

    Rosie Huntington Whiteley

    Bella Thorne

    Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian

    Kim Kardashian attends the opening of Kardashian Khaos, a new celebrity lifestyle boutique, at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

    Adrien Brody in Paris

    Sofia Vergara

    Alexandra Burke at GAY

    Kimberly Stewart and Delilah (who's dad is Benicio del Toro)

    Sharon Stone and Gwen Stefani at the A Time for Heroes Celebrity Picnic

    Nicki Minaj


    Kate Middleton with Prince William and Harry at the royal jubilee celebration

    Jay-Z posed for a photo with wife Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Gwyneth Paltrow, Spike Lee and producer The Dream on Friday in Paris at the Watch the Throne Concert

    Eva Longoria filming an commercial for Lays

    Audrina Patridge at Simon G. Jewellery Summer Soiree Las Vegas,

    Julie Bowen at 16th Annual Global Green USA Millennium Awards

    Eva Mendes

    Phoebe Tonkin - Bing Summer of Doing Kickoff in Los Angeles 


    Mel B

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    Tom Felton and Elizabeth Olsen went old schooled on the set of their upcoming thriller "Therese Raquin". The two were photographed donning all-out period costumes when shooting a scene for the Charlie Stratton-directed movie in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday, June 3.

    Ditching his signature blond locks, the Draco Malfoy of the "Harry Potter" film series was snapped sporting darker hair and rocking a long-sleeved shirt that he paired with a black vest and brown trousers. At one point, he was spotted taking some pictures of the location with his phone.

    Elizabeth, on the other hand, looked gorgeous in a dark-colored ball gown with a lace collar. Also spotted on the set was Jessica Lange, who looked pretty in a dark brown period dress that she paired with a matching cape and a plaited bag.

    Set in the 1867 Paris, "Therese Raquin" follows young Therese (Elizabeth) who is forced by her aunt Madamme Raquin (Jessica) into a loveless marriage to her sick, spoiled first cousin (Tom). Therese soon becomes obsessed with her husband's friend Laurent (Oscar Isaac) and is pulled into a devastating affair with him that unravels all of their lives.

    Along with Laurent, Therese then murders her husband. However, as she finally gets married to her lover, she is haunted by the ghost of her dead husband. The situation soon ruins her marriage life and poisons her love into all-consuming hatred.

    Acclaimed theater director Stratton provides the screenplay in addition to serving behind the lens. Also supporting the forthcoming movie are Shirley Henderson, Matt Lucas and Mackenzie Crook. The flick still hasn't got a U.S. release date.


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    The first official photo from Iron Man 3 has been released by Marvel! Take a gander:

    Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios release “Marvel’s The Avengers,” production on the highly anticipated film “Iron Man 3,” directed by Shane Black, has commenced in Wilmington, North Carolina. The production schedule will also include locations in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Miami, Florida; and China.

    Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Iron Man 3” returns Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic super hero character Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Gwyneth Paltrow (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,”) as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle (“Iron Man 2”) as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) as Happy Hogan. Set for release in the U.S. on May 3, 2013, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” marks the second feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.

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    Universal released the first TV spots for The Bourne Legacy, out August 3rd.

    The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films.

    For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.


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    I like that they played something other than We Are Young. Plus One Foot is one of my favorte song of theirs.


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    With Will Smith back on top of the box office thanks to Men In Black 3, reminding everyone what a refreshing screen presence he can be, we should probably all be paying a little more attention to his next film After Earth, in which he co-stars opposite his son Jaden. And the reunion of the Smith men-- they co-starred in The Pursuit of Happyness, you may remember-- isn't even the most intriguing part of this sci-fi project. It's also the next film from M. Night Shyamalan, who turned a Best Director nomination for The Sixth Sense into an increasingly baffling and critically maligned career, ending with 2010's The Last Airbender, a critical disaster that nonetheless made $319 million worldwide.

    That kind of cash has allowed Shyamalan another big budget for After Earth, which stars both the elder and younger Smith as a father and son who crash land on an alien planet somewhere in the distant future. At some point it becomes a coming-of-age saga, with Jaden forced to step up to the plate and rescue his father-- and from the way Shyamalan has been describing the film in fairly detailed updates on his Twitter feed, it's much more Jaden's film than Will's. Describing how many set-ups he shoots a day, Shyamalan said it was " pretty much 10 shots. 8 with Jaden, 2 without." He also got into detail about the process of sending out shots for CGI completion, even while he was still in the process of editing. Here are a couple of tweets, put into proper order, explaining how strange that must be:


    No matter what you think of his recent output of films, Shyamalan is a really lovely and gracious presence on Twitter, interacting frequently with his fans, bringing up aspects of filmmaking you'd never even think about being frustrating, and even having a little mini-conversation with Darren Aronofsky, who you can imagine he met back when they were both the promising up-and-comers in the late 90s. I've definitely added Shyamalan to my Twitter feed thanks to this, and here's hoping all this enthusiasm here translates to a solid final product when After Earth opens in theaters next year. 


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    A Tumblr user going by "massive-hiddles-fan" has apparently obtained access to Tom Hiddleston's personal Facebook account and has posted numerous private photos of the actor with friends and family to Tumblr. It all started with this seemingly innocuous message...

    Then all hell broke loose.

    (the link leads [or used to lead] to Tom's FB page)

    Even after the fandom blew up and demanded their head on a spike, they weren't done:

    And the hacker remains an unremorseful asshole.

    The majority of his fans on Tumblr and Twitter are echoing sentiments of invasion of privacy and general douchebaggery. Many fans have Tweeted to Tom (@twhiddleston) apologizing for the disrespectful minority and a campaign has been started to block and report "massive-hiddles-fan" to Tumblr staff for abuse but the blog remains open as this post is being written.

    UPDATE: massive-hiddles-fan has now deleted their blog, I guess I slept through it. The last I checked they had their ask box open and the amount of hate mail they were getting was spectacular. They claimed to not have "hacked" Tom's FB and said they were a "mutual friend" but didn't explain more. Sorry I don't have screencaps of this, if anyone does I'll add them to the post.

    UPDATE 2: I deleted a couple of the screencaps, I feel too guilty about spreading his pics even if they aren't the originals. I just read that it was his PR that shut down the blog that posted them in the first place (not confirmed though) and I don't want to contribute and be another source of a headache for Tom/his team. Not very ONTDish of me, I know, sorry.

    Source: - Original poster no longer there, now a placeholder account.
    The TH tag on Tumblr with everyone's reactions [x] and on Twitter [x] [x]

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  • 06/05/12--09:26: ONTD Roundup
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    Producers Debbie Bisno, Fox Theatricals and Paula Wagner announced June 4 that Craig Wright's Grace will begin a limited Broadway engagement Sept. 14 at a Shubert theatre to be announced.

    Directed by Dexter Bullard (Tracy Letts’ Bug), the cast will include stage and screen star Paul Rudd, Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington and seven-time Emmy winner Edward Asner.

    Opening night is set for Oct. 4.

    The play, according to press notes, asks, "Are we in control of our lives or is there something else at work? With a grippingly innovative dramatic structure, Grace follows a wide-eyed young couple (Rudd & Arrington) as they start a new life in sunny, promise-filled Florida, with big plans to open a chain of Gospel motels. An agitated neighbor (Shannon) and a caustic exterminator (Asner) complete the eclectic foursome as destinies collide in this intensely entertaining and suspenseful journey to the edge of your seat."

    Grace premiered to critical acclaim at The Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, DC, in 2004, and was subsequently seen in a celebrated production at Northlight Theater in Chicago, and at the Pasadena Playhouse in Los Angeles (where it received three LA Drama Critics Circle Awards including Best Play).

    Paul Rudd made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning The Last Night of Ballyhoo in 1997 and has since starred in Twelfth Night (1998), Three Days of Rain (2006) and Off-Broadway in The Shape of Things (2001), among many other stage productions. Kate Arrington, who is currently appearing at the Goodman Theatre in Iceman Cometh opposite Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, is a Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member, whose productions there include The Hot L Baltimore, The Well-Appointed Room, The Pain and the Itch and The Violet Hour. Edward Asner last appeared on Broadway in 1989, opposite Madeline Kahn in Born Yesterday.

    This production marks the Broadway debuts of playwright Wright, director Bullard and actor Shannon, who have a 15-plus year history of collaboration in the theatre on works including, most recently, Mistakes Were Made.

    Theatre, design team and ticket information will be announced at a later date. Visit

    just started reading this yesterday and I find it personally offensive that michael's face will be obscured with scar makeup for the entirety of this play. YES at michael's broadway debut and craig wright though.

    Source: Playbill

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    Cheering on their favorite hockey team, the stars of Tinseltown hit up the Staples Center on Monday night (June 4) to watch the Los Angeles Kings play game three of the Stanley Cup Finals.

    Having become quite the avid fan of the icebound sport, new mommy Miss Duff tweeted her excitement during the course of the contest, writing, “Kings are killing it!!!! Go kings go!!!!!”

    ET Interviews Hilary over the weekend at a charity event

    Hilary Duff is oozing the new mom glow from every pore since giving birth to son Luca Cruz slightly over two months ago. Controversial parenting styles, slimmed down mommas, and pricy magazine covers have been making global news headlines recently. The grown up child star spoke candidly about her maternal instincts.

    "I personally won't be breastfeeding my child that long," she told ETonline in comparison to the now-famous Time magazine cover, "but I don't have judgment towards anyone how they want to do it. It's their family, their rules." The first-time mommy has embraced advice from her mom, pediatrician, and books, but is sure to tailor everything to the perfect fit for her baby.

    Baby Luca sure is the center of attention in the Duff family. Aside from bonding with his mom and grandma, he has a very special, affectionate aunt. Sister Haylie Duff "is very greedy," Hilary teased. But, when things get smelly and dirty, Luca is handed back to his mommy. "I don't think [Haylie] loves diaper changing," Hilary laughed.

    The extra helping hands give Hilary a little time off to hit the gym. Motivated to shed the baby weight, she realizes it may not be realistic for her to drop 60 pounds as quickly as Beyonce. "I'm really impressed by her," she complimented. "It's different than losing weight than if you've just gained weight and you're trying to lose. Having a baby, your body purposely puts that weight on and it takes nine months to get there and it definitely takes a lot of hard work to get it off."

    Channeling her own energized Sasha Fierce, Hilary is relying on spinning, circuit training, and pilates four times per week. At a recent concert, music superstar Beyonce told the crowd she's limited herself to lettuce, while Hilary is carefully monitoring her own balanced diet that is high in protein with plenty of fruits and vegetables.

    One of the first major decisions a celebrity parent is faced with is to sell or not to sell the lucrative first baby pic. Last week, Jessica Simpson landed the People cover with her firstborn daughter for a reported $800,000. Hilary chose to Tweet Luca's portrait for no profit.

    "We got the offers to do the magazine covers as well and I have no judgment towards that in any way, especially if they're giving the money to charity," she explained. "It was controlled by me and there wasn't a big crew in my house doing it right in his face as a little baby. It was important for us to just do it quietly and naturally and not make a big deal of it." Resolute in offering her son a normal childhood, Hilary said she and husband Mike Comrie will move the family out of Hollywood if the paparazzi become too invasive on their privacy.

    On What is her main focus besides Luca?

    "Music is my main focus right now, I'm hoping to have something out by the end of the year. Meeting with writers and producers this week I'm so nervous!" Hilary says it will be "pop-dance music that makes you feel good and sends a positive message."


    I'm glad she is slowly getting herself out there, can't wait for the album!

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    "True Blood" Season 5 is almost upon us. It premieres on HBO on June 10 and Zap2it got a chance to chat with some of the cast at the premiere. We spoke to returning fan favorite Denis O'Hare who plays Russell Edgington and found out what's different about him this time around.

    We asked when he knew he was coming back. "I found out at the end of last season," he says. "And then we started talking about it in fall. I was doing a play in New York, so we had to fit it in. I was actually, on my day off, flying in here and shooting, then flying back to do my show."

    So, what's changed this time around? O'Hare says we're going to see a kinder, gentler vampire. "Russell is different this season. I wouldn't say he's mellower, but he's surprising. And there are aspects of his personality that are out this season that weren't out before. He's still angry and he's still crazy, but he's looking towards the long haul, and he's looking to be happy. And what's going to make him happy?"

    Well, it might be a new man. Russell has a new sweetie this season. O'Hare says, "The new sweetie is somewhere here tonight. I just saw him. That's all I can say." Care to speculate on which cast member it will be?

    O'Hare says he's heavily involved with the Vampire Authority this season. "There is going to be a moment when they have to make peace with each other and it happens in a really surprising way that they confront each other," he says. At this point, Michael McMillian who plays Steve Newlin (now newly turned vampire) appeared to express his love for O'Hare. The two bantered, but confirmed that Newlin isn't the new love interest.

    Are you guys ready for Season 5? Give us your picks for Russell's new sweetie below.


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  • 06/05/12--10:25: ☉ MUSIC VIDEO ROUNDUP ☉
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    vid switched to HQ, sorry guise.  also hi [info]pecoe

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  • 06/05/12--11:00: Lauren Conrad doing things.

  • 10 Questions with Lauren Conrad!
    1. Who’s your celeb girl crush?
    Conrad: Hmm, I don’t have one. Maybe I need to work on this as I get asked this question a lot.
    2. Must-have product?
    Conrad: Moroccan oil. I love it for hair, but you can use it on just about anything from cuticles to your face.
    3. Must-have attribute in a man?
    Conrad:Sense of humor.
    4. Best lesson your mom ever taught you?
    Conrad: To take the high road.
    5. Dream pet to own?
    Conrad: I already have her, my dog Chloe.
    6. Coolest item you have in your home?
    Conrad: I have a blush-colored velvet-tufted couch in my room. I love it. It feels so old Hollywood to me.
    7. One way you’ve gone green lately?
    Conrad: Designing sustainable bags with Blue Avocado. They come out this summer and I am really excited.
    8. Your weakness food?
    Conrad: Pizza
    9. Fitness/nutrition statement to live by?
    Conrad: Always carry healthy snacks like nuts or an apple (I eat one almost every day). You cheat the most when you are hungry so snack throughout the day on healthier snacks.
    10. Best chick-on-a-budget tip?
    Conrad: Invest in timeless accessories like a designer bag that isn’t overly trendy or a great pair of platforms and save the bargaining for the trendier pieces.


    Lauren Conrad Getting Starbucks With A Friend

    An interview with the very fashionable LC.
    Run us through a typical day for you?
    Typically I get up and write in the morning when it is quiet and my head is clear. I then go to my Paper Crown offices to go over designs, sketches, patterns and take meetings. Depending on the day I may have outside meetings for my Kohl’s line or for my books.

    What wardrobe pieces should every girl have in their closet this season?
    For summer, something with colour or print.

    Where is the best city in the world to shop?
    I love shopping in any city and love the different style takes you see between LA, NY, Chicago, Paris etc. Every city brings its own style and flair.

    Do you have any money-saving style tips for us?
    You can never go wrong with basics and neutrals. Start with those key items and build on those with pops of colour and accessories.
    Here are my top tips:

    • 1. can’t afford a ton of new clothes? Accessories are cheap and can make an outfit.
    • 2. Mix high-end with low-end, like a designer skirt with a tank top or a designer top with affordable jeans. I live in Urban Outfitters jeans.
    • 3. Invest in four black basics: slacks, heels, a blazer, and a high-waisted skirt.
    • 4. Use a tailor. You can find designer pieces for a steal that are off in size and spend £10 to get them altered so they fit right.
    • 5. Don’t follow trends blindly. If you like a certain trend put your own twist on it.
    • 6. Invest in a good pair of shoes and just get them resoled every once in a while.
    I have just finished reading L.A Candy, I loved it! What made you decide to branch out into becoming a writer?
    I have always loved reading and when the opportunity presented itself for me to author my own novels I wanted to take that challenge. It has been a wonderful experience.

    Your new book, The Fame Game, is about a bad girl who loves to cause drama on her reality show. Does any of that draw on your time in Hollywood?
    There are elements that I pull from everyday experiences in the reality world, but this book is very much fiction and not really based on one particular person or situation.

    Finally, what does the future hold for you – any exciting plans, developments?
    Currently I continue to design for Paper Crown and LA Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s. I have two more books coming out this October and I also continue to run my websites. There are other projects that I’m working on but I can’t talk about them right now!

    Lauren at LAX.

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    A note to Asian models looking for work: send resumes to Giorgio Armani.

    Of the 185 models strutting Armani’s fall and winter collections at the Italian fashion house’s runway show in Beijing Thursday, almost two-thirds were Asiana remarkable figure in an industry that has long cast aside Asian models or employed them pointedly for diversification purposes.

    The Milan-based company, one of the first major fashion companies to tap an Asian model for its ads, is using more Eastern faces to debut its collections as it realizes that Asian consumers, Chinese in particular, are determining its fate. Last year, Louis Vuitton launched an ad campaign that featured an Asian man, Taiwanese-Canadian actor Godfrey Gao, for the first time.

    OP's note: Godfrey Gao was the first Asian male face for a Louis Vuitton ad. 

    China is poised to become one of the world’s biggest fashion markets, driving 30% of the market’s growth over the next five years, according to market research firm Boston Consulting Group. Sales of clothing in China rose to 460 billion yuan (US$73 billion) in 2011, up 15% from a year earlier, according to the group, and are projected to exceed 800 billion yuan by 2015.

    OP's note: 101 celebrities paid money to promote joined Louis Vuitton's Grand Opening in Taipei 101 this year.

    That explains why a spate of fashion companies has been showing off wares in the country recently, bringing in top stars to lure in consumers who are just learning about designer clothing. It also accounts for the recent rise in demand for Asian models.

    OP's note: Lui Wen was the first Asian model on the Victoria's Secret fashion walks. 

    Armani, which is known for its epic-long fashion events, trumpeted its fall and winter Emporio Armani collection by bringing in singers Mary J. Blige and Tina Turner and Chinese actresses Shu Qi, Fan Bingbing and Gui Lunmei to Beijing’s 798 art district. The company aims to maintain growth rates in China, where sales last year jumped 45%.


    NC's note: It certainly is great to see more models of colour on the catwalk but it's disheartening (and unsurprising) that this trend has been motivated not by the tackling of racial prejudice in the fashion industry but rather its pursuit of financial expansion. 

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    Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Voices Absent In Gwyneth Paltrow’s N-Word Fiasco

    As Gwyneth Paltrow defends her decision to use the word “ni**as” in a tweet, we need to first acknowledge an important fact: When Jay-Z and Kanye West decide to name a song “Ni**as in Paris,” we are all going to find ourselves in some uncomfortable situations when the song title comes up in everyday conversation.

    When she attended the Watch the Throne concert in Paris with her best friend Beyonce and Beyonce’s Destiny’s Child bandmate Kelly Rowland, Paltrow got a chance to dance onstage with Beyonce’s hubby Jay-Z and Kanye West. An excited Gwyneth later tweeted photos of the event with the caption, “ni**as in paris for real.”

    As a storm of criticism grew, Gwyneth responded with another tweet: “Hold up. It’s the title of the song!”

    Gwyneth, who even brought her young children to watch “Uncle Jay” last month, finds herself embroiled in a scenario that has become all too common to those black people who have had close friends of other races—particularly for the generations who have grown up in the throes of hip hop and its free usage of the n-word. Comedians like Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock have had lots of fun painting exactly the picture Gwyneth is now starring in—the one where a white hip hop fan has to figure out how to rap along to Snoop Dog or Jay-Z in mixed company without using the n-word.

    In recent years, the black community has tried to enforce the credo: We can use it, but you can’t. But that gets more complicated and more difficult to police when major mainstream celebrities like Jay-Z and Kanye use the word in their song titles. Perhaps it might be time for the black community to get together and come up with some new rules for the n-word that can then be distributed to the rest of society so we can all be clear. On this list of new rules, when the n-word is used in a song title for artists who are playing to mammoth arenas where the vast majority of the fans are white, n-word exceptions might need to be made.

    One question: When will her homies Beyonce, Jay-Z and Kelly come to Gywneth’s defense?

    So, I had someone ask why did I make this post and request that I delete it to abort the mess the comments in the first post. While I'm sure the request to delete it was an exaggeration, I explained that this article provides a good context within which this issue can be discussed. Quite honestly, the commenters are the only reason I read ONTD because I couldn't gives a fuck less about the lives of most celebrities. The comments in ONTD are generally intelligent, displaying a mix of profound experience, introspection, and academic learning in an approachable manner that forwards conversation on a topic. On that note, as I read through some of the comments I was truly impressed - people were saying some great things and, in this large post, I felt the need to highlight some of them.

    See the original post here.
    Atlanta Black Star

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    Vanity Fair July 2012 Scans aka photographs

    Goshhhhh *__* amazing!

    the most gorgeous pic ever!

    damn gurl WERQ!

    MTV Movie Awards 2012

    Zathura reunion fuck yeah!

    Panic Room reunion double fuck yeah <3

    pretty ladies ^^

    source | source
    love this girl <3

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