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Beats By Dre ad featuring Serena Williams will give you chills September 30, 2014

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Originally posted on theGrio:

Beats By Dre has released an ad featuring Serena Williams that will give you chills.

Posted just one day before her 18th Grand Slam title win at this year’s US Open, the 1 minute and 18 second video promotes the brand’s new wireless headphones.

Serena Williams’ 18 Grand Slam wins

Footage of the No. 1 tennis player in the world training is mixed with flashbacks reminiscent of Williams’ childhood growing up in Compton.

Sunni Patterson’s verse from 2 Chainz’s “Black Unicorn” plays throughout the ad, fueling the inspirational vibe.

Check out the new video and let us know what you think.

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One Woman Finds 100 Stunning Ways To Wear African Fashion

One Woman Finds 100 Stunning Ways To Wear African Fashion.


Absolutely gobsmacked at this … September 22, 2014


I saw this headline:



‘I had a third breast implant so I can turn off men’



… and this was my reaction:






Questions. So many questions. (Not the least of which is where does a 21-year old get $20,000? )

You think adding another boob is gonna make men less interested? Have you not actually met a man? If you really don’t want to date anymore, then why can’t you just decline all dating requests? You’re 21: why are giving up on a romantic life so soon?


Further in the article it says she hopes to parlay this into a reality show. Ahhhh, I see … She just wanted an entrance ticket into the freak show that has become the modern world. She already has a name for it – Jasmine’s Jugs.


Beyond the ridiculousness of the whole thing, I’m sad for her. This is the kind of world we live in where 1) getting a reality show is an actual life goal, 2) adding an extra boob seems like a really good idea 3) this girl seems to feel like all she has to offer is this freakish new attachment.


She says she had to call 50 surgeons before finding one who’d do it, because the others would be “breaking the code of ethics”. Did you not take that as sign that this is not a good thing to do to yourself? And once you found a doctor who didn’t care about ethics, why would you think this was someone trustworthy enough to operate on you?


I am totally at a loss wondering how someone comes up with this. It’s scary and depressing and … it just sounds like bizarre self-esteem issues that have never been addressed. She said she didn’t want men to see her as attractive but she still wanted to feel pretty. I’m … I’m just speechless at this, frankly.





Shonda Rhimes blasts New York Times writer for calling her ‘angry black woman’ September 19, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 5:29 pm

Originally posted on theGrio:

New York Times critic just became enemy number one for Shonda Rhimes.

Friday, Alessandra Stanley penned an article for the New York Times titled, “Wrought in Their Creator’s Image, Viola Davis Plays Shonda Rhimes’s Latest Tough Heroine.”

The review of Shonda Rhimes latest drama, How To Get Away With Murder, began by calling Rhimes an “angry black woman.”

“When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman,’” Stanley wrote.

“On Thursday, Ms. Rhimes will introduce How to Get Away With Murder, yet another network series from her production company to showcase a powerful, intimidating black woman.”

“Ms. Rhimes chose a performer who is older, darker-skinned and less classically beautiful than Ms. Washington, or for that matter Halle Berry, who played an astronaut on the summer mini-series Extant,” Stanley later adds.

Rhimes took to Twitter to dress down…

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Bryan Cranston’s One-Man Baseball Play Inspired By ‘Looney Tunes’ Is Incredible September 17, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 8:59 pm

Originally posted on UPROXX:

cranston yankees

As a pitiful Mets fan, I’ve long since stopped caring about baseball. Sammy Sosa could have returned from the dead and started manning right field for the…wait, he’s not? I don’t believe you. Anyway, I do know the MLB regular season is wrapping up soon, but only because Bryan Cranston told me in a fantastic commercial for the playoffs. It’s more inspiring than a million Derek Jeter speeches.

Come for the Cranston, who’s such a good actor, he got me to pay attention to baseball for five minutes; stay for the references to Looney Tunes.

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Middle school student commits suicide at school

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 2:49 pm

Originally posted on theGrio:

A Florida middle school student committed suicide in the bathroom last week after allegedly enduring bullying from fellow students.

Lamar Hawkins III, 14, used his father’s gun to shoot himself Wednesday at Greenwood Lakes Middle School, reports WESH. The family told the local news station the weapon had been stored properly.

Shaniqua Hawkins, Lamar’s mother, said the family moved from New York to Florida to escape bullying, but it continued despite the move.

Lamar, who was called Shaq by family, had stunted growth. His mother believes this made him an easy target for bullies.

“I felt paralyzed by the inability to make the bullying stop at school,” she told WESH. “I watched him walk out the door of our home and knew there was a very good chance others would be cruel to him.”

Hundreds of community members gathered at a vigil for Hawkins last week.

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First Look: ‘A Different World’ cast talks with Oprah about show’s lasting impact September 16, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 4:25 pm

Originally posted on theGrio:

Oprah Winfrey is reuniting the cast of the groundbreaking television show, A Different World, more than 25 years after its debut.

The Hillman College crew came together for an upcoming episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? on OWN.

The cast reunion includes stars Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Darryl M. Bell, Dawnn Lewis, Cree Summer, Sinbad, and Debbie Allen, sharing how they addressed important life issues in each episode and their favorite memories of six seasons together.

During the interview, the cast opened up about the impact the show has on young viewers some 20 years later.

“To this day still, I’ll be on Twitter and just say that I’m getting together with these guys and everybody goes crazy. You just get a flood of people saying, ‘I wouldn’t have gone to University if it wasn’t for your show,'”said Summer.

WATN, The Lot,

“That’s the genius of Dr. Cosby,” Guy added. “He understood the power of…

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Final Jeopardy – 9/15/14 September 15, 2014

Filed under: Informational,Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 8:12 pm
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The Answer



‘Broken': Tim Roth talks about the modern tale inspired by ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO September 11, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 8:43 pm


Just finished watching this. It’s a beautiful little film and definitely worth viewing.

Originally posted on Inside Movies:

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What if Atticus and Scout Finch were transported to present-day North London? Based on Daniel Clay’s novel, the film adaptation of Broken takes the inspiration of Harper Lee’s American classic to create a compelling portrait of what Scout, Boo Radley, Atticus, and others might look like in modern times. But it’s a less of a reproduction and more of an homage. First-time feature director Rufus Norris weaves a multi-character narrative set around Skunk, portrayed by novice actress Eloise Laurence, a tomboyish 11-year-old diabetic who lives with her father, brother, and nanny on a street full of secrets and sadness. After witnessing her mentally challenged neighbor get beaten to a pulp by another neighbor due to a false accusation, everything spirals out of control for Skunk and the families living in close quarters.

Veteran stage and screen actor Tim Roth plays the empathetic single father in…

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Rosa Parks Archive Heading to Library of Congress September 10, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 1:13 am

Originally posted on Black America Web:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of items from the civil rights figure Rosa Parks that were long kept hidden away in a warehouse will have a new home at the Library of Congress for the next 10 years.

Library officials announced Tuesday night that Howard Buffett, the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, is loaning the entire collection to the world’s largest library.

The collection includes about 1,500 items, including Parks’ personal correspondence and photographs, letters from presidents and her Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal.

Buffett’s foundation bought the Parks archive last month. He told The Associated Press at the time that he planned to give the items to an institution or museum. He said the items belong to the American people.

Some items will be shown in a 2015 exhibit.

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