*Oh man, this is a really tragic. We just recently came to hear about the Ice Bucket Challenge that is taking social media by storm, only to learn that Corey Griffin, one of the men behind the viral charity craze, has drowned.
We’ve seen the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, Iyanla Vanzant,Kerry Washington, Zoe Saldana and all kinds of sports stars and musicians take the challenge that has raised millions of dollars for ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease – which makes this news especially poignant.
Griffin, 27, had just attended a fundraiser for ALS on Friday and helped raise $US100,000 in honor of his friend Pete Frates, whose struggle with the disease inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge and turned it into a viral craze, according to the Boston Globe.
At about 2am, Griffin dove off a building at Straight Wharf in Nantucket before floating to the surface and then sinking without a trace. Continue reading →
*Apparently speaking for a whole lot of women who love fashion, yet would prefer it be in sizes larger than Target is promoting in their newly released lookbook, Chastity Garner from Garner Style has vowed to take her business elsewhere and her #BoycottingTarget movement on social media shows she won’t be going it alone.
The retail giant recently collaborated with designer Joseph Altuzarra, on a new 50-piece collection of clothing that had Garner practically salivating, until she realized none of the sizes were over 16. Continue reading →
*To be able to celebrate your blackness out loud, without feeling the need to conform, justify, downplay or apologize, is a beautiful thing. And contestants in the Miss Black USA Pageant fully embody that spirit.
“Any time you are considered a subculture, it’s important to have your own reward system. If you try to assimilate, you will always be looking for validation from the majority group. That can do damage to your psyche,” says Karen Arrington, who founded the Miss Black USA Pageant. “Miss Black USA contestants celebrate their own unique traits and differences…don’t have to conform to European standards. They define their own standards of beauty, which come in various shades and sizes.” Continue reading →
*The picture alone says a lot about what award-winning actress Halle Berry hopes to achieve with her latest fragrance, “Wild Essence Halle Berry.” With this fragrance the Oscar winner aims to “capture the sensual essence of a women in nature,” and with the help of a sheer, black mesh dress against a jungle backdrop, no less, Berry makes it actually look possible. Continue reading →
According to a new report by the National Center for Education (NCES), the racial landscape of students in the public school system is about to change. Minorities – namely, Hispanics, Asians, African Americans, Native Americans, and multiracial individuals will account for 50.3% of the public school student population. 51% of grade level pre-kindergarten to 8th grade will be minorities and they will make up 48% of 9th to 12th graders. Continue reading →
The U. S. Military has decided to chill out on the restrictions it once had on hairstyles worn generally by African American female soldiers. According to Chuck Hagel, the Secretary of Defense, styles such as the once-banned “two-strand twists” are now acceptable in the Army, Air Force and Navy.
The announcement follows months of fierce backlash.
A letter sent to Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, by Hagel said the military had spent the past three months reviewing the definition of acceptable styles. This led a charge against the military’s decision to ban natural hairstyles like dreadlocks and twists. Continue reading →
*We knew it would only be a matter of time before the Rev. Jesse Jackson weighed in on the killing of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown. Jackson appeared on MSNBC to talk about what was happening in Ferguson. He compared the killing of the unarmed teen to a “state execυtion.”
Jackson posed questions to the viewing audience as he addressed the situation. Continue reading →