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Monday, December 20, 2010

ABC Family's Greek's Amber Stevens returns for a new season

Most recently, Amber could be seen in the cheerleading movie "Fired Up." She also played a supporting role as a cheerleader in "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift." Her TV credits include "CSI" and "Complete Savages," along with an appearance on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson."

Amber's talents extend beyond acting: She's sung backup vocals on "American Idol" with such artists as Gladys Knight. She performs around L.A. and has started to record demo tracks that feature her own lyrics and vocals. In addition to her TV and film credits, she's landed national ad campaigns for Old Navy, Verizon, and Payless, and is the face of Soulmates clothing.
Born and raised in Southern California, Amber graduated from Beverly Hills High School as Student Body President. She's very close to her younger sister, who she considers her best friend. In her spare time, Amber enjoys writing music, cooking, and spending time with her family and her dog.
ABC Family.




They co-star off camera and fans will see real life couple Amber Stevens and her boyfriend Andrew West on-camera as well. West spoke about his five-episode run on the hit show and dropped a hint about his new project, Rockville, CA, while Stevens chimed in as they cuddled and looked impossibly attractive last Sunday at the 19th Annual Night of 100 Stars Oscar party at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
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Monday, December 13, 2010

New Season of Football Wives on VH1 - Dawn Neufeld's Big Day!

 Dawn worries about her husband Ryan being cut from his team, and the financial hardship that would result. Last time he was out of the game nearly led to their divorce. Ryan has a plan up his sleeve, however, and surprises Dawn with a 10-year vow renewal. The women are all there to support, minus Pilar, which creates more tension. To let off some steam, the women decide to head to NYC for some shopping and partying.




Wife of Tight End Ryan Neufeld, 7-year veteran with Dallas, Jacksonville, Buffalo

College sweethearts Dawn and Ryan have been married for 10 years and are the parents of two children. Their first child Will has been diagnosed with the symptoms of autism, but is loving and responsive. Their daughter Bryn is two and is every bit a young woman, often prancing around in Mommies high heeled-shoes. Dawn met Ryan at UCLA, and then received her law degree at UC Davis. After passing the California State Bar Exam on the first try, Dawn placed her career on hold so that her husband could play pro football, where he was able to forge a career as a backup for a handful of seasons. After his Pro Football career, the family settled in Dallas where Dawn is practicing law part-time and Ryan is trying play one more year in the upstart UFL. Dawn and Ryan are encountering hardships that pro football families surprisingly endure more often than one would think. Despite living modestly, the costs of maintaining a home, toddler and child with special needs has taken a toll on their finances. Although their financial future is uncertain, Dawn is sure about one thing: that she married the right man.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mariah's Expecting a Boy!


 fromcontactmusic.com

Mariah Carey is believed to be expecting a baby boy with husband Nick Cannon, and she is set to reveal further details on her pregnancy in the coming weeks.

Mariah Carey is reportedly expecting a baby boy.
The pop star is yet to confirm she is pregnant despite months of speculation, but it has now been revealed she is having a son and is set to make an announcement about the pregnancy very soon.
 A source said: "She's having a boy, but the reason that Mariah didn't want to say anything is because she is 40, and she's superstitious. But she's going to appear on 'Oprah' and 'The View', so she's planning on making the announcement soon."
The 'Touch My Body' hitmaker stopped drinking alcohol earlier this year and gained weight due to undergoing fertility treatment with the hope of having a child with her husband Nick Cannon.
The source added to website Hollyybaby.com: "The fertility drugs were the reason for her weight gain earlier this year. She stopped drinking back in March or April."
Mariah has continued to work despite her pregnancy, and took a tumble while performing in Singapore last month.
A concertgoer said: "Dancers came immediately to help her but Mariah continued singing, she just removed her shoes. A true-blue professional. She doesn't want to disappoint the fans. Then immediately proceeded to 'Dreamlover', still barefoot."

Monday, October 18, 2010

Baby Keys is here!!!!!!!!!


From US Weekly
Alicia Keys is tongue-tied about becoming a mom for the very first time.

On Sunday, three days after giving birth to Egypt, her son with husband Swizz Beatz, the singer, 29, opened up with an emotional Tweet.
"There is no word to properly describe LOVE, to describe BLISS, to a express a FEELING like this!!!" Keys wrote.
"Thank U 4 your love, support and prayers!" the star added.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

NBC's "Undercovers"




From Zap2it

"Undercovers" stars Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw play married caterers who get re-activated by the CIA to get back into the spy game.

The new fall show has a few distinctions: It could be NBC's best shot at redemption, but it also stars two black leads. Their ethnicity shouldn't be considered unusual, considering the country's diversity, but it's the first question a critic poses at Friday's (July 30) NBC press tour day.
"J.J. [Abrams] and I wrote the script originally, we decided we wanted to write it like 'The Philadelphia Story,'" says executive producer Josh Reims. "You know, Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, but they're dead, so we didn't hire them. We started out by saying, 'Let's just see every possible incarnation.' We didn't want to see the same people we've seen on TV 10 million times, who look like any other cast. When Boris and Gugu came in, we knew immediately. 'Okay, these are them.'"
Reims emphasizes that it wasn't the goal to find black actors, but they were thrilled to hire them. "We don't consider that we're revolutionizing TV, at the same time we realize it is a big deal. Unfortunately that's the way it is right now."
Kodjoe agrees, "I think it's important to recognize the fact that it's not the norm, although it should be the norm because that's the way the world looks like. The world is diverse and we come in all shapes, sizes and shades. Let's inspire people to regard it as normal so more and more people don't consider it taking a chance, but just being creative."
Ethnicities aside, what's probably more fascinating is that the two leads on "Undercovers" are foreigners. In the TV landscape, it's become fairly common that at least one lead and perhaps a supporting actor could have accents, but be playing American.
Reims observes, "The funny thing is that when we started casting, J.J. and I said adamantly to the casting director, 'We are not hiring any foreign actors for these roles. We can't deal with them faking American accents.'"
What did they get? Mbatha-Raw is from Oxford in the UK, and has a very posh British accent, while Kodjoe is German-born and still cooks schnitzel for his kids.
"[My dialect] wasn't always like this," says Kodjoe in seemingly flawless American. "I came here in '93 on a scholarship to play tennis for VCU. They brought a bunch of international players and I was one of them. There were two Swedes. They spoke Swedish to me, and I spoke German to them. That's how we learned English. My English was so bad, someone walked up to me on the street and asked, 'What's up?' and I looked up. Literally, I had no idea.
"I met some gerat dialect coaches," he continues. "It was three hours a day I was studying, and when you see my earlier work you can detect a distinct German accent. And after 12 hours on the set, it comes out. It's funny to have a Brit and a German portray American spies at 12 a.m., it all comes out. It's all a big mess."
Mbatha-Raw at least grew up speaking English, so she only had to pick up an American accent, which she doesn't find too difficult.
"In terms of culture and television and movies, I was brought up very much with American TV shows and American films," she says. "I was immersed in the culture all the time, so it subliminally seeps in. And I've always had a good ear for mimicry. Even when I was a kid I used to do voices and things like that."

Show aired last night, I liked it a lot!!!!!!!!

Helen Willis


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Iman Global Chic on HSN

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and the daughter of a diplomat, Iman travelled the world from a very young age, becoming engrossed in various cultures. She attended school in Egypt and Kenya and reached fluency in five languages (Arabic, English, French, Italian, Somali). As she rose to adulthood, Iman continued her globetrotting ways as a professional model on some of the most glamorous high-fashion runways in the world.
Today, Iman is one of the most celebrated supermodels of all time. Wife to rock star legend David Bowie, a proud mother of two and CEO of her own company, Iman brings her appreciation and understanding of the world’s myriad styles and fashion choices to her IMAN Global Chic label.
With each collection, Iman takes the hottest trends in accessories and beauty from around the world and brings them to HSN. Iman wants to give her customer access to global luxury at an affordable price everyone can enjoy.
Because no matter where you grow up and where you live today, the love for fashion is universal.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Katie Holmes' Life Is "Really Exciting"

By Single In The City

Katie Holmes covers the October Issue of Marie Claire and talks about her marriage to super star Tome Cruise and expanding their family.






On her marriage to Tom Cruise:

"It's really exciting. Tom's as big at home as he is on the movie screen. He's so passionate about everything, whatever he's doing. When he's being a dad, he's right there; he's giving it his all. It's inspiring and it's fun. It's an amazing life, but we always remind ourselves of how incredibly lucky we are."

On expanding their family:
 
 


"Maybe in a couple of years, but right now I want to make sure I'm really there for Suri. I'm the youngest in my family--my closest sister is 5 years older than me, and the next one is nine years ahead of me, so I was a bit of an only child, and I liked it! I liked having all of my mom's attention, and sometimes I think I still do."



Katie Holmes has been married to Tom Cruise for nearly 5 years, did anyone really think it would last this long??

Halle Berry & Olivier Martinez dating?

By The Daily Dish

Halle Berry has sparked rumors she is romancing her "Dark Tide" co-star Olivier Martinez after the pair was spotted enjoying an intimate date in Paris.

The Oscar-winner ended her four-year relationship with the father of her child, Gabriel Aubry, in April and plunged into work on her new shark attack movie, which also features Kylie Minogue's French ex-lover Martinez.

And it seems the pair has hit if off away from the set -- People.com reports they were seen smooching in the actor's romantic home city on Sunday.



An onlooker tells the website, "It was the classic 'I'm going to kiss you here in a dark corner' move. And she was waiting to be kissed.

"They had their arms around each other as they walked. They were both smiling and laughing. Their body language was very flirtatious. They definitely seemed like a couple -- absolutely looked like more than friends."





PS Loved him in "Unfaithful"! And he looks just like my Russian ex.

-Helen

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Adolf Hitler DNA Samples Suggest Jewish, African Roots

By ThirdAge News Staff

Adolf Hitler DNA samples suggest that the dictator of Nazi Germany had both Jewish and African roots.

The tests were conducted by Jean-Paul Mulders, a Belgian journalist, and Marc Vermeeren, a historian, Telegraph reported. The pair tracked down 39 of Hitler’s living relatives throughout Europe and America to obtain saliva samples which ultimately suggest African and Jewish ancestry.
Based on reports by NewYorkDailyNews.com, the Haplopgroup E1b1b (Y-DNA) chromosome found in the samples is rarely found in Western Europeans.
Instead, “it is most commonly found in the Berbers of Morocco, in Algeria, Libya and Tunisia as well as among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews,” Vermeeren said in Knack, the Belgium magazine in which the findings were published.
Hitler’s ancestry has been questioned before as historians suggested he is of Jewish ancestry, but this time there is scientific evidence to back up the claim, and to add to it.







Of course Hitler had African blood, we ALL do!!!!!!!!!!
Sincerely, Helen Willis, The Zebress

Elin Speaks Out

by Jay Busbee



After nine months, Elin Nordegren has broken her silence on the infidelity scandal that rocked her family and led to the dissolution of her marriage to golf star Tiger Woods.





In what she says will be a one-time-only discussion of her side of the story, Nordegren spoke with People magazine for 19 hours over four days. The revelations were sobering, and in some cases surprising.
The three key takeaways from Nordegren's story are:
• She says she is in no way a violent person, calling any speculation that she swung a golf club at Woods on Thanksgiving night "ridiculous."
• She was completely broadsided by the news of Woods' extramarital affairs, believing that she was the only woman in his life. In short, she was as surprised as most of the rest of the world that the persona Woods put forth – dedicated competitor, family man – was a carefully constructed sham. "I'm so embarassed that I never suspected [his affairs] – not a one," she said.
• In line with that, she said she believed fully that her relationship with Woods was a real marriage, not an act orchestrated for cameras and sponsors. "The word betrayal is just not strong enough," she told People. "I have been through the stages of disbelief and shock to anger and ultimately grief over the loss of the family I so badly wanted for my children."
Woods, who will be playing in this weekend's Barclays Championship in New Jersey, has not yet commented on Nordegren's interview. Clearly, however, she plans on him being in the picture as the father of her children – daughter Sam, 3, and son Charlie, 19 months – as she didn't scorch the earth with her comments. She declined to go into more detail about the events of Thanksgiving, and she would not comment on the size of her divorce settlement – rumored to be in excess of $100 million – except to indicate that it is substantial enough that she won't have to work initially and will be able to focus on raising her children.
The People magazine article gives the impression that Nordegren is both very aware of her celebrity – perhaps infamy – as the aggrieved wife, and also very understanding of the fact that she is something of a punch line for gaining so much money in the divorce settlement. As such, she intends to remain a private person and has no intention of being a celebrity – refreshing in an age where everyone who nabs a single headline is rushing to sign a reality-TV or talk show deal.
Most surprisingly, throughout all the drama of the Woods scandal, Nordegren quietly spent time as a humble college student, taking night classes in pursuit of a psychology degree. According to her, she's 40 credits short of a bachelor's degree in psychology, and hopes to follow that with a master's and, at some point in the future, work as a therapist herself. Perhaps fittingly, she took a clinical approach to her own healing, facing it directly and without shame in regular, intensive therapy sessions.
"My immediate plan is for the kids and me to continue to adjust to our new situation," she said. "I am going to keep taking classes, but my main focus is to try to give myself time to heal."
As for the future, she plans to raise the children in South Florida, near a home she and Woods have been building in Jupiter. So it seems she intends for him to remain a part of her life in some capacity; indeed, the article begins with Woods arriving home with the children during the interview and surprising Elin, who reacts with kindness and respect.
For now, this will close Elin Nordegren's side of the story. Clearly, though, this will follow her and her family for decades to come.
The issue of People featuring Elin Nordegren on the cover will be inescapable starting Friday.


That said, Elin, no one would be mad if you did swing that golf club!
-Helen Willis

Monday, August 23, 2010

Ochocinco's Dating Life Messes with Dating Show

Chad Ochocinco is constantly tweeting about his dating life -- but since it has nothing to do with his VH1 dating show, sources tell us ... the network is none too pleased.


Ochocinco has been dating Evelyn Lozada (of VH1's "Basketball Wives") for the past several months ... and he has made no secret of their relationship (just check his Twitter once in a while). Things are so serious between the two, we're told Chad will be popping up on her show next season.



But sources close to the couple tell TMZ ... VH1 is pissed at Ochocinco about the relationship -- since he's the star of a dating show that's currently airing on VH1! We're told the network doesn't like the "spoiler" that Ochocinco doesn't end up with anyone on the show.
A rep for VH1 tells TMZ, "We cannot comment on possible story lines regarding series currently airing or in production."


Isn't she a bit too close to black for you, Chad?
- Helen Willis

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren have officially finalized their divorce

It's finally over -- Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren have officially finalized their divorce ... TMZ has confirmed.


Tiger and Elin were both present at Bay County Circuit Court in Panama City, Florida earlier today for the execution of their divorce agreement ... this according to court officials.
The divorce docs do not reveal details about the split -- and the terms of the settlement were not disclosed. But as TMZ first reported, Elin is set to receive $100 million from Tiger.

Elin's lawyers released the following statement on behalf of the couple: "We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future."
The statement continues, "While we are no longer married, we are the parents of two wonderful children and their happiness has been, and will always be, of paramount importance to both of us."
"Once we came to the decision that our marriage was at an end, the primary focus of our amicable discussions has been to ensure their future well-being. The weeks and months ahead will not be easy for them as we adjust to a new family situation, which is why our privacy must be a principal concern."

Bye-bye loser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Helen Willis

Do you think Tiger can ever reedem himself? Or do you think he & Chris Brown need to move to Tibet and get themselves together?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Engaged!

Zoe Saldana & Keith Britton CEO of My Fashion Database




Tamara Mowry & Adam Housley Fox News correspondant


Congratulation,  ladies.

God bles,.
Sincerely, Helen Willis, The Zebress

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Halle Berry: Nahla's Daddy is "An Amazing Father"

by Peter Gicas


To hear Halle Berry talk so kindly about her little daughter Nahla's father, it's almost hard to believe they broke up.

"We were meant to bring this amazing little person into the world," she says in the new issue of Vogue regarding her nearly four-year relationship with Gabriel Aubry. "And I think that's why we came together. And because of that, we are going to be together forever, all three of us. We are a family until we are not here anymore."
But the Oscar winner doesn't stop there when it comes to waxing poetic about her baby daddy…
"We're still friends, we love each other very much, and we both share the love of our lives," she points out. "And while it was not a love connection for us, he was absolutely the right person to have this child with because she is going to have an amazing father."
Halle also says that, despite her and Gabriel no longer being romantically involved, Nahla will never cease to be their top priority.
"We'll make sure we always do what is right for her and put her first."
Hear that, Gosselins? Paying attention there, Mel and Oksana? Yeah, didn't think so.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Mia Farrow tells court Naomi Campbell got Diamond

By TOBY STERLING, Associated Press Writer Toby Sterling, Associated Press Writer – 41 mins ago




LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands – Naomi Campbell told Mia Farrow that she received a "huge diamond" from the former president of Liberia, the actress said from the witness stand Monday, contradicting the model's testimony that she didn't know the value of the gift from accused war criminal Charles Taylor.
The prosecution called Farrow, and Campbell's former agent, to testify about uncut diamonds that Taylor allegedly gave the model after a September 1997 party they all attended that was hosted by then-South African President Nelson Mandela.
Prosecutors have pulled the celebrity witnesses into Taylor's trial hoping they will show Taylor was in possession of at least one "blood diamond" — stones sold to fund wars. Prosecutors say Taylor traded guns to rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in exchange for uncut diamonds during Sierra Leone's 1992-2002 civil war, which left more than 100,000 dead in the West African nation.
Taylor says he is innocent of war crimes and has denied ever trading in diamonds.
Defense lawyers accused the prosecution of calling the unlikely witnesses as a publicity stunt to raise the profile of the trial, which has gone on for more than two years.
Campbell, who resisted appearing before the war crimes court for months, testified under subpoena Thursday that she was given several small stones by men she didn't know after the dinner in Pretoria. The British model said she hadn't known they were diamonds nor who had sent them, and suggested that Farrow had commented at breakfast the next morning that they were probably diamonds from Taylor.

But Farrow testified that Campbell had told other guests over breakfast in 1997 she had received a large gem from Taylor. She said Campbell said she planned to give it to charity — the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.

"She said that in the night she had been awakened, some men were knocking at the door, and they had been sent by Charles Taylor, and they had given her a huge diamond," Farrow told the court. She added that Campbell seemed "excited, happy" at the gift.



Campbell's former agent Carole White testified Taylor and Campbell had "flirted" across the table at dinner.
At one point, White said, Campbell leaned back to speak to her. She "was very excited and she told me he was going to give her some diamonds," White told the court.
But under cross examination, defense lawyers strongly challenged the testimony of both Farrow and White.
"You have a very powerful motive for lying," Courtenay Griffiths said, noting that White is currently suing Campbell for millions of dollars over an alleged breach of contract.
Campbell has served community service twice after pleading guilty in minor assault cases. A few of her former aides and maids have sued her, accusing her of violent outbursts and usually settling on undisclosed terms.
Meanwhile Farrow, 65, conceded she had never seen the diamond or diamonds herself.
Confronted with Campbell's testimony that the gift was three small rough diamonds that looked like pebbles rather than one "huge' polished diamond, Farrow stuck by her story, saying "I can only tell you what Naomi Campbell said."
"I think I would have remembered diamonds in the plural," Farrow said, calling it "sort of an unforgettable moment."
South African businessman Jeremy Ractliffe, the former head of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, on
Friday confirmed that he still had three stones he had received from Campbell after the 1997 dinner. He said he hadn't done anything with them because he feared that a blood diamond scandal might attach to Mandela or Campbell as a result. He has now handed them over to South African authorities and they have been identified as uncut diamonds.

On Monday, Ractliffe told The Associated Press in Johannesburg he is cooperating with a South African police investigation into whether any laws were violated in the handling of the diamonds.
In court, Judge Julia Sebutinde asked Farrow whether it was possible she might have seen the 2006 movie "Blood Diamond" and been influenced by its plot, which centers on a single large diamond.
"Your honor, I know she didn't say a few, a certainly not 'stones'. She may not have used the word 'huge'," Farrow said. "But it wasn't several diamonds and it certainly wasn't stones because ... why would she give stones to Nelson Mandela's charity?"
Taylor denies all 11 charges he faces at the Special Tribunal for Sierra Leone, including murder, rape, sexual enslavement and recruiting child soldiers. Prosecutors allege Taylor armed and commanded Sierra Leone rebels who murdered and mutilated tens of thousands of civilians.



Associated Press writer Donna Bryson contributed to this report from Johannesburg.

Goldberg vs. Salahi II

Update Huffington Post:




Whoopi Goldberg responded forcefully to allegations levied by "Real Housewives of DC" star (and former alleged White House crasher) Michaele Salahi.

Whoopi showed another camera angle that showed that she did not hit Salahi, as she reportedly claimed, but rather nudged her on the side to remind her to get back on topic.

"Afterwards, Michaele was very upset about what was said about her on the air," Whoopi explained, "and then I was told that she thought I hit her. So I went up to her and I told her that she knew I didn't hit her."

Whoopi went on to defend her language, which is reported to include several F-bombs.

"And yeah, you know how I said it -- choice words," she said. "And I make no apology for my choice words. But then her husband got in my face, had his BlackBerry out and started taking pictures of me. And needless to say I really went off then. And there is even more choice words. They were so choice you could've cut 'em with a knife and eaten 'em."

Salahi's lawyer, Lisa Bloom, said Salahi found the appearance "degrading and demeaning."

How annoying is this Salahi chick?

It’s a war of words between White House crasher Michaele Salahi and Whoopi Goldberg


TheGosspiCop

Salahi was on “The View” to promote her reality series, “Real Housewives of D.C.,” which airs tonight.

Goldberg was not in the segment, but as the conversation went on and on between Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and the D.C. Housewives, Goldberg stepped onto the show’s set, lightly tapped Salahi’s back, and told her, “Excuse me, can you get back to the White House, please,” meaning she wanted Salahi to return to the subject of how she and her husband Tareq crashed President Obama’s state dinner last fall.
But that wasn’t the end of it.
Later, after hearing that Salahi was claiming she had “hit” her, an exasperated Goldberg went backstage to a room where the Salahis were, and got into a screaming match with the crashers.
If you watch the video, you clearly see that Goldberg barely touched Salahi.

A spokesman for the “The View” called the hitting accusation “completely unfounded and erroneous,” and acknowledged, “Whoopi proceeded to defend herself verbally from this baseless claim in a heated exchange” with the Salahis.
What do you think of Michaele Salahi’s latest attention-grabbing incident?












Thursday, August 5, 2010

Naomi Campbell’s Blood Diamond Trial

From eonline



For someone who craves the spotlight, Naomi Campbell wishes she were anywhere but here.

The British supermodel, who's never seen a camera she didn't like, was a reluctant witness under heavy security (check that cell phone at the door!) today in The Hague at the war crimes tribunal of Charles Taylor as she recounted how the former Liberian leader once sent her a gift of what she called "dirty stones"—what turned out to be so-called blood diamonds.
"I did not want to be here," she said. "I just want to get this over with and get on with my life, this is a big inconvenience for me."
We're sorry, Naomi, that the prosecution of a war criminal accused of killing thousands of innocents has gotten in the way of your busy schedule.
Campbell, one of the world's highest paid models, for a short time became the star of her own real-life Blood Diamond drama, only with Mia Farrow, not Leonardo DiCaprio, at her side.
Her testimony is considered vital to showing how Taylor, in return for the uncut gems, offered weapons training to neighboring Sierra Leone rebels, who subsequently slaughtered thousands of civilians during Sierra Leone's bloody 10-year civil war that ended in 2002.
Campbell was called by the prosecution because she once received a gift of said stones from the dictator at a 1997 dinner on behalf of Nelson Mandela's Children's Fund that was also attended by Farrow.
"When I was sleeping I had a knock on my door. I opened my door and two men were there and gave me a pouch and said, 'A gift for you,' " she testified, recalling how members of the ruler's entourage paid a late night visit to her hotel room to deliver them.
While the men didn't say they worked for Taylor, the 40-year-old catwalker remembered telling Farrow, who was also a guest at the event, that she "assumed it was."
"I opened the pouch the next morning when I woke up. I saw a few stones. They were very small, dirty looking stones. I assumed it was [from him]," Campbell told the court. "I don't know anything about Charles Taylor. Never heard of him before, never heard of the country Liberia before. I never heard of the term 'blood diamonds' before."
The fiery fashionista said she didn't think much of the souvenir at the time because she admitted she's frequently spoiled with such extravagances.
"I get gifts given to me all the time, at all hours of the night," she told the court. "Sometimes without notes. It is quite normal for me to receive gifts."
Rough life.
She said she gave the diamonds to a colleague and asked him to donate them to charity—in this case Mandela's Children's Fund. But it turns out her friend held on to the stones as documents from the charity showed it never received them and that she only made cash donations.
Campbell insisted she never contacted the Liberian leader, nor had any intention.
Farrow is expected to take the stand next week and relate how Campbell told her the next morning at breakfast about the blood diamond tale.
Campbell initially resisted having to testify against Taylor, citing safety fears, even saying back in April that she "never received" the stones. But after being served a subpoena (thus facing possible prison time if she refused to talk), the model did a 180.
"This is someone who, I read on the Internet, has killed thousands of people. I don't want my family endangered in any way," she testified.
Campbell didn't appear particularly nervous during her time before the tribunal.
ecurity was incredibly tight, with the judge panel taking the unusual precaution of ordering authorities to ensure that no photography, videotaping or sketching be done as she entered or exited the courtroom. (However, her entire testimony was recorded and made public.)
The 62-year-old Taylor has categorically denied ever being involved in the blood diamond trade to help fuel the insurgency.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Alicia Key's weds Swizz Beatz




The singer, 29, who is pregnant, and the producer, 31, exchanged vows in front of close family and friends in a private home on the Mediterranean Sea.
Their friend Dr. Deepak Chopra presided over the intimate ceremony.
Keys wore an ivory silk, georgette-draped Vera Wang goddess gown with jewel detail on the back shoulder.
She carried a bouquet of purple calla lilies. The groom donned a classic Tom Ford tuxedo.
"Wowwwwwwwwww," Beatz (real name: Kasseem Dean) Twittered Saturday. He later wrote, "It's a brand new day :) I feel like Nas and Diddy song :) love y’all and blessing!"

Halle Berry's Swimming With Sharks


The actress films the thriller "Dark Tide" in South Africa.




From Yahoo. OMG!



Oscar winner Halle Berry donned a bikini top and wet suit while filming her upcoming movie "Dark Tide" on Friday off the coast of South Africa. The thriller, co-starring the equally sexy Olivier Martinez, requires Halle to swim in a shark cage while real great white sharks swim nearby!
The 43-year-old's ex, Gabriel Aubry, also is in town to help take care of their adorable daughter, Nahla. Do you think Halle and Gabriel will end up back together?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Obama talks race, pop culture on 'The View'

By JULIE PACE, Associated Press Writer Julie Pace, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 56 mins ago




NEW YORK – President Barack Obama said Thursday that the racial firestorm that led to the ouster of a black Agriculture Department official was a "phony controversy" generated by the media. He said his administration overreacted by forcing her out.
In an interview on ABC's daytime talk show "The View," Obama said the forced resignation of Shirley Sherrod shows racial tensions still exist in America.
"There are still inequalities out there. There's still discrimination out there," Obama said. "But we've made progress."
Sherrod was forced to resign after a conservative website posted an edited video of her speaking about race. Sherrod said the video took her remarks out of context. When her full remarks were discovered, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack apologized and offered Sherrod a new job at the department.
Obama pinned much of the blame for the incident on a media culture that he said seeks out conflict and doesn't always get the facts right. But he added, "A lot of people overreacted, including people in my administration."
The Sherrod incident added another wrinkle to an administration already burdened by the slow pace of the economic recovery, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Gulf oil spill. While acknowledging that the country has gone through a tough stretch since he took office, Obama said he remains optimistic about the direction the U.S. is headed.

"What has been satisfying is just seeing how resilient the American people are," he said.
Obama's interview with "The View" was the first appearance on a daytime talk show by a sitting president. The wide-ranging interview also dipped into Obama's knowledge of pop culture, an area he showed some proficiency, admitting that he knows actress Lindsey Lohan is in jail.
But he skirted a question about whether actor Mel Gibson should go to anger management classes, joking that he'd rather answer a question about the war in Afghanistan. And when asked about "Snooki," a character on the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore," Obama pleaded ignorance.

"Nobody wants to send me the real juicy stuff," he said. "It's all very official."

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Cast of Race

by broadway.com

What Is Race About?


Race is about three lawyers—two partners, one African-American, one white, and their young, African-American law clerk—who are deciding whether or not to take the case of wealthy white man accused of raping an African-American woman. The play, like the case, is not open and shut. Shame, guilt, class, sex, lies and, of course, race, are all provocatively stirred together in this fast-paced show that will probably leave theatergoers dissecting and discussing it long after the curtain goes down. As the playwright wrote in a recent essay about his work, “Race, like sex, is a subject on which it is near impossible to tell the truth.” Audience members will undoubtedly bring their own set of judgments and preconceptions into this work that delves into a most complicated and fraught subject.



Should I See It?

What Is Race Like?

If you like the quick banter of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, the gloves-off approach of Speed the Plow and the provocative subject matter of Oleanna, you will enjoy all three in Race. Mamet is doing what he does best with this show: choosing an incendiary topic and asking more questions than he answers. Is this the most incendiary show of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright? That’s debatable, but it does seem that he’s found a new four-letter word in Race

Monday, July 26, 2010

mediatakeout.com

July 26, 2010. We have no idea how this dude managed to PULL THIS OFF . . . but, Halle Berry's babys father Gabriel has a new job, as his own daughter's NANNY!! (Or Manny)

Word is that Halle is going to be shooting a new movie in South Africa. And that instead of paying a stranger to watch her child while she's on set. She's reportedly PAYING to have her babys father FLOWN to South Africa Africa. Halle's also paying for dude's accommodations, food, and giving him a salary on top of that.




How can you pay your baby's father to take his own child? Don't ruin the white guy's inage Gab! Get yourself together!
Sincerely, Helen Willis, The Zebress

Jessica White and Sean Penn

From theybf.com


Everybody's loving the models these days. Sean Penn and his model girlfriend Jessica were spotted relaxing in the sun at a friends party.

Paps on the scene say Penn, much to the surprise of Jessica who shrieked, jumped off the second floor balcony and into the pool to make his aquatic entry. Later, he caught a quick glance as Jess tried to bend over and towel off. Playa playa....
And the two wined and dined at the Gramercy Park hotel in NY recently according to the Post:
Is model Jessica White back together with Sean Penn? The two were recently spotted having drinks with friends at the Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar. "They kissed, sat close and ignored everyone," said an onlooker. The next night -- after Jessica was filmed for a documentary on her life at the launch party for men's clothing line Tween -- the duo had dinner with Spike Lee, his wife and others on the Upper East Side. "She mentioned she was back on with 'her man,' on- and off-camera," said a source at the party. Penn's rep said, "It's not true" they were dating again.
Obviously Sean's rep didn't get the memo. This along with her latest comments on last week's episode of "The T.O. Show" saying she's ready for a real relationship and a baby...methinks she's ready to get serious....

Pics via SPLASH

Some asked what she sees in him? After a while, the most important thing becomes how he treats you.

Sincerely,
Helen willis, The Zebress

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Black Candidate Wants to Be Called 'B' Word on Ballot

Essence.com
Thursday, July 22, 2010



While most women take offense at being called the "B" word, Milwaukee City Council candidate Ieshuh Griffin (pictured) embraces it, and wants it put on a ballot, reports the Associated Press. To be exact, Griffin, an Independent running for a seat in the state's Assembly, wants the phrase "NOT the Whiteman's b-tch" placed next to her name on the ballot.
But the Wisconsin election oversight board was not in agreement last night as they voted against the phrase, calling it racially charged. Griffin argued her case in front of the board's five White judges, and called the phrase "freedom of expression." "It's not a racial slur. It's not a slur," she said. "I'm not making a derogatory statement to a group of people or an ethnic group." Currently working as a community activist, Griffin argued that her the term is one her "constituents identify with."
All candidates in Wisconsin are allowed to use five words to describe themselves that will be placed next to their names on the ballot. The phrase cannot be perjorative, profane or discriminatory. Griffin has threatened to take her case to the Supreme Court.

What do you think? Freedom of expression or offensive?





Read more: http://www.essence.com/news/hot_topics_4/black_candidate_called_b_word_on_ballot.php#ixzz0uRNTMzAX

I'm just sayin'

by The CNN Wire Staff

The Republicans claim they're worried about the deficit, but they're really just "trying to make the president fail at any cost," said Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Washington. The Republicans have "held displaced workers as hostages" to their political agenda, he added.

Republicans "couldn't care less" about unemployed workers, McDermott said. "The American people will remember. ... The voters are not stupid."




I'm just sayin', I agree, what do you think? Do you think the Reps want Pres.Obama to fail at all costs?
Sincerely, Helen Willis, The Zebress

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Interracial Marriage More Common Than Ever, but Black Women Still Lag

By LINSEY DAVIS and ERIC NOLL

In 1967, the boundaries were still very black and white. The film "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," about an interracial couple and their parents' angst, was considered groundbreaking.

Americans are more likely than ever to wed outside their racial or ethnic group. Fast forward four decades and you don't have to look to the big screen to see interracial couples. You can see the beginnings of a melting pot everywhere -- just look at celebrity couples like Seal and Heidi Klum , or Tony Parker and Eva Longoria.
And new study by the Pew Research Center found that one in six new marriages in the U.S. are interracial relationships. That makes the United States one of the most colorblind countries when it comes to saying "I do," second only to Brazil.
"The surprising thing here is how much demographic and social change has occurred over a short time. Intermarriage was a taboo and illegal. That's a big change in a very small amount of time," said Paul Taylor, Executive Vice President of the Pew Research Center. Based on the latest census data, the study showed record highs: 26 percent of Hispanics, 31 percent of Asians, 16 percent of Blacks and nine percent of Whites all married outside their race.

"I think the racial barriers have almost, have blurred to the extent of almost being socially insignificant," said Professor Rick Banks of Stanford Law School.
Rates of interracial marriage among Asians and Hispanics remained steady, but there was a substantial change among black Americans, especially black men.
"In 2008, 22 percent of all black male newlyweds married a non-black," said Taylor.

Black Women Left Out

Only 9 percent of black women, on the other hand, married outside their race, making them the least likely of any race or gender to marry outside their race and the least likely to get married at all.
"We have a saying called 'the black girl curse,'" said Chato Waters, a single black woman. "A lot of our white friends are married by 25, happily married with kids by 27, and we're like, what's the deal with the 'bee gees' -- that's 'black girls.'

Pew Study: One in Six Marriages Interracial

When ABC News spoke with one group of black women the consensus was that they want to get married, and their preference was to marry a black man. But the pool of eligible bachelors has dwindled. And even though these women are willing to marry men of other races, they told us their options are more limited.

Katie Couric Notebook on Interracial Marriage

In 1958, Virginia police barged into the bedroom of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, and arrested them for being married.
The judge ruled that God put different races on separate continents for a reason. But the Supreme Court disagreed, overturning the decision in 1967and ending such laws for good.
These days, nearly 15 percent of U.S. marriages are interracial, up from 7 percent in 1980, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.
Interestingly, black men are more than twice as likely to marry outside their race than black women. And the same is true for Asian women compared to Asian men.
Those gender disparities show there are still social norms at play. More than 60 percent of Americans are fine with intermarriage - but that means 40 percent are not.
This country has long been a melting pot of races, religions and ethnicities. The natural progression are families who look more like a Benetton ad than the Cleavers photo album.
That's a page from my notebook.


 Katie Couric, CBS News.

Interracial marriages at an all-time high, study says

By Stephanie Chen, CNN


(CNN) -- The first time Priya Merrill, who is Indian, brought her white boyfriend home for Thanksgiving in 2007, the dinner was uncomfortable and confusing. She still remembers her family asking if Andrew was the bartender or a family photographer.

The couple married last August, and her Indian family has warmed up to her husband despite their racial differences.
"I think we get the best of both cultures," said Merrill, 27, of New York. She added, "Sometimes I just forget that we're interracial. I don't really think about it."
Asian. White. Black. Hispanic. Do race and ethnicity matter when it comes to marriage?
Apparently, race is mattering less these days, say researchers at the Pew Research Center, who report that nearly one out of seven new marriages in the U.S. is interracial or interethnic. The report released Friday, which interviewed couples married for less than a year, found racial lines are blurring as more people choose to marry outside their race.
"From what we can tell, this is the highest [percentage of interracial marriage] it has ever been," said Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer for the Pew Research Center.

He said interracial marriages have soared since the 1980s. About 6.8 percent of newly married couples reported marrying outside their race or ethnicity in 1980. That figure jumped to about 14.6 percent in the Pew report released this week, which surveyed newlyweds in 2008.
From what we can tell, this is the highest [level of interracial marriage] it has ever been.
--Jeffrey Passel, Pew senior demographer

Couples pushing racial boundaries have become commonplace in the U.S., a trend that is also noticeable in Hollywood and politics. President Obama is the product of a black father from Africa and a white mother from Kansas. Supermodel Heidi Klum, who is white, married Seal, a British singer who is black.
But not everyone is willing to accept mixed-race marriages. A Louisiana justice of the peace resigned late last year after refusing to marry an interracial couple.
However, studies show that support for interracial marriages is stronger than in the past, especially among the Millennial generation. Among 18- to 29-year-olds, about 85 percent accept interracial marriages, according to a Pew study published in February. Scholars say interracial marriages are important to examine because they can be a barometer for race relations and cultural assimilation.
Today's growing acceptance of interracial marriages is a contrast to the overwhelming attitudes 50 years ago that such marriage was wrong -- and even illegal. During most of U.S. history, interracial marriages have been banned or considered taboo, sociologists say.
In 1958, a woman of black and Native American descent named Mildred Jeter had married a white man, Richard Loving. The couple married in Washington, D.C., instead of their home state of Virginia, where state laws outlawed interracial marriages. The couple was arrested by police. Their case made its way to the Supreme Court in the case Loving vs. Virginia in 1967, where the justices unanimously ruled that laws banning interracial marriages were unconstitutional.
In the decades after the court's ruling, the U.S. population has been changed by an unprecedented influx of immigrants. The growing numbers of immigrants, said Pew researchers, is partially responsible for the increase in interracial marriages.
The Pew Center study released Friday found that marrying outside of one's race or ethnicity is most common among Asians and Hispanics, two immigrant groups that have grown tremendously. About 30 percent of Asian newlyweds in the study married outside of their race, and about a quarter of Hispanic newlyweds reported marrying someone of another race.
David Chen, 26, of Dallas, Texas, is Taiwanese. He is planning a wedding with his fiancee, Sylvia Duran, 26, who is Mexican. He says race isn't an issue, but parts of their culture do play a role in their relationship. They will probably have a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at their wedding.
"The thing that we really focus on is our values and family values," instead of their race, he said. "We both like hard work, and we really put a focus on education."
The African-American population also saw increases in interracial marriage, with the number of blacks participating in such marriages roughly tripling since 1980, the study said. About 16 percent of African-Americans overall are in an interracial marriage, but researchers point out a gender difference: It's more common for black men to marry outside of their race than for black women.
The gender difference was the reverse in the Asian population surveyed. Twice as many newlywed Asian women, about 40 percent, were married outside their race, compared with Asian men, at about 20 percent.
"We are seeing an increasingly multiracial and multiethnic country," said Andrew Cherlin, professor of public policy and sociology at Johns Hopkins University. "The change in our population is bringing more people into contact with others who aren't like them."
The Pew Center also found education and residency affected whether people married interracially, with college-educated adults being more likely to do so. More people who live in the West marry outside their race than do people in the Midwest and South, the survey found.
Cherlin explained why education has helped bridge various races and ethnic groups: With more minorities attending college, education, rather than race, becomes a common thread holding couples together.
"If I'm a college graduate, I am going to marry another graduate," Cherlin said. "It's of secondary importance if that person is my race."
We are seeing an increasingly multiracial and multiethnic country.
-Andrew Cherlin, professor at Johns Hopkins University

Technology is also making it easier for people to date outside their races, said Sam Yagan, who founded OkCupid.com, a free Internet dating site. He said his site, which receives 4 million unique visitors a month, has seen many interracial relationships result from people using its services.
Adriano Schultz, 26, who was born in Brazil and identifies himself as having a "mixed ethnicity," met his wife, Teresa, who is white, through the site in 2006. A year later, the couple married.
"I don't feel as if ethnicity for us was a big issue," said Schultz, of Indiana. "It was more about personalities and having things in common that really drove us together."
Yagan attributes the increase in interracial relationships to the Internet, which makes it easier to connect with someone of a different race. People who live in a community where race is an issue can meet someone of another race more privately, than say, instead of having to start their relationship in a public setting.
"You don't have to worry about what your friends are going to think," he said. "You can build the early parts of the relationship."

Thursday, July 1, 2010

2 black women (O &

2 black women (O & Bey) top the Forbes richest celebrity list! They'd just better leave room for me!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Chad Johnson aka Chad Ochocinco

Recent comments by Chad Johnson Ochocinco regarding black woman, call to mind the
reason I started this blog. Now for the record, I must state that as a football fan, I think
Chad Johnson Ochocinco is an idiot, I always have,this has nothing to do with his field performance, I'm talking about him. And normally I don't comment on things people I believe to be idiots say.
That said, I'd like to take this moment to reinforce something I feel strongly about,
black American woman. No other race of women have had to endure the hardships and
challenges that we have. We are the strongest, most loving, most loyal, supportive, and
genuine people I know, I just wish more of us knew that.
Black American woman have been largely and publicly rejected in many ways by both
men of our own race and those of other races as well, i.e. Chad Johnson Ochocinco.
Women of other races have often not considered us their equals.
As far back as the boxer, Jack Johnson to today's black American athletes,i.e. Chad Johnson Ochocinco, there is rarely a second thought given to how disrespectful comments might affect us.
If I was a black man with love for my black mother, I would never disrespect another
black woman under any circumstances. If I was a black man with love for my black
people, I would never disrespect another black person where race is concerned.
Yes, I too have generalized before, but I also kept it to myself and decided that it would
serve black men best, if I chose to celebrate my choice in mate instead of vilifying
another.
I'll reiterate why I started this blog. I'd had a few encounters with black men, concerning
the white men in my life through the years. I recall one recent heated "debate" with a
black man, whom I'd just met, who insinuated that I should be ashamed or feel badly
about my man. Like I shouldn't love him, adore him, cherish him like I would have had he
been black. Again, I didn't intend to make my relationships "a thing", being as how I just
started dating white men exclusively. But I couldn't ignore the fact that my personal,
private relationship sparked a furor in black men that I had never seen before, even more
so than when I had dated Latino men.
And I get it, I do. I know my history, I love my history and I accept the good with the bad,
but I also know that we cannot continue to hold every white person accountable for the
sins of their ancestors whom they will never know. But also, if you look back, during
many of our most difficult times, including slavery, there were some white people,
somewhere in this country and others, who stood by us against their own people's popular
ideology. Does that not account for anything?
Despite all this, when asked, I tell young, black girls to be open to boys of other races
when it comes to dating, you'll have more options. Don't think you are pigeon-holed into
ANY space just because of whom you happen to be. I don't feel the need to be a "black
man basher" to "justify" a choice I, as a grown-ass woman, have chosen to make. I don't
have to tear anyone down to build myself up. Jesus told His disciples that if you enter a
place or are in a situation where you are being dishonored, leave and go where you will be
celebrated instead of tolerated, this holds true in all cases.
All this said, I think the despicable, Chad Johnson Ochocinco, made those comments for
the same reason he acts like a jackass on the football field and everywhere else,
for attention. And it works every time.

What do you think? 
 
Sincerely, Helen Willis, The Zebress

Zebress Hall of Faves - THE DUDES


Just eye candy...
I won't say too much, just enjoy the view!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Omari Hardwick!What!?
If they take him off Dark Blue, they can forget about me.

Jason Momoa

Duane "The Rock" Johnson

Tyson Beckford

John F. Kennedy, Jr. (RIP)

Ben Cohen

Hugh Jackman

Brian Urlacher


Dean Cain

Marc Sanchez



Nacho Figueras



John Cena

Brad Pitt

 
Matt Leinart




Blair Underwood




T.J. Houshmandzadeh


Thretton Palamo


Reggie Bush


Lamman Rucker



Boris Kodjoe



Johnny Depp

LL Cool J

Who's your fave?















Sincerely, Helen Willis, The Zebress