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Multiracial American Population Grew Faster Than Single-Race Segment In 2010 Census…

From 2000 to 2010, the number of Americans who consider themselves multiracial grew faster than those who self-identify as a single race, with the largest gains coming in the once racially segregated South and among those who identify as both white and black, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report.

Those identifying with multiple races grew by 32 percent over the decade, for a total of 9 million. Single-race identifiers grew by just 9.2 percent, according to the 2010 Census, which also showed the slowest overall population growth rate since the Great Depression.

Ninety-two percent of those who reported being multiracial checked just two races on the Census questionnaire. Among the rest, 7.5 percent identified with three races and less than 1 percent reported four or more races.

The first constitutionally mandated decennial population count was conducted in 1790, but Americans weren’t given the option to identify with more than one race until the 2000 Census. Although government officials expected significantly more people to check more than one box the second time around, the new analysis offers demographers their first crack at comparing changes in racial identification over time. Click here to continue reading…

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, visits McDonald’s in Moscow as he meets with Russian prime minister

Many tourists feel the need to enjoy home comforts even while travelling the world. And apparently billionaires are no exception – Mark Zuckerberg has apparently been spotted visiting McDonald’s while on a trip to Russia.

The Facebook CEO is in Moscow for a meeting with the country’s prime minister Dmitry Medvedev in an attempt to boost his company’s profile among Russia’s 140million citizens.

Mr Zuckerberg is already known to be a fan of McDonald’s moreish burgers and fries, having taken his wife Priscilla Chan to a branch of the restaurant in Rome on the couple’s honeymoon in May. Mr Zuckerberg will be hoping to emulate McDonald’s in his attempt to make Facebook a major player among Russian web users. Click here to continue reading…Mark Zuckerberg, pictured in Red Square, is in Moscow for a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

On tour: Mark Zuckerberg visited a Moscow branch of McDonald's on his trip to Russia

Gastronomy?: The happy couple leave McDonald's with a 'romantic' lunch for two

Anonymous: Facebook CEO and self-made millionaire Mark Zuckerberg goes unrecognised as he walks around the streets of Russia

Salma Hayek is winner of People Magazine’s best dressed of the week…

Salma HayekSalma Hayek often opts for ultra-sultry gowns with look-at-me silhouettes and tons of sex appeal. But after earning style props from more than 14,000 StyleWatch readers and landing herself at the top of our current best-dressed list, the Savages star may start to rethink her style choices. She snagged the number-one spot thanks to a simple, subtle and yes, even a bit conservative, sheath.

The Mexican actress’s knee-length leather charcoal dress, worn with Sergio Rossi pumps and a bright-red pout to the Savages photocall in Rome, got an 82 percent approval rating and helped her edge out pal Penélope Cruz, who wore a L’Wren Scott floral-print dress, a coordinating clutch and black Ferragamo heels at the Spain photocall for Twice Born. She also beat Taylor Swift, Natalie Portman and Halle Berry. No easy feat.

We have a feeling that Hayek may have turned over a new leaf and we expect to see her in similarly understated stylish ensembles over the next few months.

Find out which other stylish stars earned spots in the top five this week — and vote for your favorite looks — on our Red Carpet Spotlight page. Tell us: Do you love Hayek’s dress as much as everyone else does? via People.

Spotted: Kendra Wilkinson and her park buddy…

Reality star Kendra Wilkinson was snapped hugging it out with her adorable son Hank IV after he enjoyed some time playing at the park with pals in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday (September 30).

Papa Hank Baskett recently talked about his nearly 3-year-old’s love of sports:

“We like to go out now. We’re back to being young and fun again! We love to go out, we love to be in Hollywood . . . YOLO. You only have one life to live and we love to be young!”

“Baby Hank got himself into sports! I hung a tennis ball in the garage and at first he was just [hitting it] with the tennis racquet to develop coordination, but now he has a little wiffle ball bat he’s working on. And he’s a tremendous soccer player!”

Kendra added, “We’re an athletic family. We want to push it on him!”

*EXCLUSIVE* Kendra Wilkinson loves her Curly Locks!

*EXCLUSIVE* Kendra Wilkinson loves her Curly Locks!

*EXCLUSIVE* Kendra Wilkinson loves her Curly Locks!

*EXCLUSIVE* Kendra Wilkinson loves her Curly Locks!

*EXCLUSIVE* Kendra Wilkinson loves her Curly Locks!

Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen and his wife Larsa, joined OMEGA at the 2012 Ryder Cup

Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen and his wife Larsa, joined OMEGA at the 2012 Ryder Cup on Friday at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. Pipen, a Chicago sports icon and avid golf fan, stopped by the PGA Precision Experience presented by OMEGA tent in Ryder Cup Plaza to test his golf skills at the OMEGA Putting Challenge.

He then put his watchmaking talents on display, giving a live demo with an OMEGA watchmaker to showcase the artistry, precision and craftsmanship that goes into each OMEGA timepiece.

As special guests of OMEGA, Scottie and Larsa were both presented with OMEGA timepieces – Scottie the OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.5mm Chronograph with metal bracelet, black face and diamonds, and Larsa the Seamaster Planet Ocean with black leather strap, black face and diamonds.

The 2012 Ryder Cup is not only one of the most anticipated golf events on the calendar – but also an exciting first for OMEGA, as the brand serves as Official Timekeeper of the Ryder Cup for the first time this year via Omega.

Spotted: The Jolie-Pitts at a South France park…

If you thought they disappeared, think again! Brangelina’s brood is back and ready to take over the world … well, sort of.

Angelina Jolie and five of her six kids with fiance Brad Pitt, — Pax, 8; Zahara, 7; Shiloh, 6; and 4-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne — stopped by a playground near their family’s Chateau Miraval in the South of France last weekend. All the kiddies seemed to be having a great time as they bounced around and ran after one another at the park.

Noticeably missing was Jolie’s oldest son, Maddox, 10, and Pitt, who were probably hanging out together back at the Jolie-Pitt estate. According to X17online, Jolie picked up Happy Meals for her children, who “happily” noshed away at their lunches. Wouldn’t you after all that bouncing?

Both Jolie and Pitt have been busy bees since announcing their engagement in April. Jolie has been filming the new Disney movie “Maleficent” in England, as well as traveling to Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon to visit with Syrian refugees.

Pitt, on the other hand, spends most of his time shooting the new flick “The Counselor,” while promoting his upcoming film “Killing Them Softly” in London.

So, when’s the wedding? No plans as of yet. Click here to view more photographs….angelina jolie and kids

Show Review: Kenzo Spring 2013…

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Kenzo served up an ample dose brightness for next spring, taking inspiration from the name of Kenzo’s first store, Jungle Jap, and infusing their collection with botanical prints, tie dye splotches, and tropical colors.

Safari ready jumpsuits and off shoulder cotton frocks in utilitarian army green shared the stage with exotic printed halter neck bustiers and matching pants. Knee high boots and multi strap sandals were the accessories of choice, along with python printed handbags and wide belts. Click here to view full 2012 collection…

Eva Mendes Embarks on ‘Life-Changing’ Visit to Sierra Leone

With a visit to Sierra Leone, Eva Mendes is helping raise awareness about serious issues affecting girls and women around the world.

Based on the best-selling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the new series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide introduces Mendes and other stars, including America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde to women and girls living under difficult circumstances, ranging from maternal death to prostitution.

Mendes, 38, kicks off the four-hour series – airing Oct. 1 and 2 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS – with her visit to Sierra Leone, where she meets with activist Amie Kandeh, a survivor of gender-based violence working with the International Rescue Committee to help other survivors toward safe, productive futures. Click here to continue reading…

JP Morgan’s Food Stamp Empire…

In 2010, President Obama signed into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The bill added $4.5 billion to child-nutrition programs over the next decade, put in place nutrition standards for school lunch programs and vending machines, and implemented training for the cafeteria workers who feed 31 million students a day through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.

It received bipartisan support, and was hailed as a compassionate victory for America’s poorest children. The bill was also, however, a potentially good development for mega bank JP Morgan Chase. Why, you may be wondering, would one of the nation’s biggest banks benefit from a bill meant to feed poor children?

A closer look at the legislation reveals the answer. The bill mandates that “all state agencies implement Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) systems by October 1, 2020” for those receiving money through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. And which company administers nearly half of all states’ EBT programs? You guessed it: JP Morgan Chase. Click here to continue reading…

9 things to know about mammograms…

The facts are clear. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African-American women. And black women’s breast cancer mortality rates are higher than their white female counterparts. After lung cancer, breast cancer is the highest killing cancer among black women.

Unfortunately, the solution to this problem is multifaceted. Black women’s high breast cancer mortality rates are linked to poor access to medical care, inadequate utilization of early detection precautions, differences in treatment, and differences in tumor characteristics compared to their white female counterparts.

In terms of early detection, while it’s essential that every woman learns how to perform an efficient breast self-exam, mammograms are also important. However, it’s also an option that many women fear.

Let’s calm your worries. Here are nine things you should know about mammograms. Click here to read the 9 facts about mammograms…black-women-breast-cancer

Did Paris Jackson cut her hair?

Over the weekend, Paris Jackson posted a photo to her Instagram, in which the 14-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson can be seen rocking a bobbed hairdo that is very similar to Miley Cyrus’.

“okay and what about this one…? since everyone seems to hate the first one” she wrote, referring fans to her cropped, highlighted new look.

No word on whether Jackson actually cut her hair; in fact, subsequent photos posted to her Instagram, in which she is seen sporting much longer hair, suggest she was just wearing a wig via Celebuzz.

State Department rejects call for UN Ambassador Susan Rice to quit…

The Obama administration is rejecting a demand from a senior Republican lawmaker for the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to resign. Rep. Peter King of New York said last week Susan Rice’s explanation of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a foreign policy failure.

He told CNN Rice should resign. Rice said five days after the attack that there was no evidence it was premeditated. Officials now say it was a planned terrorist attack distinct from the mob protests in the Arab world over a U.S.-made Internet video ridiculing Islam.

Still, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton believes Rice has done a “superb job.”

Nuland said the department rejects calls for Rice’s resignation via TheGrio.Susan E. Rice, ambassador and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), attends a UN Security Council meeting regarding the on-going situation in Syria on August 30, 2012 in New York City. UN Security Council negotiations regarding the situation in Syria collapsed last month. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

White House chef Sam Kass discusses obesity…

When Sam Kass isn’t busy preparing meals for the nation’s first family, the assistant White House chef works with first lady Michelle Obama on trying to limit childhood obesity.

As a senior policy adviser for healthy food initiatives and a first-class chef, Mr. Kass has many insights on nutrition and good health. For people fighting obesity or just looking to lose a few pounds, the White House chef has this advice:

“One of the greatest things we can do is cook,” said Mr. Kass, who learned his kitchen talents in Chicago and Vienna. “We can make healthy meals at affordable prices.”

Investing in the time to make food instead of buying it at a fast-food restaurant is a simple nugget of advice that can go a long way for people who want to see their waistlines shrink.

Mr. Kass partnered with Mrs. Obama to help with her “Let’s Move!” initiative to reverse childhood obesity within a generation. He also helped her plant the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden. Fresh vegetables from the garden have fed White House guests, staff and the first family. Click here to continue reading…

Another Interracial Wedding: Patrick Stump Marries Longtime Girlfriend Elisa Yao…

Patrick Stump Marries Longtime Girlfriend Elisa YaoFrom Fall Out Boy to married man!

Patrick Stump exchanged vows with his longtime girlfriend Elisa Yao in Chicago on Saturday. Stump’s manager, Dan Suh, shared the news on Twitter early Sunday morning, and his rep confirms the happy news to PEOPLE.

“Congrats to @PatrickStump and elisa on a beautiful and amazing wedding!” he Tweeted.

The 28-year-old Fall Out Boy frontman chose a popular weekend to say “I do.”

Saveur Magazine celebrates its 150th Issue…

To celebrate, they’ve issued 150 fabulous, timeless recipes from around the world. By sharing these dishes and the stories behind them, they hope to inspire people to cook, and to make these classics their own. Click here to view the 150 recipe spread.

Look! It’s Khloe Kardashian with sisters at an impromptu photoshoot…

Khloe Kardashian has an impromptu photo shoot with sisters Kourtney and Kylie Jenner. She writes on her blog:

“The fam is back together in Miami and my sisters and I decided to do our own little photo shoot. Mainly it was just me and Kylie and then Kourt made a cameo as well. Loving Kylie’s outfit today — she looks like a princess!”

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khloe kardashian instagram kourtney kardashian kylie jenner

khloe kardashian instagram kourtney kardashian kylie jenner

khloe kardashian instagram kourtney kardashian kylie jenner

My Racial Background Is None of Your Business…

I can’t pinpoint when it started exactly. I think it must have been somewhere around college when I started getting interrogated about my racial background. The conversation I now have almost every day of my life began when I was about 18.

Where are you from?”

“Charleston, West Virginia.”

“No, I mean where are you FROM? What’s your racial background?”
“I’m black.”

[Insert pause/shock/dismay/disbelief.]

“No, I mean which one of your parents is white/Asian/other? Because you can’t be ALL black.”

Wait, what? What the hell is THAT supposed to mean? Well, thank you, bachelors in Genetics, but that’s how I identify myself, as does my birth certificate, the United States of America, the Census Bureau, all 50 states and the world via my passport. Click here to continue reading…My Racial Background Is None of Your Business

Spotted: Jordin Sparks at the 2012 Susan G. Komen Promise Gala…

Lady in red, Jordin Sparks took the chic factor up a level in a monochromatic ensemble at the 2012 Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Honoring the Promise gala in Washington, DC.

Ditching her usual flirty dresses, Sparks opted for a more modern approach to cocktail party attire: a classic trouser and blouse. What made Sparks’ pant-and-shirt combo work for a night-out?

In head-to-toe red, the Sparkle actress wore a billowy blouse with perfectly tailored pants, both by Joie, to help balance out the volume up top. Pairing a fitted item with a looser one, ensured her newly-toned figure wasn’t lost in fabric.

The slimming power of the red-on-red look and tucked-in shirt further highlighted Sparks’ slimmed-down waist, which she’s been showing off after her recent 50 pound weight loss.

To dress up her outfit and give it an even more of-the-moment feel, the starlet chose brocade pants and black pointy-toed Christian Louboutin pumps. Sparks, 22, accessorized her crimson pant-and-shirt combo with an orange Reed Krakoff messenger bag that added subtle contrast without competing with her red-hot emsemble via Celebuzz.Jordin Sparks

Kim Kardashian is White-Hot in Sexy Leather Frock…

Who says that you can’t wear white after Labor Day? Kim Kardashian reminded us why stylish women threw the dated fashion rule out the window long ago, donning a white leather dress to join her family for dinner at Prime One Twelve in Miami, Fla. on Sunday.

The 31-year-old star glowed in the leather mini dress, which showed off her Miami tan yet still felt appropriate for fall. To work white post-Labor Day, take a cue from Kardashian’s white-hot look….

Leather instantly adds a fall feel to any look, while Kardashian’s unexpected choice of white leather nods to Miami’s sexy beachy-glam style. To further the seasonal feel, Kardashian opted for booties over sandals, and even tweeted a picture of her color-blocked Balenciaga booties via Celebuzz.Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

Nicole Richie’s sister Sophia reveals upcoming fashion line and music collaboration with Willow Smith…

The Richie clan has another style star on the horizon. At Teen Vogue’s 10th Annual Young Hollywood bash with Emporio Armani on September 27, Nicole Richie‘s younger sister, Sophia Richie revealed that she’s gearing up to work on a fashion project with big sis.

Sophia dished to us about working with Nicole, whose fashion empire already includes three successful lines — and what we can expect from the sisters’ new collaboration.

“We’re doing more of a summer line, so if anything comes out, it will definitely be in the summer,” Sophia revealed.

Though she’s only 14, the aspiring designer has learned a lot from watching her older sister. Sophia told us she often visits her sister on the set of Fashion Star, sitting through long hours of taping to support Nicole, who is one of the show’s judges:

“I love Fashion Star. Its very time consuming, but I love the show. She [Nicole] does great on it, and it’s great for her,”Sophia gushed to us. Click here to continue reading…

Nick Cannon talks to Larry King about Lupus Diagnosis, Says He’s ‘Working Past It’ …

Nick Cannon is opening up about his fast-rising career — and the health crisis that threatened to derail it.

The 31-year-old sat down with CNN anchor Larry King for Social Media Week LA Friday and spoke about his many roles as an actor, rapper, host of America’s Got Talent and doting husband of superstar Mariah Carey — as well as his recent health struggles.

“I have no regrets,” Cannon said when asked if he would change anything about his life. “I believe life is all about the stories you can tell, and I have some great stories to tell, good and bad.” Cannon

The multi-talented star also spoke about being diagnosed with Lupus, an autoimmune disease with no cure that caused his kidneys to shut down earlier this year. Click here to continue reading…Nick Cannon and Larry King at Social Media Week LA

Nick Cannon and Larry King at Social Media Week LA

Nick Cannon and Larry King at Social Media Week LA

Spotted: Halle Berry and her pumpkin patch pal Nahla…

‘Cloud Atlas’ actress Halle Berry and her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry (not pictured) took their daughter Nahla to a pumpkin patch picking up gooding for a full day of carving up jack-o-lanterns in Simi Valley, Calif. on October 1, 2012 via CelebuzzHalle Berry

French fashion brand has awesome ‘No Chinese Allowed’ rule…

French fashion brand Zadig & Voltaire plans to open a hotel in a renovated building in Paris that was once a private mansion. But, says the founder and owner Thierry Gillier, when the hotel opens in 2014, “Chinese tourists” will not be welcome.

Gillier told the apparel industry trade paper Women’s Wear Daily at the Zadig & Voltaire fashion show:

“It will be a slightly private hotel, not open to everybody, with 40 rooms. We are going to select guests. It won’t be open to Chinese tourists, for example. There is a lot of demand in Paris — many people are looking for quiet with a certain privacy.”

So, that’s a nice, bracing dose of racism and xenophobia!

When word of Gillier’s quote started to spread through the fashion blogosphere and Twittersphere — not to mention on the Chinese social-networking site Weibo — this weekend, accompanied by harsh criticism, WWD went back and quietly edited its story.

Gillier’s quote is now given as, “We are going to select guests. It won’t be open to busloads of tourists, for example. There is a lot of demand in Paris — many people are looking for quiet hotels with a certain privacy.”

No explanation was given for the change, and WWD did not see fit to mention that the article had been edited, which makes the switch extra sneaky. Click here to continue reading…French Fashion Brand Has Awesome 'No Chinese Allowed' Rule

Interesting Fact: the HPV Vaccine is Mostly Safe!

No, Really — the HPV Vaccine is Mostly Safe! is mostly, probably, almost definitely safe, according to a new study that included almost 200,000 girls who’d received at least one dose of the quadrivalent HPV vaccine which is marketed by Merck & Co. and protects against four strains of HPV.

Researchers did, however, find evidence of two unpleasant side effects — increased instances of fainting and skin infections, these side effects were mostly expected, and fainting has been linked to receiving injections in general.

According to the study, fainting was six times more likely to occur on the day of vaccination, as opposed to a period of many moons later: there were 24 cases per 1,000 of fainting on the day of vaccination, and an average of 4 per 1,000 during a period of several months later.

Incidents of skin infections, meanwhile, were twice as likely to occur about two weeks after vaccination, as opposed to some random time further down the line when mystery splotches on the skin would be more likely to trigger hypochondriac reactions ranging from:

“Fuck, when did I roll around in poison oak?” to “I am for sure turning into a zombie.”Click here to continue reading…

Happy 42nd birthday Kelly Ripa!

The beautiful actress/talk show host/television producer and mother of three was born on October 2, 1970.  Wishing you many more. Stay youthful!

Show Review: Tom Ford Spring 2013…

Tom Ford has become notoriously private when it comes to revealing his collections. The designer is not a fan of the instant gratification provided by the internet, and instead opts to unveil his offerings in magazines months after they’re privately viewed. This season saw Ford step out of his comfort zone, welcoming us in grand fashion.

The foray harmoniously mixed sex and sport. Hair was pulled up and teased into beehives as models struck sassy poses. The color palette was perfectly in tune with what we’ve been seeing on the Spring 2013 runway, neutrals, and black and whites, that were ultimately punctuated by shades of blue. There were strappy sandals, at times heading as far up as the thigh. Click here to view full 2013 collection…

Judge halts Pennsylvania’s tough new voter ID requirement…

A judge postponed Pennsylvania’s controversial voter identification requirement on Tuesday, ordering the state not to enforce it in this year’s presidential election.

The decision by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson on the law requiring each voter to show a valid photo ID could be appealed to the state Supreme Court. The law could go into full effect next year, under Simpson’s ruling.

However, Simpson based his decision on guidelines given to him days ago by the high court justices, and it could easily be the final word on the law just five weeks before the Nov. 6 election.

His ruling came after listening to two days of testimony about the state’s eleventh-hour efforts to make it easier to get a valid photo ID. He also heard about long lines and ill-informed clerks at driver’s license centers and identification requirements that made it hard for some registered voters to get a state-issued photo ID. Click here to continue reading…A man heads into the the Penndot Drivers License Center in Butler, Pa., near a sign telling of the requirement for voters to show an acceptable photo ID to vote. Some political momentum could be on the line in a judge’s forthcoming ruling on Pennsylvania's tough new voter identification law. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson is expected to rule Tuesday. That’s just five weeks before voters decide whether to re-elect President Barack Obama, a Democrat, or replace him with Mitt Romney, a Republican. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Rashida Jones talks ‘awkward teenage years’ on Conan O’Brien show…

Almost everyone went through their awkward years during adolescence. But those are usually times they’re not eager to return to, and certainly not eager to share with the world via Twitter or Facebook. Not everybody is Rashida Jones, though, who shared her love of her own awkward teen photos with “Conan.”

“The braces, like, perm hair, turtleneck combo? That’s not, I think, not that sexy,” Jones said of one of her tweeted pictures as Conan O’Brien showed it to his audience.

O’Brien matched her, though, pulling out one of his own embarrassing pics. “You’re way cooler than I am. The awkwardness factor is not high for you,” she determined.

She also let Conan know that on a recent trip to Germany to promote her movie “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” her favorite German word was a little more butt-related than you’d expect.

It may be easier to look back at some of the more awkward moments of development when Jones has clearly moved beyond them. She looks absolutely stunning in this recent Flaunt magazine photo shoot.

Rashida Jones can be seen every Thursday on “Parks & Recreation” at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC. “Conan” airs weeknights at 11 p.m. ET on TBS via HuffPost.

Spotted: Vida McConaughey Goes To Church With Her Grandmothers

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves 2-year-old daughter Vida was spotted leaving church with her two grandmothers Fatima Alves and Kay McConaughey in Austin, Texas on Sunday (September 30).

It seems little Vida and her older brother Levi, 4, are intrigued by their mama’s growing baby bump:

They love [my baby bump],” Camila – who announced that she’s expecting her third child – says. “I think they fully understand that it’s a little baby coming. They love it.” Via CelebBabyScoop.

Exclusive... Vida McConaughey Leaving Church With Her Grandmothers

Exclusive... Vida McConaughey Leaving Church With Her Grandmothers

Exclusive... Vida McConaughey Leaving Church With Her Grandmothers

FLOTUS Michelle Obama visits the ‘Steve Harvey’ show…

First Lady Michelle Obama visited the new daytime show “Steve Harvey” on Wednesday, October 3. Mrs. Obama sat down for an interview and discussed how she and the President met, their 20-year marriage and tells the story of the first time the President kissed her:

“We were talking, eating and laughing and he leaned over and asked me if he could kiss me… and I said ‘Yes’!”

Life’s a picnic! Sandra Bullock relishes in a lovely afternoon lunch with her dapper little man Louis …

She has been busy working on the set of her new film The Heat for the last few months. But now that the movie is in post production, Sandra Bullock is relishing in spending time with her number one leading man in her life, her son Louis.

The 48-year-old actress was seen taking the adorable tot on a picnic on Monday. The pair were spotted strolling along in the sun on what appeared to be a farm or a ranch.

Little Louis looked dapper for the outing in a designer T-shirt from Italian clothing label C.P. Company and a cute little pair of cargo shorts. The tot walked confidently along in a pair of tiny sandals and carried a toy car in his hand.

Meanwhile, Sandra displayed her slender legs in a pair of denim Daisy Dukes teamed with a white T-shirt and cream sneakers. She shielded her face from the sun with a fedora hat and her eyes with a pair of aviator sunglasses.

The down-to-earth actress wore a red flower tucked behind her ear and carried a picnic in a basket for the pair. Click here to continue reading and to view additional photographs…

A scene from her upcoming movie

Nicole Richie lunches with her kids…

Fashion Star mentor Nicole Richie, 31, was spotted enjoying a lunch date with her two children Harlow, 4, and Sparrow, 3, and some pals at Cafe Med in West Hollywood, Calif. on Monday (October 1).

The mama-of-two recently opened up about the parenting path she has chosen for her children compared to way she was raised (her dad is musical legend Lionel Richie).

“One of the biggest differences in the way I’m raising my kids versus the way I was raised is that I was on tour a lot,” Nicole divulges. “I don’t really do that with my kids.”

It’s important to me that they have stability,” she adds. “I like them to be home. There’s no right or wrong way to raise a family. Look, I don’t know anyone who can say they don’t just try and do the best that they can do.” Via Celebbabyscoop.

*EXCLUSIVE* Nicole Richie and Kids funday Monday!

*EXCLUSIVE* Nicole Richie and Kids funday Monday!

*EXCLUSIVE* Nicole Richie and Kids funday Monday!

Spotted: Heidi Klum and her soccer pals…

Mama-of-four Heidi Klum and her bodyguard-turned-boyfriend Martin Kristen were spotted taking Heidi’s brood Leni, 8, Johan, nearly 6, and Lou, nearly 3 to watch 7-year-old Henry play soccer in Los Angeles, Calif. on Saturday (September 29).

The couple – who recently made headlines when Heidi’s ex-hubby Seal accused the them of beginning their relationship before the split – relaxed together as they cheered Henry’s team on to victory.

We also spotted Martin taking Leni to gymnastics the same day. Via CelebbabyscoopHeidi Klum and Kids Watch Henry's Flag Football Game

Heidi Klum and Kids Watch Henry's Flag Football Game

Heidi Klum and Kids Watch Henry's Flag Football Game

Heidi Klum and bodyguard-turned-boyfriend Martin Kristen look relaxed together as they watch Klum's son Henry play a game of football in LA

Heidi Klum and bodyguard-turned-boyfriend Martin Kristen look relaxed together as they watch Klum's son Henry play a game of football in LA

Heidi Klum and Martin Kristen take the kids to soccer practice

Heidi Klum's New BF and Ex Bodyguard Plays Daddy Duties to Her Kids

Heidi Klum's New BF and Ex Bodyguard Plays Daddy Duties to Her Kids

Sofia Vergara covers Lucky Magazine’s November 2012 issue…

Sofia Vergara Talks Wedding Plans, Her Ring Size| Couples, Engagements, Sofia VergaraAfter weeks of coyly avoiding questions regarding her engagement, Sofia Vergara is finally talking about her plans to tie the knot – and what she thinks of her stunning ring!

“It is perfection. If it was bigger, it would be too big to wear,” The Modern Family star tells Lucky magazine in its November cover story. “But if it was smaller, I would not like.”

The sexiest woman on TV accepted Nick Loeb’s proposal during her lavish 40th birthday celebration in Mexico, but admitted on the Emmy red carpet that after planning that big party, she’s not ready to focus on planning another.

On having another child:“[Nick Loeb] is younger than me, 37, and he never had them. So if he wants one, maybe I will have.”

On what she thinks of her famously bodacious body:“I know [my breasts] have opened doors for me, let’s be real. But I so hate when I see Gisele and she is wearing a tiny little tank top with no bra, like, ‘Oh, I just threw this on, I look so cute.’ If I wore that I would look like I was pregnant, or a fat stripper.”

On why she loves fiancé Nick Loeb:” Because we are f*cking professionals at doing nothing. We like to sit around on the beach and drink wine and talk sh*t.”

On aging: Turning 40 is horrible. People that say it isn’t are full of sh*t.”

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Show Review: Hermès Spring 2013…

The name Hermès is practically synonymous with luxury and sophistication; the brand stuck to its signatures for Spring 2013. Christophe Lemaire presented a wearable collection of separates and the fashion house’s coveted handbags in rich shades and prints that sometimes felt more autumnal, save for some florals.

Though not always cohesive surprisingly, the offerings were still strong, serving up the silhouettes that the loyal Hermès customer would expect, as well as some fun and flirty designs that might attract a whole new set of stylish women. Click here to view full 2012 collection…

Mark Zuckerberg: “I Wear the Same Thing Every Day”…

Mark ZuckerbergFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview on NBC’s Today set to air on Thursday that he lives a “simple” life and proudly wears the same thing every day. Zuckerberg — who has appeared on GQ and Esquire‘s worst-dressed list in 2011 — confessed in an interview taped last week with Today host Matt Lauer that he owns “maybe about 20″ identical grey t-shirts.

“I mean, I wear the same thing every day, right? I mean, it’s literally, if you could see my closet at home…,” Zuckerberg said. “My wife has a bunch of stuff. Although she has her drawer — primarily scrubs for the hospital — I get one drawer. And my drawer is about 20 of these gray t-shirts.”

He said he has one drawer “like men everywhere.”

Other notables known to wear the same thing every day? Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein. Click here to continue reading…

‘The X Factor’ Hosts: Khloe Kardashian, Mario Lopez New Co-Hosts…

It’s looking like Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez the new “X Factor” co-hosts. According to TMZ, the duo has been added to the Fox show’s payroll, but are still putting the finishing touches on their deals.

In August, TMZ reported Kardashian’s rumored hosting role, while Lopez’s name has been in the mix since July. Other rumored hosts included Erin Andrews and Stacey Keibler, among others.

So how are the current “X Factor” judges getting along? Not perfectly, if Simon Cowell’s words are any indication. While rattling off a list of people he finds annoying on “Conan,” 20-year-old Demi Lovato’s name came up.

“You can be a bit of an a**hole,”Lovato, who was also appearing on “Conan,” snapped back.

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R&B singer Miguel debuts ‘Do You’ video featuring girlfriend Nazanin

Who needs a video chick when you have a bad ass girlfriend like Paula Patton, or in this case, Nazanin?

R&B crooner Miguel opted to feature his girlfriend of 7 years in his newest video to the single ‘Do You’ of his album ‘Kaleidoscope Dream’. This is the second single being released off his new album.

If the sexy visuals are anything to go by, this is true interracial love in its finest form. Watch the video clip below to see the couple steam your monitors going from pool table, to couch, to the car and more.

Miguel uses the ‘drug’ as a metaphor for love in the lyrics. He promises he’s gonna ‘do her like drugs tonight’ via NecoleBitchie.

Spotted: John Legend and fiancee Chrissy Teigen

Shopping is a favorite activity of women and Chrissy Teigen is no exception! The Sports Illustrated model and fiancee, grammy-award winning singer, John Legend’s fiancee  were spotted out and about in West Hollywood a few days ago shopping.

The singer recently broke the news of his tour cancellation to his fans on his website. He wrote:

“Hey beautiful people,

I’m writing with a change of plans to share with you. As you all know, I’ve been working on my new album, Love in the Future, with Kanye and the rest of my creative team for a while now. I planned to release the album this Fall and go on tour to perform new songs from the album. We announced the dates before we’d finished the album because we were sure we’d finish the album in time. But, unfortunately, while the creative process has been exciting and I’m pretty certain we’re going to deliver the best album of my career so far, the timing hasn’t adhered to the schedule I originally envisioned. In other words, we’re not done with the album. And my team and I have made the agonizing decision to put off the tour until 2013* when we know we will have the new music done and will be ready to fully unveil the creative vision through the album and the live experience.” Click here to read more…

Alicia KeysTracee Ellis Ross and more join BlACK GIRLS ROCK!…

tracee ellis ross and alicia keysGrammy-award winning singer Alicia Keys will be among the women being honored at this year’s Black Girls Rock! awards ceremony.

Founder and CEO Beverly Bond’s BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ 2012 special is set to tape at the Loews Paradise Theatre October 13 in New York City this year. The show will air on BET on November 4, 2012 @ 8:00 pm/ET, the show features heartfelt performances, tributes and special awards to celebrate the achievements of remarkable women of color.

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross will also return to co-host this year’s awards show which will honor Grammy Award-winning music legend Dionne Warwick – Living Legend Award; actress Kerry Washington – Star Power Award; magazine editor, writer and journalist Susan Taylor – Inspiration Award; singer-songwriter Alicia Keys and more….Via YBF.

Oh oh! It’s trouble at American Idol audition as Nicki Minaj curses at Mariah Carey!!!

Minaj derailed the “American Idol” auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina Tuesday, after swearing at Mariah Carey and threatening, “I’m gonna knock you out” sources tell TMZ.

In the footage, obtained by TMZ, Nicki is clearly furious and was heard shouting, “I told them I’m not f*ckin’ putting up with her f**kin’ highness over there.”

Sources say Nicki later threatened to “knock out” Mariah, but she said it before the video starts. It all went down while the two were sitting at the judge’s table with Keith Urban sitting in between them and Randy Jackson sitting on the far end, next to Mariah.

We’re told the whole thing exploded over a disagreement over a contestant’s performance. Listen closely as you play the video and you’ll hear:

Nicki: Get this s**t in self control. Get in control. Get in control.
Randy: Settle down, settle down
Nicki: Don’t lose your head. Don’t lose your head (inaudible). Don’t tell me I’m a gangster.
Nicki (inaudible) every 5 minutes: So every time you patronize me, I’m-ma take it back, and if you’ve got a f**king problem, handle it.
Nicki: I told them I’m not f**kin’ putting up with her f**king highness over there. Figure it the f**k out. Figure it out.
Nicki: I’m not gonna sit here every f**king minute to have you come down and harass me every minute everyday.

Mariah is talking back at Nicki but it’s hard to hear what she’s saying. According to our friends at MouthToEars.com, producers ended the auditions for the day so the two judges could cool down. We’ve confirmed that happened.

Big wigs on the show seem uncharacteristically upset by the blow up. It seems producers are worried about Mariah and Nicki co-existing for the long haul.

‘American Idol’ Feud: Ryan Seacrest Describes ‘Intense,’ ‘Heated’ Fight…

A shocking argument exploded between American Idol judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey on Tuesday — and even Idol host Ryan Seacrest couldn’t deny the obvious tension between the two feuding divas.

On his morning radio show Wednesday morning, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, the media personality confirmed the reports and dished some behind-the-scenes details about what really led to Minaj’s erratic outburst toward Carey, in which the rapper exclaimed:

“I told them, I’m not f***in’ putting up with her f***in’ highness over there,” during an audition.

“It was intense,” he said. “It was heated.”

What else did Seacrest have to say?

“Yesterday, we did about a full day of auditions, and toward the end of the day that there was a very heated, intense argument between a couple of the judges after a contestant performed,” he said. “Both of these judges have come with a different perspectives.” via Celebuzz.

‘American Idol’ Feud: Nick Cannon Supports ‘Strong,’ ‘Classy’ Wife Mariah Carey…

Nick Cannon is defending his wife Mariah Carey after Nicki Minaj verbally assaulted the singer during an American Idol audition in Charlotte, N.C.

Now Cannon, host of America’s Got Talent, is speaking out about the onset antics:

“My wife is the strongest and classiest woman that I’ve ever met, if you watch the video, she just maintains her composure… I don’t think she’s moved by the theatrics and pageantry of it all,” Cannon told Access Hollywood. ”She signed up to do a job to help young people… this is like a sidebar. I hope that’s not what this show becomes, about the catfights.”Click here to continue reading…

Nicki Minaj speaks on American Idol fight: ‘Mariah Carey started the fight’…

Mariah Carey fired the first shots in her “American Idol” war with Nicki Minaj … calling the rapper a “bitch” multiple times, this according to sources close to Minaj.

According to our sources, Nicki is adamant in the moments before the TMZ video begins, Mariah Carey repeatedly berated her until Nicki finally had enough and exploded.

We’re told Nicki feels Mariah has been wasting everyone’s time by constantly praising herself instead of focusing her energy on critiquing the contestants.

One source tells us, “She keeps bringing up how many records she’s sold, name dropping people she’s worked with, how many tours she’s done, and how many Grammys or awards she’s won and Nicki is tired of it.”

The winner of ‘Most Pinned Recipe’ goes to…

Cheesecake StrawberriesHave you been eating your strawberries au naturale? Covered in chocolate? Well, you’ve been eating them all wrong. You should be consuming your strawberries with cheesecake, at least according to Pinterest.

Lovers of cheesecakes across the country, we’ve got good news for you: you can now feel good about your cheesecake consumption. When you add cheesecake filling to your strawberries, rather than strawberries to your cheesecake, you get your daily intake of fresh fruit and your cheesecake fix. It doesn’t get much better than this.

These cheesecake stuffed strawberries are one of the most pinned recipes on Pinterest, taking in more than 700,000 pins. That’s a whole lot of people who dig these strawberries. We know it’s not one of the most groundbreaking recipes we’ve seen — like this chocolate chip cookie dough bean dip — and it’s not as eye-catching as other Pinterest food photos, so why is it so popular? Click here to find out and to also view more cheesecake recipes…

Happy 20th wedding anniversary President & Mrs. Obama

The 44th President of the United States and his beautiful wife celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Since assuming office in 2008, they have showcased their love while sending a message of ‘true love exists and marriage can work’.

Although President Barack Obama was gearing up for the election a mere 34 days away, he still managed to celebrate a sweet milestone in his life on  Wednesday by tweeting:

“Twenty years ago today, I married the love of my life and my best friend. Happy anniversary, Michelle,” Obama Tweeted.

The couple met at Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin in 1989, and shared their first kiss outside a Hyde Park shopping center. There is even a plaque outside, which bears a quote the then Senator shared with Oprah Winfrey in 2007:

“On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate.”

Now, for Winfrey’s November issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, out Oct. 9, the Obamas are sharing more secrets to their successful marriage.

“When you’re under all of these pressures, to come home every single night … and have Michelle and the girls there … they are my balance and keep me grounded, and that’s truer now than it’s ever been,” the President says.

We wish you another 60 years or more together. Thank you for sharing your love for one another with us.

Oprah interviews both the Obamas and the Romneys…

In O’s November issue, Oprah sits down with President Barack Obama, Republican candidate Mitt Romney, and their wives to talk policy, family, and their visions for America. Here’s a sneak peek of what they discussed.

Read the exclusive interview in the November issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, available on newsstands October 9th.

On what they like about their opponent:

Barack Obama: I really like the healthcare bill that he passed in Massachusetts. It was great.

Mitt Romney: Well, I’m glad he got Osama bin Laden, that’s one. A man’s been in office three and a half years, he does hundreds of things. I’m sure there are a few that are fine.

On their visions for the world:

BO: Michelle accuses me of being a congenital optimist, but it’s true. I think people are capable of great evil but are fundamentally good. I want America to continue to be on the side of expanding justice and freedom and opportunity. Click here to read full excerpt…

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The stereotypes about ‘Black Hair’…

Dana Oliver recalls: “Throughout my career as a journalist (and now beauty editor), I’ve always been one of the few black women among my colleagues. Add in the fact that in a single calendar year I may walk into the office wearing no less than five different hairstyles, you can only imagine the types of questions I get asked.”

Black women and their hair has become one of society’s hottest topics (thanks to Chris Rock’s 2009 documentary “Good Hair” and the $185 million black haircare market). But as StyleLikeU’s Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum recently discovered, there is so much more beyond the wildly, intricate hairdos of African-American women.

In their latest roundtable video series, the mother-daughter duo gather a group of tastemakers to share their personal hair journey.

Zandile Blay, founder of Africa Style Daily admits, “You’re not loving your soul if you have to sort of press it, burn it, braid it. There is a lack of acceptance of who you are at your core and your physicality, when you beat your hair under constant submission.” Click here to continue reading and view video…

Why the Hell Are We Still Holding First Lady Bake-Offs? Stop It. Stop It Right Now!

Yesterday, Family Circle announced that First Lady and Princeton-educated attorney Michelle Obama’s white and dark chip cookie recipe roundly defeated challenger and stay-at-home mom Ann Romney’s M&M’s cookie recipe. And while it’s tempting to joke about the metrics of stay-at-home mom success versus lawyer success, let’s get down to the crux of the matter here: why the fuck are we still making the candidates’ wives bake cookies?

Believe it or not, the First Lady bake-off started in 1992, not 1952, after a terribly uppity Hillary Clinton remarked that after her husband was elected Governor of Arkansas, she chose to pursue her career rather than “stay home and bake cookies.” America did a collective spit take at her unbridled, raw, unfeminine ambition.

Who did this be-pageboyed Delilah think she was, eschewing cookie baking? If every mom in America followed Hillary Clinton’s dangerous example, cookies might nearly go extinct, like the California Condor. If future Americans wanted to show their children what a cookie looked like, they’d have to drive to a zoo. No more cookies in the wild! Click here to continue reading…

Amish leader, 15 followers convicted of hate crimes in beard attacks…

Sixteen members of a breakaway Amish community in rural eastern Ohio, including its leader, were convicted of federal hate crimes Thursday for the forcible cutting of Amish men’s beards and Amish women’s hair.

“Sam Mullet Sr. and the 15 followers were found guilty of conspiracy to violate federal hate-crime law in connection with what authorities said were the religiously motivated attacks on several fellow Amish people last year.
The verdicts were read in U.S. District Court in Cleveland following several days of jury deliberation and a trial that began in late August,” a U.S. attorney’s office said.

Prosecutors said the 15 followers, at Mullet’s instruction, shaved the beards and cut the hair of Amish people who had left his group over various religious disagreements. Five attacks happened in four eastern Ohio counties between September and November 2011, authorities said. Click here to continue reading…

Shoe Lust: Versace’s Spring 2013 Collection…

You guys loved Versace’s Spring 2013 collection, so you should all be happy to know that the brand’s shoes for the season are up for pre-order! Gladiator-inspired is the theme with sultry wraparound and lace-up detailing and gold embellishment. Heels measure 5.25″ and up so start practicing and get those calves strong for the season. Click here to view full 2013 collection…

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Get Spooked at Eli Roth’s Goretorium…

Justin Bieber and girlfriend Selena Gomez enjoyed a spooky Sunday at Eli Roth’s Goretorium, a new haunted-hotel attraction in Las Vegas.

The lovebirds enjoyed a private tour of the popular scare-fest, before posing with Australian pop singer Cody Simpson and Hostel series director Eli Roth for a post-fright photo, in which Bieber, 18, appears to be clinging onto Gomez, 20, for dear life.

Given all the fake blood and terrifying props, it’s a good thing Bieber didn’t fall ill this time. The singer recently vomited during a performance after drinking too much milk before the gig.

Roth, known for his ultraviolent horror films, has transformed the reportedly haunted Delmont Hotel into the Goretorium, an all-year-round horror attraction. Last weekend was its grand opening. Click here to continue reading…

Show Review: Louis Vuitton Spring 2013

Marc Jacobs packed a punch in his bright, short, and sweet Spring 2013 collection for Louis Vuitton. Mod-inspired silhouettes were the look du jour with leg-baring shift dresses, exposed midriffs, and hard-to-miss Damier check patterns in varying sizes.

Hemlines ranged from mini length to maxi, all influenced by the French conceptual artist, Daniel Buren, and his installation Les Deux Plateaux. His work was palpable throughout the collection, which definitely had an abstract minimalist vibe, juxtaposing bold prints and colors with uncomplicated designs. Click here to view full 2013 collection…

Kim Kardashian and Midori Ready to Party in NYC on Halloween…

Kim Kardashian and Midori are at it again – and this time, it’s going to be scary cool! Kardashian is partnering (and partying) with Midori once more, creating an amazing Halloween-themed night in the Big Apple on October 27th – and giving one lucky individual a chance to win a VIP invitation to the event.

In September, Midori sponsored a party at the Fred Segal store in Santa Monica, California. The theme was glamour and a Party with Midori contest entrant won herself a trip to the big night. She got to rub elbows with stars and enjoy an on-the-spot makeover from some of Hollywood’s hottest stylists. Click here to continue reading…

Official Romney Blogger Says ‘A White Woman Voting for Obama Is Like a Black Woman Voting For the KKK’…

Um. John Hawkins — the right-wing blogger who recently wrote that ridiculous post for the official Romney campaign website about how Mittens is a dreamboat superhero — tweeted that a “white woman voting for Obama is like a black woman voting for the KKK” during last night’s Hannity “expose” on Obama’s five-year-old race speech.

The analogy is actually more bewildering than it is offensive; maybe the SATs should hire Hawkins to stump high-schoolers into oblivion? Unless he’s busy writing more fawning blog posts for Romney’s site – via Jezebel.

Salma Hayek shows off curvy figure for Harper’s Bazaar…

To read the full interview pick up a copy of the UK edition of Harper's Bazaar on sale now Her beauty and enviable hourglass figure have made her one of Hollywood’s most glamorous and successful stars. But ‘short and chubby’ is how Salma Hayek perceives herself.

And the Mexican actress, who last month turned 46, has called it a ‘miracle’ that she is still working. Miss Hayek has just finished work on the latest Oliver Stone film, Savages, opposite the popular American starlet, Blake Lively.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she attributes her success to luck and appears to be one of the few stars to acknowledge how difficult it is to carry on working in Hollywood once you get to a certain age.

She said: ‘The worst thing you can be in Hollywood is a woman and over 40. On top of that, I have an accent, am dyslexic, short and chubby. You name it I have it, but I am here. I must be the luckiest girl in the world to be working’.

Miss Hayek has been a Hollywood staple for more than fifteen years since finding fame in the 1995 film, Desperado. She has appeared in more than 40 films including her starring role portraying the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in the 2002 film Frida. Click here to continue reading…She must be joking! Salma Hayek shows off her amazing hourglass shape in the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar UK but the actress describes herself as 'short and fat'

Racy: In one shot for the magazine Salma is seen covering her breast with gloved hands

Healthy appetite: In the interview the actress reveals she eats everything and believes it helps her to keep a youthful appearance

Amber Rose talks about morning sickness, natural child birth and more…

Amber Rose checked in with fans on New York radio this morning and gave an update about her health and pregnancy. The pregnant model called into HOT 97, one of New York’s top hip hop radio stations, where she spoke to Cipha Sounds, Rosenberg and K. Foxx about her pregnancy and the newness of mommyhood.

She revealed she is in her 20th week of pregnancy and is just starting to feel better after being discharged from the hospital due to excessive morning sickness. She said she couldn’t hold down any food or drink and had to be put on an IV to help her recover.

She also revealed that she plans to have the baby via “water birth”– at home with dim lights, candles and with Guns N’ Roses “November Rain” playing in the background.

And in case you were wondering, she also said she has given up smoking cigarettes and there is  a “No weed allowed in the house.” rule in effect via YBF.

Spotted: Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa Out and About…

After her radio interview, the mom-to-be Amber Rose was spotted out and about to a lunch date with fiance Wiz Khalifa rocking a skin tight black dress and high heels. Amber knew how to accessorize the dress, showing off stunning white earrings and sunglasses. Wiz also looked stylish in his leopard jacket and high-top shoes.

The engaged couple are waiting in great anticipation for their little one to arrive.

“We’re expecting a beautiful little baby, me and Amber. We’re so excited. No Sleep,” said Khalifa at the MTV Video Music Awards in September.

Of course, Wiz and Amber want to expand their family beyond one child. “He wants 12 kids,” jokes Amber. The loving couple plan to wed in the near future. Via BCK.

Facebook Hits One Billion Active Users…

Facebook has officially reached one billion active users, Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced.

In an official blog post, he writes:

“This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month. If you’re reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you.”

“Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life. I am committed to working every day to make Facebook better for you, and hopefully together one day we will be able to connect the rest of the world too.”

Facebook had 955 million active users in July 2012, and though gaining 45 million users is not a small task, it seems as if the world’s biggest online social network took a little bit more time than expected reaching the 1 billion milestone.

Still, it’s an enormous number, dwarfing most other players in the social networking space by orders of magnitude. It took Facebook several years to reach the magical 100 million number back in 2008, but from then on it seemed like Mark Zuckerberg’s baby could not be stopped.

However, despite its ever-expanding user base, Facebook started looking vulnerable after its stock plummeted following the less-than-stellar initial public offering in May 2012. Via Mashable.

Presidential Debate Most-Tweeted Event in U.S. Political History…

Wednesday night’s U.S. presidential debate in Denver, Colo. was the most-tweeted-about event in American political history, dwarfing records set by this year’s Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention.

Tonight’s debate was the most tweeted about event in US political history, topping the numbers from the RNC and DNC. — Twitter Government (@gov) October 4, 2012

In total, the debate between U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney generated 10.3 million tweets in 90 minutes — a political-event record, revealed @gov, the Twitter feed for the microblogging service’s government and politics team. The following chart, provided by Twitter in a Thursday blog post, charts conversation throughout the debate:

According to @gov, the following moments generated the most Twitter buzz: moderator Jim Lehrer responding “Let’s not” when Romney requested a topic, Obama joking that, “I had five seconds” when Lehrer gave the time limit, and discussion about Medicare and vouchers.

The evening’s breakout topic, however, was Sesame Street‘s Big Bird character, which began trending after Romney name-checked the giant yellow bird. Romney admitted that he “loves Big Bird,” but would still cut subsidies for PBS, which broadcasts the children’s show. The quip produced a quarter million tweets mentioning Big Bird, @gov reported. Click here to continue reading…

The 2012 Presidential Debate and FLOTUS Michelle‘s fashion…

Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) kisses his wife and First lady Michelle ObamaThe presidential debate last night was not only a moment for the candidates to face off on the issues — it was also a prime opportunity for their wives to showcase their style, an important element of the first lady role.

First lady Michelle Obama supported her husband, President Obama, looking superbly chic, yet brilliantly conservative in a dress and matching jacket, which gave her the appearance of wearing a jewel toned suit with an abstractly printed top.

A woman who more often wears dresses to great applause, Michelle’s suit-like look made a distinct impression on this important night. Not only was it the first presidential debate of the campaign; it was also the first couple’s 20th anniversary.

Mrs. Obama looked great in an ensemble fit for both occasions. Designed by the cutting edge label Preen,

“The look is from Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi’s Fall 2011 collection,” reports the style blog Mrs. O. “The multicolored geometric-floral prints used in this collection were reported to be inpsired by the Northern California Arts and Crafts movement.” Click here to continue reading…

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First lady Michelle Obama (C) sits with White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett

First Lady Michelle Obama

Ann Romney (R) wife of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (not pictured), and First lady Michelle Obama

Ann Romney (R) wife of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (not pictured), and First lady Michelle Obama

Ann Romney (R) wife of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (not pictured), and First lady Michelle Obama

Ann Romney

Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) kisses his wife and First lady Michelle Obama

Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) hugs his wife and First lady Michelle Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd-L) talks with first lady Michelle Obama, Ann Romney (R), and Matt Romney

U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd R) and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and first lady Michelle Obama

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney looks on as Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) stands with his wife and First lady Michelle Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and first lady Michelle Obama

Joe Biden: Obama was ‘Presidential’ in debate…

Vice President Joe Biden said President Barack Obama did “a great job” in Wednesday night’s debate and slammed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for flip-flopping on all sorts of issues.

During a Thursday campaign event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Biden praised Obama’s performance in his first of three debates with Romney. The president gave Americans “a clear, specific plan how to get this country moving forward again,” Biden told the crowd.

He also spoke to reporters ahead of Thursday’s event and threw support behind Obama’s performance, which many Republicans and Democrats have said was surprisingly lackluster.

“I think the president did well,” Biden told reporters, according to pool reports. “He was presidential.”

By contrast, he said, Romney was all over the place with his proposals. He addressed the subject of Romney’s tax plan, which calls for a 20 percent across-the-board reduction in marginal tax rates, plus the elimination of the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax.

A study by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center projects the plan will amount to a $5 trillion tax cut over 10 years, but Romney denied during the debate that the tax cut would be that large and repeated his claim that he would eliminate enough deductions to counteract it. As Obama pointed out, however, not enough deductions exist to accomplish this.

“Last night we found out he doesn’t have a 5 trillion tax cut,” Biden said. “I guess he outsourced that to China or something, I don’t know, that’s offshored. But it’s hard to figure out what Gov. Romney’s position is on a number of issues.”Click here to continue reading…

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Jim Lehrer: “I felt kinda disrespected”…

Jim Lehrer made it clear to TMZ  that he’s well aware he was treated like a doormat by President Obama and Mitt Romney during Wednesday’s Presidential debate.

Our camera guy asked Lehrer at Reagan National Airport: “Do you feel you were disrespected by President Obama and Governor Romney?”

Lehrer responded: “I didn’t expect much. I didn’t have a lot of expectations.” 

BTW, Lehrer issued a statement saying part of his mission was to stay out of the way of the flow. Mission accomplished.

Miguel celebrates ‘Kaleidoscope Dream’ album release at Brooklyn Bowl…

Miguel has a lot to celebrate after recently being nominated for three Soul Train Music awards and of course the release of his brand new album, Kaleidoscope Dream. On Tuesday night, he took a break from his hectic schedule of promotional appearances to host a laid back album release at the Brooklyn Bowl.

Fellow Roc Nation label mate  artists Bridget Kelly and Melanie Fiona stopped by as well as actor Rotimi from Starz Original Series ‘Boss’. Miguel’s girlfriend and star of his new video ‘Do You’, Nazanin Mandi were all in attendance to celebrate with the R&B crooner. Click here to continue reading and view full photo gallery…

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Tamera Mowry-Housley Satisfies Her Sweet Tooth in Beverly Hills…

Tamera Mowry-Housley visited Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills with her husband Adam on Tuesday. The expecting Tia & Tamera star ordered five cupcakes, including “two chocolate marshmallows, a cinnamon sugar, a dark chocolate and a german chocolate,” an onlooker tells PEOPLE.

Both dressed in casual clothes, the couple then visited the Sprinkles Ice Cream store to further satisfy any remaining cravings.

“Tamera ordered a scoop of malted milk chocolate while Adam went for a double scoop of salty caramel and milk chocolate,” the source adds.– Jennifer Garcia via People

Alfre Woodard takes up work to deal with empty nest syndrome…

Alfre Woodard uses acting as treatment for Empty Nest Syndrome. The ‘True Blood’ actress recently told the Associated Press that she’s hard at work promoting her new venture, ‘Steel Magnolias,’ to suppress the idea of her son and daughter not being at home anymore.

“I’m three weeks into my empty nest and I’m still a little weepy,” said the actress. “[Raising my son and daughter] was just the most incredible human experience I think that I could have, and I miss it terribly.”

In missing her children, Alfre is thankful to have the opportunity to work alongside Queen Latifah and Jill Scott in her new gig.

“When you take care of (parenting) with good motives, then the universe takes care of other things and has people call you saying, ‘Hey, snap out of it, mommy, and bring your storytelling butt to work.’” Via BCK.

KitchenAid posts insulting tweet about President Obama’s deceased grandmother…

KitchenAid quickly issued an apology last night after an offensive tweet about President Barack Obama’s deceased grandmother was sent out from its official Twitter page.

The tweet was sent during the first presidential debate last night, after Obama mentioned his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who died in November 2008, during one of his answers:

“You know, my grandmother – some of you know – helped to raise me. My grandparents did,” Obama said while discussing Social Security and Medicare policies. “My grandfather died a while back. My grandmother died three days before I was elected president.”

He then called his grandmother “fiercely independent” and said she was only able to be so because of Social Security and Medicare.president obama and grandparentsThat is when the offensive, now deleted, tweet was posted on the KitchenAid profile page to its more than 25,000 followers:kitchen aid tweet 2The company deleted it promptly, but not before it was retweeted hundreds of times:

“During the debate tonight, a member of our Twitter team mistakenly posted an offensive tweet from the KitchenAid handle instead of a personal handle,” Cynthia Soledad, a representative for KitchenAid explained to Mashable. “The tasteless joke in no way represents our values at KitchenAid, and that person won’t be tweeting for us anymore.” Click here to continue reading…

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Kim Kardashian plays mom to Mason and Sophia Pippen

Sophia Pippen, the daughter of retired NBA player Scottie Pippen, spent some quality time with ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star Kim Kardashian at the Chidren’s Museum in Miami, FL on October 3rd, 2012. The duo were joined by Kim’s sister Kourtney Kardashian, and Kourtney’s children Mason and Penelope as reality television cameras followed in tow.

Despite having tons of cameras and photographers around, Sophia enjoyed her time with the Kardashians.

“Sophia had a blast with Kim, Kourt,Mason, and Penelope at the museum,” tweets mom Larsa Pippen.

Scottie and wife Larsa Pippen have four children in all: Scottie Jr.,10, Preston,8, Justin,5, and Sophia,2. Via BCK.

Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian

Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian

Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian

Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian

Kim Kardashian, Kourtney KardashianAnd here is Sophia’s dad. An enthusiastic fan drew this picture of the NBA legend Scottie Pippen; this is something that should be recreated as a wax figure and placed in Madame Tussards’.awesome drawing of Scottie Pippen

Kim Kardashian poses for Tatler’ November 2012 issue…

Renowned photographer Alan Gelali captured a softer version of reality TV star Kim Kardashian for Tatler Magazine’s November 2012 issue.

Lukensia, Jillian Michael‘s daughter is a Lady Gaga fan…

Lukensia,2, is a serious Lady Gaga fan. The little tot was recently photographed listening to the pop singer on her earphones, and she appears to love what Gaga is singing. Lu even viewing a picture of the singer on her iPad as she listened to portable sounds.

Jillian Michaels and Heidi Rhoades have two children together:Lu and Phoenix. Michaels recently told the Los Angeles Times that she:

“want[s] to be really present and enjoy all the nuances of their growth and development. I don’t want to rush any of it.”

Michaels has taken Lukensia on several outings since adopting her earlier this year. The duo were recently spotted at the Farmer’s Market in California. Via BCK.

Happy 38th Birthday Heather Headley

Heather Headley, the Tony/Grammy award-winning singer and mother of one, celebrated her 38th birthday on October 5, 2012. The singer is currently in London rehearsing for  ‘The Bodyguard – musical’ which will premiere in November. Wishing you many more. Enjoy!

Heather Headley add her personal touch to ‘The Bodyguard’ musical…

Heather Headley stars as Rachel Marron in the muscial version of The BodyguardHeather Headley, who stars as Rachel Marron in the musical, curls up in an armchair in the middle of a rehearsal studio in North-West London and starts singing the opening lines to Run To You, a song I’d always associated with Whitney Houston. Not any more…

‘It’s not Whitney’s song any more,’ agreed Thea Sharrock, who is directing the Tony award-winning actress in a musical stage version of The Bodyguard, based on the film Houston made with Kevin Costner 20 years ago. ‘It’s yours!’ she shouted gleefully in Headley’s direction.

In the show, which Sharrock has shifted from the early Nineties to present day, Heather tackles the part, created by Houston on screen, of Rachel Marron: Oscar-winning, singing superstar.

Sharrock suggests I think of her as a combination of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Madonna. Heather turns to her co-star Lloyd Owen as she continues to sing, then gets up and walks stage front, where Debbie Kurup, who plays her sister, joins in. Click here to continue reading…

PBS makes Ad Buy for ‘Big Bird’ on Twitter…

PBS could teach other brands a thing or two about how to turn a meme into a marketing opportunity.

During the first presidential debate last night, Mitt Romney admitted that:

“I love Big Bird,”

but still wants to withdraw government funding from PBS, the television network that airs Sesame Street among other popular shows.

The Internet quickly rose up to defend Big Bird with all sorts of Photoshopped tributes, fake Twitter accounts and even some fundraising campaigns.

Rather than ignore the meme, PBS has decided to make an ad buy for the phrase “Big Bird” on Twitter. Those who search for the “Big Bird” on the social network will see an advertisement for PBS at the top, which says:

“PBS is trusted, valued and essential.”

The ad then directs users to check out valuepbs.org, a website full of statistics about the network’s reach, public service initiatives and how much it really costs taxpayers ($1.35 a year.) Click here to continue reading…

R&B diva Faith Evans releases new video ‘Tears of Joy’…

R&B diva Faith Evans has released the much anticipated video for her new single “Tears Of Joy.” From “R&B Divas” to a return to the music scene, Faith Evans is back with a visual for one of her signature heart felt ballads.

The track, written by famed industry legends Chuck Harmony & Claude Kelly, appears on the R&B Divas compilation album in stores and on iTunes now.

Check out the black and white love filled visuals below.

Actress Laura Dern is a soccer mom!

Recently divorced actress Laura Dern cheered her son on from the sidelines at his game. With her upcoming role in movie Mothers Day, Laura Dern’s schedule is likely to be packed as she learns her lines ahead of the US release next year, but she still managed to take some time out on Wednesday.

The 45-year-old cheered from the sidelines as her son Ellery, 11, played soccer in Santa Monica, California. And the star appeared to enjoy playing the role of soccer mum as she proudly smiled at the sporting event.

The Jurassic Park star looked casual as she watched on and chatted with a friend while she stood by a black metal fence at the side of the pitch.

She donned a light blue t-shirt with an abstract pattern on the front and wrapped up warm by wearing a black cardigan over the top. She completed the look by wearing a pair of blue denim jeans and accessorized with a pair of simple hoop earrings and brown sunglasses. Click here to continue reading…Sporting prowess: Laura Dern looked delighted as her son Ellery prepared to take to the pitch at the soccer game in California on Wednesday

Soccer mums unite: Laura chatted with a friend at the side of the playing field as she proudly watched her son play football

Surprise, surprise: Laura appears surprised by her son's soccer abilities as she greets him after the game

Chuffed: Laura looks excited to be in attendance at son Ellery's football game

Essence Atkins talks motherhood on and off screen…

Essence Atkins knows more about love and motherhood than the average new mom thanks to her on-screen family. The actress recently told SheKnows.com that she entered the wonderful world of parenthood with a few pointers because of her role as mom to two teenagers, Coy Stewart as ‘Kevin’ and Teala Dunn as ‘Lindsey’, on the recently syndicated show ‘Are We There Yet?’.

“We have been close friends with the Stewart family for a while, and they just have wonderful children. When I found out I was pregnant with a son, I sent Coy a message. I told him, ‘Thank you for being the first person to teach me how to love a boy. You taught me how to love a son,’” said the actress.

Essence went on to say, “Coy has a little brother and we’d play NERF wars and things like that on set. It was just great fun to be around them — young people who are so talented, hungry and ambitious, and also so intelligent and thoughtful.”

“To have the experience of them look at me and think of me in that way (as a mom) — it was a boost to my confidence. You know there’s a moment of ‘Oh my gosh, we’re pregnant!’ and then the ‘Can we do this? Do I have the capacity?’ and they made me feel like I had the capacity.”

Now, as a mom to 9-month-old Varro Mendez, Atkins is doing her best to balance her career with family life while doing everything with excellence.

“I’m a type-A person, and I think a lot of career women are,” says the actress. “We have great expectations for our careers and for our children. And anytime anything falls short, we have a tendency to blame ourselves if we think we can do things at a greater capacity. We need to give ourselves permission to go with the ebbs and flows of life as there are always going to be mitigating circumstances. Not everything has to be perfect. We just have to do our best — sometimes that bar is higher than others.”

Essence along with co-star Terry Crews and their on-screen kids will star five days a week in their family friendly show. Check your local listing to see when ‘Are We There Yet?’ airs in your area. Via BCK.

Obama Campaign Building Vandalized With Words ‘Muslim Lier’ In Iowa…

President Barack Obama‘s campaign building in Des Moines, Iowa, was vandalized with the words “Muslim Lier” (intended to be “Liar”), spray-painted on a large banner.

The Des Moines Register reports:

The blue banner is 16 by 8 feet and hangs on the south side of the building at 2307 Hubbell Ave. The words were written with red spray paint, police said.
The vandalism occurred sometime between 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday, when it was discovered, police reports show.

The same message was reportedly spray painted near the Iowa State Fairgrounds earlier in the week. The damage was estimated at $500.

Dating back to his 2008 campaign, a faction of Americans have falsely believed that Obama is a Muslim, even though he has openly discussed his Christian faith. According to a poll released in July, 30 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of conservative Republicans identified the president as a Muslim. Click here to continue reading…Obama Vandalism Muslim

Spotted: Jason Kidd, wife Porschla Coleman and kids at ‘A Year In A New York Minute’ premiere…

New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd, wife Porschla Cole (a former model) and their two kids were spotted at the premiere of ‘A Year In A New York Minute’. Jason Kidd who is of  African-American and Irish-American and his wife who is also of multiracial ethnicity have been married for a year and have two children: a son born in January 2010 and a daughter born in earlier this year.

This is one beautiful multiracial family.

Heidi Klum & Kids get Bieber Fever…

Heidi Klum is a Belieber!

The model mom took her oldest kids – Leni, 8, Henry, 7, Johan, nearly 6, to the Justin Bieber concert in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday (October 3). Heidi’s new beau Martin Kirsten joined the group and carried a sleepy Johan out of the Staples Center after the big show.

Heidi and Martin have been inseparable over the past few weeks. They’ve been spotted with the kids at Chuck E. Cheese’s, soccer games, and running everyday errands.

“I trust him with my children’s life,” the Project Runway star recently said of Martin. “He’s a great man, you know and we just got to know each other from a completely different side.” Click here to continue reading…

German supermodel Heidi Klum and her new boyfriend Martin Kirsten take the kids Leni, Johan and Lou out to see Justin Bieber in concert at The Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles

German supermodel Heidi Klum and her new boyfriend Martin Kirsten take the kids Leni, Johan and Lou out to see Justin Bieber in concert at The Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles

German supermodel Heidi Klum and her new boyfriend Martin Kirsten take the kids Leni, Johan and Lou out to see Justin Bieber in concert at The Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles

Bag Lust: Fendi’s Baguette 15th Anniversary Collection…

To celebrate, Monsieur Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini, Fendi launched an internet pop-up shop, giving us all a chance to finally see and feel their exquisite collection before buying them. From exclusive striped styles to vintage patchwork designs, there’s a lot to covet. Click here to view full collection…

Spotted: Cymphonique Miller at Teen Vogue Young Hollywood party…

A handful of young entertainers partied with Teen Vogue at their 10th Anniversary young Hollywood party on September 29th in Beverly Hills, California.

In attendance were Cymphonique Miller, Zendaya Coleman, Amandla Stenberg, and other young teens. Cymphonique Miller is the blasian daughter of rapper Master P. (Percy Miller) with his former Asian girlfriend.

Cymphonique has been releasing new music and is also actively involved with various charities. Via BCK.

Amber Rose goes baby shopping in West Hollywood…

A glowing Amber Rose was spotted shopping for baby items in West Hollywood recently in a flirty blue dress, her Chanel bag and her fave Chanel sandals.

Take a look at the photos below…

A look at this weekend’s box office openings: ‘Frankenweenie‘ & ‘The Paperboy‘…

Filmmaker Tim Burton unearths material from his past and resurrects it for an all-new full feature film in Frankenweenie, while Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman strip down and sizzle on the silver screen in The Paperboy by filmmaker Lee Daniels.

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie:

In Burton’s latest film, the famous director draws from his 1984 short film — also titled Frankenweenie — and combines it with his love for stop motion animation.

Starring Winona Ryder and Martin Short, the flick is an homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein and revolves around a boy named Victor who uses the power of science to bring his dead dog back to life. For Ryder, the film marks a reunion with the director who helped make her a teen star more than two decades ago in Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands.

“With Tim, it’s just a complete trust, and to be asked to do something that is so personal to him is incredibly humbling,” Ryder said, smiling. “It’s such a special movie for me and for, I think, everyone involved. I feel like it’s beaming off of my face!”

Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy:

Lee Daniels, who earned an Oscar nomination in 2009 for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, is making his way back to the silver screen with his newest drama, The Paperboy.

Based on a novel of the same name by Pete Dexter, the movie centers around two journalists (Efron and Matthew McConaughey) who are tasked with researching the events surrounding a man on death row. During the investigation, one falls in love with the criminal’s sex-crazed girlfriend (played by Kidman), while the other starts questioning his own journalistic integrity.

“I would be more outlandish if I could,” Kidman has said of her nymphomaniac character. “A lot of times you just don’t get the chance.”

Nicole Kidman star as Charlotte Bless in D Films' The Paperboy.

Check both movies out and enjoy!

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Music Spotlight: Regina Spektor

ALT ANTHEMS Spektor delivers her signature quirky and accented tunes in Cheap SeatsMeet Regina Spektor. If you are unfamiliar with her music, Spektor is a leader in an eclectic genre that includes a fusion of folk, pop music, hip hop, Jewish, classical and punk. Her lyrics are equally eclectic, often taking on the form of abstract narratives or first-person character studies, similar to short stories orvignettes put to song.

Spektor usually sings in English, though she sometimes includes a few words or verses of Latin, Russian, French, and other languages in her songs. She also plays with pronunciations, which she said on a NPR interview to be a remnant of her early years when she listened to pop in English without understanding the lyrics.

Her music centers strongly around the anti-folk scene in New York City’s East Village although she was born in Russia to a Jewish Russian musical family.

Spektor and her parents left the Soviet Union when she was nine and a half years old, when Soviet citizens were permitted to emigrate. The seriousness of Spektor leaving her piano behind almost resulted in her family not leaving the USSR, but they finally decided to emigrate, due to the ethnic and political discrimination that Jews faced.

Her musical talent

Regina-Spektor-900-600Spektor is a 32 year old Russian American recording artist and songwriter. Her father, a photographer and amateur violinist and mother,  a former music professor in a Soviet college of music, and now a public elementary school teacher encouraged her musical gift as a child by allowing her to listen to rock-and-roll bands such as The Beatles, Queen, and The Moody Blues .

Her musical talents are so vast that it’s almost not just to label her an artist/songwriter as she plays the piano and guitar. And although she writes all of her songs, she in not in the habit of writing them down…a passion she developed during a visit to Israel with the Nesiya Institute in her teenage years.

This multi-faceted and beautiful artist became known to the public eye after performing in the anti-folk scene in downtown New York City, often as a duo with drummer Anders Griffen, and her frequent performances at the East Village’s SideWalk Cafe, the Living Room, Tonic, Fez, theKnitting Factory, and CB’s Gallery. Her frequent performances prompted the release of her self-published CD 11:11 in 2001.  Three years after her first album in 2004, she signed a contract with Warner Brothers’ record label Sire Records to publish and distribute her third album Soviet Kitsch, originally self-released in 2003.

To date she has released six albums:

Her passion for her culture and religion

Her love for her Jewish heritage and religion in seen in her fluency in Russian and Hebrew. She attended Jewish schools growing up and paid tribute to her Russian heritage  quoting the poem ‘February’ by the Russian poet Boris Pasternak in her song Après Moi:

“I’m very connected to the language and the culture.”

Spektor has stated that she works hard to ensure that each of her songs has its own musical style, rather than trying to develop a distinctive style for her music as a whole:

“It doesn’t feel natural for me to write some diary type song. I want to write a classic like Yesterday but weird songs about meatballs in refrigerators come into my head – I can’t help it.”

Spektor has a broad vocal range and uses the full extent of it. She also explores a variety of different and somewhat unorthodox vocal techniques, such as verses composed entirely of buzzing noises made with the lips and beatbox-style flourishing in the middle of ballads. She also makes use of such unusual musical techniques as using a drum stick to tap rhythms on the body of the piano or chair.

Her Philanthropy efforts

In 2007, she covered John Lennon’sReal Love” for Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. The following year, she participated in Songs for Tibet, an initiative to support the human rights situation in Tibet and the 14th Dalai Lama. The album was issued on August 5, 2008, via iTunes and on August 19 in music stores around the world.

On January 22, 2009, Spektor performed at the third annual Roe On The Rocks gig at the Bowery Ballroom to raise money for Planned Parenthood New York City.

Continuing with her support for Tibet, Regina Spektor played for Tibet House’s annual concert at Carnegie Hall on February 26, 2010. Less than one month later, on March 23, 2010, Spektor gave a concert at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza in New York City to raise funds for the work of Doctors Without Borders in Haiti.

On April 27, she released a cover of Radiohead’s song “No Surprises“, for which all proceeds went to Doctors Without Borders in order to help earthquake victims in Haiti and Chile.

What’s success without someone to share it with?

Spektor is married to Jack Dishel, guitarist with the band The Moldy Peaches. To listen to more of Spektor’s music, go to iTunes and check her out. She’s an imcredible artist and with so much talent.

Song Sampling

Take a listen below to a few of her songs and don’t forget to support her current album ‘What We Saw From Our Cheap Seats’  in stores/online now. This has been music spotlight: Regina Spektor.