Monday, July 27, 2009

New Artist: Vistoso Bosses

You may not be familiar with the name Vistoso Bosses, but you will be soon. Their hit “Delirious”, featuring Soulja Boy Tellem, is blowing up Myspace and YouTube.

Vistoso Bosses are 16-year-old childhood friends Taylah P. and Kelci, two chocolate brown cuties out of Atlanta with a unique style and sound all their own. I like the song and the video...its really cute and fun! They look like they had a lot of fun making this one and I'm really feeling the colors and clothes! check it out!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Spotted: Kelly Rowland @ 2010 Madden Football Game Celebrity Match Up

Barbie adds a new group of African-American girls to the family!

Mattel will be releasing a new line of Barbies that catering to Black girls! The new line is called "So in Style" and they have a really cute story behind it. They even have little sisters!

Smart, talented and stylish too, the big sister dolls are best friends that love to share their favorite activities with their 'little sisters' too! You can choose from three big sister/little sister doll combinations, with their flair for fashion and favorite classes: science & cheerleading, math & music or journalism & art. Each doll comes with fun accessories included. Stacey McBride is the designer of the dolls featured in the video.

She's beautiful. She's black. She's Barbie in Vogue Italia!

This July, black Barbie is spectacularly showcased in Vogue Italia's special issue, seen above.

In July 2008, Vogue Italia created the first Black Issue sending a strong message about the importance of diversity to the fashion world. And now the magazine has replicated the Black Issue with a special, collector Barbie supplement that pays tribute to Barbie through artistic photography and fashion.

It's similar to the larger Vogue Italia book entirely dedicated to beautiful models including Naomi Campbell, Lyia Kebede, Sessilee Lopez and Jourdan Dunn. The Vogue Italia Black Issue was conceived by Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia, who decided to dedicate a full issue to black models that have reached successes in the influential areas of fashion and art. It was her vision to extend the edition this year to include images of Barbie.

Sozzani said: "Barbie has been an icon for whole generations which is why I really wanted to give a strong sign in step with the times, and dedicate the anniversary issue to Black Barbie"

The first black doll from Barbie was introduced in 1967 as Black Francie, and the first Black Barbie doll introduced in 1980.


Monday, July 20, 2009

L.A. teen flew single-engine plane across the country...alone!

A 15-year-old Los Angeles girl who navigated a single-engine Cessna through thunderstorms in Texas and took in breathtaking aerial views of Arizona's sunsets landed her plane to cheering crowds at Compton Woodley Airport on Saturday. She is believed to be the youngest African American female pilot to fly solo across the country.

Kimberly Anyadike took off from Compton 13 days ago with an adult safety pilot and Levi Thornhill, an 87-year-old who served with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. They flew to Newport News, Va., making about a dozen stops along the way.

Anyadike learned to fly a plane and helicopter when she was 12 with the Compton-based Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum, which offers aviation lessons to at-risk youth and economically disadvantaged students through an after-school program. The organization owns the small plane Anyadike flew.

Anyadike said she loved the feeling of streaking across the sky. She told her mother that it was like a wild ride at Magic Mountain.

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BET is turning up the heat!

Cooking class at Philadelphia's Frankford High School is all about composing salads, sculpting vegetables and weathering teacher Wilma Stephenson, who occasionally boils over. "Get your brain upscale!" Stephenson commands her students, whom she harangues and harasses in the present so they just might have a future.

Stephenson is the irascible star -- there's no way around it -- of "Pressure Cooker," a year-in-the-life documentary about the kids of Frankford's culinary arts class and their teacher, who runs the program the way Rommel ran his desert campaign. Gordon Ramsay? The abusive TV chef would be reduced to an unhappy puddle of butter by the imperious Stephenson, although in the end she'd probably wipe his nose and buy him a new spatula.

The film, directed by Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker, follows Stephenson's class a semester after her students have won more than $750,000 in scholarships -- at a school where 40 percent of students don't make it to their senior year. Consistently successful in getting her graduates out of the inner city and into such culinary cooking colleges as the Art Institute of Atlanta, the Culinary Institute of America and Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y., she is no-nonsense, all business. Her manner may be brusque, but her students are responsive. And what you see in the course of the movie is what every educational trash-talker in America says schools should be doing, usually without providing any means to do it.

As good as she is to her kids, Stephenson admits she was "horrible" to her directors. "We stayed away from her as much as possible in the kitchen," Grausman said, laughing. "When I first went to her to make the film, she signed on, but she didn't really understand what we were going to do. We kept trying to explain it to her, but I don't think she ever really got it. She thought we were going to be there for a couple of days of shooting. Not a couple of days a week for a year."

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Chris Brown apologizes for assaulting Rihanna

So it's been more than 5 months after the infamous Pre-Grammy incident, Chris Brown finally released a public video apologizing for assaulting pop star Rihanna earlier this year in California.

In the video, the star apologizes for his behavior that February night and states that he “spent a lot time soul searching, and trying to understand what happened and why”. Here's the full video above.

Documentary: HBO's Prom Night in Mississippi

Check out this preview of the documentary Prom Night In Mississippi, a documentary based on a high school that, up until a year ago had two separate proms, one for the white kids and the other for the blacks!

In 1997, Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School under one condition: the prom had to be racially integrated. After that offer was ignored, Freeman returned eleven years later and the school board accepted. Charleston High School had its first-ever integrated prom in 2008 (until then, blacks and whites had separate proms).

The documentary follows students, teachers, and parents as they lead up to the big day - which, doesn’t come without much opposition in a town where deep rooted racism is still planted. This should be really interesting to watch! Prom Night in Mississippi premieres @ 9PM ET/PT on Monday, July 20th on HBO.