Month: January 2008 (Page 1 of 5)

Elle She Goes


So we heard news that the CW was pimping out Tyra Banks (or is it the other way around?) once again for a new show that is a mix of The Assistant and The Devil, and The Fashionista Diaries. And we were guessing that with Teen Vogue being out of the game since the Hills, it might be some other teen mag like CosmoGirl. But news is that the magazine will be Elle.

From Jossip:
Although Elle always had “no comment” for us when we asked them to confirm they were working on a TV project aside from Nina Garcia’s involvement in Project Runway, it’s clear they’ve finally found a skein to latch on to. As we were the first to report in December, Elle EIC Robbie Myers and creative director Joe Zee were running around town meeting with various TV outfits, including Ugly Betty and America’s Next Top Model. Now it seems Myers’ minions have sealed a deal with the latter, with Zee and Anne Slowey signing on to a Tyra Banks-Ken Mok-produced project for The CW that’s billed as The Devil Wears Prada meets The Assistants. Rumor has it, the show will be called Fashionista, with the contestants all gunning for the grand prize of a gig at Elle.Source

Elle She Goes


So we heard news that the CW was pimping out Tyra Banks (or is it the other way around?) once again for a new show that is a mix of The Assistant and The Devil, and The Fashionista Diaries. And we were guessing that with Teen Vogue being out of the game since the Hills, it might be some other teen mag like CosmoGirl. But news is that the magazine will be Elle.

From Jossip:

Although Elle always had “no comment” for us when we asked them to confirm they were working on a TV project aside from Nina Garcia’s involvement in Project Runway, it’s clear they’ve finally found a skein to latch on to.

As we were the first to report in December, Elle EIC Robbie Myers and creative director Joe Zee were running around town meeting with various TV outfits, including Ugly Betty and America’s Next Top Model.

Now it seems Myers’ minions have sealed a deal with the latter, with Zee and Anne Slowey signing on to a Tyra Banks-Ken Mok-produced project for The CW that’s billed as The Devil Wears Prada meets The Assistants. Rumor has it, the show will be called Fashionista, with the contestants all gunning for the grand prize of a gig at Elle.

Source

Haitians Resort to Eating Mud Cookies

This story is truly heartbreaking, and touches me especially because I am of Haitian decent. In some of the poorest slums in Haiti, citizens have resorted to eating a concoction of dirt, shortening, and salt to create “mud cookies”-a last resort for staving off hunger. Yes, poverty exists here in the United States, but none like this. Cherish every morsel you eat. From the AP:

By JONATHAN M. KATZ

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — It was lunchtime in one of Haiti’s worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti’s poorest can’t afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country’s central plateau.

The mud has long been prized by pregnant women and children here as an antacid and source of calcium. But in places like Cite Soleil, the oceanside slum where Charlene shares a two-room house with her baby, five siblings and two unemployed parents, cookies made of dirt, salt and vegetable shortening have become a regular meal.

“When my mother does not cook anything, I have to eat them three times a day,” Charlene said. Her baby, named Woodson, lay still across her lap, looking even thinner than the slim 6 pounds 3 ounces he weighed at birth.

Though she likes their buttery, salty taste, Charlene said the cookies also give her stomach pains. “When I nurse, the baby sometimes seems colicky too,” she said.

Food prices around the world have spiked because of higher oil prices, needed for fertilizer, irrigation and transportation. Prices for basic ingredients such as corn and wheat are also up sharply, and the increasing global demand for biofuels is pressuring food markets as well…
…Carrying buckets of dirt and water up ladders to the roof of the former prison for which the slum is named, they strain out rocks and clumps on a sheet, and stir in shortening and salt. Then they pat the mixture into mud cookies and leave them to dry under the scorching sun.The finished cookies are carried in buckets to markets or sold on the streets.A reporter sampling a cookie found that it had a smooth consistency and sucked all the moisture out of the mouth as soon as it touched the tongue. For hours, an unpleasant taste of dirt lingered.

Read The Entire Story Here

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A woman making mud cookies

A woman dries mud cookies on her rooftop to sell.

Woman selling mud cookies in Cite Soleil, a slum in Port-au-Prince.
All images: Associated Press

Tatiana

Haitians Resort to Eating Mud Cookies

This story is truly heartbreaking, and touches me especially because I am of Haitian decent. In some of the poorest slums in Haiti, citizens have resorted to eating a concoction of dirt, shortening, and salt to create “mud cookies”-a last resort for staving off hunger. Yes, poverty exists here in the United States, but none like this. Cherish every morsel you eat. From the AP:

By JONATHAN M. KATZ

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — It was lunchtime in one of Haiti’s worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti’s poorest can’t afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country’s central plateau.

The mud has long been prized by pregnant women and children here as an antacid and source of calcium. But in places like Cite Soleil, the oceanside slum where Charlene shares a two-room house with her baby, five siblings and two unemployed parents, cookies made of dirt, salt and vegetable shortening have become a regular meal.

“When my mother does not cook anything, I have to eat them three times a day,” Charlene said. Her baby, named Woodson, lay still across her lap, looking even thinner than the slim 6 pounds 3 ounces he weighed at birth.

Though she likes their buttery, salty taste, Charlene said the cookies also give her stomach pains. “When I nurse, the baby sometimes seems colicky too,” she said.

Food prices around the world have spiked because of higher oil prices, needed for fertilizer, irrigation and transportation. Prices for basic ingredients such as corn and wheat are also up sharply, and the increasing global demand for biofuels is pressuring food markets as well…
…Carrying buckets of dirt and water up ladders to the roof of the former prison for which the slum is named, they strain out rocks and clumps on a sheet, and stir in shortening and salt. Then they pat the mixture into mud cookies and leave them to dry under the scorching sun.

The finished cookies are carried in buckets to markets or sold on the streets.

A reporter sampling a cookie found that it had a smooth consistency and sucked all the moisture out of the mouth as soon as it touched the tongue. For hours, an unpleasant taste of dirt lingered.


Read The Entire Story Here

How You Can Help

A woman making mud cookies

A woman dries mud cookies on her rooftop to sell.

Woman selling mud cookies in Cite Soleil, a slum in Port-au-Prince.
All images: Associated Press

Tatiana

5 Things to do with Bush’s rebate

Source:MSNBC

Last week Bush announced a $150 billion economic stimulus plan that would give rebates to households and individuals with gross incomes under $75,000. The checks will go out to some 117 million households beginning in May, 2008. It works like this: Single taxpapyers with receive $600. Couples receive $1200, and those with children receive $1500. People who make at least $3,000, but don’t pay taxes, will get $300. Bush would want you to squander this money–something many of us do already–to help boost America’s sagging economy. I have other ideas.

1. Buy a plane ticket. I put this first because I am being honest about myself. I love to travel. But really, exploring the world will open your mind up to the endless possibilities there are in life. Meeting new people, and getting outside of your comfort zone will make you smarter and stronger in any situation you may encounter. So get outta town!

2. Pay off a credit card. All of it. I just paid off two major bills this year, and let me tell you-it’s a wonderful weight off my shoulders. Not to mention that I am two steps closer to owning a home.

3. Save It. Don’t Listen to Bush. The problem that Americans have is that we spend too much money–more money than we have, on things we don’t really need. That is one of the reasons why we are in this mess in the first place! So put it into an account that you can’t touch, like a CD, or a Roth IRA, which is better than a traditional IRA. You’ll thank yourself 6 months, 6 years, and maybe even 6 decades later.

4. Invest It. I just got a payout from a stock that I had invested back in 2003. I was a little low on funds at the beginning of this month so when I opened up what seemed like a typical stock update letter and saw it was a check, I was beside myself. Pick one or two companies that you actually USE. For instance, I read magazines, and I use soap. So naturally, I would invest there because I am a consumer of those things. It’s simple.

5. Give to Charity. You don’t have to give it all, but why not start being a philanthropist on your own scale? You don’t have to be old, or come from alot of money. A simple donation to the local food bank, to an arts organization, or to an HBC will always be appreciated. And you can add that on next year’s return!

Remember, living lavishly does not consitute breaking the bank and living excessively. Living lavishly is living wisely and abundantly.

Tatiana

5 Things to do with Bush’s rebate

Source:MSNBC

Last week Bush announced a $150 billion economic stimulus plan that would give rebates to households and individuals with gross incomes under $75,000. The checks will go out to some 117 million households beginning in May, 2008. It works like this: Single taxpapyers with receive $600. Couples receive $1200, and those with children receive $1500. People who make at least $3,000, but don’t pay taxes, will get $300. Bush would want you to squander this money–something many of us do already–to help boost America’s sagging economy. I have other ideas.

1. Buy a plane ticket. I put this first because I am being honest about myself. I love to travel. But really, exploring the world will open your mind up to the endless possibilities there are in life. Meeting new people, and getting outside of your comfort zone will make you smarter and stronger in any situation you may encounter. So get outta town!

2. Pay off a credit card. All of it. I just paid off two major bills this year, and let me tell you-it’s a wonderful weight off my shoulders. Not to mention that I am two steps closer to owning a home.

3. Save It. Don’t Listen to Bush. The problem that Americans have is that we spend too much money–more money than we have, on things we don’t really need. That is one of the reasons why we are in this mess in the first place! So put it into an account that you can’t touch, like a CD, or a Roth IRA, which is better than a traditional IRA. You’ll thank yourself 6 months, 6 years, and maybe even 6 decades later.

4. Invest It. I just got a payout from a stock that I had invested back in 2003. I was a little low on funds at the beginning of this month so when I opened up what seemed like a typical stock update letter and saw it was a check, I was beside myself. Pick one or two companies that you actually USE. For instance, I read magazines, and I use soap. So naturally, I would invest there because I am a consumer of those things. It’s simple.

5. Give to Charity. You don’t have to give it all, but why not start being a philanthropist on your own scale? You don’t have to be old, or come from alot of money. A simple donation to the local food bank, to an arts organization, or to an HBC will always be appreciated. And you can add that on next year’s return!

Remember, living lavishly does not consitute breaking the bank and living excessively. Living lavishly is living wisely and abundantly.

Tatiana

Disaster in Kenya

Members of the opposition take to the streets of Nairobi, Kenya.

Today young lawmaker Mugabe Were was killed amidst the ever-increasing virulent conditions in Kenya. Were was a politician who spoke openly about the disputed Kenyan elections, and gained the respect of his peers by spearheading social programs for the community. The Kenyan violence stems from a Decemeber election in which opposition supporters disputed the win of the current president, Mwai Kibaki over Raila Odinga, opposition leader. Were, a member of the opposition, is the latest in a series of deaths spurred by ethnic and political tensions that have long marred the country. From The New York Times:

NAIROBI, Kenya — Mugabe Were, a freshman parliamentarian, could have been one of the keys to unlocking Kenya’s crisis but on Tuesday he was shot dead in his driveway.

Mr. Were, 39, was an opposition politician who had resisted his party’s often belligerent talk. He had married a woman of another ethnic group, built a footbridge in a slum with his own money and sponsored teenage mothers to go to college. As Kenya slid into chaos this past month after a disputed election, he shuttled between leaders of different ethnic groups and was actually organizing a peace march the night before he died.

Read the entire story at the New York Times.

Tatiana

Disaster in Kenya

Members of the opposition take to the streets of Nairobi, Kenya.

Today young lawmaker Mugabe Were was killed amidst the ever-increasing virulent conditions in Kenya. Were was a politician who spoke openly about the disputed Kenyan elections, and gained the respect of his peers by spearheading social programs for the community. The Kenyan violence stems from a Decemeber election in which opposition supporters disputed the win of the current president, Mwai Kibaki over Raila Odinga, opposition leader. Were, a member of the opposition, is the latest in a series of deaths spurred by ethnic and political tensions that have long marred the country. From The New York Times:

NAIROBI, Kenya — Mugabe Were, a freshman parliamentarian, could have been one of the keys to unlocking Kenya’s crisis but on Tuesday he was shot dead in his driveway.

Mr. Were, 39, was an opposition politician who had resisted his party’s often belligerent talk. He had married a woman of another ethnic group, built a footbridge in a slum with his own money and sponsored teenage mothers to go to college. As Kenya slid into chaos this past month after a disputed election, he shuttled between leaders of different ethnic groups and was actually organizing a peace march the night before he died.

Read the entire story at the New York Times.

Tatiana

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof


Anika Noni Rose, Terrance Howard, Phylicia Rashaad, and James Earl Jones head an all Black cast to recreate Tennessee Williams’ classic tale of love, lust, and lost dreams. I won’t miss this,and neither should you. Debbie Allen directs.

In CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, a powerful Southern family gathers at a birthday celebration for patriarch Big Daddy (Jones), who does not know that he is dying of cancer. In a scramble to secure their part of his estate, family members hide the truth about his diagnosis from him and Big Mama (Rashad). Front and center as tensions mount are alcoholic former football hero Brick (Howard) and his beautiful but sexually frustrated wife Maggie “the Cat” (Rose); as their troubled relationship comes to a stormy and steamy climax, a shockwave of secrets are finally revealed.
Source

Playing at the Broadhurst Theatre; 235 W. 44th St.

Tickets are $61.50-$96.50
Previews begin Tuesday, Feb 12th; Show open March 6, 2008
Buy tickets Here
212-239-6200/ 800-432-7250

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof


Anika Noni Rose, Terrance Howard, Phylicia Rashaad, and James Earl Jones head an all Black cast to recreate Tennessee Williams’ classic tale of love, lust, and lost dreams. I won’t miss this,and neither should you. Debbie Allen directs.


In CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, a powerful Southern family gathers at a birthday celebration for patriarch Big Daddy (Jones), who does not know that he is dying of cancer. In a scramble to secure their part of his estate, family members hide the truth about his diagnosis from him and Big Mama (Rashad). Front and center as tensions mount are alcoholic former football hero Brick (Howard) and his beautiful but sexually frustrated wife Maggie “the Cat” (Rose); as their troubled relationship comes to a stormy and steamy climax, a shockwave of secrets are finally revealed.

Source

Playing at the Broadhurst Theatre; 235 W. 44th St.

Tickets are $61.50-$96.50
Previews begin Tuesday, Feb 12th; Show open March 6, 2008
Buy tickets Here
212-239-6200/ 800-432-7250

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