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For the Fellas: Some Gratuitous Rihanna

Posted May 9, 2012 9:30 PM By Deirdre B Pride

I have more good news for you guys.

Rihanna is still single;  the rumor that Rihanna is dating Raiders RB, Darren McFadden is simply not true.


Rihanna
is adamant … she’s NOT dating Raiders running back Darren McFadden — despite reports the two were spotted making out in Hawaii a couple weeks ago.

Sources close to Rihanna tell us, the singer did meet Darren last month in Honolulu — while she was promoting her new film “Battleship” — but they kept things strictly platonic.

We’re told Darren — who was WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND — introduced himself to Rihanna as a fan … and Rihanna bought Darren and his GF drinks on the beach. That’s it.

But that doesn’t mean Rihanna can’t support her new pal — which might explain why the singer wore a Raiders jersey to a New York strip club last week.

Source photos Rihanna Daily and TMZ

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Rihanna’s New Armani Collection Now Available Online

Posted May 9, 2012 9:15 PM By Deirdre B Pride

Rihanna’s second Capsule Collection for Armani Jeans is now available at Armani.com!

If you live outside the United States, click here, choose your country and go to Armani Jeans.

Rihanna recently said that she’d like to design her own line and she’s also set to star in a new fashion reality TV show in the UK. Another line for Armani is a step in the right direction.

Click the image to see the collection

 

source Rihanna Daily via RihannaItalia.it!

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NeNe Leaks Lands Another Reocurring Role on NBC’s “New Normal”

Posted May 9, 2012 8:53 PM By Deirdre B Pride

In addition her recurring role on Glee, NeNe Leakes has landed another reoccurring role on “The New Normal.”

One thing about NeNe is you can’t knock this girl’s hustle.  If she wasn’t a rich b*tch before; she will be soon.  The girl has her grind going full speed ahead and it doesn’t look like she stopping anytime soon.  I guess this is a prime example of when keeping it real goes right. Bloop Bloop!!!

The Jasmine Brand spotted NeNe’s big announcement on twitter:

Thanks to a little tweet hustlin’, we’ve learned that Real Housewife of Atlanta star Nene Leaks a new show that she will be featured on, has been picked up by NBC.

The show, which is backed by Glee’s creator, Ryan Murphy, is a sitcom called ‘The New Normal’ and has quite an interesting description:

The New Normal, from Murphy and Glee scribe Ali Adler, revolves around a blended family of a gay couple (Andrew RannellsJustin Bartha) and the woman (Georgia King) who becomes a surrogate for them as they grow their family. Ellen Barkin co-stars, with NeNe Leakes on board as recurring.

Congrats on NeNe’s new gig.

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Sneak Peek “Taste of Hunney” Reality Show

Posted May 9, 2012 8:37 PM By Deirdre B Pride

Patrice Fisher from the “Zane” book to movie series, has her own reality show.

 

Matriarch Multimedia is launching a nationwide model search in association with HipHopHoney to find the sexiest young ladies between the ages of 21-35 to serve as a part of the ‘Taste of Hunney’ model street team.

Duties include appearances in the future episodes of the show, round-trip travel to location and being featured in the retail catalog, and possibly other print/ online mediums that may be utilized to promote the show and the accompanying lingerie line.

Women of all shapes and ethnicities with a bubbly and easy-going personality who possess the self-confidence and beauty to represent the brand on national television and at live events are encouraged to apply. There will be a per-episode compensation and wardrobe provided.

Models who are interested in applying will need to create a profile on 4UMF.com and contact James Thomas at The Red Letter Agency (310) 594-1538.

If you have what it takes and would like to be a part of an exciting, now opportunity be sure to create a profile on 4UMF.com and call James today!

 

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Oprah’s Own Says, Ignore the Noise; Own Expected to Break Even 2013

Posted May 9, 2012 8:29 PM By Deirdre B Pride

Discovery CEO David Zaslav wants Wall Street to ignore the “noise” about financial losses at his OWN joint venture with Oprah Winfrey. “We have a long way to go,” he told analysts this morning, but adds that “despite what you read, we’re making real progress” — forecasting that cash flow will break even in the second half of 2013. The company won’t say exactly how much the venture is losing. It acknowledges, though, that OWN accounted for most of the $50M in “other” costs that Discovery reported for Q1. (Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Vasily Karasyov estimates that Discovery took a $30M hit to shutter Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show.) Discovery has to report 100% of OWN’s losses because they outweigh the equity inthe channel. But “2012 funding will be less than 2011,” Zaslav says, now that OWN “has taken significant steps that will help the network improve its financial position.” The channel cut costs and employees.

Zaslav’s more upbeat about OWN’s growth opportunities. Beginning next year several pay TV providers including Comcast will pay significantly higher fees for the channel (Zaslav won’t say how much) than they pay now or paid for OWN’s predecessor, Discovery Health. He also sees ad sales improving as the audience grows. Zaslav says OWN reaches 85M pay TV subscribers, up from 80M. With about 15M viewers a week, it has become the 27th-highest-rated network for women — up from last year when it was just among the top 45 targeting that audience. OWN doesn’t have to “morph to find dramatic ratings increases.” As a result, he says, it’s now attracting “blue chip advertisers.” He adds that Discovery is “a long-term driven company…What we see gives us a lot of confidence.” Investors don’t seem so certain: Discovery shares are down 3.4% in early trading.

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Obama Officially Supports Gay Marriage

Posted May 9, 2012 7:32 PM By Deirdre B Pride

President Barack Obama has officially declared his support for gay marriage.

in a historic announcement that instantly gave the polarizing social issue a more prominent role in the 2012 race for the White House.

The announcement was the first by a sitting president, and Republican challenger Mitt Romney swiftly disagreed with it. “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said while campaigning in Oklahoma.

Gay rights advocates cheered Obama’s declaration, which they had long urged him to make. Beyond the words, one man who married his gay partner in Washington, D.C., was stirred to send a $25 contribution to the president’s campaign. “Making a contribution is the best way to say thank you,” said Stuart Kopperman.

Obama announced his shift – he once opposed gay marriage but more recently has said his views were “evolving” – in an interview with ABC in which he cited a blend of the personal and the presidential.

He said “it wouldn’t dawn” on his daughters, Sasha and Malia, that some of their friends’ parents would be treated differently than others, and added that he had thought of aides “who are in incredibly committed monogamous same-sex relationships who are raising kids together.”

He said he also thought about “those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf, and yet feel constrained even though now that `don’t ask, don’t tell’ is gone because they’re not able to commit themselves in a marriage.”

The president said he was taking a personal position, and aides said he continues to believe that marriage is an issue best decided by states.

He spoke on the heels of a pair of events that underscored the sensitivity of an issue that has long divided the nation.

Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview on Sunday that he is completely comfortable with gays marrying, a pronouncement that instantly raised the profile of the issue. White House aides insisted the vice president hadn’t said anything particularly newsworthy, but gay rights groups cited Biden’s comments in urging the president to announce his support.

On Tuesday, voters in North Carolina – a potential battleground in the fall election – approved an amendment to the state constitution affirming that marriage may only be a union of a man and a woman.

Senior administration officials said Obama came to the conclusion that gay couples should have the right to legally marry earlier this year and had planned to make his views known publicly before the Democratic National Convention in early September. They conceded that Biden’s comments accelerated the timeline, although they added the vice president’s remarks were impromptu and not part of a coordinated effort to soften the ground for a shift by the president.

They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal White House deliberations.

As recently as eight years ago, conservatives in several states maneuvered successfully to place questions relating to gay marriage on the election day ballot as a way of boosting turnout for President George W. Bush’s re-election.

Now, nationwide polling suggests increasing acceptance of gay marriage. In a national survey released earlier this month, Gallup reported 50 percent of those polled said it should be legal, and 48 percent were opposed. Democrats favored by a margin of roughly 2-1, while Republicans opposed it by an even bigger margin. Among independents, 57 percent expressed support, and 40 percent were opposed.

Whatever the polls, the political cross-currents are tricky, and administration officials conceded as much.

Some top aides argued that gay marriage is toxic at the ballot box in competitive states like North Carolina and said the vote there this week shows that opposition to the issue is a rallying point for Republicans.

Shifting his emphasis, even briefly, could open Obama up to Republican criticism that he is taking his eye off the economy, voters’ No. 1 issue.

Yet some prominent gay donors have said publicly they wanted Obama to announce his support for gay marriage. Other Democratic supporters claim Obama’s decision could energize huge swaths of the party, including young people. He also could appeal to independent voters. The decision also creates an area of clear contrast between Obama and his Republican rival as he argues that he’s delivered on the change he promised four years ago.

Obama touched on that in the interview.

He said he sometimes talks with college Republicans on his visits to campuses, and while they oppose his policies on the economy and foreign policy, “when it comes to same sex equality, or, you know, sexual orientation, that they believe in equality. They are more comfortable with it.”

Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage and a leading supporter of the constitutional amendment approved in North Carolina on Tuesday, said she welcomed Obama’s announcement at the same time she disagreed with it.

“Politically, we welcome this,” she said. “We think it’s a huge mistake. President Obama is choosing the money over the voters the day after 61 percent of North Carolinians in a key swing state demonstrated they oppose gay marriage.”

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi instantly sought political gain from the president’s announcement. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee issued an email in her name that asked recipients to “stand with President Obama.” Such requests are often followed by a solicitation for campaign donations.

In the interview, Obama said, “I have hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought that civil unions would be sufficient.” He added, “I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people the word `marriage’ was something that invokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs and so forth.”

Now, he said, “it is important for me personally to go ahead and affirm that same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

Obama said first lady Michelle Obama also was involved in his decision and joins him in supporting gay marriage.

“In the end the values that I care most deeply about and she cares most deeply about is how we treat other people,” he said.

Acknowledging that his support for same-sex marriage may rankle religious conservatives, Obama said he thinks about his faith in part through the prism of the Golden Rule – treating others the way you would want to be treated.

“That’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president and I figure the most consistent I can be in being true to those precepts, the better I’ll be as a as a dad and a husband and hopefully the better I’ll be as president,” Obama said.

Six states – all in the Northeast except Iowa – and the District of Columbia allow same sex marriages. In addition, two other states have laws that are not yet in effect and may be subject to referendums.

It’s so ironic that this happened today, because I saw the video below really early this morning and it helped to forever change my way of thinking.  During my day of errands I couldn’t stop thinking about this video.  I was never bothered by gays or their lifestyle, but I may have done a post or two where I had said something about the person being gay.  Never anything offensive, but the mere mention is just rude and offensive, especially if the person hasn’t chosen to be open with their lifestyle.   I wont be doing any posts of that nature again.  The one I could remember doing, I have since deleted anyway.

I just hope this move by President Obama will open up the minds of more people.  Not to mention make the world a safer place for the gay male.  The world is forever changing, it’s really time for more people to change with it;  If not we’ll never get along.  Watch this video and tell me what you think.

source Associated Press

 

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Jury Deliberating in Hudson Family Murders

Posted May 9, 2012 6:04 PM By Deirdre B Pride

Jurors have started deliberating in the trial of a man accused of killing Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

The jury took William Balfour’s case Wednesday afternoon after a day filled with closing arguments. Balfour has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the October 2008 slayings.

His defense attorneys told jurors prosecutors failed to make their case. Prosecutors countered that they had “a tsunami of evidence” linking him to the crime.

If convicted on all counts, Balfour faces a mandatory life prison term.

Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson has sat through much of the trial, closing her eyes or hanging her head during particularly grim testimony. She took the stand last month as prosecutors’ first witness.

Source Associated Press

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