Obama’s recent nominations for the Supreme Court, Judge Sotomayor became the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Obama’s recent nominations for the Supreme Court, Judge Sotomayor became the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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Ladies, we’re making a come up! Hillary Clinton, Condelezza Rice, and Nancy Pelosi were only the tip of the iceberg called CHANGE that we’ve been seeing make it’s move in Washington. Now we can add two successful, educated, and powerful women to our roster of women to look up to; Sonia Sotomayor and Regina Benjamin. These two talented women have taken Washington by storm with President Obama’s recent nominations of Sotomayor for the Supreme Court and Benjamin to be Surgeon General. If both of them are confirmed by the Senate Judge Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic woman to hold a Supreme Court position while Benjamin will be the United States third African American Surgeon General, and also it’s third female holding the position. Not bad at all!

Sonia Sotomayor is a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. A native of the Bronx New York, she is of Puerto Rican decent, and graduated from Princeton University in 1976 on a full scholarship and then from Yale Law School in 1979 where she was an editor of the Yale Law Review and also the recipient of a Juris Doctorate.

After reading up and watching Judge Sotomayor over the past couple of weeks, it hasn’t been her amazing record of fairness that has quite inspired me as much as her activism for the Latino culture. As a student at Princeton she observed that there were no full time Latino professors and no Latin American curriculum, and decided to take it upon herself to approach the President of the university to discuss this flaw in Princeton’s educational foundation. After seeing no change Judge Sotomayor promptly filed a complaint with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare citing the schools discrimination in its hiring practices. Between her complaint, speaking with the New York Times and an article penned by her for the Daily Princetonian, the school began to hire Latino professors, and the Judge established open dialouge with Princeton’s university President.

In 1998, Judge Sotomayor became the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, one of the most demanding circuits in the country. She has participated in over 3000 panel decisions and authored roughly 400 opinions, handling difficult issues of constitutional law, to complex procedural matters, to lawsuits involving complicated business organizations.”

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Artwork by David Garibaldi

Artwork by David Garibaldi

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Michael Jackson was an entertainment icon of international status. His fan base spans the world, so it makes complete sense in my mind that his untimely death shook not only the United States, where he found a cultivated his fame, but also every corner of the globe where he was considered by many a legend.

Over the past week, there has been extensive media coverage of the King of Pop’s sudden death, so much in fact that coverage has become redundant. You see the same memorials and tributes remixed and done over several times, the same questions regarding the guardianship of his children being asked and analyzed, and personally I’ve also noticed the ever prevalence of his past troubles somewhat overshadowing his positive contributions to society.

After a week of tribute specials, magazine covers, and documentaries about Jackson’s life, fans and foes from around the globe tuned in to a final farewell in the form of the Michael Jackson Memorial which took place in California this past Tuesday. Coverage of the event was extensive, probably one of the biggest covered events I’ve seen in my entire life, with colleagues, friends and admirers of Jackson all paying their last respects to a man Barry Gordy called “the greatest entertainer of all time”.
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‘The September Issue’ is the highly anticipated documentary movie that takes a look behind the scene of Vogue magazine and its infamous Editor in Chief Anna Wintour. The documentary chronicles the events leading up the September 2007 issue of Vogue, September being the beginning of the fashion year. Accurately and interestingly depicted in the trailer below, not only does The September Issue gives Vogue readers and fashionistas alike the unique opportunity to see the inner workings of the popular publication, but more importantly it gives them the chance to watch the magnificence that is Anna Wintour beyond  perceptions of her behavior depicted in movies such as The Devil Wears Prada.

Directed by R.J. Cutler and recipient of the Excellence in Cinematography Award for a US Documentary ate the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008, the film takes us behind the scene of fashion weeks, on photo shoots, and in the most sacred of closed door meetings at Vogue.  Being slated as the real The Devil Wears Prada, the movie shows us exacty why Anna Wintour is “like Madonna” as designer Thakoon Panichgul says in the trailer with obvious reverence.

With appearances by Anna’s colleagues Andre Leon Talley, and super stylist Grace Coddington The September Issue is loaded with designers, models, and clothes that would put a tear in any fashionistas eyes.  R.J. Cutler hit the nail on the head with this one ladies, he offers us a privileged peek into a world many dream of but rarely ever see. I for one, can’t wait!

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The 70’s were a good time. A time of bell bottoms, Studio 54, and according to China Glaze the ‘Retro Diva’. This Fall the popular nail polish brand is set to release their Retro Diva collection, a shimmering, high shine compilation of twelve shades paying tribute to the decade of free spirit. With a price tag of $6.50 a piece, this collection is sure to please, and take you to a place where love was all you needed. The collection will be released in early July at beauty supply stores nationwide.

Stay tuned for a M.I.S.S. photo shoot featuring the China Glaze ‘Retro Diva’ collection, it’s sure to be a stunner!

Fires, bombings, and arrests have plagued Iran in the last couple of days...

Fires, bombings, and arrests have plagued Iran in the last couple of days...

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It has been a week since the highly anticipated elections in Iran between incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the people’s candidate  Mir Hossain Moussavi and there is still heavy unrest in the country from many of its inhabitants. Fires, bombings, arrests, and casualties have plagued Iran in the last couple of days. The massive outpouring is the result of a presidential election many believe was rigged.

Known by some as Iran’s version of President Bush, current Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not only known for his distrust of the United States and Israel, but more so for his stubbornness towards international regulators in relation to Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technology. Words such as conservative, strong willed, and bullheaded have all been used to describe Ahmadinejad, but its believed his relentless persistence in obtaining nuclear technology have destroyed the country’s image, and dragged down it’s economy. An economy that is in a far worse state than it’s ever been.

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Banksy x Bristol.

June 14, 2009

Banksy vs Bristol

Banksy vs Bristol

The often illusive, pseudo anonymous, and pretty legendary street artist Banksy gives us another artistic gem in his latest exhibition at Bristol Museum in what is said to be his home town of Bristol England. BBC gives us all a look inside the art show as Banksy unveils 70 new pieces and a revamp of the Animal Shop in New York. The exhibit running from June 13, 2009 until August 31, 2009, was completely funded by the legendary artist and it’s said that he will not be selling any of the pieces.

If you won’t be able to make it to England any time soon, check out the video below of the collection, and more views after the jump.

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Lebanese Youth Create Newspaper; Challenges Politics & Media

Lebanese Youth Create Newspaper; Challenges Politics & Media

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In Lebanon, a place where politics and media are often divided and fear is the ultimate decider in political battles, there is a revolution brewing. A revolution that is being defined by the youth of the nation in the form of a new independent news paper that is shocking many and shaking up the status quo.

Sawt Ashabab, meaning ‘Youth Voice’ in Arabic, was launched just last week right before the country’s Parliamentary elections, but began as a media literacy project at Lebanon’s Notre Dame University. Its successful launch into an independent media organization has challenged the country’s polarized media landscape and has brought together dozens of Lebanon’s young adults to represent the ethnic and political divide in the country; many of whom are under 21, Lebanon’s legal voting age.

Lebanese youth have not been immune to the country’s recent political crises. And while they appear at rallies and demonstrations, they are not involved in the decision-making process on a substantive level and lack places where they can constructively express their views and aspirations

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Obama Visits the Middle East

Obama Visits the Middle East

This week US President Barack Obama made a trip overseas to discuss and strategize the relationship between the United States and the Middle East. In an effort to create open dialogue between the two parties, President Obama traveled first to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to speak with Saudi King Abdullah about a host of problems, from Arab – Israeli peace efforts to Iran’s nuclear program. Obama’s discussion with King Abdullah came one day before he was to give his highly anticipated and important speech in Egypt concerning the United States relationship with the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims.

President Obama has been promising this speech since his election last year. It was apart of one of his many platforms to discuss and mend the difficult relationship the US has with the worlds population of Muslims.

“You know, there are misapprehensions about the West, on the part of the Muslim world,” Obama said in a pre-trip interview with the BBC. “And, obviously, there are some big misapprehensions about the Muslim world when it comes to those of us in the West.”

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