Monday, February 23, 2009

Mad Closeup

A doll bubby of mine gave me a bag of My Scene dolls this weekend. One who caught my eye was Madison. Here are some close up picture of her that are to die for!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Wu fun at the W Hotel

First let me say this,

I knew that 2009 would be another year where my doll knowledge and experience will take me to new heights. My birthday was on Thursday; although I had classes it still was a great day! My sister bought me a Barbie birthday wishes doll (which will stay in the box). I don’t do much for my birthday but, I always try to make the best of it! Yesterday Saturday morning a doll bubby of mine (Hey Angie) , called me and left a message on my voicemail asking me did I wanted to go to the W hotel to see the new Jason Wu dolls for 2009. I will say 5 minutes after I got that message I called Angie right away to tell her I will be there. Who will miss an opportunity to see the doll for the new 2009 Integrity Line?

For my first time being there, it was pretty cool just to see everyone I speak to online and seeing Jason Wu himself. I could not believe I was so close to the man who designed First lady Michelle Obama dress. AHHHHHHHHHHHH! Now that I out my system, I like being at the event seeing new and old dolls knowing they’re waiting for me to pick them up.

Here are the photos of my favorite ones!

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

First Lady is First Beauty

First lady Michelle Obama is truly a beautiful woman! President Obama is very bless to have such a strong lovely lady by his side! I don't know where this photo is from but, Mrs. Obama really has it going on!!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Barbie hits the runway at 50


Barbie turns 50 this year but the classic doll was still turning heads at New York's semi-annual Fashion week as models styled as Mattel Inc.'s fashion icon took to the catwalk in designer outfits.

Crowds overflowed at the eagerly awaited show which is part of a year-long celebration for Barbie's birthday which Mattel, the world's largest toy maker, is using to try to make Barbie fashionable again and boost flagging sales.

As pink curtains parted to show video images of Barbie over the years, the first model hit the runway in a black and white bathing suit reminiscent of the first generation Barbie.

The runway was taken over by models in dresses designed by 50 top names in the fashion world such as Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, Tommy Hilfilger and Calvin Klein.

"Barbie is the quintessential American icon. She represents a woman's first experience with style, transcending generations and cultures; she holds a special place in the fashion world and is an inspiration to many designers," said Hilfilger in a statement.

The designs portrayed past, present and future looks of the classic doll in colors like black, red and pink and in styles that included long blond pony tails and futuristic hairstyles.

But pink was a dominant theme at the event, with dresses paired with pink peep-toe shoes by designer Christian Louboutin.


In keeping with Valentine's Day, Barbie's beau, Ken, made an appearance on the runway as Barbie's white shirt read: "Every Barbie needs a Ken."

The show was one of many steps that Mattel is taking to revitalize its core doll line among older girls who have dumped Barbie for more edgy dolls such as MGA Entertainment's Bratz range or for video games and other electronic toys.

Other events this year include plans to open the brand's first flagship store in Shanghai in March, hold a Barbie exhibit in Paris, and run a four-day National Barbie Doll Collector's Convention in Washington, DC, in July.

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/2488285

Monday, February 16, 2009

Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit

"Strange Fruit" is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday. It condemned American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans that had occurred chiefly in the South but also in all regions of the United States. Holiday's version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1978.[2] It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

"Strange Fruit" began as a poem written by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish high-school teacher from the Bronx, about the lynching of two black men. He published under the pen name Lewis Allan.[3] Meeropol and his wife adopted Robert and Michael, sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of espionage and executed by the United States.[4]

Meeropol wrote "Strange Fruit" to express his horror at lynchings after seeing Lawrence Beitler's photograph of the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana. He published the poem in 1936 in The New York Teacher, a union magazine. Though Meeropol/Allan had often asked others (notably Earl Robinson) to set his poems to music, he set Strange Fruit to music himself. The song gained a certain success as a protest song in and around New York. Meeropol, his wife, and black vocalist Laura Duncan performed it at Madison Square Garden.[5]

Barney Josephson, the founder of Cafe Society in Greenwich Village, New York's first integrated nightclub, heard the song and introduced it to Billie Holiday. Holiday performed the song at Cafe Society in 1939. She said that singing it made her fearful of retaliation. Holiday later said that because the imagery in "Strange Fruit" reminded her of her father, she persisted in singing it. The song became a regular part of Holiday's live performances.[6]

Holiday approached her recording label, Columbia, about recording the song. Columbia, fearing a backlash by record retailers in the South, as well as negative reaction from affiliates of Columbia's co-owned radio network, CBS, refused to record the song. [7] Even her great producer at Columbia, John Hammond, refused. In frustration she turned to her friend Milt Gabler (uncle of comedian Billy Crystal) whose Commodore label produced alternative jazz. Holiday sang the song for him a cappella which so moved Gabler that he wept. In 1939 Gabler worked out a special arrangement with Vocalian Records to record and distribute the song [8] and Columbia allowed Holiday a one-session release from her contract in order to record it.

She recorded two major sessions at Commodore, one in 1939 and one in 1944. "Strange Fruit" was highly regarded. In time it became Holiday's biggest selling record. Though the song became a staple of her live performances, Holiday's accompanist Bobby Tucker recalled that Holiday would break down every time after she sang it.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Red Carpet Glow!!

In honor of Black History Month and the Oscars, Christie is looking lovely in a scarf that belongs to my mother. Last year the Doll Café had an Academy Award Red Carpet theme. While everyone else was showing off their beautiful dolls in gowns, I had no long dresses what so ever! My mother buys all kinds of scarf to wrap around her head when she goes outside; I use a few of them for my red carpet show. I hope you like the dress that has became a hit!!

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Monday, February 09, 2009

Sunny in the Park

This is a photo I took of Reese last summer at a Park in Brooklyn. The summer glow does her well!

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Emmett Till


Emmett Till - August 1955

In August 1955, a 14–year–old black boy from Chicago named Emmett Till had recently arrived in Money, Mississippi to visit relatives. While in a grocery store, he allegedly whistled and made a flirtatious remark to the white woman behind the counter, violating the strict racial codes of the Jim Crow South. Three days later, two white men—the woman’s husband, Roy Bryant, and his half–brother, J.W. Milam—dragged Till from his great uncle’s house in the middle of the night. After beating the boy, they shot him to death and threw his body in the Tallahatchie River. The two men confessed to kidnapping Till but were acquitted of murder charges by an all–white, all–male jury after barely an hour of deliberations. Never brought to justice, Bryant and Milam later shared vivid details of how they killed Till with a journalist for Look magazine, which published their confessions under the headline —The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi.”

Till’s mother held an open–casket funeral for her son in Chicago, hoping to bring public attention to the brutal murder. Thousands of mourners attended, and Jet magazine published a photo of the corpse. International outrage over the crime and the verdict helped fuel the civil rights movement: just three months after Emmett Till’s body was found, and a month after a Mississippi grand jury refused to indict Milam and Bryant on kidnapping charges, a city–wide bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama would begin the movement in earnest.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Power of Love


Loving v. Virginia – April 1967


Soon after getting married in the District of Columbia in 1958, high–school sweethearts Mildred and Richard Loving returned to their hometown in Virginia, unaware that the state was one of 16 in the U.S. at the time with laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Mildred, a half–black, half–Native American woman, and Richard, a white man, were in bed on July 11, 1958, when police burst into their home. Charged with unlawful cohabitation, the Lovings pleaded guilty to violating Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act; a one–year prison sentence was suspended when they agreed to leave the state for 25 years. Back in D.C., a frustrated Mildred Loving wrote to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for help: —We know we can’t live [in Virginia], but we would like to go back once and awhile [sic] to visit our families & friends.” In 1964, a landmark year for civil rights legislation, the ACLU took on the Lovings’ case, which went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In April 1967, the Court ruled unanimously that long–standing state laws against miscegenation—the last segregation laws on the books—were in violation of the Constitution. Chief Justice Earl Warren, who had also written the court’s opinion in 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education, delivered the majority opinion, affirming that —We have consistently denied the constitutionality of measures which restrict the rights of citizens on account of race.” Some southern states, however, were extremely slow to change their constitutions to reflect the Court’s ruling in Loving v. Virginia: Alabama became the last state to do so in 2000.

Friday, February 06, 2009

My 4th Fashion Royalty Doll: Adele Obama

Yes, you read that correctly. I named my 4th FR doll Adele Obama. As some of you know I like to change the names of my dolls when they come to their new home. I have a big imagination and when I play with my dolls my creative mind comes alive. So here is Fashion Royalty GoldStroke Adele Makeda, now call Miss. Adele Obama. Nowhere related to President Barack Obama.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Pretty in Blue

Top Model Nikki who I renamed Nina Parker is wearing a blue cocktail dress from Fashion Fever 2007 line. Nina was the 2Nd Top Model I bought but, she was the one who made me really embark on collecting more Top Model dolls. Nina is fierce in so many ways. The face says it all, she will always have a special place in my heart. Nina is the example of being black and proud .

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

President of Class


Shirley Chisholm runs for president

By the early 1970s, the advances of the civil rights movement had combined with the rise of the feminist movement to create an African–American women’s movement. —There can’t be liberation for half a race,” declared Margaret Sloan, one of the women behind the National Black Feminist Organization, founded in 1973. A year earlier, Representative Shirley Chisholm of New York became a national symbol of both movements as the first major party African–American candidate and the first female candidate for president of the United States. A former educational consultant and a founder of the National Women’s Caucus, Chisholm became the first black woman in Congress in 1968, when she was elected to the House from her Brooklyn district. Though she failed to win a primary, Chisholm received more than 150 votes at the Democratic National Convention. She claimed she never expected to win the nomination. It went to George McGovern, who lost to Richard Nixon in the general election. The outspoken Chisholm, who attracted little support among African–American men during her presidential campaign, later told the press: —I've always met more discrimination being a woman than being black. When I ran for the Congress, when I ran for president, I met more discrimination as a woman than for being black. Men are men.”

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

President Barack H. Obama: The Final Change


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA


Barack H. Obama is the 44th President of the United States.
His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others.

With a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, President Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. He was raised with help from his grandfather, who served in Patton's army, and his grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management at a bank.

After working his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, President Obama moved to Chicago, where he worked with a group of churches to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants.

He went on to attend law school, where he became the first African—American president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, he returned to Chicago to help lead a voter registration drive, teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and remain active in his community.

President Obama's years of public service are based around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose. In the Illinois State Senate, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. As a United States Senator, he reached across the aisle to pass groundbreaking lobbying reform, lock up the world's most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by putting federal spending online.

He was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008, and sworn in on January 20, 2009. He and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.

Monday, February 02, 2009

It's Black History Month

Its Black History Month. This month I will share enough history in America and all over the world and especially sharing photos of my beautiful African American dolls. I love Black history month; African American culture is so rich and positive. Learning about the ones who fought and die for our rights, makes me what to do better in life and help others to achieve their goals. February is a time to remember great things that happen. Starting with our first African American President Barack H. Obama. Please check back tomorrow for more information.


Here is a picture of Nadja and Natoya.

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