Archives for November 2012

Singer Janelle Monáe’s Moving Speech That Had Me In Tears

“When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trashman. They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.

This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.

Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.” – Janelle Monáe
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A Night To Remember In Gilles Montezin, Dukas…

Oh my! What a night! I was fortunate to have been invited to a very private top notch Christmas party today in New York City. And what to wear? Gilles Montezin’s flamboyant haute couture coat and Dukas wine glass heel shoes, coupled with a vintage ruby and gold wide bracelet and Vinciane Stouvenaker gold chain and leather handbag, I was set to hit the party in stride. At the party, everyone was curious to know whose shoes I was wearing knowing that I work at Shoeholics magazine and could not be caught dead in anything less than perfect. Ahhh… the pressure. I was thankful for the lovely patent gold leather wine glass heel shoes from Dukas, it lived up to their expectations. They were conversation items all by themselves. It would have been a lot easier for me to just stand in the middle of the room and model them without uttering a word! I arrived in the Gilles Montezin coat and could not wait for the opportunity to leave again just so that I could wear it again. Only this time, I ran back home to change into a plain black leather boots for my quick outdoor photo op just because I didn’t want to wear my lovely museum worthy Dukas heels out in the park while I took more pictures in Gilles Montezin’s coat! I couldn’t get enough of the coat and the shoes! Ahh…how I love the holiday season.

Well, there is one more party left on my list this week. I intend to wear the coat to Shoeholics Magazine holiday party tomorrow!

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Feeling Me Some Red & Leopard

One of my favorite time of the year, the holiday season. A good time to try bold variation of red and leopard shades. Pants by Dolce and Gabbana, Top and necklace by Escada, glasses by Tom Ford, shoes by Walter Steiger and bag by Chanel of course 🙂

Happy Holidays!

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The Anonymous Dancer On A Bus. WOW!

You’ve got to love a man who can really dance like no one is watching! GET IT!

Play the video footage below.

 

 

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A Grateful & TEARFUL Obama Thanks His Aids

A very grateful and tearful President Obama thanks his campaign team. So touching.

 

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President Obama’s Victory Speech -Full Transcript

In case you missed it or can’t seem to remember…

FULL TRANSCRIPT OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S 2012 VICTORY SPEECH

“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much.

Tonight more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward.

It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the heights of hope. The belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.Tonight in this election, you, the American people, remind us while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that the united states of America – the best is yet to come.[cheering] I want to thank every American who participated in this election [CHEERING] Whether you voted for the very first time or waiting in line for a very long time.By the way, we need to fix that. Whether you pounded the pavement or picked up the phone. Whether you held an Obama sign or a Romney sign, you made your voice heard.

And you made a difference. I just got off the phone with Governor Romney and I congratulated him and Paul Ryan on a hard-fought campaign. [CHEERING] We may have fought fiercely, but it’s only because we love this country deeply. And we care so strongly about its future.

From George to Lenore to their son Mitt, the Romney family has chosen to give back to Americans through public service. And that is a legacy that we honor and applaud tonight. [CHEERING] In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward. [CHEERING] I want to thank my friend and partner for the last four years, America’s happy warrior, the best vice president anybody could ever hope for: Joe Biden.

I want to thank my friend and partner of the last 4 years, America’s happy warrior, the best Vice President anyone could ever hope for: Joe Biden. And I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me twenty years ago. Let say this publicly, Michelle I have never loved you more. I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you too as our nation’s first lady.

Sasha and Malia before our very eyes you are growing up to become two strong smart beautiful young women, just like your mom. And im so proud of you guys. But I will say that for now one dog is probably enough. To the best campaign team and volunteers in the history of politics. The best. The best ever. Some of you were this time around.

Some of you were new this time around and some of you have been at my side since the very beginning but all of you are family.

No matter what you do or where you go from here, you will carry the memory of the history we made together and you will have the life long appreciation of a grateful president.

Thank you for believing all the way, through every hill, through every valley. [applause] You lifted me up the whole way and I will always be grateful for everything that you’ve done and all the incredible work that you’ve put in. [applause]

I know that political campaigns can sometime seem small, even silly, and that provides plenty of fodder for the synics who tell us that politics is nothing more than a contest of egos or the domain of special interests.

But if you ever get the chance to talk to folks who turn out at rallies and crowded out along a ropline in a high school gym or saw folks working late at a campaign office in some tiny county far away from home, you’ll discover something else; you’ll hear the determination in the voice of a young field organizer who is working his way through college and wants to make sure every child has that same opportunity. [applause]

You’ll hear the pride in the voice of a volunteer who is going door to door because her brother was finally hired when the local auto plant added another shift. [applause]

You’ll hear the deep patriotism in the voice of a military spouse who is working the phones late at night to make sure that no one who fights for this country every has to fight for a job or a roof over their head when they come home. [applause]

That’s why we do this. That’s what politics can be. That’s why elections matter. It’s not small, it’s big. It’s important. Democracy in a nation of 300-million can be noisy and messy and complicated. We have our own opinions, each of us has deeply held beliefs.

And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a country; it necisarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy. That won’t change after tonight and it shouldn’t . These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty.

We can never forget that as we speak, people in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter [applause] The chance to cast their ballots like we did today.

But despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America’s future. We want our kids to grow up in a country where they have access to the best schools and the best teachers. [applause] A country that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation; with all the good jobs and new businesses that follow.

A country that lives up to its legacy as a global leader in technology, discovery and innovation. With all the good jobs and businesses that follow, to live in America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality. That isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet. We want to pass on a country that is saved and respected and admired around the world. A nation that is defended by the strongest military on earth and the best troops this world has ever known. But also a country that moves with confidence beyond this time of war to shape a peace. That is built on the promise of dignity of every human being.

We believe in a generous America, in a compassionate America, in a tolerant America, open to the dreams of an immigrants daughter that studies in our schools and pledges to our flag. To the young boy on the south side of Chicago, who sees a light beyond the nearest street corner. To the furniture workers child in North Carolina who wants to become a engineer or a scientist. And engineer or an entrepreneur. A diplomat or even a president, that’s the future we hope for. That’s the vision we share, that’s where we need to go. Forward. That’s where we need to go.

Now we will disagree sometimes fiercely on how to get there, as it has for more then two centuries, progress will come in fits and starts, it’s not always a straight line or a smooth path. By itself a recognition of our common hopes and dreams won’t end the gridlock. Or solve all our problems or substitute for the hard work of building consensus. And making the difficult compromises needed to move the country forward but that common bond is where we must begin. Our economy is recovering, our decade of war is ending. A long campaign is now over. [applause]

And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you. I have learned from you and you have made me a better President. With your stories and your struggles, I returned to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead [applause] Tonight, you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours.

And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together: reducing our deficit, reforming our tax code, fixing our immigration system, freeing ourselves from foreign oil, we’ve got more work to do.

But that doesn’t mean your work is done. The role of citizen in our democracy does not end with your vote. America’s never been about what could be done for us, it’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. That’s the principle we were founded on.

This country has more wealth than any nation, but that’s not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military in history but that’s not what makes us strong. Our university, our culture, are all the envy of the world but that’s not what keeps the world coming to our shores. What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on Earth, the belief that our destiny is shared, that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and the future generations so that the freedom so many Americans have fought for and died for comes with responsibilities as well as rights, and among those are love, and charity, and duty and patriotism. That’s what makes America great.

I am hopeful tonight because I have seen that spirit at work in America. I’ve seen it in the family business whose owners would rather cut their own pay than lay off their neighbors, and in the workers who would rather cut back their hours than see a friend lose a job.

I’ve seen it in the soldiers who re-enlist after losing a limb, and in those SEALS who charged up the stairs into darkness and danger because they knew their was a buddy behind them watching their back.

I’ve seen it on the shores of New Jersey and New York where leaders from every party and level of government have swept aside their differences to help a community rebuild from the wreckage of a terrible storm.

And I saw it just the other day, in Mentor, Ohio wehre a father told the story of his eight-year-old daughter who’s long battle with leukemia nearly cost their family everything had it not been for healthc are reform passing just a few months before. The insurance company was about to stop paying for her care

I had an opportunity to not just talk to the father but meet this incredible daughter of his, and when he spoke to the crowd listening to that father’ story, every parent in that room had tears in their eyes because we knew that little girl could be our own. And I know that every American wants her future to be just as bright. That’s who we are. That’s the country I’m so proud to lead as your president.

And tonight, despite all the hardship we’ve been through, despite al lthe frustrations of Washington, I’ve never been more hopeful about our future

I’ve never been more hopeful about America. And I ask you to sustain that hope. I’m not talking about blind optimism. The kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the road blocks that stand in our path. I’m not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight.

I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside of us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching to keep working, to keep fighting.

America, I believe we can build on the progress we made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class

I believe we can keep the promise of our founder. The idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white or Hispanic or asian, or native American, or young or old, or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it.

I believe we can sieze this future together. Because we are not as divided as our politics suggest. We’re not as cynical as the pundents believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions.

And we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America. With your help and God’s grace, we will continue our journey forward. And remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on Earth.Thank you, America. God bless you. God bless these United States.” [CHEERING)

Now, how was your election night? Click HERE to see mine 🙂

The President gets a congratulatory bear hug from his wife, Michelle

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Election Night In Harlem: The Obama Night

Differences and political views aside, we’ve got to admit that Governor Mitt Romney fought hard in this past campaign to dethrone President Obama. I suppose it wasn’t hard enough when Obama won Romney (Massachusetts) and Ryan’s (Wisconsin) own state by huge margins, Gangnam Style. The race was so tight it literally divided the nation in half on just about every political views you can think of and it showed at the polls. It was a nail biting moment. I (joined by my friend Magdala) was fortunate to have been invited by my long time friend Savannah Madamombe (one of the event’s executives) to witness the historical moment at Harlem’s premier restaurant, Red Rooster located at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue, the heart of Harlem. Seated at a prime VIP booth table right in front of the huge TV screen for pre-election cocktails and dinner, the Obama Tini drink was not to be missed. The restaurant’s proprietor, an award-winning chef and cookbook, Marcus Samuelsson also used the opportunity celebrate his birthday. The entire crowd sang him a birthday song. The atmosphere was very festive.

Harlem was my stomping ground 4 years ago when President Obama made a ground breaking history by being the first black man take the role of the most powerful man in the world as president. 125th Street was packed with thousands of well wishers and supporters who took in the results and news on a jumbo TV screen right in the middle of the street. The Street soon transformed into an outdoor party with lots of dancing and tears. It was a sight to behold.

With my good friends Savannah Madamombe and Madgala

Fast forward to 2012, the celebrations were more indoors with cocktails and dinner. The Red Rooster Lounge located at the basement of the restaurant was packed with high profile individuals, notable voices in black media, paparazzi, fashionistas et.al. All had one thing in common –democrats who screamed loudly when President Obama’s name appeared on the TV Screen as he won each state and booed Mitt Romney when he won the bible belt states. Nevertheless, we were all on edge as we watched Obama edge forward with still about a 1/3 of the polls about to close. By the time the winner was posted on the screen, declaring Obama as the relected President, the entire room went really wild! Whatever aches and pain, back or knee problems, old and young danced together, celebrating and congratulating each other. The vibe in the air was hyper positively charged. Everyone was happy and couldn’t resist bursting out some hard moves on the dance floor, sweating profusely in the process. As for me, well, I think my US flag Dolce and Gabbana pants, Cartier night shade, sans makeup says it all. 🙂

You definitely must see the video footage below! 🙂

We congratulate President Obama on getting us through the next for 4 years. He has done so much already that could have been handicapped had he not won the election. His mission to fully carry itself out requires at least 8 years. I am so glad that we get to see his work carried out, including Obama care. God Save America! In God we trust!

YES OBAMA WON!

Say "cheese". Maya, Savannah Madamombe and I

Identical twin revelers. So adorable!

Fashion model Liya Kebede

 

Red Rooster proprietor Marcus Samuelsson

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A Lynched President Obama In Virginia

A day to the election. It’s hard to believe this is 2012 and this is still happening!!!! Some people have the nerve to put up such ugliness at their place of business as a public display of hatred towards President Obama. It’s one thing to dislike someone, we can’t all love or be forced to love one another. I get that, but to result to lynching as a form of hatred demonstration? COME ON! Have some respect and dignity. Racism will get you no where and it won’t change the fact that all humans are created equal! Get over it!

This picture shows a lynched dummy of President Obama on Bay Meadows Road, Gloucester, Virginia 23061 at a Shell Service Station. Spread the word boycott Shell gas stations CB:757-293-8244

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Chris Rock On A Very White Obama

Comedian Chris Rock has a special message for Americans –Caucasians that is.

Barrack “Barry” Obama vs Mitt Romney

Watch the video and Listen up!

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Hurricane Sandy Media Coverage: What About The Caribbeans?

We seem to hear and read a lot about Hurricane Sandy blasting through East coast cities in the US in media coverages. But what about the Caribbean Islands of Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica et.al where it passed through about 3 days ago leaving damages in the aftermath? I have managed to gather these Caribbean Hurricane Sandy aftermath images from the web. I think these images say a lot. May God help us all.

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