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My no-cable-having-ass went to visit my parents for Father's Day this weekend and caught the Top 12 Moments of the BET Awards; and looooooved it. Man I miss cable! The top moment went to none other then Mo'Nique recreating Beyonce's 'Crazy In Love'; dance backed by some 'big girls'; and killed it! Unfortunately you can't find a good version of the full video anywhere but I found this blurry link and you can watch clips of all the moments but you have to listen to their stupid comments, sorry.
Fireworks are in store this July and it's not just to celebrate the 4th! On July 9th, a new line of clothing designed by Beth Ditto of The Gossip fame is hitting Evans chain stores throughout Britain. And let me tell you, these '80s inspired threads are something to shout about. The line is bold, bright, sequined, studded, and hot. These clothes make a statement, and they're designed specifically for women sizes 14-32.
Bacardi has done what any remorseful reveler suffering from the shame of a hangover should--'fess up and apologize. In a contrite email to Jezebel, vice-prez of the public relations agency that represents Bacardi explains that the ad ran for two months in the summer of 2008 and that the offending affiliate of Bacardi has shut the site down. He then offers an apology.
Electronic music and neon-striped undies are pretty powerful on their own, but when they work together, it's like a freakin' symbiotic psychedelic miracle. Exhibit A: the new video for These Are Powers' song 'Easy Answers' and the funky, delicious style of Ruffeo Hearts Lil Snotty. Like oreos and milk, Thelma and Louise, gin and tonics--These Are Powers and Ruffeo Hearts were made for each other. Get your own super-person bathing suits, hoodies, bodysuits, dresses, and more from the Brooklyn-based, handmaking, neon-dispensing geniuses' Etsy shop.
Rihanna will take the stand against Chris Brown this afternoon. It will be a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to go to trial. If convicted, Brown could go to prison for upwards of four years for his alleged battery of once-girlfriend Rihanna in February. The hearing will not be televised and Mark Geragos, Brown's attorney, will be able to cross-examine Rihanna.
Many commercials use misogynistic messages and stereotypes to promote their product, especially products geared to men such as beer. As it turns out, advertisements targeted for women can be equally offensive and ridiculous. Take, for instance, the advertisements for Bacardi Breezers stating that the must-need accessory for a woman is an ugly female friend so they can seem more attractive in comparison. Society and the media are already encouraging impossible body image standards and cattiness among women.
Father's day is upon us, friends. And while it's perhaps not the most raucous holiday ever, there are a bunch of warm and fuzzy stories floating in the ether about dads and what they do. Top of the list is this bonanza of hip dadness offered by Grist: Green Dads We Heart . Eco-parenting has never been more attractive. I'm looking at you, Brad and Barack.          Speaking of Barack, he's written a straight-up tearjerker of a Father's Day essay. Parade is running an excerpt; you can catch the full version this Sunday.
The Georgia Theater, which hosted bands like REM and the B-52s in their early days, burned badly today. It was basically gutted by fire damage, though the building is still standing. It's located in the heart of downtown Athens, right near the University of Georgia campus. Back in their early days, the B-52s paid the venue to be allowed to play there. The first show after the theater opened in 1978 was Sea Level, which formed out of remnants of the Allman Brothers Band.
It was so rainy and gloomy in NYC this week that I wish I'd had something like this to brighten the days. This umbrella changes color when it gets wet. Dry, it has a simple black and white design of a cityscape. But as soon as the rain hits it the white turns into a cheery rainbow sure to take the gloom and doom from even the stormiest of days.
Everyone has that one friend who knows way too much about music. You know who I mean (if you don't, then maybe you are that friend). They are always the ones who have an iPod full of bands you've never heard of, they tell you who you might like (and are usually right) and let you know what concerts you just need to go to. They take one looks at your music collection and, stifling their snobbish laughter, tell you exactly who your next favorite band will be. They're like the Genius Playlist of real people.
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