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Baby Bump News: Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy

April 18th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Yesterday, former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton, who did look just a bit rounder about the face, announced, with her mother sitting by her side, that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child.

The mother and daughter duo were speaking at an event on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. And just as it was coming to a close, Chelsea interjected, noting that she wanted to say one more thing quickly. “Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year.”

The event, which Chelsea’s husband attended, was meant to illuminate the measures the Clinton family was making to advance women and girls.

Clinton, who is 34, and Mezvinsky were married in 2010.

Since she left the position as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton has made women and girl’s issues her central focus. Following her daughter’s announcement, Mrs. Clinton said, “We’re very excited about what’s happening in our family, but we’re also very excited because of what we’re doing that we hope gives confidence and support to so many of you across our country.”

Chelsea added, “I certainly feel all the better whether it’s a girl or a boy that she or he will grow p in a world with so many strong female leaders.”

It’s said that former President Clinton and Hillary had been very vocal about their desire to have grandchildren.

In fact, in September CBS News asked Bill whether his wife would rather be president or grandmother, to which he responded “I think she’d say grandmother.”

And after President Clinton had his quadruple bypass in 2004, he remarked, “My goal is to live to be a grandfather. The rest is out of my hands.”

After the announcement, President Clinton tweeted, “Excited to add a new line to my Twitter bio…grandfather-to-be!”

Old Slick Willie has become quite the Twitter celeb, right?

At the end of the event Chelsea added, as her beaming mother looked on, “I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child and, hopefully, children as my mom was to me.”

Congratulations to the Clinton family!

You can watch video of the touching announcement in the video below.

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Bill De Blasio Will Be Sworn In As NYC’s Next Mayor By Former President Bill Clinton

December 30th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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New York City Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio will be sworn in by a Democrat heavyweight. Former President Bill Clinton will swear in De Blasio as the next mayor of New York with a Bible once owned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, reports The Wall Street Journal. Having Clinton help de Blasio take office of the most populous city in the United States is significant for many reason. De Blasio, 52 years old, will be the first Democrat to helm New York City Hall in 20 years. Even though Democrats hold a six-to-one advantage in voter registration in the city, the GOP mayoral nominee has won every mayoral election since 1993 before de Blasio’s recent landslide victory in November.

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The Clinton family at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela earlier this month. In the row above, President George W. Bush and wife Laura. Supplied by Wenn

With Clinton playing such a prominent role at the inauguration, which takes place on New Year’s Day, it sends a strong message that Democrats are once again in power in New York City after a two-decade lockout, reports Business Insider.

The President will be joined by his wife and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the ceremony on January 1.

“I was honored to serve in President Clinton’s Administration and on Secretary Clinton’s campaign for U.S. Senate, and I am honored again that they will both join our celebration for all of New York City,” De Blasio told CBS News in a statement. “Wednesday’s ceremony will be an event for every New Yorker from all five boroughs, and [my wife] Chirlane and I couldn’t be more excited to have President Clinton and Secretary Clinton stand with us.”

Well Deserved: Oprah Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom

November 20th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Just when folks were starting to speculate that there was some underlying tension between the Obamas and Oprah, we learned, today she was at the White House accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

It’s not often that celebrities or media personalities receive these awards but…it’s Oprah so apparently folks made an exception. Plus her personal story and the trajectory of her career certainly make her worthy. According to The Washington Post, Winfrey got the award for being “one of the world’s most successful broadcast journalists” and philanthropists. The highest honor that can be bestowed upon a civilian, the Presidential Medal of Freedom was given to 16 people, including feminist writer and women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem, Washington Post editor Benjamin C. Bradlee and former president Bill Clinton.  President Obama saved Clinton for last and thanked him for his advice, counsel and his work on helping natural disaster victims.

The Medal was also bestowed, posthumously, to Bayard Rustin, the openly gay civil rights leader who worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Post reports that when the president spoke about Oprah, he said: “…her bosses told her she should change her name to Susie. I have to pause here to say, I got the same advice. Oh, they didn’t say I should be named Susie, but they suggested I should change my name.” 

He went on asserting that Oprah is living proof of the tenacity of the human spirit, referencing Oprah’s “childhood of poverty and abuse to the pinnacle of the entertainment universe.” 

At the end of the ceremony, President Obama made these remarks:

“I hope we carry away from this a reminder of what JFK understood to be the essence of the American spirit. Some of us may be less talented, but we all have the opportunity to serve and to open people’s hearts and minds in our smaller orbits. So I hope that everybody’s been inspired as I have been, participating in being with these people here today.”

Congratulations to Lady O!

You can watch video of the ceremony below. 

Bill’s Not Feelin’ Obamacare: Clinton Has Harsh Words For The Affordable Care Act

November 14th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Not even Bill Clinton can get on board with Obamacare. The former president heaped a load of criticism on the Affordable Care Act in an interview with a new magazine called Ozy.

“Even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people, let them keep what they’ve got,” Clinton said. The former president is referring to Obama’s promise that all currently-insured Americans can keep their health care plans. Customers on the individual market are finding their insurance plans canceled due to new provisions outlined by Obamacare.

Clinton went as far as comparing the Affordable Care Act to President George W. Bush’s launch of the Medicare Part D program, which he called a “disaster.” He added that Obama should address the predicament that some Americans are facing amid the loss of their insurance.

Despite Clinton’s harsh words for the health care reform, he still has a little bit of faith in the landmark law. “The big lesson is that we’re better off with this law than without it,” he said.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) took the opportunity to further expand on Clinton’s perspective and added “These comments signify a growing recognition that Americans were misled when they were promised that they could keep their coverage under President Obama’s health care law.”

“The entire health care law is a train wreck that needs to go,” the Republican leader said.

For House Republicans, Clinton’s comments could not have come at a better time. On Friday, House Democrats will be faced with a “pressing political challenge,” CNN notes. “[T]hey will have to vote on a House Republican plan [...] that allows people to keep the policy they like.”

The President is expected to announce administrative measures to allow customers to keep their insurance in remarks scheduled to begin at 11:35am ET.

[h/t The Washington Post]

Down But Not Out: Celebrities Who Made A Comeback After Legal Issues

October 8th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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Being a famous celebrity isn’t always about popularity and fortune. Sometimes, it entails battles with the law over money, criminal allegations and scandal. Bouncing back from these legal issues, these celebrities have made a significant career strides after problems that could’ve shelved their careers for good.

African-American Voters Hold Spitzer And Weiner Down Despite Scandal

August 4th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Considered New York’s “tabloid twins,” Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner, whose political pasts have been marred by scandal, are gaining ground in their candidacy because of African-American support, reports USA Today.

Spitzer, who resigned in 2008 for soliciting prostitutes, is ahead of his Democratic rival for comptroller Scott Stringer 49 percent to 45 percent. He’s leading his opponent because black voters favor him 63 percent to 33 percent. Among white voters, however, Spitzer falls behind Stringer by nearly 20 points.

Weiner’s support for his run for mayor plummeted when he revealed that he still sent indecent text messages to women after he resigned as congressman in 2011. A disappointing seven percent of white voters support Weiner which was down from 23 percent. Among black voters, 24 percent still support him — a not-so-dramatic fall from 31 percent.

Weiner is running against Bill Thompson, an African-American candidate. Both are drawing in equal amounts of votes from black supporters.

African-Americans have always had a knack for supporting the underdogs. “It is a truism in politics that African-American voters are more likely to forgive public figures for bad behavior,” USA Today added. “President Bill Clinton, for instance, remained popular with black voters throughout his impeachment after his affair with a White House intern.”

Rev. Al Sharpton attributed this African-American characteristic to the fact that most of the people who have stood for blacks have negative spotlight from the media. “Those we have respected the most have been attacked the most,” Rev. Sharpton said.

Black support for disgraced politicians doesn’t waver by much because of the low expectations they have of these candidates compared to whites. According to a poll conducted by the Marist Institute of Public opinion, 43 percent of African-Americans say all politicians have “something to hide” compared to 30 percent of white voters.

Well-aware of the support he is receiving from African Americans, Spitzer is appearing in churches and gospel concerts.

Would you vote for Spitzer and Weiner despite their scandalous past?

White Folks Black People Love, Part 2

June 28th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Yesterday, we gave you the beginning of our updated list of white people black folks love. Here’s the rest.

 

Sarah Jessica Parker

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Sarah Jessica Parker

“Sex and The City,” need we say more? We ride for Miss Carrie Bradshaw and her fabulous fashion and her struggle to find a good man, and her love of Cosmos. She’s our white sister girl in our heads.

Money, Power, And No Respect: Politicians Who Notoriously Cheated On Their Spouses

June 27th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Politicians take an oath to serve the country with integrity when they are sworn in, but most don’t seem to feel that same obligation when it comes to their spouses. Despite being held to a higher standard than everyone else, these 15 public servants put it all on the line — including their jobs — when they got caught with their pants down cheating on their wives.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

On his quest from the Terminator to the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was called a womanizer on the campaign. His wife, Maria Shriver, vouched for her husband and assured voters the former Austrian bodybuilder was not the man the media and his opponents painted him to be. But a few months after leaving office, it was reported that Shriver moved out of their California home and less than a week later, the public found out why: Schwarzenegger fathered a child with the maid, Mildred, during their 25-year marriage. Suspecting that her husband was the father of the boy, Shriver confronted the maid who confirmed her suspicions. Although the couple officially separated, they have reportedly attended marital counseling. Schwarzenegger has publicly admitted he would like to reunite with Shriver.

You’ve Made Your Bed, Now Lay In It: Men Who Cheated & Had To Admit It…Publicly

February 25th, 2013 - By Renay Alize
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You know when Chris Rock says, men are only as faithful as their options. (Maybe Chris Rock was speaking from experience since he ended up cheating on his wife.) Well, these men not only cheated they had to admit their infidelity to their wives, the nation and in some very high profile cases, (looking at you, Bill), the world.

For Robin Wilson, Healthy Homes Pay Off

February 18th, 2013 - By C. Cleveland
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Robin Wilson, President of Robin Wilson Home

Robin Wilson, President of Robin Wilson Home

Before living “green” was the trendy thing to do, Robin Wilson was working to create living spaces where customers’ wellness and environmental impact were top priorities. Suffering from childhood allergies and asthma while growing up in the eco-friendly town of Austin, TX made healthy living a passion of hers from an early age.

In 2000, she walked away from a successful corporate career to become president of her own interior design firm, Robin Wilson Home, focused on eco-friendly and hypoallergenic products.

Her success as an entrepreneur has exceeded her own dreams. In 2004, her design of the Harlem office of President Bill Clinton was profiled in O magazine. She’s gone on to launch her own textile line, and build a full-fledged lifestyle brand.

I asked Robin about what it takes to have the vision to stay ahead of trends and build a brand that stays true to her mission of wellness.

Madame Noire: Can you describe Robin Wilson Home for those unfamiliar with your brand? What differentiates you from your competitors?

Robin Wilson: Robin Wilson Home is a lifestyle brand with two business areas: interior design and brand licensing. We have worked with some amazing clients across the U.S. to design eco-friendly homes and commercial spaces. Plus, we are the first brand to license our name to eco-friendly kitchen cabinetry sold by over 500 dealers nationwide — and made in the USA by Holiday Kitchens. We also have a line of textiles sold on Bed Bath & Beyond’s website and they will be coming soon to select retail stores.

MN: You had a successful career dealing with environmental issues before you started your firm. Why did you want to become an entrepreneur?

RW: I began my career at the Lower Colorado River Authority, a hydroelectric utility in Austin, and then worked at both a San Francisco and Boston-based consulting firms in their energy groups. These firms taught me best practices for corporate governance — but I also recognized that the founders of these firms were passionate visionaries. Since my family has a history of entrepreneurs, it was easy for me to understand the focus and charisma of those individuals. I made a goal on my bucket list to be an entrepreneur by the time I was 30… and was fortunate to see it come true for the past 13 years.

MN: What did the early days of Robin Wilson Home look like? How did you get your business off the ground?

RW: We had the wonderful opportunity to be self-funded due to a windfall received when the firm I was working for went public due to an IPO. I was the only employee and worked as a project manager and designer. The early days were amazing due to freedom from a desk, the chance to be casual everyday, and new projects through word-of-mouth.

MN: Did you know green living would take off the way that it has? 

RW: It was never “green” to me… and I actually refer to our practices as eco-friendly (to your living space and the environment) and wellness-oriented. However, when the articles started to refer to us as in the “green” space, I had to accept the moniker as a way to describe our business. But I remain committed to telling people that the bottom line is “wellness” for you and your lifestyle.

MN: What gave you the courage to pursue a specialty that wasn’t mainstream at the time?

Robin: I live by the motto “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” So my focus has never been about what is mainstream but very much about what I believe is good for my friends and family. 

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