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Cephus and Reesie 2012: Fantasia Sings in a Catsuit with Joshua Ledet on “Idol” Finale

May 24th, 2012 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Source: Sandra Rose

If there was any reason to stay tuned into the finale of “American Idol” last night, it had to be because your girl Fantasia came out of hiding to perform the song, “Take Me to the Pilot” with former “Idol” contestant and fan favorite, Joshua Ledet. If you didn’t know by now, Ledet has a “take ’em to church” powerful voice, and that’s exactly what he did for the crowd–he took them to church. After he killed the first verse, Fanny came strolling out in a sequin catsuit with sheer panels on the side (and shoes on!), and her extra long weave. I don’t know if the outfit was very appropriate for the song they were singing, but she looked good body-wise in it. I enjoyed the performance, though I could have done without all the screaming near the end. But then again, that’s what they do! However, I love these two and hope Ledet blows up post-“Idol.” What did you think of the performance?

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And the Awards Goes To…2011’s Most Powerful Moms

December 13th, 2011 - By Charlotte Young
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By Charlotte Young

It’s no secret that being a mom and a professional woman is a hard task and we give a round of applause to all those hardworking mamas. As the year wraps up, provides us with the most powerful moms of 2011. To make the list, women must have at least one child who is 18 year old or younger, live in the US and be changing the game in their field.

Where would the list be without Michelle Obama? lists her as the most powerful mom in Washington. The first lady is mother to Malia, 13 and Sasha, 10. A graduate of Princeton and Harvard, Obama is a role model for moms around the nation. In her position she has committed herself to decrease childhood obesity and launched the “Let’s Move” campaign.

The most powerful mom in science, technology, engineering and math is none other than Ursula Burns. This hardworking sister is the chairman and CEO of Xerox. Burns has two children, Malcom, 21, and Melissa 17. Burns has worked at Xerox from the bottom up, starting as an intern in 1980. In 2009, she became the first African American woman CEO to lead a S&P 100 Company and the first woman to succeed another woman as a S&P company head. Burns groundbreaking work doesn’t stop with her color or gender. In 2010, she increased Xerox’s profits by 25 percent and closed the company’s biggest deal by leading its acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services for $6.4 billion. Raised by a single mother in a New York housing project, Burns went on to earn a Mechanical Engineering degree at New York University and a Masters of Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.

Also on the list are Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis, co-founders of Gilt Groupe and the most powerful mom entrepreneurs. Both are new moms to one year old sons. The Harvard educated duo took the online shopping market by storm with the launch of Gilt Groupe in 2007. Gilt Groupe features “flash” sales, clothing and accessories for women, men and children at a limited time discounted rate.  With their innovative idea, Maybank and Wilkis have created a $1 billion company.

TV journalist Ann Curry is listed as the most powerful TV journalist mom. With two children, McKenzie, 18, and Walker, 16, Curry has maintained her position as co-anchor of The Today Show on NBC. Beginning in 1991, she is the show’s longest serving new anchor.

Tina Fey is listed as the most powerful mom in Pop Culture. The actress/comedian/writer/producer is mom to six-year-old Alice and four-month-old Penelope. Known for her roles on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, Fey has won seven Emmys, three Golden Globe Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Well You Don’t Say: 10 White Singers We Once Thought Were Black

November 28th, 2011 - By MN Editor
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White Singers You Thought Were Black

Just a heads up, if you were thinking this was going to be one of those posts that idolizes “blue-eyed soul singers” or says folks are out here trying to “sound black” (as if there’s one way to sound black), you’re mistaken. This is a list about a few individuals with voices that we accidentally assumed at one point and time belonged to black people. It wasn’t until videos popped up for some of our favorite jams that we didn’t see a black man or woman, but a white man or woman–and it surprised the hell out of us. A lot of these singers are probably your personal favorites by now, some you may have never heard of, but don’t lie, you know you were telling your friends at one point or another, “Oh snap, I just assumed he/she was black…”

You’re not the only one.

Anatomy of a Powerful Black Woman (A Relationship Guide)

March 28th, 2011 - By China Okasi
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We all know women are sometimes not given their full due in society, but when it comes to black women, the stereotypes and assumptions can be staggering. The number one rule when dealing with a powerful black woman, i.e. you, your mother, your sister, your friend, is: never, ever–ever underestimate her. Treat her with respect, and don’t expect that if you mistreat or slight her, that you’ll just escape the forces that protect her. If you didn’t know about this woman before now, here are some traits that clue you in to the anatomy of a powerful black woman:

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Men Whose Voices Make Us Melt

February 23rd, 2011 - By Veronica Wells
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In life there needs to be balance, a meeting of opposites. Hot, cold, black, white etc. You get the picture. It is this search for balance, the inclusion of the opposite, that draws us to men with rough, gruff, deep voices, simply because many of us belonging to the fairer sex have higher-pitched sometimes squeaky voices. And while a deep voice is certainly not a requirement; it’s just another thing that makes us think of manliness and masculinity. Check out this list of men who possess this characteristic.