jordan-dunn.jpgItalian Vogue’s July Issue Goes Black
As some of you may have heard through the grape vine, the July issue of Italian Vogue will have only black models, and all the features are related to black women in the arts and entertainment. Considering the displays of tokenism on the runways last season—Jourdan Dunn at Prada, and in only one look—an entire issue devoted to black models could be seen as making hay of a controversy. I’ll let you be the judge. The issue will be on newsstands in Europe next Thursday, and after in the States. Steven Meisel did the fashion pictures, about 100 in all, and I think they are some of the best he’s done. They are crazily, softly beautiful, plainly the work of someone who knows women and fashion, has looked at both a long time, and when I spoke to Meisel the other day—for a piece in the Times tomorrow—I admitted I didn’t recognize Tyra Banks in one of the portraits. She’s wearing a soft head wrap, and her head is tilted back. Meisel laughed and, describing the session, said, “That was, like, 10 minutes. She sat at the window. Guido”—Guido Palau, the hairstylist—“wrapped her hair. I’m exaggerating, it took an hour. But, no, that’s Tyra.” (Continue Reading…)

Shell Shuts Down Nigerian Oil Field After Attack
Militants in speedboats raided an oil installation off Nigeria’s southern coastline on Thursday, forcing Royal Dutch Shell to slash production and exposing Africa’s biggest oil industry as vulnerable even on the high seas. The attack by fighters of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, about 85 miles into the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea, was the militant group’s farthest-ever attack in the open ocean. (Continue Reading…)

Spike Lee Backs Obama, Sees ‘Chocolate City’
Director Spike Lee, whose movies often cast a sharp eye on U.S. racial politics, predicted a presidential victory for black Democrat Barack Obama that would mark a “new day” for the United States. “It’s going to be before Obama, ‘B.B.,’ and after Obama — ‘A.B.’ — and some folks need to get used to this,” Lee said. “And I’m going to be at the inauguration — getting my hotel reservation now. (Continue Reading…)

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