dailyphoto0807174.jpgSimmons Launch Girl Scout Sneaker
Angela and Vanessa Simmons’ Pastry division of Run Athletics will launch a new line of products benefiting the Girls Scouts of the USA, the company announced today (Jul 16). The Pastry Thin Mint Collection, consisting of women’s and kids shoes and a backpack, hits specialty retail stores across the country today, including Finish Line, Underground Station and Lady Foot Locker. A take on Pastry’s “Fab Cookie” sneaker, the Thin Mint Shoe will be available in chocolate and white, and incorporates the Girl Scout philosophy, scripted on the shoe’s outsole. The women’s shoe will retail around $70 with the kid’s version available for $45 and the coordinating backpack going for around $65. (Continue Reading…)

Report: Jackson Off-Air Gaffe Included N-Word
The Rev. Jesse Jackson used the N-word during a break in a TV interview where he criticized presidential candidate Barack Obama, Fox News confirmed Wednesday. The longtime civil rights leader already came under fire this month for crude off-air comments he made against Obama in what he thought was a private conversation during a taping of a “Fox & Friends” news show. In additional comments from that same conversation, first reported by TVNewser, Jackson is reported to have said Obama was “talking down to black people,” and referred to blacks with the N-word when he said Obama was telling them “how to behave.” Though a Fox spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press that Jackson used the slur, the network declined to release the full transcript of the July 6 show and did not air the comments. (Continue Reading…)

Are Black Girls Expendable?
Last week, I said I’d deal with some more questions raised by “Margaret,” the poster who wanted to know why the Black community wasn’t protesting against the R. Kelly not-guilty verdict. Margaret said: “Just seems to me that we gotta care about something or maybe we think that our Black girls are still expendable.” Unfortunately in a society that can be as insane as ours, not only are black girls expendable, so is everyone else. The worse part is that all too often many women participate in their own denigration. The only thing that explains this is ignorance. When a group of black women gather outside a courthouse to rally in support of a millionaire accused of child pornography it really makes you wonder what’s going on in our world. (Continue Reading…)

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