‘Real Housewives’ Series Heads to Atlanta
This season, Bravo’s reality “Real Housewives” franchise has a new twist. Not only is the show moving to Atlanta after successful runs in Orange County and New York, it’s adding a little flavor to the mix. For the first time, African-American women join the cast and comprise four of five of the women featured. Premiering on Bravo on Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. EST, “The Real Housewives Of Atlanta” should provide much fodder for gossip during its seven-episode run. “This was a great way for us to integrate women of color into the ‘Housewives’ franchise in a real way,” says Andy Cohen, Bravo’s head of programming. “We wouldn’t have done it just to do it. These women are all friends, or many of them are friends. We thought it was a good, realistic way to tell their story. It wasn’t just trying to put a circle into a square.” (Continue Reading…)

Oprah Sued for Defamation by Ex-Girls School Head
The ex-headmistress of Oprah Winfrey’s school for girls in South Africa sued the talk show host for defamation, claiming Winfrey falsely suggested she tried to cover up abuse at the school. In widely reported remarks last year, Winfrey suggested that Nomvuyo Mzamane, 39, of Philadelphia, knew about alleged abuse by a dorm matron and tried to cover it up, Mzamane says in the lawsuit. Her lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court on Friday, seeks more than $250,000 on five defamation and related counts from Winfrey and her production company. “The thing that hurt my client the most was when Oprah said, ‘I thought she cared about the girls of South Africa,'” said Mzamane’s lawyer, Timothy McGowan. “It was devastating. She loved those girls.” (Continue Reading…)

Palin Team Opposed Divesting of Holdings to Protest Darfur
“When I and others in the legislature found out we had some millions of dollars in Sudan, we called for divestment through legislation of those dollars to make sure we weren’t doing anything that would be seen as condoning the activities there in Darfur.” Sarah Palin suggested that she was at the forefront of a campaign in Alaska to sell stock in companies that do business with Sudan in protest against the mass killing of civilians in the western part of the country. But the record shows that her administration was against the divestiture movement before it was for it. (Continue Reading…)

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