solange.jpgSolange to promote Armani Jeans
Giorgio Armani must love the Knowles family. First, the Italian designer chose elder sister Beyonce as the face of Emporio Armani Diamonds fragrance, and now he has picked Solange to be the ambassador of the youthful diffusion line, Armani Jeans. “Armani Jeans expresses my vision of a young, independent, casual lifestyle with a strong and cool fashion sensibility,” said the designer about his new muse in a statement. “Solange epitomises this style perfectly and brings to it that swing so evident in her new single, I Decided.” The profile-boosting partnership couldn’t have come at a better time for the 22-year-old singer, who’s following in her sister’s footsteps, as she prepares to release her second album, SoL-AngeL And The Hadley Street Dreams (from which I Decided is taken) on August 26. (Continue Reading…)

Report: McCain Security Ousts Only Black Reporter
Tallahassee Democrat senior writer Stephen Price on Friday was singled out and asked to leave a media area at the Panama City rally of presidential candidate Sen. John McCain. Price was among at least three other reporters, and the only black reporter, surrounding McCain’s campaign bus — Gov. Charlie Crist and his fiancee, Carole Rome, were already aboard — when a member of the Arizona senator’s security detail asked the reporter to identify himself. Price had shown his media credentials to enter the area. Price showed his employee identification as well as his credentials for the Friday event. “I explained I was with the state press, but the Secret Service man said that didn’t matter and that I would have to go,” Price said. (Continue Reading…)

Russert’s Successor is Newsweek Veteran
When Mark Whitaker was selected earlier this week to head NBC News’s Washington Bureau, a position that formerly belonged to Tim Russert, the host of NBC’s Meet the Press who died of a heart attack last June, the move was the latest in great achievements for the journalist. Whitaker (listed in the August 2000 issue of BE as one of 30 movers, shakers and decision makers poised to dominate in decades to come) worked his way up the ranks at Newsweek magazine from an intern in 1977 to the company’s first Black editor-in-chief in 1998. “I’m honored to succeed Tim,” says Whitaker. “It is an extremely exciting time in our nation’s history to be in Washington. I think we have the strongest portfolio of news programs and outlets in America.” (Continue Reading…)

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