Has the ‘Obama Effect’ Come to Runway Castings?
Some casting sheets actually said ‘No Blacks,”’ the 19-year-old model Shawn Sutton was saying on Friday, backstage at the Duckie Brown show in the Bryant Park tent. He was referring to the model castings at the recent men’s wear shows in Milan. It was pretty brutal and, yeah, it was racist,” he added. “But things opened up a lot by Paris, so I paid it no mind.” Mr. Sutton was one of 24 models in a show whose casting, for once, reflected some ethnic diversity. It is early days in New York’s Fashion Week, but already there are signs that the recent industry habits of exclusion may be undergoing a shift. Call it the Obama effect, if you will. “Oh, it’s totally about Obama,” said Marcus Lloyd, a 22-year-old African American model from Dallas. “I remember my agent was like, ‘If Obama does become president, there’s going to be a lot more work for you guys.”’ (Continue Reading…)

Jay-Z Says ‘We Should All Support’ Rihanna
Rapper Jay-Z, the man who signed Rihanna to Def Jam during his tenure as president, has made his first public comments about the singer’s recent domestic dispute involving her boyfriend Chris Brown. “This is a real situation,” he told People.com Saturday in Phoenix at the Sprite Green presents the Third Annual Two Kings dinner with Jay-Z and Lebron James, as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend. “You have to have compassion for others. Just imagine it being your sister or mom and then think about how we should talk about that,” the hip-hop mogul, 39, continued. (Continue Reading…)

Study: 42% of Black Women Have Never Been Married
Marriage was always a part of Camille Bridges’ life plan, and at 24 years old that plan became a reality.
But for many black women locally and nationally, the dream of marriage remains only that. Forty-two percent of black women have never been married, compared to 21 percent of white women, according to national statistics. But Bridges believes the data don’t have to be an indicator of the outcome of black relationships. “I believe that if you have a desire to be married, it’s about timing and knowing who you are first,” she said. “Don’t worry about what you don’t have. Worry about what you do have and before you know it, your mate will come.” (Continue Reading…)

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