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Serena’s Nude Cover: Celebration of a Beautiful Body or Scandalous?

 

As many of you probably already know, Serena Williams recently posed nude for the cover of EPSN Magazine. Smiling like she’s from a cheesecake shot of old (Bettie Paige, eat your heart out). She’s pretty, she’s sexy, she’s brown and looks delicious, but naturally you can’t pose butt-booty-nekkid on the cover of a magazine without garnering a few comments. Everything from “Damn! She looks fine!” to “She is ruining black America!” Demetria L. Lucas of ESSENCE.com threw in her two-cents today, deriding those who are acting like one cheeky photo is going to bring down black womanhood.

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A chocolate, curvy, confident, nude Black woman celebrating her whole self? Hmmph. I happily plunked down my cash for the cover and thought: One small step for Serena; one giant step for Black womankind.

I couldn’t imagine anyone would think otherwise… so you can guess my surprise when the morning after the cover’s debut, I was reading my daily blogroll (everyone was talking about the cover) and found comments calling the Serena cover a “sad day for Black America.” Then I read she was “a whore” and a “ghetto hood rat” because she was “selling sex for money.”

Huh? Was Jennifer Aniston a “whore” or “ghetto” when she sat nude wearing only a tie on the cover of GQ in January? Maybe I missed the brouhaha? I looked it up to be sure. Just as I thought, by and large, she was celebrated for being confident and fabulous at 40. So why is Serena being called awful, ugly names?

What’s your take on the photo? I think Serena looks flirty and gorgeous and it is rare to see a woman, shaped like a woman, on the cover of any magazine, let alone a black woman. And it’s not like Serena hasn’t posed nude/near-nude before, so I don’t quite understand the hoopla. She’s fully comfortable with her body in a way I WISH I was comfortable with mine. She feels good about herself and it shows. What do you think?

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Do Democrats Buy Google Ads?

Like a lot of bloggers I use Google Adsense to generate some revenue and I am endlessly surprised by the high number of political ads I get that are for either Republican Party members, conservative causes or the occasional Ann Coulter book. It’s not so much that I mind (even though those Ann Coulter ads can be especially annoying just because I really, really, really hate looking at her), but I seriously question Adsense’s common sense AND I’m seriously starting to wonder … do Liberals, Progressives, Civil Rights Orgs. and Democrats not purchase Google Ads?

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Almost every two-cent conservative think tank has had some kind of random ad pop up via Google Ads, but I can’t think of many Blue State style ads of any kind on my blog or most other blogs that use Adsense, regardless of their content. The only time I ever see “Liberal” ads are via a service called Blog Ads that I also subscribe to (there is currently an ad for “Fela” running in the Blog Ads spot). And those are usually on sites like DailyKos or Feministing. As good as Democrats were during election 2008 at utilizing the internet it seems a little short-sighted not to take advantage of something simple like Google Ads that are almost an omnipresence on the internet.

But what do I know? I’m just the lady who gets tired of thinking up ways to block that Human Events Ann Coulter ad.

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What I’m Missing: Obama at the UN, Moammar Gadhafi Ripping Up Things, Talking Forever

While on my trip I don’t have as much time to blog 😦

I know. It blows. Mostly because I’m trying to keep an eye on the news while doing my job covering events here at the CBC conference here in Washington, D.C. So I missed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in his finest of Gadhfi-esque couture ripping up part of the UN charter and speaking for more than an hour and 36 minutes. I also missed President Obama’s address to the UN (which I’ve read was well-received and even Gadhafi clapped at the end, but maybe only because he was getting to speak next.) Did anyone get the full UN experience? If so, what was the best part? Worst part? Do you like the UN or do you think the whole exercise is an act in futility? Feel free to engage below.

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Maia Campbell’s Family Speaks Out to Essence.com

The family of former “In The House” co-star Maia Campbell released a letter to Essence Magazine Friday in regards to a recent video showing an incoherent and distressed Campbell. The video appeared on various internet gossip blogs and even became a trending topic on Twitter. Now the family wants to have their say on the crisis unfolding before them, rehashing Maia’s history of mental illness and thanking those who have sent prayers out to their loved one.

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As a family, we have been struggling with Maia in her illness for quite some time. We continue to hold fast to our faith and hope that some day she will realize that healing will begin when she decides to reach out and accept the help and treatment that have been offered to her. We all have challenges in life that we must face, but when compound problems such as mental illness and substance abuse are prevalent, it can appear that there is no way out. However, our sustaining faith and trust in God compels us to believe differently. We strongly believe that Maia will be healed.

We also know that Maia’s mother, the late Bebe Moore Campbell, who devoted much of her later years in life to mental health awareness and education, along with her family members and friends would welcome your prayers and support for Maia’s sustained recovery. In addition, we urge your support for efforts to diagnose and treat mental illness in our community.  

We ask that you not only pray for Maia’s wellness, but also commit to understanding this insidious disease, which is devastating our loved ones and community. Help erase the “stigma” of mental illness, which is a very serious barrier to treatment, so that we can help those with the disease to live wholesome lives. Call for more treatment options and prevention strategies, have compassion for those stricken with this illness, and help guide those who have been unable to find their way to appropriate treatment. Additionally, support those families who are struggling to cope with loved ones with the disease because mental illness affects the entire family.

Read the rest of the letter here.

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Question of the Day: Where Were You On 9/11?

I’ll never forget sitting in the newsroom early that morning watching as the unthinkable happened from the safety of Midland, TX on Sept. 11, 2001. I saw the first plane hit and watched the whole thing unfold with a mix of dread, horror and confusion. I remember wondering how the firefighters were going to fight a fire so large and so high up and thought the worst about the buildings collapsing on them. And then they did. It was all I watched for days — footage of dust covered people trying to find their way home.

Eight years and two wars later we’re still living with the consequences of that day. We still haven’t caught Osama bin Laden, the man responsible for the carnage. There’s no real justice, as both wars churn on without true ends. Often I wonder what lesson did we learn, or did we learn anything at all. Sure. We take our shoes off at the airport and Washington, D.C. is a quasi police state with barricades around the monuments, but what did we learn besides how to act out in fear and anger? Are we actually safer, or have we created and illusion and named it security?

Where were you when it happened and where are you now mentally eight years later?

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