Classic Ms. Benita Butrell from IN LIVING COLOR
Friday, August 29, 2008
I will preface this by saying that I sincerely love and respect Venus Williams. Serena is my all time favorite, but Venus is my sentimental favorite. She is the person that drew me to the sport initially over ten years ago. There is something about her grace, her elegance, her sometimes shy and reserved demeanor and how those traits are contrasted by her sheer power, ferocity and force on the court that make me love her. But yesterday, in an interview on the historic day that Barack Obama accepted his nomination as the Democratic Presidential Candidate and on the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's historic march on Washington and his iconic I HAVE A DREAM speech, Venus said the following:
“I didn’t know that was the date (of King’s speech), I am so focused on trying to win my match and obviously coming down from (the Olympics in) Beijing. It’s been a whirlwind, so I’ve been just pretty much focused on tennis.”
Now I believe in being focused on one's work, but come on now....really. I pray that she is not in such a bubble that she could let this historic moment pass her by. Funny enough, James Blake and gymnast Shawn Johnson were also at the Olympics - Shawn went on to lead the pledge of allegiance on the day of Obama's acceptance speech. Now granted, she didn't have a competition that day, but at least she knew what the biggest headline in America was on that day.
Conversely, the gorgeous, handsome and gluteus-ly blessed James Blake said the following:
“I am proud. I am very proud of Barack Obama. I believe in him and I believe he will do good things for this county. I hope the country gives him that opportunity.”
Ironically (and sadly enough), Venus (as did Serena and James) played said match on the court named after the great tennis pioneer and civil rights activist, Mr. Arthur Ashe. What Mr. Ashe and Dr. King did allowed Ms. Williams to have the opportunities and freedoms that she enjoys today. What Mr. Obama will do will be in that great tradition. I hope she at least finds the clips on YOUTUBE.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
David Neville - sleek like a greyhound
Tariku (1657) and Kenenisa (1662) Bekele - good looks run in the family (pun intended)
Shawn Crawford - bone structure and brawn
Shelley Ann Fraser - adorable new Jamaican star
Christian Cantwell - the bear
Trey Hardee - movie star good looks
Bryan Clay - the modern All-American boy next door
Usain Bolt - goofy good looks
Asbel Kiprop - the darker the berry....
Asafa Powell & Michael Frater - to be a fly on that wall...
Bernard Lagat - what a striking face
Roman Sebrle - Czech Mate
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Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Daisy Dukes, short shorts, booty shorts, cut-offs - they have many names, but they all add up to mile long legs. My 70's and 80's childhood was so shaped by pop culture, and these are some of the original influences of my long time love affair with hot pants.
I loved this commercial in all it's many incarnations over the years. Just sassy!
Hot pants maestro, the late, great James Brown.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Well, girlfriend was out of the blocks like a lightning bolt - she lead the way over the first eight hurdles.....then it happened. That damn ninth hurdle must have jumped up and caught her heel. Actually, what it looked like to me was that she was not clearing the hurdles straight on and because her lead leg was on a bit of an angle, it caught the hurdle and did my girl in during the race of her life. Well, my heart broke for her and for the US Track & Field team who has not had a good showing this year.
With the 3rd place showing of the great Sanya Richards, the complete medal shutout of the women's 100 meter sprinters, no Bernard Lagat in the 1500 meter final and no gold or silver medal for the guys in the 100 meter sprint, this year has been a real letdown for the team and the fans. Allyson Felix, girl, you better do the damn thing in the 200 meter sprint or I am going to lose it!!!!!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
During the summer time, I was the kind of kid who enjoyed going outside and meeting up with my friends to play kick ball, 4-square, dodge ball, go bike riding, rollerskating, and even hop around on my pogo stick. But I also lived for a good round of game shows and soap operas. One of the best parts of my tv watching was the TV commercials. I loved a good fragrance commercial because they usually had a combo of raw sexuality, glamour, humor, sassiness and a sense of breaking out of a mundane existence. Isn't it hilarious that a 9 year old lil' fat, black, gay child in Detroit got all that?!? Well, they spoke to me!!! Here are some of my favorites:
The chick in this ad had a very Valley Of The Dolls quality - she looked like she might end up at a swinger's party after she finished with the stranger at the front door!
Fierce - Halston and Pat Cleveland - doesn't get much better......
70's supermodel Shelley Hack, later of Charlie's Angels fame, really personified the 70's girl - strong, feminine with a masculine edge, saucy, smiley, jaunty and skippy. Loved it!
My absolute favorite - this is the iconic 70's fragrance ad - the Peggy Lee jingle, the skirt suit, the Mary McFadden-esque gown - Amazing!!! This 70's iconography has greatly influenced my aesthetic view of fashionable women - the fiercely, strong woman who wears her femininity and her sexuality on her sleeve.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Iconic Meisel photoshoot starring Linda and Kristen - THE iconic super-chameleons of their day. Minimal set, minimal wardrobe, minimal hair & makeup, maximum effect.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
.....then do not buy this hilarious piece of junk. Take yo' butt to the gym!!! This chair is only good for a real laugh!!! Even the people in the infomercial had to struggle to keep a straight face. It looks like if you sit on it long enough, you might achieve 'a special moment', if you catch my drift......
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