SHANGHAI FASHION WEEK: The World Takes Notes

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The fashion world has been fixated on Shanghai for the past week, in celebration of Shanghai Fashion Week, 2012. The glamourous event saw a variety of awe-inspiring looks that proved definitively, that China’s young designers have arrived and they have something significant to say about fashion. Italy’s Sforza and Mazzi, France’s Agnes B and even Dior were all present to pay their respects to the runway. However, the stars were China’s own. We have compiled a short look book of Shanghai Fashion Week for your enjoyment. Insh, designed by local designer Helen Lee was the darling of the catwalk.

Another Favorite was Zuczug by eccentric designer Wang Yiyang. The designer emphasizes his homegrown esthetic which he hones for local tastes.

And a label called Zix Guan, sported it’s Matrix Inspired looks. The designer emphasizes feminine empowerment and sites Angelina Jolie as an influence.

THREADFLIP: Website Offers A New Way To Shop

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Is your closet overflowing with barely used, or worse yet, never worn clothes, shoes and handbags? Or do you like buying the hottest trends at a serious discount? A new website has found a way to address the needs of both consumers. THREADFLIP is a site that allows you to sell those outfits that are occupying your closet to cost conscious shoppers. The site is the brainchild of Manik Singh, who noticed the excess stock in his wife’s own closet. His wife and her friends, like many women, simply allowed the items to pile up as opposed to getting rid of them. Manik decided to create a trendy, slick and simple website that would allow his wife, her friends, and now YOU, to hock those closet wears. The result was a beautiful site that makes displaying, selling, shipping items a piece of cake. The gorgeous design takes photos from directly by upload or from your Facebook account and displays your goods in a compelling and uniform way. For sellers, they offer “white glove” service which helps Shepard your sold item, from one part of the nation to the other. The service even sends a dainty box to your door step with a label, ready to ship. The group even has an app. If your looking for a good deal or a way to monazite that dress that your never going to wear, try Threadflip. And let us know, what you think.

Jerry Seinfeld & Acura Superbowl Ad: Dark-Skinned Blacks Need Not Apply

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TMZ is reporting that Acura, in casting documents for its Superbowl Ad, specifically asked for an African American salesmen, but also demanded that he not be “TOO DARK”. The request was specified in Casting Call Documents. They demanded that the actor or actress be, “Nice Looking, Friendly, Not Too Dark”. Hollywood has faced criticism  for its resistance to casting African Americans and its constantly negative depiction of the black community. Black actors have often complained about the availability of work. The current saga sheds light on their plight. Not only do African American thespians have to compete for sparse roles but apparently, Hollywood continues to promote the notion that only certain kinds of African Americans are camera friendly. The shameful Acura ad is posted below. Kudos to TMZ for an Amazing scoop, which we have also linked to: http://www.tmz.com/2012/04/18/acura-nsx-super-bowl-commercial-seinfeld-light-skinned-black-casting/#.T46mBFHvom8

BRITNEY SPEARS TO HOST X-FACTOR: Deal Almost Certain

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The details are sparse but the arrangement is a near certainty. Britney Spears will be hosting Simon Cowell’s, X-FACTOR. Britney may have seen a decline in her super-star status but she still commands quite a pay check. Early rumors suggest that the singer will net, 15 Million Dollars for the gig. Whether viewers will flock to the show because of her presence, is an open question. However, the extra star power can’t hurt.  Worthy wishes Britney all the luck in the world and continued success!

FEAR vs. HOPE: Which Is More Powerful?

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The Mitt Romney campaign is reeling this morning as it contemplates the best strategy for dealing with one of it’s supporters controversial comments. Ted Nugent, a legendary musician and Romney supporter, set off a firestorm yesterday when he warned that if President Barack Obama, were re-elected he would “be in jail or dead”. He further signaled that the current President’s re-election would drive him to violence by comparing the President to a coyote that had invaded the homes of the American people and urinated on their furniture. “Its not the coyotes fault…” said Nugent, “its your fault for not shooting the coyote”. Nugent’s comments have drawn surprisingly little reaction from Republicans and right wing pundits. Few if any, have condemned Nugent’s threats of violence. The silence is most notable from Mitt Romney himself. The refusal to comment is striking in part because it contrasts directly with a recent controversy in which a prominent Democrat (Hilary Rosen) insulted Romney and his wife. Republicans demanded that virtually every democrat, including the President repudiate the comments (which they did condemn, publicly).

Nugent wasn’t the only Romney supporter that made noteworthy comments yesterday. Congressman Louie Gomert was asked if he was enthusiastic about voting for Romney. He replied that he was more “desperate than excited”. The Romney campaign has faced a single persistent problem. No one in the Republican Party, let alone the country, is excited about his candidacy. Romney’s own party has no faith in his core values or policies. Romney won his primary by drowning his republican opponents in cash. He ran ads that most in his own party regarded as demonstrably false.Unfortunately, when a candidate cannot inspire his base through the power of his personage, he must inspire them through fear.

In November, the Fear Strategy will be expanded to the general electorate. The Republicans will argue that the nation will not survive if President Obama is re-elected. They will not persuade voters through the power of their ideas; they will instead rely on the dread inspired by imagined consequences. Unlike the Republicans, President Obama cannot run, by attempting to prove a negative. He will have to defend his record and his ideas. Although, insiders are warning that the re-election campaign will be more aggressive then the first election, President Obama will likely run on some variation of his 2008 slogan of Hope and Change. The 2012 race will be a choice between Hope and Fear. Which is truly more powerful? Will Hope triumph of Fear? We will see.

CHESS IS COOL IN BROOKLYN PUBLIC SCHOOL: Middle School Challenges Stereotypes

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Most urban schools have been characterized and characatured for violence, drugs, and low education standards. In such places, students are discouraged from intellectual endeavors and are reluctantly corralled into athletic pursuits as their only chance for success. In most of these high schools the heroes are on the football or basketball team. But a high school in the heart of Brooklyn is defying all of the stereotypes of urban education and winning spectacular acclaim, in the process.

Intermediate School 318, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a middle school that has made Chess it’s hallmark. IS 318 is a Middle School and yet they have just become the first middle school ever to win the National High-school Championship (held by the United States Chess Federation). At IS 318 Chess is better than sports. The children idolize certified Chess Masters, a status achieved by at least two of the teams African American members. At IS 318 varsity letters are not the emblem of esteem, chess trophies are the ultimate sign of achievement.

The Middle school serves as a reminder of “the possible”. IS 318 is not a rich public school or one of the often mythologized charter schools. It is a public school, in which 60% of the student body hales from families that live below the poverty line. The students at IS 318 learn critical thinking skills and sharpen their aptitude for strategy. They prove that many of the charges leveled at public schools are often wrong. A new documentary, “Brooklyn Castle” attempts to capture the incredible story of this middle school. The success of the school has required a significant investment. Every student at IS 318 gets to take an initial chess course and then choose to continue the pursuit in elective courses. But this has required dedicated classrooms, specialized instructors and significant resources.  Like many extracurricular programs, the Chess Program and school are facing cuts. Readers can donate to the program by visiting, http://www.is318.com/

Enjoy the promotional video for “Brooklyn Castle”, the documentary on IS 318