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Happy Holiday Traveling, everyone!  To intrusive body-scanners and the season of giving!

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November 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Comeback Kids: Gourmet and Domino (Sort of)

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I knew Conde Nast would come to regret their decision to fold Gourmet and Domino during the recession.  Both magazines are attempting a come back right now.  Well, sort of.  To clarify: Domino’s archives have been acquired Brides.com and Gourmet magazine is attempting to rebrand and relaunch the magazine via the iPad.

Domino:

Forget those grainy scans off of Flickr and dog-earred mags stuffed on the bookcase — the blogworld’s favorite decorating magazine has finally (finally!) found a new home online thanks to the relaunch of brides.com. Julie Raimondi, Editor-in-Chief of the site and the accompanying local magazines says:

I’m also thrilled to announce that brides.com has been granted access to all of the stories from the late, great Domino magazine. It was my favorite magazine, and I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to turn its pages into a digital archive for our users. We have a number of Domino stories now, but will be adding more and more in the weeks and months to come, so keep checking back.

Gourmet:

Gourmet Live, which the company said would be made available free, is slated to be released in the fourth quarter of this year. The application will largely draw from the magazine’s staggering collection of recipes, food essays and photographs but will also include some new content.

Oh, Thank Goodness.

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June 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Boycotting Arizona

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Oy vey, people.  I’ve tried not to comment on the draconian Arizona immigration bill, which was signed into law last Friday by Governor Jan Brewer, that allows the Arizona police to “question anyone they ‘reasonably suspect’ of being undocumented” (read: Mexican or simply, not white) for the sake of easing their xenophobia giving jobs back to Americans, but after hearing of the proposed boycotts of Arizona businesses, I suppose I will comment. 

Opponents of Arizona‘s new anti-immigrant law are calling for a boycott of the state’s products – including the popular Arizona Iced Tea.  The problem: Arizona Iced Tea is actually brewed in New York.  Online, misguided tea fans vowed to switch to Lipton or Snapple.

So.  If you’re going to boycott Arizona businesses, by all means, boycott.  It sounds like a great idea.  But boycott the right ones.  “Best Western, ColdStone Cremery, Clear Channel Outdoor, ClubJenna, Dial, Discount Tire Co, Fender, Fox Animation Studios, Go Daddy, Greyhound, TGIFridays, PetSmart, PF Changs, Ramada, SkyMall, Taco Time, U Haul, US Airlines are all headquartered in Arizona, FYI.”

Also, a little reading material for you, courtesy of the Washington Post.

Activists for Latino and immigrant rights — and supporters of sane governance — held weekend rallies denouncing the new law and vowing to do everything they can to overturn it. But where was the Tea Party crowd? Isn’t the whole premise of the Tea Party movement that overreaching government poses a grave threat to individual freedom? It seems to me that a law allowing individuals to be detained and interrogated on a whim — and requiring legal residents to carry identification documents, as in a police state — would send the Tea Partyers into apoplexy. Or is there some kind of exception if the people whose freedoms are being taken away happen to have brown skin and might speak Spanish?

And what is the deal with Sen. John McCain? The self-proclaimed practitioner of “straight talk” was once a passionate advocate of sensible, moderate immigration reform. Now, facing a primary challenge from the right, he has praised the new law, which is as far from sensible and moderate as it could possibly be. Are six more years in the Senate really worth abandoning what seemed like bedrock principles? Or were those principles always situational?

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April 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Vogue Italia Launches Vogue Black and Vogue Curvy

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Source: Vogue Italia via Jezebel

Disclaimer: Today is the day I unearth all my 3/4 finished posts and finally publish them.  This post, for example, was written on March 2nd.  It comes to you: now.

Vogue Italia has just launched two new websites (for consumption, publicity, shock-value, whatever).  Welcome: Vogue Black and Vogue Curvy.  The separate websites extend the Vogue brand to the black and curvy demographics while offering more recognition to black and plus-sized models.  Over the weekend I took it upon myself to read a number of articles (and comments) as I determined what this meant for me, black and curvy women, and the future of fashion.   My conclusion….I kind of like the idea of a Vogue Black site. 

I read a lot of criticism surrounding the initial launches of these sites, and for the most part I see what the concerns are.  For one,  launching separate websites reinforces the already glaring divide between the “normal” standard of beauty and “other” standards of beauty.  Second, it’s sort of like Vogue is finally giving its seal of approval to black and curvy women; by launching these sites, Vogue is declaring the “other” category as attractive and worthy of mainstream recognition. 

However, as frustrating as these concepts might be, I think these sites are a step in the right direction.  By recognizing curvy women and black women as important consumers in fashion, the mainstream industry will have no choice but to recognize different make-up palettes, different wardrobes suggestions, etc.  It’s refreshing to finally see another standard of beauty placed at the forefront of mainstream fashion- particularly for young, fashionable, impressionable teenage girls who are surrounded by long flowing blonde locks and a constant stream of advice on how to texturize flat hair.

In the end, I think it’s unfair to blame the magazine when Vogue is simply acknowledging that this image of fashion they have worked so hard to create and project doesn’t include everyone.  The women at NYMag, who argue:

“We were reasonably amused perusing Italian Vogue‘s new Internet collective, but why must curvy women, women of color, and burgeoning design talent be viewed in separate channels? Is it not possible to have a fashion magazine that embraces women of all sizes and colors who wear young and established labels? Italian Vogue seems to think not”

are mistaken.  I think sites like this, although they force us to look elsewhere for black and curvy fashion, are at least taking the other into consideration.  Finally! 

NYMag – Italian Vogue Launches Vogue Black and Vogue Curvy

Jezebel – Italian Vogue Embraces The Black, The Curvy and In Fashion: Turkish Vogue Debuts With White Model

Written by doorr

April 9, 2010 at 10:49 am

Posted in Art, Race, Small Victories, World

Obama at House GOP Conference

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 Two days after delivering his state of the union address, Obama appeared at the House GOP Conference in Baltimore for a riveting question & answer session.  Covering issues such as the health care debate to the national debt, the President answered (and answered well, might I add) all of the questions thrown at him with sophistication and an obvious understanding of the policies and issues.

President Obama’s appearance Friday before the GOP House Issues Conference in Baltimore was supposed to be behind closed doors, with only a pool reporter to capture their exchanges. But the House Republicans decided early Friday to invite in all reporters, and the result made for a gripping political exchange, with the Republicans posing tough questions of Obama, and the president giving as good as he got.

I encourage everyone (mom, hallie, abby–my only readers) to watch the video (at your leisure, of course) or to read the transcript, which the Washington Post has broken down by each lawmaker’s question and Obama’s response.

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January 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Social Responsibility: H and M vs. Magnus

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Cynthia Magnus, a graduate student at CUNY, happened upon a trash bag of torn, mutilated new clothes with tags from H&M.  She contacted the H&M headquarters in Sweden, and after receiving no response, contacted the New York Times.  The story ran yesterday in the Times and by the end of the day, H&M, one of the biggest clothing retailers in the world, issued a response saying, “it will not happen again.”

It is winter. A third of the city is poor. And unworn clothing is being destroyed nightly.

A few doors down on 35th Street, hundreds of garments tagged for sale in Wal-Mart — hoodies and T-shirts and pants — were discovered in trash bags the week before Christmas, apparently dumped by a contractor for Wal-Mart that has space on the block.

Each piece of clothing had holes punched through it by a machine.

They were found by Cynthia Magnus, who attends classes at the Graduate Center of theCity University of New York on Fifth Avenue and noticed the piles of discarded clothing as she walked to the subway station in Herald Square. She was aghast at the waste, and dragged some of the bags home to Brooklyn, hoping that someone would be willing to take on the job of patching the clothes and making them wearable.

 It is refreshing to read about the news holding large corporations accountable, exposing irresponsible practices, and affecting change all in the same bite.  I can’t recall an incident where in similar circumstances the press exposed a conglomerate and within hours a positive outcome was rendered.  A responsible citizen took action, a major news source provided a large and eager audience, and a Goliath succumbed to standard business ethics and corporate responsibility.   More and more it seems the press’s job is to unearth the scandals of politicians or to report the sad tales of war struck states.  In this instance, however, the Times exposed a story that will hopefully help many of New York’s cold and needy.

NYTimes – A Clothing Clearance Where More Than Just the Prices Have Been Slashed

NYMag – H&M Destroys and Throws Out Perfectly Good Unworn Clothing

NYTimes – H&M Says It Will No Longer Destroy Unworn Garments

Written by doorr

January 7, 2010 at 11:14 am

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