May 2009 Archives
Thousands of rapes have been committed and gone unpunished in Iraq since the war. Iraqi women who have been raped face great social stigma and often are blamed or even killed in so-called "honor killings" for bringing "shame" to their families. For many of these women, the only way to protect themselves is to go into hiding in secret "safe houses." Here are some of their stories, courtesy of PBS.
President Obama bends over to let the young son of a White House staffer touch his hair, because the child wants to see if the president's hair feels just like his own.
For the first time in our history, an African American child visiting the White House can see that someone with hair (and skin) like his (or hers) can be anything he wants to be when he grows up - even president of the United States of America. It's amazing to see that what an Obama presidency means for African Americans - inclusion, representation, unlimited dreams and long awaited, hard fought for change - is not lost on a child this small.
President Obama picked up a hearty lunch at Five Guys (the one by Nats stadium) Friday afternoon. He ordered a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, jalepeno peppers and mustard. Dee- lish!
(For those of you who are unfamiliar with Five Guys, just know this one little fact: Give an atheist a bite of a Five Guys burger, and you'll have her on her knees, shoutin' thanks to the Lord and speaking in tongues! They are that good. Seriously.)
Anyway - as you can see in the video, the president is one of those guys who doesn't decide what he wants until he gets to the counter and takes forever to place an order. We like the prez, but that drives us CRAY-ZAY! He's also a chatty fella and seems to enjoy making small talk with the other folks waiting for food.
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When it comes to helping children and families with AIDS, Nigel Barker is a "top model" advocate. Barker, who is best known as a photographer and judge on America's Top Model, is a longtime supporter on the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and champion for public policies that help children with AIDS.
Barker recently accompanied the foundation's president and CEO, Pam Barnes, to Capitol Hill for an advocacy visit with Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY). Barker and Barnes spoke with the congresswoman about the foundation's policy work; programs in Africa preventing HIV transmission from mothers to infants; and treating children, mothers, and families living with the virus.
Barker was also shooting material for an upcoming documentary about the foundation's history and current efforts to eradicate pediatric AIDS. He recently traveled to Tanzania filming clinics suppoted by the foundation and talking to mothers and children with AIDS. The documentary is scheduled to have its premiere at an event in DC sometime in the fall.
White House Social Secretary, Desiree Rogers, and Special Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, are featured on the cover of the June issue of Capitol File. Read the cover story over here.
The Candies Foundation announced Tuesday that Bristol Palin is their new ambassador. Candies, a popular teen apparel company, started the foundation in 2001 to fight teen pregnancy. Palin became preganant with her son Tripp when she was seventeen years old.
As ambassador, Bristol will promote abstinence as a means of teen pregnancy prevention, although she has said in the past that abstinence is "not realistic" for teens. "I am so happy to have this opportunity to work with The Candie's Foundation on spreading the message of teen pregnancy prevention. I feel that I could be a living example of the consequences of teen pregnancy," Palin said in a statement released by the foundation. "If I can prevent even one girl from getting pregnant, I will feel a sense of accomplishment."
Last year, the Candies Foundation ran a public service announcement that warned about the teen pregancy "epidemic" and featured pictures of Palin and Jamie Lynn Spears, who is also a teen mother.
First Lady Michelle Obama was a hit at the Kennedy Center Spring Gala, receiving a standing ovation even though she never appeared on stage. She enjoyed the event with her mother and longtime girlfriends Valerie Jarrett (Special Advisor to President Obama) and Desiree Rogers (White House Social Secretary). Gala guests included Vera Wang and Paris Hilton.
Desiree Rogers in the East Room of the White House. She is wearing Cartier earrings (We want, want WANT!) and a trench coat by Viktor & Rolf.
We've got some interesting dish on White house Social Secretary Desiree Rogers. Like, when she plans a White House party, she has a lot more on her mind than just seating charts, what to wear and whether to go with cloth or paper napkins - she's thinking of how each event might extend the Obama presidency as a brand. (Smart!) She has an after Weight Watchers figure (hate her!), impeccable taste, and - get this!- an ancestor who was a Creole voodoo priestess! (No, seriously.)
How are we so smart? Where do we get our secrets? Why, from WSJ Magazine, of course! Ms. Rogers is featured in the May issue. So either pick up a copy or click on the links below to take a peek inside the magazine and her fabulous life.
You can read the WSJ magazine article about Desiree here.
You can view a slide show of Desiree-produced White House events here.
You can see who Desiree has friended here.
You can check out Polichicks last profile on Desiree (including a CNN video interview with her) here.