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The Parks and Rec Open Thread

“It’s true I am passionate about animals—because I am half wolf.” (Spoilers are not thinking about how much it itches herein.)Y’all, I’m just gonna come right out with it: I totes blubbed when April saved the say in the most clever way ever, and at the look of beaming pride on Leslie’s face. SUCH A […]

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Weekly News Update

Like these posts? Follow us on Twitter or Facebook — this is the edited version of what we’re reading! (We also Tweet if we hear about a good sale through our CorporetteDeals Twitter feed.) You can also follow us on Pinterest. – Buzzfeed rounds up some hilarious gifs that explain life in your early twenties […]

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I love serving bacon when I’m hosting a brunch, but I hate standing over the stove, frying up slices while my guests salivate hungrily, waiting for each precious strip. The easiest way to cook bacon for a crowd? Bake it in the oven. Here’s how: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking [...]<img alt="" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=simplystated.realsimple.com&blog=22335028&post=35301&subd=realsimpleblog&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1"><div>
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The Easiest Way to Cook Bacon for a Crowd

I love serving bacon when I’m hosting a brunch, but I hate standing over the stove, frying up slices while my guests salivate hungrily, waiting for each precious strip. The easiest way to cook bacon for a crowd? Bake it in the oven. Here’s how: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Place a wire […]

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Kim's birthday

Tomorrow..April 13th..would be Kim’s 40th birthday. So hard to believe I cannot pick up the phone and Wish her a Happy One. We just took Garrett, her youngest son out for his birthday dinner on Sunday. He turned 10. He said that … Read more at: Alltop RSS

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Wisdom

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: first by reflection, which is the noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the most bitter.” – Confucius

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cancer study

I received a letter today asking if I would participate in a cancer study.  I didn’t know that all cases of cancer must be reported to the government.  The letter was only asking if they could share my contact information … Read more at: Alltop RSS

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</div>Here it is 2013 and I can’t think of one show that features a predominantly Black cast on Network Television.  How did that happen? Black shows came into the forefront in the seventies when America got a small peek into the projects of Chicago with Good Times. We moved on up to the East side with the Jeffersons.  Checked out what Fred Sanford was and his “Dummy” Son were doing in that Junk Yard in Sanford and Son and we got to hang out with “Rodge” and the gang in What’s Happening!<br /><br />In the eighties The Cosby Show was one of the most highly rated shows in the country. The topics transcended race and people of all backgrounds and ethnicities tuned in to see what the Huxtables were up to that week.  This also paved the way for other Black shows to come into the forefront. We saw A Different World, 227, Amen, and Benson just to mention a few. The nineties led us to hipper territory that was a little more “urban” and edgy.  We saw the emergence of the first really high profile Black sketch comedy show with In Living Color. Fresh Prince of Bel Air made Will Smith a mega star.  And let us not forget the great Thursday night of black shows that Fox gave us in the late nineties featuring Martin, Living Single and New York Undercover. There was of course the family friendly fare like Family Matters and Hanging with Mr. Cooper. And late nights we got to woof with the Dog Pound on Arsenio.<br /><br /><i>So what happened? </i><br /><br /><i>Why did all black shows disappear? </i><br /><br /><i>Why are we being relegated once again to the token black male/female of the show? </i><br /><br />It seems like once these shows went off the air they weren't being replaced with new shows.  Once upon a time there were two start up networks in the mid nineties. The WB and UPN. Both of these start up networks had a roster of shows that were mostly black. The WB built its audience with shows like The Wayans Bros., Sister, Sister, The Parent ‘Hood, and the Steve Harvey Show. The same can be said with UPN and their primarily black  shows like Moesha, The Parkers, In da House, and The Hugleys. It seemed like once these networks had established themselves on the foundations of black programming, they then only focused on maintaining their mainstream (read:White) shows.<br /><br />One day we were introduced to this kid named Dawson standing in a boat in his damn Creek.  Dawson’s Creek became a wildly popular show featuring attractive young white teenagers. After Dawson’s Creek it seemed like all these networks wanted to produce were shows featuring young white teenagers with “problems”.  These networks then cranked out 7th Heaven, Felicity, One Tree Hill, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I admit this show was quite kick ass but still white), Smallville, Charmed, One Tree Hill etc. It seemed like once one of these shows went off the air another would inarguably take its place. The expansion of basic cable programming may be to blame as well. There are over 300+ cable channels with a need for programming so this is where some of our black shows seem to be falling. TBS has House of Payne and The Browns by way of home made auteur Tyler Perry. BET has The Game and Real Husbands of Hollywood. (However I must acknowledge the countless number of reality shows black people seem to be on that are mostly counterproductive and make us look foolish and ignorant.)<br /><br /><i>But where are the shows on the major 4 networks? </i><br /><br />The closest we have is The Cleveland Show and Mike Henry who does the voice of Cleveland is white. One of my favorite shows Community notes a cast that has half minorities, with 2 Asians and 2 Black cast members but can hardly be considered a black show.  We thankfully have Shonda Rhimes who has created a show with a black female protagonist, the first time in over 20 years with the hit ABC show Scandal. So what are we to do now? It’s up to us. The aspiring writers of color to write what we know. To come up with programming that is us, but it not restricted to solely our race, and for topics to transcend and speak to others. That is what all the old shows did and why they were accepted and watched by everyone. So when the next smart, funny, well written, idealistic black show comes on TV I look foreword to watching that show.<br /><br />By: Maia M.  <br /><br /><span><i>Maia Morgan's nerd interests run from watching prime time/ late night animated shows, comic book movies, and reading books based on the supernatural. She is currently obsessed with Game of Thrones both the books and the television series.</i></span>

Where Did The Black Shows Go?

Here it is 2013 and I can’t think of one show that features a predominantly Black cast on Network Television. How did that happen? Black shows came into the forefront in the seventies when America got a small peek into the projects of Chicago with Good Times. We moved on up to the East side […]

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The Game Changer is coming out in two months people!  TWO! MONTHS! I know you all hate waiting, but it will fly by and be here before you know it and then we'll all be sad that we aren't looking forward to it anymore. Right?!  That's how I fe...

The Game Changer and a GIVEAWAY!

The Game Changer is coming out in two months people!  TWO! MONTHS! I know you all hate waiting, but it will fly by and be here before you know it and then we’ll all be sad that we aren’t looking forward to it anymore. Right?!  That’s how I fe… Read more at: Alltop RSS

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Screen Play: Kat Coiro

<p>We&#8217;ll be rolling out a new lovely lady every day throughout the fest. So check back. Up first: The stunning director dishes on rom coms, Kate Bosworth, and <em>Life of Pi</em>.</p> Read more at: Alltop RSS

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I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood to do a little baking this weekend. Now to decide between these two fun decorating ideas. The first is from Brit.co and uses waxed or parchment paper stencils to make bright geometric designs on individual cake pieces. I also love the idea of cutting up a cake ahead of time [...]<img alt="" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=simplystated.realsimple.com&blog=22335028&post=35640&subd=realsimpleblog&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1"><div>
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2 Fun Cake Decorating Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood to do a little baking this weekend. Now to decide between these two fun decorating ideas. The first is from Brit.co and uses waxed or parchment paper stencils to make bright geometric designs on individual cake pieces. I also love the idea of cutting up […]

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Vote for Huma

This weekend’s New York Times Magazine features Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin, and details how they’re rebuilding their marriage and Weiner’s political career in the wake of his boner-photo tweet scandal. I wrote about it in my Guardian column this we… Read more at: Alltop RSS

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Goodbye iGoogle, Hello Protopage

There was a lot of hooha in July of last year when Google announced that their popular iGoogle site would be shut down in November of this year.  For those of you who don’t use it, iGoogle is a personalized home page, or web portal, used by millions of people around the world to keep […]

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Kyrgyzstan Officials Taking Cultural Right Turn

Authorities at Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Culture want to ban a play that discusses domestic abuse and sexual violence because it “promotes scenes that destroy moral and ethical standards and national traditions of the peoples of Kyrgyzstan.” The effort points to creeping conservatism in the thinking of Kyrgyzstan’s leaders. “The Vagina Monologues” is an episodic play […]

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