The moment Armstrong lays blame on his sponsors (for tacitly knowing about it, and even funding his habit) or on the cycling world, or on anything else is the moment where you might want to just turn off the television, because you’ll know that he really isn’t very sorry for anything. He’s just sorry that the proof of his doping became too overwhelming for his own ego to continue to deny.
“There is enormous pressure on black women in our society to conform to a non-natural norm … Seeing a woman with black hair in its natural state in the public eye like this is a big deal.” — Dodai Stewart at Jezebel.
The September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine just hit stands, and the joyous cover model is, predictably enough, Oprah herself. One key difference: Oprah is wearing her hair naturally, with no blow drying, chemical treatments, or straightening.
Winfrey is one of the brightest — and most popular — personalities to have graced television, wielding power as a cultural tastemaker. One would therefore hope that Ms. O would use her second act to improve the television landscape — by being ambitious, adventurous and creative — and not be part of its further degeneration by adding to an already glutted market of voyeuristic dreck.
Oprah Winfrey has ended the final season of her talk show“with a bang,” devoting two full episodes to her annual holiday shopping list of “Favorite Things.” The lucky, stunned (and screaming) studio audience members came away with gifts — including new cars and Caribbean cruises — that far exceeded the bounty of years past.
Here are some numbers:
45 Total number of gifts — including an iPad Scrabble app ($4.99), an iPad ($499 and up), a Sony Bravia 3D television ($3,600), and Beecher’s “World’s Best” Mac ‘N’ Cheese ($29) — that audience members received (split between those attending the two separate tapings)
Bill Gates remains on top of Forbes’ list, with a net worth of $54 billion, he is ahead of No. 2 Warren Buffett ($45 billion). This marks Gates’ 17th consecutive year at No. 1. The only African-American to make the list was Oprah, coming in at No. 130, with $2.7 billion. So why did Forbes put Jay-Z on the cover? asks Hamilton Nolan in Gawker. Ostensibly because the hip-hop mogul “‘will earn a spot on the Forbes 400’ one day — as soon as he doubles his wealth” — but more likely because “Jay-Z’s face on the cover sells magazines.”