Singletary, Diva and Harris-Perry Make Atlanta Post Top Ten

Black media site The Atlanta Post has name its Top 10 Black Multimedia Mavens to Watch and several women have made the cut for their work on television and in media. Find out who else made the cut!


Melissa Harris-Perry

Political Pundit, Professor, TV Analyst & Writer
Tulane university professor Melissa Harris-Perry can be seen regularly commenting on some of today’s most groundbreaking issues in politics on MSNBC, PBS, and CNN.

Singletary

Michelle Singletary

Columnist, Author, Pundit & Motivational Speaker
As the columnist penning The Washington Post’s “The Color of Money” feature, Michelle Singletary is one of the single most influential African-American women in the media realm today. Also, previously had a show called “Singletary Says” on TVOne.

Diva

Amanda Diva

DJ, Spoken Word Poet, VJ & Cultural Critic
This self-proclaimed cultural critic couldn’t be more of a multimedia maven. After garnering attention as a VJ on MTV, Amanda used that exposure to create new platforms from which to broadcast her brand of cool. Amanda is also formerly a part of the now-defunct group Floetry, replacing original member Natalie Stewart.

YOU CAN BE A HOLLYWOOD WRITER! 2-Day Intensive

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YOU CAN BE A HOLLYWOOD WRITER! 2-Day Intensive
with Jeff Schimmel

Sat Sep 10 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
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This is a TWO DAY Seminar – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm both days, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH AND SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH. Seating is VERY limited. Register online: www.writefortvandfilm.com

About Jeff Schimmel

Jeff Schimmel became a writer purely by accident, beginning his 25 year career by selling an idea for a Cold War spy thriller to a Hollywood production company while still in law school. After earning his doctorate degree, Jeff wrote two feature films with Rodney Dangerfield, one of which became the full-length Warner Brothers animated movie, Rover Dangerfield. This led to his first TV writing job on the top ten ABC sitcom, Full House.
After writing and producing a series of short films called The Schimmel Papers for Fox TV’s The Sunday Comics, he became a writer on the groundbreaking series In Living Color, then served as a producer on the last NBC special starring the legendary Bob Hope.

Soon after, Jeff sold a World War II film project based on a true life story to Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks Studios, wrote a comedy feature script for Oscar winner Martin Landau’s Pentagon Pictures at MGM/UA, and performed script consulting services on numerous TV and film projects. Over the years, Jeff has also written and/or produced several hour and half-hour comedy specials for HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central, and has appeared on camera in many of them. More recently, Jeff spent three seasons as Supervising Producer and writer on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia and has appeared as a TV comedy guest lecturer at L.A.’s Screenwriting Expo, contributed to the NBC/Pax TV game show Balderdash, and is now involved in the development of several reality TV projects.

In addition, Jeff has worked extensively with radio industry giants Clear Channel, Radio One, and Emmis Communications as creator and Executive Producer of many top rated radio morning shows around the country. 
Since 1985, Jeff has written and produced for TV and film stars such as Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, Bob Hope, Harold Ramis, Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, Rodney Dangerfield, George Lopez, Robin Williams, Tracy Morgan, Bob Saget, Peter Boyle, Damon Wayans, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, David Alan Grier, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tim Meadows, Gene Simmons, Ken Jeong, Keenen Wayans, David Steinberg, John Stamos, Martin Landau, Kevin Pollak, Busta Rhymes, Cheech Marin, Carlos Mencia, and Jeff’s brother, late comedian Robert Schimmel.

Faces to Watch from “The Help”

One of the few films this year to hire more than three Black women, “The Help” (starring Viola Davis) has shown some emerging, some established, and some newcomers. Keep your eyes on these rising (and risen) stars!

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Struggling with “The Help”

My introduction to “The Help” was not through the NY Times Bestseller list or excited chatter from friends and co-workers.

In fact, my introduction to it was through a scathing admonition against its author for her portrayal of Black women in the South and her possible copyright infringement on the image of an actual Black maid and her possible plagiarism from her brother’s maid whose name is Ablene (http://abcnews.go.com/Health/lawsuit-black-maid-ablene-cooper-sues-author-kathryn/story?id=12968562).

Ms. Stockett has come out against the most vocal opponents and responded to Ablene Cooper’s accusation with the following statement:

“The character ‘Aibileen Clark’ in The Help is a fictional character and is not intended to depict Mrs. Cooper. I’ve met Mrs. Cooper only briefly. I used the name ‘Aibileen’ because it resonated with ‘Constantine,’ the beloved woman who took care of the book’s main character in her youth. As readers of The Help know, my Aibileen is a true heroine: she is intelligent, an author, a devoted servant of the Lord and a good mother.”

USA Today (February 23, 2011)

Various books come and go and I don’t believe that written works should be censored beyond the author’s intent –otherwise, how would we know what they’re trying to convey. However, Kathryn Stockett’s book seemed to bypass the concerns conveyed by Black women in particular.

That’s what’s so disturbing, i.e., the silencing of the Black woman –much like Black maids in the pre-Civil Rights South.

Black women’s concerns about a white, Southern woman writing about Black maids in the segregated, Jim Crow south –outside of nonfiction—made some Black women a bit uncomfortable.

With the current climate of various extremist groups and individuals trying to “revise” the history of African Americans in the United States, it immediately set off some red flags for me.

Let’s not forget about Presidential candidate Michelle Bauchmann’s staunch defense that enslaved Black children were better off in slavery than they are now –you know, free (http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/11/gop-candidates-caught-in-slavery-controversy/). Or some right-wing group’s assumption that the Civil War was fought for States Rights and not a fight about slavery, therefore, carrying a Confederate flag is a nonissue (http://www.politicususa.com/en/the-tea-party-is-wrong-the-civil-war-was-fought-over-slavery).

My grandmother was a domestic, but she didn’t become one until she moved to San Francisco during World War II. Stuck in a growing city with few opportunities for smart, proud Black women, she became a domestic for San Francisco’s elite and politicians. She remembered the South, and though her family had their own comforts based on their class, she didn’t’ want to stay there.

Granted, racism against African Americans is anywhere, north, south, east or west, and can be delivered by non-whites as well as whites, but we’re talking about the segregationist south which was a black and white issue.

“The Help” is now made into a film starring one of my favorite actresses, Viola Davis. The main character, Skeeter, is played by another one of my favorite actresses, Emma Stone. Neither of those women are the issue.

I thought some of the concerns that arose when “The Help” was a book, would somehow be addressed or acknowledged during the filming process.

No.

Author Kathryn Stockett seemed to picked up more steam. How dare anyone (especially Black women) take offense to her book, story or portrayals. She seemingly didn’t seek out a Black woman –or Black woman consultants—who could bring a bit more reality to the existence of powerless, segregated Black women in Mississippi. No. Instead she hired her Southern brethren and childhood friend Tate Taylor to take on the film.

According to the L.A. Times, even lead actress Viola Davis had some concerns about Taylor’s role:

(Davis) said she was so serious because she knew how many expectations were riding on the film. “You get pressure from so many groups of people. You get pressure from African Americans, you get pressure from women, you get pressure from other actors. So all those voices are in your head,” she said.

Los Angeles Times (March 30, 2011)

The work is fiction, I know that. My concerns are bigger than Kathryn Stockett’s story.


It’s about the reality of Black women in the pre-Civil Rights South who were often the most consistent wage earners in their families. Their status was often socially low, and their power even lower. There are few women during this era who would have risked their low-wage but consistent job by “telling” on their employers. In the small towns they occupied, everyone knows everyone else’s business. Would any one of these women knowingly have told the personal goings-on of their employer’s household without the option of leaving town? If it was even assumed that one of these women leaked confidential information to others, don’t we understand that they would’ve have been promptly fired and the employer (often gender segregated white women with their own issues surrounding power) would have “blacklisted” the maid?

So that’s my issue with the book and the film.

For the thousands of well written books about Black women who were domestics, this is the book that Hollywood thinks is a “good read,” regardless of the critics who have said otherwise.

In the future, Hollywood needs to make a concerted effort to incorporate African American consultants who are well-versed in the stories, history and experiences of this subject …not relying on the actresses themselves. It’s rare that you will find an African American actress who has the conviction of Ms. Davis to voice her opinion and to make a concerted effort to get the story right without acquiescing to the opinion of the masses. It’s also rare that an actress –any actress—will care enough to know the history surrounding a part like this.

For my part, I will not be giving Ms. Stockett any more money; however, I will always support the good faith efforts of Black actresses such as Ms. Davis.

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SUNDANCE now accepting shorts and features

More Info: http://www.sundance.org/festival/film-events/submissions/

If you’ve always wanted to submit to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, then here’s your chance!

You can join the ranks of previous films that have made a splash at Sundance, such as Precious, Pariah, and others. The quintessential independent film festival is now accepting FEATURE LENGTH and SHORTS for the 2012 season.

Submissions will be accepted through the same service that we (the International Black Women’s Film Festival) will be using, that is, WithoutABox.com.

Submission fees are listed below.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO SUNDANCE VIA WITHOUTABOX.COM

The following are our deadlines and fees for the upcoming year:
Early Submission Deadline

U.S. and INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS
Monday, August 15, 2011 – $35 ENTRY FEE

U.S. and INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILMS and DOCUMENTARIES
Monday, August 15, 2011 – $45 ENTRY FEE
Official Submission Deadline

U.S. and INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS
Friday, September 2, 2011 – $50 ENTRY FEE

U.S. and INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILMS and DOCUMENTARIES
Friday, September 2, 2011 – $75 ENTRY FEE
Late Submission Deadline

U.S. and INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS
Friday, September 23, 2011 – $75 ENTRY FEE

U.S. and INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILMS and DOCUMENTARIES
Monday, September 26, 2011 – $100 ENTRY FEE

Please note that the above dates are not postmark deadlines– they are the dates by which your film MUST be received in our office! If your film does not arrive by the deadline for which you have registered, you will be prompted to make an additional payment in order to bring your account up to date.

If you have any technical issues please contact support@nullwithoutabox.com. For all other inquiries, you may contact us via e-mail at programming@nullsundance.org

Job: Executive Assistant (NBC Universal – Universal City, CA)

More Information and to Apply, Go to: NBC Universal Here’s a better link (you can’t link directly, but you can search for the Job Number below) http://www.nbcunicareers.com/

Job Number 2431BR
Job Title Executive Assistant
Business Segment Film
Function Marketing
About Us

NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.

Career Level Entry-Level
City Universal City
U.S. State, China or Canada Provinces California
Country United States

Responsibilities Role Summary:
The Executive Assistant is responsible for managing schedules, coordinating meetings and handling travel arrangements.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Manages complex schedule and coordinates meetings with internal and external parties utilizing multiple calendars, often balancing very strict demands of high-level filmmakers and studio heads, and anticipating problems and conflicts in advance
  • Coordinates travel schedules and arrangements, collects required travel documentation
  • Prepares and processes P-card and expense reports in accordance with established divisional travel policy guidelines; Ensures the timely processing of expenses utilizing the latest electronic processes for payment to Corporate credit card
  • Maintains proper recordkeeping and filing system for all work
  • Composes and types routine e-mail correspondence
  • Oversees department-wide script distribution and conference room bookings
  • Performs basic administrative tasks, e.g. photocopying and filing
  • Assists other department members as necessary
  • May assist in making arrangements for temporary help, storage, meeting offsites etc.
  • Handles extremely heavy phones, and acts as back up for the marketing team
  • Takes notes during weekly meeting with marketing executives
  • Maintains contact lists and meeting attendee email groups

Qualifications/Requirements Basic Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of experience supporting a senior level executive
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Adobe, and Excel
  • Knowledge of all basic office equipment required
  • Bachelor’s degree (or a High School Diploma/GED and a minimum of 5 years of executive assistant experience)

Eligibility Requirements:
Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV online to be considered
Must be willing to take drug test and submit to a background investigation
Must be 18 years or older
Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
Must be covered by Solutions, NBCU’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program

Desired Characteristics

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Initiative – Demonstrate initiative by confidently self-starting improvements to office procedures, reports and processes and requires minimal supervision
  • Detailed Oriented – Pays attention to multiple details and multiple tasks while minimizing errors
  • Organization – In order to manage multiple tasks effectively, must be organized in approach and execution of work
  • Team Player – Demonstrates ability to work on a team and willingness to give assistance to co-workers in other areas
  • Confidentiality – Must be able to maintain department business with the utmost confidentially
  • Flexibility – Demonstrates experience working in, and a positive attitude toward a rapidly changing business environment

More Information and to Apply, Go to: NBC Universal Here’s a better link (you can’t link directly, but you can search for the Job Number below) http://www.nbcunicareers.com/

Job: News Business Administrator (The Walt Disney Company, San Francisco, CA)

317105
POSITION: News Business Administrator
DEPARTMENT: News and Finance Departments
LOCATION: KGO-TV/ABC 7, San Francisco, CA.
INFO: https://disney.recruitmax.com/main/careerportal/Job_Profile.cfm?szOrderID=317105

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES: This position serves as the primary business operations analyst for the News Department. Duties include responsibility for payroll input processing, development of annual budgets and quarterly forecasts, accounts payable processing, and a variety of activities involved in assisting the News Director and Controller in managing the News department finances.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

Budget:

-Generate regular reports analyzing overtime, freelance utilization and T&E variance for budget management

-Budget build with variance explanations

-Update News Staff & Talent Salary Schedules

-News Freelance Headcount roll

-Review/update News headcount presentation support

-Input into ABC Forecast Tool

Forecast (Labor/Staff) — Quarterly

-Forecast build/roll with variance explanation

-Update News staff and talent salary schedules for actual and adjustments as needed

-News FL Headcount roll

-Summary of changes

Payroll

-Review time sheets every Friday & Monday

-Resolve time sheets issues (OT, union staff penalties, etc)

-Calculate AFTRA Freelance Vacation (May)

-Work with Payroll to track PA Vacation earned and taken

-Communication with staff regarding Union contract pay increases (when needed)

Human Resources

-Union contract administration (payroll related)

-New hire process for freelancers/daily hires: communication, new hire paperwork & orientation

-Supervise 2 staff

GL

-Invoice & P-Card review/tracking and research when needed

-T&E review and management (research when needed)

Other

-Vendor contracts administration

REQUIREMENTS: Degree in Accounting or Business is required, with at least 3-5 years of experience in a medium to large company. Media and news department experience is preferred.

Key competencies:

1) Work well under pressure with tight deadlines and shifting priorities.

2) Must have exceptional interpersonal and verbal skills with strong organizational skills.

3) Strong PC skills with spreadsheets and word processing in a Windows environment.

4) Experience in an SAP environment is a significant plus.

5) Analytical skills: Ability to work with union contracts in order to ensure payroll processing is correct and to assist in making efficient operational decisions for department with over 100 employees.

No relocation available.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Click here to apply online

Amber Rose: I’m Here E’ry Day

According to the Daily Dish, model and hip-hop muse Amber Rose was not fired from her modeling agency due to a series of “leaked” lewd photos.

According to Amber’s Twitter rant, “”I didn’t get dropped from my agency. I swear I’m on here eday (everyday),” and she attributed the leaked photos to a former assistant.

Former muse and girlfriend to megalomaniac rapper Kanye West, Amber Rose is now dating rapper Wiz Khalifa and she’s claiming that the photos are ruining her career opportunities, even after being on the cover of King Magazine –an adult magazine geared toward African American men.

All this to say that she’s denied that she’s been dropped from her modeling agency.

TRAILER: Colombiana starring Zoe Saldana

The trailer for the new movie Colombiana is out. From the director of Taken, Colombiana is set for release in the fall of 2011 and stars Zoe Saldana as Cateleya Restrepo, a hired assassin. Amandla Stenberg will play the young Cateleya Restrepo.

Amandla Stenberg will star alongside Dayo Okeniyi and Lenny Kravitz for futuristic thrilller

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Young, rising star Amandla Stenberg is already busy lining up her films. As a relative newcomer, she’s already  got some top roles in major motion pictures.

Lions Gate, in conjunction with producer Color Force, is bringing author Suzanne Collins’ book (“The Hunger Games“) to the big screen. The cast is made up primarily of newcomers and unknowns, but the buzz is that this futuristic thriller will make the careers of some cast members whose roles are anchored by some of Hollywood’s elite.

Amandla Stenberg will play the role of Rue alongside Dayo Okeniyi, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, and others. According to IMDB.com, “The Hunger Games” is:

(i)n a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

Amandla is also starring as the young Cataleya Restrepo (starring Zoe Saldana), an assassin in the film “Colombiana.”

Colombiana is will be released this year, and The Hunger games will be released in 2012.

Judi Shekoni and Tracey Heggens star as sisters in new Twilight movie

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The Twilight film franchise finally introduces Black vampire sisters from an Amazon coven in their latest series “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” (Parts 1 and 2).

According to an interview with Twilightish, the Amazon clan is led by the beautiful, 5’10”, Judith “Judi” Shekoni, a Brit of African and Spanish heritage. She’ll play the juicy part of Zafrina, the leader of the glamazons. One of her sisters will be played by “Things Fall Apart” and “Medicine for Melancholy” alumna, Tracey Heggens, whose character is named Senna.

Both films are in post-production, and Part 1 of “Breaking Dawn” is set for release this year (2011).

 

Nominate the International Black Women’s Film Festival for the Black Web Award!

Deadline: July 1, 2011!

First, let me preface: I know this is short notice…but I just found out!

The Black Web Awards is a yearly award for sites focusing on sites about the
African Diaspora, especially in entertainment, health, careers, and blogs.
This year, I’m going to see if my site
–the International Black Women’s Film Festival–
can get nominated…and eventually, WIN! :)

Voting is FREE is the deadline is JULY 1st, 2011.

Please take only a moment to nominate my site in one or all of the following categories:

  • Best Black Movie Site – Indie
  • Best Site for Sistahs
  • Best Actress Site

Thank you and thanks to those who already voted! :D

Peace,
Adrienne

MUBI Lists: Voodoo or Santeria, Somebody’s Gonna Get It

I love a good horror movie.

The best ones are low on gore and high on fright. The scariest ones are the ones where you say to yourself, “That’s not funny. That could actually happen.”

Along with vampires, Hollywood loves a good zombie …and so do I. Aside from the occasional nuclear meltdown, laboratory accident or disease, it seems that in Hollywood, voodoo is a pretty good zombie manufacturer. First, aside from being right with the Lord (as my cousin would say), you have to also be able to separate fact from fiction and stereotype from storytelling. First, go into this list knowing that it’s all crap when it comes to authenticity. Second, the films are good…even if they’re really bad.

So just wrap your head around the fact that voodoo (voudun) is one of the most maligned religions. It has  its history in West Africa —especially, Benin and Nigeria.

Whether you’re a believer or not, you know one thing from the movies in this list…and that’s somebody’s gonna get got in the end…preferably by zombies.
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Just in! BET Red Carpet Photos!

See who wore it best and why Nicki Minaj was wearing a sweater like she was in the North Pole while everyone else seemed mad-hot and moist.
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Kasi Lemmon’s southern roots inspire her career

Filmmaker Kasi Lemmons was recently interviewed by WIP (Women’s International Perspective) author Miss Majek. In the interview Ms. Lemmons shows readers a glimpse of how her southern roots (Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama) helped her to develop her new classic film, EVE’S BAYOU, a film about an upper middle-class, Louisiana Creole family’s life through the eyes of it’s middle daughter, Eve Batiste, during one long, hot summer.

Ms. Lemmons also gives us a perspective of being a young, African American woman navigating the staged theater world and the filmmaking industry.

When asked about her advice for Black women filmmakers, she states:

I would advise them to be prepared to bring their “A” game. I’d tell them to work at the highest level of their ability. If they work hard and they are prepared, luck will come their way, because luck is the love child of preparedness and opportunity. Whatever they do, they should do it well, so if someone opens an opportunity for them, they are ready and prepared to take it. Also, I’d say they shouldn’t give up because I find that many women of color are easily discouraged, sometimes even before they start.

Read the entire interview at Women’s International Perspective

Job: CBS News Anchor for KPIX in San Francisco

News Anchor (req ID# 8813BR)

CBS Business Unit CBS Television Stations
Division/Station 1051/KPIX
Station KPIX-TV
Department News
Location California – San Francisco

Job Description

Description of Duties:
Anchor will provide news reports for KPIX-TV news programs. Anchor will participate in the selection of news information for presentation to the viewers. Must be able to gather, assemble and explain information on all stories assigned to you. Occasionally may be assigned to cover stories outside the station – on location. Write clearly and interestingly and use video and graphics to illustrate facts and ideas in the story. Anchor will interview guests appropriate to the stories being presented. Anchor should be up to date with current events. Will also be available to make personal appearances to promote the station. This position is represented by AFTRA.

Required Skills/Experience Requirements:
Must have at least six years of comparable television experience, with a minimum of 3 years as a news anchor, working in local market or network television news. Must have in-depth presentation and oral communication skills. Ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of personnel. Must be able to do live reporting in an engaging and effective manner. Familiarity with the Bay Area extremely helpful. College degree required or equivalent experience.

Preferred Skills/Experience

Physical Demands:
Must be able to operate keyboard with accuracy and speed, and have a valid driver’s license in order to drive to reporting locations.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Submit resume to: https://sjobs.brassring.com/1033/ASP/TG/cim_home.asp?partnerid=25084&siteid=5128
KPIX/KBCW will no longer accept mailed, faxed or emailed resumes, please use the above link to apply. Must send tape separately.

Send tape to:
KPIX News Department
Attn: Assistant News Director
855 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Hours: As assigned
Work Days: As assigned
Date Posted: June 16, 2011

Job Status Full Time

First Lady Michelle Obama to appear on iCarly

First it was Sesame Street to promote healthy eating and fitness, and now America’s First Lady Michelle Obama is taking on a new cause: Support for military families.
According to the Associated Press, Mrs. Obama will be on the children’s series “iCarly” to promote her Joining Forces initiative. The episode is set to air in January 2012.

Flashing Lights for the Week of 6/6/11!

Who’s been making the rounds this week? Check out these glam gathering, fun fundraisers and party central hot shots! Everyone from Thandie Newton, to Rosie Perez and Kerri Washington have been front and center at some of the hottest parties around town.

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