Monthly Archives: October 2011

An Atlanta Tradition:The Pink Pig Returns

The Pink Pig has been a popular Atlanta Christmas attraction since it first spun around the top of Rich’s(now known as Macy’s) downtown store in 1953 and starting yesterday its back for another go around!

Here’s some background on how this attraction came about via www.ngeorgia.com

After World War II Rich’s found that it needed to attract customers from the growing Atlanta suburbs to its downtown store. In 1948 Rich’s added a Christmas Tree (“The Great Tree”) to the top of the store’s 4-story “Crystal Bridge” across Forsyth Street. Although Richard Rich, grandson of store founder Mo Rich, is commonly credited with the innovation, it was Frank Pallotta, Rich’s Publicity Director, who actually came up with the idea. More was needed by the early 1950’s to compete with Franklin-Simon, Sears, Roebuck and J. C. Penney, each of whom had targeted suburban customers of Rich’s.

Pallotta once again came up with an idea to attract suburban customers downtown. He added “Priscilla the Pig,” a small train that ran on a monorail through the toy department in 1953. A small fee was charged to ride the train through the toy department. At this time the Pink Pig was segregated.

In 1955, to take advantage of the popularity of the children’s ride, Rich’s moved The Pink Pig to the roof of the store, where it ran on a monorail and left the store through an opening that allowed kids an up-close view of the Great Tree, Atlanta, and circled the toy department inside. A second pig, Percival, was added in 1964 to increase ridership. They would both run on the same monorail and they were known as the Pink Pig Twins. At this time the ride was extended to loop around the Great Tree.

Rich’s was boycotted early in the Civil Rights movement when the store refused to serve African-Americans at the Magnolia Room, a restaurant inside Rich’s. Before the 1961 Christmas season Rich’s preemptively desegregated not only the store, but the Pink Pig as well. This was viewed by the leaders of the Civil Rights movement, including Dr. Martin Luther King, as the largest success in the Civil Rights movement to date.

When Rich’s downtown store closed in 1991 the Pink Pig moved to the Festival of Trees held to benefit Eggleston Hospital, but the Pink Pig was too expensive to run. It was discontinued after 1995 at the Festival of Trees and donated to the Atlanta History Center. In 2003 the Pink Pig was resurrected, updated and moved to a tent at the top deck of the Macy’s parking garage. Behind the current attraction is the original Pink Pig, on loan from the Atlanta History Center.


I have to say my son rode this when he was younger but I don’t quite remember him enjoying it as much as my daughter…maybe it was all the PINK!  I can’t wait to ride again this year with my daughter being a year older and her vocabulary being a lot more detailed and developed.

 

‘In Living Color’ Returning To Fox

The sketch comedy, ‘In Living Color’,that introduced us to the Wayans brothers 20 years ago, is being brought back by Fox. The network said Friday that Keenan Ivory Wayans is set to host and produce two half-hour specials in the mold of  ‘In Living Color,’ which was shown between 1990 and 1994.

The shows will appear on Fox next spring and could serve as test episodes for a full series.

In Living Color is responsible for helping launch the careers of Jamie Foxx, Jim Carey, David Alan Grier, Tommy Davidson and Jennifer Lopez.

I wonder who they will get to bring back the awesomeness!!!

SN: As I type this I.L.C. is on my TV on the spanish channel but it’s in English 🙂

Lindsay Lohan Fixes Her Teeth

Apparently Lindsay Lohan got tired of everyone talking about those rotten teeth of hers. (If you need a reminder, check out the playboy post)

Lohan showed off a more pleasant smile than the one she flashed a few weeks ago. I’m glad someone told her about herself!

The tag she put under her photo via her whosay page read, “Thanks Dr. Dorfman for the zoom. “My gums are so sore though!”

Yes, thanks Dr. Dorfman…this is how Hollywood starlets are supposed to look like, even the janky ones!

Heidi Klum’s “Dead” On Arrival

I bet your Halloween party this weekend wasn’t like Heidi Klum’s. Heidi’s party is the most anticipated and yesterday she pulled out all the stops. NO one and I mean NO one was going to upstage the hostess.

The Project Runway creator was wheeled in to the event on an autopsy table by two blood-spattered doctors.

Klum decided to dress up as a dead body for the party and spent the majority of her day getting airbrushed with make-up to make sure all the details were realistic as possible.

When talking about her outfit she said, “It’s kind of like a dead body with the first layer of skin ripped off. It’s basically like me naked. “All my veins and blood will all be visible… You don’t feel quite naked with it because it is so colourful!”

SHE DID THAT!!!

 

                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adele Cancels Rest Of Tour

British Pop Singer, Adele has been forced to cancel the rest of her U.S. tour due to her ongoing problems with her vocal cords.

“It is with deep regret that Adele has been forced to cancel her remaining live dates and promotional appearances in 2011.” This is the statement that fans get on the front page of her website.  “She is to undergo surgery to alleviate the current issues with her throat and a full recovery is expected. As a result, doctors have ordered her to rest her voice and completely recuperate before looking to schedule any work commitments.”

This isn’t the first time that she had to cancel show’s due to her voice. Most of the year she’s had laryngitis and that’s an easier problem to “heal” from, rest. Apparently Adele condition progressed to a vocal cord hemorrhaging, a more serious condition involving bleeding.

In a blog post to her fans she lets them know…”I have absolutely no choice but to recuperate properly and fully, or I risk damaging my voice forever. … My voice is weak and I need to build it back up.”

 Awww, I ♥ me some Adele! Her album 21 is the bomb.com and I was looking forward to potentially seeing her at the Grammys. 😦 This chick KNOWS she can SANG!!!! Hopefully see will make a full recovery!

NBA Commissioner Cancels More Games

According to the Associated Press NBA Commissioner David Stern has cancelled all NBA games for the month of November. This happened after labor negotiations broke down for the second time in a week. Stern stated, “It’s not practical, possible or prudent to have a full season now.”

What’s not practical is there not to be any basketball. There is money to be made hand over foot, so what’s the real problem? I’m going to need these grown men to man up and come to some type of agreement. While I don’t know all of the intricacies behind the lockout; first and foremost their money should be guaranteed and I don’t believe they’re asking for too much. It takes a lot to be an athlete and I don’t think the commissioner is understanding that. To me, all he sees is dollar signs.

Thoughts?

Project Runway Season 9 Winner

Either you’re in or you’re out and Ayna Ayoung-Chee was in as she took the top prize as the winner of season 9 Project Runway.

The 29-year-old Trinidad and Tobago native/beauty queen beat out fellow designers Victor Luna, Josh McKinley and Kimberly Goldson.

 

For the finale, fashion designer L’Wren Scott joined Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia on the judging panel at Lincoln Center as the finalists showed their ten piece collections as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Anya’s collection (‘Tobago Love) was  inspired by her life in Trinidad with her parents and dedicated to her brother Pilau, who passed away and who encouraged her to pursue her dreams to be a designer.

“What an absolute dream come true!” she said following her win. “It’s a turning point in my life and I will never, ever be able to forget this moment!”

Her winnings consist of $100,000 from L’Oréal Paris, an editorial feature in Marie Claire magazine, a $50,000 technology suite and the opportunity to sell her line on Piperlime.com.

She came a long way from only knowing how to sew four months prior to casting, I bet Josh is pissssssssed! Congrats Anya!!!!

Welcome To Atlanta

This news story is taken straight from www.thegrio.com

It is a case of the have and the have not. Of all major American cities, Atlanta now has the widest income gap between rich and poor. U.S census numbers have given the city a new label that’s nothing to be proud of, but puts into perspective how many Georgians are struggling to make ends meet.

“I’ve been out of work almost two years,” says Marcia Tolbert. “Most places tell me I’m over qualified. Others say I’ve been out of work for too long. It’s like they keep kicking you when you are down.”

Tolbert is a name and a face to a trend that is unfolding all over the county. The recession that began in 2007 took a steep toll, with only a few places spared from a rise in jobless rates and a decline in incomes. Nearly one-in-six Americans live in poverty.

Those sobering numbers cross ever state and ethic line, leaving a debilitating mark on the nation’s children. Sixteen million of them are growing up in poverty, that’s 40 percent of all African-American children and 37 percent of Hispanic children, according to the U.S. Census.

Increased anger over massive gap between rich and poor has partially fueled the momentum behind the Occupy Movement. Protesters identify themselves as “The 99 Percent”, the majority who has suffered from “the greed and corruption of the wealthiest 1 percent of America. Occupy supporter David Rinds added: “It’s a case of the rich getting richer and poor getting poorer.I’m doing ok, but I stand with Occupy Atlanta for all those who aren’t ok.”

The Census concludes the most income-segregated areas tend to be found in the suburbs. In 2000, for example, 76 percent of the Atlanta region’s poor lived in the suburbs. In 2008, 85 percent did. Only five U.S. suburbs notched a greater rise in their percentage of poor people during that time period. All that happened before the recession tore a gaping hole in metro Atlanta’s financial fabric.

Since then Georgia launched a program called Georgia Works to assist the growing number of unemployed. The program, which matches job seekers with companies for training, inspired the national job training program President Obama proposes to reform and extend unemployment benefit for millions of Americans. Critics contend the program’s benefits may be overblown. Georgians like Marcia Tolbert ,who consider it their final option to support their families, say the program is a start. “We need all the help we can get. It’s hard out here.”

Other cities with the largest gaps between highs and low income are Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Gainesville, in Florida; Athens, Georgia; New York; Dallas, Texas; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. West Jordan, Utah, had the smallest gap; it has a population of 101,727. Thornton, Colorado, and Norwalk, California, followed.

J.Lo Is GLAMOUR’s Woman Of The Year

J. Lo is on the cover of GLAMOUR magazine looking oh so HAWT in a red bustier by Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony, pants and a Swarovski crystal anchor necklace by Salvatore Ferragamo, a Michael Kors gold necklace, Verdura gold bracelet, two Chanel Fine Jewelry gold, black onyx, and diamond bracelets, a Lorraine Schwartz white gold diamond bracelet, a Verdura gold, platinum, and diamond wide link bracelet and a Pomellato rose gold and diamond bracelet. WELL DAMN!!! (in my Gucci voice)

 

In the issue, veteran actress and Jenny’s former co-star Jane Fonda interviews the newly single singer-actress about life, love and learning from her biggest year yet.

Here’s a sneak peek from the interview:

On the possibility of a new relationship out of the public eye
“I think to give something a chance, to really get to know somebody, you want to do it out of the public eye. You know the media—they want to rush everything.”

On her style
“The things I liked when I was, like, 16 and in the Bronx—jeans, cut-up T-shirts—I still like. But I’ve been exposed to so much now from traveling the world and seeing couture clothes. I used all of that when I created my new line for Kohl’s. My style has come from everything, from where I started to where I am today.”

On what she’s learned about love and relationships
“I think I’ve finally learned the biggest lesson of all. You’ve got to love yourself first. You’ve got to be OK on your own before you can be OK with somebody else. You’ve got to value yourself and know that you’re worth everything. And until you value yourself enough and love yourself enough to know that, you can’t really have a healthy relationship.”

Glamour’s December issue is available on newsstands nationwide and digitally on November 8.  The woman looks great!!!!!

VH1 Divas Are Back!

 

VH1 is bringing back “VH1 Divas,” which benefits the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.  Mary J. Blige  Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson and Jessie J will headline “VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul” which is set to air on December 19 in New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

This year’s concert will pay tribute to the soulful sounds of such great cities as Chicago, Detroit, London, Philadelphia and Memphis, all of which played a key role in the development of the genre that birthed a slew of timeless classics.
 
“This year’s telecast will showcase the vast impact soul music has had on the 21st century’s music and pop culture landscape as our talented and diverse lineup will attest,” said VH1 executive Lee Rolontz. “This year’s ‘Divas’ offers a modern twist on soul music, all while tipping its hat to the legacy of key cities that created this musical heritage.”
 
The ladies will also be accompanied by the house band The Roots.
 
I can’t wait for this show, glad to see that it’s back! Wonder if Adele will make an appearance? Hmmmm….
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