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OUR NEW FAVORITE WEBSITE: Whatisjameswearing.com

Posted in NEWS, WE SUPPORT on May 21, 2009 by transracial

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Anyone who feels they’re too concerned with fashion can now breathe a sigh of relief. They’ve got nothing on James Andrew, who is the brains — and clothes — behind our new favorite site: Whatisjameswearing

An uber-homage to Andrew’s personal fashion philosophy, the site chronicles his every-day design decisions with breathless wit and precision.

The site is unquestionably over-the-top — but a totally fun read.

STYLE ALERT: Sophie Théallet

Posted in WE SUPPORT on April 29, 2009 by transracial

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Gracias to the ladies over at Mrs-O.org for alerting us to the work — and wisdom — of French-born/US-based fashion designer Sophie Théallet.

Not only is the former Alaia right-hand a favorite of Mrs. O herself — in one of Théallet’s designs at today’s Sojourner Truth celebratory event — but Théallet totally bucked fashion industry fascism and presented her last collection on black models only.

Right on!

We salute this Gallic gem and are exciting to learn more about both her talent and commitment to sartorial justice.

OUR NEW FAVORITE WEBSITE: Freerice.com

Posted in NEWS, WE SUPPORT on April 9, 2009 by transracial

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Also out in Long Island we learned about this great website, Freerice.com.

Totally our kind of site, Freerice is a series of clever on-line games and quizzes which challenge user knowledge in areas including geography, science and art.

For every right answer, the site donates a grain of rice to communities in the developing world.

Win big — and help feed a family in need.

NEEDS YOUR HELP: Retired Race-Hounds

Posted in NEWS, WE SUPPORT on April 9, 2009 by transracial

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We were greeted at our cousins’ house last night not just with Passover cheer — but a pair of massive greyhound pooches. Seems as if our family has a new-found affinity for sleek canines, two of which they adopted from Long Island Greyhound Transfer.

The Hicksville-based non-profit helps find homes for greyhounds that are literally cast away following the end of their racing careers. Apparently, some 30,000 such pups are abandoned every year — mostly left to starve and die after reaching the end of their careers.

Yikes!

Organizations such as Greyhound Transfer help place these truly majestic creatures in loving homes to save them from this senseless slaughter.

If you want to personally take home a dog or help fund this worthwhile endeavor, click the link above.

It’s good work indeed!

Madonna to the Rescue in Pacentro

Posted in NEWS, WE SUPPORT on April 8, 2009 by transracial

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Despite being denied permission to adopt a second Malawian child last week, Madonna is not letting the negativity get her down.

It appears as if the pop icon has donated some $500,000 to the earthquake-ravaged Italian town of Pacentro, which has been hit by massive tremors all week — killing some 200 people.

Seems as if Madonna’s paternal grandparents lived in this small hamlet until 1919.

Nice work Esther — just in time for seder!

TREND ALERT: Pakistani Writers

Posted in NEWS, ON OUR RADAR, WE SUPPORT on April 4, 2009 by transracial

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Despite fears of their nation’s imminent demise, Pakistani writers are emerging as this year’s it-authors. Indeed, according to a report in today’s Financial Times, authors from Pakistan are gaining unprecedented attention on the literary world stage.

Need proof?

How about the recent success of author Hamid Mohsin, whose book The Reluctant Fundamentalist (above) was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 2007.

Following in Mohsin’s wake is author Mohammed Hanif, whose new book A Case of Exploding Mangoes is being lauded as a must-read political thriller while Nadeem Aslam’s new The Wasted Vigil is set in contemporary Afghanistan.

Also in the mix is Kamila Shamsie, author of the grand historical novel Burned Shadows and — most buzzingly — Daniyal Mueenuddin, whose new collection of short stories Other Rooms, Other Wonders is being hailed as Pakistan’s first true work of literary genius.

OUR NEW FAVORITE WEBSITE: Mrs-O.org

Posted in WE SUPPORT on April 2, 2009 by transracial

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As we’ve chronicled repeatedly, Michelle Obama is an bona fide fashion icon — one with a serious online following.

Indeed, Mrs. O’s style presence now has its own dedicated website — mrs-o.org.

The site chronicles the First Lady’s daily outfits with witty commentary and clever context.

Nice!