The Golden Girl of E!
Mar31

The Golden Girl of E!

Giuliana Rancic was born as Giuliana DePandi in Naples, Italy on August 17, 1975. At 7-years-old and only fluent in Italian her family immigrated to Maryland. She was so persistent to learn the English language that she watched various news channels for hours each day. Initially, that ignited her aspiration to become a journalist. After graduating from high school she continued her education at the University of Maryland, College Park and American University in Washington, D.C. Rancic has both bachelor and master degrees in Journalism. In 2002, Rancic began her exciting career working as a correspondent on E! News. She has the opportunity to interview the hottest celebrities and attend Hollywood galas, as well as cover events from the Olympics to The Oscars.  Her work ethic is remarkable. Not only is she an anchorwoman, but she’s a fashion critic and designer, author, reality television star, restaurant owner, wife, mother and cancer survivor. On her reality series Giuliana & Bill, she made the brave decision to showcase her struggles with fertility. After several unsuccessful attempts at IVF and a miscarriage, sadly she learned of her diagnosis with breast cancer. It was devastating for her. Her plan of action was to move forward with a double mastectomy with reconstruction and radiation therapy. Although she endured these tough times her strength and courage helped her persevere. In the end she was the victor. She is now cancer-free with a new addition to her family—her son Duke. Just like Giuliana we should remain steadfast in fighting for our dreams—not only our career aspirations but in everything that our hearts desire. By Khulela Byrd, Contributing Writer for ColorBlind...

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Roses and Women
Mar27

Roses and Women

This is an original writing by Reyna Duran-Bautista,16, who enjoys expressing her feelings through writing. Roses are Like Women We women are like roses, We bring brightness in hard times We always stay as beautiful as possible, We sometimes make mistakes, But we are always there to fight back our doubts and struggles Just how roses have thorns to protect them from those Who have the intention to tear them from their place, We women could be dependent, even though we may look weak and vulnerable, We naturally flourish our dignity and encourage others to do the same, We help one another and spread our enthusiasm to make a change in our environment. We are proud of being WOMEN...

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Relay For Life
Mar27

Relay For Life

Relay For Life is right around the corner but it’s never too late to get yourself involved with this remarkable fundraiser! Relay For Life has been raising money for the American Cancer Society since 1986, when the first 19 relay teams raised $33,000 at the Stadium Bowl.  As stated on Cancer.org, at the event, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length. This year, Relay For Life will be taking place at Allen Park High School on Saturday May 10th. At 10:00 am the first walkers from each team will begin the relay. Tina Moynahan, a student at University of Michigan – Dearborn, is a member of a relay team this year and they would like to add to their team! “It is time to start spreading the word that we are participating in Relay for Life in order to reach our team goal of $1,000,” said Moynahan. Also remember, there is a minimum personal goal of $10 for this team and if you can commit to raising $100, you will get a t-shirt. If you have any questions, please contact an E-Committee member! Located at the bottom is the link to their team Relay For Life page. If you want to get involved with this great event, you can simply click the link and join! You are also able to donate any funds you wish by visiting their teams Relay For Life page. Tina’s team has already surpassed their goal, raising $1,450. Let’s help them exceed their goal even more for a great cause. Link to help/join Tina Moynahan’s team: CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SITE Location of Relay For Life: Allen Park High School 18401 Champaign Rd Allen Park, MI...

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Welcome to #Nerdland: Melissa Harris- Perry
Mar23

Welcome to #Nerdland: Melissa Harris- Perry

Sunday breakfast/brunch isn’t complete without a trip to #Nerdland inhabited primarily by broadcast journalist Melissa Harris-Perry. MHP Background Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry is an American writer, professor, television host, and political commentator with a focus on African-American politics. She hosts the Melissa Harris-Perry weekend news and opinion television show on MSNBC that airs on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-Noon. According to her website melissaharrisperry.com she travels extensively speaking to colleges, organizations and businesses in the United States and abroad. In 2009 Professor Harris-Perry became the youngest scholar to deliver the W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard University. Also in 2009 she delivered the prestigious Ware Lecture, becoming the youngest woman to ever do so. Professor Harris-Perry received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, James Perry, and has a daughter, Parker. Harris-Perry over Politics  Considering that I have practically no interest in politics, I find it interesting that I am intrigued by Harris-Perry’s show. Maybe it’s her witt and humor and the way she intertwines education and the truth into each of her topics discussed on her show. Although I normally watch her show more on Sundays than Saturdays, I feel as if it’s my way of “catching up” on the big news stories from the week. I also used excerpts and studies from Harris-Perry’s book “Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America” (Yale 2011) for a recent essay book project. This book gave me a glimpse into her writing style as it discussed stereotypes familiar to black women and how it’s shaped black women’s politics. So, on the weekend, consider taking a trip to #Nerdland and be informed- MHP...

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Queen Bey Reigns & Inspires Others
Mar20

Queen Bey Reigns & Inspires Others

By Mehak Haq Beyonce has won 17 Grammys, sold over 118 million records, and was noted as one of the “100 most Influential people” by Time magazine in 2013. The reason I find her to be inspiring is not because of all the fame and glamour, but because of her hard work and dedication. A Young Fan I have been a fan of Beyonce since I was a young girl, and I always watched her interviews. Once I heard her explain how she gets ready for a show. She said she rehearses 9 hours a day, 7 days a week in her heels! When I heard that I was shocked- I cannot even imagine doing a fraction of that! She also said that when working out, she keeps a painting of an Oscar at the gym, which keeps her motivated to reach her goal. This made me realize how incredibly hard she works and how motivated she is to succeed at what she does. Own Life, Then a Wife At a later time, I saw her on Oprah, and Oprah told Beyonce that everyone considers her to be “the woman who has everything.” Beyonce laughed, and said that she is very blessed, but that she believes she worked very hard and made a lot of sacrifices for everything that she has. She said she believes that young people should be working hard in whatever they are doing, whether it be school or anything else productive. When Oprah began discussing the singer’s marriage with rapper Jay-Z, Beyonce stressed, “I think it’s important to have your own life before you become someone else’s wife.” This message ’til this day, stuck with me as an example of a hard-working, independent and successful woman. Although married to a hip-hop mogul, Beyonce is a household name all on her own. Even in one of her recent songs “Bow Down” she sings, “I took some time to live my life, but don’t think I’m just his little wife, don’t get it twisted…” I find to be very inspiring because it gives me the message to work as hard as I can on whatever my goals are. We all may not want to be a singer like Beyonce, but we can work just as hard to achieve our goals are and become successful in our own craft. Mehak Haq is a Junior at Wayne State University in Michigan, studying Pre-Medicine and Psychology. She is also a Contributing Writer for ColorBlind Magazine....

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Vera Wang: More than a Wedding Wonder
Mar13

Vera Wang: More than a Wedding Wonder

“A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her own clothes.” – Vera Wang The Woman Behind the Dresses Vera Wang was born on June 27, 1949, in New York City. She was a former figure skater, senior fashion editor at Vogue for 15 years, and a design director for Ralph Lauren. For her wedding day, Wang designed her own wedding dress, and later opened a bridal boutique, which was the launching pad for her own signature collection. Wang now designs lingerie, jewelry (including engagement rings) and home products in her Simply Vera collection found exclusively at the retailer Kohls. Why Wang? My mom, a self-proclaimed fashionista, introduced me to Vera Wang’s designs and bridal line during a time when I was too young to even consider marriage. Still, I immediately decided that since Vera Wang is synonymous with the words “bridal” and “wedding”, I must have a touch of her work in my own future nuptials. Her gowns are modern, sexy, and sophisticated, with a hint of “Wang Wonder” often seen in her intricate detailing.   For now, I’m content with owning pieces including bags, earrings, clothing and pajamas from the Simply Vera collection. These items serve as hope that a “Wang Wedding” moment is on the horizon. “As the mother of two daughters, I have a great respect for women. I don’t ever want to lose that.” – Vera Wang...

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The Lioness: Quirky Katy Perry
Mar11

The Lioness: Quirky Katy Perry

Part of the “Triple E” tagline of ColorBlind Magazine includes the word Empower, and sometimes, empowerment comes through music. In continuation with the celebration of Women’s History Month, the song of the week is “Roar” by Katy Perry. In my opinion, it’s impossible to listen to this song, and not feel empowered, and ready to take on the world. The Recording Artist  Katy Perry, whose birth name is Katheryn Hudson, is best known for her pop music, eye catching fashion choices, and her quirky personality and stage presence. She wasn’t an instant success, as three of her record deals fell apart before signing with Capitol in 2007. Her first album One of the Boys was nominated for a Grammy, and her next album Teenage Dream hit the charts at number one in 2010 with songs like “The one that got away,” and “California Girls.” Perry is the second artist other than Michael Jackson to have five number one singles from one album. She later became MTV’s Artist of the Year, and released her bio pic Katy Perry- Part of Me. In 2012 she became the only artist to spend over 52 weeks on the Bilboard Charts Hot 100 and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. Fierce Fashionista Perry has had interesting and creative fashion choices during her career. My favorite fashion selection was the Valentino gown she wore at the 2014 Grammy Awards. The detail of the music notes was a nice touch, perfect for wearing during the biggest night in music. Katy Perry’s song “Roar” is included in the Just Dance 2014 wii game, and it is one of my favorite routines to dance to. The song exudes courage, strength, determination, and power. For that reason,  “Roar” is the ColorBlind Magazine suggested song of the week. Make sure to ROAR ladies!...

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A Closer Look at Ellen
Mar08

A Closer Look at Ellen

To me, Ellen DeGeneres is an incredibly powerful woman. In fact, DeGeneres was named the 10th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine. Ellen has many accomplishments during her time in the public’s eye. Born and raised in Louisiana, she is most known as an American stand-up comedian, an actress and a television show host. She is a lover of animals, which played a major role in her decision of becoming a vegan. DeGeneres coordinates a vegan website called “Going Vegan with Ellen”. This blog encourages those who want to become vegan with enticing meat-free recipes, tips and inspirational quotes.  DeGeneres was named Showtime’s Funniest Person in America in 1982. She has won over 30 Emmy Awards for her success in her day-time talk-variety show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which NBC has eagerly extended the contract through 2017. It may seem as if fame and fortune fell into the hands of DeGeneres, but she indeed had to jump some high hurdles to get there happily. She was afraid if she came out, her fans wouldn’t like her, and they wouldn’t applaud anymore. Back in 1997, the gay community wasn’t as accepted as it is today. DeGeneres is one of many powerful individuals that helped change that standard. “I decided this was not going to be something that I was going to live the rest of my life being ashamed of”, said DeGeneres. DeGeneres announced that she was gay in two different ways. In an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and on the cover of TIME Magazine with a strong title reading, “Yep, I’m gay.” It took a lot for Ellen to overcome the public’s reaction to her deepest secret, but she did it positively and confidently. Ellen DeGeneres shattered records and did a lot of “firsts”. According to People Magazine, she was the first openly gay television star. She was also the first openly gay celebrity to host the Oscars, while being the second woman to ever host the Oscars independently.  DeGeneres has been recognized as a special envoy for global AIDS awareness by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She is now an animal rights, sexual abuse and gay rights activist. Go...

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Michigan’s 2014 Miss Black Jr. Teen: Alma Cooper
Mar05

Michigan’s 2014 Miss Black Jr. Teen: Alma Cooper

About Miss Black U.S.A. More than just a series of pageants, Miss Black U.S.A. is truly a movement. The movement is non-profit and focuses on more than just the women and the runway.  They offer many opportunities for the participants; outstanding young women of color. This includes promotion of leadership, educational opportunity, scholarships and grants. Miss Black U.S.A. strongly believes education is the key to empowerment and achievement.   The Crowning The first week in February, the young and aspiring eleven year old Alma Cooper of East Lansing was crowned Michigan’s 2014 Miss Black Jr. Teen. When Cooper was crowned as Miss Black Jr. Teen, she was recognized for her academic test scores, her participation in the student body council at her school, and her commitment as a mentor to special needs students.   Alma’s History According to Cooper, her current career was inspired by the popular show America’s Next Top Model, which airs on The CW channel. At the age of four, Cooper was enrolled in a Performing Arts Center in East Lansing. At the time of her training, she was the youngest member in the program. After Cooper’s training at the Performing Arts Center, she advanced to appearances in a number of plays, commercials and fashion shows. At the age of eight, she excitedly won the very first pageant she ever participated in. Shortly after, Cooper discovered Miss Black Jr. Teen via the web with her mother and has been committed to the movement ever since. Congratulations Alma, Michigan’s 2014 Miss Black Jr. Teen! “Love yourself or nobody will.” “Be YOU, because you are already BEAUTIFUL.” –Alma...

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The Determined Politician: Hillary Clinton
Mar04

The Determined Politician: Hillary Clinton

Brief Bio  With Hillary Clinton’s strong dedication and bold confidence, I don’t see how the way she carries herself wouldn’t inspire women. She is absolutely indomitable with her intelligence and accomplishments. Any and everywhere, Clinton encourages empowerment of women ubiquitously. She is regarded as the most openly empowered presidential companion in American history. The Legal Services Corporation is a private and non-profit company established by the United States Congress. The principle is to provide never-ending assurance to America’s guarantee of equal justice for all. In 1978, Clinton was given the pleasure of becoming the very first female chair of the corporation. Just a year later, in 1979, Clinton became the first female partner at Rose Law Firm, which is one of the oldest and largest law firms in Arkansas. In January of 1993 the first issue of The Hillary Clinton Quarterly was published. Clinton was the First Lady to have a national publication of her own. Come 2000, she was the one and only first lady to run for public office. Her run was successful, because she became the first female Senator from New York. She was re-elected to the Senate in 2006.   Clinton’s Exciting Future What inspires me about this woman is the fact that Clinton was a presidential candidate in 2008, and quite possibly in upcoming 2016.  “I’m in, and I’m in it to win”, were Clinton’s exact words post announcing that she shall be a 2008 candidate. The attitude Clinton carries with her everyday should have a positive influence on all women and be an inspiration.   When it Comes to Hillary I chose to write about Hillary Clinton for many different reasons. Living in a country where we have never experienced a female president, I majorly respect her for stepping out of the norm and shooting for the stars with her hopes and dreams. She inspires more women to follow in her steps and do what you love, regardless of what the end result may be. She maintains a positive attitude and carries herself with class no matter the situation.   “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” -Hillary Clinton...

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