My Meatless Life: #WondalandWest + Avocado Bruschetta


“It’s always fun to feed people vegan food for the first time. I was asked to cook for a house full of non-vegan southern black folks in town for the Grammys and Janelle suggested brunch.  Anybody who knows me knows that’s the magic word. I came through and put it down! Janelle Monae, Deep Cotton and the whole Wondaland crew went vegan… for a meal.”

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The Hopeful vs. the Incumbent: Obama’s DNC Speech

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama

(Photo: Mark Peterson on Instagram for GQ)

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It’s a cliché, by now, to hail Barack Obama’s keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic convention as a masterpiece. And I won’t bother going into all of the details for why that is. What I do want to recall is what it was like to be in the Garden that night eight years ago in Boston. It was a strange convention for Democrats (in the same way that it was a strange convention for Republicans last week), with their extreme, sometimes blinding hatred for their opponent and their profound, almost crippling ambivalence about their own candidate. There was a restlessness in the building, as delegates tuned out the speakers by and large except for when they were serving up lusty attacks on the President. And then Obama got up to speak.

There weren’t many expectations for a keynote address back in 2004. (While Julian Castro had to give his speech this week in a long shadow, Senate candidate Obama only had to wrestle with the feeble ghost of Harold Ford, Jr.) So it was not as if the delegates on the floor — to say nothing of the reporters, seated high up in the arena to the left of stage — were particularly eager to hear what he had to say. And yet, it was obvious from almost the moment this fresh-faced guy with the large ears opened his mouth — “Tonight is a particular honor for me because, let’s face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely” — that was a speech that was going to be worth listening to.

What followed — his unlikely personal story and his appeal to national unity — only confirmed that. The next day, after attending a media lunch with Obama, and watching him work the room with the same deftness and mastery that he’d displayed on stage the night before, one of my colleagues said, “That man is going to be President of the United States.” And no one thought this pronouncement was at all premature.

Obama’s speech tonight could not avoid harkening back to the one from eight years ago. Not only did he repeat some of its same lines — about his grandfather fighting in “Patton’s Army” and his grandmother working on “a bomber assembly line” — he returned to some of its same themes. Just as he did in 2004 and then, as the party’s presidential nominee in 2008, Obama talked about hope triumphing over cynicism and the power of people to effect change. But he also knew that too much optimism would ring hollow after the last four years — and the most striking about the speech was its humility.

When Obama acknowledged that the times had changed since 2004, that back then he was “just a candidate” but now “I’m the president,” the delegates, who spent the several hours before Obama’s speech breaking into arena-rattling chants of “Fired Up Ready to Go,” took the line as a boast and cheered. But Obama’s next line — about how, as president, he now knows “what it means to send young Americans into battle” and holding “in my arms the mothers and fathers who didn’t return” — made it clear that he was trying to say something else. Once, Obama wowed a Democratic convention with the prospect of almost unimaginable possibility. Now, he was talking to them about hard-earned experience.

Time and again throughout his political career, Obama has turned to the words of Abraham Lincoln as a source of inspiration — and a spur to the idea that together Americans can do anything. (“Of strange, discordant, and even hostile elements, we gathered from the four winds, and formed and fought to battle through.”) But on Thursday night, he instead relied on the 16th president to reflect his own struggles: “I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place to go.”

Of course, Obama couldn’t suggest that there was no place else to go, and he drew a clear contrast between his ideas and policies and those of Romney and Ryan, whose view he summed up as “since government can’t do everything, it should do almost nothing.” Indeed, at times, the president seemed almost contemptuous of his opponent, mocking him for his gaffes (“You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can’t visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally”) and taunting him for his privilege (“If you can’t afford to start a business or go to college, take my opponent’s advice and ‘borrow money from your parents.’”)

But there was a striking sense of humility, both in rhetoric and ideas, that ran through Obama’s speech. He seemed chastened, as if he (and not just his most ardent supporters) believed that the very fact of his election four years ago would have instantly solved so many of America’s problems. “[W]hile I’m proud of what we achieved together, I’m far more mindful of my own failings,” Obama confessed. And so instead of bold vision and soaring rhetoric, he larded his convention with State-of-the-Union-like achievable proposals. When he talked about climate change, for instance, he didn’t promise to “slow the rise of the oceans” but simply “reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet.” Most of all, he begged for patience. “The truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up every decade.” Even at the end of the speech, when he brought the delegates to their feet with his exhortation that “we don’t turn back,” he struck a slightly chastened note: “We draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes. . . .”

The Invisible Bike Helmet


Lund University students Anna Haupt and Terese Alstinat conquered sexism and years of various obstacles to develop their brilliant invention. Despite funding challenges, they eventually raised $10 million! POW (literally)

Yet another reason why women are superior ;-)

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Innovative Singer, Songwriter, & Time Traveler
Sets Out to Inspire Beauty Style Statements as Newest COVERGIRL

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 — HUNT VALLEY, MD — The COVERGIRL brand believes in helping women tap into what’s uniquely special about them and working it with confidence – celebrating a style that only they can rock.  So it’s fitting that the beauty brand that’s all about “doing you” authentically is partnering with JanelleMonáe for an exciting new chapter of her life journey.  The celebrated artist, once called a “different kind of diva” by Vogue, just wrapped her first COVERGIRL advertising shoot, which is scheduled to debut in the September issue of that publication next week.  Monáe, who is already a renowned style icon with her signature black-tie wardrobe and striking hairstyle known as a “Monae,” becomes the newest COVERGIRL today, and she is on a unique mission to encourage women to use all their artistic powers to play, change, and transform.

“I believe it’s time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them,” said Monáe. “One of my core values is to help redefine what it means to be a strong and beautiful woman in the music and fashion worlds and to empower the wonderful things that make us unique. Becoming a COVERGIRL is truly an honor and a gift: it opens up a new platform for me to inspire women to feel stronger, braver and more beautiful inside and out.”

“Ever since Janelle made her electrifying arrival on the music scene, she has captured our imaginations, stirred our souls, and made us all move our feet,” said Esi Eggleston Bracey, VP and General Manager, COVERGIRL Cosmetics.  “Janelle is a true force of energy and a beautiful spirit who truly delights in her creative journey, not just the destination. We’re elated and can’t wait to show the world another dimension of her artistic ‘superpowers’ as a member of our COVERGIRL family.”

Janelle Monáe has been widely lauded by the music industry for her energetic performances, dynamic voice, genre-bending artistic sensibility, and visionary approach to songwriting.  Monáe’s debut concept album “The ArchAndroid” was released to widespread acclaim.  This epic “emotion picture” (a term she coined) earned her multiple Grammy nominations and accolades from Associated Press, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, and the LA Times, who all named “The ArchAndroid” the #1 album of 2010.  In addition to these accolades, Janelle Monáe was a recipient of the 2011 ASCAP Vanguard Award and included in the first-ever Women Who Rock exhibit in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Most recently, she made a guest vocal appearance on the hit song, “We Are Young” with the band Fun. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard® Hot 100 chart and gave Monáe her first appearance in the U.S. Top 10, as well as her first MTV VMA nomination. Furthermore, Monáe is also a rising social innovator with her own non-profit organization Super7, which is committed to providing essential “Super Powers” to young women and young girls everywhere, focusing on their health, well being, and personal dreams.

Since its introduction in 1961, the COVERGIRL brand has been a beauty industry leader in providing women with the makeup tools to rock their everyday cover moments. The long list of famous COVERGIRLs has included Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Rachel Hunter, Tyra Banks, Niki Taylor and Molly Sims.  The current roster of COVERGIRLS includes such icons as P!nk, Sofia Vergara, Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift and Team USA athletes Jennifer Kessy, Olympic Silver Medalist (Women’s Beach Volleyball) and Marlen Esparza, Olympic Bronze Medalist (Women’s Boxing).

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