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The low psyche of teenaged girls has long been a topic of concern for moms. Particularly worrisome is evidence that their fragile self-esteem has lingered despite women making strong gains in virtually all areas of public life.
Girls Inc., a national non-profit organization devoted to inspiring and empowering young women, conducted a study which revealed that 69 percent of girls report being concerned with their appearance, while 44 percent believe that the smartest girls in school are not popular. Named “The Supergirl Dilemma,” the study highlights a big problem according to Girls Inc. board member and Access Hollywood co-host Shaun Robinson. She says, »
Washington was celeb central this weekend as stars came from around the country to fete the recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors. The winners were rock legend Bruce Springsteen, movie pioneer Robert DeNiro, comedian extraordinaire Mel Brooks, opera singer Grace Bumbry, and jazzman Dave Brubeck.
Events started Saturday Dec. 5 with a dinner at the State Department hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, followed on Sunday Dec. 6 by a reception in the East Room of the White House and the big gala at the Kennedy Center Sunday night.
A string of stars sang and danced their way through numbers celebrating the recipients, including John Stewart, Meryl Streep, Aretha Franklin, Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Jack Black, Edward Norton, Sting, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The President and First Lady attended the events, as did other political luminaries like Nancy Pelosi and Bill and Hilary Clinton. At the State Department dinner on Saturday night, »
Eat your heart out H1N1, gatecrashers and Aretha's hat. According to Global Language Monitor -- an algorithms company who used their Predictive Quantities Indicator to find their results -- "Twitter" is the most-used word of 2009. (A sampling of runner-ups: Obama, stimulus, outrage, and vampire.) It's not really that much of a surprise, considering how many news outlets have consistently referred to Twitter in order to gauge viewer opinions about everything from the Iranian presidential election to Anderson Cooper's necktie choices. Though, admittedly, it is a bit hard to believe that the leader of the free world was surpassed »
- Kate Ward
Since The Dish Rag is still pretty shocked over how on earth anyone slipped by the secret service we thought "When Michaele and Tareq Met Barack" seems like a fitting title for this scenario. If Ashton Kutcher's MTV series was still airing we'd almost think the nation was being Punk'd.
Especially since the Virginia couple -- Michaele and Tareq Salahi-- who crashed the White House state dinner actually shook hands and met President Barack Obama that night.
Or, to put it another way, a pair of reality TV wannabes/supposed socialites (Translation: loons) actually got within spitting distance of the President of the United States without intense security clearance.
Craziest. Story. Ever. (Well, one of them anyway. We do cover Hollywood 24/7 after all).
The Secret Service admits they are too blame and are "deeply concerned and embarrassed," as well they should be.
A Secret Service spokesman says that the »
Never ever, ever ask Nancy Pelosi what she's wearing.
At Tuesday's state dinner, a Washington style scribe politely asked the elegantly attired House speaker, "Is your gown Armani?"
A pool report notes "Pelosi shot her a disapproving stare and rolled her eyes a bit. She also refused to answer Givhan's follow-up question, "What was that look?!"
So what Was she wearing?
Perhaps it was Armani and:
A. Pelosi doesn't want voters to know what expensive clothes she wears.
B. She just hates fashion critics.
C. She specifically dislikes Robin Givhan, the style reporter who asked the question.
However Givhan has a proven and keen eye for designer wares.
She correctly identified Obama's social secretary Desiree Rogers' cutting edge Commes des Garcon at the same event.
Watch your backseams, ladies. If you're doing pricy designer duds, you can run but you can't hide. There's a fashion mole in the White House. »
Thanksgiving is here, and your favorite stars are in the kitchen whipping up their favorite meals. From Heidi Klum's sweet potatoes to Ali Larter's stuffing, celebrities dish on their best holiday meals.
Stars' Thanksgiving FavoritesHeidi Klum's Sweet Potatoes
Heidi will be cooking up a big fat turkey and sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top.
Jessica Alba's Stuffing
“I like to cook it all! I like turkey; I like stuffing; I like candied yams — I like it all! »
This past week, I visited Washington DC to walk the halls of Congress, the State Department, National Security Council and Office of Management and Budget. Not the usual destinations for someone who often plays dress up for a living, but I was there with 1Goal: Education for All to pound the pavement and talk about education for the world's poorest children. I was looking for champions -- those who have been working tirelessly on this issue, like Chairwoman Nita Lowey, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Speaker Nancy Pelosi. I wanted to sit with these incredible women, learn from them, and say thank you for their work on helping every child, especially girls, get the opportunity to have an education. I thanked Senate Majority Leader Reid for his support and met with both Democrats like Congressman Smith and Republicans »
- Jessica Alba
See what other stars dressed up as on Halloween 2009
Tell "Extra" -- Who wears Kate Gosselin's funky hairdo the best?
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"Kate, I just want to say, You have beautiful hair," Wiig said. "I've heard many people make fun of your hairstyle, »
Jennifer Meyer Maguire
Why wear your heart on your sleeve, when you could wear it around your neck for all the world to see!
Celebrity moms are doing just that – paying homage to their children with letter and nameplate necklaces by jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer Maguire.
A celebrity mom, herself (daughter Ruby Sweetheart is turning 3 next week, and Otis Tobias is 5 ½ months), Jennifer credits her happy home life with husband Tobey Maguire for the professional success she has enjoyed in recent years.
Celebrity Baby Blog recently chatted with Jennifer about her family-of-four, carrying on a family tradition of her own »
Get ready to chuckle because "Extra" is taking a look at the best celebrity impersonations on "Saturday Night Live"!
Michelle Obama is joining a roster that already includes Tom Cruise and John McCain, and it has nothing to do with coarse snickers that scare the kids. Following in those dudes' footsteps, Obama will participate via satellite in a Jay Leno Show segment during which a guest answers 10 rapid-fire questions. We assume the line of interrogation will include hysterical topics like Portuguese Water Dog follies and Nancy Pelosi's "b-ball" skills, but Movieline has one question for Obama that Leno shouldn't skip. »
Vera Wang attending the 2009 Americans for the Arts Annual National Arts Awards Gala in New York City. Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Kerry Washington attending the 2009 Americans for the Arts Annual National Arts Awards Gala in New York City. Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Robert Redford and Nancy Pelosi attending the 2009 Americans for the Arts Annual National Arts Awards Gala in New York City. Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Robert Redford attending the 2009 Americans for the Arts Annual National Arts Awards Gala in New York City. Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. 10/05/2009 - Nancy Pelosi and Robert Redford - 2009 »
- James Wray
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have taken Washington D.C. by storm, bringing Hollywood glamour to the political heart of the nation. The pair, in town for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's awards gala, celebrated Anthony's 41st birthday Wednesday night at the W hotel's P.O.V. lounge. Related: Jennifer Surprises Marc with Birthday Blowout in New YorkBefore the fete though, Anthony reportedly got a treat from President Obama, who led a group of senators and congressmen in a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for the singer backstage at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus gala, according to Gossip Cop. President Obama joked »
- Marla Lehner
Anthony, Jennifer Lopez and their twins visited Washington, DC this week where they were given a private tour of the White House. The superstar couple also visited Capitol Hill, where they met with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and discussed education and the new Marc Anthony Scholarship Fund, reports Gossip Cop.
Later that evening, J.Lo and Marc met up with President Obama »
Jennifer Lopez and birthday boy Marc Anthony were all smiles yesterday on Capitol Hill, where they met with Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the afternoon before bringing the twins by to check out the White House. That night, Speaker of the House Pelosi presented Marc with a Lifetime Achievement Award as his wife proudly joined him on stage. President Obama and Michelle also came by to honor Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who chatted with Jennifer and Marc as they all celebrated Latin culture in the Us. View 40 Photos › To see more of the couple with the President and Nancy Pelosi just read more. View 40 Photos › »
Jennifer Lopez appeared before members of Congress in a pale pink, curve-hugging stunner in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. J. Lo and hubby Marc Anthony met with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. They reportedly discussed the issue of education in the Hispanic community and legislation for college affordability that the House is considering.
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The public discourse has been all about interruptions lately. Just last week, President Barack Obama was delivering a speech about health care to a joint session of Congress when a heckler called out "You lie!" while he was attempting to debunk the myths created around health care reform. It was later revealed that the shout came from South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson, who later said he was sorry but may be censured this week anyway because he refuses to formally issue an apology from the floor of the House. At last night's MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West took a page out of Wilson's book when he bounded onto the Vma stage at Radio City Music Hall to derail Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for Best Female Video. "Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!" West shouted, thoroughly flummoxing Swift.
An Internet genius managed to bring West »
- Kyle Anderson
Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation is among a consortium applying for federal stimulus money that could expand his effort to rebuild homes in New Orleans and also launch a project in Newark, N.J. Make It Right is in the midst of a project to rebuild homes in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, with a team of well-known architects who have designed "green" residences intended to be energy efficient and affordable. "The stimulus money would be seed funding for an expansion of Make It Right," said Trevor Neilson, Pitt's philanthropic and political adviser. In a high profile appearance that even drew live coverage on MSNBC, Pitt visited Washington in March to promote Make It Right, meeting with President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with an array of cabinet secretaries and other elected officials, including Shaun Donovan and Energy Secretary »
- Ted Johnson
With childhood obesity rates continuing to soar, parents are taking a good, hard look at the foods their children are being offered during the school day. Although Tobey Maguire’s two children — Ruby Sweetheart, 2 ½, and Otis Tobias, 11-weeks — aren’t yet school-aged, he’s also taken that look, and is expressing a concern about what he sees.
In a letter sent this week to U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Tobey urged lawmakers to reexamine the standards set by the Child Nutrition Act (Cna). The legislation — initially passed in 1966 – is poised for Congressional re-authorization this fall, presenting a “golden opportunity” for change according to the 34-year-old Spider Man star.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic More fruits, vegetables and low-fat vegetarian meals are needed, Tobey writes, noting that “school is tough enough already — students shouldn’t have to put up with lunches swimming in fat and cholesterol. »
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