June 18, 2012 “The First Lady reacts as she watches Laura Jarrett and Tony Balkissoon take their vows during their wedding at Valerie Jarrett’s home in Chicago.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
STOP IT! they are too cute
um, reblogging this again because i just googled laura jarrett and realized i know her from college LOL! (obviously we weren’t friends or i would have recognized her last name, but we met and had mutual friends. so weird!)
Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation Partnering to Raise $150,000 for Historically Black Colleges and Universities -
Supporters encouraged to quote, show their school pride by voting and earn their school a $50,000 donation for scholarships…
Last day at home in Chicago…
Chicago Theater, 175 North State Street, 1927. Photograph from Kaufmann & Fabry.
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the look of her frustration is killing me lmao
I guess she figured she’d get to it before mommy does! #toocute
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Shonda Rhimes' 'Scandal' - 1st Renewed Network TV Drama with a Black Female Lead Since 1974 -
Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Scandal’ presents blueprint for survival of blacks on network TV
8:40 AM on 05/16/2012
Shonda Rhimes‘ ABC show Scandal just reached a significant benchmark - the network decided this week to renew the series for a second season. It’s an awesome first for Rhimes and starring actress Kerry Washington, this being the first renewed network TV drama with a black female lead since 1974.
Scandal succeeds because it’s a good show with a compelling story. Washington plays Olivia Pope, a political fixer vetting out sandal across the nation’s capital. Each episode revolves around Pope dissecting and resolving a complex case of scandal and intrigue, while also tending to a smoldering relationship with the president, with whom she once had an affair.
You can’t help but celebrate for Rhimes and Washington, to have a show led by women of color not only making it on air, but succeeding. It’s long overdue, and will hopefully make headway for other networks to create roles for black female leads (not just the trusty sassy sidekick).
Over 6.5 million viewers turned in to watch Scandal last week alone, and the show won the female 18-49 demographic in its slot for the 6th week in a row. Naturally, Kerry Washington is attracting more than just viewers who look like her. Olivia Pope appeals to such a diverse audience because she appeals to everyone. Though her character is African-American, nothing is actually made of her “blackness” in the show at all.
As a character, Olivia Pope could be played by anyone: she’s a poised and focused young woman who is damn good at what she does. In truth, network executives probably would have tried to cast Pope as a white woman if it wasn’t for the fact that Olivia Pope is based upon a real woman — crisis management expert Judy Smith, who is, by the way, a black woman.
But does Scandal succeed precisely because we never have to deal with Pope’s blackness? A large part of the series hinges on Pope’s former affair with the president, who is, naturally, a white man. And yet nothing is made of this very high-profile interracial relationship, nor whatever cultural ramifications it may have. It’s just a normal White House love affair, nothing special to see here.
Shonda Rhimes is a show-runner of the short who likes to portray a colorfully diverse and integrated world, and often sidesteps issues of race within her series. I can appreciate this sentiment, and her creative right to cast her shows in a seemingly post-racial world. As many white-washed shows that exist on network TV, it’s refreshing to watch a show where diversity is a norm and not a token effort. And Rhimes’ creativity has been rewarded, catapulting her career to become one of the top show runners on TV.
But is Rhimes’ Pope a sign of things to come? That network shows can feature actors of color as long as we never have to address their ethnicity? Somehow it wouldn’t feel like as great of an accomplishment if all our TV stars of color succeeded through ethnically neutral roles. Race doesn’t have be addressed in heavy-handed after school special episodes, but it can be dealt with in the small conscious and subconscious ways we all interact with everyday.
Eventually, I hope Scandal will address Olivia Pope’s blackness. Though race is not a defining character trait, it is a factor; real-life fixer Judy Smith no doubt had to address her blackness at a point or two throughout her career. Olivia Pope is a woman of color, and that is what helps make this character great, a truth that shouldn’t be avoided.
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Betsey Johnson going out of business sales begin
The John Hancock center at 875 N. Michigan Ave. was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. On the left is the building under construction, c. 1969, and on the right is a view of the Hancock taken on July 31, 1972. Photograph by Hedrich-Blessing.
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A construction worker takes a break atop the frame of the One LaSalle Street building in 1929. Photograph from the Chicago Daily News.
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