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Ferguson Supporters Call for a Black Friday Boycott

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Supporters of Michael Brown won’t be opening their wallets this Black Friday weekend, now that the Michael Brown Leadership Coalition has asked concerned citizens across the country to boycott the shopping event in support of the young teenager who was gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson. 

Social media has been the outlet of choice for activists to spread the word and encourage people to abstain from cashing in on the buying frenzy that makes up for the biggest shopping weekend of the year. The hope is that by not supporting these symbols of capitalism, the country will reconsider the way it treats its citizens in our justice system. As one advocate @stankofa tweeted, “If our lives don’t matter to them, our protests don’t, either. Take away what matters: their money. #BoycottBlackFriday.”

New Black Panther Party member Dacia Polk told International Business Times“We are asking you to withdraw your participation the entire weekend. There will not be business as usual in America while our people are being killed.”

This is one of many efforts by supporters of Brown and his family to attempt to make positive change in the wake of the Grand Jury decision not to indict Wilson for killing the unarmed black teen.

[via IBT, The Root]

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Eva Mendes on How She Named Her Baby

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Image: Andres Otero/

Eva Mendes is a new mother to a little girl with Ryan Gosling and through her pregnancy and the following months, has kept a pretty low profile. It’s understandable. She is a celebrity after all, and as we know, that affords little privacy. Indeed, it’s amazing how inconspicuous Mendes has been since giving birth to little Esmeralda Amada. 

But Mendes finally resurfaced for an interview with Violet Grey and the talk, of course, was firmly on her status as a new mom and how she managed to keep her pregnancy a secret for so long. The actress told the beauty site that the choice to keep her pregnancy private was the first in a long road dedicated to upholding her daughter’s privacy. “I know that it seems all very innocuous when you’re flipping through a tabloid at the doctor’s office or see a photo of a pregnant lady online, but I find the media’s ‘bump watch’ obsession to be both intrusive and stressful. So I made a decision to eject myself from it completely. I was like, ‘Annnnd I’m out.'”

Mendes says she knew for a while she was going to have a little girl and that she and Gosling had a lot of fun naming her. “We both love the Esmeralda character from the Victor Hugo novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame and just think it’s a beautiful name. Her middle is Amada, which was my grandmother’s name. It means ‘beloved’ in Spanish.”

Mendes seems pretty committed to upholding Esmeralda’s privacy, so there’s no telling how long it will be until we get a glimpse of the tyke. But one thing’s for sure: the girl is lucky to have parents so dedicated to protecting her in the crazy world of Hollywood.

[via Violet Grey]

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Is John Galliano Presenting at the British Fashion Awards?

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Image: WENN

John Galliano has kept a pretty low profile in the years following “I love Hitler”-gate. Save for a few interviews and new job appointments, the designer has mostly stayed away from the usual fashion functions. That is, maybe, until now. Word on the street is that Galliano may make an appearance at the upcoming British Fashion Awards, and that he may be presenting Anna Wintour with the coveted Outstanding Achievement Award.

WWD says the British Fashion Council would not confirm if the rumor is true or not and as we know, keeping mum on a situation isn’t exactly a denial. Of course, we will have to wait until December 1, the night of the BFAs, to see if Galliano does show up, though something tells us there may be some truth to these reports…

[via WWD]

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15 Things We Learned from Miranda Kerr’s Twitter Q&A

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Photo: LJPhotoCorp/WENN

Miranda Kerr answered the curious, bizarre and not-so-reasonable questions from her Twitter fans today, after hosting a live Q&A through her KORA Organics account. She’s one of the world’s most talked about models, but even so, we discovered a few fun facts about our girl Miranda. Here are the highlights:

  1. She loves Fleetwood Mac
  2. She’s never been to Portugal.
  3. Her favourite inspirational quote is: “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished” – Lao Tzu.
  4. As long as she’s near the ocean, she’s happy.
  5. She can’t live without tweezers, a nail file or avocados.
  6. Her favourite family tradition is singing carols by the piano on Christmas Eve.
  7. She created KORA Organics because of the toxic chemicals she found in other skincare products.
  8. Her fave treats include triple-cream goats cheese, french fries and organic chocolate.
  9. Being a mother to Flynn is her greatest achievement in life.
  10. She’s currently reading A Bug Free Mind by Andy Shaw.
  11. She posts workouts and recipes to her blog.
  12. Her favourite movie is Luc Besson’s The Big Blue.
  13. She has an interest in politics.
  14. Christmas is her favourite time of year.
  15. “Now is all we have” is the best advice she’s ever gotten.

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Glitter and Houndstooth at the MTV Australia Style Launch

Kate Peck, Mimi Elashiry and Geordie Shore’s Vicky Pattison hit Sydney’s Chicwick restaurant yesterday for the launch of MTV Australia Style, turning up in a mix of kooky twin sets, glittery separates and monochromatic prints.

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Vicky rocked a 50s housewife vibe in a houndstooth midi skirt teamed with a high-neck crop from her VIP collection for Honey Boutique, and looked a little rockabilly with red lips and matching pointed-toe heels.


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MTV VJ Kate was pulling double duty as Myer ambassador, attending the event in a sparkly ensemble by one of the department store’s designers, Jayson Brunsdon. The icy blonde rocked a brown button-up blouse with gold-sequinned panels, tucked into a shiny pink tube skirt and toned down with black two-strap pumps. “Watch out world!! I’m going to blind you with my #discostyle,” she wrote of the outfit to Instagram. Hey, at least she warned us.

Pint-sized Mimi, who was announced as the website’s new style ambassador (probably due to her 510,000 Instagram followers), wore an epic outfit by Di$count Univer$e. Even with the other girls towering over her, Mimi still stood out in the rainbow-coloured getup adorned with belt buckles.

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Montana Cox is Nervous About Hosting Tonight’s ARIA Awards Red Carpet


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Montana Cox is no stranger to the spotlight, but is pretty nervous about hosting tonight’s ARIA Awards red carpet alongside music reporter Scott Tweedie. “Hosting is a totally different ballgame,” the 21-year-old model told The Daily Telegraph.

“Being in front of the camera having your photo taken is completely different to talking to these artists,” she explained. “I’m nervously excited.” But the 21-year-old winner of Australia’s Next Top Model Cycle 7 has been doing “a bit of research” ahead of her hosting gig, which will hopefully impress the international acts like Katy Perry and One Direction.

Montana admitted she’s particularly excited about meeting boy-band heart-throb Harry Styles, saying, “Of course I think he’s cute.” If she’s as good on the red carpet as she is on the catwalk, Harry could easily take a liking to her too.

[Via The Daily Telegraph]