Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Using #BringBackOurGirls to #GiveFirstLadiesSomethingToDo

When exactly did #BringBackOur Girls jump the shark and become less about 200+ kidnapped girls and the lack of regard their government has for their safety, but more about every B-lister, politician (and his wife) attempting to use the girls’ disappeared bodies in order to make themselves more visible? Was it when model Irina Shayk, that champion

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Amber Rose went to Ghana

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

50 Cent Wants to Help Africa

Remember when rapper 50 Cent announced that he would try to provide 1 billion meals over the next five years to poor Africans? His strategy: make some money while “helping” Africans. Watch the video. With every shot...

Monday, June 20th, 2011

The inequality of news

Simon Kuper in the FT Weekend, takes shots at “the news,” maybe also at his own newspaper: … ews has become news about rich people. Today’s economic inequality is reflected and driven by inequality of news. Much...

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Must Be Something in the Water

Seriously, this is not ironic. UNICEF is bottling Rihanna and other celebrities’ tap water and raffling it off. This is all–to coincide with Water Week–to raise awareness about “… the lack of access to safe, clean water for...

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Clooney in Africa

The media buzz (including blogging, tumbling and retweeting, as well as Facebooking) around Newsweek magazine’s ridiculous cover story of film actor George Clooney (title: “On the ground with a new kind of statesman”) highlight the titilating; i.e. Clooney’s...

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Black Babies

Via Art of Kawaii.

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Coming to Africa

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Madonna: International Human Rights Defender

“The Power of Madonna! Malawi Releases Gay Couple After Madge Protests!” “Madonna saves gay couple in Malawi.” “Jailed Malawian Gay Couple Released After Madonna Petitions.” “A Madonna Miracle? Malawi Releases Gay Couple After Material One Protests.” Apparently,...

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

The Celebrity Scramble for Africa

Mother Jones magazine has an interactive map up which divides up the African continent  by which celebrity claims which country. The map was compiled by Dave Gilson, a senior editor at Mother Jones. Some highlights: Clay Aiken...

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Something About Clean Water

A group of celebrities (among them Jessica Biel, Lupe Fiasco and Santigold) decided to climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness about the global clean water crisis.  Okay, so they’re a group of B-List...

Friday, September 25th, 2009


The Onion lampoons US-based Darfur-focused pressure groups. One question to the panel: How can the people of Darfur thank Americans? Best response: “I would like a clay pot.”