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You turn 39 this week, and you know what? You’ve always been good at looking good, and you can rest assured that you’re still doing that.
So have a happy birthday tomorrow! Please try not to hurt anyone.
Philosophizing in both Japanese and Chinese during the 6th Century would confuse us, too.
Filed under: Bad Answers, Beauty Queens, Confucius, Confucius Say, Confusion, Miss Panama, Pageants Are a Joke, Race Mixing is Cool, Really Dumb People, The Growing Irrelevance of Beauty Queens, YouTube Gems
Happy birthday to the lanky, wacky, and wonderful Perry Farrell, who (Wow!) turned 50 this week! Besides being a legendary rock star, Farrell is also an honorasian by way of marriage, and one of the nicest people we’ve ever met.
Here’s hoping his *cutest kids ever* (see below) made Daddy a nice card for the big day!
Filed under: Birthdays, Cute Kids, Etty Lau Farrell, Honorasians, Jane's Addiction, Looking Good, Nifty 50, Perry Farrell, Porno For Pyros, Race Mixing is Cool, Satellite Party, Users of Anti-Asian Cream?
To the too-gorge Kelly Hu, we salute you.
When you turn 41 tomorrow, we hope that you celebrate being even more badass and beautiful than you’ve ever been (we’ve had the opportunity to see you up close; we wanna hate, but we can’t). Party on, lady!
I am rather obsessed with Christina Hendricks, who plays Mad Men‘s glorious, whip-smart, feline secretary Joan Holloway. Her porcelain skin, bodacious hips, magnificent coif, wardrobe of endless solids, and elegant neck are the stuff of goddesses, or at least of wonderful seductresses and forces of nature. If you watch Mad Men (it should basically be required viewing), you know that it would be impossible to imagine the spitfire embodied by any other woman–because Joan needs to be played be a woman, and Hendricks is most certainly a woman.
Hendricks is an antidote to a plague of Hollywood’s dull-eyed, static, overdressed, bony girl actresses (like the entire cast of the new 90210 that I refuse to investigate)–who parade down Robertson Blvd. as meaningfully as a film premiere red carpet and become US Weekly staples well before they amass multiple credits on their IMDB.
She’s wonderful! And now she’s engaged…
Congratulasians go out to the happy couple!
The unthinkable is happening, folks: it’s raining in Southern California. Which means that anything outside of the house is a mess of tumult and wet chaos, from work-hooky to car wreck rubbernecking to mudslides to spoiled outdoor lunches! Most Angelenos know better–when it rains, we simply stay indoors all day, all cozy in cashmere blankets and designer pajamas, gazing out of the window while acquainting our ears with the unfamiliar sound of wet drops on our sundecks.
It’s also a good time to pull out our sleepiest, sappiest, drippiest, droopiest of favorite records–the only miserable champs willing to limp through such an unordinary day alongside us. For me that usually means Bessie Smith on vinyl, or Mark Kozelek on plastic. But today, it’s all about Rachel Yamagata, whose presence and throaty voice are both so pretty, so very pretty. And whose newest sad song, “Elephant” just seems so right as I’m indulging myself for one very rare rainy day.
Filed under: Beautiful Ladies, Bessie Smith, Ladies Who Rock, Mark Kozelek, Race Mixing is Cool, Rachel Yamagata, Rain, There'll Be Sad Songs to Make You Cry--Love Songs Often Do, Weather In Los Angeles?
Occupation: Student and NCAA Golfer
Hails from: Phoenix, Arizona
Why She’s a Babe: When somebody says, “She looks an awful lot like her uncle Tiger Woods,” images of the toothy pro’s head on a frumpy female body jump quickly to mind. But while Cheyenne, a freshman at Wake Forest University, may have her relative’s smile and a bit of his swing, she’s far, far, from frumpy. She’s gorge! And when it comes to golfing, she’s also good.
Yes, we’re biased because she’s part Chinese (granddad Earl was Black, Chinese, and Native-American), but surely you agree.
Speaking of which, stop looking at her, dagnabbit! Read this! Eyes to the left! To the left!
Half-Scottish/half-Japanese, raised in Osaka and schooled in the UK, she’s a testament to why race/culture mashing is so freaking cool. Soft-stepped breezy melodies punctuated by bright, punchy vocals, and seminal rock tracks (like, oh, Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”) interpreted by a six-string ukelele (that’s right, a six-string ukelele), give the sense of a whole amalgam of influences. Are we at in island jam or a dirty pub crawl? Are we vibing Celtic or feeling super Zen? Quite frankly, we don’t care.
See what we mean:
And get more Clara Belle here.
Brenda Song, the 20-year old star of Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, is currently trying to sue an L.A. woman for $100k in damages, for allegedly using her head shot in an escort service classified ad (see above).
The accused, Vanessa Sena, apparently pulled Song’s photo from the web and ran the ad with a fake name, “Layla,” along with the tagline: “Hawaiin [sic] beauty. Come get lei’d.”
I have just one thing to say to Sena. Brenda is not HAWAIIN! SHE IS MOST CERTAINLY NOT HAWAIIN! She is Chinese/Thai, as a matter of fact–not HAWAIIN. Do we all look alike to you???
It looks like our favorite ballsy lass is embracing her Asian (better) half! Karen O launched her long-anticipated side project–Native Korean Rock & the Fishnets–in Brooklyn last weekend, and even if we weren’t kinda obsessed with her, we’d really, really love it.
Whether or not you think it sounds like a bunch of misplaced Yeah Yeah Yeahs secret tracks or the Second Coming of Christ, grab a taste here.
Occupation: Cartoonist and author
Known for: One very lovely Filipina blood quarter, a dark-yet-elementary illustrasian technique, an arsenal of published books, famously slamming her ex Ira Glass in a comic story: “Head Lice and My Worst Boyfriend” (something Little Miss Bradshaw should have done to Mr. Big well before the SATC feature film).
Barry’s new book, What It Is, which explains her methodology of creating stories and drawings, is newly available for purchase. Save some gas money and buy it online.
Happy 24th birthday to Nadine Chandrawinata, former Miss Indonesia Universe! We’re not really sure what happens to retired beauty queens after all the competitions become memories, but we’re sure it involves lots of face cream and softly lit mirrors.