Charles Barkley agrees with GZ verdict, dings media for fomenting racialism [video]

The basketball legend sat down today with CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, who asked him for his opinion on the Zimmerman trial verdict. Here’s what he had to say:!/CharlesJB12/status/357944380151181312


That’s probably not a popular opinion among most people. But just looking at the evidence, I agreed with the verdict. I just feel bad, because I don’t like when race gets out in the media because I don’t think the media has a pure heart, as I call it. There are very few people who have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any shape, form — there are a lot of black people who are racist, too. I think sometimes when people talk about race, they act like only white people are racist. There are a lot of black people who are racist, and I don’t like when it gets out there in the media, because I don’t think the media has clean hands … And, like I said, I feel sorry that young kid got killed, but just judging by the evidence, I don’t think that guy should have [gone] to jail for the rest of his life. Because something happened bad that night, obviously. And I’ll tell you, Mr. Zimmerman was … racially profiling, but I think Trayvon Martin — God rest his soul — I think he did flip the switch and started beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman. But it was just a bad situation. Like I said, the main thing I feel bad for, it gives every white person and black person who’s racist a platform to vent their ignorance, you know. That’s the thing that bothers me the most. Because I watched the trial closely, and I watch all these people on television talking about it. A lot of these people have a hidden agenda, you know. They want to have their racist views, whether they’re white or black. The bias, it definitely comes out. It was a bad situation. We all lost, and I feel bad for his parents. You never want to see anybody lose their kid.

Barkley’s response did garner plenty of nastiness:!/rose_2145/status/357945907666366464!/BillLambeerMask/status/357943988369629184!/REESEELambert/status/357950651445157888!/REESEELambert/status/357951464607457280

But many others appreciated Sir Charles’ carefully considered, sensible remarks and his refusal to play into the media’s race-baiting hands:

Hear, hear. The loudest race-obsessed political mouths would do well to take a lesson from him:!/michi83/status/357955691471835137

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Vogue’s September Issue Has A Model Of Color On The Cover For The First Time In 25 Years

Joan Smalls is on the cover while Imaan Hammam and Fei Fei Sun are featured after the fold. The last non-celebrity model of color on the September issue cover was Naomi Campbell in 1989. BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (BF_STATIC.bf_test_mode) localStorage.setItem(‘posted_date’, 1408403847); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById(“update_posted_time_3421512”).innerHTML = “posted on ” + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(1408403847); });

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Left to right: Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Arizona Muse, Edie Campbell, Imaan Hammam, Fei Fei Sun, Vanessa Axente, and Andreea Diaconu

Naomi Campbell in September 1989 and Halle Berry in September 2010:




Vogue’s September issue, the biggest of the year, has a trifold cover with nine supermodels, including three non-white models: Joan Smalls, Imaan Hammam, and Fei Fei Sun. The main cover features Smalls, Cara Delevingne, and Karlie Kloss.

Previously, Vogue’s September issue has only featured two women of color: Naomi Campbell in 1989 and Halle Berry in 2012. The 2004 issue was also a trifold with nine supermodels, but included only one non-white model, Liya Kebede, and she was not on the actual cover (only the fold-out pages).

In an article in Vogue’s March issue, “Is the Fashion World Finally Embracing Diversity,” Sarah Bower suggested that there was a zeitgeist-y crop of non-white models driving the change. She also examined more cynical reasons:

The change is also good for business. The buying power of [Tom] Ford’s upper-middle-class African-American clients, he says, is massive. Simultaneously, wealthy markets on the rise in countries like Nigeria, Angola, and Mozambique mean that fashion companies that don’t alter their imagery to reflect them will soon be considered strategically inept. The industry has also been quick to find new Asian models in response to the burgeoning Chinese demand for luxury goods.

The 2004 September issue was also a fold-out with nine models. The one non-white model, Liya Kebede, was only on the fold-out portion.

The 2004 September issue was also a fold-out with nine models. The one non-white model, Liya Kebede, was only on the fold-out portion.

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The 21 Best Places In Sydney For A Hungover Breakfast

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1. Cafe Giulia, Chippendale

Cafe Giulia, Chippendale

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This place has bacon and eggs to die for, along with a milkshake that’ll help shake off the cobwebs. Their burgers are also pretty phenomenal, if that’s your cure of choice. Find out more here.

2. The Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds of Alexandria

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The Grounds truly is a unique space: an old warehouse converted into a cafe, surrounded by gardens and a huge courtyard. Their wholesome dishes will settle your queasy stomach and their coffee will get you ready to face the day. Find out more here.

3. Trio Cafe, Bondi Beach

Trio Cafe, Bondi Beach

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If the stunning beach views don’t get you going, Trio’s delicious breakfasts sure will. Think baked eggs, corn fritters, and nutella french toast that will make you blissful for days. Find out more here.

4. Black Pony Cafe

Black Pony Cafe

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Possibly the best breakfast in the Eastern suburbs, this is a great place to go if you have a secret love of Instagramming your food… that’s how good it looks. Everyone knows how medicinal a burger is for a hangover, and Black Pony will not disappoint. Find out more here.

5. Revolver, Annandale

Revolver, Annandale

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Though it can be hard to get a table on weekends, the deliciousness of the food will most certainly make up for it. Their ricotta hotcakes slathered in raspberries and maple syrup will make you weak at the knees. Find out more here.

6. Mad Spuds, Surry Hills

Mad Spuds, Surry Hills

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If you’re a potato person (and please, who isn’t), then you truly can’t go past Mad Spuds. As well as a to-die-for menu of baked potatoes with various toppings, there’s also a huge selection of other brekkie and lunch foods. Find out more here.

7. Pinbone, Woollahra

Pinbone, Woollahra

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I’m sure you wouldn’t think of scones as an idea hangover cure, but you’ll change your tune after a visit to Pinbone. Fresh scones, topped with melted smoked cheese and sausage. OMG. The rest of their menu is filled with comfort food which will fix your hangover but might make you want to crawl back into bed with a food coma. Find out more here.

8. Autolyse, Central

Autolyse, Central

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Technically, this is a bakery but you won’t be complaining when you sample their diverse breakfast menu. All the food is super-fresh and they have killer toasted sandwiches. If you’ve got room after brekky, sample one of the delicacies from their patisserie. Find out more here.

9. Foodies Deli Cafe, Sans Souci

Foodies Deli Cafe, Sans Souci

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Voted the best cafe in Australia, this little place has the perfect combination of great food, good service and a lovely atmosphere. Their pan breakfasts will give your hungover little stomach everything it could hope for. And they have cronuts! Find out more here.

10. Rushcutters, Rushcutters Bay

Rushcutters, Rushcutters Bay

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If you’re a fan of organic, straight-from-the-farm style food, you can’t go past Rushcutters. As well as savouring their amazing signature frittata, on weekends you’ll find fresh produce on sale in one corner. Find out more here.

11. Citrus, Newtown

Citrus, Newtown

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Newtown is chock-a-block with breakfast spots but Citrus is pretty hard to beat. Their toast is nearly an inch thick and their thickshakes and smoothies are pretty spectacular. Also their chai lattes come in a huge mug which is bigger than your head. Find out more here.

12. Badde Manors, Glebe

Badde Manors, Glebe

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This cafe is all-vegetarian, but you won’t be missing anything when you see their extensive menu. There must be little fairies in the kitchen, because their eggs and beans are just magical. Also mad props to the porridge and fruit salad. Yum. Find out more here.

13. Double Roasters, Marrickville

Double Roasters, Marrickville

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Another converted warehouse space, Double Roasters will draw you in with the strong smell of their fresh coffee. Though their toasties are worth trying, the truly spectacular dish is their croque monsieur which will stop your hangover dead in its tracks. Find out more here.

14. Kepos Street Kitchen

Kepos Street Kitchen

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Though you’ll most definitely have to wait for a table, they have a great system where you put your name on a list and you can chill with a takeaway coffee in the sunshine until it’s your turn to eat! Their eggs are pretty unbeatable, or there’s a delish steak sandwich on the lunch menu if that’s more your thing. Find out more here.

15. Marigold Restaurant, Chinatown

Marigold Restaurant, Chinatown

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Sometimes, you wake up with a hangover and wicked craving with Chinese food. Marigold Yum Cha will go above and beyond in satisfying that craving. Yum Cha is perfect because you can try whatever takes your fancy, and its so much fun when you go in a big group. Plus, egg tarts. Find out more here.

16. Sizzler, St. George

Sizzler, St. George

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Sure, Sizzler is in no way the classiest establishment on this list. But sometimes there’s nothing better than bottomless potato skins when you feel like you’re about to ralph. And that cheese toast. Damn. Find out more here.

17. All Good Things Eatery, Kingsgrove

All Good Things Eatery, Kingsgrove

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This shiny, modern looking cafe uses only the freshest ingredients, and even serve some made-in-house foods like cheese, pickles and yogurt. Wouldn’t fresh-baked sourdough with house-made fetta and scrambled egg go down a treat? Wash it down with a coffee and you’ll be good to go. Find out more here.

18. Ruby’s Diner, Waverly

Ruby's Diner, Waverly

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A great place to stop by on your way to the beach, Ruby’s will fill you up with their all-day breakfasts and coffee that you could use to jump start your car. Try the scrambled eggs- they’re unbelievably creamy. Find out more here.

19. The Penny Royal, Mosman

The Penny Royal, Mosman

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This hole-in-the-wall delivers what some call the best coffee north of the bridge. Their avocado toast and sandwiches are also worth waiting out the crowds that flock here on weekend mornings. Find out more here.

20. Devon Cafe, Surry Hills

Devon Cafe, Surry Hills

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Devon won this year’s Sydney Morning Herald Cafe of the Year award, so you know it’s going to be good! It delivers on all the breakfast essentials- eggs, pancakes, bagels and bacon. Find out more here.

21. Circa Espresso, Parramatta

Circa Espresso, Parramatta

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This hip little cafe has encyclopedias and vinyl records lining the walls and eco-friendly tidbits for sale. The food is wholesome and fresh, and they have amazing baked eggs. Its not too pricey either, which is always a plus. Find out more here.

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If The Milestones You Overcame At Bonnaroo Had A Soundtrack

As a city girl, going to Bonnaroo is a life changing experience. Naturally, I’m feelin’ inspired to put some tracks to the milestones that one may overcome while on the farm.

1. Taking The Greyhound Bus For 24 Hours Straight

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“Mambo Number Five” by Lou Bega

Mambo Number 5 would be playing the ENTIRE way. The first time it plays it is kind of, a little bit, dare I say, fun? Then, immediately after the first time the song plays it becomes physical torture that you have willfully exposed yourself to and you begin to question the meaning of life. By the third time the song plays, you’re in a hot fit of rage and you contemplate death as a viable means for ending your misery. That is the metaphor for having to be on a Greyhound bus for longer than three songs played back to back.

Note: Same may be applicable driving.

2. Finally Arriving To Nashville And Realizing You Still Have A Long Ride To Manchester

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“I Don’t Want To Wait” by Paula Cole.

After a painful 24 hour-long bus ride the GreyhoundDevil bus dumps you in Nashville, which leaves you 90 minutes away from your actual destination. The conflicting optimism/pessimism that you may be experiencing at this point can be adequately portrayed in this whiney Dawson’s Creek song.

“We’re almost there!” “But I don’t wanna waitttt!”Then the semi-hopeful, “doo doo doo doo’s,” as you grab your luggage and reluctantly hop on another bus.

3. Pitching A Tent All By Yourselves After A Random Canadian Man Made Fun Of You For Admitting You Didn’t Know How

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“You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette

Maybe you do know how to pitch a tent, maybe you don’t.* Maybe I’m projecting a little bit when I scream sang this song in my head when the strange Canadian boy on the bus was laughing at my friend and I, saying stuff like “oh ya, independent women alright.” Maybe the Canadian boy oughta know who he’s effin’ with. *We didn’t. But after a few beers and actually reading instructions, we got it. So take that, eh.

4. Setting Up Camp And Frolicking Around The First Day Because You’re Still Clean And Not Sunburnt And There Isn’t Much Scheduled On Thursday

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“Montezuma” by Fleet Foxes

You first step onto the farm. You’ve made some friends. Everyone is still clean. The sun is shining the right amount. You don’t have to use the restroom yet. This is a spiritual experience. You’re at Bonnaroo. You look into the distance. People are already tripping too hard and you laugh at them. Life is amazing.

5. Waking Up On Friday And Having A Full Day Planned

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“Hologram Benz” by Riff-Raff

Suddenly, everything hits you like a ton of bricks and nothing really makes sense anymore. Sort of like a Riff-Raff song.

Disclaimer: This should be heard at a mind-blowing, obnoxiously loud, volume.

And it pretty much stays that crazy until…Sunday.

6. The First Time Someone Asks You For Molly

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“I’m Not Cool” by Eric Hutchinson

“No Molly here. I don’t do hard drugs….yikes. I don’t even want a beer. I don’t want to have to pee. Sorry. Try that tent over there- I saw them last night and they had a lot of glow sticks. They seem promising.”

7. Having To Use The Crowded Port-a-Potties On A Blazing Hot Summer Day Because You Can’t Possibly Hold It In For Another Hour

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“Only Time” by Enya

This entire song plays in my head before I decide to step in and right before I do, I whisper, “see you on the other side.”

Beginner’s tip: don’t forget your toilet paper.

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9. Holding In Your Poop For Four Days Before Giving Into The Port-a-Potties And/Or Paying To Use A Semi-Nicer-Ish Bathroom

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“Breathe Me” by Sia

“Help, I have lost myself again. I have been here many times before…..”

10. When You Finally Muster The Courage And You Step Out Of The Port-a-Potties And You See The World In A Different Light

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“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves

When you finally give in, you leave the port-a-potties after the deed is done, you feel like a-dancin’. You see the world in a whole new light- colors are brighter, the air feels amazing. Your mood-meter sky rockets.

11. When You Haven’t Showered For Five Days And You Defend Yourself Every Time You Pass The Expensive Portable Showers

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“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson

“I don’t need to spend money on a shower.”

“Id rather spend it on food.”

“It’s Bonnaroo. You’re SUPPOSED to be dirty.”

“I don’t even have a clean towel so that won’t even work anyway.”

It’s ok. You don’t have to defend yourself. Just own it and live in the dirty bliss of not having hygienic responsibility for once. Unless you really can’t live with yourself. Then just pay for the nine dollar shower already.

12. Also Extremely Fitting

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“Stronger” by Britney Spears

13. And If You’re Really Serious

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“Fighter” by Christina Aguilera

And after all your friends have given in, just own the stank and be fierce. They may hate you but they still need to deal with you. Whose the real winner here?

14. When Its Finally Time To Go, And You Have All The Feels

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You’ll miss it, but not until you’re in you’re own bed having full night sleeps, in a city with actual food, and (more) regular showers. See you next year on the farm!

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Neil Gaiman To Write New “Sandman” Stories For The 25th Anniversary

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This October, author Neil Gaiman returns to the realm of the Endless. THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE will unite Gaiman with visionary artist J.H. Williams III and reveal a previously untold story in THE SANDMAN mythos.

Starting on October 30th, Gaiman returns to his beloved universe for the first time in more than 10 years since ending the series. The story will explore Morpheus’ world before he was captured.

“This is the one story that we never got to tell,” Gaiman told The New York Times today. “In SANDMAN #1 Morpheus is captured somehow. Later on in the series, you learn he was returning from somewhere far, far away – but we never got to the story of what he was doing and what had happened. This is our chance to tell that story, and J.H. Williams III is drawing it. It’s the most beautiful thing in the world.”

THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE will be published bi-monthly with issue #1 arriving on October 30th, 2013. .

3. UPDATE: More new art!

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Birchbox Makeup Samples Get 10 Times More Buyers Than Traditional Beauty Companies

Birchbox, the company nearing half a million subscribers of its monthly beauty and grooming sample boxes, is also now generating one-fourth of its business from the web, underscoring the strength of its “discovery retail” model.

The company’s online sales are set to triple in 2013 after quadrupling last year, helped by its increasingly personalized boxes, it said today. For example, Stila, after sending a sample eye shadow palette to 7% of Birchbox’s subscribers saw 11.2% of that group go on to purchase a full-size version of the product, which the company says is more than 10 times the average success rate for the beauty industry. (Think: the samples you get at a department store, or Sephora.)

The statistics are helping Birchbox, which has raised just under $12 million in venture capital from investors including Accel Partners and First Round Capital, and continues to generate growth even as more monthly beauty box rivals crop up. It’s also highlighting the potential of “discovery retail,” the practice of sending curated samples of items to customers, who might not otherwise come into contact with them, and getting them hooked for the long haul. That’s particularly attractive in beauty, where people don’t tend to change products once they’re in. (The women’s box is $10 a month and men’s is $20.)

While Birchbox — which has successfully launched a separate box for men — has its fair share of beauty product junkies, it’s winning in particular with the large segment of women “who would never spend time and hang out in a beauty department,” Katia Beauchamp, co-founder and co-CEO of Birchbox, said in a telephone interview with BuzzFeed yesterday.

“We see so many of our subscribers telling us that this is really uncharted territory for them,” she said. “Now they’re really engaged and they’re learning, they’re spending, they’re really reaching outside of what they have ever done, from their perspective.”

Birchbox, which was founded in 2010 and hit its five-year growth plan in seven months, says more than half of its subscribers go onto purchase full-size items from the monthly boxes.

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This Was The Line For Cronuts This Morning

5. But this is what we were all probably thinking:

6. Cronut clones are already popping up around the city.

7. While some have resorted, in desperation, to making their own.

8. The nation continues to weep.


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