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Published on December 11th, 2010 | by thevyne

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What “Moved Us” This Week

There was a lot going on this week and there were several things that moved us in one way or another (some good, some not so good). We wanted to share these with you and would love to hear what moved you too.

1. Elizabeth Edwards: On Tuesday many of us woke up to hear the news that Elizabeth Edwards would not be receiving any further cancer treatment and that she was resting with her family, friends and estranged husband at home. Just a few hours later we were saddened to hear that she had passed away.

This touched so many of us likely because in Elizabeth Edwards we saw a brave woman who had experienced such immense tragedy in her life yet handled it with unbelievable grace. It’s hard to imagine losing a 16 year old child, being diagnosed with cancer, and learning that your husband who you have blazed the campaign trail for has not only been unfaithful but also impregnated his mistress. We are certain that Elizabeth is now resting in peace with her son, Wade.

2. Aretha Franklin: Also this week we heard that the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has reportedly been battling pancreatic cancer. We are keeping her in our prayers and we encourage you to “say a little prayer” for her too.

3. Oprah and Barbara Walters Interview: This past Thursday night Barbara Walters did a double-header of specials. Before her legendary “most fascinating people of 2010” special, she interviewed Ms. Oprah Winfrey. There were so many things that moved us in this interview including her relationship with Stedman Graham, her new network, and her favorite former guests throughout the years. But what resonated with us most was what she said about her best friend Gayle King: “…she is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person.” We are both blessed and are thankful to have that type of friendship and we’re happy to share with you an output of our friendship week after week!

4. Keri Hilson: Oh, Miss Keri. She’s beautiful, a talented singer/songrwriter, and seems to be a bright woman. We fell in love with the video for “Pretty Girl Rock,” a wonderful anthem and video that pays homage to fabulous black female performers. However, when she released her video for “The Way You Love Me,” we couldn’t help but give her a slight side-eye. Yes, women should be able to be multifaceted and play the good girl/sexy girl role. Beyonce’s “Sasha Fierce” alter ego is a great example. But what is troubling is that she seems to be moving from “sexy” into “raunchy” in order to sell her music, which is the same thing that she said she wouldn’t do. In last year’s August/September issue of Complex magazine she said “Yeah! I don’t want to be oversexed! I don’t want to sell sex, I want to sell music. I want to inspire others, I don’t want to be one of those people who’s always throwing their body at the masses.” To make matters worse, we heard that at a recent birthday celebration in NY she explicitly told a crowd what she was “getting” that night. You can hear Keri Hilson talk about the video with gossip blogger, Perez Hilton here. Tell us what you think: Do you think she is dialing up the “raunch” a little too much?

5. Power: This week I cracked open a book my brother recommended about power, called “The 48 Laws of Power“. Think Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” mixed with excerpts from history about how different leaders lost, gained or wieled their power. It’s an interesting read so far if you’re someone who enjoys reading about the dynamics between people and how the dynamics of power have played out through history. It includes tips for how to enact each law. If you’re trying to navigate a politically hostile corporate environment you may find some useful parallels and techniques that you can apply.

6. Charitable Reality: Lately we’ve been catching up on our reality TV via On Demand. Recently, we started watching the show, Running Russell Simmons. What moved us about this show is not so much “the show” but rather Russell’s charitable giving and simple yet insightful “tweets” that start and end each episode. Russell Simmons doesn’t throw a party without a purpose and it’s inspiring to see him using his fortune and fame to help others while encouraging his fellow celebrity friends to do the same. Likewise, Russell spends a great deal of time teaching tolerance and acceptance to children/teens as well as promoting spiritual and physical health through meditation, yoga, working out and being a vegan.

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