Yahoo is scooping up Tumblr for $1.1 billion, gaining 108 million microblogs in the process. Just like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, Tumblr is another way for celebrities to connect with fans. And since they have more creative control over the sites, the content is often a more authentic and sometimes edgier expression of the celebrity's image. Pop icons like Beyoncé and Britney Spears use the site, as do TV stars Zooey Deschanel and Aziz Ansari and fashion insiders Terry Richardson and Rachel Zoe. As Tumblr makes big news, check out the top celebrity Tumblrs you should have on your dashboard.
After a week of scandals for his administration, President Obama took a break from politics to get personal. On Sunday at Morehouse College's graduation, the president opened up about his role as dad-in-chief: "My whole life, I've tried to be for Michelle and my girls what my father wasn't for my mother and me." Speaking at the historically black and all-male college, Sasha and Malia's dad said, "I want to break that cycle — where a father's not at home, where a father's not helping to raise that son and daughter. I want to be a better father, a better husband, a better man." His message was also inclusive of different sexualities. He implored the all-male crowd to be the best partner "to your wife, or your boyfriend, or your partner."
The president even went so far as to imagine what he would be thinking about on his deathbed and admitted it would not be legislation he passed or the Nobel Prize he won. "I will be thinking about that walk I took with my daughters. I'll be thinking about a lazy afternoon with my wife. I'll be thinking about sitting around the dinner table and seeing them happy and healthy and knowing that they were loved." Obama, who followed up Michelle Obama's Friday speech at Bowie State University, also frankly touched on race, a topic he often avoids. "At some point in life as an African American you have to work twice as hard as anyone else if you want to get by." He encouraged the "Morehouse men" to be good role models for their communities. See photos, as well as a video, now.
Yahoo! is buying Tumblr for $1.1 billion! On Sunday, Yahoo!'s board approved the deal for the microblogging network popular with animated GIF lovers and celebrities like Beyoncé. There are more than 108 million blogs on the social network, and the acquisition is yet another bold move by Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, who is attempting to revitalize the Internet giant and appeal to a younger demographic. The deal, which is even bigger than Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of Instagram, is expected to be finalized as soon as Monday. Tumblr's 26-year-old founder David Karp dropped out of high school at age 15 to work as a programmer.
Hollywood descended on the South of France this week, but that's not where all the action was. Wildlife bloomed everywhere from England to Iraq. Both Michelle and Barack Obama kept a steady stream of engagements. And royals from Queen Elizabeth II to Princess Letizia of Spain mingled with admirers, while Prince Harry wrapped up his US tour. Travel around the world with the best photographs of the week.
Just like an eager college freshman, Michelle Obama went back to school with a new hairdo today! The first lady showed off some freshly styled sideswept bangs during her commencement speech at Bowie State University. On a more serious note, Michelle offered some solid advice and perspective for the class of '13 at the historically black university in Maryland. "Just think about this for a moment — for generations, in many parts of this country, it was illegal for black people to get an education," the first lady said. And while she's pals with Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Michelle lamented that too many young people fantasize about "being a baller or a rapper."
"In short, be an example of excellence for the next generation," implored the first lady, who also received an honorary doctorate of laws. She's set to give one more commencement speech this graduation season, after already speaking at Eastern Kentucky University. Next up tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School For Health Sciences and Engineering at Historic Pearl High. See pictures of the first lady's academic look from today.
Abercrombie & Fitch is causing controversy once again, but it's not thanks to racy ad campaigns. This time the brand's CEO is under fire for the chain's longstanding strategy of keeping "uncool" kids out of their stores and for declining to make plus-size clothes. A new viral video campaign, called "Fitch the Homeless," is taking on the retailer by asking people to donate their A&F outfits to the homeless. Find out what's behind the anti-Abercrombie video that's gaining traction and why it's causing some controversy itself.
Yesterday Angelina Jolie shocked the world by announcing she had a double mastectomy, but the major impact of her disclosure still lies ahead. The news is prompting women to talk about and research the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations and their own risk of breast or ovarian cancers. And on its newest cover, out Friday, Time magazine dubs the impending cultural and medical implications "The Angelina Effect."
Health professionals expect a wave of women to come in to test their breast and ovarian cancer risk, even though the procedure is pricey and only one-tenth of 1 percent of women share Angelina's BRCA genetic mutation. For those who do decide to remove their breasts, Angelina has, as a sex symbol, helped shift the prospect from a perceived loss of femininity to an expression of it. She addressed her femininity head on in her op-ed: "On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice." And she assured readers that implants can be beautiful, helping to alleviate any shame or embarrassment.
The actress and activist's influence was intentional when she shared her personal decision: "I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices." Being informed and empowered about your health just got sexy.
The Spice Girls musical playing in London's West End is called Viva Forever!, but its run will last only six months. It was confirmed today that Viva Forever! will close early in June, despite the best promotional efforts of Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, and Victoria Beckham. Due to poor ticket sales and worse reviews, backers of the production say they could not make the financials work. In a statement the Girls expressed their own thoughts, saying, "Although Viva Forever won't continue in the West End, we are thrilled that the thousands of people who came to the show had as much fun as we did."
Although the Academy Awards are approaching this weekend, there's been another Oscar making headlines — Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, who was granted bail today after being charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Commonly referred to as the "blade runner" because of his prosthetic legs, the South African athlete has become an Olympic idol, thanks to six Paralympic gold medals and his ability to compete with able-bodied athletes. That heroic image has taken a turn, though, because Oscar admitted to shooting and killing his girlfriend on Valentine's Day. Keep reading to learn more about the high-profile case:
Fans of Giggle who don't live in one of the 11 cities that house the high-end baby emporium's 13 stores won't only have to shop online beginning next Fall. Giggle just announced a new partnership with JC Penney that will place giggleBABY shops in 537 Penney locations throughout the country.
giggleBABY will feature exclusive Giggle-branded merchandise, all at a fraction of the price products are sold for in the current stores. So while Giggle's Better Basics onesies and rompers range from $16-$28 in the store, the new shops' apparel will range from $5-$15, and toys will run from $4-$20.
Giggle isn't the only kids' brand heading to JC Penney. Tori Spelling's Little Maven clothing line just relaunched at Penney stores last month, and Cynthia Rowley's new girls' line can also be found there. So what do you think? Are you eagerly anticipating the new giggleBABY shops?