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A Historical Look at Funk Pioneer James Brown

posted by Corine Gatti

  James Brown was one of the most influential performers in the 20th Century. Now you can see exclusive footage in a feature –length documentary. Produced by Sir Mick Jagger, ‘Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown’ premiers on HBO […]

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People Magazine Celebrates 40 Years

posted by Angela Guzman

People Magazine celebrated their 40th anniversary on March 4th. The magazine premiered in March 1974 featuring Mia Farrow, from “The Great Gatsby,” on the cover. The publication is an mix of celebrity and human interests pieces. Between online and mail subscribers the […]

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This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Corine Gatti

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas Some famous women don red dresses for heart health, other stars create tiny art for school kids and a legend is honored for philanthropy. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture […]

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Ethical Shopping?

posted by Donna Freitas

It’s that time of year when we bust out the credit cards and drop all sorts of cash on our friends and loved ones. Or, if you are like me, you shop all year round. Maybe you even shop as […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by agreyson

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasA group of celebrities work to end hunger, some furry friends teach healthy living and “The Biggest Loser” has a huge week. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.Celebrities Work to […]

“Modern Orthodox” – ANTM Contestant Gives Up Sabbath for Modeling

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

One contestant on America’s Next Top Model identifies herself as Modern Orthodox (Jewish), and then seems to easily give up her Sabbath observance when pressed by Tyra Banks about working 24/7.

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Idol Chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a movie star rebuilds New Orleans, an Emmy dress gets auctioned for charity, and an author donates to a research center. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. […]

Congratulations Miss USA Rima Fakih, On Your …??

posted by Douglas Howe

Ms. Rima Fakih. Have you heard of her? If not, you will soon, for the same reasons that you probably didn’t know about Carrie Prejean, last year’s Miss USA Pageant winner, until you heard later that she was a born-again […]

Mr. Trump’s Racy Photos Will Backfire…

posted by Douglas Howe

As the father of three girls who doesn’t see himself as that old-fashioned or out of touch, I can’t tell you how much Donald Trump and his enterprise are off base by requiring Miss USA pageant contestants to pose in […]

‘Sex and the City’ Has Lost All Its Original Heart

posted by Donna Freitas

A few years back when the “Sex and the City” movie hit theaters, I eagerly paid my money to see it and about an hour in I walked out of the theater and out on Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda, […]

Interview: Danielle Bisutti of ‘No Greater Love’ and ‘True Jackson VP’

posted by Nell Minow

On the Nickelodeon series True Jackson VP, Danielle Bisutti plays Amanda, the fashion company executive who is jealous of — and always outsmarted by — the teenage title character played by Keke Palmer. She also stars in the popular Christian […]

Linday Lohan Posing as Jesus?

posted by Douglas Howe

The Huffington Post is helping Lindsay Lohan with some publicity by covering her posing as Jesus on the cover of Purple Magazine. Now, I’d never heard of Purple Magazine until today, and I’ve read The Huffington Post a few times, […]

Oprah’s Show To End; Her Influence…?

posted by Douglas Howe

CNN and other outlets are reporting today that “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will be ending after 25 seasons. The last show will be coming up soon: on September 9, 2011. Okay, so it’s not so soon! Mrs. Winfrey has followed […]

Get Your ‘Hot Yoga’ Clothes: Yoga Fashion

posted by Donna Freitas

Despite the summer heat, Bikram yoga (hot yoga)–done at temperatures of at least 100 degrees and usually more–is ever more popular. I am not someone who can imagine subjecting myself to that kind of workout in dead summer, though in […]

Wear a Fang: ‘Twilight’ Jewelry from Jules Smith

posted by shuang

Idol Chatter blogger Donna Freitas recently asked the question, “Is Merchandising Ruining ‘Twilight’?”. While she focused on how the “Twilight” actors are becoming too exposed on random merchanise such as puzzles, I’m wondering if the “Twilight” brand itself is becoming […]

Famous Designers Draw ‘Twilight’ Wedding Dress

posted by shuang

InStyle.com asked a bevy of famous, upscale designers to imagine Bella Swan’s wedding dress for “Eclipse,” the third movie in the “Twilight” saga.

Attention Team Jacob: Get Your Werewolf Shoes in time for ‘New Moon’!

posted by Donna Freitas

Team Jacob (as in Jacob Black, the werewolf hottie best friend of Bella in ‘Twilight’) fans have long been gearing up for the fall release of ‘New Moon,’ since it’s probably the most Jacob-focused book out of the four in […]

A ‘Dear John’ Letter to Jon Gosselin

posted by Ellen Leventry

Dear Jon, Once upon a time, I sympathized with you, cringed with you as Kate commanded your every movement (to the point of telling you not to breathe so loudly) and browbeat your every decision. With reports of Kate off […]

‘Bruno’ is No ‘Borat’

posted by Douglas Howe

We like to keep things positive here at Idol Chatter. The intersection of pop culture and faith is a dynamic and inspiring corner of the blogosphere. But I’m struggling to find what’s positive or inspiring about Sasha Baron Cohen’s latest […]

American Apparel Settles with Woody Allen Over Billboard

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Remember the Woody Allen billboard for American Apparel? Remember the lawsuit for $10M by the Woodman against the “vertically integrated” clothing company that indicated the billboard wasn’t in any way approved of by Woody Allen? Well, there’s a settlement, and […]

In the Age of ‘Gossip Girl,’ Kids Need Empathy Lessons

posted by Donna Freitas

The CW series “Gossip Girl” has not only made sniping–among both the younger sexes–ubiquitous, but it’s glamorized it, too. It’s not that middle school and high school students never talked behind each other’s backs before, or but the internet has […]

Jewish and Scottish? Try the Tartan Tallis

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

The traditional Jewish tallis (or tallit) is blue and white, a fringed prayer shawl with four corners. But if you’re Scottish and Jewish and looking for a way to express your binational pride, now you can own your very own […]

The Ministry of T-Shirts

posted by nsymmonds

In a world where promise rings and promiscuity can go hand in hand, it’s often hard for young people to draw the line and set themselves apart from their peers who “don’t see nothing wrong with a little bump and […]

Chile Outraged at ‘Virgin Mary’ Models

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

What is it about Latin American countries and the Blessed Virgin? First there was the Mexican Playboy featuring a sexy Mary on the cover. And now, according to Reuters, fashion designer Ricardo Oyarzun has “sparked outrage in Chile by dressing […]

Thoughts from The Golden Globes Red Carpet

posted by Douglas Howe

Fresh thoughts while my family and I are watching these stars, fashions and Red Carpet interviews which have become the first part of the Golden Globe Awards’ Doubleheader… The pre-show is really as much of a show as the show; […]

Virgin Mary, Playboy-Style

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

I was only reading it for the articles, I swear. But an Idol Chatter editor brought this Playboy cover to my attention, featuring model Maria Florencia Onori posing as the Virgin Mary. She’s not naked, but is instead wearing a […]

Religious Jews Wig Out Over ‘The Palin’

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Not since “the Rachel” has a hairstyle been in such demand. Jewish bloggers have been writing about this for weeks. And politics always seems to spawn merchandising. Now the NY Post reports that in the past several weeks, a wig-shop […]

Kenneth Cole Launches Soulful Ad Campaign

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I can’t claim to be much of a fashionista, but I have to admit that clothing and shoe designer Kenneth Cole’s latest ad campaign does a great job of being both slick and spiritual. The tagline for the campaign is […]

‘Gossip Girl': Can Two Wrongs Actually Make a Right?

posted by Donna Freitas

This weekend I indulged in my new favorite (super) Guilty Pleasure–the season premiere of the CW’s “Gossip Girl.” (It’s also possible I indulged in the new incarnation of “90210” and set up the DVR to tape yet another series premiering […]

Sarah Palin: Our Culture’s Newest Star

posted by Douglas Howe

Hell hath no fury like the media scorned. And their all-out attack on the woman who could be the new feminist icon for a new generation of young women needs to stop. Or, there just need to be some other […]

Tattoo Taboo?

posted by Donna Freitas

The New York Times Style section devotes an entire article to the question “Tattoo or not Tattoo?” if you are young and Jewish. Reporter Kate Torgovnick investigates what the Torah says about body art: “Jewish law on tattooing is slippery. […]

Polygamist Fashion: This Year’s Hot New Clothing Trend?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I’ve heard of taking life’s lemons and making lemonade, but the award for making the best of a bad situation has to go to the women from the polygamous sect referred to as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of […]

Benedict Brings the Bling

posted by Ellen Leventry

Recently the Vatican’s newspaper L’Osservatore Romano officially quashed rumors that Pope Benedict XVI’s red shoes are not Prada (an urban legend Idol Chatter’s own Donna Freitas debunked back in April). “Such rumors are inconsistent with the simple and somber man […]

Naked Yoga at Esalen(!!!)

posted by Donna Freitas

Recently, I had the great good fortune to be invited to participate in a conference at Esalen–that famous, new age spiritual retreat (you know, the Beats hung out there, Huxley tripped there…) in Big Sur, California, perched on the rocks […]

Rocca and Gunn on Polygamist Fashion

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

When people think of Tim Gunn, they most often think of Project Runway, the popular reality TV show featuring aspiring designers in competition with each other to earn coveted spots with the fashion industry. On the other hand, when people […]

‘Red Shoes, the Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes…’

posted by Donna Freitas

Okay, so something has to be said on Idol Chatter about the lighter side of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit: his bright, ruby red(!!) shoes. Yes, he wore them everywhere throughout his entire U.S. visit, and yes, everyone in the media […]

British Author Barred from Entering U.S. for Reasons of ‘Morality’

posted by Donna Freitas

Apparently, U.S. Customs is not only protecting citizens from terrorists entering the country, but also from British writers with questionable morals. In this week’s New York Times “Possessed” column, David Colman writes about “infamously debauched writer” Sebastian Horsley and his […]

Are You a (Fashion) Goddess?

posted by Donna Freitas

In the article, “The Greek Ideal” the New York Times spring Women’s Fashion magazine includes a fun survey of popular Greek Goddesses like Aphrodite (Goddess of beauty and desire) and Hera (Goddess of marriage) but with a twist. In addition […]

“Muslim Girl” Magazine Celebrates 1st Anniversary; Talks to NPR

posted by Donna Freitas

“Muslim Girl” magazine is celebrating its one year anniversary. Like any other magazine for teen girls, fashion, makeup, television, movies, and music all feature prominently, not to mention advice on dating and boys. Though the magazine does have some content […]

Models for Christ?

posted by Ellen Leventry

Sure, there are plenty of Christians in fashion–Christian Lacroix, Christian Louboutin, etc.–but what about Christian models? Well it seems the New York Observer recently attended a meeting of the NYC branch of Models for Christ. Started by model Jeff Calenberg […]

Sexing Up the Holy Land

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Israel has a difficult relationship with American culture. On the one hand, Israel creates its own culture and doesn’t want to be an America’s clone. And then there’s the other hand, the celeb-obsessed, hypersexualized American pop culture-consuming hand that resents […]

Fashion the Muslim Way

posted by Donna Freitas

When I worked in Residence Life at Georgetown University, one of the resident assitants (R.A.’s) on my staff was a young, beautiful Muslim woman who always wore a head scarf and whose clothes extended to her wrists and ankles. Her […]

Holy Ghost High Fashion: I Think Not

posted by jmcgee

Tongues. Some are given the gift of speaking, some of interpreting, and others have only heard the gift. Having heard the gift, I count it a blessing to witness the Holy Spirit fall upon someone in such a manner that […]

The Chaplain of Fashion

posted by Donna Freitas

Ministers aren’t exactly known for their fashion sense and couture style–until now, that is. Beginning this month, the Rev. Joanna Jepson is trading life at a local British parish for big-city London, and most interestingly of all, a post as […]

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