Friday, 30 November 2012

France To Host World’s First ‘Gay Mosque For The Gay Community’

A French-Algerian homosexual man is planning to open a ‘mosque for gays’ in France and hopes to eventually conduct same-sex Muslim marriages.
Mohammed Ludovic Lütfi Zahed (r), An Algerian Muslim Living In France Who Is Married To His Gay Partner Qiyam al-Din (l), Hopes To Open A Mosque For Homosexuals
Mohammed Ludovic Lütfi Zahed, an Algerian Muslim living in Paris who is married to his gay partner, hopes to open the doors by the end of the month. Mr Zahed says the mosque, situated in a Buddhist chapel in Paris, will also break another Islamic taboo by refusing to segregate women and men.
He said: ‘In normal mosques, women have to sit in the back seats and wear a headscarf and gay men are afraid of both verbal and physical aggression.
‘After performing the Hajj, I realized that a mosque for gays was a must for gay Muslims who want to perform their prayers.’
Zahed is married to Qiyam al-Din, a South African man. The pair wed in South Africa, where same-sex marriage is legal, and their marriage was approved by an imam in France, but was not recognised by the previous government.
Gay marriage has bitterly divided France.
What is this world turning into?

Blasphemous Painting Of Obama As Jesus Christ

 
The painting is called “Truth” – and shows the president with his arms outstretched. A crown of thorns rests on his head.
It was originally supposed to debut nearly four years ago at New York City’s Union Square. But that event was cancelled due to public outrage.
In the piece, by Michael D’Antuono, the President is shown wearing a suit and red tie with his arms outstretched.
But instead of actually being nailed to a cross like Jesus, Mr Obama’s arms are extended drawing back a blue curtain. He has a crown of thorns resting on his head.
According to Michael D’Antuono……
‘I always regretted cancelling my exhibit in New York because I feel my First Amendment rights should override someone’s hurt feelings,’ Mr D’Antuono told Fox News.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Miss Nigeria 2013 Casting Call

Registration are now open for Miss Nigeria 2013 beauty pageant
Miss Nigeria 2013 Poster
Registration are now open for Miss Nigeria 2013 beauty pageant!
Young Nigerian women aged between 18 and 26 who meet the requirements are being offered the opportunity to become the winner of Miss Nigeria 2013 pageant. Under the stewardship of Beth Model Management, African Times Network (ATN) in conjunction with DAAR Communications Ltd. is promising the most prestigious contest that would offer one young woman a life changing opportunity to enrich not only her life, but the lives of others in the 38th Annual Miss Nigeria Beauty Pageant.
Miss Nigeria 2013 Poster
Casting will take place in four major cities Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt and Benin. The jury would comprise of individuals stemming from various industries. As such, the contestants would be judged on their intelligence, poise, talent, character and potential to be an ambassador for Nigeria.
At the end of the casting tour, 36 contestants will be selected to participate in the reality TV show titled, “THE MAKING OF A QUEEN” where after 2 weeks of handling various tasks 21 young women would be selected to participate in the grand finale.
The Grand Prize includes 3 million naira, a brand new luxury car, full scholarship to any higher institution in Nigeria, 1 year paid apartment, a diamond encrusted crown,1 year Modeling Contract,all expense paid trip and many more.
CRITERIA
- All participants must be between the ages of 18 and 26 years old.
- All participants must be Nigerian citizens.
- All participants must be 5ft, 7inches and above.
-Participants must not be married, must not be mothers or pregnant.
- Participants must be of good health & moral character.
- Participants must speak fluent English.
HOW TO REGISTER
Application forms for the 38th Annual Miss Nigeria Beauty Pageant can be downloaded from www.missnigeria.org.ng
Fill the application form with the other documents mentioned above and bring to the casting venues. The FINAL deadline for application is 1st February 2013.
For more information, you can visit the website: www.missnigeria.org.ng or on social media:
Twitter: @MISSNG2013 and Facebook: MissNigeriaBeautyPageant.
About Miss Nigeria Pageant:
Miss Nigeria is an annual pageant show which was established to showcase positive attributes of Nigerian women Before 1986, winners represented Nigeria at international pageants including Miss World; this role is now performed by the winner of Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria while the reigning Miss Nigeria is merely an ambassador.
In 2010, after a six-year hiatus, the Miss Nigeria pageant was re-launched under new management (previously it had been organised by Times Leisure Services, publisher of national newspaper Daily Times) with former MBGN Nike Oshinowo-Soleye designated as chief executive and creative director. She has now been replaced by former Miss Nigeria UK Elohor Aisien.
The current title holder is Feyijimi Sodipo, from Ogun.

Pictures: A Car Made Out Of Basket In Nigeria


We Nigerians have got a lot of talents considering what we can do even when the government do not seem to show interest or support...it doesn't keep us down though, it actually motivates us to rise to the occasion, some positively and some negatively.

Alicia Keys Celebrates Album Release With Big, Star-Studded Bash


Alicia Keys celebrates her 'Girl On Fire' Album Release at The Box on November 27, 2012 in New York City. 
The weather in New York City may be cold, but Alicia Keys' Nov. 27 record-release bash was anything but.
The "Brand New Me" singer, 31, lived up to the title of her latest album, Girl on Fire, as she danced the night away at a star-studded party held in her honor Tuesday night.

Fresh from her intimate performance at an iHeartRadio concert for Hurricane Sandy first responders, Keys hit up NYC hot spot The Box, where she was joined by her husband, record producer Swizz Beats; her mom, Teresa Augello; and pals including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake with new wife Jessica Biel, Maxwell, designer Tommy Hilfiger, and BFF Erika Rose.

The star "looked amazing" in tight black leather

At one point during the party -- which was co-hosted by Ciroc vodka and Qui tequila, and featured entertainment by DJ Cassidy and DJ Runna, among others -- Beyonce left the booth where she was sitting with Jay-Z and joined Keys on the dance floor, as Swizz Beats got on the mic with DJ Cassidy.
"They played a lot of old-school hits and songs from the album," the source told Us. "Everyone danced and celebrated."
I sense so much fun

Renowned Motivational Speaker, Zig Ziglar, Passes Away At 86

Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, who wrote more than 30 books and focused on positivity and leading a balanced life, died Wednesday in Texas. He was 86.
Zig Ziglar Photo
Ziglar, who had been suffering from pneumonia, died at a hospital in the Dallas suburb of Plano, said his personal assistant, Jay Hellwig.
With an aim at helping people achieve success in their careers and personal lives, in addition to a focus on Christianity, Ziglar was a prolific speaker who appeared at events alongside world leaders including several U.S. presidents and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
In addition to his daughter, Julie Ziglar, Ziglar is survived by his wife Jean, with whom he celebrated 66 years of marriage on Monday; his son, Tom Ziglar; and daughter Cindy Ziglar Oates.
A memorial service is set for Saturday at Prestonwood Baptist Church.
May his honorable soul Rest In Peace

Timaya Is A Year Older Today


Egberi Papa 1 (the peoples town crier) of Bayelsa, Enetimi Alfred Odom aka Timaya, is a year older today. The award winning singer was born on this day exactly 35-years ago in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Timaya is the CEO of Black Body Entertainment and Peace Ambassador of the Interreligious Internaational Federation for World Peace, (IIFWP).
AU wishes Timaya a Happy Birthday!

Kate Middleton's fashion hits and misses in pictures

No wonder this Joseph “Vanessa” dress sold out within eight minutes after being identified as Kate’s choice – it’s the ultimate failsafe number without any of the fussy, ageing accoutrements.
According to Fashion Telegraph.co.uk...this pictures shows her fashion hits and misses...Do you agree? well see more pictures bellow.

On her first ever offical public engagement in Anglesey, Kate played it safe with a tried-and-tested Katherine Hooker coat, an item she purchased and wore to Cheltenham Gold Cup five years earlier. Kate needn’t have bothered getting the hem taken up: while she took a few inches off the length, she added several years to her frame. No wonder this Joseph “Vanessa” dress sold out within eight minutes after being identified as Kate’s choice – it’s the ultimate failsafe number without any of the fussy, ageing accoutrements. Kate steps dangerously close to Princess Anne territory with this Catherine Walker coatdress to depart from her soujourn in Canada. Let’s pray this look got left behind in the hotel… Considered to be Kate’s “Going away” outfit (well, there was a helicopter at Buckingham Palace waiting to whisk her and her new hubby away somewhere remote) she looked at ease in this purse-friendly Zara dress. Kate won the admiration of the fashion pack when she picked this lace gown by London Fashion Week designer Erdem as she touched down in Canada. The revered designer - Erdem Moralioglu - was born in Montreal. Top marks to Kate for the patriotic nod - and the dress is lovely too. imageimageThere’s nothing to be achieved from dressing like your mother-in-law... take this photograph as the case in point. One almost has to play spot the difference between the Duchesses of Corwall and Cambridge. It was the most secret dress of the decade, with daily speculation as to who has been given the ultimate commission played out like a game of ‘Whodunnit?’. Once finally revealed, the gown did not disappoint. Painstakingly masterminded by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, Kate was the fairest of them all.While Kate’s magnificent Alexander McQueen wedding dress hit all the right notes, her ‘after-party’ ensemble lacked a certain clout. Her cropped mohair cardigan looked like it came off the back of one of the young bridesmaids – which is fine when you’re aged 8, but not 29. Her relationship with label Alexander McQueen has become a fruitful one: Kate positively shone at the BAFTA celebrations in Los Angeles in this pale lilac gown. While Hollywood swooned, Kate’s star eclipsed even the most noble of A-listers – actress Nicole Kidman managed to look like she needed a heavy dose of Photoshop when pictured next to Kate. Flying the flag for British fashion - Kate’s ruffled hem caught the attention of seasoned style observers – who were quick to pick up on her off-the-peg Burberry trench. So good she wore it twice? Sadly not. Kate’s sartorial blind spot seems to be this instantly-ageing blue brocade dresscoat. Whether it’s the Duke of Edinburgh's 90th birthday or a close friend’s wedding, the coat can rise to the occasion… or at least that’s what the Duchess thought... Tennis, Temperley, tiered: Kate’s white dress was perfect for an afternoon at Wimbledon in more ways than one. While the official visit to Canada and North America was full of wardrobe highs, a few horrors found their way into Kate’s suitcase. Remember this over-patriotic fascinator...? Red and adorned with Maple leaves, it looked like a homemade horror. Navy is a colour which suits Kate and this military dress coat by Alexander MQueen hit all the right notes. Minus points for the fascinator though which instantly aged her. Another Jenny Packham dress, and another Stateside success story. Simple, elegant, chic: Kate nails her ‘dressing in the community’ look in this Amanda Wakeley design as she visits The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, Surrey. Arriving at Heathrow Airport, Kate could have been taken for someone from BA Cabin Crew – but her Muberry 'Polly Push' bag, Smythe blazer, Roland Mouret dress and Manolo Blahnik shoes ensured she was the best-dressed on the runway. For a trip to the Dulwich Picture Gallery in South London for a Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts event, Kate hit a fashionable high note in a chic grey Orla Kiely grey wool dress with a pleated full skirt, and simple black pumps. Kate Middleton's fashion hits and misses in picturesLooking a million dollars to mingle with society’s finest, Kate demonstrated her high-low approach to dressing with a dress worth £3,835 by London Fashion Week designer Jenny Packham, paired with £175 shoes by LK Bennett. For a trip to Fortnum & Masons with the Queen and Duchess of Cornwall, Kate chose a petrol blue tweed coat by Italian label MIssoni: departure from her favourite home-grown brands, but when she looks this pretty, what does it matter?Jenny Packham and the Duchess prove to be a match made in sartorial heaven. Pastel yellow isn’t a colour we’ve seen Kate in before, but it’s definitely one we encourage her to experiment with further. British designer Amanda Wakeley is the creator of this elegant shift dress which the Duchess wore to the launch of the Imperial War Museum Foundation's First World War Galleries: Centenary Campaign. 
She may be a Duchess but when it comes to recycling Catherine is Queen. To attend the UK's Creative Industries Reception at Royal Academy of Arts she wore the dove grey Roksanda Ilincic that she previously sported during her tour of North America last year. She paired it with cream shoes and a clutch and the same Kiki McDonough she chose to wear to attend the Olympics Opening Ceremony. For the Sports Project launch at Bacon's College, Greenwich, Kate opted for a chic and summery belted, check-print dress from high street label, Hobbs. Called upon to kick a football around, it's a good job she teamed the look with wedges, not heels. Catherine took in the men's Wimbledon final looking demure in a pale pink dress and cream jacket by Joseph, both of which she had worn on previous occassions, accessorised with a leopard-print Diane von Furstenberg clutch and her favourite nude LK Bennett heels (yes, again). Her younger sister, Pippa, looked less so in a printed Project D peplum dress and ill-matched black patent LK Bennett (who else?) wedged courts. Stella McCartney was The Duchess's designer of choice for a visit to London's National Portrait Gallery for the opening of the 'Road to 2012: Aiming High' exhibition. The bright blue tunic was from the designer's autumn 2012 collection. It’s sweet how Kate feels the need to dress like a competitor as she goes to attend the 2012 Games, but either the perennial blow-dry jars with this sporty look. What’s wrong with a blouse, jeans and ballet pumps? imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage
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Is Rihanna Too Bad for Her Own Good?

Scenes from Rihanna's 777 Tour
Rihanna's 777 Tour picture album. Rihanna has the number one album in the country this week with Unapologetic, her seventh studio album in seven years. Though the singer has charted 12 number one singles over the course of her career, it's actually her first time at the top of the Billboard 200.

"Wait!!!!! What the F**K?!!!! just debuted at #1 in AMERICA!!!!! My first number 1 album there!!! Thank you Navy, u deserve it," Rihanna tweeted shortly after the news broke, displaying her typical candor. She then added, "I'm legit crying like a pussy right now!!"

While Rihanna certainly has a lot to celebrate (we're guessing there will be at least one bottle of Ace of Spades involved, given her taste in bubbly), the news comes at an interesting juncture in her career. The Barbados-born singer recently faced some of her worst press to date, having barely participated in the poorly orchestrated publicity stunt that was her 777 tour. There are rumors of excessive partying, fables about her chronic tardiness. And of course there's her rumored reconciliation with her abusive ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. It's not hard to imagine there are more than a few people on Rihanna's team who are attempting to jump ship, as the New York Daily News hinted on Tuesday.

Scenes from Rihanna's 777 Tour
Rihanna wouldn't have named her album Unapologetic if she were concerned with what people thought of her; brazen raunchiness has been key to her brand for years now. But it's hard not to wonder if that raunchiness will give way to recklessness. Bad behavior might get her a lot of attention, but Rihanna has too much to lose to play so hard.

Rihanna is the first to admit that she has no interest in being a role model. Last year, she told Vogue UK that leading an exemplary life has nothing to do with being a pop star. "See, people – especially white people – they want me to be a role model just because of the life I lead," she noted. "The things I say in my songs, they expect it of me and being a role model became more of my job than I wanted it to be. But no, I just want to make music. That’s it."

But this resistance to PG-13 presentation has cost the singer jobs. In August, some months after she started using the hashtag "#420" and even allowed photographers to snap her rolling some kind of special cigarette on a poor man's head, skincare company Nivea dropped the singer as its spokesmodel. CEO Stefan Heidenreich stated, "I do not understand how to bring the core brand of Nivea in conjunction with Rihanna. Nivea is a company which stands for trust, family, and reliability."

Scenes from Rihanna's 777 TourHoward Bragman, vice chairman of Reputation.com, believes Rihanna's bad girl antics won't affect her career in the long run. "She's sexy, she's beautiful, [her fans] like that. Girls wanna be here, men want to do her. It doesn't seem to be a big problem," he asserts. But her relationship with Chris Brown is another story.

"I think that's a lot more troublesome in the long run," Bragman says. Like many who've cringed in reaction to the singer's renewed interest in Brown, Bragman is disgusted by the message it sends. "She empowers him and I hate it, I hate it for her, I hate it for the message it's sending," he says. "There's too many people who have real problems."

Brown's made it harder to give him the benefit of the doubt, too, by consistently responding to criticism with defensiveness and general repugnance. On Sunday he shuttered his Twitter account after he spewed a bunch of misogynistic vitriol at a comedian who'd poked fun of him one time too many, threatening, among other things, to defecate in her eye. A real charmer, that one. And Rihanna's made her association with him impossible to ignore via song (see the laughably ironic "Nobody's Business"). Even those who claim no interest in her private life are forced to confront it.

Rihanna already has a tight grip on superstardom. By Forbes' estimations, she raked in over $50 million in the past year, and can apparently afford to fly to Germany to hang out with her "lover." But it's hard to say if she'll remain an enduring force in the music industry when she's forging her identity on rebellion alone.
-Culled From Zimbio

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When butt enhancement goes horribly wrong!

 A woman posted a video on Facebook showing her botched silicone implant protruding in an ugly disc shape at the back of her cheek. In the 20 seconds clip, the unidentified woman slowly manipulates it back into place, saying 'This is my implant flipping backwards. I don't think an implant is supposed to do that. It shouldn't be able to flip'
Culled from Linda Ikeji's blog

Funke Akindele Joins Banky W, Toolz As MTV Base VJ Search Judge

Funke Akindele
Multiple award winning Nollywood actress, writer, producer and director, Funke Akindele has been revealed as the final judge for the MTV Base VJ Search – Nigeria.
Akindele, a veteran in the Entertainment industry who recently graced the cover of Genevieve magazine, will join previously announced judges, Banky W, Toolz and Tim Horwood to select the brand new VJ. The lucky winner of the talent search will become one of the key faces of the music network, hosting programmes on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and on the MTV Base block on STV.
“I feel honoured to be working with one of the biggest youth entertainment brands in the world. It is very inspiring to be involved in a project like the MTV Base VJ Search which offers such an exciting opportunity for young people who want to break into the entertainment industry,” Funke says.
Hundreds of Nigerian youths have already sent in their online auditions while thousands more are expected to turn up at the MTV Base VJ Search auditions, which will take place on Saturday December 1 at Fantasy Land, Lagos. Superstars Ice Prince, Wizkid, Davido and Burna Boy will also be present at the auditions to lend their support to contestants.
The winner of the MTV Base VJ Search Nigeria will follow in the footsteps of veteran MTV Base VJ Cynthia “C-Von” Okpala who triupmphed in MTV Base’s first ever Nigerian VJ search in 2007.
Nigerian youth who are interested are advised to visit www.mtvbase.com for more information. [MTV]
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