Politini Recap: Week of June 9th

salt-n-pepa-lets-talk-about-s-409886Miss this week’s #Politini: Let’s Talk About Sex? No, worries we got you covered. Grab your favorite brunch cocktail and catch up on the show here. This week we chatted with parents Chaka Burgess and Allessandra Bradley-Burns on the complexity of raising healthy, happy and sexually educated kids in the age of abstinence only education and hyper-sexualized EVERYTHING. We also raised our glasses to Selasi Bowen who is “Bringing the FIRE”. So, spend an hour with your favorite brunch friends and catch up with Politini!

Need some cocktail inspiration? Check out this tasty recipe courtesy of Tracy and Johnny Evans:

Rose in June Fizz

1.5 oz Gin (we love Hendricks), 1 oz framboise liquer, 1.5 oz orange juice, 1 oz lime juice. Grab a highball cocktail glass fill with ice and little soda water, shake contents and pour. Delish!

Poliwood Round-Up: Here are this week’s 5 hot topics trending from Hollywood to Poliwood!

FIVE Yeezus Speaks: This week “interview shy” Kanye West or Yeezus granted an interview to the New York Times. In the interview the artist discussed his distaste for the Grammys. Wondering aloud why he as the best selling artist in his age range has never won a grammy against a white artist. He also discussed that he knew he would be a star saying quote: “I knew when I wrote the line ‘light-skinned friend look like Michael Jackson’ [from the song ‘Slow Jamz’] I was going to be a big star. At the time, they used to have the Virgin music [stores], and I would go there and just go up the escalator and say to myself, ‘I’m soaking in these last moments of anonymity.’ ” Without a doubt Kanye is an extremely talented artist but we can’t help but wonder if his brilliance gets lost in his bravado.
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FOUR Oprah’s Biggest Giveaway Strikes Again
: Oh, how I miss the Oprah show’s fabulous giveaway specials, and the excited reactions of unsuspecting guests. This week Oprah slapped a big smile on someone’s face, but it wasn’t an audience member. This week Oprah donated $12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, on top of the cool $1million she gave in 2007. Oprah said this about her ample gift: “I am so proud of African American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole,” Winfrey said in a statement. “I am deeply appreciative of those who paved the path for me and all who follow in their footsteps. By investing in this museum, I want to help ensure that we both honor and preserve our culture and history, so that the stories of who we are will live on for generations to come.” In recognition of her donation Oprah’s name will go on the 350-seat theater in the museum. Now, this is something to jump up and down about!
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THREE Tweet Me Maybe?: This week twitter gained a new follower–Hillary Rodham Clinton or HRC as we like to call her. In her first tweet HRC thanked the two people responsible for her HRC memes and told them she would “take it from here”. The best part of her twitter is her profile which reads: Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD… We can all only hope that the TBD is her much anticipated run for president in 2016. We’ll just have to wait and see.

TWO Trial of the Century?: This week the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin began. It’s been a year and 5 months since Trayvon Martin was murdered while walking home in his gated community. Since that fateful day Zimmerman and his attourneys have done their best to paint the late 17 year-old as a thug and put his past on trial–except for one thing he isn’t alive to defend himself and he isn’t the one on trial. Jury selection in the case is said to take up to 4 weeks and it was announced today that the jury will be sequestered. We can only hope that justice will prevail in this case and will continue to keep you updated as the trial unfolds.
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ONE Weird Science: Today the Supreme Court handed down what is being called “one of the most significant rulings in the age of molecular medicine”. SCOTUS ruled today that human genes isolated from the body can’t be patented, a victory for doctors and patients who argued that such patents interfere with scientific research and the practice of medicine. The case involved Myriad Genetics Inc., which holds patents related to two genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2, that can indicate whether a woman has a heightened risk of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer. “Myriad did not create anything,” Justice Thomas wrote in an 18-page opinion. “To be sure, it found an important and useful gene, but separating that gene from its surrounding genetic material is not an act of invention.” Even if a discovery is brilliant or groundbreaking, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s patentable, the court said.
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