Saturday, March 31, 2012
West Orange Kids on AC360 Special Report: Kids on Race, The Hidden Picture
BY Georgette Gilmore | Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 2:01pm
Earlier this year, first grade students at West Orange’s Mt. Pleasant Elementary School were selected to participate in a series being filmed by CNN on race in America.
Anderson Cooper’s series titled AC360 Special Report: Kids on Race, The Hidden Picture, will air the week of April 2 at 8 and 10 pm.
This series will tackle controversial issues and answer some difficult questions. Is race a factor in how children view conflicts and choose friends? Do children see race or are they, as many parents believe, socially colorblind? How, when and why do they form their opinions on race? Can those opinions change over time or at a certain age, are kids “hard-wired” about race? And does the racial make-up of their school and environment affect their opinions on race? Cooper along with CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien will share with the viewers the children’s answers and the conclusions our researcher drew from their responses.
They will also speak to the parents for their thoughts and reactions to conversations on interracial dating and bullying.
“I am extremely proud to have our first grade students involved in such a groundbreaking study. We truly epitomize a culturally diverse and integrated school. We are proud of our diversity and hope to lend a truly unique perspective to this special report, and represent the West Orange Schools and our community,” stated Michael Schiavo, Principal of Mt. Pleasant Elementary School.
The West Orange Public Schools District serves just over 6,800 students in grades PreK – 12, located in the center of Essex County, NJ, a community of approximately 45,000 residents. The population is culturally diverse and spans all economic strata, and this is reflected in the student body of its public schools where over 50 languages are spoken by students.
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Enter to Win: Elizabeth Arden Red Door Gift Basket & Spa Day
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 -- 4:07 PM
Between the luxurious skin care basket gifted on set and the surprise Red Door Spas giveaway on the show, every "Anderson" viewer is aching for some Elizabeth Arden-inspired relaxation.
Now, enter for your chance to win a spa day at an Elizabeth Arden Spa, Red Door Spas, and an Elizabeth Arden skin care gift basket.
Enter here for your chance to win!
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Imagine printing a full size, 3-D Anderson! Amazing!!
CNN Newsroom | Added on March 31, 2012
The CEO of 3D Systems Corp demonstrates a home 3-D printer, which can print anything from shoes to prosthetics.
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March 30th, 2012
09:10 PM ET
In this behind-the-scenes preview, Anderson Cooper describes "Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture," the groundbreaking year-long investigative study that will air the week of April 2 at 8 and 10 p.m. ET. Race relations is one of the most explosive issues in America and for many, it’s one of the most taboo to talk about, especially with children. For this special report, AC360° contracted a renowned child psychologist to help us understand how race influences a child’s world.
The CNN commissioned pilot study builds on the original Doll Test’s historic research done in the 1940s that examined how African -American children interpret race, discrimination and stigma. Teaming up with child psychologist Dr. Melanie Killen, the report scientifically explored how kids view interracial contact in their daily lives. The children, ages six and thirteen, were shown images that were designed to be ambiguous to children. “What is happening in this picture” was the starting point for interviews conducted with the group of 145 African-American and Caucasian children in six schools across three states. The report explored how children’s interpretations of the images changed when the races of the characters were switched.
This series will tackle controversial issues and answer some difficult questions. Is race a factor in how children view conflicts and choose friends? Do children see race or are they, as many parents believe, socially colorblind? How, when and why do they form their opinions on race? Can those opinions change over time or at a certain age, are kids “hard-wired” about race? And does the racial make-up of their school and environment affect their opinions on race? Anderson along with CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien will share with the viewers the children’s answers and the conclusions our researcher drew from their responses.
Tweet your thoughts about the upcoming @AC360 series using hashtag #KidsOnRace. Find out more about the project from the CNN Press Room and be sure to watch starting Monday, April 2 at 8 and 10 p.m. ET on CNN.
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March 30th, 2012
05:54 PM ET
Justin Bieber's phone number tweet drove fans to harass a great grandmother. He can now be reached on the RidicuList
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I am one of the 100, 000. Are you? Be one! Here: Click to "follow" Anderson Cooper 360° on Twitter.
March 30th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
.. by Ella Chick
This week @AC360 passed 100,000 followers on Twitter! We thought long and hard in a series of intense brainstorming sessions about how to best mark the milestone. The finest champagne (drunk producers are hilarious, but ineffective), a hot air balloon ride (too many of us to comfortably fit in one basket), a pet bird for the show (no volunteers to clean the cage), a choreographed flash mob (varying skills of coordination in this group), an extra vacation day for all (bosses vetoed), a permanent balloon arch in the newsroom (gets old after a while), matching Twitter bird tattoos (requires needles), a break-out Parkour session (too many expensive cameras nearby), diamond pendants (budget restrictions).
In your honor, we finally decided to give ourselves something familiar that never goes out of style: a sugar high. We're sorry we couldn't actually share the custom cupcakes, red velvet Twinkies and Crème Brûlée donuts with each of you. But please know, we wish we could!
From Anderson and everyone on the AC360° team, thank you for watching the program each night and joining us on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and this blog. And thanks for never being shy about sharing your opinions and jumping into the conversation.
If you don't already follow us on Twitter, what are you waiting for?! We live tweet the show every night! Click "follow" and we'll include you in our toast when we reach 200,000! And be sure to follow our boss who recently celebrated passing 2,000,000 followers!
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Friday, March 30, 2012
Recipe: Miss Robbie's Fried Chicken & Honey Glaze
Friday, March 30, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
Miss Robbie Montgomery owns and operates the critically acclaimed restaurant Sweetie Pie's, a restaurant whose fried chicken and soul food is so good, and whose owners and operators are so charismatic, OWN has created a show to document it.
On "Anderson," Miss Robbie and her son Tim taught Anderson how to make their famous fried chicken with a honey glaze. Take a look…
Now you, too, can make their famous fried chicken with honey glaze by following this simple recipe...
Honey Hot Fried Chicken
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
4 teaspoons granulated garlic powder,
2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cut frying chicken (8 pieces)
1-2 cups vegetable oil for frying, or as needed to fill skillet half way
• Rinse chicken in cold water.
• In medium bowl mix together flour, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic.
• In a separate bowl beat eggs, add milk and whisk together.
• Heat oil in skillet to 350 degrees.
• Utilizing the largest pieces first (breast, thighs etc.), dip chicken in egg and milk mixture and then place in seasoned flour, toss and coat completely. Shake off excess and place in hot oil.
• Let cook for 10-12 minutes on each side until the juices run clear.
Honey Hot Chicken Glaze
2 cups sugar
2 cups hot sauce
4 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 tsp of lemon juice
• Melt butter in a medium sauce pan.
• Add hot sauce, sugar, honey and lemon juice and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
• Take fried chicken and toss in glaze sauce and serve.
Click here get recipes for Miss Robbie's candied yams, green beans, crazy corn and sour cream and chive mashed potatoes.
"Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" premieres on March 31st at 9/8c on OWN.
Filed Under: As Seen On The Show
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Anderson after Driving Simulator, & Miss Robbie's Chicken
Friday, March 30, 2012 -- 5:05 AM
Anderson doesn't text while driving, but after experiencing the driving simulator, he was extra surprised just how quickly one can have an accident while doing so. Plus, hear his thoughts on Miss Robbie's honey-glazed chicken...
Posted by Peter at 5:51 PM
Kate Gosselin slammed by former dance partner
Kate Gosselin’s reputation is a far cry from her former glory days as happily-married mother who wowed us with her ability to juggle her brood of eight children. And Kate’s former Dancing with the Stars partner has a thing or two to say about the reality star mom.
Tony Dovolani appeared on Anderson Cooper with his new partner, Martina Navratilova, fresh from elimination, and revealed that his former partnership with Gosselin caused him to seek professional help, reports RadarOnline.
As previously reported by TheCelebrityCafe.com, the reality star — who appeared on season 10 of the hit show amid criticism of her parenting skills — consistently received the lowest scores from the judges and was observed to be very emotional and guarded.
Cooper quipped, “I remember watching her dance, I’m still traumatized by that experience.”
“Wait, wait, wait. Anderson did you just call it dance? We didn’t dance!” said Tony, who admitted that there was “a lot of therapy involved” after his experience with Gosselin and her lack of rhythm.
Whether it's tweeting with her ex-husband’s ex-girlfriend or lamenting her life to the media, it seems that we just can’t get rid of Kate Gosselin.
Check out the clip of Tony Dovolani on Anderson below!
Posted by Peter at 5:36 PM
Glee's Got a Bomer for Its New Guest Star (VIDEO)
By Seth Abramovitch
20 hours ago
Glee returns from winter hiatus on Tuesday, April 10 with none other than White Collar star Matt Bomer, whose official fan club counts our very own Price Peterson as a card-carrying member! Bomer tells Watch with Kristen that he plays "Cooper Anderson" (not to be confused with impossibly blue-eyed CNN anchor Anderson Cooper). Bomer's Cooper Anderson is the "outrageously confident" older brother of Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss), famous for starring as the spokesman for a credit-rating commercial. He gives the New Directions kids helpful acting pointers ("pointing and yelling lines is the best way to convey real emotion").
Here's a behind-the-scenes peek at Bomer's visit to McKinley High, where you'll see him and Criss dueting on Gotye's folky hit, "Somebody That I Used to Know." Bomer told TVLine that a casual conversation with show creator Ryan Murphy about this song was what led to his gig on the show.
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New Trayvon Martin Witness Speaks To Anderson Cooper About Night Of Shooting
by Meenal Vamburkar | 10:14 pm, March 29th, 2012
Cooper asked, “Can you tell me what you saw and what you heard the night Trayvon Martin was killed?”
“It would have to be starting with hearing voices, but not seeing, but after the voices, opening the window, and seeing two men, or two people, on the ground. On top of each other,” he said. Asked what made him pay attention to the voices, the witness continued:
At first I heard the voices with my window closed. And pretty much in that area, people walk their dogs, and you’ll hear people talking, and you can hear them very clearly even when they’re not talking loud. So I thought it was rather loud, but I had just shut my window (because it started raining) … and I thought, oh my gosh who’s out there walking their dog in the rain? And I didn’t look. And then I did something else, and then I heard the loud voices again, and then I thought, well, let me see who that is. And I opened up my window … and it definitely was a very loud, predominant voice. I couldn’t hear the words, but I was like, okay this is not a regular conversation. This is someone aggressively, you know, yelling at someone.
I saw two men on the ground, on top of each other, obviously thinking, okay something really horrible is happening. And at that point, not looking out the window, I heard a yell for help, and then I heard … another excruciating type of yell. It didn’t even almost sound like ‘help,’ it almost sounded so painful. But I wasn’t watching out the window. [...] Next time I looked out the window, there same thing, two men on the grass, on top of each other [...] I couldn’t see a lot of movement because it was very dark, but I felt like they were scuffling. And then I heard gunshots, which to me, were more like pops.
After the shot, he said, one man got up. And then he “was walking toward where I was watching, and I could see him a little bit clearer, and I could see that it was a Hispanic man. And he was, um, you know, he didn’t appear hurt, or anything else. He just kind of seemed very [...] worried or whatever. [...] And another man came out with a flashlight.”
Not a police officer, he specified. He couldn’t say whether the shot went off during the scuffle, but added, “I wouldn’t say it was a lot of movement when I heard the shot.”
Logically, he said, he’d guess Zimmerman was the man on the top, but he could not say for sure since it was dark outside. Both struggles, he said, were in the same location on the grass.
Take a look at the segment, via CNN:
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Duration: 00:34 min.
Added: Mar 29, 2012
Description: After being voted off "Dancing with the Stars," Martina Navratilova says she was devastated and wishes she had a chance to dance longer on the show.
Posted by Peter at 2:42 PM
Duration: 00:34 min.
Added: Mar 29, 2012
Description: Tony Dovolani of "Dancing with the Stars" talks about what it was really like to be partnered with Kate Gosselin.
Posted by Peter at 2:17 PM
Octomom talks 'nude' pics with Anderson Cooper: She made $8,000, discussed it with children
By Carina Adly MacKenzie
March 29, 2012 -- 5:35 PM ET
The "Octomom," Nadya Suleman, was once offered one million dollars to appear in a porn video, but despite having 14 mouths to feed, she took what she considered to be the moral high ground. On the Friday, March 30 episode of "Anderson," Suleman revealed that her recent semi-nude photoshoot for Closer magazine earned her a payday of $8,000.
"I'm being honest I did it for money," she tells Anderson Cooper. "I have to do what I have to do take care of my family. And I'm not ashamed. I'm not ashamed at all. Regardless, you have to learn to let go of everyone's perspective of you because you can not please the world. You have to please God -- he's the only one I have to answer to at the end of the day -- myself and my children. And I have never sacrificed my morals and values. I have laughed at these ridiculous, ludicrous opportunities that I would just never do or engage in; any type of sexual [activity]."
At the suggestion of "Oprah" guru Suze Orman last May, Suleman hooked up with a talent agent, but she says most of the offers have been of a sexual nature. (We're not sure who hears "single mother of 14" and thinks "sexy porn star!" but we probably don't want to know.) Suleman refused to accept those offers, making it difficult to put food on the table, until Closer asked her to pose.
Cooper suggested that the photos aren't exactly chaste. "I am going to argue with you on that one," she countered. "I am covered. I had to think about that, I reflected on that quite a bit before choosing to do it. I discussed it with my children openly, and ironically my very conservative Muslim father was like, 'Do it.' My European mom's like, 'Okay. Nadya. I am playing devil's advocate, you think about how this can affect you.'"
Yes -- she did talk about it with her kids, pointing out that the photos were taken for a women's magazine, not a men's magazine. "I told them that, only for monetary compensation, mom has to do something," she says. "In my mind I was rationalizing that it's not exploitative and it's not over-sexualized as it would be in a men's magazine. This is a women's magazine and it's a celebration of a body and all women, regardless of size, should be proud of themselves and they are beautiful. I think all women are beautiful."
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