Archive for November, 2009

First Mural Depicting Daily Mayan Life Revealed

Posted in Arts & Crafts, News with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

Previous mural discoveries have usually shown the elite class, religious ceremonies, or battle depictions but archaeologist have discovered an ancient Mayan mural that highlights the daily happenings of common people. According to scientist, this is indeed a first.

The mural shows scenes involving everyday common tasks like going to the market and food preparation. Unlike other murals, showing the high class, this was on the exterior of a building for all to see. LINK!

(Image courtesy of National Geographic)

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Maori Bones Make The Journey From Wales Back To Their New Zealand Home

Posted in News, Spot The Poly, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

1880's Maori Woman

The bones of twelve Maori people, one reportedly a female, are finally traveling back to New Zealand after being held in boxes at the National Museum and Gallery of Wales at Cardiff since the 1920’s.

The return of the bones stems from New Zealand’s government mandated Karanga Aotearoa program which negotiates recovery of ancient bones on behalf of the Maori.

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa’s manager, Te Herekiekie Herewini, and co-ordinator Hema Temara held a short spiritual ceremony at the Cardiff museum so as to show respect for the remains. Herewini believes the return of ancient bones to their homeland is of utmost importance:

“This is significant for Maori as it is believed that through the ancestors’ return to their homeland, the dead and their living descendants will retrieve their dignity, and also close the hurt and misdeeds of the past.” LINK!

(Image courtesy of Flickr user fotofrancis)
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Game Show Host Ken Ober Dies At 52

Posted in Entertainment, R.I.P., Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

If you grew up in the 80’s and had MTV, you’d remember the corny, yet popular, game show “Remote Control”. It was a mix between a game show and sketch comedy.

Former host Ken Ober was found unconscious at his home in Santa Monica. There are no reports as to what caused his death, although his agent stated Ober was recently complaining of “…headaches and flu-like symptoms.”

Here’s a clip below with contestants LL Cool J, Julie Brown, and Weird Al Yankovic

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Hines Ward Helps Bi-Racial Youths Deal With Discrimination In South Korea

Posted in International, News, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

HinesWardPittsburgh Steeler, and 2006 MVP, Hines Ward recently hosted a group of eight bi-racial Korean youths to discuss their stories of discrimination, taunts, and banishment they’ve received in South Korea. One teenager even re-told his attempt at suicide as an escape from the harsh treatment he’s received as an Amerasian. Sadly, according to statistics, children of mixed unions often end up in poverty and are prone to suicide due to how they are treated in Korean society.

Ward, who himself is Korean on his mother’s side and African-American on his father’s side, hopes to change the children’s perspectives as well as the people of Korea. To do this, he established the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation; which fights to end racism against biracial Koreans.

“It’s a great culture. I love everything about it. But there’s a dark side to that culture. And me, I’m just trying to shed a light on that dark side and make Korea a better place than it already is.”

Wow. Sexy, athletic, and compassionate. He’s a triple threat! LINK

(Image courtesy of Michael Henninger)

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What’s Going On With Sammy Sosa’s Face?

Posted in WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
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What A Difference A Day Makes

You’ve probably seen the pictures of former Chicago Cub Sammy Sosa appearing at a Las Vegas event recently having a dramatically different skin tone. This much lighter version of Sosa had some speculating that he may have vitiligo or that steroid use is the cause of his new hue. According to a purported friend of Sosa’s, and Cub’s employee Rebecca Polihronis, Sosa was just as surprised he came out as bright as he did due to his new “cleansing” regimen.

“He is going through a rejuvenation process for his skin, he was surprised he came out looking so white.”

So, does this “rejuvenation process” involve contacts and a relaxer? Whatever, Mr. Sosa.

All jokes aside this is an issue. If the rumors are untrue and he doesn’t have a skin condition, then his way of thinking is just sad. What was he being told and shown as he grew up in The Dominican Republic that made him think his darker features were unacceptable? Black, brown, white, yellow, red, purple – they’re all beautiful! Just accept it and own it! LINK via Dlisted

(Image courtesy of Zalubowski/AP, Djansezian/Getty)

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Will Flight Of The Conchords Be Coming To An End?

Posted in Entertainment, Music, Spot The Poly, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
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Clement (l) and McKenzie (r)

In a recent interview with Reuters Jemaine Clement, one half of the popular musical/comedy duo from New Zealand, hinted that there may not be a season three of their HBO show “Flight of the Conchords”. It is partly due to how much work is involved creating skits and unique songs for the series.

“It very likely might not…(return) it could come back in a shorter season or like a special.”

Clement also stated that he would need to discuss the future of the Emmy nominated show with fellow musician/actor Bret McKenzie. LINK! via Spasifik

(Image courtesy of Flickr user drollgirl)

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Flashback Friday! (Take That To The Bank-Shalamar)

Posted in Entertainment, Flashback Fridays!, Music, Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2009 by TheDiversePurse


Shalamar has always been a favorite of mine so of course I had to watch TV One’s Unsung series featuring the group. Jody Watley looked as gorgeous as ever not looking a day over 36 and I loved Jeffrey Danel’s international accent.

After watching it, I had their 70’s hit “Take That To The Bank” stuck in my head all day!

Here they are, with original members, Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniel, and Gerald Brown performing on Soul Train. How could you not dance to this?

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