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Japanese Rebellion Is New British Fashion Fad

Posted in Fashion, Videos, WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

18-year-olds Eilish (l) and Declan (r) experiment with Manba

British teens Eilish (l) and Declan (r) experiment with Manba

Manba is a form of the Ganguro or Yamanba style that became popular with twenty-something Japanese women in the early 1990’s as a form of rebellion against the more traditional view of beauty in the east of a porcelain skin doll. The most shocking of this statement is the heavily tanned skin, white lips, and neon colored hair followers sport. For them it is a form of expression.

Now that message has been picked up by a growing number of British people fascinated with Japanese culture and how they express individuality. The BBC interviewed two British teenagers, Eilish and Declan, to find out what got them started with this trend.

“Declan and Eilish say they have been accused of racism for darkening their skin in this way, but they say this could not be further from the truth.

Eilish insists that she is ‘not mocking anybody’ and Declan asks, ‘what black person looks like this?’

Another member of the group says that she does not like her white skin and covers up if she is unable to get a spray tan.

‘I just think it looks good – nowadays it’s more popular to be tanned,’ Declan adds.”

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R.I.P. Wendy Richard

Posted in Entertainment, R.I.P., Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
image courtesy of the BBC

image courtesy of the BBC

“Miss Brahms, Are You Free?” were words asked by Wendy Richard’s co-workers on the hit British television show “Are You Being Served?”. Richard  played the pretty, ditzy, Cockney accented Grace Brothers employee Miss Shirley Brahms in the comedy which ran from the early seventies until the mid eighties. I’d watch these reruns on PBS everyday when I was younger and it introduced me to the hilarity of British humour.

After a long struggle with cancer, the funny lady died at a hospital in Westminster London yesterday.

Below is a clip from “Are You Being Served?” and Wendy speaks in all her Cockneyed glory around 3:15.


Say It Ain’t So, Joe!

Posted in Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

abfabWord is that Fox is planning to make an Absolutely Fabulous American version set in LA. NO! Leave good enough alone. If folks want to see an awesome show about two drunken aging bitches then they should just watch the original. It was already tried in the 90’s when a short lived U.S. sitcom named High Society aired and that was crap.

Rumor has it that Edy (Jennifer Saunders) will be involved somehow, but she and Joanna Lumley (who played Patsy) will not be reprising their roles.

I grew up watching AbFab on Comedy Central and honestly I think I had the wrong role models. My 13-year old self wanted to be a drunken chick with her best friend who had this kick ass job in the fashion industry with relationship issues. Three outta four ain’t bad I guess. Link!

One of my favorite clips is when they travel to France and get a little wine tasting in…


Little Britain U.S.A. Preview!

Posted in Entertainment, International, Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

I absolutely love British humor, whether it was Are You Being Served? to Absolutely Fabulous and anyone else who’s a Brit-o-phile is familiar with the hilarious, and sometimes controversial, Little Britain. They’re a hit in the U.K. and now HBO is bringing the comedic duo of David Walliams and Matt Lucas to America. The same characters will remain, they’ll just put their spin on American culture. I can’t wait for it to premiere in a couple of weeks, but until then, here’s a clip from their upcoming show:


Flashback Friday! (Back To Life-Soul II Soul)

Posted in Entertainment, Flashback Fridays!, Music, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

If “Back To Life” came out today, it would still be a hit!

Besides other 80’s artists Monie Love and Slick Rick, Soul II Soul was my favorite UK import. *Sigh* Music companies just don’t promote positive black music anymore.
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