Binge Worthy: The Real Housewives of Auckland

Who Knew?

March 21 2006, The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered on Bravo. Followed by The Real Housewives of New York, Atlanta, New Jersey, Washington DC,Miami.   In 2011, the franchise went global,  Athens Greece, Vancouver, Melbourne Australia, Cheshire in Britain, Auckland,  Toronto ,Sydney and later this year “The Real Housewives of Hungary.

Every now an then Bravo places an International franchise in the schedule.  Last year it was Melbourne, this year Auckland New Zealand.

In the first episode “Model Behavior” Some of the cast member’s are meeting each other for the first time.  The setting is Julia Sloane’s birthday party.   At the party we learn  Michelle Blanchard was a model.  Enter Angela Stone, who says she is a model.  A shocked ,Michelle says, “You still model? Plus size, or…”  Angela blinks rapidly, smiles and says, “No, not at all.”        “I’m just saying,” replies Michelle.  Angela tears up. (Like how dare she!) Michelle, not remorseful at all  quickly adds  “Sweetie, with tits like that you’re not a normal-sized model. Get over it.”

I’m all in!

And I’m not Alone

Huffington Post Contributor Shira Hirschman Weiss  says:  The best Real Housewives franchise you’re probably are not watching is The Real Housewives of Auckland (RHOAKL)

Actress Lena Dunham Tweets:

tamaratattles says

This episode was hysterical. I loved Lea being on the show again. We need more Lea somehow even though it seems there will be no season two.

Both book launches were hysterical. Angela was responsible for all of the hilarity. She is reality TV gold.

We only have one episode left and I am still not sure of everyone’s names. It’s the cat lady whose name I can’t remember. Oh, it’s Ann. I am watching Ann cry to Gilda about misjudging her as a gold digger.

I can’t understand why they are not giving us another season of this comedy gold.

Americans watching ‘Real Housewives of Auckland‘ are shocked by the casual use of a racial slur which led to the show’s cancellation.



In America, controversy equals higher ratings. In New Zealand it may have the opposite affect.  Did Nigger sink The Real Housewives?  Click Link below for the full story?


This quite possibly the worst Housewives Intro Ever! 

However the show is Delicious ? 


Interest in the show is growing in America.  Can American viewers revive the show?

“The Real Housewives of Auckland”  BINGE WORTHY

The Full Season is currently available on Bravo and on the net



Why You Should Never Assume That A Black Person Can’t Be Latino

“A whole section of my identity was cut off.”

By: Zeba Blay/Huffington Post

The assumption that being black and Latino is not possible isn’t only false — it can have harmful consequences on a person’s sense of identity, as revealed by one woman in a recent video that’s going viral.

Those consequences are explored in the latest installment of the #DefineBlack video series, which is an ongoing project whose aim is to redefine blackness and challenge stereotypes within the black community by filming candid, free-form discussions amongst everyday young black people.

Afro Latina Angeley Crawford candidly shares her experiences growing up as a black woman of Costa Rican descent in the predominantly Puerto Rican neighborhood of Bushwick in Brooklyn, New York.

According to Crawford, getting her hair done at the local Puerto Rican beauty salon was always a painful ordeal because many of the stylists assumed she was not Latina. “If you don’t know that I speak Spanish, then you were likely to say a lot of things as you blow out my hair [at the salon],” Crawford explained. “And I heard many things. Many comments on the color of my skin, on my weight. I would come home and… my mother would tell me to defend myself. But how do you defend yourself against an entire salon that is saying you’re not beautiful? That you have pelo malo (bad hair)?”

The experiences Crawford struggled with, from colorism to exclusion, echoed the prejudices so many Afro Latinas may feel who, often times, felt alienated for not being “Latina” enough, or “black” enough.

Towards the end of the clip, Crawford admits that feeling as though she didn’t belong made her cling more to her black heritage. “I just didn’t fit anywhere in the context of a Puerto Rican/Dominican neighborhood. At that moment, I made the conscious decision to say, ‘Well, I’m just not going to be Latina anymore,'” she said.

“A whole section of my identity was cut off for the next decade.”

Not all Latinos are the same, as projects like #DefineBlack and #LatinosBreakTheMold are proving. Latinos come in many different races, and from many different parts of the world. It’s that diversity that makes the Latino identity so dynamic. Assuming that someone isn’t Latino simply because they don’t look “traditionally” Latino is problematic. That’s why stories like Crawford’s remind us why the Afro Latino experience needs to be more represented in the media and in larger conversations about what it means to be Latino. Ignoring these stories means ignoring a part of someone’s identity.

5 Things Hispanics Born in America Want You to Know

Photo: Google

By: Elizabeth Mandy Coreas/Huffington Post-Latino Voices

My name is Elizabeth, and I was born in the United States, specifically in New York City. My father was a Chilean immigrant, and my mother a Hispanic American born in the U.S. as well. While being part of two cultures is in many ways rewarding, especially when you consider the benefits of being raised with dual languages, there are also several unique hurdles that are faced only by Hispanic Americans. So if you are reading this, and you know someone who is a Hispanic born in the United States, here is a list of 5 things they probably want you to know about them:

1) We are just as American as you are.

Many times people look at us and ask us where we are from. When we respond we are from a certain state, the response is typically: “No, really…where are you from…originally?” What Hispanic Americans want you to understand, is that this is our country too. Even though our parents may come from other countries, this is the place of our birth. We are not here illegally or undocumented. We went to the same schools, we learned everything the white, black and Asian kids learned. We know the culture. We listen to the same music, watch the same television shows, and enjoy the same movies. Although we may visit the countries our parents came from, it will never be as familiar to us as this one. We pledge our allegiance to the same flag. We are American too.

2) We must speak Spanish, there is no choice.

There is no way around this one. If you are Hispanic, and your parents are Hispanic, you need to speak Spanish, period. Being born in the United States does not give us a free pass on this one. This is because of the shaming that often occurs within families. Sadly, a Hispanic that does not speak Spanish will often be singled out and made to feel less of him or herself. Most households believe that not speaking the language makes you not proud of your heritage. Even worse, they believe that a Hispanic who refuses to speak the Spanish language is considered to be “Americanized” in the sense that they have lost an important part of who they are by opting to only speak English. This is what we have to deal with. Now here is where it gets tricky. We want to be recognized as Americans yet there is nothing more shameful to our own family members than being an “Americanized” Hispanic, ironic isn’t it?

3) Other Hispanics think we are arrogant.

There are several Hispanics in the United States that were born in other countries, and have come to the United States for various reasons. Often times, they consider the Hispanics born in this country to be rather arrogant and cocky. They think we consider ourselves better than the rest, simply because we were born on the “other side” of the river, so to speak. However, just because we speak English does not mean we look at ourselves as high and mighty. Sadly, this is just a misconception.

4) We have a hard time fitting in.

The Americans don’t find us American enough, and the Hispanics don’t find us Hispanic enough. This is a struggle we face constantly. We have the best of both worlds, yet we can’t find a 100% mesh with either side, and honestly I don’t think there will ever be one. Hispanics born in other countries will look at you funny if you mispronounce a word in Spanish, or even worse, don’t know the definition. Try explaining to them that you were born here, and that’s a whole other story. We never hear the end of it.

5) We love our dual heritage.

We love everything about being Hispanic. We love our food, our music, our diversity. We watch Spanish Soap Operas with our grandmothers, and dance to music while we clean our kitchens, or cook our dinners. This is who we are. We cannot change it. We will not change it. We are proud of who we are and where we come from. Yet we still love America, its freedom and everything it stands for. If that is not what makes up this amazing melting pot, then I don’t know what is!

Bombs on wheels through Sacramento twice a Day?

By :CityFella

Last February ,a CSX train carrying more than three million gallons of crude oil derailed in Mount Carbon West Virginia. The fires burned in this town of 2000 for days.  Each tank carried 30,000 gallons of Balkken Crude Oil from North Dakota.

Hundreds of families were evacuated after losing their drinking water and electricity when 19 tank cars slammed into each other and caught fire, leaking oil into a Kanawha River tributary and burning a nearby house down to its foundation.

Trains hauling Bakken-region oil have been involved in major accidents in Virginia, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Alabama and Lac-Megantic, Quebec, where 47 people were killed by an explosive derailment in 2013. Reports of oil leaking from railroad tank cars also are increasing, from 12 in 2008 to 186 last year, according to Department of Transportation records reviewed by The Associated Press.

Bombs on Wheels through Sacramento 

Valero Refining Company wants to send two 50 oil car trains twice a day through midtown Sacramento.  It would join hundred of oil cars that currently travel through midtown on route to Bay Area Refineries.  The Central line passes nine blocks from the State Capital  through the most densely populated area of Sacramento, passing Homes,Schools .Apartments, Restaurants, Churches and Businesses.

Some of the oil is the volatile Bakken crude

Bakken crude has a highly combustible mix of natural gases including butane, methane and propane.

An investigation by federal authorities of the Mount Carbon derailing using data found on the train’s digital data recorders , revealed the train was traveling at 33 miles per hour at the time of the accident.

Railroads that carry Bakken crude are required to disclose where their trains travel to state emergency officials, under a federal order issued last year covering all shipments of a million gallons or more. CSX called this information proprietary, but more than 20 states rejected its argument, making the information available to the general public as well as first-responders. West Virginia is among those keeping it secret.

According to the Sacramento Bee, a Bakken oil train comes through midtown Sacramento once or twice a week en route to an oil refinery in Richmond.


The Fed wants the industry to build safer cars.  The railroads, oil producers and shippers say some of the new safety requirements are unproven and too costly, yet some safety advocates and environmental groups say the regulations aren’t strict enough and still leave too many people at risk.

New rules require stronger tank cars, with thicker shells and higher front and back safety shields for shipping crude oil and other flammable liquids. Older, weaker models that more easily rupture will have to be retrofitted or replaced within three to five years.

A coalition of environmental groups — including Earthjustice, ForestEthics and the Sierra Club — sued, alleging that loopholes could allow some dangerous tank cars to remain on the tracks for up to a decade.

The new rules provide exemptions to trains with fewer than 20 contiguous tank cars of a flammable liquid, such as oil, and for trains with fewer than 35 such tank cars in total.

One oil industry group is challenging the new regulations in court, too, arguing that manufacturers won’t be able to build and retrofit tank cars fast enough to meet the requirements.

The railroad industry is also taking action against the new crude-by-rail rules, filing an appeal of the new rules with the Department of Transportation.

Growing is outrage from the public.  The rail tanker is a common sight as they pass through hundreds of cities every day.  What people are unaware of is the flammability of the new crude pressured from the ground.  The source of the Valero crude is unknown.

As the oil companies increase the amount of shipments, the probability of an catastrophic accident taking place in an densely populated area also increases.


Things that make you go hmmmm? For Oct 15,2014

Illustration by Andre Carrillo

Until American doctors treating patients with Ebola in West Africa were diagnosed with the disease, the current Ebola outbreak has been largely faceless, mainly about statistics and if and when the virus would spread to American soil.

Carrilho told The Huffington Post he created the illustration to show how the media “seems to treat epidemics differently, depending on where they occur, and to whom.”

“I think unfortunately, in the Western media, there are first-world diseases and third-world diseases, and the attention devoted to the latter depends on the threat they pose to us, not on a universal measure of human suffering,” he said. “A death in Africa, or Asia for that matter, should be as tragic as a death in Europe or the USA, and it doesn’t seem to be.”

Since the first cases of the current Ebola outbreak were reported in March, 3,865 people have died of the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mortality rate for the disease averages around 50 percent, the World Health Organization notes, and there are currently no licensed Ebola vaccines.

Two American aid workers who survived the disease were given the experimental drug ZMapp for treatment. It is unknown if the drug helped in their recovery process, but the decision to administer the drug to the two victims was seen as controversial because African victims of the disease were not given the same opportunity for treatment.

Carrilho says this difference in treatment and media coverage shifts the paradigm.

“If an epidemic breaks out in the USA or Europe, suddenly the reporting is more engaged.

Asian Voices: Progressives, Are You Listening?

By:Jarryd Willis/Huffington Post

Start including Asian voters in any discussion of Black and Hispanic issues. We’ve heard little of the 1.4 million undocumented Asians or 200k Asian youth who qualify for the DreamACT. Remember, Bill Clinton never won the Asian vote, and we shouldn’t take it for granted in 2016.

Asian-Americans appear to be the only large (and growing) voting group whose interests align with the Democratic Party and yet they are rarely afforded the same share of the ‘debate spotlight’ as social issues relevant to women, LGBT, Black, Hispanic, religious minority, middle-income and low-income voters. The absence of Asian voters’ concerns in the public debate allows the GOP to take a revanchist approach to legislation affecting minority populations with the belief that they’re acting in impunity. To be blunt, they may feel the Black/Latino/LGBT demographic groups affected are inexorably members of the Democratic Party, and therefore there’s nothing to gain by supporting a law and/or no cost in repealing a law tailored to the concerns of such groups.

The Republican Party DOES, however, believe it should be winning the Asian vote. Thus, if Progressives reached out to the Asian-American community and sought their engagement on key issues, it may bring more Republicans to the table to prevent Democrats from completely filling that vacuum.

The Immigration Reform debate provides an excellent example. Democratic politicians, Progressive news hosts and analysts, and many Liberal bloggers engaged in this debate have focused on the importance of the legislation for Hispanic youth and families. Almost no attention has been paid, however, to what Immigration Reform means for the 1.4 million undocumented Asian immigrants, or the 200,000 undocumented Asian youth who qualify for the Dream ACT. According to the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, nearly half of the 4.3 million people in our immigration backlog are individuals from Asian countries waiting to be reunited with their families.

If the implications of Immigration Reform for Asian voters (which the GOP believes they ‘should’ win) were given the same attention as the implications for Hispanic voters (which the GOP may believe they will never win again) and LGBT voters with international spouses (which the GOP apparently never wants to win), then there may be more House Republicans open to supporting it.

There are several other key issues where Asian-Americans’ and Progressives’ policy preferences align. Consider the following:

Abortion. During the 2012 election, Mitt Romney gave an interview where he stated he wanted to see a prohibition on abortion. This strongly conflicts with the views of 54 percent of Asian-Americans who feel abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

End Racial Profiling Act. Like Blacks and Hispanics who are stopped and frisked due to their skin color, and LGBT who are attacked by gaycists on a regular basis, Asian Americans face profiling. Imagine an Asian woman walking home one night when she notices some unknown man following her in his truck. She starts moving faster to get away from him but he gets out of the vehicle and catches up to her. She defends herself fearing the stalker may try and rape her, and he takes out a gun and shoots her. Without legal protections against profiling, this woman’s family would likely see the man who killed their daughter walk free on self-defense.

ObamaCare. While the GOP has attempted to repeal ObamaCare for the 40th time (going on 1,000), a majority of Asian-Americans support the health care law whereas only 18 percent are opposed.

SCOTUS Voting Rights Act Decision. Asian-American groups have been fervently opposed to the decision to strike section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. This is related to my earlier point: because the GOP likely thinks the VRA only applies to Blacks, a voting group they don’t care to engage with, they had no problem striking it down & have no interest in amending it. However, if the concerns of Asian voters (and Hispanic & Indian/Native American) are brought to the VRA debate, the GOP will be more a more attentive audience.

Affirmative Action. Another issue where the GOP is largely opposed whereas the Democratic Party and Asian-Americans are aligned in support.

Gay Marriage. Despite Asian-Americans’ support for same-sex marriage being lower than the national average, there has been an increase in support in the past few years (similar to the national trend).

Right now Republicans are more concerned with their NRA Scorecard than Compromise Scorecard, but as the Asian-American community continues to grow at a rate faster than Hispanics, as there are more majority-minority districts that are primarily Asian-American, and as they grow in swing-states such as Nevada, Virginia, & Texas, the GOP will have to respond appropriately to the concerns of diverse groups tethered by common fates. Should the Republican Party fail, the Whig Party will welcome their company.



V. for Vanessa Stiviano: The Dirt

By: CityFella

The door is open, it  was simply at matter of time.  The Media would get information on V. For Vanessa Stiviano the women at the center of the Donald Sterling storm.

The Hot News via TMZ

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office is currently investigating claims that Stiviano is attempting to blackmail Sterling into paying her to keep more recordings private, L.A. news outlet KABC reported.

V. Stiviano is under criminal investigation for allegedly extorting Donald Sterling by demanding money in return for keeping more audio recordings secret … TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … a senior investigator for the L.A. County D.A.’s Bureau of Investigation contacted Shelly Sterling Tuesday … asking for an interview in connection with the extortion investigation.

Donald Sterling gave an interview last week … telling a magazine, “I wish I had just paid her off.”

TMZ Sports first reported … Stiviano claims to have 100 plus hours of recordings of conversations between her and Sterling.

Stiviano’s people told us a week ago … Sterling called her after we posted the audio … asking her, How can we make this go away?  We have since learned it was NOT Sterling who initiated the call — it was Stiviano.

And we’ve learned the investigation is also focusing on whether Stiviano illegally recorded Sterling  … recording private conversations without the consent of all parties is a crime in California.

We contacted Stiviano’s law firm about the extortion investigation, and we’re told, “We have no knowledge and therefore no comment.”

Her Arrest History 

According the the NY Daily News  V. Stiviano first was busted for shoplifting in 2002 at a Ross Dress for Less store in Los Angeles, she was 19.  Which ended with a year of probation  and a work probation.

January 2004, she entered an Old Navy Store  and allegedly took nice items without paying.  She went by the  aliases Monica Gallegos and Vanessa Perez. She was 21 for the Old Navy bust and eventually received a sentence of one day in jail and two years of probation.


In 2010 the 31 year old Stiviano  was arrested  for felony drug possession, but the case was dropped when testing of the pills found in her purse proved they were vitamins, her civil lawyer Mac Nehoray told The News.


No charges were ever filed.


Sept. 22, 2012, when she was pulled over near the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles for blowing through a stop sign at “30-plus” miles per hour, an arrest report obtained by The News states.

TMZ Say’s

2012 — Stiviano was busted by CHP for DUI.  This time she was booked as Monica Gallegos, a 5’7″ 110 lb black woman.  We don’t know the disposition.

In addition to Vanessa Maria Perez and Monica Gallegos, court records show she also used the names Maria ValdezMaria Vanessa Perez and Maria Monica Perez Gallegos.  She’s currently going by V. Stiviano.

From Huffington Post

V. Stiviano has taken in two foster children in the midst of the racism scandal involving billionaire Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Stiviano’s lawyer, Mac Nehoray, said Stiviano is now caring for two foster boys. ages 12 and 13, with the approval of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the Los Angeles Times reported. One boy is of “Cambodian Mexican descent and one is Mexican and Native American descent,” Nehoray said. Stiviano hopes to adopt them in the future.

The approval came after a DCFS employee visited Stiviano’s $1.8 million home before her now-famous Barbara Walter interview and “in the middle of all the craziness,” according to Nehoray.

He confirmed the news after an erroneous report claimed Stiviano had adopted two African-American boys.  The website also claimed Sterling, 80, knew about her plans. An unnamed source told Radar, “V is over the moon” about the situation. “Donald has spent a lot of time with V and the boys in the past. He got along with the boys, and was very sweet to them,” the source also said, per Radar.

Nehoray has denied that Stiviano, who has described herself as Sterling’s personal assistant, was behind the leak of the recordings that sparked the racism scandal. In the tapes, a man presumed to be Sterling tells Stiviano not to bring black people to Clippers’ games or post photos of herself with black people. Nehoray said  Stiviano’ friend released the recordings without permission.


Uh Oh From RadarOnline

Donald Sterling’s alleged mistress, V. Stiviano, fudged the truth in order to become a foster mom. has exclusively learned that she submitted paperwork to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, on letterhead from the Donald T. Sterling Foundation, stating made $3,000 per week working for the charity. But according to a rep for the organization, she never worked there!

An insider tells Radar, “V. submitted paperwork on letterhead from the Donald T Sterling Foundation stating she was an employee, and made approximately $3,000 a week when she applied to become a foster parent to the two young boys she is in the process of adopting. This was given to social workers from DCFS.”

However, the CFO of the Donald T Sterling Foundation, Darren Schield, told Radar, “There is no record of Ms. Stiviano ever working for the charity. No payments have ever been made to Ms. Stiviano from the charity. In fact, the foundation has no paid employees.”

Indeed, tax records reviewed by reveal that there are no paid employees of the foundation.

Sterling, his estranged wife, Shelly, and the CFO are listed as officers, but aren’t paid for their services. Furthermore, Stiviano isn’t listed on any of the tax returns filed by the charity.

As for paid advertisements that the Donald T Sterling Foundation placed in the Los Angeles times in recent years, in which Stiviano is listed as member of the foundation, Schield says, “The charity didn’t pay for, nor was it responsible for the content of the ads.” But he wouldn’t reveal who did foot the bill.


Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda says he’s not surprised by his friend Donald Sterling’s racist remarks.  The former Dodgers manager tells West Palm Beach station WPBF after 30 years of friendship with Sterling, “It doesn’t surprise me that he said those things. And he shouldn’t have said it.”

Lasorda also offered his thoughts on the woman Sterling was talking to on the tape, V. Stiviano, saying: “I don’t wish that girl any bad luck, but I hope she gets hit with a car.”


6 minutes left

V. for Vanessa has about 6 of her 15 minutes left.  Dirt happens, its a part of public life.   The next 6 minutes is going to be rough.   Stay Tuned