The Culture and Curves of Idina Menzel

821195ea448d2c73bde0fe504e102b3d_SIf you did the ABC’s about Idina Menzel the “A” would definitely be for her Above average voice, the “B” for her astounding Broadway career and maybe “C” would be a toss up between her curves and culture.  Despite becoming more known for her vocal performance of Disney’s Frozen Elsa’s Let it Go, she certainly is not letting go of her shape. Before we talk about how she maintains measurements of 36-25- 32, let’s talk culture.

Menzel is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.  She is married to African American actor Taye Diggs and they have a child together.  Menzel and Digg were original cast members from the Broadway show Rent and starred in the 2005 movie version.   However, news is swirling that after over a little over a decade of marriage the may be calling it quits.

In a 2013 interview with WebMD, Menzel open up about health and fitness habits.

What’s your go-to healthy snack and why?

“Blueberries. Also, I’m trying to be gluten-free, so I enjoy the bars from Pure.”

What’s your healthy dinner?

“I love sushi. I eat lots of chicken, or a piece of grilled fish like tilapia, with spinach and Brussels sprouts.”

What three ingredients are always in your refrigerator and/or pantry?

I use Earth Balance spread instead of butter, and I always have almond milk. I keep plenty of fresh fruit like those blueberries, plus raspberries and watermelon.”

What about when you’re on set — what do you stash in your set trailer?

“I’m not very disciplined, and if I don’t bring my own snacks, I might eat the wrong things. I keep apples and almond butter.” Read About her Work Out Habits

with husband Taye Diggs

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Getting to know Mellody Hobson AKA Mrs. George Lucas

 

They have been an item for years  and the finally tied the knot in June 2013.  It is one thing be a steady but when one of the most influential and successful directors in Hollywood make you his wife then you catapult into the limelight.  What is noticeable first about this pair is that it is a union of older man and younger woman?   Or is it the union of African American female and American White male.  Maybe it is simply, that any woman that has the creator of the Star Wars universe  over the moon with love will have inquiring minds wanting to know about her.

The two met at a business conference in 2006. new Mrs. Lucas is quite a dynamic business woman.  A Vanity fair article cites impressive career.  Hobson is the president of a well-respected Chicago money-management firm called Ariel Investments. She’s a board member at Estée Lauder, Starbucks (where she chairs the audit-and-compliance committee), and DreamWorks Animation (where she chairs the entire board). For many years she was a contributor to ABC’s Good Morning America;she now works for CBS News and is on the boards of too many philanthropic organizations.

Obviously, Lucas found her beauty to more than skin deep.

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Interracial Perspective: Wentworth Miller on the “What are You Question?”

Actor Wentworth Miller of Prison Break fame gains a behind the scenes credit as writer of the independent film Stoker featuring Nicole Kidman.  He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English Literature.  Thus, the move from actor to writer is not a great leap.    Ivy League college runs in the family as his father is graduate of Yale.

The actor of African-American and Caucasian descent was born in England to American parents.  His father’s paternal side were immigrants from Jamaica and father’s maternal side very diverse including Dutch, French, Swedish, Lebanese and Syrian.  Miller’s mother’s side is Austrian and Polish.

With his fair, skin and light eyes, the very multi-cultural actor appears to most he may simply appear to simply be White but others question his identity.  Wentworth Miller states, “My experience is that I find myself having to constantly define myself to others, day-in, day-out. The quote that’s helped me the most through that is from Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” where she says, “Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined” – so I find myself defining myself for other people lest I be defined by others and stuck into some box where I don’t particularly belong”.

Tamera Mowery Housely on Interracial Marriage.

The late Michael Jackson said it best, “It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white.”  However, getting a point of view from a bi-racial woman of both African American and English Caucasian descent with a twin sister married to an African American male things get very interesting.  Tamera Mowery Housely is one half of the famous sisters who grew up on televison.  Two years ago she married Fox News correspondent Adam Housely.  The two had been together off and on for about five years.    Essence.com got an opportunity to ask Mrs. Housely about interracial dating.

Do you have any advice for women considering dating outside of their race who may be apprehensive about it?
TAMERA: Well, I always find these questions so interesting, because I’m a product of an interracial marriage — and I never really grew up seeing color. I honestly realized that my dad was White when someone told me in middle school. They’re like, “Oh your dad’s White?” I’m like, “Oh, my gosh, he really is White.” I knew what race was, but it didn’t matter to me. Yes we are an interracial couple. The thing is we do still deal with that. People always question that. If anything, it hurts, but we do have more people supporting us than making stupid comments. We kind of just ignore it and focus on the positive. Love is love and a lot of times people might be in the situation they’re in because they put barriers up. Like some people only want to date a model, or an actor, or an athlete. You’re only limiting yourself. Open up to what’s out there because God made us all.

Take a Look at back at the Wedding prep of Multi-Cultural Tamera Mowry to Adam Housely.  His family owns Century Oak Winery (Housley’s) so he wanted their love of wine included in the photo shoot:

San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick’s Story of Adoption- A Multi-Cultural Story

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What comes with price of success tends to be more invasive questions than you’ve ever experience in your life.  When you “mixed”, often the question can be annoying.  The latest multi-cultural celeb experiencing this is San Francisco 49er’s  Colin Kaepernick.  He  is bi-racial African American and Caucasian but he didn’t grow up with his birth parents.  Kaepernick was adopted at birth by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick. His birth mother was 19 when he was born and wanted to give him a better life, according to his family. His birth father left the picture as soon as he found out a baby was on the way, the family said.

Rick and Teresa had two children of their own, but lost two babies shortly after birth because of heart defects. Never mind that Colin was black and they were white. They just wanted another baby. So they took him in, remaining open and honest about his adoption. Though they often get puzzled stares and quizzical looks, nobody in the family thinks much about his place in it.  READ MORE

 

Interracial Marriage Hits Record High

Kendra and Hank

“The rise in interracial marriage indicates that race relations have improved over the past quarter century,” said Daniel Lichter, a sociology professor at Cornell University. “Mixed-race children have blurred America’s color line. They often interact with others on either side of the racial divide and frequently serve as brokers between friends and family members of different racial backgrounds,” he said. “But

Matt Damon and Argentina Born wife Luciana Barrroso

America still has a long way to go.”
The study finds that 8.4 percent of all current U.S. marriages are interracial, up from 3.2 percent in 1980. While Hispanics and Asians remained the most likely, as in previous decades, to marry someone of a different race, the biggest jump in share since 2008 occurred among blacks, who historically have been the most segregated.

Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/02/16/interracial-marriage-hits-record-high-driven-by-latino-population-growth/#ixzz289dpf2gK

Most Common Combinations:

  1. White and Hispanic
  2. White and Asian
  3. White and Black