Archive for June 19th, 2009

White House Statement from President Obama on the Occasion of Juneteenth

Friday, June 19th, 2009

The White House Released a Statement from President Obama on the Occasion of Juneteenth

Statement from President Obama on the Occasion of Juneteenth

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On this day in 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, those who found themselves still enslaved in Galveston, Texas had their hopes realized and their prayers answered. Contrary to what others had told them, the rumors they had heard were indeed true. The Civil War had ended, and they were now free.

Read the President’s complete Juneteenth statement – Juneteenth 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Father's Day 2009 (06/19)

Friday, June 19th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Father’s Day & Fatherhood

June 19 : 02 days till Father’s Day

Did you know that one in four dads who work outside the home spend less than an hour a day with their kids?

And did you know that 38% of working dads say they would take a pay cut to spend more time with their kids?

Father’s Day is a day of commemoration and celebration of Dad. It is a day to not only honor your father, but all men who have acted as a father figure in your life – whether as Stepfathers, Uncles, Grandfathers, or “Big Brothers.” So join our Father’s Day festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Father’s Day on June 21st!

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(June 19) Today we're celebrating . . .  Juneteenth

Friday, June 19th, 2009


Juneteenth
Celebrating the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

“Juneteenth” comes from the words “June” and “19th”, which according to southern folklore, is when the slaves of Texas first learned of their freedom. Though freed in 1863, the slaves did not learn of their freedom until the arrival of the Union soldiers on June 19th, 1865, 2 1/2 years after the proclamation was first issued.

For more information : Juneteenth: June 19th – A Day of Thanks and the Celebration of Emancipation

photo credit: via flickr

 
Update: White House releases Statement from President Obama on the Occasion of Juneteenth

Countdown to Father's Day: Top TV Dads

Friday, June 19th, 2009

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As we countdown to Father’s Day (06/21) – here’s our continuing look at some of TV’s favorite fathers: From the 1950s cardigan-wearing, “Father Knows Best” types to the 21st century guys juggling dysfunctional families and questionable careers.

TV’s Top Dads (in chronological order)

Homer Simpson (1990’s/2000’s)
As a less-than-perfect dad, Homer Simpson has cornered the market on underachieving. As The Simpsons’s (1989-present) animated patriarch, Homer personifies bumbling ineptitude in everything he does – from his botched attempts at raising his three kids to his rather ironic job as safety inspector at the local nuclear plant. The longest run show on TV, with characters that have never aged, The Simpsons offers America a satirical, politically incorrect family and one of the most enduring iconic cultural references.

Check back each day for another TV dad (or you can cheat and check out all our TV dads here).

Our Favorite Celeb Dads – Favorite Twin Dad

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Our Favorite Celeb Dads
From musicians to athletes to actors, join us as we continue our countdown to Father’s Day with the hottest celebrity pops in the business. And we’ve even got a genuine super hero dad!

Favorite Twin Dad – Brad Pitt
We were going to call this category “Favorite Movie Star Dad,” but then the news broke last year that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were expecting twins. We had known for months that Brad’s partner Angie was pregnant again – and yes, celebrity gossip pundits had long speculated about a possible twin pregnancy.

But in an interview with the Today Show’s Natalie Morales, Angie confirmed that she and our favorite movie star dad, Brad Pitt, were in fact expecting two little bundles of joy. And on July 12, 2008 Brad and Angie welcomed their twins, a boy named Knox Leon and a girl called Vivienne Marcheline born in Nice, France

Despite the fact that the Jolie-Pitts have become their very own version of the Brady Bunch (as Angie’s costar Jack Black joked in the Today Show interview), our love for Brad as Dad dates back to the start of his relationship with Angie. Soon after hooking up with his Mr. & Mrs. Smith costar, Brad adopted her now 8-year-old son Maddox, whom Angie had adopted from Cambodia. The couple added Zahara (from Ethiopia), 4, Shilo (the couple’s first biological child), 3, and Pax (from Vietnam), 5.

According to Brad, he couldn’t be happier with his full house: “I love it and can’t recommend it any more highly – although sleep is nonexistent,” he quipped at a recent press conference. It would take a lot more than sleep deprivation to slow down a humanitarian heartthrob like Brad Pitt.

When the Today Show’s Ann Curry asked Brad about his new found drive for charitable projects (like his $5 million green urban renewal initiative in New Orleans), the Missouri-native replied passionately: “I’ve got kids now. It changes your perspective on the world. I’ve had my day – I’ve made some films. I’ve really had a very fortunate life. It’s time for me to share that now.”

The Jolie-Pitts currently have three boys and three girls. There’s no word yet on which way the gender scales might tip in the future.

(Check out all our Favorite Celeb Dads here)

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