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It’s been a whirlwind week for the most important female comedian in the business: the one and only Tina Fey. Fey is not just a comedian, she is a comedy tycoon. From her stellar tenure at Saturday Night Live, to penning Mean Girls, to creating NBC’s hit sitcom 30 Rock, Fey has had a strong hold on the comedy world for over a decade.

While you might be inclined to think she has done it all, Tina’s career is showing virtually no signs of stopping. This past week alone has seen the release and subsequent book tour for her new memoir aptly titled Bossypants (a must read, critics say). When taking her book tour to The Oprah Winfrey Show, Fey revealed that at age 40, she is pregnant with her second child. In case you had any doubt, she is indeed Superwoman. (more…)

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As Oprah bids farewell to daytime television, the silver fox himself is ready to fill in her shoes. Anderson Cooper, host of CNN’s AC360°, signed a deal with Telepictures Productions and Warner Bros. to host a syndicated daytime talk show. The program is set to launch in fall 2011 after it is picked up by a network.

Commenting on his latest venture Cooper said, “With this new program I hope to relay important information and relate to people and the audience in a completely different way. It’s an exciting opportunity to show another side of myself and create something worthwhile and special in daytime.”

While I’ve always been a big fan of Anderson’s work and personally feel that he’s one of the best journalists in the business, I’m a little concerned about this new show. It’s set to have an entertainment and pop culture focus, which strays away from the hard news we’re used to hearing him cover.

I’m not sure I’d be comfortable watching Anderson try to analyze the inner-workings of Jersey Shore. I’d much rather see him working the hell out of that sexy black T-shirt with his partner in crime Dr. Sanjay Gupta. At least I can sleep easier knowing that he does plan to continue hosting AC°360 along with this new daytime show.

~Dee Lockett

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You may know Mark Zuckerberg as the founder of Facebook. And soon, you’ll know him as Mark Zuckerberg, the not-so-silent crusader for the American public education system.

On Friday morning — the same day The Social Network debuted at the New York Film Festival — Zuckerberg talked with Oprah and formally announced his donation of $100 million to the city of Newark, NJ. He appeared alongside newly elected New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker to discuss his foundation Startup: Education.

Of the start-up Zuckerberg says, “I’ve spent a lot of the last year just researching myself what the most leveraged ways are to impact the education system across the country…[I had to] go into a place that is ready for real reform, that has great leaders to invest in.”

His conclusion: Newark is perfect! As a native Jersey girl, I can attest that Newark is indeed a shithole, a city decaying with every passing day. Like other New Jersey cities Camden, Paterson, and Trenton, it has fallen victim to crime, drugs, poverty, and corruption.

Now, hear me out. I believe what Zuckerberg is doing is incredibly admirable, albeit a little ironic considering he created a website that has essentially become the greatest distraction to students across the globe. However, his choice of Newark as the first test for this start-up is foolish.

Zuckerberg claims that Jersey has great leaders to invest in, but he clearly hasn’t done his research. Gov. Chris Christie is plain and simply using Zuckerberg to save his own ass. Back in March, Christie announced a radical plan to reduce the state’s $10.7 billion deficit, by cutting the education budget $820 million.

Zuckerberg is a smart man; he’s a billionaire at 26, but this decision is clearly showing his youth. Look up Christie on Facebook. Under interests I’m sure you’ll find things like greed, narcissism, and douchebaggery.

~Dee Lockett