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Watching Anderson Cooper 360 last night, I was amazed at all the attention and emphasis suddenly being placed on African Americans. It's almost as if all of a sudden, it's SOOO cool to be black. There was an array of contributors from fashion industry experts to news anchors weighing in on the Obamas and their branding affect on the economy. I saw a Barack Obama "Barbie" for lack of a better description, complete with interchangeable ties, and weaponry. There's the whole issue about whether or not the Ty Company is abusing the First Daughters privacy by releasing Marvelous Malia and Sweet Sasha dolls. J. Crew's website went down after the media released that the inauguration day outfits worn by the girls were J. Crew. They were custom made for the girls but similar styles are to be released with the Fall line. Mothers everywhere are scrambling though to come up with look a like options. First Lady Michelle's inauguration gown designed by Jason Wu already has spoofs from other designers. There are Obama earrings, Obama wine glasses, Obama hot sauce, the list goes on and on. Not to mention the underground merchandise. The Obamas superstar qualities could single handedly lift the economy, lol. Roland Martin mentioned on Inauguration Day that because of the President, designers and print ads would be scrambling to feature more African Americans, and the other contributors shook their heads. But it looks like he was right. One modeling company featured on AC360 said that they have received several calls for look a likes of the Obama girls. And a fashion industry expert commented back that absolutely runways, magazines and print ads will feel the pressure to use more African Americans. Because "Black is Beautiful even if America is just realizing that." I almost fell off my bed when he made this comment. Well then...gone head sir...Black is Beautiful. We knew that all along and now America realizing first hand just how beautiful it is and how beautiful we are.

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