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Eva Longoria - Fat or Pregnant?

Is is really any of our business this early in the game?

Weeks ago during and interview Le Grand Journal with her husband Tony Parker, Eva Longoria Parker was asked if the was pregnant. People are still wondering and still asking.

"I'm just fat" was her reply. Funny thing is I get it - celeb lives tend to be open for public inquires and scrutiny. But really though, this line of questioning is a bit gauche.

Okay, here's a great tip on womanhood: Most women prefer to wait until they've completed their first trimester before making their pregnancy public. Some choose to do this for all sorts of medical reasons. Oh and this includes civilians - not just celebrity women.

So don't be shocked when folks just evade the question or out right pull an Ashlee Simpson and plain ol' lie (I knew she was pregnant!). Women have their "personal" reasons for wanting to hold off.

Etiquette Expert Opinion: If you come across someone who looks a bit pregnant (as Mrs. Parker does in the photo above) and they haven't taken the liberty to share it with you YET then for the moment it's none of your business. Keep that question to yourself and let them tell the good news when they're good and ready.

Oh and my girly opinion? We just have to wait aand see!

Oceanside Harbor Days

This weekend I covered a two-day event, Harbor Days in Oceanside. Here's the website with the information. Later I'll post a link for you to see once the show airs. Right now my feet hurt, I'm tired and sun burned (yes black folks do burn). In this picture I'm doing my final outro. I'm actually at the end of the two days and the end of my wits.

Etiquette Expert Opinion: I don't know I'm too tired to think...goodnight.

Ludacris Didn't Get it Right With Obama

Okay, so all the political analysts and media folks are all up in arms over this song Ludacris wrote in "support" of Senator Barack Obama. I just listened to the song and found the lyrics online. He said some pretty ummm- well interesting stuff about Senator John McCain and others:

On Senator McCain: "Paint the White House black and I'm sure that's got 'em terrified McCain don't belong in any chair unless he's paralyzed".

On Senator Clinton: "Better yet put him in office, make me your vice president Hillary hated on you, so that ***ch is irrelevant".

On President Bush: "Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped ...and you the worst of all 43 presidents".

Oh and Luda didn't discriminate, he tapped on Jessi Jackson too: "Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what? If you said it then you meant it how you want it have a gut"!

So what's really hood here? Well Luda is just trying to show his support for the Senator. He's doing his thing the way he knows how. Show love for one person by lyrically ripping the other apart. Works for the rap game but it's a no, no, no, no no for the political thing. Folks we've got to realize the way this whole thing goes:

Barack Obama is running for PRESIDENT of the United States of America. Therefore, not only will he be scrutinized heavily but his public supporters will be raked over as well. This means you can't do that street stuff when it comes to supporting Senator Obama. You can be firm and honest but do mouth check. That means ask yourself " If I say this, can it potentially hurt the Senator"? Come on now did we not learn anything from the whole Dr. Jeremiah Wright thing?

So now the Obama camp has had to "denounce" Ludacris, condemn his song, and of course the Senator will have to distance himself from the rapper. Sad case Luda meant well but he got it wrong.

Etiquette Expert Opinion: Shall I put it old school? Check yourself before you wreck yourself. Always think before you speak.

Oh here's a link to the song and the lyrics: HERE

Broken Engagement - Keep the ring or not?

So Bachelor Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas have called off their engagement. Okay so it happens, better to call off an engagement than go through a divorce. reports Shayne says she's keeping the ring and Matt says give it back. So the question is- what is a girl to do when you've received an engagement ring yet the engagement goes kaput?

Etiquette Expert Opinion: An engagement ring is a gift for promise-of-MARRIAGE. Once the marriage is called off the proper thing to do is (pry the ring out of your hands and) return the ring.

It might feel icky for a while but you'll get over it. More importantly, when it comes to future relationships they'll be no DRAMA over why you still have (wear, cherish, keep it in a shiny box) your ex's engagement ring. Think of all the arguments you can avoid.

Obama Gives Obama Some Dap

This past Tuesday Barack Obama claimed victory as the Democratic presidential nominee. And in doing so he gave his wife something that's not unfamiliar to many brothers & sisters - he gave his wife Michelle some Dap (translate - fist pump, fist bump).

So then all the analysts and commentators went berserk trying to figure out what it meant, whether or not it was some sort of subliminal message or a so-called "terrorist symbol". Well it was none of those. It was just a little something we see in "our" community when two individuals want to congratulate one another on a job well done. Nothing less nothing more, nothing to read into. Just a little rock on brotha!!
Etiquette Expert Opinion: It's perfectly fine show show a moderate amount of PDA with your honey.