Abercrombie CEO, Mike Jeffries Retires Suddenly, No Successor Has Been Named

Abercrombie and Fitch’s outspoken, and often hate-filled, CEO, Mike Jeffries has retired. His retirement comes as a surprise to industry insiders and consumers. While Jeffries has been a controversial figure, he’s remained relatively quiet in the last year, and no rumors about his departure were leaked prior to the announcement. No successor has been appointed, but three board members are expected to step in and take over the day-to-day operations of the company. 

Shareholders have long been unhappy with Jeffries. The lack of change to the store to meet new tastes of American teens has been a sticking point. Jeffries’ comments about their clothes only being intended for “good looking people”, and statements regarding the poor wearing his clothing, has made him extremely controversial to the public. 

Jeffries has also been difficult to work with, claims a lawsuit filed in 2010. His eccentricities and expectations appear to have grown exponentially in recent years, even as the clothing brand he took from the ground up, continued to falter. Jeffries brought A&F to fame in the 1990’s when he altered the brand with a sexy, outdoorsy appeal. Prior to Jeffries the company sold hiking and camping gear. Sales have fallen significantly over the last five year, however. 

Economist Christian Broda chimes in that Abercrombie has yet to replicate the success they had in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Their lines, which cater to teens and early 20-somethings, has failed to morph and change with times. The clothes remain “prep school chic”, while the popular look among teens and young adults today is anything but. The company has tried to swing more towards the children’s direction in recent years, but has failed on that front as well. 

French Toast Crunch Cereal to Return from the Cereal Graveyard


Breakfast cereals have become synonymous with different generations. Our grandparents love Cream of Wheat, our parents Cheerios. As kids, we were able to fill our bowls each morning with the wonders of Fruity Pebbles, Cookie Crisp, and of course, what Mark Ahn says is his personal favorite, French Toast Crunch. The syrup-flavored, bread slice shaped, sugary delight that many a child held as a delicacy first originated in 1995 and was discontinued in 2006, but now it’s slated to make a comeback.

This is bound to bring forth a surge of nostalgia for 90’s kids, some of whom were so passionate about their breakfast cereal of choice that they even set up a Facebook memorial page in its honor and a petition on Change.org that accumulated a staggering 100,000 signatures in favor of its return.

The company says that the cereal is scheduled to return to stores next month, and will retain its same distinct flavor and beloved bread slice shape. You can be sure that this time, it won’t be kids begging their parents for the latest unhealthy but delicious cereal, but rather parents trying to convince their spouse to let the purchase “just one more box.”

Miley Cyrus Loves CoCo

Anyone who knows Miley Cyrus, knows that she is full of controversy. Miley has recently stated how much she likes the song “CoCo, by O.T. Genasis. Miley even did a stint on stage with the artist, at a Miami club, where she wore a glittery wig, and was dancing around the stage. Miley Cyrus & CoCo. The song CoCo is quickly rising to fame and popularity on YouTube, and has gotten over 13 million hits since its release onto the website. With big artists like Miley Cyrus backing it, who knows how far the popularity of the song will go.

Recently, in New York, O.T. performed the song on stage, and he was alongside his mentor, who is Busta Rhymes. Unfortunately, Busta Rhymes was dancing extremely hard, and bobbing his head, while the music was playing, and he fell head first off the stage. Busta Rhymes ending up getting a bad cut on his head, but more than likely his ego was more badly bruised. The video of Busta Rhymes falling off the stage has been put on the internet, and also aired on TMZ recently.

Keith Mann says bad press from that fall did not hurt the popularity of the song, the fall might even make the song become more popular, especially seeing that the two were associated with the each other. All and all, O.T. may have some more fame to look forward to, and performing with Miley Cyrus, doesn’t hurt his chances of fame either.

Laurene Powell Jobs Quietly Gets the Job Done

With little fanfare, back in 1997, Laurene Powell Jobs and Carlos Watson co-founded College Track in Palo Alto, CA. She worked behind the scenes then, but is now beginning to find her voice. With a net worth of $11.7 billion, Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, has become more visible in her philanthropy and her political causes since her husband’s death. More visible, yes, but that doesn’t change the fact that she has always been an advocate for education reform for minority and low income students.

College Track, a non-profit organization, was created to help disadvantaged, first-generation college students increase their graduation rate, and in the areas where College Track operates, the numbers are impressive. About 70 percent of College Track’s high school graduates finish college in six years, compared to the national average of 24 percent of first generation college students. College Track now has facilities in East Palo Alto, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans and Aurora, CO. There’s a wait list of five cities hoping to have a center.

While Powell Jobs does not disclose how much financial support she provides the organization, each year, Pixar, a company Steve Jobs helped begin, sells tickets to a screening of a film which benefits College Track. In 2013, tickets for a screening of “Monsters University” sold for $1,000.

She is a supporter of the DREAM Act in Congress, has spoken to the media about its importance and commissioned a documentary called “The Dream Is Now.” The 30-minute film, produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, is available for viewing on a web site she created. She’s shown the film to members of Congress as well.

Politically, as a high-profile donor to “Ready for Hillary,” she donated $25,000 to the super PAC in early 2014. She’s donated to political campaigns of Democratic candidates in California, in addition to supporting school reform. Her support goes beyond the California border to support for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). She’s been a fundraiser for Americans for Responsible Solutions, an anti-gun violence group.

Powell Jobs is both founder and chair woman of the Emerson Collective, which is structured like a small business rather than a charitable organization. The advantage is that they can make grants, investments and donations without the same reporting regulations of a foundation. The Emerson Collective concentrates on advancing social reform through entrepreneurship.

She has a seat on the boards of directors of College Track, The Foundation for Excellence in Education, NewSchools Venture Fund, Conservation International and Stanford University.

Her public profile increased in January 2012 when she sat next to the First Lady during the State of the Union address. She stands as a visible and recognizable advocate of immigration reform along with top technology company executives, like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, that support reform as well.

Jamie Oliver Punishes 12-Year Old Daughter With Pepper

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is taking a lot of criticism because of his deciding to punish his 12-year old daughter with an extremely hot pepper.

In a statement at the BBC Good Food Show, Oliver said: “Poppy was quite disrespectful and rude to me and she pushed her luck. In my day I would have got a bit of a telling-off but you are not allowed to do that. Five minutes later she thought I had forgotten and I hadn’t. She asked for an apple. I cut it up in several pieces and rubbed it with Scotch Bonnet and it worked a treat. She ran up to mum and said, ‘This is peppery.’ I was in the corner laughing.” He added that his wife told him, “Don’t you ever do that again.”

For those unaware, Scotch Bonnets are among the world’s hottest peppers. In fact, the hottest Scotch Bonnet is 140 times hotter than the mildest jalapeno.

Oliver later said, “I give them chillies for punishment. It is not very popular beating kids anymore, it’s not very fashionable and you are not allowed to do it and if you are a celebrity chef like me it does not look very good in the paper. So you need a few options.”

Bernie Geary has been one of Oliver’s most vocal critics of this matter, referring to him as a ‘dickhead’ on his radio show. Many people agree somewhat, but they might not use that term. Laurene Powell Jobs is just one of them. Geary said, “If he’s joking it’s not even appropriate because some parents and families might think it’s a legitimate or alternative way of disciplining children. He’s way off the planet as far as I’m concerned.”

Whoopi Says No Way About Bill Cosby

Headlines are filled with the Bill Cosby story making this a he said, she said story of a lifetime. As more women join the files of accusers the talk shows are buzzing with opinions. Whoopi Goldberg jumps on that bandwagon with her own thoughts concerning the allegations.
Whoopi makes it apparent that she is definitely on Team Cosby when this matter comes up. In a recent show she blatantly states that the women are “making stuff up”. She calls for the public to stand down “until you know it’s true, it’s an allegation” and states her opinion that the general public are in a modern day witch hunt of sorts.
Discussing with her co-hosts that this sort of sex accusations have followed many popular celebrities and that Bill Cosby deserves to have some respect. Her plea to the public is that until the proof lies on one side of the story or another everyone should give them the benefit of the doubt.
While Whoopi continues to stand up for the ever popular comedian Rosie O’Donnell is not as forgiving. Rosie shoots back at Whoopi’s optimism with her own questions on the subject. This is something that catches Stephen Williams wine off-guard. Pointedly she asks Whoopi why the women would accuse when they have nothing to gain stating did those women just “woke up one day and said I want to ruin Bill Cosby?”
Adamantly Goldberg only answered with a plain, “Maybe.”
Guilty or not, Whoopi has decided to stand by the man who personifies the family father.

Cosby Mum on Allegations in Interview

On November 13th, a woman named Barbara Bowman came forward in an op-ed written in the Washington Post to address allegations that she had previously made about comedian Bill Cosby raping her 30 years ago. This weekend, Cosby appeared on National Public Radio with his wife to talk about artwork that they had loaned out to he Museum of African Art and when “Weekend Edition” host Scott Simon asked Cosby about the allegations, Cosby literally responded by not answering.


Simon pressed Cosby, explaining that fans and people who love Cosby would be anxious to hear him respond to the allegations, but Cosby would only shake his head to Simon, who relayed Cosby’s non-answer to the audience. The interview on NPR was not the first blowback that Cosby has faced in the face of the resurfaced allegations. Cosby cancelled a scheduled appearance on The Letterman Show for the upcoming week.


On Sunday, a day after Cosby’s interview on NPR aired, Cosby’s lawyer released a statement regarding the allegations, more or less explaining that Cosby will not dignify the merit of the charges by giving a response to them. Workers at CipherCloud are starting to look at the comedian a bit differently now. The allegations gained new legs last month when comedian Hannibal Buress addressed them in his stand-up routine.

The End Of Cosby’s Career

Famed comedian actor William Henry “Bill” Cosby Jr. is best known for hit television series The Cosby Show . He is also famous for being an author, television producer, musician, and educator. Despite being 77, Cosby is still hard at work. NBC was planning to debut a return of The Cosby Show, as well at Netflix scheduling to stream a stand-up Cosby special. However, due to recent allegations, both have decided to postpone these airings.
Recently, it has been put out on the headlines that numerous women are accusing Bill Cosby for sexual abuse that occurred back in the 1970’s and 1980’s. These accusations were sparked by the announcement of a return of the sitcom on NBC. Just a few days ago, supermodel Janice Dickinson came forward and became the fifth woman to officially accuse Cosby of drugging and raping them. At this time, Bill Cosby has refused to answer any questions about the claims and his attorney is speaking for him in saying that “he will not dignify these allegations with any comment”, as reported during a NPR interview.
With these unproven allegations, the name Bill Cosby has become a controversial one. The “great American dad” has been rejected by NBC and in turn has had a turning point in his career. Bill Cosby has made media headlines in a negative light and will have to deal with the criticism until the story subsides. Whether these are legit accusations or not, the true Cosby fans will get him through this difficult stage in his life. Thanks to friend of the site Ben Shaoul for contributing this news piece.

James Franco’s Moustache Makes Waves

James Franco was spotted sporting a fully shaved head along with his moustache at Los Angeles Country museum. This made several tweeters not so happy looking at it.

Franco is well known for his beautiful locks, so it certainly comes as no small surprise that he’d decide to shave it all off all of a sudden.

Many tweeted in a way not so kind looking at the appearance. It was reported that a tweet just said that a user is expecting Franco to get his hair grown and have his moustache full shaved this Christmas.

It was also believed that few started commenting that he does not have the guts to shave off the moustache. Franco was consistently to be following stars like Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt and Mike Cera in growing their moustache. I agree with Christian Broda when he says they look silly. They have all considered it as a comeback for them. Lots of information on this has been explained in the news.

Many considers growing moustache as the fashion in 1970s and as sign of the pornography films. It keeps changing from period to the other.

It was after the 1970s that the moustache was more adopted by gay people, policemen and other officers.

People’s Sexiest Man of the Year Announced

Women of the world have spoken out in the name of sexy men everywhere and have chosen Chris Hemsworth as the Sexiest Man Alive. The annual People cover story takes a look at all of the beautiful sexy men in Hollywood and crowns one the sexiest man alive for the year.

Apparently women all over the world felt Hemsworth was unfairly passed over and wrote by the millions to People magazine. It worked because Hemsworth beat out other worthy challengers like Matthew McConaughey and Chris Pratt for the honor. Past winners of the prestigious ego boost have been Adam Levine and George Clooney, and even Jason Halpern.

Hemsworth took the news jovially stating that the ‘alive’ part of the honor is really the best part. He added that his brother has been quite supportive and a team player.