Category: LifeStyle Written by Danielle Young/ Hello Beautiful
Every holiday gives us a reason for a good cocktail, but when said holiday is during the hottest month of the year, strong and spirited drinks are almost like a right of passage.
From Hpnotiq to Sauza to UV Vodka, #TeamBeautiful has you covered for a wide range of flirty cocktails to celebrate our country's independence. Happy drinking!
Start with two parts Cascade Ice Skinny Margarita Mixer. Add your choice of tequila with one part blue curaçao and one part ice. Blend until smooth and pour into a margarita glass. Garnish with strawberries for a red, white and blue theme!
Kilbeggan Patriot Punch
-2 parts Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
-1 part DeKuyper Apricot Brandy
-1 part Cranberry Juice
-2 parts Champagne
-Lemon Wheel (thinly sliced)
To Serve As A Cocktail: Build all ingredients over ice in a stemless red wine glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
To Serve As A Punch: Double the recipe and multiply by the number of guests you plan to serve. Add Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, DeKuyper Apricot Brandy and cranberry juice to a punch bowl, stir and refrigerate. When guests arrive, add champagne and lemon wheels. Serve over ice in stemless red wine glasses.
Blue Pom Sangria
1 bottle ACTIVATE Defy Blueberry Pom
1.5 cups of Blueberries
1 Bottle (750 mL) Red Wine
¼ Cup Cognac
¼ Cup Triple Sec
1 Orange – cut into half wheels
o Mix all ingredients into a large container, and let it sit for a minimum of 4 hours then serve over ice
ACTIVATE Defend Raspberry Citrus
2 Lemons Juiced
2 oz. Absolute Raspberry Vodka
1 part UV Blue
1 part raspberry sherbet
1 part lemon-lime soda
Serve over ice in a lowball glass
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 12:42
Category: Parenting Written by Myeisha Essex, Hello Beautiful
Jay-Z reveals one of his biggest fears in the new promo video for his upcoming album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.
The hip-hop mogul, who grew up in a single-parent household, said he worries about his ability to be a great father to his 16-month-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.
"My pop left when I was young. He didn't teach me how to be a man nor how to raise a child — or treat a woman," he says to record producer Rick Rubin. "So, of course, my karma, the two things I need, I don't have, right, and I have a daughter. It's the paranoia of not being a great dad."
He goes on to say that sometimes he and his wife Beyonce stare at Blue in awe.
"[She's] something that we both created," he says. "We still marvel at her."
Jay details his unconditional love for Blue Ivy on two tracks on his new album, "Heaven" and "Jay-Z Blue."
In "Heaven" he raps, "For me, my idea is, heaven is in your daughter's laughter. Hell could be if your child was missing for three minutes, you're in three minutes of hell."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 14:45
Category: LifeStyle Written by Danielle Young/ Hello Beautiful
I’m sure you’ve experienced it before–the person who can walk into a room and light the whole space with their personality. Their smile, their aura, their just being there enhances the mood of everyone around them. I know I’ve experienced it before–sheer charisma.
A traditional definition of charisma calls it a compelling attractiveness or charm, also a divinely conferred power or talent. I’ve always wondered, is that something they’ve learned or were they born that awesome?!
Acclaimed performance coach and author of “INFECTIOUS: How to Connect Deeply and Unleash the Energetic Leader Within” Allworth Press), Achim Nowak has figured out a ways to award us with charisma in case we weren’t born with it. Nowak claims that if you don’t already have charisma, you can get it. Nowak says that we all have it.
“It is a primal, sexual, animal, spiritual energy. It is an energy we all have – though for most of us, the channels to this energy are shut tight. But these channels can be opened!”
So how does one open these channels? First start by not comparing your charisma to anyone else’s. That’s easier said that done. But if you focus on your own charisma, it will manifest in its own unique way. Check out Nowak’s quick tips on learning charisma.
1. Enjoy being the center of attention.
It’s a simple decision that immediately challenges you to show up more fully. The moment you do, unexpected forces within you will be unleashed!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 13:32
Category: Parenting Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
More than more 72% of African American children grow up without a father in their household according to a study conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. A group of Charlotte filmmakers are on a mission to change that sobering statistic.
One Day in June is an independently financed feature film about one father's journey to find and reconnect with the children he abandoned. Charlotte film director Narcel Reedus and producers Charles Easley, Angela Washington plan to begin production by the end of 2013 and release the movie on Father's Day 2014.
"We are committed to changing the perception of fathers particularly in the African American community by showing a man stepping up to establish an ongoing relationship with his kids", says producer, writer and educator Charles Easley. "This is going to be more just a than a movie. This is a movement."
The story of One Day in June focuses on the character Russ, an old man content in his simple world. One day he decides to find the children he fathered but did not raise. His journey takes him to Chris, his youngest son, who is an addict but more afraid that his partner has moved on. Russ finds Lisa his single and childless daughter who is consumed with books and paranoid about her job. Russ and Lisa visit his oldest son Jamal in prison. Jamal is the spitting image of Russ and has come to terms with the bad decisions he's made in the past by vowing to live a life free of negativity and stress. He carries this annoying philosophy on his sleeve, which causes more stress and negativity around him. Finally there is Keisha, Russ' oldest daughter. Keisha (aka K.L.) is a successful Black Republican who bullies her two children, husband and anyone that attempts to get her in way. She becomes completely unhinged when Russ arrives at her doorstep on Thanksgiving Day with the family she never knew.
The filmmakers have set up office space at the Garage at Packard Place, a small business hub for entrepreneurship and innovation in Uptown Charlotte. They are currently seeking funding for the $1.5M budget to begin production and are using the crowdsourcing portal Kickstarter to raise $10,000 for pre-production.
The One Day in June producers are using the strategy of launching a Kickstarter campaign (www.kickstarter.com/projects/1048081911/one-day-in-june) and social media to connect with their target audience before the film is even made. This new trend in film distribution, starting the marketing of a film before production begins, is actually an old strategy taken from the playbook of legendary Black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux whose early silent films featured an all Black cast and relied on financial support from the African American community. Many independent filmmakers today are finding this model for film marketing and distribution critical to compete in a market place dominated by Hollywood blockbusters.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 15:20
Category: Relationships Written by Thelma Zirkelbach
The sound of silence was the most haunting for Thelma Zirkelbach on her first night home after her husband’s death.
“I’d lost my husband, but I hadn’t lost his voice, I told myself,” says Zirkelbach, who had spent so many nights the previous year at hospitals with her husband Ralph, who died not long after being diagnosed with leukemia. “I picked up the phone and there was no dial tone. If the phone was dead, Ralph’s voice would be gone forever.”
Through her panicked daze, after having sunk to the floor with her spirits, she realized the phone jack was unplugged. She plugged it in and heard his voice one more time through the answering machine. It would be the first thing she fixed around the house without Ralph’s help in decades.
“There were many moments like that in the year after his death. One of the things I had to learn was to find help from many people, whereas for most of my adult life I had the help of many in one man,” says Zirkelbach, author of “Stumbling Through the Dark,” (www.widowsphere.blogspot.com), a memoir about an interfaith couple facing one of life’s greatest spiritual challenges.
Loving couples wince at the thought of losing their spouse and may even deny the idea despite a terminal medical diagnosis, but accepting the possibility helps in preparing for the years that follow, says Zirkelbach. She offers the following tips for doing that:
• Consider the best way for all loved ones to say good-bye: Ralph’s family comes from an evangelical Christian background, whereas Thelma is Jewish. Memorial services are designed for the surviving family and friends, and Zirkelbach held a service at her synagogue, which was filled with friends and colleagues. “Make sure you do all you can to best say goodbye in your own way, which may include your religion or some other ritual,” she says.
• Take stock of the necessary services you’ll need to replace: In many ways, Ralph was an old-fashioned Midwesterner who was a handyman around the house, moved heavy boxes, dispensed with unwanted critters like cockroaches, and acted as a one-man security system. He also provided smaller services in which a companion can help, such as fastening necklaces. Since Ralph’s death nearly eight years ago, Thelma has hired her current handyman, air conditioning technician, accountant, financial advisor and attorney.
• No matter how independent you are, accept the fact that you may need emotional support: Soon after her husband’s death, Zirkelbach joined a support group for widows and widowers and found solace in the company of others who had loved and lost. At one point, the group leader connected with members by saying they were blessed to have loved someone enough to mourn them. “His statement turned grief on its head,” she says.
• Nurture your spiritual life: “I have become ‘more Jewish’ during my widowhood,” she says. “When I was a child, Judaism was part of the background of my life, like the Muzak you hear in elevators but don’t really listen to.” Now, however, religion has moved to the forefront of her life, and she adds she is thankful for the strength her faith has given her. “Yes, in spite of loss, I have still found joy in living,” she says.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 09:31
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