Beyond Black & White » Christelyn Karazin http://www.beyondblackwhite.com Chronicles, Musings and Debates about Interracial & Intercultural Relationships Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:59:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Fashion and Beauty Roundup: MAC’s New Stuff, Halle Doing Lingerie for Target, OCC Cosmetics Has New Color/Formula Line Up and CC Cream for Brown Girls http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/fashion-beauty-roundup-macs-new-stuff-halle-lingerie-target-occ-cosmetics-new-colorformula-line-cc-cream-brown-girls/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/fashion-beauty-roundup-macs-new-stuff-halle-lingerie-target-occ-cosmetics-new-colorformula-line-cc-cream-brown-girls/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:24:04 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=34161 ‘Round these parts we LOVE being girls, don’t we, ladies? Here’s some news you can use… Ooo La La!! Halle Berry has collaborated with French lingerie brand Scandale Paris to launch it in select Target stores and online on October 27. The lingerie label was initially established in 1932, and this collection is designed to celebrate the […]

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‘Round these parts we LOVE being girls, don’t we, ladies? Here’s some news you can use…

Ooo La La!! Halle Berry has collaborated with French lingerie brand Scandale Paris to launch it in select Target stores and online on October 27. The lingerie label was initially established in 1932, and this collection is designed to celebrate the many roles that women play. Check out the video below. Halle promises that the material isn’t cheap feeling, so now I’m intrigued. Because as soon as I heard “Target” I turned up my nose. I’m a bit of a lingerie snob.

 

Great news for you MAC Cosmetics lovers out there! They’re collaborating with womenswear label Nasty Gal. The four-piece collection is intensely pigmented and features three matte Lipsticks in Stunner clean red, Runner burgundy and GUNNER deep purple, priced at $16 each; and the Studio Nail Lacquer, available in the shade Flaming Rose true red (crème) at $12. Available from December 4 and February 2015 internationally. Sign up to receive an alert when our limited-edition collection debuts! Simply text MACALERTS to 898622

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One of my favorite, highly -pigmented lip products, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC), unveiled Pro’s Picks Portables – Lip Tar: Test Tube x12 Set from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. The 12-piece set contains matte and metallic Lip Tars, both intensely pigmented and as easy to apply as a gloss, with the hold of a traditional lipstick. Shades feature Interlace (palest crème peach), Zhora (peach with pink shimmer), Annika (pale peach neutral), Cha Cha (pale tangerine), Grandma (clean, classic coral), Vintage (deep burgundy), Harlot (neon popsicle red), Nylon (neon bubblegum pink), Hoochie (vibrant magenta), Digitalis (pink-tinged lavender), Sebastian (plum-toned taupe) and Iced (pure white frost). RRP is ($59).

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Finally! Juice Beauty has a CC Cream the sisters can wear! STEM CELLULAR™ CC Cream now comes in Desert Glow, Sun-Kissed Glow and Deep Glow .The 12-in-1 multi-tasking color correcting cream boasts many features including a formula rich in antioxidants with a moisturizing base and SPF 30 protection.

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Fall in the Garden…Time for Greens, Greens, and More Greens http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/fall-garden-time-greens-greens-greens/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/fall-garden-time-greens-greens-greens/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:42:29 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=34152 One of the benefits of living in a climate that never freezes and stays below 90 (sometimes well below) most of the year is that I have a really, really long growing season. My garden buddies on the East Coast have pretty much packed it in until Spring 2015, and I’m still getting tomatoes, eggplant, […]

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One of the benefits of living in a climate that never freezes and stays below 90 (sometimes well below) most of the year is that I have a really, really long growing season. My garden buddies on the East Coast have pretty much packed it in until Spring 2015, and I’m still getting tomatoes, eggplant, green beans, and sweet peppers.

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eggplant still growing strong!

Which sort of poses a problem, because I cultivate in posts and raised beds so I limited amounts of space. So I’m keeping the high producing and healthier veggies in one, central raised bed and tore out the old stuff for the compost bin and made room for my fall veggies.

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Fall Crop List for My Garden

Peas
onions
cabbage
broccoli
collards
carrots
spinach
mixed baby salad greens
shard
celery
kale
beets

I’m doing things a little different from how I did last year, and instead of planting everything from seed, I’m mixing it up with starter plants at the garden center. I buy the items that require 3-4 months to mature as starters so I have veggies ripe for picking a lot sooner. I recommend buying seedling starters for broccoli, shard, collards, beets, and onions. I plan on growing these plants from seed in plastic containers, and I’ll transfer them to pots or beds once the first batch is used up. This way, I have a steady stream of crops all winter long.

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cabbage

But some things you just need to start from seed–like carrots, peas, and salad greens. Carrots don’t transplant well. Peas germinate and grow quickly, and salad greens are ready to eat in just four weeks.

My main goal during fall transition planting was to be sure that I started with really rich soil. Good, well cultivated soil helps plants reach their full potential and helps to prevent disease. I buy organic garden soil that nutrient dense, and also supplement with azomite clay, green sand, and E.B. Stone Tomato and Vegetable food.

Greens need nitrogen!

About twice a week I feed the plants a water-soluble, organic fertilizer called Pure Protein. I can not say enough good things about it! Green leafy vegetables love nitrogen, and my plants are getting super big already.

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collard greens

Back to seeds…I’m LOVING this seed tape…such a simple invention. Seeds come perfectly spaced in biodegradable paper so all you have to do is bury, water, and wait for the sprouts. It’s great for me because I absolutely suck at measuring.

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So how about you all? Any doing fall planting?

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OMG…Matthew Hussey Gives the Most BRILLIANT Advice on How to Get the Guy to Make a Move! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/omg-matthew-hussey-gives-brilliant-advice-get-guy-make-move/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/omg-matthew-hussey-gives-brilliant-advice-get-guy-make-move/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:41:04 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=34148 He just keeps nailing it over and over. Matthew Hussey gives you REAL techniques in which you can implement to get immediate results. How many of you have written me about how non-black men stare buy won’t make a move? You see them staring at you–you know they are checking you out with all your […]

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He just keeps nailing it over and over. Matthew Hussey gives you REAL techniques in which you can implement to get immediate results.

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How many of you have written me about how non-black men stare buy won’t make a move? You see them staring at you–you know they are checking you out with all your hotness, grace, and beauty. But they DON’T approach! Opportunity after opportunity passes which can leave you frustrated. You don’t want to be the first to make a move–you’re an old fashioned girl who believes men should take the lead on that.

Ladies, you MUST look at this video for a sure-fire technique…

Now no excuses girls! This is brilliant!!

If you like what you see here, Matthew Hussey has an entire video series on how to take charge of your love life. It’s amazing. To learn more, click here.

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Could What Ralph Richard Banks Said in His Book Be True Regarding How Swirling Might Help Black Women Marry Black Men? http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/ralph-richard-banks-said-book-true-regarding-swirling-might-help-black-women-marry-black-men/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/ralph-richard-banks-said-book-true-regarding-swirling-might-help-black-women-marry-black-men/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:30:21 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=34142 If you haven’t yet read Is Marriage for White People, by professor Ralph Richard Banks, you might want to pick it up. He gives a cogent argument for why black women should date out, and how doing so might actually help them find quality black husbands by creating a demand where there was a surplus. […]

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If you haven’t yet read Is Marriage for White People, by professor Ralph Richard Banks, you might want to pick it up. He gives a cogent argument for why black women should date out, and how doing so might actually help them find quality black husbands by creating a demand where there was a surplus.

At center, Stanford law professor Ralph Richard Banks with his wife Jennifer Eberhardt, left, and his sons, from right, Ebbie, 13, Harlan, 8, and Everett, 9, at their home in Palo Alto on Thursday, September 1, 2011. Banks, who is African American, wrote the book "Is Marriage For White People?" (LiPo Ching/Mercury News).

At center, Stanford law professor Ralph Richard Banks with his wife Jennifer Eberhardt, left, and his sons, from right, Ebbie, 13, Harlan, 8, and Everett, 9, at their home in Palo Alto on Thursday, September 1, 2011. Banks, who is African American, wrote the book “Is Marriage For White People?” (LiPo Ching/Mercury News).

Could we finally see a return of “the black family” where the wife isn’t a mule and the husband provides and protects his wife and children like Professor Banks does?

 

I just got a really nice note on my You Tube channel that might indicate that the professor might be on to something. Take a look at this exchange:

The Guy:

Hello Ms. Karazin first i would like to say, you are a very smart and beautiful woman with alot on your mind…lol, some people may disagree but you are entitled to have your own mind and feelings. If i may though i wanna say something to you and other black women and i hope that what i say will make sense. I’m a young 36 year old business man, single and without any children right now but plan on having a family one day soon. I love all people and don’t have anything against interracial dating, my mother is a very proud black woman with different ethnic backgrounds but her and my dad raised me to know self and be strong as a man. With that being said i think its important to know that we black men who are positive really do love and need black women. I know some of us have been disappointing to some of you but we as a race of men have overcome alot and will continue.When i started my business there where people who were very passive towards me due to me being a black man. But their not passive now because i will soon be able to buy them out of what they own. There are alot of black men who are doing good and taking care of business. My friend who is black and the same age as i will be soon the youngest mayor of a major city. And his cousin will run for governor. The reason i’m telling you this is because i don’t want you all to give up on us. I make it my business to speak to the younger generation of black men who are from the hardest neighborhoods you can imagine. Some of them have seen male friends and relatives killed before their very eyes all under 20 years old. They shared their feelings with me and some felt they would not make it to their 21st birthday. You see it is not enough for us as black established men to progress and look away,we have to start doing as men and a people work in our community.I love black women and i feel that you all are some of the most beautiful creatures on this earth. The add health study said that the first study concerning what race of women were the most and least desired was inaccurate and did another study and found out indeed what black men have been knowing all along. That black women are indeed the most desired along with white women in the western part of the world. Having said that we black men who are positive do love and appreciate you all and statistics show 80% of us are still dating and marring you. I’m not saying i’m against interracial dating but i’m also saying i love black love. We have to learn to love each other more and work out our own issues as a people, and its gonna take black men and women. If we don’t have the love and support of our own community of women then it’s gonna become even harder for us. Remember they said there would never be a black president and with the love and support of his wife we now have one.Do not give up on us, we love and need you all very very much. Peace and Love.

My Response:

Thank you for your comment. But understand; I know men like you are out there. The problem is, there’s not nearly ENOUGH men out there like you, and so black women who have “black love” dreams fight tooth and nail for you all, and you lap it up like no other. IBM’s are marrying much later, expecting BW to jump through fiery hoops and compete with women of all races just to so you can call them the “girlfriend,” let alone the WIFE. Listen, you sound like a really nice guy. I’m happy you have done so well for yourself. But let’s not deny that men of your stature are enjoying their position as the “most coveted.” Not to mention that men of your “caliber” often drift to the lightest woman with the waviest hair who can just slip by as black as your trophy, and us “regular black chicks” are stuck with “whatever we can get.” The studies prove this out. Lighter skinned black women are more likely to be married than their darker skinned counterparts. But who needs a study for that? Just look around. Look…I love black love, and I love seeing loving and functional black families. But the difference is that I’m not encouraging black women to hang all hope on that ideal when the likelihood is low. There’s empowerment in knowing you have options. And finally, you “good brothers” have been criminally negligent in reigning in all the hate that your thug brothers spew, and now it looks like they’re finally messing things up for you guys.

His Final Response:

+Christelyn Karazin I understand every thing you just said but i must let you know that alot of us black men don’t care what your color tone is. I’m light skinned and love darker women as most light skinned black men do. You do have the darker brothers that like light skinned women as well but all are a matter of preference. I think women like Gabrielle Union, Megan Good and yourself are beautiful. I love black women’s diversity in hair and color. Also what you said is true about our fellow black brothers who carries that thug exterior.They have made it harder for us positive black men to the point where some black women see us all as being the same. We positive black men are now in this society paying for other men’s sins and it’s not fair nor right,but that’s why men like myself wanna make sure that we help black men even the more improve.I will say that watching videos where black women are speaking as though all of us are bad is really hurtful and alot of other black men are feeling it as well, maybe this is a wake up call for some of our men. I don’t have anything against you because whether you all are bashing us or not i will always love black women and that’s how alot of us feel. All women are beautiful but for me there is one woman, a black woman. I feel that there is no other woman who understands me like a black woman. Trust me when i say Ms. Karazin we positive black men are getting ready to step up and speak out on behalf of black women and change our community. And you all won’t feel as though you have to look outside for love in order to receive love. I’m sorry if you and other black women have felt abandoned, hurt, disappointed, and wasn’t told enough how beautiful you are by some black men, but let me leave you with this, if you all are approached by a good black man give him a chance to love you and cherish you the way that your meant to be loved and cherished. Alot of us brothers are definitely up for the job. I wish you much happiness beautiful Queen.

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Could it be that the quality, high-value IBM’s are looking around and realizing the jig is up? Honestly, if it means black women can reassert some value within the black community, I’m all for it. I just wish the numbers added up. They don’t.

What do you this ladies? Is their a shift happening, or is it too little, too late? As a quality woman I was passed over regularly for the lighter women with straighter hair. Didn’t matter how fit I was, how smart and sweet I was, how much I loved to cook and wanted to be a wife and mother with a black man who was my equal, it never happened. But I went on to take that skill set to a the men who could and would appreciate it.

But heed this warning, ladies new to swirling. Don’t date outside your race because you really just want a black man and you want to manipulate him into wanting you. It’s not likely to end well for you.

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Daniele Watts Faced with Lewd Conduct Charges http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/daniele-watts-faced-lewd-conduct-charges/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/daniele-watts-faced-lewd-conduct-charges/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:05:18 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=34138 According to TMZ… “Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts may be convincing in the movies, but not in real life because she’s just been charged with lewd conduct for allegedly having sex in her car outside CBS Studios. Watts went on a campaign against the LAPD … accusing cops of racism for cuffing her after people complained they were banging […]

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According to TMZ

“Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts may be convincing in the movies, but not in real life because she’s just been charged with lewd conduct for allegedly having sex in her car outside CBS Studios.

Watts went on a campaign against the LAPD … accusing cops of racism for cuffing her after people complained they were banging in the Mercedes in Studio City.  Watts, who claims she and her BF were just making out, walked away from cops in a fury, so they cuffed her and brought her back.

Prosecutors listened to the LAPD audio — obtained by TMZ — and realized what was up.  Armed with various witnesses and photos of Watts straddling her BF with her breasts exposed, she and the BF were each charged with lewd conduct in public.

The crime is punishable by a maximum of 6 months in L.A. County Jail.

I’m disgusted at how this woman cried wolf, but charging her with a crime seems a bit excessive. At this point, she might as well kiss her career adios. 1021-daniel-watts-crying-instagram-1

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Grain-Free, Fall Recipes by the Author of “Wheat Belly!” http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/grain-free-fall-recipes-author-wheat-belly/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/grain-free-fall-recipes-author-wheat-belly/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:32:31 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=34134 You guys know I’m big on eliminating wheat, processed sugar, and just about anything white from my diet, which I’m convinced has me looking and feeling decades younger than I really am. While not specifically paleo, the principles of Dr. William Davis’ Wheat Belly follows many of the same principles. I was thrilled when his […]

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You guys know I’m big on eliminating wheat, processed sugar, and just about anything white from my diet, which I’m convinced has me looking and feeling decades younger than I really am. While not specifically paleo, the principles of Dr. William Davis’ Wheat Belly follows many of the same principles. I was thrilled when his publicist reached out to us, just in time to enjoy fall food offerings.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

•  Pumpkin Spice Muffins (makes 12):
2 cups ground almonds
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup ground golden flaxseed
Sweetener such as Truvia or stevia extract equivalent to 3/4 cup sucrose
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
Dash of fine sea salt
1 can (15 ounces) unsweetened pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sour cream or canned coconut milk
2 large eggs
1/4 cup walnut oil
melted coconut oil or extra-light olive oil.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin. Stir together the almond meal, walnuts, flaxseed, sweetener, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Stir together the pumpkin, sour cream or coconut milk, eggs, and oil in another large bowl. Stir the pumpkin mixture into the almond meal mixture and mix thoroughly. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling them about half full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out dry, about 45 minutes. Cool the muffins in the pans 10 to 15 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

Cauliflower Mushroom Dressing-MM

•  Wheat-free Cauliflower Mushroom Dressing:
1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
1 pound loose ground pork sausage
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium onion, diced
1 head cauliflower
1 green pepper, chopped
4-ounce can/jar roasted red peppers
8 ounces Portabella mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons ground golden flaxseed
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1 teaspoon ground tarragon
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring approximately 12 ounces water to a boil in sauce pan. Toss in porcini mushrooms and turn heat down to maintain below boiling. Stir every couple of minutes for 20 minutes. In deep sauce pan, sauté sausage in 1 tablespoon olive oil, along with celery and onions, until sausage is cooked. Drain excess oil. Place saucepan back on low heat. Break cauliflower into small florets and add to sausage mix. Toss in drained porcini mushrooms along with approximately 4 ounces of the porcini broth, remainder of olive oil, green pepper, roasted red peppers, Portabella mushrooms and flaxseed. Add onion powder, sage, thyme, tarragon, salt and black pepper and stir. Transfer to baking dish and place in oven. Bake for 45 minutes.

About Dr. William Davis

William Davis, MD is a cardiologist and author of several books that have sold more than 2 million copies, including the No.1 New York Times bestseller “Wheat Belly.” He has appeared on major national media including the Dr. Oz Show, CBS This Morning, National Public Radio, and Live! with Kelly.. Davis has built a substantial online presence on his Wheat Belly Blog, (www.wheatbellyblog.com), with more than 300,000 visits per month. He is a graduate of the St. Louis University School of Medicine, with training in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease at the Ohio State University Hospitals. A Case Western Reserve University Hospitals, he served as Director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship and Assistant Professor of Medicine.  

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