Beyond Black & White » Christelyn Karazin http://www.beyondblackwhite.com Chronicles, Musings and Debates about Interracial & Intercultural Relationships Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:23:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Healthy and Filling Pre-Holiday Smoothie http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/healthy-filling-pre-holiday-smoothie/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/healthy-filling-pre-holiday-smoothie/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:58:26 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=34884 It’s Thanksgiving eve and the mass execution of turkeys is done, and the carcass safely nestled in your refrigerator. But before you gorge yourself, grab a can of pumpkin puree–the one you’ve stocked up on so you can make dessert–a create a healthy and filling smoothie. Healthy Pre-Holiday Pumpkin Green Smoothie from Christelyn Karazin on […]

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It’s Thanksgiving eve and the mass execution of turkeys is done, and the carcass safely nestled in your refrigerator. But before you gorge yourself, grab a can of pumpkin puree–the one you’ve stocked up on so you can make dessert–a create a healthy and filling smoothie.

Healthy Pre-Holiday Pumpkin Green Smoothie from Christelyn Karazin on Vimeo.

 

Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie
serves 2

Ingredients:

3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon Barlean’s Flax Seed Oil
2 large handfuls greens of your choice–beet greens, shard, spinach, lettuce, (light on the kale; collards not recommended)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sweetener, such as stevia, honey or maple syrup to taste
1 cup almond milk
2 handfuls of ice

*For a protein boost, you can substitute the vanilla extract for a scoop of vanilla-flavored protein powder

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until liquified. Adjust sweetness and spice to taste, if necessary, then serve immediately!

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QOTW: Are You the Backup Booty? http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/qotw-backup-booty/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/qotw-backup-booty/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:47:10 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=34887 Got this question from a fan… Hi this is probably the first time I’ve reached out to anyone about the issue i have. I’m a 32 yr old white male and I for the first time dated a dark skinned black woman. I fell madly in love with her. I would do anything for her. […]

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Got this question from a fan…

Hi this is probably the first time I’ve reached out to anyone about the issue i have. I’m a 32 yr old white male and I for the first time dated a dark skinned black woman. I fell madly in love with her. I would do anything for her. But the thing of the matter is she had been in several bad relationships and the one that did the most damage was the relationship with the father of her child. At this time there is a 5 yr age difference. My concern is every time we talk we always end up talking about the future between us. We also more and more talk about things we want to open up about. She tells me shes timid shy about letting me in on certain aspects on how she is. We’ve been talking again and known each other for 4 yrs. I still love her to this day with from the bottom of my heart. I know being friends is what she wants but feeling as i do it makes it difficult for me and how I feel. Ive expressed how I feel about her and she tries to express how she feel. As a recent unfolding event (mind you she has told me that she didn’t want to date anyone because she wanted to find out who she was and focus on her career and her child). She tells me a man that she works with she is going to give a chance with and after some very difficult and slightly heated conversations she was able to admit to me that ( being it difficult she didn’t not want not to hurt me caring for me so much). But also admitting (he himself is white) that she feels comfortable around him because he acts black. Also saying he makes her laugh more. But wants to be around her 24/7 and she tells me she sees somethings in him he might end up doing that would piss her off. What do I do? I’ve tried so hard to deal with this but emotion comes into play with me a lot. She opened my eyes to a lot of true emotions I have now. I don’t wanna lose her out of my life but i want her happy. As of recent she tells me she doesn’t know what she wants and she says shes just getting distracted by this guy. Because shes showing her everything she wants and its easy and convenient. I told her i had to take myself out of the situation emotionally because it wasn’t fair to me. I’ve had so much of me invested in her emotionally it hurts. I also should mention that when something bad happens with at person or some bad trait comes out in the person she sees that as a red flag and walks away. I think shes scared of being hurt by someone that is wearing a mask and when she gets comfortable will take that mask off and hurt her emotionally or physically. I’ve met several white men that act like this guy shes (having a feeling out phase with right now). I’ve warned her that most of all change and end up being very controlling and wont let go. But I do know if he knew that she was still talking to me he would get angry and most likely very mean to her. Which is what im scared for with her.

So what I’m asking is.
1. Is all lost with her and I. ( mind you she does not wanna lose me out of her life and cares for me so much that she doesn’t wanna hurt me in anyway)
2. Is it that I don’t act a certain way or have those mannerisms that I dont make her feel safe?
3. Is that if hes showing her to good to be true is it?
4. Should I keep hopes for her and I for the future in some way shape or form.

Knowing this is alot :-S being a first time email. I just wanna know your thoughts and how your think i should try to go about dealing with this situation. I would appreciate some advice if you had the time to talk with me or email me about this issue. Because i love this woman with all my heart.

Concerned Love :-\

Here’s my take…

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Day Two of the Vice 3 Palette: “New Mexico Sunset” http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/day-two-vice-3-palette-new-mexico-sunset/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/day-two-vice-3-palette-new-mexico-sunset/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:44:10 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=34870 When I was a kid, we made a lot of road trips to Texas by way of Arizona to New Mexico. By far, it’s some of the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen the purple, reds and pinks of a New Mexico sunset against the gorgeous mountain range.   […]

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When I was a kid, we made a lot of road trips to Texas by way of Arizona to New Mexico. By far, it’s some of the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen the purple, reds and pinks of a New Mexico sunset against the gorgeous mountain range.

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The colors I’m wearing in post remind me of the beauty of nature…breathtaking, isn’t it?

Yesterday’s post was all about using the new Urban Decay Vice 3 ($60.00 and in my opinion worth every penny) palette conservatively for day and work. But today it’s all about impact!

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Get the look

Step One:

Prime your lids. I’m using Urban Decay Anti-aging Shadow primer. Fill in the lower lid and along the orbit of the eye with REVOLVER.

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Then, apply FREEZE directly on top of REVOLVER.

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Step Two: Fill in mid lid (above the orbital and between the brow bone) with ALCHEMY; and then finish with BOBBY DAZZLE just below your eyebrows and along the brow bone. Then blend, blend, BLEND! You want the finished look to resemble a gradient.

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Step Four: Apply black liquid eyeliner along the upper lid right about your eyelashes and pencil liner along your lower lid.

Step Five: For maximum impact, add some artificial lashes. In my completed look, I’m wearing “Katy Perry” Lashes from Eylure. The company sent me several of their products to try and I’m loving them so far. They’re so easy to apply and look so natural that my friends on Facebook were asking me if they’re real…

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Best of all, they’re reusable and at $6.99, they’re affordable too. You could probably get Thanksgiving, that office Christmas party, and a New Year’s Eve party out of just one pack. I absolutely adore this look…so feminine…

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As you all know, if I wear a really dramatic eye I’ll go light on the lips. I’m wearing BETTINA Velvet Matte Lip Pencil by NARS.

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#Ferguson http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/ferguson/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/ferguson/#respond Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:06:17 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=34840 Because of the sensitive nature of this story, we’ve decided to hold the conversation over at the forum. You can read and contribute to the conversation here. This is an important conversation to have, and it should be done in a safe and secure environment.

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Because of the sensitive nature of this story, we’ve decided to hold the conversation over at the forum. You can read and contribute to the conversation here. This is an important conversation to have, and it should be done in a safe and secure environment.

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Is Gabriel Aubrey Trying to ‘White Wash’ Nahla? http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/gabriel-aubrey-trying-white-wash-nahla/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/gabriel-aubrey-trying-white-wash-nahla/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:40:48 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=34833 So Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubrey are back in court, and this time it’s over Halle’s outrage that Nahla’s father seems to be chemically straightening and highlighting her hair in an attempt to look a fraction less than 1/4 black. This from TMZ: Halle Berry just took Gabriel Aubry to court … claiming he’s trying to make their […]

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So Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubrey are back in court, and this time it’s over Halle’s outrage that Nahla’s father seems to be chemically straightening and highlighting her hair in an attempt to look a fraction less than 1/4 black.

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This from TMZ:

Halle Berry just took Gabriel Aubry to court … claiming he’s trying to make their 6-year-old daughter white.

Halle was furious Gabriel was straightening Nahla’s naturally-curly hair, lightening it with highlights and she is convinced it’s because he does not want the girl to appear to be African American.

Halle didn’t show in court Monday morning, but her lawyer Steve Kolodny did, along with Gabriel and after a lot of arguing the judge ruled NEITHER Halle nor Gabriel could change Nahla’s look from its natural state.

So the judge is allowing Nahla’s hair to grow back naturally.

Score one for Berry.

While I’m outraged about the idea that a parent would chemically alter a child’s hair to make him or her with an intention to alter her appearance (if that’s the case; we don’t know for sure), let’s not jump all over Gabriel until we take a good look at how the black community has been and continues to chemically alter the hair texture of little black girls to the extent that they have no recollection of how their hair looks and feels in it’s natural state. Go down the ethnic aisle of virtually any store, and you’ll see “Just For Me” kiddie starter perms. Mothers are putting perms on children as young as two years old.

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How old does this child look on this box of relaxer…older than Nahla, or nah?

Is it more outrageous that Gabriel is doing it than when our community does it? Whether it’s Gabriel or the Black America, both have “roots” in the weed of white supremacy. I’m gonna need anyone who’s not natural and who has ever chemically altered their children’s hair to have a stadium full of seats. I’m also noting how black media is summoning the One Drop Rule and assigning and claiming this child is black. She’s a quarter black. She is MOSTLY of European lineage. I find this appropriation of blackness to biracial people tedious. People need to stop trying to erase ancestry. Parents and greater society need to allow these children to be ALL that they are.

Please don’t take this as a defense of Mr. Aubrey. As a natural, and a mother of three girls with varying ranges of curls from tightly spiraled to loose and wavy, I would never, EVER chemically alter my children’s God-given hair. I just find it utter hypocrisy to see outrage from the same folks who get laid with lye every six weeks themselves.

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Day One of the Vice 3 Palette: Get the Look, “Pinky Purple” http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/day-one-vice-3-palette-get-look-pinky-purple/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/day-one-vice-3-palette-get-look-pinky-purple/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:58:07 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=34820 I’m mad it took till my 40’s to understand eye makeup. No use crying over smudged eye shadow, though. Better late than never. I recently picked up Urban Decay’s latest, Vice 3 palette, and I think this might be the best one yet. Unlike last year’s Vice 2 (silver/white undertones), the undertones are gold which […]

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I’m mad it took till my 40’s to understand eye makeup. No use crying over smudged eye shadow, though. Better late than never.

I recently picked up Urban Decay’s latest, Vice 3 palette, and I think this might be the best one yet. Unlike last year’s Vice 2 (silver/white undertones), the undertones are gold which works amazingly well with brown skin. It also comes with a cool bag, and is sold at ULTA for $60.00. It’s on the high side, but for the color an pigment payoff, it’s well worth it. I’ve tried the colors with and without a primer, and it gives a great impact both ways, but I did notice there was a bit of castoff when I used it without primer and with the cheap-o brush they include. Don’t even bother with it. Get out your MAC brushes.

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I see so many potential color combinations with this palette it’s ridiculous. But I’m going to narrow it down to five looks based on the groupings of the shadow colors.

This look is done with the pink/mauve /purple shades.

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In the look below, I’m using SONIC for the lower and mid lid, and BONDAGE on the outer “V,” and blending, blending, blending. I lined the top lid with black liquid eyeliner and lined the lower lid with navy blue eyeliner from SMASHBOX. The pal pink gloss is from Kevin Aucoin and is called HYDRAA.


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Vice 2

 

You can get a similar look with ALIEN and ALCHEMY. Basically, the lighter shade covers most of the lid and the darker is used to give a smokey-eye effect. Can really see the smoked out effect in this shot…

 

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Check back tomorrow to see what combo I’ll do next!

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