Beyond Black & White » Christelyn Karazin http://www.beyondblackwhite.com Chronicles, Musings and Debates about Interracial & Intercultural Relationships Fri, 29 May 2015 05:51:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Gardening 101: Fight the Conspiracy to Keep You Fat!! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/gardening-101-fight-the-conspiracy-to-keep-you-fat/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/gardening-101-fight-the-conspiracy-to-keep-you-fat/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 05:43:22 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=37403 People have been asking me for a more comprehensive introduction to gardening, along with some resources to books and stuff that I reference. Well wait not longer…here is is…all 20+ minutes of it. Emma and Zachary make an appearance, too.   I’m really serious about the grocery store challenge. Go into your local store and […]

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People have been asking me for a more comprehensive introduction to gardening, along with some resources to books and stuff that I reference. Well wait not longer…here is is…all 20+ minutes of it. Emma and Zachary make an appearance, too.

 

I’m really serious about the grocery store challenge. Go into your local store and try to find items that don’t contain white sugar, white or high carbohydrates. The results are sobering. Truly.

Here’s a link to the books I mention in the video:

Sunset Western Garden Edibles

DK Vegetable Gardening

The Whole Seed Catalog

 

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PinUpGirlClothing.com Haul! But… http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/pinupgirlclothing-com-haul-love-the-looks-but/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/pinupgirlclothing-com-haul-love-the-looks-but/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 05:19:25 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=37396 Hey everyone! Last week’s post to help a sister out turned me on to an AMAZING site for women who love the vintage look–PinUpGirlClothing.com. I’ve since purchased several things, but here’s two looks I’m totally loving… I’m wearing the “Molly Dress,” in white with cherries. I wore it today at an school event for my […]

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Hey everyone! Last week’s post to help a sister out turned me on to an AMAZING site for women who love the vintage look–PinUpGirlClothing.com. I’ve since purchased several things, but here’s two looks I’m totally loving…

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I’m wearing the “Molly Dress,” in white with cherries. I wore it today at an school event for my son where parents and kids gathered in the open field to fly kites. I got so many compliments I couldn’t keep track of all of them! What’s more, it’s comfy cotton and wide skirt made it easy to run up and down the field with my son’t kite! It’s a bit pricey, coming in at $132, but the quality of the make and material is sure to last a decade or more. It also comes with a red belt, but I wanted to make the look more casual and less dressy. I’ll wear the belt with some cute red heels when me and The Hubster go out to dinner or something.

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The other piece is actually two–a top and A-line skirt.

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In this photo I’m wearing an A-Line dress in Harlequin Diamond Print ($54), and the Bustier Top in Pastel Yellow ($76).

Obviously I love how these clothes are made, but there’s a couple things niggling at me a bit. First, the sizes run really small. I’m normally a small, but for this site, I’m a medium, and in some items, I think I could pull of a large. My baseline dress size is a four. Just something to think about if you’re planning on purchasing anything.

Second, it’s a little frustrating that the clothes in my size are often sold out, and waiting lists abound for tons of items they didn’t make enough of. My personally, if a store doesn’t have the size I want, I’m not keen to get on a waiting list. Bottom line, if they don’t have it when I want it, I soon decide it wasn’t that serious.

Although all in all, I LOVE this site! The looks make me feel sexy, sophisticated, and modest. Who says you have to be half naked to stop traffic? 😉

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It Takes Kenya Moore for “Clutch” and “Madame Noire” to Ask What We’ve Known for Years!! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/it-takes-kenya-moore-for-clutch-and-madame-noire-to-ask-what-weve-known-for-years/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/it-takes-kenya-moore-for-clutch-and-madame-noire-to-ask-what-weve-known-for-years/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 18:20:27 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=37391 The internet is all abuzz AGAIN, because reality newsmaker, Kenya Moore stated the obvious. There are simply not enough “good black men” for black women to choose from. Here are her exact words, as spoken in an interview with Hello Beautiful: For Black women, we just have to be open because there’s not a lot […]

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The internet is all abuzz AGAIN, because reality newsmaker, Kenya Moore stated the obvious. There are simply not enough “good black men” for black women to choose from. Here are her exact words, as spoken in an interview with Hello Beautiful:

For Black women, we just have to be open because there’s not a lot of eligible bachelors, that are Black, for us to choose from anymore. If you take away the ones that are gay, in jail, this is a real issue. Statistics show why we don’t have the choices. You take the ones that are gay, in jail, don’t have a job, the ones that are already married and the ones that are dating and marrying outside our race, what do you have left? You don’t have much to choose from. The nicest thing is that you have options.

Might she have seen this video I recently did? Hmmm….coincidence? Maybe not…

Clutch and Madame Noire were quick to want to pilfer some clicks off the discussion, asking a question we’ve know the answer to for years–“Are there not enough black men to go around?” The answer is, if you want someone who is educated, gainfully employed, no problems with the law, no litters of out-of-wedlock children running around–the answer is a resounding NO. There are NOT enough. Even if every eligible black man who met that criteria married a black woman with equal criteria, there would NOT be enough. Never mind that high-value black men are either delaying marriage until they’re as old as Methuselah or marrying non-black women in droves. There is a *small* percentage of black men who fit this bill who are marrying black women, and my brother is one of them. But even he knows there’s not enough!!

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My brother Byron and his wife, Mary

 

He loves black women enough to tell them the truth, and he says that black women should NOT limit themselves! Love you, bro!!

It is not “hating” on black men to admit this truth. This isn’t about stroking someone’s ego or hurt feelings. This is about black women doing what is best for them. When the outnumbered vie for the rare, the rare use their position to their benefit, not yours. With choices comes power. With power, comes respect. And if she wants marriage with a compatible mate, she’d better start looking at Gerald, Tony Woo, Wyatt, and Jose. She also should pick up Swirling: How to Date, Mate and Relate, Mixing Race, Culture and Creed. 

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Are Some Black Women Exporting Family Dysfunction to their Interracial Relationships? http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/are-some-black-women-exporting-family-dysfunction-to-their-interracial-relationships/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/are-some-black-women-exporting-family-dysfunction-to-their-interracial-relationships/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 16:05:23 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=37385 I’ve observed a trend in certain interracial relationship circles on Facebook, where a lot of talk has centered around black women interracially dating and producing children without marriage. The response to this trend has ranged from a “live and let live” perspective, to utter outrage that black women are taking their “low standards” over the […]

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I’ve observed a trend in certain interracial relationship circles on Facebook, where a lot of talk has centered around black women interracially dating and producing children without marriage. The response to this trend has ranged from a “live and let live” perspective, to utter outrage that black women are taking their “low standards” over the fence, thus potentially making it more difficult for the black women who want traditional marriage.

Take a look at this meme:

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Yeah; we can joke all we want about this, but the same black men raised in fractured families and not valuing marriage are the also occupied by black women too. I’ll let that sink in for a minute. The cavalier attitude about having babies and  almost visceral fear of marriage is not always gender specific.

Part of the reason I advocate interracial relationship is because of my utter disgust of the astronomical out-of-wedlock rate in the black community. More choices of men means more power over your womb. So I must admit I get a little disappointed when I see black women on my page bragging about their non-black boyfriends, and how much he’s dedicated to their love child, but that marriage isn’t important, it’s just a piece of paper, blah blah blah. I recently observed a black woman who said this very thing, and mentioned that her boyfriend has suggested several times that they marry, but she declined. Honestly, I’ll never understand how it is so much easier for some people to produce children, but be utterly terrified about a “piece of paper.” Because deep down, they KNOW it’s more than a piece of paper. That’s just some denial B.S. they tell themselves to minimize the situation. I’ll even venture to say that the boyfriend suggesting they marry is doing so because he comes from a family culture that VALUES marriage and children born in wedlock. The whole “baby mama” thing is probably totally foreign to him. Now that’s not to say that white people are popping out out-of-wedlock babies, but their numbers are at about 40%, while our is upwards of 72% and nearly 100% in certain neighborhoods. It’s not even a close comparison, so if anyone comes into the comments section saying, “white people have out-of-wedlock babies too!!!” know that you’re being untruthful. Comparing 40% to 72-100% is like comparing apples to elephants.

One fan’s quote about this issue really stood out to me, and I want to share it with you:

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Now this post is not a condemnation of women seeking relationships who are broken because of the fractured families they came from. They had absolutely no power over how they entered the world. It’s very difficult to model an intact family if you’ve never seen one. I get it.

But I also think that women like this need to seek mentors–women in our space that can counsel them, advise them, assuage their fears and manage expectations. This is much easier to do these days, considering social media facilitates the ability to network with people you never have to meet in person. For example, it would be awesome if someone would create a Facebook group teaching black women from broken families to be exposed to women who have created happy families with marriage. It might even be an interesting category to add to our forum.

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Beauty Round Up: Aerosol Foundation, 2FroChics, and Vitamin C Serum for Smooth Skin http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/beauty-round-up-aerosol-foundation-2frochics-and-vitamin-c-serum-for-smooth-skin/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/beauty-round-up-aerosol-foundation-2frochics-and-vitamin-c-serum-for-smooth-skin/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 05:51:29 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=37286 I love the look of airbrushed makeup, but not all the maintenance it takes to keep it up. You have to keep the reservoir clean, maintain the hoses, mix the colors and is cumbersome to store. You can’t take it with you and touching up means you have to pull everything out and must be […]

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I love the look of airbrushed makeup, but not all the maintenance it takes to keep it up. You have to keep the reservoir clean, maintain the hoses, mix the colors and is cumbersome to store. You can’t take it with you and touching up means you have to pull everything out and must be cleaned after each use. That’s why when I discovered Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation in Mocha 600.

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I love how light and airy it is, and eliminated the need for a primer. It gives a smooth finish, mattifies, and reduces the appearance of pores, and evens skin tone. Those are the pros.

Here are the cons.

It get everywhere if you don’t aim right. Check out how I manage it.

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But the results are pretty great.

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In addition to my makeup, I know you’re checking out my hair 😉

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What’s the Deal with All the Vitamin C Serums?

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I’ve been seeing the proliferation of Vitamin C serums as of late, and I have to admit they show amazing promise for aging skin–both as a powerful antioxidant and collagen boosting agent. I own two separate kinds, and it’s been a couple weeks and I love how clear, soft and supple my skin has looked. Here’s a photo I took just tonight after my nighttime skin care regimen.

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Not bad for (almost 42, huh?)

But the writer in me has been curious about what the experts were saying. The most reliable source I’ve found to drill pass all the full, pretty bottles and BS is best selling author of Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter without Me, author, Paula Begoun.

It’s important to mention that vitamin C forms are effective in lower concentrations, so don’t get caught up in the belief that only higher strengths are beneficial for skin. Research has shown that concentrations as low 0.6% provide antioxidant and anti-aging benefits to skin (Skin Research and Technology, 2008). Depending on your concerns, you may do just fine using a regular-strength vitamin C product, especially is said product also contains a range of great ingredients to smooth, repair, and replenish skin.

Without question, vitamin C is a powerful tool in your anti-aging arsenal. For best results, use it strategically and as part of a routine that includes a daily broad-spectrum sunscreen plus irritant-free products that contain a skin-pleasing mix of antioxidants, skin-repairing agents, and cell-communicating ingredients. [SOURCE]

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Now What’s Your Excuse? Now You can Grow Greens Indoors…Without Any Dirt! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/now-whats-your-excuse-now-you-can-grow-greens-indoors-without-any-dirt/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/now-whats-your-excuse-now-you-can-grow-greens-indoors-without-any-dirt/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 05:54:31 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=37361 With the summer months quickly coming ahead, most of the greens I’d been growing during the shorter, cooler days of the Southern California fall and winter are going to seed. This has always bummed me out. Just when my garden can produce crispy cucumbers, juicy tomatoes and sweet and spicy peppers, I don’t have any […]

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With the summer months quickly coming ahead, most of the greens I’d been growing during the shorter, cooler days of the Southern California fall and winter are going to seed. This has always bummed me out. Just when my garden can produce crispy cucumbers, juicy tomatoes and sweet and spicy peppers, I don’t have any salad greens to accompany them. This year, I’m growing my salads and greens indoors…both sprouts and micro greens.

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I love how delicate and elegant micro greens are. But don’t think that means it’s fussy. Sprouts need so little to…well…sprout, and you need such little space, water, and light to get a regular harvest, especially if you’re single. You’ll probably have more than you need, so you can give some of it to that cute guy you’ve been eyeing from across the hall in your apartment building.

I have plant lights to give my plants more hours of light so they grow faster.

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As far as nutrition goes, sprouts are packed with vitamins, nutrients, and minerals with calories in only the double digits per serving. Here’s a serving that I just harvested today…

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I’m growing about three different kinds of sprouts–broccoli, alfalfa, and a mix of micro greens. I’m using cheap plastic containers used to catch the water the drips from potted plants so they don’t leak all over the floor. They cost about $1.50 at your local plant store. Take a needle and puncture holes throughout the plastic, add some seedling soil mix and moisten the soil until it is very wet. Sprinkle the seeds on top and gently press them into the soil. Sprinkle just enough additional soil to cover the seeds. Water again and press down. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy, and you should starts to see sprouts within two to five days. Once you start to see sprouts emerge, transfer your plants to a sunny window or put them under plant lights. Harvest when sprouts grow about 2-3 inches.

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But now, thanks for an innovation by organic seed producers, Botanical Interests, you can skip the soil altogether and grow sprouts with virtually no mess.

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I bought this item to incorporate into my greens rotation, but for $25, I’ll only be purchasing one.

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Now you apartment dwellers have no more excuses for not growing SOMETHING. What’s better, you can grow this in your house all year long!

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