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“12 Years a Slave” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” Among Top SAG Awards Nominees

Originally posted on GOOD BLACK NEWS:

Chiwetel Ejiofor in '12 Years a Slave'

Chiwetel Ejiofor in ’12 Years a Slave’ (Fox Searchlight)

The Screen Actors Guild released their list of award nominees this morning — one day before the Golden Globes announces their selections of the year’s best television shows and motion pictures.  Among the top nominees for the 20th annual SAG awards were 12 Years a Slave and Lee Daniels’ The Butler – which solidified their status as front-runners for the Oscars.

12 Years a Slave led the pack with four nominations: outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role (Chiwetel Ejifor), outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role (Michael Fassbender) and outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role (Lupita Nyong’o).  The film also scored big among other awards ceremonies after the Boston Society of Film Critics awarded the film…

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Potage Crécy

Originally posted on Simple Kitchen Seasons:

It seems I’ve been wrong all this time.

I’ve always called this “potage de crécy”, but I’ve recently found out that shouldn’t be the case. According to a friend on Facebook, if the dish were specifically from the town of Crécy (as in an AOC product), as opposed to featuring carrots and therefore named crécy, it could be called potage de crécy. But it isn’t; it’s just a carrot soup.

And what a glorious soup it is! The version pictured below isn’t vegetarian (it contains chicken stock and the carrots and onion were sautéed in butter), but you can easily make it vegan if you wish.


Carrots seem to be the “in” vegetable in 2013 in the same way that brussels sprouts exploded in popularity last year.

I have a few ideas percolating in my head at the moment based on restaurant meals in the past couple of months…

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Winter Drink Roundup

Originally posted on Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide:

The calendar says it’s not technically winter yet, but we say it’s close enough for a winter drink roundup. Here are some of our favorites — hot and cold.

Candy Cane Martini


Brandied Hot Chocolate

Even though the mugs are lame I wouldn't say no to one

Even though the mugs are lame I wouldn’t say no to one

Gingersnap Martinis

Warning: must like ginger and booze

Warning: must like ginger and booze


I fight scurvy

I fight scurvy

Hazelnut Shooters

Nutty, nutty goodness

Nutty, nutty goodness

Hot Buttered Nog

Mmmmm butter

Mmmmm butter

Jack Frost Punch

Ain't that a kick in the head?

Ain’t that a kick in the head?

Mulled Wine

Santa butt mugs are optional

Santa butt mugs are optional

Brandy Alexander

Are you tired of Christmas yet?

Are you tired of Christmas yet?

Hot Toddy

My kind of medicine

My kind of medicine

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Victoria’s Secret 2013 Fashion Show Includes More Stunning Women of Color

Originally posted on GOOD BLACK NEWS:

Model Cindy Bruna walks the runway wearing Bolero and Corset with Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Swarovski)

Model Cindy Bruna walks the runway wearing Bolero and Corset with Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Swarovski)

Shimmering lingerie and dazzling faux-wings marked the official broadcast of the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Tuesday night – and while some of the show’s famous stars returned to the catwalk, several women of color made their debut.  Supermodels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio and Doutzen Kroes were only a few of the veterans who strutted down the aisle again. But it seems as though this year’s show included more diversity than ever before.

Joining Joan Smalls and Jasmine Tookes on the runway (who also participated in last year’s presentation) were at least four other women of different ethnicities who were dressed in some of the lingerie brand’s finest pieces.  There is Malika Firth, a Kenyan-born biracial 19-year-old…

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Alison Lundergan Grimes, Candidate For U.S. Senate: Tell Congress Raise The Minimum Wage


By Jueseppi B.




Tell Congress: Raise the Minimum Wage


For more than four years, the federal minimum wage has been frozen at $7.25 an hour. A family with two children that earns minimum wage lives below the poverty line. This is unacceptable.


Raising the minimum wage would lift millions of hardworking Americans out of poverty. Despite the indisputable benefits – and despite support for raising the minimum wage from 80% of Americans – congressional Republicans are blocking legislation on this common sense measure. We can’t let them get away with hurting working America‘s working families.


Add your voice and demand Congress raise the minimum wage and lift Americans out of poverty.


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard
U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney
U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema


Sean Eldridge, Candidate for Congress LPAC
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Candidate for U.S. Senate


Add your name


Americans deserve wages that are consistent with our values.

I’m beyond disappointed to see legislation to raise the minimum wage continue to stall out in Congress.


Nobody who works a full-time job should be faced with choices like whether to take their children to the doctor or put a warm dinner on the table at the end of the day.


Especially on an issue like this, real leaders don’t fear compromise and finding common ground with folks outside their party.


It doesn’t matter which side of the aisle someone sits on — what matters is that raising the minimum wage would help Kentucky families.


Join me: Tell Congress to raise the minimum wage and give all working Americans a fair shot at the American Dream. 


Nobody wins when people aren’t paid a decent wage for their work, especially when we’re talking about huge corporations raking in record profits.


Why Mitch McConnell wouldn’t stand with America’s working families and support raising the minimum wage doesn’t make any sense to me. Even worse than that, he’s up to his usual gridlock ways and trying to quietly do away with this legislation altogether.


Now, I’ve heard from people around the Nation and I can tell you that’s not what they want to see happen. People tell me to keep putting the pressure on because there is wide support for raising the minimum wage, so that’s what I’m going to do.


Show your support: Add your name in favor of raising the minimum wage for hardworking Kentuckians and millions of Americans.


Let’s tell Congress to get this done.


KentuckSecretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Candidate for U.S. Senate



The Campaign Begins





Kentucky born and raised




Alison Lundergan Grimes has been working to improve the lives of fellow Kentuckians all her life.


Growing up in Central Kentucky, she learned the value of public service at an early age by volunteering with her family every year to distribute Thanksgiving dinners to the homeless. As a young adult, she continued to believe in the power to make a difference in the lives of others, working with the National Kidney Foundation. While working in the private sector, she provided free legal help to victims of domestic violence. Alison’s passion has always been increasing opportunity for every citizen of the Commonwealth.


As a successful business attorney in Lexington, Alison helped businesses open, expand and thrive in Kentucky, allowing them to create jobs and foster economic growth. She also worked with Kentucky institutions such as the Salvation Army, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital and God’s Pantry Food Bank, where she serves on the Board of Directors.


As Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Alison has helped modernize and streamline government services to make sure Kentucky’s doors truly are open for small businesses. She works with industry leaders to promote Kentucky and embraces bipartisan cooperation to help expand our economy and create jobs. Her efforts, including establishing a one-stop business portal and a uniform business identification number, are helping businesses spend less time interacting with government and more time creating jobs and giving back to their communities.


Alison has also ushered in new laws that protect the voting rights of victims of domestic violence and absentee voters, maintain the integrity of the democratic process and save counties money in administering elections.


In September 2012, Alison traveled to the Middle East to meet with deployed soldiers to learn how to improve military voting procedures. Her recommendations received overwhelming bipartisan support and were signed into law in April 2013. The new law, Kentucky Heroes Voting Initiative, the first of its kind in the state, will allow military members and their families to register to vote and update their registration online, ensure that military voters have sufficient time to vote in special elections and extend existing protections to state and local elections and National Guard members.


Alison is a native of Maysville, Kentucky. She received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where she served as a trustee to the Board of Directors. Alison obtained her law degree, graduating with honors, from American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, DC.


Alison lives with her husband, Andrew, in Lexington.





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