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Celebrity Beauty Buzz EXCLUSIVE: Wendy Williams, Beloved Talk Show Host, Actress, Author and Wig Extraordinaire, Talks New Hair World Collection and More
Fans of cutting-edge coifs, edgy extensions and wondrous wigs had only one name on their lips these few lips: Wendy Williams.
Long before Hosea Chanchez became a breakout luminary and influential ...
The world’s introduction to Avril Lavigne was far from run-of-the-mill, and more in the realm of discovering a wunderkind in 2002.
“Complicated,” her first single and music video, ran down the details of young love, punctuated by fun and silly whims. Lavigne (then 17-years-old) played guitar, was noticeably funny and impassioned, with a pop-punk persona that trumped a sex-sells image. Wearing a white t-shirt and tie, the triple threat of chanteuse, songwriter and musician sang the high-spirited song with a fresh, audacious energy that grabbed and held her fans’ attention.
Couple that energy with palpable vocals, in-your-face lyrics, a believe-in-yourself mentality and organic sounds, and we have just scratched the surface of Lavigne’s successful appeal. The award-winning performer, who many critics deem a musical maverick, would say her real strength lies in never holding back and having creative freedom.
Just a few episodes into the CW's new adolescent sci-fi romance-drama, Star-Crossed, Titus Makin Jr.'s character, Lukas, has impressively eradicated several ...
As 2013 coaxes into multilayered memories and thoughts of 2014 slip into our minds, fans of soulful pop (with a country-folk and heavy metal edge) are rejoicing about a new wunderkind, Masha.
The 23-year-old songbird, hailing from New York by way of Nashville, TN has brought her impassioned and engaging voice to the music world. Packaged into electrifying, organic-sounding songs and anthems, the singer can just as easily croon from her heart as she can belt out with palpable prowess. Masha's ability to seamlessly fuse unassuming vocals with throaty rawness began taking form in her childhood. "I can't remember a time when I didn't sing," Masha said. "When I was little, I sang along with the radio. People like Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige and Christina Aguilera attracted me, strong women who could really belt it out."
TaQuita Thorns has always shared her emotionally-charged, power-packed voice in some dynamic way or form.
She began performing at family events at age 4, and singing over her school’s public announcement system in Detroit. “While my four sisters and brother played outside, I preferred to stay indoors singing and performing in a mirror,” said the Motown-city native. The wunderkind took to writing songs and illustrating her lyrics, meshing that with an ability to hold a note with spellbinding power. She took cues from the greats: James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and more. By her teenage years, she had joined a girls group, the concert choir, and dance company at Detroit’s own Denby Tech and Preparatory High School.
With a steady grind like that, it was only a matter of time before stardom was calling.
2013 James Beard Awards Spotlight: Chef Jonathon Sawyer Protects, Preserves and Pours Life into the Verdant Environment
Much of the legendary James Beard Foundation and their equally impressive annual awards gala draw attention to maverick chefs - those culinary artists that create wondrous fare that are both accessible and progressive through dynamic cooking processes. Those peculiar tastemakers are amongst the best of the best, showered with kudos for employing certain food-creation modus operandi and harboring meaningful beliefs that give way to delectable dishes. They are audacious and confident in taking the path less traveled, and staying on it until they discover its gold. They do more than just create food - they construct purposeful, remarkable dining experiences and foster a deeper understanding of culinary movements like the legendary James Beard.
Considering current Great Lakes Best Chef nominee Jonathon Sawyer of the well-known The Greenhouse Tavern, of Cleveland, Ohio, he falls befittingly into that coveted enclave.
Selecting and gathering the most flavor-bursting ingredients like zucchini or avocado — commingled customarily in a cardinal of ways in various kitchen laboratories of sorts across the world - to create appetizing, health-friendly gourmet dishes is more than a successful profession for Vegan Fusion co-founder Mark Reinfeld - it is an imaginative remedy for fortifying the health and heart of human beings, and the verdant global environment.
2013 James Beard Award Spotlight: Chef Paul Virant Cooks Up "Perennial Influence" Using Canning, Preservation And Seasonal Ingredients
To garner a coveted award nomination from the James Beard Foundation, and entrance into their deliciously-esteemed, highly-anticipated magnum opus of culinary awards galas, he or she must exude a robust greatness. This person must embody and speak to the late-stuanch champion of American cuisine and mentor James Beard's spirit; this individual can do that through venerable cooking skills, vast and formidable food knowledge or succelent culinary creations.
Notable chef Paul Virant, of the acclaimed Vie and Perennial Virant restaurants in Illnois, does that through all three pipelines.
Many designers create jewelry, but only a few can wow us while doing it. Accomplished designer Leonard Bridges falls in the latter, with his alluring jewelry line, Paralux.
His collection lures in jewelry connoisseurs with his signature braided style infused with modest beauty. The statement necklaces and bracelets feature gilded shine, beaded detailing, and more. Made with “industrial materials” and “old-world craftsmanship,“ the monochromatic pieces are fashionable works of art. Most importantly, they are also products of creative expression and inspiration.