Kyle Scatliffe of 'The Color Purple' on what the story can teach men

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Kyle Scatliffe attends 'The Color Purple' Broadway Cast Photo Call at Intercontinental Hotel on November 20, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Raymond Hagans/Steed Media Service
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Kyle Scatliffe attends 'The Color Purple' Broadway Cast Photo Call at Intercontinental Hotel on November 20, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Raymond Hagans/Steed Media Service

 

Actor Kyle Scatliffe is starring as the conflicted Harpo in the latest revival of The Color Purple on Broadway. The acclaimed actor shared his thoughts on Harpo, the story and why he thinks those who criticize The Color Purple are ultimately missing the point.

On finding relatability in Harpo: "He's trying to understand what life is and who he is. It's a journey I'm still on--I'm 29, and it's a journey to figure out who you are and where you fit in the world. I think that's a basic journey we all go through and a lot of people can see that and experience that."

On Harpo's worldview: "I also love his being with Sofia [Danielle Brooks] and he's trying to have this happily ever after that he thinks exists. And he's trying to have it in the way that he doesn't know how to make it happen--he's flying by the seat of his pants and it all kind of crumbles but it comes back."

On criticism of the misogyny in the story: "I think what [detractors] are missing is the basic experience of trying to figure out who we are. The story teaches us--as men, honestly--how to treat each other and how to treat other people. I think a big thing about it is just respect. There's a lot of respect and love and forgiveness. I think people can learn from seeing this. I know that there can be criticism and [people] say it's misogynist, but I don't feel that when I step on stage or read the book. I just felt that there were people who'd been through these experiences. The men in this story came from slavery...and they're doing what happened to them. They're governing the world of women the same way that the slave master governed them. They're not just being who they are because they're men, they're who they are because they've learned it."

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Get to know QUI: The "Clear" Tequila winner

QUI Tequila Box
QUI Tequila

Tequila, proclaims Esquire, is the new scotch. This, of course, is in recognition of how tequila has stepped up its game in recent years. And QUI Tequila is certainly a manifestation of that. Tagged as “the world’s first platinum extra-añejo tequila,” QUI Platinum Extra Añejo Tequila arrives in a sophisticated black box that holds an eye-catching crystal decanter style bottle for those choosing to indulge at home. But its taste, not packaging, gets the highest marks.

QUI’s pioneering filtration processing uses the blue weber agave plant that has been aged for nine years and comes from the slopes of Atotonilco El Alto – the tallest peak in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. After that the resulting liquid rests in French Bordeaux and American whiskey barrels for three and a half years, before being filtered nine times it's distilled for a third time.

The result is a clear, full-bodied and extra-aged spirit that has a pleasing faint vanilla aroma further enhanced by hints of honey, butterscotch and toasted oak. It’s an award winner too. QUI won the Gold Medal at the 2013 Spirits of the Americas Competition.

Currently QUI can be found in bars and restaurants in New York, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Houston, with more coming. In the meantime, it can be ordered online and consumed neat or in any of these suggested cocktails from some of Austin's best spirit professionals. - ronda racha penrice

QUI Platinum Extra Añejo typically retails for just over $50.

 

Austin Mule
Created by Mark Yawn (Ranch 616 Bar Manager)

QUI Cocktails Austin Mule

1 ½ parts QUI Tequila
½ part lime juice
2 dashes bitters
Fresh muddled ginger
Dash of Chili Salt
Ginger beer
Ginger peel (garnish)

Rim a copper mug with chili salt and set aside. Muddle ginger in a cocktail shaker; add tequila, lime juice, bitters and ice and shake. Strain and pour ingredients into the copper mug over a large ice cube and top with ginger beer. Garnish with ginger peel if desired.

QUInky
Created by Dustin Courtright (W Austin Libationist)

QUI Cocktails QUInky Cocktail

1 ½ parts QUI Tequila
½ part lime juice
¾ part pineapple juice
¾ part lemongrass syrup
4 muddled serrano slices

Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a coupe glass with one slice serrano garnish.

Tran-QUI-lo
Created by Carley Dunavant (JW Marriott Austin Lead Bartender)

QUI Cocktails Tran-QUI-lo

1 ½ parts QUI Tequila
¼ part good Mezcal for rinse
1 part Fresh Watermelon Juice
½ part Bell Pepper Syrup
½ part Fresh Lime Juice
Pinch of Maldon Salt

In shaker combine Qui, watermelon juice, bell pepper syrup, lime juice and salt, add ice and stir. Rinse rocks glass with Mezcal. Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice.


DuSable Museum’s ‘Freedom Resistance’ exhibit highlights Black achievement artistically

Photo by Steed Media Service
Photo by Steed Media Service

The DuSable Museum has a phenomenal exhibit called “FREEDOM, RESISTANCE and The Journey Toward Equality.”

As part of the DuSable’s permanent collection, “FREEDOM, RESISTANCE …” is an example of how we’ve come to be the people we are. The artifacts illustrate our journey from slavery, and our progress as a people.

Included are images of President Obama and his family, the most contemporary example of the journey. It exemplifies Black pride. It was less than a decade ago that we cast our votes and proudly elected the first African American president of the United States.

The DuSable Museum highlights our accomplishments through the artistic approach that protest took through the Black Panthers. The Black Panthers were more than just a revolutionary group. It showcases the value of their service to the community.

There are even aspects of the attacks from outside the community, including government attacks, shootouts and the like. It is here that we feel connected to the community in a real sense.

Other artifacts include “colored-only” signs posted above water fountains. Remember there was a time when we weren’t welcome to drink out of the same water fountain as Whites?

There are so many artifacts in such a small space that showcase our progress, it seems instant to some but to those whose hair has been gray for over two decades, it points to the accomplishments and the trials that their eyes and soul have seen. It’s a must see. To experience this exhibit is a reminder that Black lives matter and it commands we move forward and remember exactly what it was to have a movement.


Try Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum for National Rum Day

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Why shouldn’t rum be celebrated? So there was little resistance from me when I was asked to try Wicked Dolphin Rum. Because I have a thing for this kind of coco at least, I decided to try coconut. And I was not disappointed. It’s very rare to get a rum you can literally sip straight, nothing else required.

Serial entrepreneur JoAnn Elardo knows how to identify opportunity though. When she tasted a bad cocktail in her adopted state of Florida, where sugarcane, the main ingredient for good rum, is plentiful, it didn’t take her long to realize that a Florida-based rum in her resident Cape Coral was the answer. Since their founding just three years ago, Wicked Dolphin has made a splash. One of Florida’s top craft distilled rums, Wicked Dolphin, so named for the many naughty dolphins near Elardo’s home, scored gold at the 2013 Miami Rum Festival and has even won some American Distiller Awards.

Although I’ve found that I prefer to drink the coconut rum straight up, these recipes are also easy and tasty. Enjoy responsibly! –ronda racha penrice

The Red Tide

2 oz. Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum
Cranberry Juice
Pour rum in ice-filled glass. Top with cranberry juice. Stir.

Wicked Floridian

Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum
Pineapple Juice
Orange Juice

Pour rum in ice-filled glass, followed by pineapple and orange juice. Stir.

Wicked Rum & Coke

Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum
Coca-Cola
Lime Wedge

Pour rum in ice-filled glass, followed by Coca-Cola. Garnish with lime.


Beautiful skin: New York’s Black burlesque experience


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Raise your glass of Blueberry Lemonade to celebrate National Rum Day

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There is nothing more refreshing than a tropical rum cocktail featuring Cruzan Rum’s newest libation, Blueberry Lemonade, to cool off and kick back. 
 
The Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Colada is not only creamy and fresh, but this blended libation is a special break from average cocktails so pull out your blender for this sweet combination of coconut, fresh lemon juice, and Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum.
Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Colada
Ingredients: 
2 parts Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Rum
1 part Coco® Lopez Cream of Coconut
1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
Ice
Method: 
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a stemmed Hurricane glass and garnish with lemon zest.

3 Tequila recipes that make you say 'yum!'

Happy National Tequila Day!

Agave isn't just for margaritas. It's mixable and versatile. Check out the recipes below from top mixologists.​​

Mad Mango
Mad Mango

Created by Tomas Delos Reyes
2 oz Partida Reposado Tequila
½  oz agave nectar
¾ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz mango puree
2 jalapeño disc/slices

​​In shaker, muddle 1 jalapeño disc with agave nectar.  Add ingredients into shaker and shake over ice.  Strain over ice, garnish with jalapeño disc floating on top.

Partida Paloma

​​Partida Paloma
2 oz Partida Blanco Tequila
1 Pinch Salt
Half a Lime
Grapefruit Soda (such as Jarritos or Squirt)
Fill a highball glass with ice and add the tequila and salt. Squeeze the lime half into the glass and drop into the drink and top with grapefruit soda.

La Perla tequila

La Perla

1 ½ oz Partida Reposado Tequila
1 ½ oz Domecq Manzanilla Sherry
¾ oz Mathilde Pear Liqueur

Lemon twist

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Fresa Breeze
Fresa Breeze 

Created by Tomas Delos Reyes
2oz Partida Blanco Tequila
1/2oz agave nectar
3/4oz fresh lime juice
2 strawberries
2 tsp diced cucumber
Mint sprig (optional)

Muddle strawberries and agave nectar in a shaker. Add ingredients and shake over ice. Strain over ice and top with diced cucumber. Garnish with mint sprig (optional).


Misty Copeland dances and speaks for the powerless and voiceless


“I will dance for those who have never seen a ballet, who pass the Metropolitan Opera House but can’t imagine what goes on inside. They may be poor, insecure, misunderstood like I have been. I’ll be dancing for them too, especially for them. This is for the little brown girls.”


Russell Wilson and Ciara are hip-hop's new power couple

Ciara and Russell Wilson
Ciara seriously slayed on the BET Awards 2015 red carpet, wearing a beaded dress with a plunging neckline. And, her Janet Jackson performance tribute was out of "Control." The young mother has been on-and-off the scene since she introduced her son, Future, nearly two years ago. It appears now that she has some new man candy, we simply can't get enough.

Ciara has been snapped by the paps while she's been on several dates including a couple to the White House with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. This new love is working for her. The Georgia peach has a glow about her that oozes "happy."

Russell and Ciara are so into their own world, they were one of the first to spill the beans about President Obama's private dinner which featured Stevie Wonder and Prince. He posted on social media: "Dancing at The @WhiteHouse to Prince & Stevie Wonder w/ my lady @Ciara," the Seattle Seahawks athlete wrote on Instagram. "Thanks Mr. President & First Lady! #IsntSheLovely #Blessed."

The pair have been rubbing shoulders with the cream of the crop and they've been dressed to the nines. She was recently snapped wearing a Halton Heritage black sequined floor-length skirt with a long slit, ooh-la-la.

They've traveled to the White House again when Russell brought Ciara as his date to President Barack Obama's Japanese State Dinner.

It wasn't until she graced the red carpet at this year's BET Awards that it became clear that Ciara is on her A-game and she's playing to win.

He's definitely a good catch. The NFLer's current salary is $526,217 and he reportedly wants to be the NFL's top-paid player. He's causing quite a stir in the world of football because he's trying to get his coins guaranteed – which means he gets his money whether he's hurt or not, or whether he's on the field or not. This practice is out of sync with Seattle Seahawks' standard contracts because it's equivalent to $60 million in escrow. Wilson is definitely bankable and a keeper for Ciara.

(Photo credit: Robin Lori for Steed Media Service)


Chandon gets "Red, White & Rosé"

Chandon 4th of JulyCelebrating July 4th naturally means libations for many of us. While beer remains popular, there’s nothing wrong with trying out new cocktails. And the 2015 Chandon American Summer Limited Edition Brut and Rosé might help there.

The bottles themselves are quite distinctive, with the Brut Classic wrapped in nautical blue and white stripes and the Rosé flaunting hot pink and cool white stripes. For three years now, Chandon has offered the patriotically-themed bubbly but the hot pink is a first, as is the Rosé itself.

For those not quite familiar with the brand, Chandon is an American sparkling wine founded in 1973 by Moët & Chandon and cultivated in Napa Valley. Because only brands grown in France’s Champagne region can be classified as Champagne, Chandon is designated as a “sparkling wine” despite its bubbly pedigree.

Available through Labor Day, the 750ml bottles can be found for $22-$24, with the Brut also available in a mini-version of 187ml for $8, at Chandon.com and select retailers. Tech lovers can also use the Blippar app on their phones to unlock an interactive world that includes a “Summer Selfie” experience by just scanning the bottle.

Need a slightly simpler experience to make it a #ChandonSummer? Just try the two cocktails below.

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Sparkling Shandy

2 oz. lemonade

1 tsp ginger beer tonic

2 oz. Chandon Brut Classic

Candied ginger and a lime wheel

Pour the lemonade into a rocks glass. Add the ginger beer tonic and stir. Add the Brut and ice. Arrange candied ginger and a lime wheel on a toothpick and place over the rim of the glass. Serve.

 

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Summer Sweet & Savory

3 oz. strawberry lemonade
3 dashes Strawberry Rhubarb bitters
2-3 oz. Chandon Rosé
Sprig of fresh summer savory
2 large strawberries, quartered

Pour the strawberry lemonade into shaker. Add the bitters and ice. Shake. Strain into a coupe or other decorative glass. Add the summer savory and strawberries. Top with Rosé and serve.