Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving



From Everyone here at The Sophisticate Chronicles we wish you. .
a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Drake: Take Care

I became a fan of Drake's after the release of his first studio album "Thank Me Later" but his sophomore album "Take Care" is the reason why I am now a die hard fan. Each track is proof that Drake gave this album his all. He gives something in this album that no other rapper gives and that is bonafide versatility; he fluctuates from rapping to singing and let me tell you, he does a damn good job at both. Take Care is one of those albums that you are able to listen to from start to finish without skipping a song, and that within itself says a lot.

Every last one of his tracks are the bomb, but there are two songs that stood out to me the most.

Track #1 "Over My Dead Body" which features Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Chantal Kreviazuk. In this song, Drake delivers something different and refreshing. Chantal sings the hook and its so catchy, I love it, and her sound is so alluring. Superb choice, perfect collaboration!

Track #16  "Practice" uses the beat and chorus from the song "Back That Ass Up" which was released in 1999 by Cash Money's former member Juvenile. This track keeps you on the edge of your seat, because it has you thinking that he's going to deliver a rap verse, but instead he bursts into song, singing "Girl you look good won't chu back that a** up...." The song doesn't consist of much vocal activity, it's just mostly instrumental.

Drake is a musical genius! I don't know too many rappers with legendary singer Stevie Wonder featured on their album. Speaking of Stevie Wonder, Drake had a kick ass selection of producers that consists of Lex Luger, Just Blaze, canadian hip hop producers Noah "40" Shebib, and Boi-1da.

Just goes to show that Drake doesn't play about his product, and it also shows that QUALITY is very important to him. This man delivered!

Support and go purchase the album this week.....help raise those album sales!

@HoneyBLove

14* Relationship Mistakes to Avoid

Written By: Paul Carrick Brunson for Essence.com 


Today’s post is special. In order to get the most researched answers on “relationship pitfalls,” I went to the authorities in the category: the guys over at 100 Red Flags. 100Redflags.com is a website dedicated to helping women understand the little signals they sometimes unconsciously send to men that turn them off and show incompatibility.

What I like about these guys is that they’re not just men speaking from their immediate experiences they’ve actually gone out and extensively surveyed “everyday” men over several years instead of just using a sampling of men like other studies often do.

I sat down with the founders Bill and Ryan and asked them about the top relationship pitfalls for women and the responses were fascinating. Ladies, are you ready to hear them? Grab a cup of something good to drink and get your read on! (Taking notes is encouraged.)

It might be a red flag to him when you…

You Wear Too Much Makeup

Doing so implies to a man that you may lack self-confidence. Looking good isn’t all about trying to achieve perfection. It isn’t about caking your face with so much makeup that you look like someone else. No man wants to wake up in the morning to find your makeup all over the sheets. Think: More confidence, less makeup.

You Check Your Phone Constantly

This is disrespectful to the man you’re on a date with. When your man is around, try to keep your smart phone addiction hidden. It makes you seem obsessive-compulsive when you’re always peeking down at your phone or you leave it out on the table. It’s annoying, and it makes him feel less important. Just throw it in your bag and enjoy yourself.

You Talk Nonstop About Work

There are more interesting things in life to discuss than how much it sucks to fill out reports every day. If all you can talk about is your job, that means you lead a very boring life and you won’t be much fun to hang around with.

You Don't Support Guy Time

Doing this will instantly make you appear insecure and controlling. Whoa there, Missy. You’re messing with one of the sacred man rituals now. It’s a necessity, not an option. Instead of ranting and raving about our guys’ night, put that energy to positive use and go out with your girls.

You Drink a Lot of Champagne

This could mean you’re too materialistic; too focused on status. The last thing men want is to be involved in a relationship where money and status is more important than anything else. What if we can’t make a buck? What if we don’t have the biggest house in our neighborhood? Will you want the guy in the huge house with a pool down the street? Your choice of beverage is painting this
picture of our future life together.

You're Clumsy or Awkward

This says that our sexual compatibility is in question. When we’re up, you’re down. We try to connect because we’re attracted to each other, but something just seems off. If we’re not connecting on the dance floor, how are we going to connect in the bedroom? To increase flexibility and become more in touch with your body consider a dance or yoga class.

You Want Another Tattoo

This could tell him you’re not done living your youth. Like it or not, your tattoo says more than you intended. He’ll wonder if it was just a one-time things or if your wild side could return just as he’s starting to like you?

You're All About You (and Your Pet!)

If you’re guilty of this, it may tell a guy who wants to get serious that your timetable for having kids is at odds with his. This may seem innocent, but it can be overkill. How are we supposed to compete with that playful, furry, and loyal friend who probably came before us? We’re not sure we’re ready to take on the responsibility for this pet, especially because we know what’s on your mind next a baby.

You Don't Eat Leftovers

This means you could be financially irresponsible. The truth is, your staunch refusal to eat leftovers goes far beyond being a little weird. Let’s put it this way… you’re throwing out food. So if you’re throwing out a necessary component for survival where else are you choosing an “ideal” over a “this will do”?

Your Party Photos Are All Over the Web

If he sees your photos all over nightclub and party sites, he’ll think you’re a party girl and will be unable to settle down. It’s cool that you go to clubs. But there’s a difference between just going to clubs and being a club regular. It’s a recipe for disaster if you’re trying to hold down a relationship.

You're Short on Bridesmaids

This means you might be too needy, and we won’t be able to be independent of each other. First of all, having two sisters and one friend doesn’t count. When men see a lack of close friends in your life it is cause for concern. Will you get pissed off every time we want to hang out with our friends? Will you be latching onto us every time we’re out with each other?

You Get Dressed Up for Sporting Events

This could tell a man that you’re unable to adapt to different situations. Beware of how you dress at sporting events because if you send the wrong message your man may go running. If you’re more focused on looking “cute”, when everyone around you is dressed comfortably, it says you can’t relax. We have visions of waking up in the morning to grab breakfast with you pulling on the back of our sweats as we’re walking out the door. saying, “You’re not wearing that, are you?” Ditch the fancy outfit and just relax.

You Complain Constantly



No man likes constant negativity, period. Negative attitudes can be the death of a relationship, especially when the other half naturally has a positive attitude. Everyone could, if they wanted to, complain about their day. There are good things and bad things that happen to all of us. When we talk to you after a hard day’s work, we don’t want to spend all our time consoling you and making you feel better. What about our day?


You Have Daddy Issues

Men assume that women who don’t call their fathers either have bad dads, no dads, or bad relationships with their dads. None of those perceptions work in your favor. Never pay so much attention to a guy that you forget about your family.

Agree? Maybe Not? Follow Paul on Twitter @PaulCBrunson http://twitter.com/#!/PaulCBrunson and tell him your thoughts on this list or maybe use it as a good topic for conversation with friends.

@TNBeautyQueen

SophistiKat's "Jam of the Week"



We've ALL been waiting and here it is!!
Off his new album "Ambition" Wale feat Miguel "Lotus Flower Bomb"!!
Enjoy!!

@TNBeautyQueen

Sunday, November 13, 2011

SophistiKat's "Dose of Soul"



Here is your Sunday "Dose of Soul"!!
Common feat Mary J Blidge "Come Close".
One lyrical masterpiece. ENJOY

@TNBeautyQueen

Today in Black History

1839*
"Liberty Party", The first antislavery political party was organized in Warsaw, New York. Samuel Ringgold Ward and Henry Highland Garnet were among the earliest supporters of the new political departure.


1894*

A. C.  Richardson patents his Casket-Lowering Device. Patent No. 529,311


1913*

The First African American elected to the American College of Surgeons was Dr. Daniel Hale Williams. He was also the first* person to perform open heart surgery.


1940*

On this day, the Supreme Court ruled in Hansberry vs. Lee. The ruling stated that whites can't bar African Americans from white neighborhoods.


1951* 

Janet Colllins, Ballerina became the first African American dancer to appear with the Metropolitan Opera Company.

1955*

Caryn "Whoppi" Goldberg was born on this day in New York, NY

1956*

Supreme Court upheld lower court decision which banned segregation on city buses in Montgomery, Alabama. Federal injunctions prohibiting segregation on the buses were served on city, state and bus company officials on December 20. At two mass meetings Montgomery Blacks called off year-long bus boycott. Buses were integrated on December 21.


1967*

Carl Stokes became the first African American to be elected mayor of major city Cleveland Ohio


1985*

New York Mets Pitcher, Dwight Gooden won the "Cy Young Award" making him the youngest pitcher ever to win this prestigious award.

@TNBeautyQueen

SophistiKat's "Dessert of the Month"

Everybody loves a good slice of Sweet Potato or Pumpkin pie around this year. In honor of Thanksgiving we bring you a combination of these two dessert favorites combined into a delicious casserole. .

The Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Casserole


Ingredients
Casserole*
4 pounds sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 2- to 3-inch pieces
1 can (15 ounces) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs

Topping*
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans


Directions
Preheat oven to 350° F.

Casserole*
Place potatoes on microwave-safe plate. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Cool slightly; place in large bowl. Add pumpkin, sugar, butter, salt and pepper. With potato masher, smash until lumpy (cut any large pieces of skin into smaller pieces). Add eggs; smash until incorporated. Spoon into 13 x 9-inch or 3-quart baking dish.

Topping*
Combine sugar, flour, butter and salt in small bowl; stir until combined. Sprinkle evenly over casserole; top evenly with nuts.

Bake Casserole for 25 minutes or until golden and heated through. Remove from oven.

Preheat broiler then broil casserole for 1 minute or until bubbly and nuts are toasted. 

Cool for 5 minutes then serve.

@TNBeautyQueen

Thursday, November 10, 2011

SophistiKat "Throwback" JAM


YES Lawd!! Last week one of my childhood crushes was resurrected!! Even though I was like in the 3 grade. .LoL!! I thought this man was the END and all END of CUTE (Yes I use cute because we weren't using the terms "sexy" and "fine" in the 3rd grade.) And TRUST if you were watching TVOne's "Life After" last week, you saw this man is still THEEBomb.com!! Glory!!
Anywhoo. .with a little ode to one of the Sexiest men of R&B here is none other than Christopher Williams "I'm Dreamin" off his second album "Changes".


@TNBeautyQueen

Friday, November 4, 2011

SophistiKat's "Drink of the Month"

For the past 3 weeks everyone has been buzzing and of course enjoying the newest flavor to the Ciroc roster. .PEACH!! 


It makes any mixed cocktail a HIT!! In time for the Fall holiday season we bring you the perfect Martini for any night out with friends, mixer, and of course PARTY. .

The Ciroc Peach Martini 


Ingredients:
1 Peach (Sliced)
2 ounces of Ciroc Peach Vodka (May increase to 3 oz if you desire a stronger drink)
1/2 ounce Peach Schnapps
3/4 Cup of Ice

Directions:
Place Peach slices on sides of glasses.
Place all ingredients in Cocktail shaker.
Shake well for about 5-10 seconds.
 Pour and Serve.

@TNBeautyQueen

Evelyn is BACK!!

For the past few months everyone has been on pins and needles wondering if Evelyn Lozada would follow through and not return for the 4th Season of VH1's "Basketball Wives". Welp. .she is BACK.


In conjunction with shooting Season 4 she will be working on a new book series "The Wives Association". .and who did she sign this book series deal with you might ask? None other than Lil Wayne and Baby of Cash Money!! LoL!! Interesting Huh? Yeah. .We thought so too!! Turns out Lil Wayne and Baby are the owners of Cash Money Content (Atria an Imprint of Simon & Schuster). Also there is already talks to turn the series of books into movies.

What Evelyn Had to Say:


“The stories that you hear, what goes on in these relationships, and just being in that circle I decided to let everyone experience a piece of it for themselves by writing this series of juicy novels.

By partnering with Baby and Cash Money Content, we have the potential to turn these "novels" into a full-fledged brand,” Lozada explains. “Everything Baby and CMC touches turns to gold, and our brands together will be magical.”


Her being an Author only makes you think about fellow cast mate Royce Reed (Whom she called a Bum) and her book/series "College Girls". The first book hit shelves mid October.

Hmm. .Go Figure!! We shall be waiting to see how this all pans out!!