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Friday, May 8, 2015

Mistic Machine’ To Race In 2015 Angie's List Grand Prix Of Indianapolis

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Mistic E-Cigs to Serve as Primary Sponsor for KVSH Racing’s
No. 11 Car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 


SPEEDWAY, IN, May 7, 2015 -- Four-time Series champ Sebastien Bourdais will pilot KVSH Racing’s No. 11 Mistic E-Cigs car with its new livery at the 2015 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis being held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway from May 7-9.

Mistic®, independent maker of high quality, value-priced e-cigs, vapor products and U.S.-made e-liquids, will serve as primary sponsor for the No. 11 car (aka Mistic Machine) during the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.  The Mistic Machine’s new livery includes an updated version of the car’s iconic white and green scheme, as well as the addition of the 2015 Chevy Aero Kit, which was introduced this year to improve performance by lowering drag and increasing downforce.

Click here or visit http://bit.ly/2015MisticMachine to view a video of the 2015 Mistic Machine.

“The ‘month of May’ is especially exciting for us because Seb secured a top five finish at last year’s Indy Grand Prix and came in seventh at the 2014 Indianapolis 500,” said John Wiesehan Jr., CEO of Mistic.  “Mistic is proud to be an independent leader in delivering high quality vapor products that continue to transform our industry.  Our IndyCar sponsorship has enabled us to build awareness for our Mistic and HAUS brands among adult smokers as significant alternatives to traditional tobacco.”

Bourdais, whom finished fourth at the 2014 Grand Prix of Indianapolis, recently piloted the No. 11 Mistic Machine to his best finish in five starts at Barber Motor Sports Park during the 2015 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.  With three top 10 finishes during the first four races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Bourdais is now tenth in the championship race with 91 points.  After 135 career starts, Bourdais currently has 32 wins, 49 podiums, and 33 poles.  He also has 62 Top 5’s and 82 Top 10’s.

Mistic serves as co-primary sponsor for the No. 11 car driven by KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.  Race fans also will be able to enjoy Mistic’s brand experience at IndyCar racetracks during the 2015 season. Adult smokers can visit the Mistic-HAUS kiosk and engage with members of the Mistic Pit Crew to learn more about the company’s products, while fans can ride in virtual race simulators and get the chance to compete against Sebastien Bourdais in mock competitions.

About Mistic

Mistic® E-Cigs is an independent manufacturer of high-quality vapor products, primarily sold through brick-and-mortar retail channels under the direction of its parent company, Ballantyne Brands.  The company’s Mistic brand of rechargeable and non-rechargeable e-cigarettes, including the Mistic Bridge™, as well as its HAUS™ line of vapor products, such as the HAUS™ Personal Vaporizer by Mistic and HAUS™ e-liquids, are sold in approximately 68,000 retail outlets and wholesalers across the U.S., including Walmart, Walgreens, Dollar General, Kangaroo Express, Circle K, Hess, Speedway, Family Dollar, Winn Dixie/Bi-Lo and Food Lion, HT Hackney, McLane Company, Coremark, Nash Finch and Petrey.  The company produces all of its e-liquid in the U.S., including the bottling and filling of its HAUS branded e-liquid bottles, as well as the filling and assembly of Mistic refill cartridges and starter packs.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

HUCKABEE'S IN: Mike Hukabee announced he is running for president again

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"I grew up blue collar--not blue blood," said Mike Hukabee yesterday in his hometown of Hope, AK when announcing his candidacy for President of the United States. In an interview he said he did not run in 2012 because he thought it would  be hard to defeat a sitting president.  In 2008 the Republican minister and former Arkansas governor campaigned for the presidency, but lost the Republican bid to John McCain.  Huckabee said he  is more prepared the second time around.

Hope, AK is also the hometown of former Pres. Bill Clinton.  Clinton served as governor of AK for 12 years before taking root in Washington.  Huckabee understands winning support from his own state will be challenging. To keep the support of the conservative base he is positioning himself as a regular man who has not forgotten where he came from. To expand his base he is pitching himself as the best Republican to defeat Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democrat forerunner.  Huckabee is selling t-shirts on his Web site  that read,  "Defeat the Clinton Machine."

Huckabee and the Clintons are amicable, but the smack talking has already begun for Mr. Clinton. He said in an earlier interview that Huckbee is the Dark Horse and can not beat his wife. 

A Hillary  take down won't be easy, however.

According to statements on the website of the local ABC affliate KATV, he has defeated numerous Clinton allies in the past. . .
“Every opponent Huckabee faced in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 2002 was a Clinton ally who was endorsed by, supported by, or had fundraisers held by Bill and Hillary Clinton – and he defeated them all,” the memo says.

Huckabee made it clear in his speech that he will run against the Democrats and their likely nominee Hillary Clinton, not the growing field of declared GOP candidates - at least for now.

“It was 8 years ago that a young, untested, inexperienced and virtually unknown freshman senator made great speeches about hope and change. But eight years later, our debt's more than doubled, America's leadership in the world is completely evaporated and the country is more polarized than ever in my lifetime," Huckabee said. "93 million Americans don't have jobs, and many of them who do have seen their full-time job with benefits they once had become two part-time jobs with no benefits at all. We were promised hope…but it was just talk. And now we need the kind of change that really could get America from hope to higher ground.”

Holly Shulman, National Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee, released the following statement after Huckabee's announcement:

“Mike Huckabee's decision to throw his hat into the GOP ring tells us all we need to know about who the Republican Party is and what they believe. This Republican candidate for president said that being gay is a lifestyle choice akin to using profanity. He opposes a woman's right to make her own health care decisions, and wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and return control to the insurance companies. It's one thing to spout off nonsense on his TV show, but for Mike Huckabee to present his ideas as legitimate policies for a presidential campaign is insulting to the American people, though I can't say I am particularly surprised. I mean, have you heard the rest of the Republican hopefuls? Mike Huckabee's vision for America is out of touch, in many cases completely out of line and would take the country backwards."

On Wednesday, Huckabee begins the in Iowa, which he won in the 2008 caucus.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015


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Funded by Citi, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture commissions Powerhouse Productions to write, direct and produce the film, premiering May 13th

NEW YORK, NY (May 4, 2015) - Sonia Armstead and Rochelle Brown of Powerhouse Productions, known for creating quality culinary/lifestyle content, have commenced work on a new project, Harlem On My Plate, a short documentary film that explores the history of Harlem's food renaissance. The film chronicles how food has remained at the center of the past, present, cultural, social and economic growth of Harlem. Funded by Citi in support of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the film will be housed at the Schomburg.

"Food represents everything that Harlem is; its rich history, art, culture, music, and people! Harlem is a culinary destination filled with all of these things and in this film, we're going to let the people of Harlem tell their story of how food and the restaurant scene brought life back to Harlem, as they once knew it," says the film's co-executive producers Rochelle Brown and Sonia Armstead

Harlem On My Plate will be packed with interviews from Harlemites, foodies, chefs, politicians, historians, and celebrities. The film will examine the Great Migration of African-Americans from the South to Harlem in the early 1900's, to the renowned Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's and 30's, to the preservation of recipes and traditions as it relates to the present-day New Food Renaissance in Harlem. Eateries such as Wells Famous Home of Chicken & Waffles and the original Red Rooster in the 1930's, and later, the pioneering Sylvia's, and other popular restaurants such as Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too, Amy Ruth's, Melba's, Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster, and The Cecil, have all contributed to the evolution of Harlem, establishing the community as a top culinary destination.

In its 90th year, the Schomburg remains a focal point of Harlem cultural life and serves as a repository for the artifacts of both the Harlem of today and that of a bygone era. As such, Harlem On My Plate will feature numerous rare historical food- and culinary-related items from the Schomburg's unique collection.

"Harlem is a great place to share food but it's also a great starting point to learn about the historical and cultural events that shaped black urban life. We're pleased that the Schomburg is able to help facilitate this new discovery of cuisine culture in Harlem through the richness of the food-related items in our collection," says Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Executive Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Harlem On My Plate will have its world premiere screening on Wednesday, May 13th at the Schomburg Center, located on Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue) at 135th Street, and it leads up to the Harlem EatUp! Festival, which takes place from May 14th to May 17th. Citi is a founding sponsor of the inaugural festival, and the initiative is another way Citi is working with local organizations to enable progress in the communities where it has a presence.

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LUCKY LITTLE PRINCESS: $45,000 Baby Rattle Presented To The New Princess Of England!

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The Natural Sapphire Company of New York congratulates Duchess Kate and the royal family on the birth of their new Princess!

Announced May 2nd, 2015 by Kensington Palace – The Duchess of Cambridge safely delivered a daughter at 8.34 a.m.
The Natural Sapphire Company's 18K White Gold Sapphire Ruby And Diamond Rattle
In 2010, our company grew 300%, when Kate and William were engaged with the iconic blue sapphire ring that once belonged to Princess Diana. Our sapphire ring sales rocketed, as women everywhere wanted to be just as fashionable as Kate. Today, we continue to grow as a business and it is with great joy that we celebrate the birth of a new royal. We're thanking Kate and William for introducing our company to the world, by gifting a custom designed baby rattle, fit for their Princess.
Baby gifts made from precious metals are a tradition dating back to the 18th century. Our luxury rattle, worth $45,000, is made from 18k white gold; lined with sapphires, rubies and diamonds to produce the union jack flag. Such a unique gift, unlike any they will receive from well wishes around the world, will surely be treasured.

We can't wait to see what amazing jewels the Princess will wear in the future. If the Princess becomes Queen, she will have magnificent jewels custom made for special occasions. We suggest reinventing the iconic, Girls Of Great Britain And Ireland Tiara, with the addition of pink sapphires for an updated look.

Royal tiaras have always been historic jewels. The owners and stories of these magnificent pieces, give tiaras their meaning and great symbolism. Queen Elizabeth II, received The Girls Of Great Britain And Ireland Tiara as a wedding gift from her grandmother. We think it would be fitting for Queen Elizabeth to follow tradition and bestow this amazing piece of history to her granddaughter on her future wedding day. With the addition of pink sapphires on the diamond tiara, it will make a fresh and bold statement.

Get your own sapphire pieces to commemorate the birth of this new baby girl! If you're looking for something a bit more subtle than a tiara, sapphire jewelry is the perfect alternative. They're the only mementos of the occasion you can wear and keep for life.
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Monday, May 4, 2015

UPDATE: Bobbi Kristina 'awake', but future 'unknown' says father but Cissy Houston says not so

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 May 4, 2015

Reports on Bobbi Kristina Brown's health from the Houston and Brown camps are conflicting nearly 3 month after she almost drowned to death.

Bobbi Kristina Brown
Bobbi Kristina Brown reportedly opened her eyes.  On Saturday during a performance at a concert in Texas, Bobby Brown announced his daughter, who has been incapacitated in a coma since being found non-responsive in the bath tub of her Georgia home, is now awake.

"I can say today, Bobbi is awake.  She's watching me." he said of the sole child he fathered with the late Whitney Houston. "She's watching me."

Mr. Brown's sister, Tina Brown also confirmed his announcement via Facebook on Sunday, writing: "She woke up and is no longer on life support!!!!!:):)God is good!!thanks for your prayers,,still a process,but she is going to be ok:):):):)."

But, on Monday a statement from Brown's attorney, Christopher Brown of Brown & Rosen, LLC clarifies doctors are uncertain if the 21-year-old will return to a normalcy.

"Due to the numerous requests for an elaboration of the comments made by Bobby Brown on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at his concert in Texas, there is a need to clarify the reports on the condition of Bobbi Kristina.  On Saturday, Brown told concertgoers that his daughter was improving dramatically.

Bobby's attorney explained that while Bobbi Kris is awake, her long-term prognosis remains unknown.

"Bobbi Kristina’s condition has changed since moving from Emory University Hospital and there has been improvement," the lawyer told Us Magazine. "Doctors have indicated that she will have a long life. However, Bobbi Kristina is presently embarking on a rehabilitation process and the quality of her life will not be known for years to come."

Brown himself thanked supporters for their continual prayers. "We thank everyone that supports Bobbi Kristina," he said Monday. "And God is hearing our prayers."

Brown's hopeful statement on that sage was somehow upsetting to the family.

By Tuesday, Cissy Houston was telling a different story in a statement she released to People Magazine:

“I have just returned from visiting my granddaughter Bobbi Kristina in the hospital and while she is no longer in a medically induced coma she has a tracheotomy and according to the doctors she has global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive,” Houston said in a statement to PEOPLE. “Meeting with the doctors and understanding that she can live in this condition for a lifetime truly saddens me. “We can only trust in God for a miracle at this time. Keep us in your prayers.”

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Rapper Nelly to record a country album

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Since there has been a more concentrated number of artists tipping and dipping outside of their primary genres by way of musical collaborations over the years, it should not come as a complete surprise that Hip Hop star Nelly is doing a rap country album., AKA Hick Hop.

His first album released in 2000 was entitled "Country Grammar," suggesting Nelly knew soething about rural life.  He infused a Southern twang or drawl into the music that put him on the map. That year, showing his interest in country was authentic he collaborated with Tim McGraw on "Over and Over," a genre-bending collaboration.  Nelly later teamed up with Florida Georgia Line on the remix of "Cruise," which is the top-selling digital country single of all time according to Rolling Stone.

The rapper's collabos with Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw may have inspired the decision to tip his hat to doing a full-fledge country rap album and he may be the first Hip Hop artist to fully cross that line.

Hip Hop, Nellys' native genre,  is the sugar of the music world. Add it to just about anything and it sounds sweeter.  Hick Hop infuses rap into country and has become its own sub-genre, seeing marginal success wiht such practitioners as Jawga Boyz.  Nelly will have a chance to test this theory in reverse.   Country won't necessarily make rap sound better so his work is cut out for him
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