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Hennessy Recipes for the Summer

*Who doesn’t like a smooth drink of Hennessy?

Most drink it straight or with a couple of ice cubes.

But Mixologist Jordan Bushell has created some refreshing, bold and summery cocktails to make that Hennessy the perfect drink for any time of day.

Check out the recipes:

Cold Fashioned_White-3606(C)old Fashioned – Surprisingly refreshing, this drink has just enough sweet and a lot of flavor and goes well with a good summer meal.

1.5 oz Hennessy VS

.25 oz Amaretto

1 oz Simple syrup

.75 oz fresh Lemon Juice

4 dashes Angostura Bitters

Garnish: Lemon Twist

Glass: Rocks

Method: Add all liquid to a shaker tin with ice and shake until well chilled.  Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice, garnish with a lemon twist and serve.

Summer Slow Down _White-3586Summer Slow Down – Light, refreshing and strong, the Summer Slow Down is your easy summer afternoon cold drink. Meyer lemon aromatics hit your nose before ever taking a sip, setting up a refreshing Hennessy moment.

1.5 oz Hennessy VS

.75 oz Sloe Gin

.75 oz Fresh Meyer Lemon Juice

.5 oz Simple syrup

4 dashes Paychaud bitters

Garnish: Lemon Twist

Glass: Rocks

Method: Add all liquid to a shaker tin with ice and shake until well chilled.  Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice, garnish with a lemon twist and serve.

Lumiere.WhiteLUMIERE – A lot like your classic negroni, this Hennessy mix is potent, however balanced and a little lighter.

1.5 oz Hennessy VS

.5 oz Aperol

.5 oz Lillet Rouge

2 dashes Angostura bitters

2 Dashes Paychaud bitters

Garnish: Lemon twist

Glass: Rocks glass

Method: add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice, stir until well chilled.  Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube.

Garnish: twist of lemon.

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Danity Kane Rock Leather in Reunion Photo Shoot

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*Back in 2006, when Sean “Diddy” Combs was setting the stage for singing competitions and reality shows, he recruited the four ladies that eventually became Danity Kane.

Like most of Diddy’s short lived spurts of inspiration, the girls fizzled out and weren’t heard from again, until this summer at the MTV awards.

They’re back, for how long, we’re not really sure. But while they’re here, they’re going to live it up and soak up as much as they can. Officially back together and only missing D. Woods, Danity Kane – Dawn Angelique, Aubrey O’Day, Shannon Bex and Aundrea Fimbres – are looking young and hawt in their latest group shot, sporting all black everything in rebellious leather.

Do you like it? Do you think they’ll last? Tell us in the comments below.

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Director Tyler Maddox Simms Succeeding in Film Industry Niche

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*Can the ladies get some credit in the Black film world? In a breakout year for black films, one thing remains the same: It’s still a boys club. With all the great films in the mix and coming down the pike, few films are helmed by female directors.

Well, Tyler Maddox Simms is teaching the boys a lesson. Creating her own path in the industry, while gleaning to some of greats, she’s doing things in a different way.

A director with a special niche, Tyler is catering to home entertainment by producing Straight-to-DVD, low-budget films with a focus on wholesome, family entertainment. Unlike most filmmakers, she doesn’t fret about distribution because her titles can be found on the shelves of Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

She started her venture some 10 years ago with her debut as a director with “Beverly Hood,” featuring the then-hot group, Destiny’s Child. Other notable flicks include “Love Chronicles” with Terrence Howard and Robin Givens.

Her most recent project was “The Power of Love” starring actress Vivica A. Fox. Here’s the synopsis:

During a book tour, the vivacious author PJ Payton — portrayed by Vivica A. Fox, (“Kill Bill: Vol. 1-2,”  “Independence Day”) — is invited on a radio talk show to promote her best selling book,  “The Power Of Love.” The book draws from the author’s own faith-based experiences in the love department. During the interview, PJ counsels listeners on their love lives; but, eventually unwittingly exposes her own on the air. Suddenly, the spotlight is on PJ to come clean about her matters of love. The ensemble cast includes comic Joe Torry (“Motives,” “Back in Business”) Wood Harris (“The Wire”) and  Malik Barnhardt (“Next Day Air,”  “8 Mile”) and newcomer Andre’ Truth (“Who Watching the Kids)  along with Maddox Simms. This romantic comedy takes viewers on an inspirational journey of love.

Check out the trailer:

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The Rock Cast for New HBO Series

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 *Fine a** Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson hit it big at the box office  last year with “Pain & Gain,” which co-stars Mark Wahlberg.

And now the two are back at it, but this time for a half-hour dramedy pilot set for HBO.

Centered around a group of retired athletes living in Miami, the series will be executive produced by Stephen Levinson (“Entourage”) and will also involve Peter Berg.

Being a retired athlete might bode well for The Rock, being that he’s a wrester and former football player himself. For years he was some eye candy and brutal entertainment for both women and men. He then took a break to spread his wings in acting and thus far, appears to have done well for himself in that area.

Details of when the new show will air on HBO have yet to be released.

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Flex Alexander Releases Second Comic Book ‘The Joshua Run’

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*Actor and comedian Flex Alexander is the creator of digital comic book series, “The Joshua Run” and has just released the second episode of the series.

The story focuses on David Joshua, a computer hacker for hire who specializes in making people’s ‘problems’ go away. He’s the “hook-up” guy for all those parking ticket and bad grade needs.

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