William H. Hayes Author of Book: “Save Him”

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Military scientist Rydel Scott is proud of the hi-tech gear he invents for battlefield heroes. When a secret mission involving one of his inventions goes horribly wrong, Rydel obsessively tries to learn what caused the system failure and accidentally reveals the ability to time travel. Overworked and massively sleep-deprived, he believes he has received a … Read more

Hyphened-Nation – Poised to Advance the End of a Hyphenated America

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White-Americans, Black-Americans, Latino-Americans, and on and on.  Sometimes the list seems almost endless.  And a significant portion of each of these groups identifies with the ethnic or religious portion of their identity, much more so than the “American” part of who they are.  Author and hardcore activist Nicole Draffen is one of many who sees … Read more

Hidden Genius The Black Engineer Behind Howard Hughes

Historian and author H.T.Bryer has penned a fascinating book about Frank Calvin Mann (1908-1992). “Mr. Frank Calvin Mann was the little known but brilliant black aeronautical engineer who worked out the design problems on the The Spruce Goose [Hughes H-4 Hercules] allowing the worlds largest airplane to fly.” Because Howard Hughes’ white engineers wouldn’t work with Frank … Read more

Aerial Cinema Productions Heads South

by Kate Fox Something exciting is hovering over the sunny skies of Southern Florida.  Aerial Cinema Productions, Inc. has relocated to the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area. One of the premier providers of the helicopter and fixed-wing aviation assets and services to the motion picture and TV industry is Aerial Cinema Productions (ACP).  ACP is committed to … Read more

The Best Drugstore Mascaras

Here’s a fun thing to do: Buy a whole basket full of drugstore mascaras, dump them on a table, and stare at them through a kaleidoscope.

For one, the packaging is crazy—like an explosion at the neon plastic factory, resulting in a bunch of really great, tactile pieces you can’t stop picking up and dropping in your purse. That’s at least half the fun. The other half of the fun? Being able to afford three different tubes for three different lash looks (which, quite frankly, are just as good as what you’ll find at a department store makeup counter) that you can pull out at will. Many applications later, here’s what’s worth your time—”just OK” contenders weeded out—no matter what lash type you’re looking to suit. (But just in case we missed any or some new “technological breakthrough” in mascara came out today, please drop us a line below.)

Best for short lashes: Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara
The marriage of the rubberized bristles on a thicker, football-shaped wand makes it easier to reach all lashes, no matter how flat they might seem. Good for making the most of what you’ve got and also for not irritating eyes if they tend toward sensitivity.

Good for your run-of-the-mill, average lashes: Covergirl Lashblast Clump Crusher
It’s all in the name—the classic, squishy, plastic bristles of the Covergirl Lashblast line in tandem with a slightly curved wand design makes the formula go on effortlessly and, quite truly, sans clumping. The formula is not goopy, rather light but goes on dark and coats your lashes evenly and, because of the aforementioned wand, leaves you with full-looking, feathery lashes.

You’ve got length, but you want curl: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Washable Mascara
Maybelline could provide answers for each and every category here as their offerings are the most widespread and universally pleasing, but the thick yellow tube has so much going for it, it can’t be willfully ignored. The brush is along the lines of your classic bristle varietal but with a little more heft, and the product distributes in a way best described as feathery.

Sparse lashes looking for company: L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
This brush is the most technological of the bunch (but sans battery-powered, eye-endangering vibrational ability). It’s an architectural work of art—there’s so many bristle types and twists and turns. It’s a fiber mascara, meaning the formula coats your lashes without tubing or looking false. In fact, the little fibers are so tiny, you cant even see them even when they stretch your lashes out farther than you’d expect.

The marriage of the rubberized bristles on a thicker, football-shaped wand makes it easier to reach all lashes, no matter how flat they might seem.
The marriage of the rubberized bristles on a thicker, football-shaped wand makes it easier to reach all lashes, no matter how flat they might seem.

Best for lashes dealing with decision fatigue: NYX Provocateur
This tube is from NYX’s Boudoir Mascara Collection, which as you can imagine is designed in mind to give you bedroom eyes. It gives you two lash options from a single mascara brush. Pull out Level One for gloopier, heavier lashes, or use Level Two, which really just involves pulling that same brush through a tube that cleans a lot of excess product off (saving you the trouble of wiping on the mouth of the tube and making a mess), to help separate lashes. The effect is certainly woodland-animal fantasy lashes that don’t flake off or irritate your eyes. Plus, it only comes in one shade, saving you from making one more decision while standing in the makeup aisle.

Mutasia Releases ‘Christmas on Mutasia’ album for the Holidays

Mutasian Entertainment LLC (www.mutasia.com) has launched the release of its new children’s sing-a-long album, ‘Christmas on Mutasia’, featuring 8 original Christmas songs and 3 Christmas classics to get families into the holiday spirit this season. The songs, sung by the beloved characters of Mutasia, are sweet, funny and unique, just like the Mutasians themselves. Children … Read more

EFFi Foods Joins The 4th Annual Green Festival in Los Angeles

The Organic Food Company EFFi Foods Will Join Other Innovative New Vegan Food Brands at Upcoming Los Angeles Event September 12 – 14 at LA Convention Center Green America® certified business EFFi Foods® (www.effifoods.com) will join the 4th annual Los Angeles Green Festival®, America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event being held September … Read more

British Actress Ceri Bethan has Hollywood at her Heels

Set for Stardom Actress Ceri Bethan Stars in the award-winning film ‘Chasing the Past’  British-born actress Ceri Bethan (www.ceribethan.com) certainly has Hollywood at her heals, as her latest award-winning movie ‘Chasing the Past’ was warmly received at the Oscar qualifying Rhode Island Film Festival and is set to be screened on September 5th at the … Read more

The Social Contract World Premiere’s in Burbank

The Thriller Movie ‘The Social Contract’ is to World Premiere at the 2014 Burbank International Film Festival The US-Latino action thriller ‘The Social Contract’ movie, directed by Matthew Spradlin (‘Bad Kids Go To Hell’), written by award-winning writer Carlito Rodriguez (HBO ‘The Leftovers’)and starring Dominican Republic actress Katherine Castro, is set to have its world … Read more