Recipe of the Day

Fried Chicken


 Fried Chicken  recipe

Makes 4 servings

Marinating the pieces in buttermilk is the key to moist, flavorful fried chicken.


  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • 3 1/2 pound chicken parts (bone-in, skin-on; if using breasts, halve)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Peanut oil, for frying

Special Equipment:

  • Deep-fry thermometer


Place buttermilk in a large, shallow nonreactive dish and add chicken. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Combine flour, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a large plastic bag.

Remove chicken pieces from buttermilk and add to bag with flour mixture. Shake to coat; dust off excess.

Pour 3/4″ peanut oil into a heavy skillet. Heat oil over medium-high heat until it registers 350° on a deep-fry thermometer. Reduce heat to medium and add the chicken pieces, a few at a time. Fry each piece for 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until it is crispy and golden and internal temperature registers 165° on an instant-read thermometer. Drain on paper towels; serve.



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Much like how we speak, how we text is very important when building a relationship with someone. Our culture texts so much that it is only natural to wonder how texting is affecting us and our relationships, it’s a concept completely worthy of analysis and discussion. The prevalence of texting in our society naturally begets the question: how is texting effecting our day-to-day interactions and relationships?

In the real world it is common to be concerned with how we are being perceived when we meet someone and get to know them initially, our society puts a lot of weight into this idea of a ‘first impression’.

With such an emphasis on how others perceive us in a face-to-face interaction, I’m surprised we don’t give the same emphasis and thought to our online interactions and first impressions.

We seem very preoccupied with making sure we look the part and play that perfect social role when first getting to know someone so that we can project the best possible image of ourselves out into the world. With such an emphasis on how others perceive us in a face-to-face interaction, I’m surprised we don’t give the same emphasis and thought to our online interactions and first impressions. Actually, it seems as though we don’t think much about our online interactions, which truly effect and form our real life offline relationships. We never stop to think about how our texting etiquette or lack there of, is effecting the relationships we form and grow.  Like in face-to-face interactions, texting and the social media realm in general absolutely leaves life-long lasting first impressions and sets permanent boundaries and guidelines in our relationships. Let’s break down the golden rules and etiquette of texting:

A text is a prelude to a conversation, not the conversation itself

When texting with your new boo, or even a new friend you meet, it’s really important to make sure you’re asking all the right questions and getting to know them intimately, first in person rather than through texting. Texting with your new boo should be a follow-up conversation to your face-to-face interaction. If you’re not talking to your new guy on the phone or in person but rather are sending him paragraph-long texts asking him questions you should have asked in person, this is bad etiquette and not what texting should be used for. In person interactions should make up the majority of the delivery of our messages, not text! Keep your texts short and sweet (under 160 characters) anything more you should pick up the phone and call them or meet them in person to speak. Moreover, it’s best to keep texts short and sweet anyways because so much can be lost in translation when texting, so it’s always better to say anything that is not mundane, in person.

Let him text you first

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, making the guy initiate is crucial to your relationships in person and is no different in the social media and texting realm. Don’t ask me why, but it’s just always better to let him initiate the text. Much like in real life, the girl expects the guy to initiate the first dance, the first kiss, to propose marriage, etc. The texting/social media realm is no different. Assuming he got your number first, wait for him to initiate your first texting conversation. Definitely don’t be one of those girls who makes the first move, that’s never cute and you’re making it much too easy for him by doing this. Remember guys like to hunt why would texting be any different? Let him win you over.

Assuming he got your number first, wait for him to initiate your first texting conversation.

Once he has initiated a text with you, now this is your cue to make the ‘first impression’ and in a way, truly set guidelines on how you expect to be treated for your new relationship with this person. Things such as your response timing, how many words you use and your overall conversational pace when texting someone new can really play into your dynamic with them and can literally set the tone for the entire relationship. If you are one of those girls who responds too often, too much and too needy, this presents an undertone of ‘desperation’ and can result in lost interest. On the other hand, if you’re one of those girls who plays flakey games, only texting as an option, this can place him in the limbo zone and stunt your growth with him. Guys like to chase you but if you’re blowing him off and showing that you have better options, this could hinder any spark you two had together.

The Rules of Response

Ok when it comes to responding to a text message he sent you, there is a fine line between playing it cool and looking too cool/ being responsive and being needy. When he texts you first you always respond, unless you’re not into him anymore then feel free to ignore them J. We are all busy but we make time for the things that are important to us, so if this person is a priority you will find the time to answer their texts and vice versa- if he’s not responding to your texts, he’s just not that into you. Moreover, if he is taking two days or so to get back to a text message, he is setting the pace and you literally are given the same amount of time to get back to him and no one can get mad.

There is a fine line between playing it cool and looking too cool/ being responsive and being needy.

This works on the flip side too, if you are playing the two day game with him then you are setting the pace and he has every right to take the same amount of time to get back to you. Please note that if he is playing the two-day game with you, never respond immediately, make him wait girl friend! Lastly, if you texted him more than once in a row without a response then he’s just not that into you, and vice versa, if you don’t text him after he has texted you a couple of times or more, you are saying you’re just not that into him and setting a new pace in your dynamic.

Know when is it appropriate to begin intimate texting such as sending photos and sexting

Intimacy is something that should be left for in person relations, but when you have to do it over text, you do it sparingly and with someone you haven’t just met. If you get too intimate too soon this can quickly deteriorate a new relationship because it turns the dynamic into purely sexual rather than emotional. Intimate texting should only be done if the guy has initiated the intimacy with you first. For example, if you met a guy out at a party and all you two did was talk about sports, you wouldn’t send him a ‘sext’ later because you have not been intimate in person yet. You must make sure the intimacy is initiated (by him first) in person before any sexting or intimate texts happen between you two.

Dispute Over Pics Threatens Release of Andre 3000’s Jimi Hendrix Film

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A new dispute over the rights to family photos used in Andre 3000′s highly-anticipated Jimi Hendrix biopic is reportedly threatening to delay the film’s September release, reports The New York Post.

Jimi’s brother, Leon, is said to be unhappy his personal pictures appear in the movie and his name included in the credits, because he claims he never gave Oscar-winning screenwriter-turned-director John Ridley permission to use them.

Lawyers for Ridley, who adapted the script for “12 Years A Slave,” are now seeking to remedy the situation as soon as possible in order to avoid having to postpone the theatrical release of “Jimi: All Is by My Side,” according to the New York Post.

A source says, “Leon has insisted that his name be removed from the credits and demanded a payment to the charity of his choice for the use of his family photos.

“Ridley’s attorneys are bending over backwards to appease Leon.”

NFL Suspends Ray Rice for 2 Days Over Domestic Violence Arrest

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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence.

Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The six-year veteran was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer. The 27-year-old Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged.

Rice met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last month after joining the diversion program. Goodell ultimately decided to suspend the running back for two games without pay and fine him an additional game check “for conduct detrimental to the NFL in violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.”

Despite the court’s decision not to impose criminal punishment, “the Commissioner determined, as he advised Rice, that the conduct was incompatible with NFL policies and warranted disciplinary action.”

In a letter to Rice, Goodell wrote: “As you acknowledged during our meeting, your conduct was unquestionably inconsistent with league polices and the standard of behavior required of everyone who is part of the NFL. The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game. This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women.”

Rice’s suspension will begin on Aug. 30. He will be eligible for reinstatement Sept. 12 after the Pittsburgh game. Rice may participate in all aspects of training camp and preseason games.

“It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault,” Rice said in a statement issued by the Ravens. “As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counseling has helped tremendously.”

Rice is the team’s career leader in total scrimmage yards and ranks behind only Jamal Lewis in total yards rushing.

Bernard Pierce is expected to start for Rice in Baltimore’s first two games.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement: “We appreciate the thorough process the league office used to evaluate the incident with Ray Rice. The time the Commissioner spent with Ray and Janay is typical of the extra steps the NFL takes when making decisions regarding discipline issues. While not having Ray for the first two games is significant to our team, we respect the league’s decision and believe it is fair.”

He added, “We also respect the efforts Ray has made to become the best partner and father he can be. That night was not typical of the Ray Rice we know and respect. We believe that he will not let that one night define who he is, and he is determined to make sure something like this never happens again.”

Rice’s teammates were not stunned by the news of the suspension.

Rice participated Thursday in Baltimore’s first full-squad practice. Before that session began, the Ravens lost cornerback Aaron Ross for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, a mishap that occurred during his conditioning test.

Questlove Defends Iggy Azalea; Calls ‘Fancy’ Song of the Summer

Rapper Iggy Azalea and singer Rita Ora filming a music video for their song 'Black Widow' in Los Angeles, California on July 19, 2014. Iggy was sporting a black and white leather jumpsuit and had a stunt double on set. Rita was sporting a blonde wig and and black and red leather jumpsuit

Questlove is not just calling Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” the song of the summer. He’s also dismissing the controversy surrounding the Australian-born rapper’s overnight fame, her adopted American accent, and her potty mouth.

Speaking to Time, Questlove says: “I’m caught in between. And I defend it. I see false Instagram posts like, ‘She said the N-word! She said the N-word!’ I’ll call people out — ‘Yo, don’t troll.’ I know you’re ready to give your 42-page dissertation on theGrio about why this is culture vulture-ism. You know, we as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture.”

The Roots leader continues, “If you love something, you gotta set it free. I will say that ‘Fancy,’ above any song that I’ve ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in that fact that we’re truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that hip-hop has spread its wings.”

According to Billboard, Iggy has taken countless barbs since “Fancy” began its ascent to the summit of the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for 8 weeks. Back in May, R&B artist K Michelle used her Twitter account to share her beef. “How can you be from another country and rap like you’re from Memphis TN? But u don’t hear me though #offended,” she wrote. On that occasion, Perez Hilton swooped in to defend the Aussie.

In her homeland, the Mullumbimby-raised Azalea has been slammed in some quarters for essentially dumping all trace of her Aussie accent from her recordings (though her country of origin comes through clear in interviews). The Guardian joined in the chorus of negativity with a story published under the headline “Iggy Azalea: the least important thing to happen to Aussie hip-hop.” In it, the writer pulled no punches. “Any one of a dozen artists could have made ‘Fancy’. It’s as individual and distinctive as a tax form. And Azalea, for all her pop sensibilities, is a truly rubbish rapper.”

Questlove doesn’t buy it. “I’m not going to lie to you, I’m torn between the opinions on the Internet, but I’mma let Iggy be Iggy,” he said. “It’s not even politically correct dribble. The song is effective. I’m in the middle of the approximation of the enunciation, I’ll say. Part of me hopes she grows out of that and says it with her regular dialect — I think that would be cooler. But, yeah, ‘Fancy’ is the song of the summer.”

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