Movie Review: Whiplash

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Have you seen the movie Whiplash starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons?

The Swirl World’s movie buff Joyll Cambridge saw the movie on November 15 and shares with us her review:

Whiplash is an incredible portrayal of the dynamic that is student and teacher. The movie does a masterful job of showcasing just how far we will go to live our dreams.

Miles Teller’s absolutely phenomenal performance as young Andrew, a guy who’s pretty much never wanted to do anything else in life except be a master drummer, is so powerful, enigmatic and brutal that it leaves you sweating and breathless many times throughout the film.

It’s truly a “no guts, no glory” type of story and yet there is such a humanity to his portrayal that you find yourself moving to the beat right along with him more times than you can count.

The movie shows you that those who want to live their dreams not only sacrifice so much, but endure such a battle and struggle that few are strong enough to fight and even fewer strong enough to ACTUALLY win.

I expect golden globe nominations for Miles along with him being on the long list for Oscar 2015. There are very few weak legs in the film and you find yourself feeling so exhilarated by it, that when you finally catch your breath, you almost can’t believe what a cinematic achievement you’ve just seen.

J.K Simmons’ brilliantly brutal tongue in cheek portrayal of Fletcher gives you such a jolt to the heart that you find yourself literally wanting to jump into the screen and go toe to toe with him. No doubt he is a bully, but not just any ordinary playground bully.

He’s so much more than the layman can handle and yet he’s managed to zero in on the maestro that is young Andrew and make him his target for better, or for worse.

I give it an easy 4.5 out of 5 stars and a definite absolute MUST SEE, in fact MUST NOT MISS for any film goer looking to be challenged and to question your views of those in the spotlight.

BRAVO Miles! BRAAA-VO!!!!

Joyll CambridgeJoyll Cambridge hails from Manchester, United Kingdom and currently lives in New York, New York. She loves all things movies, fitness and swirling.

Look for more movie reviews from our Joyll!

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Will She Kiss And Tell?

Capri Montgomery author 2I appreciate the fact that our podcast allows us to chat with and feature some beautiful and amazing Black women.

They come from all walks of life and they are excelling in their chosen fields of endeavor. What a privilege for us to speak with them!

Best-selling suspense romance author Capri Montgomery talks to The Swirl World’s Co-Host Adrienne London Leach about her latest novel and the multicultural characters (who date and marry Black women) featured in her interracial romance books.

You know what they say about authors – how much of Capri’s current novel is autobiographical?Will she kiss and tell?

Listen to this delightful conversation and find out!

To listen to this episode on Sound Cloud, click here.

Capri Montgomery author 3To visit Capri’s website, click here.

To visit Capri’s Author Page on Amazon, click here.

To visit Capri’s Author Page on Barnes and Noble, click here.

Follow Capri on Twitter @CapriMontgomery.

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com.

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He’s From Ireland; She’s From Arizona – And They Met In The Swirl World!

If you’re a regular reader of the blog, then you recognize this green-eyed hunk of Irish eye-candy:

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It’s Patrick J. Browne, a member of The Swirl World Team.

We interviewed Patrick in Podcast Episode 008, when he was finishing up his college studies.

Whelp, we also featured the gorgeous Danyell Delaney Huffman, one of our Swirling Singles:

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 We’re happy to report that Patrick + Danyell = A Swirl World Love Connection!

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Woot Woot!

In this episode they talk to Co-Host Adrienne London Leach about their “Ireland to Arizona” love story.

With all the horror stories we hear about online and long distance dating, Patrick and Danyell serve as the poster children for the reality that these types of relationships – and interracial relationships, no less – really can WORK.

You can listen to the episode on Sound Cloud by clicking here:

Side Note: Recognize those voices? Danyell and Patrick are also the sexy voiceovers behind The Swirl World Podcast’s intros and outros!

Of course, we’ll be sharing more from this wonderful couple, so stay tuned.

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com.

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I Found Work, Love and Fulfillment – in Macedonia!

Paula and BojanWe won’t go so far as to say it will happen to everyone, but we WILL say that you’re bound to find more than you bargain for – and we mean that in a good way – when you venture out past your own front door.

South Carolina native Paula Cooper Trajkovski (TRY-KOV-SKI)  decided to step out past her front door (the United States) to broaden her horizons.

Busily employed and working on a Master’s Degree, Paula wasn’t expecting to find love – especially not INTERRACIAL love. Instead, she found it all: work, love and fulfillment – in Macedonia!

She met her husband Bojan Trajkovski  (BOY-YUN TRY-KOV-SKI) in 2009 while working as a contractor in Baghdad Iraq.

Bojan is Macedonian (you’re gonna LOVE his accent!).

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The two married in Dubrovnik, Croatia in July 2012.

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Paula T Pregnant1Paula and Bojan now live in Skopje, Macedonia.

They are expecting a son this December (around the 13th).

WOOT!

Paula and her husband  chatted with The Swirl World Podcast Co-Host Adrienne London Leach and discussed how they met and married.

 

You can listen to the podcast on Sound Cloud by clicking here.

Paula is currently trying to launch a small online boutique where she hopes to use it within a year after her launch to help women in need.  She has also completed her 14-year duty in the Army Reserves May of 2014.

Paula and Bojan3Here in The Swirl World, we’re all about Black women living and loving well.

Right now, Paula is just soaking it all in.

She never thought that this is the path that life would lead her too, but it’s working out and she is enjoying the ride.

Gotta love it!

Did you know The Swirl World has a Facebook page devoted exclusively to Military Swirl Couples?

Click here to view photos of active duty and retired military couples from around the world, and read their stories.

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com.

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I’m Putting All The Ratchet Video Junkies on Blast!

Because, well, it's Halloween. And ratchet videos suck. IJS

Because, well, it’s Halloween. And ratchet videos suck. IJS

Are you guilty of watching and sharing ratchet videos on social media??

Do you have TMZ bookmarked in all your web browsers?

Seriously, what’s that about?

If you do it, you should be able to explain it.

Yeah, I’m venting. And ranting.

Got an answer for me?

My name is Michelle Matthews Calloway, and I thoroughly approve this podcast.

You can also listen to the Podcast on Sound Cloud.

Did you know The Swirl World has a Facebook page devoted exclusively to Military Swirl Couples? Click here to view photos of active duty and retired military couples from around the world, and read their stories.

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com.

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We Got Married The Same Weekend We Met!

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Do you love yourself, and are you comfortable in your own skin?

When it comes to relationships, do you know yourself well enough to know who you are and what you want in life?

Have you set boundaries and established your deal breakers and the terms you consider non-negotiable?

If this describes you, listen up.

If this doesn’t describe you, listen up anyway, because you’re going to hear some things that will help you in your quest to become the best you that you can be.

You know what happens when you meet someone who potentially seems like a great candidate for a life partner?

You vet, vet, and then vet some more.

And then, you make an educated decision – and you ACT.

That’s what Tia and Josh Delano did.

They met on Facebook, and –

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DISCLAIMER:

Tia Delano shares the interesting story of how she and her husband Josh met (on Facebook) and married (the same weekend they met). This is what can happen when (1) You know yourself, (2) You know what you want/don’t want, and (3) You vet. Very. Well!

To listen to the episode on Sound Cloud, click here.

 

Tia, Josh and their bundle of Joy (pun intended!)

Tia, Josh and their bundle of Joy (pun intended!)

Did you know The Swirl World has a Facebook page devoted exclusively to Military Swirl Couples? Click here to view photos of active duty and retired military couples from around the world, and read their stories.

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com.

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One Way To Recognize When A White Man Thinks He’s Golden

All White men are GOLDEN!

Um . . . NOT!

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Here’s one way you can recognize when a White man thinks he’s golden – and make sure you don’t fall for the okey-doke.

Yours Truly, ever on the lookout to preserve and protect the interests of Black women, decided to share some of my observations on a specific red flag Black women should pay attention to when dating or seeking to build a relationship with a White man.

I think I’m going to call it “The Golden Syndrome.”

Give it a listen, and feel free to leave a message in the comments to let me know what you think.

Have you met a White man who was stricken with “The Golden Syndrome?” Tell me all about it!

You can listen to the episode on Sound Cloud by clicking here.

Did you know The Swirl World has a Facebook page devoted exclusively to Military Swirl Couples? Click here to view photos of active duty and retired military couples from around the world, and read their stories.

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com.

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Close Your Eyes – And Open Your Heart!

The Swirl World Podcast Co-Host Adrienne London Leach recently enjoyed a wonderful conversation with author, singer and Swirler April Poindexter French.

Come on, people – is April GORGEOUS, or what???

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April possesses a bewitching sultry glow. She’s got it going on – just ask Bryan, her husband of 22 years.

April and Bryan

April and Bryan are the proud parents of three handsome sons.

April Hubby Bryan and sons

April discusses how she almost missed out on the man of her dreams.

She shares practical advice for Black women on the finer points of interracial dating and marriage.

One of her many pearls of wisdom?

“Close your eyes – and open your heart.”

Looking at this photo of her beautiful family makes me shudder to think what may have happened if she hadn’t followed her own advice!

April French Family Collage

Thank heavens she did.

Listen closely to what April had to say.

You can listen to the episode on Sound Cloud by clicking here.

 

April’s stage name is Deja Blue. Check out her Facebook fan page by clicking here.

April has a Facebook page named Pretty. Period. The page celebrates the beauty of Black women. View absolutely stunning photos of Black women and girls from around the globe by clicking here.

April also has a Facebook author page for her children’s book, Brown Girls Are Pretty Too. To “Like” the page, click here. To purchase the book, click on the book icon or click here.

Take one look at April, and you know she’s a Domestic Diva. To learn more about her Domestic Divas Facebook page, click here.

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com. Be sure to “Like” The Swirl World on Facebook and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can also listen to the show on Sound Cloud and Stitcher

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“My Parents Tried To Diss The Woman I Love!”

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I must say I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Karla and her husband Don, an interracially married military couple (Go Navy!).

Karla and Don at Karla’s promotion to Lieutenant Commander at Naval Space Command in Dahlgren, VA.

Karla and Don at Karla’s promotion to Lieutenant Commander at Naval Space Command in Dahlgren, VA.

They met and married while both were active duty Navy officers.

 Karla and Don in their Dinner Dress Whites at a Dining Out in Hawaii hosted by Don’s squadron.

Karla and Don in their Dinner Dress Whites at a Dining Out in Hawaii hosted by Don’s squadron.

Karla is my friend on Facebook (and one of the few people I call “My sister from another Mother”).

She is well-known on interracial blogs, and always adds value and depth to any conversation.

Karla and Don are vibrant, active people who love life and love each other tremendously.

With 20+ years of marriage under their belt, they had so many pearls of sheer wisdom to share with our readers and listeners.

The conversation with them was chock full of golden nuggets, so we broke it into four parts (available on iTunes, Sound Cloud and Stitcher) :

Podcast Episode 032 – Life, Love and Marriage – In the Navy!

Podcast Episode 033 – How To Manage a Long Distance Marriage

Podcast Episode 034The 3 Key Ingredients Necessary for Attracting a Quality Mate

And last but certainly not least, Podcast Episode 035 – My Parents Tried To Diss The Woman I Love!

To every Black woman who has been told that a non-Black man won’t stand up for her, LISTEN UP:

That is a LIE.

Don’t believe it.

Don’t fall for the okey-doke.

Men who will stand up for you, defend you – and choose YOU over family and friends DO exist, and Don is living proof of that fact.

Listen as he shares his parents’ reaction to the news he and Karla were getting married.

Better yet, listen to his reaction.

You can listen to “My Parents Tried To Diss The Woman I Love!” on Sound Cloud.

It should go without saying that Karla and Don will definitely be back on the show.

Until then, listen and learn. Woot!

Karla and Don1Karla and Don were featured on the blog earlier this year. To read that post, click here.

Did you know The Swirl World has a Facebook page devoted exclusively to Military Swirl Couples? Click here to view photos of active duty and retired military couples from around the world, and read their stories.

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com.

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The Three Key Ingredients Necessary for Attracting a Quality Mate

Is dating interracially “hard?” Where are the “good men” and the “good women?” Why can’t they be found? Why is it so hard to find someone who wants a committed relationship?

If you have questions about attracting a quality mate and enjoying a quality relationship, who better to ask than someone who’s enjoying success in these endeavors?

Meet Karla and Don, who have been married 20+ years.

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This is Part 3 of my conversation with interracially married military couple Karla and Don as they put to rest the “It’s hard to find a good man/woman” myth.

Karla and Don share two factors essential to experiencing success, and relay the #1 component making all the difference in finding Mr. or Mrs. Right.

The conversation with them was so good it’s actually in four parts. This part dropped so much knowledge I had to skip it up.

You can also listen to this episode on Sound Cloud.

Stay tuned for a full profile on this couple.

Want to be a guest on The Swirl World podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com.

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