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uly I can not believe that our one year anniversary is here. This year has gone by so fast, that may be because of the love we have for what we do. This magazine is in deed a labor of love. The work and dedication that has gone into it has been some times a bit overwhelming but the joy has been much greater. It’s funny that July was the month that started it all because July is and has always been my favorite month of the year and the fourth of July has truly always been my favorite holiday. This issue is so amazing, there is so much we wanted to put into it but we had to narrow it down and here you have the best of the best. We share with you the top made in America products from fashion to home décor and everything in between. Stories about our land and the best places to vacation, vineyards to beaches we will show you places that you have overlooked. On page ( 176 ) you can read about the top American made cars and companies that have become empires. On the July cover you will meet actress Caroline Sunshine an American sweet hart that is living the American dream page ( 101 ). Join us on page (118) for our feature story and exclusive interview with Mollee Gray from Disney’s Beach Teen Movie.. Nationalist hopes to let you get closer to what’s going on in America. We give you a place to come an enjoy our great country. We are here to help you find what you are looking for, so don’t be shy email us any search you need and we will try and find it for you. You can also tweet your questions at us or post to our Facebook page. Tell us what you want we are listening.
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Nationalist In the July issue Cover girl Caroline Sunshine shows Nationalist readers her amazing bright smile and personality.. Jazmin Whitley styles Carline Sunshine in a red white and blue themed shoot she is wearing all American Made clothing by Li Cari. The sweet and spirited singer - actress was all smiles on set. Hairstylist and Makeup artist Silva Yesayan uses a heavy eyeliner look with long lushes lashes. maybelline.com
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Name: Brett Schorr Now: Web/Graphic Design for SchorrSites.com, Journalism Student at CSUF Site: BrettSchorr.com Playlist: Anything with fancy footwork and catchy beats. Loud, till my ears bleed. Favorite Food: Steak, Midnight snacks, but better yet steak at midnight. Reading: Music Blogs, Entertainment & Fashion Magazines Love: Coffee, Apple, Snowboarding, Disney, Concerts, Lights, Graphics. Dream Gig: Famous Pop Star Follow Brett for music and event news @brettschorr
Name: Jazmin Whitley Now: Nationalist’s Fashion Editor and go to girl. Stylist. Head fashion designer for Li Cari Playlist: Country Music Favorite Food Italian and Mexican food Charity: I have been a advocate against child labor for many years Love: Star crush would be James Franco Admiration: First would be Jesus and then my grandparents their example of faith has been an anchor in my life Dream Gig: I think I’m living my dreams right now but I would like to some day do an extended travel of the world. Follow Jazmin for everything fashion @jazminwhitley
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Name: Alexandra Hollen Now: part-time student journalist with hopes of becoming a magazine editor. I also work part-time at an In n' Out Burger. I enjoy writing, and reading, shopping, and all things beauty! Favorite food: is chicken or steak, and I love a good burger. Celeb crush: is Tom Hardy. Charities: Invisible Children, PETA, SPLC. Playlist: Rock music, especially the classics. Dream gig: magazine editor-in-chief.
Name: Doug Powell Now: Communication major, senior at the University of Memphis and Fanboy Doug on YouTube. Playlist: TV Theme Songs Favorite Food: Pizza Reading: My Booky Wook by Russell Brand Love: My celebrity crush is Ellen Wong Dream Gig: I would love to land a cool social media job in the entertainment / fashion industry.
Name: Mirela Cvetkovic Playlist: A Day to Remember’s “Homesick” album. Fav Food: It’s a tie between steak and sushi. Pretty much depends on what I’m in the mood for. Reading: ”New Moon” – from the Twilight series Love: Star crush: James Franco! Admiration: Who I look up to and why: My mom because she’s done so much for me throughout my life to make sure I succeed. Dream Gig: Renown journalist
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Name: Joseph Costa (Joey) Now: Published Photographer Playlist: A Day to Remember Fav Food: I love Burgers and steak and Italian food Reading: The Great Gatsby and sports magazines Charity: The Salvation Army, people need to know what they do, itâ€™s amazing. Love: My celebrity crush is Keira Knightley Admiration: My mom she always stood behind me in everything that I wanted to do in life and showed me how important hard work is and to never give up Dream Gig: I would like to own a motorcycle shop someday. @joeysshots
Name: Erin Shore Now: Junior at Cleveland High School Humanities Magnet Playlist: Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, and many more! Love: fashion magazines, photography, coffee, and tea Celeb Crushes: Jason Momoa and Cam Gigandet Dream Gig: Editor for a fashion magazine
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Name: Evan L. Jackson Now: Freelance writer, movie enthusiast & contemporary Hip Hop aficionado Playlist: Wale's "Folarin" mixtape Fav Food : Enchiladas Reading : Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins Love: My celebrity crush is Meghan Markle of the TV show Suits Admiration: My family and friends. They have always been there for me and have inspired me to reach my goals. Dream Gig:Writing scripts for movies and writing for either GQ or Esquire
Ali Garey; I am a 26 year old photographer from Lexington KY. I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors Degree in Art Studio with an emphasis in Photography & Digital Media with a Minor in Art History. Since graduation I have been in local gallery shows and have built amazing friendships with local designers, stylists, hair & makeup artist, and inspiring models. With my love for fashion and a background in modeling I feel it helps me behind the camera; to communicate and work better with the models.
Susie Talman resides in Del Mar, California. She is passionate about the work she produces and is consistently striving to capture beauty, sentiment, emotion and inspiration through imagery. "My camera is both my lens and my mirror. My work is a visual biography .....it reveals the world as I see it.
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Diego Hernandez : In a world where it takes some people years to discover who they are, I have the privilege to say, "I know who I am" My name is Diego Hernandez and I am a Graphic Designer. I have been inspired by art my entire life and realize that design is just that, art. Everything I create has a hand sketched element, and I use my imagination and wide skill range from Adobe Creative Suit to QuarkXpress. My Goal is to work with one of the big guys: Walt Disney Studios, Universal, Fox or Viacom. With hard work and determination I hope to give the world a little piece of art Back. @DiegoRaulH
Bailey Burnside is a junior at The Ohio State University pursuing a degree in Political Science and Journalism. Bailey enjoys writing and providing the world with accurate and inspiring pieces of journalism. She religiously reads fashion magazines and follows her favorite sports teams. As an active member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority she continues to give back to the community through her many hours of philanthropy and service. After graduation Bailey is waiting to see where life will take her. @baileyaryn
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THE FEATURE Nationalist Mollee Gray shares with Nationalist this exclusive interview about her new role in Teen Beach Movie. Fashion editor Jazmin Whitley styles this feature with a young vibe that hits you with a splash of color ! Hair and Makeup by Silva Yesayan maybelline.com
Photographer: Liza Rosales Assistants: Jay Barlett Albert Evangelista Hair and Makeup: Flor Castillo Sylist: Alan Montes Set Design: Alex Row
Beauty Editor Picks Summer is here ! During the summer months I like to keep my daytime makeup at a minimal I stick to a light concealer, eyeliner, mascara, and a lip moisturizer and then lip color, I never leave the house with out sunscreen which is the very first thing I put on after I wash my face in the AM. The last thing I use is a makeup remover that is not oily to keep my skin clean and fresh.
Age Shield™ Face Sunscreen brings you superior balanced protection against both types of harmful rays with a true breakthrough in sunscreen technology. With Helioplex® technology, Neutrogena® Age Shield Face SPF 70 delivers superior, powerful and lasting protection across both of the UVA and UVB spectrum. For deep cellular protection, the sheer formula in Neutrogena® Age Shield Face SPF 70 contains a blend of powerful anti-oxidants to combat free radicals that accelerate the signs of aging.
Vitamin E bionutrient balm nourishes and soothes with essential moisture. Long-lasting formula moisturizes and soothes lips with Vitamin E bionutrients to heal dry skin and keep lips looking healthy.
Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes effectively dissolve all traces of dirt, oil and makeup--even waterproof mascara--for clean, fresh skin in one easy step. These gentle, ultra soft cloths contain superior cleansing technology so effective it removes even waterproof mascara. With one step, it leaves skin thoroughly clean with no heavy residue, so there's no need to rinse. And it's gentle enough to use around the sensitive eye area, even for contact lens wearers. neutrogena.com
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Having fun in the sun is a must, but it should be done with lots of hydration and high Sun Protector Factors (SPFs). Many consequences can arise if one does not take the necessary precautions in spending time outdoors, such as sunburns, skin damage, dehydration, or even skin cancer. In order to avoid this, make sure to take essential measures to spending time outdoors. It is vital to make it a habit to apply sunscreen with an SPF of the appropriate amount to the time you spend outside. In addition, the UVA and UVB coverage is important to blocking any possible harm from ultraviolet rays. Make sure to use a waterproof sunscreen to avoid multiple applications if you are spending time in the pool or the ocean.
Keeping hydrated is also quite critical to spending time outdoors, as one is much more likely to become dehydrated with much activity. Like always, water is the best option for hydration on warm days. However, if you plan on doing ample activity, such as running, a drink with electrolytes can be much more beneficial. This factor is extremely important to avoid dehydration to the extent of fainting. Sunbathing is also an “activity” that one should stray away from to avoid skin cancer. Instead, finding alternatives to maintain a healthy summer glow is a better option. A sunless tanner’s main active ingredient is dihydroxyacetone, which is better known as DHA. This ingredient allows dead skin cells on the outermost layer to be temporarily darkened. Many sunless tanners are sold across the nation, such as Banana Boat Sunless Tanning Lotion sold at Target for $6.99. When looking for an effortless bronzing, a streak-free factor is most favorable to make your faux-tan look natural. Using a sunless tanner every day is a great way to achieve a gorgeous tan, while also avoiding the harmful effects of hours in the sun. Finally, it is vital to make the conscious effort to stay safe in the sun and keep away from countless hours of sunbathing. The safer alternatives can be a crucial factor between developing skin cancer or not. Summer should be a time for much fun in the sun, but it must be done right for a healthy summer glow. 28 Nationalistmag.com
Bit Back! Summer is here and that means bug bites. I hate when it just starts to get dark when the sun just begins to go down and all of a sudden you are attacked by a thousand mosquitos! Here are a few products that keep the bugs away and are safe for you . I like using the products made for children as they are more gentle on my skin and are all natural blends. Natural DEET free insect repellant. Use the non-toxic power of Peppermint, Geranium, Soybean and Citronella to safely keep pests at bay! Our exclusive blend of essential oils creates a powerful combination that is pungent to insects, especially mosquitoes, smells great and is safe for the entire family! babyganics.com
The herbal fragrances you love can ward off the buzzing pests you hate. Our natural blend of Rosemary, Lemongrass, Citronella Oil and other essential oils can form a scented force field between you and those biting and stinging party crashers. Talk about a bug repellent double-whammy! burtsbees.com
Photographer: Liza Rosales Assistants: Jay Barlett Albert Evangelista Hair and Makeup: Flor Castillo Sylist: Alan Montes Set Design: Alex Row
In The Bag There are a few things that I must have in my bag at all times and there is always the things you need depending on what month it is. For a stress-free day I try to always have these items in my bag. I need to smell like summer. arquiste.com
Bach Rescue Chewing Gum Rescue Gum is ideal for coping with stress. bachflower.com
PURELL速 Advanced Hand Sanitizer Ocean Kiss purell.com
Oakley Warm Up Sunglasses . .rei.com
Smith's Mocha Rose Lip Balm. I can not go one day without this on my lips. rosebudperfume.com
Fashion Editor Picks July is here and itâ€™s all about that splash of color. So when your picking out your outfit and you want to wear that little black dress donâ€™t forget to add a bit of color !
Textured A-line dress. Short sleeve, soft jersey tee Contrast collar detail Sheer chiffon at shoulders rag-bone.com
Clear Lucite upper with genuine leather and cork combination insole shoesusa.com
Current Obsession My Summer time Obsessions consist of smelling good looking good and having fun. Lets start with smelling good. A scent is a time capsule. It can invoke our most intimate memories and dreams, and open doors to distant worlds. Curated by an architect specializing in Historic Preservation, Arquiste is a fragrance collection that transports the wearer to evocative moments in history.
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Dive In The past two episodes, smoking hot Desiree Hartsock has frolicked poolside with her guys in a Voda Swim bikini. Even though Des has a killer bod, her Voda suit (which enhances your bust up to two cup sizes) kept her ladies looking perky and in place. It's no wonder she keeps every guy drooling in desire over her bathing suit perfection, causing the men to scramble for more on-on-one time with the leading lady.! Swimwear Made in the USA vodaswim.com
Hot Summer Must haveâ€™s By Jazmin Whitley
Rag & Bone/JEAN Macarthur Jean in Bright White from SINGER22.com ($187.00)
Haute Hippie Dropped Lapel Blazer in Swan/Buff from SINGER22.com ($475.00)
CC Skye Edie Motorcycle Bangle in White from SINGER22.com ($150.00)
Beach season has officially arrived, and Hollywood's hottest are hitting the sandy shores in the best and boldest suits. Recently, both AnnaLynne McCord and Bachelorette heartthrob Desiree Hartstock have been spotted flaunting their flawless abs in Voda Swim. Both girls sported this summer's must have hue, teal.
Curvy For all you curvy ladies this line of swimwear is perfect. It flatters your shape and it is so on trend You can look and feel so sexy and on point in these perfect fashion picks. If you are a one piece kind of women they have a huge selection and if you want a more daring style they have a great array to choose from but rest assure that you will look stunning in any one you end up with.
Half panel pareo. This cover up ties at the waist or hip and falls to mid to lower thigh length. Seafoam & Coral Paisley taragrinna-swimwear.com
High-neck cutout monokini with full front liner and tieback. Moderate back coverage taragrinna-swimwear.com
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Tops Grumbage by Laura Kirkpatrick Bottoms & Jackets Madison Jones Ali Ann Photography Hair & Makeup: Whitney Williams
In the last five years with the advent of wireless devices, there has been a massive increase in radio frequency (RF) exposure from wireless devices as well as reports of hypersensitivity and diseases related to electromagnetic field and RF exposure. Multiple studies correlate RF exposure with diseases such as cancer, neurological disease, reproductive disorders, immune dysfunction, and electromagnetic hypersensitivity. The electromagnetic wave spectrum is divided into ionizing radiation such as ultraviolet and X-rays and nonionizing radiation such as RF, which includes WiFi, cell phones, and Smart Meter wireless communication. It has long been recognized that ionizing radiation can have a negative impact on health. However, the effects of non-ionizing radiation on human health recently have been seen. Because of the well-documented studies showing adverse effects on
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health and the not fully understood quantum field effect, AAEM calls for exercising precaution with regard to EMF, RF and general frequency exposure. In an era when all society relies on the benefits of electronics, we must find ideas and technologies that do not disturb bodily function. The fact that RF exposure causes neurological damage has been documented repeatedly. Increased blood-brain barrier permeability and oxidative damage, which are associated with brain cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, have been found. Nittby et al. demonstrated a statistically significant dose-response effect between non-thermal RF exposure and occurrence of albumin leak across the blood-brain barrier 15 Changes associated with degenerative neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) have
been reported. Other neurological and cognitive disorders such as headaches, dizziness, tremors, decreased memory and attention, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, decreased reaction times, sleep disturbances and visual disruption have been reported to be statistically significant in multiple epidemiological studies with RF exposure occurring nonlocally. Now there is a safer way to handle your phone thanks to Sam Beck the founder of Bar-Ket. What made you want to develop this product? I started carrying my phone in my bra. Like most women, I NEED my phone on me at all times to conduct business and to stay available for my children. My mother is a breast cancer survivor and I have always been concerned that this may not be a safe practice, but, “ no one said it was dangerous, “ so I just did it anyway ignoring the caution voice in my head. The voice persisted however, so at the prompting of my dear friend and now
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Sam Beck the women that wanted a safer way to carry her phone.
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business partner, Katie Manousakis, I decided to find a way to create a bra-pocket that would provide safety as well as convenience. There has not been research done in the US on cell phone radiation effects since the early 90’s so, we are simply being pro-active and not waiting around for research that could take YEARS How does the Bra-ket work? The Bra-ket is a brapocket that is made from a combination of materials that shield the body from radio frequencies put off by cell phones without an interference of signal. How is the correct way to use the product to get the best protection? The Bra-ket is so easy to use, insert the strap into the loop making sure the logo is facing out to the world since the protection is running along the back. Then wrap the strap around your bra strap and clasp. We use them for camaras, wallets, music and social media not to mention calls. We literally have to WEAR our phones so why not add protection where there has previously been none Available on their website, thebra-ket.com
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Photographer: Liza Rosales Assistants: Jay Barlett Albert Evangelista Hair and Makeup: Flor Castillo Sylist: Alan Montes Set Design: Alex Row
American Music Legends
Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 â€“ June 25, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter, dancer, businessman and philanthropist. Often referred to as the "King of Pop", or by his initials MJ, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971. In the early 1980s, Jackson became the dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of "Beat It," "Billie Jean," and "Thriller," were credited with breaking down racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped to bring the then relatively new television channel MTV to fame. With videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" he continued to innovate the medium throughout the 1990s, as well as forging a reputation as a touring solo artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot, and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop, post-disco, contemporary R&B, pop, and rock artists. Jackson's 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. His other records, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world's best-selling. Jackson is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He was also inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame as the first and only dancer from pop and rock music. Some of his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records; 13 Grammy Awards as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; 26 American Music Awards, more than any other artist, including the "Artist of the Century" and "Artist of the 1980s"; 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career, more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era; and the estimated sale of over 400 million records worldwide. Note Jackson has won hundreds of awards, making him the most-awarded recording artist in the history of popular music. In what would have been Jackson's. 52nd birthday on August 29, 2010, he became the most downloaded artist of all time. Jackson constantly traveled the world attending events honoring his humanitarianism and the 2000 Guinness Book of Records recognized him for supporting 39 charities Nationalistmag.com 67
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Elvis Aaron Presleya (January 8, 1935 â€“ August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. A cultural icon, he is commonly known by the single name Elvis. One of the most popular musicians of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or "the King". Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family at the age of 13. He began his career there in 1954, working with Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of AfricanAmerican music to a wider audience. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was the most important popularizer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country and rhythm and blues. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who went on to manage the singer for over two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", released in January 1956, was a number-one hit. He became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll with a series of network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs, many from African-American sources, and his uninhibited performance style made him enormously popularâ€”and controversial. In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender. Drafted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. He staged few concerts however, and, guided by Parker, proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided. In 1968, after seven years away from the stage, he returned to live performance in a celebrated comeback television special that led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of profitable tours. In 1973 Presley staged the first concert broadcast globally via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Prescription drug abuse severely deteriorated his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at the age of 42. Presley is regarded as one of the most important figures of 20th-century popular culture. He had a versatile voice and unusually wide success encompassing many genres, including country, pop ballads, gospel, and blues. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music. Nominated for 14 competitive Grammys, he won three, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36. He has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. 68 Nationalistmag.com
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Diana Ernestine Earle Ross (born March 26, 1944 is an American singer, music artist, and actress. Ross first rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the Motown group The Supremes during the 1960s. After leaving the group in 1970, Ross began a solo career that has included successful ventures into film and Broadway. She received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues (1972), for which she won a Golden Globe award for most promising female newcomer. She has won seven American Music Awards, and won a Special Tony Award for her one-woman show, An Evening with Diana Ross, in 1977. In 1976, Billboard magazine named her the "Female Entertainer of the Century. In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Diana Ross the most successful female music artist in history due to her success in the United States and United Kingdom for having more hits than any female artist in the charts with a career total of 70 hit singles with her work with the Supremes and as a solo artist. Diana Ross has sold more than 100 million records worldwide when her releases with the Supremes and as a solo artist are tallied. In 1988, Ross was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as member of the Supremes alongside Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson. Ross is one of the few recording artists to have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fameâ€”one as a solo artist and the other as a member of The Supremes. In December 2007, she received the Kennedy Center Honors. In 2012, Diana was finally honored by NARAS with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in her 50th year in the music business. . Nationalistmag.com 69
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Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 â€“ April 1, 1984), born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records in the 1960s with a string of hits including "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and duet recordings with Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, later earning the titles "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". During the 1970s, Gaye recorded the concept albums What's Going On and Let's Get It On and became among the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of its production company. Gaye's later recordings influenced several R&B subgenres such as quiet storm and neo-soul. Following a period in Europe as a tax exile in the early 1980s, Gaye released the 1982 Grammy Award-winning hit "Sexual Healing" and the Midnight Love album. Since his death in 1984, Gaye has been posthumously honored by many institutions, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Gaye encompassed a three-octave vocal range. From his earlier recordings as member of the Marquees and Harvey and the Moonglows and in his first several recordings with Motown, Gaye recorded mainly in the baritone and tenor ranges. Gaye changed his range to a raspier tenor for his gospel-inspired early hits such as "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" and "Hitch Hike". As writer Eddie Holland explained: "He was the only singer I have ever heard known to take a song of that nature, that was so far removed from his natural voice where he liked singing, and do whatever it took to sell that song. In songs such as "Pride & Joy", Gaye used three different vocal ranges for the song, singing in his baritone range at the beginning, bringing a lighter tenor in the verses before reaching a gospel mode in the chorus. Holland further stated of Gaye's voice that it was "one of the sweetest and prettiest voices you ever wanted to hear. And while he noted that ballads and jazz was "his basic soul", he stated Gaye "had the ability to take a roughhouse, rock and roll, blues, R&B, any kind of song and make it his own", later citing that Gaye was the most versatile vocalist he ever worked with.
American Music Legends
Willie Hugh Nelson is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed at the end of the 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books. Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at ten. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote "Family Bible" and recorded the song "Lumberjack" in 1956. In 1958,
he moved to Houston, Texas after signing a contract with D Records. He sang in a nightclub and he worked as a disk jockey. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", and "Crazy". He then moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and later signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price's band as a bassist. In 1962, he recorded his first album, ...And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. After mid-chart hits in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Nelson retired in 1972 and moved to Austin, Texas. The rise of the popularity of hippie music in Austin motivated Nelson to return from retirement, performing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters. Nelson is recognized as an American icon. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993, and he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998. In 2011, Nelson was inducted to the National Agricultural Hall of Fame, for his labor in Farm Aid and other fund risers to benefit farmers Nationalistmag.com 71
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Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician and singersongwriter. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote most of the pair's songs, including three that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts: "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", and "Bridge Over Troubled Water". The duo split up in 1970 at the height of their popularity, and Simon began a successful solo career as a guitarist and singersongwriter, recording three highly acclaimed albums over the next five years. In 1986, he released Graceland, an album inspired by South African township music. Simon also wrote and starred in the film One-Trick Pony (1980) and cowrote the Broadway musical The Capeman (1998) with the poet Derek Walcott. Simon has earned 12 Grammys for his solo and collaborative work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2006 was selected as one of the "100 People Who Shaped the World" by Time magazine. Among
many other honors, Simon was the first recipient of the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007. In 1986 Simon was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Simon was born in Newark, New Jersey. His father Louis was a college professor, upright bass player, and dance bandleader who performed under the name "Lee Sims". His mother, Belle, was an elementary school teacher. In 1945, his family moved to the Kew Gardens Hills section of Flushing, Queens, in New York City. Simon's first song written for himself and Garfunkel, when Simon was 12 or 13, was called "The Girl for Me," and according to Simon became the "neighborhood hit." His father wrote the words and chords on paper for the boys to use. That paper became the first officially copyrighted Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel song, and is now in the Library of Congress. In 1957, in their mid-teens, they recorded the song "Hey, Schoolgirl" under the name Tom & Jerry, given to them by their label Big Records. The single reached No. 49 on the pop charts.
American Music Legends
Britney Jean Spears is an American pop singer, dancer, actress, and occasional author. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997. During her first decade in the music industry, she became a prominent figure in mainstream popular music and popular culture, followed by a much-publicized personal life. Spears's first and second studio albums.Baby One More Time (1999) and Oops!... I Did It Again (2000) became international successes, with the former becoming the best-selling album by a teenage solo artist. Title tracks ".Baby One More Time" and "Oops!.I Did It Again" broke international sales records. In 2001, Spears released her third album Britney and played the starring role in the film Crossroads. She assumed creative control of her fourth album In the Zone (2003), which yielded the worldwide Spears was established as a pop icon and credited with success "Toxic". influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s. She became the 'best-selling teenaged artist of all time' before she turned 20, garnering her honorific titles such as "Princess of Pop". Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, six MTV Video Music Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award, nine Billboard Music Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, Billboard ranked her as the 8th overall Artist of the Decade, and also recognized her as the best-selling female artist of the first decade of the 21st century, as well as the fifth overall. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) named Spears as the eighth top-selling female artist in the United States, with 34 million certified albums. Nielsen SoundScan ranked her the tenth best-selling digital artist of the country, with more than 28.6 million digital singles as of January 2012. She has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Rolling Stone recognized her instant success as one of the Top 25 Teen Idol Breakout Moments of all time while VH1 ranked her eleventh on their "100 Greatest Women in Music" list in 2012, and Billboard named her the sexiest woman in music. Forbes reported that Spears was the highest paid female musician of 2012, with earnings of $58 million, having last topped the list in 2002. Nationalistmag.com 73
Summer Music Apps Stay Cool with streaming music on your mobile devices. By Brett Schorr
Price: 3.99 (but with the music you find it will be priceless) Hype machine is hands down the best way to discover new music, tracks, bands, and remixes. The website is free to use (www.HypeM.com) and the app is a couple of bucks but allows you to stream all your favorite tracks and listen to music from blogs around the world. Music bloggers write about the music they love. Hype Machine scans those blogs and creates the popular feed with the top tracks from the music blogs. Yes, some days the popular feed is a complete let-down but most of the time it keeps my daily playlist full of new music and bands. Hype Machine keeps you up to date on the upcoming new wave of music before it hits the radio waves.
iTunes Raido Prcie: Free (Coming to iTunes in Fall) The new iPhone comes loaded with all new iTunes radio in the music app. Having never been a fan of Pandora or other music streaming services I feel in love with iTunes Radio. If anyone knows what music people like, purchase, and listen to it would be Apple. They have been collecting music information from Genius playlist and iTunes purchases for years now. Pick your favorite artist, genera, or song and apple will take care of the rest. Its almost like if knows you before you start using it. If you happen to get a song that throws off your grove fear not, just press the skip button. iTunes radio will come out in fall with the release of iOS 7.0.
Bastille “Bad Blood” Review ★★★★4/5 Stars If you are looking for a great album that isn’t like anything else out there right now you should check out “Bad Blood”, a new record from Bastille. A 4 piece band from London started by solo artist Dan Smith who later decided to turn his solo project into a band known today as Bastille. “Bad Blood” is the first project from the band released from Virgin Records. The extended cut CD features live, acoustic, stripped down versions on some of the tracks on the record. The hardest part is to decided if you like the main tracks or the extended track versions better. The fourth single from the record is the most well know tracks in the United States titled “Pompeii”. Other notable tracks include “The Silence”, “These Streets”, and a track titled “Laura Palmer” with the lyrics of the chorus “This is your heart. Can you feel it? Can you feel it? Pumps through your veins. Can you feel it? Can you feel it? “ I am excited to see more music from this band and catch them on tour in the near future. By Brett Schorr
Photographer: Liza Rosales Assistants: Jay Barlett Albert Evangelista Hair and Makeup: Flor Castillo Sylist: Alan Montes Set Design: Alex Row Nationalistmag.com 81
In The Spotlight David Rodriguez
David Rodriguez, the youngest of four siblings was born in the New York City. After living the suburban grown-up life for nearly 10 years, in 2003, David decided to take the leap and pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a filmmaker. He began directing his first feature film, PUSH. Several films and TV pilots later, David is now promoting his new film “Last I Heard” and working on multiple new projects. “Last I Heard” tells the story of a New York mafia capo and his incapability to function in today’s society after serving 20 plus years in prison. David is currently living in Los Angeles and has been a member of the Director’s Guild of America since 2010. David spoke with Nationalist about the new film and on what it is like to be a film director and how he is living his own American Dream.
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Do you have a favorite American made brand? “That is a good question. My favorite American made brand is Apple. I know that their products are not made here. But I heard that Apple is coming back to the United States and start manufacturing here. So that is encouraging news and Apple is absolutely my favorite American made products.”
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Tell us a bit more about your new movie “Last I Heard” which you wrote, produced, and directed: Yes, I wrote and directed the film “Last I Heard” and I am one of the producers. It is basically a New York slice of life. It is mostly based in Queens, NY. The focal point of “Last I Heard” is an old mafia captain from Queens who gets released from prison after 25 years. After he gets home he has to right away deal with a progressive society. It is a new tolerance for society, I guess you could say. His neighbor Bobby, played by Michael Rapaport stands for what it is like today as a young Italian American businessman. His daughter has a few surprises for him as well; being a modern woman throws him for a loop. While he is doing all of this, he realizes that the guy he was before no longer exists, the people he associated with are either gone or in jail and life is just not what it used to be for him. It is definitely not your typical mob movie though. What was it like working with such a talented cast on “Last I heard”? Working with the likes of Paul Sorvino, Michael Rapaport, Renee Props, Paul Ben-Victor, Stephen Bauer and Chazz Palminteri, just to name a few, their collective experience makes your job as a director easier but it certainly keeps you on your toes. So you definitely need to be prepared when you walk on set when you are working with people of that caliber. Fortunately, I was prepared and the actors knew that I knew what I wanted so they were able to deliver. There was no indecisiveness on set. We got to work and hit the ball out of the park every single day. It was a wonderful experience working with people of that caliber. Nationalistmag.com 83
was supposed to invoke, every possible emotion, it did. You know it is not to say that would not happen in a normal theatrical experience. We were lucky the festival and the festival goers in Seattle were so incredibly supportive of the film. The next step is to look at a few other festivals and the goal is to focus on a theatrical release in the fall. How did the events of 9/11 inspire you to write and produce the film “American Bully?” The inspiration behind “American Bully” was the post 9/11 media proliferation. I felt like there was so much patriotism but then there was uber-patriotism. There were a lot of young people who were really regurgatoig what they heard in the press without much thought. You heard a lot of “let’s go nuke them” and I thought that is was a really irresponsible way to go about it . Although I am incredibly patriotic, I graduated from New York Military academy and was in the Marine Corps reserves. I felt like we needed a breather. I felt that as a result of that media proliferation what would happen if a group of kids took it too far. That is basically what “American
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“Last I Heard” will be playing at several film festivals this summer including the Seattle International Film Festival, Taormina Film Festival in Italy, and Take us through the typical film festival experience? The first festival we were in was the world premiere, the Seattle International Film Festival. The experience at times can be overwhelming. We were pleasantly surprised at the response to the film. We were not expecting to play to a full theatre and we did on both nights Saturday and Sunday. There were laughs, cries, tears, sniffles, gasps; everything the film
Bully” is about, where four American kids kidnap another kid because they think he is Arab and do some pretty horrible things to him. And it is all as a result of that retaliation mindset and that over the top patriotism that I wanted to focus on.
What was it like attending New York military academy? How was it different from a typical school? Well first it was boarding school, so I lived there for three years of high school. It was a wonderful experience; I got to meet people from all over the world. I made some long lasting friendships. It was such an international experience and international community at the school. It was certainly one of my biggest influences in terms of shaping me into who I am today. What is your favorite movie that is not one of your own? My ultimate favorite movie is the “Godfather Part II”. How long does it take for you to write the screenplay for a movie? It depends. I don’t write a lot, when I do write; it is because there is a story I have found to be compelling. I have found a beginning, middle, and an end and I want to put it on paper. Typically, I can do a first draft of a script in about two to three weeks. What would you say to someone who is looking do become a film director? Yes, yes I do. I would do an incredible amount of research before you dive in. I would not tell anybody to not chase their art and chase their dreams. It is definitely an incredibly tough business and is even tougher to make a living at it. My best advice, is to do the research understand what you are getting into; understand that it is not an easy business. You have to have a thick skin. You are going to hear many, many, exponentially more no’s than you will yes’s. But I think any parent or advisor would agree that if you stick with it long enough you will get your break. Who is your biggest inspiration? My father. He was my best friend; he was a man’s man. He had tremendous amount of integrity and honesty. He loved his family unconditionally. If I could be half of what my father was at the end of my lifetime then I would have accomplished a lot. What actor would you love to work with in the future?
It is a two part answer. I would love to work with any actor who would get my next project green lit, that is the business answer. The creative answer is Denzel Washington. He is absolutely my favorite actor, one of the most dynamic individuals I have ever met. I actually got an opportunity to meet him once, very casually in Marina Del Rey while he was on a walk. He came up to me, it was a fifteen minute thing but it was great to see another fellow New Yorker who was just a humble, regular guy, whose talent is remarkable, that is who I would love to work with. Given that you have ties to both cities, which city do you like better Los Angeles or New York City? I love the energy of NYC; I love the attitude of New York. But I have certainly grown accustom to the LA lifestyle. It is beautiful in LA, the weather is consistent. I have also developed some friendships in LA. It would be tough for me to live in either place year round. What other projects are you currently working on? I do. I have a couple of screen plays that I have written that I would love to see get made next. I think my strongest project is a TV pilot I wrote. I would love to see happen as a a series. I love everything about it; the characters and the story. I am hoping to use it as a Segway into television. I also have a reality based procedural called “The Street Attorney” that we are currently shopping to some cable networks. What would be your American dream? My American dream, I will know the answer to that question when I am about to check out at the end of my life. If I had to answer that question right now, I would say my American dream is being able to provide a comfortable and amazing life for my family and friends and being happy doing what I am doing. I guess you could say I am living my American dream right now. Written by Bailey Burnside
Warner Bros. announces plans to make a ‘live action’ film of the classic Archie Comics By: Alexandra Hollen Warner Bros. CEO Jon Goldwater has announced plans to bring Archie and the gang to the big screen. It will be written for the screen by ‘Glee’ writer and noted comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and directed by ‘Pitch Perfect’ director Jason Moore. They are aiming to transform the more modern Archie comics away from solely being a grocery store checkout business and into a more modern media company. Since Goldwater stepped into the role of CEO at Warner Bros. in 2009 he has put forth some major plans for Archie, including an expansion into digital, headline grabbing stories involving Kevin Keller, and a foray into the cosmetics world, with an exclusive collection at MAC. Goldwater told Comic Book Resources that this has all been leading up to Archie and the gang heading towards Hollywood, “Ultimately, that was where the company was going to go. Marvel laid out the model translating their comic book IP…into brilliant films. The model was there and I had that vision for Archie, big time.” However, don’t expect some hackneyed Hollywood blockbuster filled with B-list stars that is destined to fail. Goldwater and the rest of the creative team are committed to bringing Archie to the big screen with dignity, “The creative team we have on this is stellar, and I want to take a very active role in the creative direction of the movie without a doubt. The time we’ve taken to assemble this creative team…makes me feel very comfortable that where we’re going with the Archie movie is going to translate the comic book page to the screen. We’re all like-minded in our vision…we believe so much in the IP and the integrity of out characters.” As for the vision that they have for the film, Goldwater told CBR “Our vision creatively is a very John Hughes-ian Archie film. In the spirit of “Ferris Bueller” and “Sixteen Candles.” We are going to embrace his genius and hopefully make our own move that’s unique, interesting, and fun with its own flavor. That’s the vision we have for the movie.” Fun fact: John Hughes was actually an Archie fan and was inspired by some of the beloved characters’ history.
There is no word yet on casting, as they have decided to focus first and foremost on creating the best script, then they will worry about casting. However, this has not stopped fans from suggesting whom they would like to see fill the roles of the iconic characters. Since Warner Bros. announced their plans to bring Archie and the gang to the big screen, Archie fans have gone into a frenzy, filling forums with their casting suggestions. One fan suggested ‘Hunger Games’ star and Miley Cyrus’ fiancé, Liam Hemsworth to portray the strength and
vulnerability of Kevin Keller. Other possibilities for Keller included Lucas Till from ‘X-Men: First Class’ fame, and Disney actor Jason Dolley. For the role of Jughead, some have suggested the quirky, offcentered actor Ezra Miller from ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower,’ and others have suggested ‘Zombieland’ actor Jesse Eisenberg. For the role of the energetic beauty Betty Cooper, fans suggested young actresses ranging from Emma Stone and Brittany Snow, to Hayden Panettiere, and Kaley Cuoco. For the role of Archie’s other love interest, Veronica Lodge, fans have suggested Mila Kunis, and her look-alike Sarah Hyland. Finally, for the role of the titular character Archie, some fans have suggested Michael Cera for his youthfulness and comedic skills displayed for years on ‘Arrested Development.’ Others have suggested ‘The Amazing Spiderman’s’ Andrew Garfield, ‘Harry Potter’s’ Rupert Grint, and ‘Glee’s’ Darren Criss. Whether or not the producers will take a cue from the fans casting suggestions remains to be seen. So for now, the forums will be abuzz with excitement for the pending movie, and the producers will leave us hanging on the edge of our seats for a release date!
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by Evan L. Jackson
Superman is back on the big screen with the Man of Steel. Zack Snyder, who directed 300 and Watchmen, was chose to give the vision to this film. Christopher Nolan, who wrote the billion dollar Batman franchise, pens the script. British actor Henry Cavill takes on the role of Superman. Lois Lane is played by Amy Adams. Clark Kent is first seen on a fisherman’s boat in the middle of nowhere. As Clark ventures on this journey he has flashbacks to his childhood. His father, Jonathan Kent, explains that his secret is bigger than him and in time he’ll find out why he was sent to earth. His mother, Martha Kent, has a heartfelt moment with Clark when he locks himself in a room after he loses control of his abilities at school. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane played Clark Kent’s parent perfectly. The balance of affection and wisdom is needed when raising a young Clark Kent and both actors display that with such ease. Its clear Nolan wanted a clean break from the previous installments of Superman when writing the story and Zack Snyder’s vision for Superman isn't tied down by traditions. The first part of the movie is Clark Kent finding his way and the second part is about how the legend of Superman is born. Humans, rightly so, are skeptical and keep referring to Clark as “the alien”. When he appears with the symbol on his chest that looks like an “S” and he is adorned with his red cape he is awarded the name of Superman. General Zod is avenging his home planet of Krypton and is determined to defeat who he knows as Kal-El, Clark Kent’s Krypton given name. The apex of the movie is when General Zod threatens innocent humans and Superman uses all of his strength to stop him. The direction by Zack Snyder was at times impressive and the story by Nolan was nothing less than inspiring. With a fresh take and a modern spin Man of Steel breathes new life into the Superman franchise.
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by Evan L. Jackson
Suits is a hit show on USA that returns on TV July 16th for its third season. Premiering in 2011 Suits is centered on the law firm, Pearson Hardman, located in New York. Harvey Specter is the high powered lawyer who always gets his way. Last season in midst of the firm being attacked by lawsuits there is a power struggle between him and his boss Jessica Pearson. She is the cofounding and managing partner of the firm. Mike Ross is the associate lawyer who was hired by Harvey despite not having attend Harvard Law School and not passing the bar. Mike’s incredible memory and knowledge impressed Harvey enough to take a chance on him. Rachel Zane is the paralegal at the firm who is desperately trying to get accepted into Harvard Law School. Mike and Rachel become fast friends and eventually try to cultivate a relationship. That goes awry after Rachel sees Mike with another woman. Jessica and Harvey get some financial help from a British firm as they plan to ward off these law suits. The British firm ends up employing Harvey’s on again off again love interest, Dana “Scottie” Scott. Harvey’s urge to have his name on the door after they have defeated the lawsuits is manifested in a bet he makes with the managing partner of the British firm, Edward Darby. If Harvey wins there is no merger and if Harvey loses the merger goes as planned. Harvey is distrustful of Scottie and doesn’t know if she’s in it get a partnership for the firm or in it for him. The sexual tension between Mike and Rachel comes to fruition while they have a heated argument in the file room. Mike confesses he hasn’t gone to Harvard Law School and Rachel is initially shocked. Mike further admits he still wants Rachel and a passionate moment ensues. The animosity between the characters builds up throughout the entire season. Harvey feels betrayed by Mike for not being loyal to him when Jessica tries to thwart Harvey’s plan to win the bet. Rachel is hurt that she’s been struggling to become a lawyer and Mike is living a lie. You will have to tune in to this new season to see what happens.
Max Schneider In The Spotlight Written by Bailey Burnside
Born and raised in New York, New York, the talented singer, dancer, actor, and model Max Schneider certainly lives an eventful life. Max got his first big break in the entertainment world by starring in Nickelodeon’s “How to Rock” as Zander Robbins. He has a lengthy acting resume that includes appearing in the movie “Rags”. Along with his acting credits, Max keeps his life action packed by modeling with Madonna for Dolce and Gabanna, releasing a new single and upcoming EP, all while maintaining his popular YouTube Channel. Max actively updates and maintains his social media sites in order to stay in touch with his loving “Schneidermonkeys”. Max is looking forward to touring live with his band and growing as an adult actor. Max spoke with Nationalist Magazine about his busy career, upcoming new projects and where he sees himself in ten years Tell us about your new single “Nothing Without Love” and your upcoming debut album? ”. I am so happy that it is out there. I have been waiting to release it along with a music video for a while. It is a song that I wrote recently but I had the chorus in my head for about a year now. It is a song that means a lot to me and the message “Nothing Without Love” is something that I really believe in. The rest of the album, I am so excited to get out there as well. I have been working on the album for about two years now but some of the songs I wrote five years ago. A lot of the songs are as recent as a month ago. I am so excited to put them all together and to get them all out there to the world. It is a very diverse mix of songs but mostly in my style which is very pop and soul, and a little jazz and R&B. I am so excited for people to hear it 94 Nationalistmag.com
Do you prefer acting or singing? Which could you not live without?. This is always a tough question for me. Ideally I would like to say both. You can do a movie and then go on tour. I would say that in the end I love performing live and singing more than anything in the world. I don’t think I can live without that. How do you pick the songs you are going to cover on your very popular YouTube channel? Usually, I pick songs that I just love the message of the song. If I love a song and want to cover it, I try to respect the originally artist while making my own version. Sometimes it is because it is the song of the moment. One of the first songs I did with Kurt Schneider was called “Breakeven” because we both loved it and it was not really popular or anything. Sometimes it is because it is a song that I love and sometimes it is because the song is very popular and in the moment. How do you balance your successful acting, modeling and singing careers? It is definitely something that I try work my hardest at balancing everything. I love doing them all. It is something that I definitely try to do by integrating them all together. I got to do a movie called “Rags”. It was one of my favorite things because I got to sing, I got to dance, I got to act. I work hard to be able to do everything because I love it all.
What was it like touring with Victoria Justice? It was awesome. Victoria is the bomb and she is so cool. It was incredible; it was one of my first times on tour. We got to play for so many amazing people across the country. It was truly incredible. It really instilled my love for performing live even more than it had before which was awesome. Where do you see yourself in ten years? I hope to be doing exactly what I am doing now. I hope to be putting out albums and singing and touring. Hopefully, Iâ€™ll be acting in movies and on TV shows somewhere along the way. I would love to try directing and making my own projects at some point in the acting world. In the music world, I will keep writing for myself and other people. I love what I am doing right now and hope I can keep doing it
Who inspires you? I would say Justin Timberlake is one of my biggest inspirations. I love his music and I love the way he handles his career. Bruno Mars is another one of my biggest influences. My mom and my dad are the most supportive of me. They are the best parents in the world, I can only hope to be half of the parents they are one day. My family inspires me more than anything else. Your 21st birthday is coming up; do you have any fun plans to celebrate the big day? Yes I do, I am going on a vacation. I am super excited to be 21 and spend some time with my friends. I am home in New York right now but I am going on this adventure tour. We will be zip-lining, white water rafting and kayaking going from hotel to hotel. I am super excited for it and I think it will be a fun way to do the 21st birthday. Who taught you how to sing? I would say that I really learned how to sing just from listening in so many ways. I saw my first Broadway show when I was 4. I saw “Beauty and the Beast” and I went home and performed the entire show for my family in my one man show style. I just kept singing and listening and I think that is the best way to learn. Just keep listening to people that you love the most, not copying them but being inspired by their technique and drive and their work. Are you dating anyone right now? Yes, I am dating someone right now which is great. I love having a girlfriend; I am definitely a girlfriend kind of guy. Yeah, she is awesome. How did you come up with the nickname “Schneidermonkeys” for your fans? I can’t pinpoint the exact moment that it happened but I realized that there was nothing really awesome that rhymed with Schneider. I always loved monkeys and primates. And somehow the connection just became that I love the people that support me, and I love my fans, and I love monkeys. It just kind of made sense. . Are you excited about moving to Chicago for your new TV show “Crisis” on NBC? I am moving to Chicago for the new show “Crisis” that I am doing on NBC. I have been to Chicago before, and I loved
the city when I went. It is going to be very exciting to explore the city where I will be living for 6-8 months. It is going to be cool. Can you tell us a little more about the show “Crisis” and your character “Ian”? Yeah of course, the show is an action political thriller. The plot line is essentially I am one of the kids that goes to the school where the president’s son goes, along with a lot of other powerful people’s kids go. One day we go on a field trip and on the field trip we get kidnapped and they use the kids to manipulate the government and the kid’s very powerful parents. I play Ian, a scholarship student at the school, and Ian realizes that this kidnapping is not just about the president’s son but is about all of the other powerful people’s kids as well and that this is a much bigger thing then we might think. It is a really intense show with a lot of really cool plot twists and turns. I am really really excited for people to see it and enjoy. Are there any other new projects you have been working on? I just found out I am doing this new movie called “Love & Mercy”, a biopic about Brian Wilson the lead singer of the Beach Boys. I am playing “Van Dyke Parks”. I am super excited about it. The other thing I have been doing is working on music. I have a lot more music videos coming out. I am doing some videos with Kurt Schneider with a lot of cool special guests. Plus, I have a lot of my own original music coming out very soon. Any advice you would give someone looking to make it big in the industry? Absolutely. I would say for one, stay true to yourself, always be yourself there is a ton of rejection. In the end the part that is right for you or the music that is right for you is going to come because of you, so you have to be yourself no matter what. Also, go out and do as much as you can and listen, it really does make a big difference. Just work hard, it never becomes easier, it only gets harder but it is all for a great reason. No matter how many albums you put out or auditions you go to. It is always hard work to get the next thing out but keep doing what you love to do. Nationalistmag.com 97
Sunshine A Day With
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Written by Bailey Burnside Hair & makeup by Silva Jackie Yesayan Photo editing by John Duarte and Diego Hernandez
Our gorgeous July covergirl, Caroline Sunshine just as her name describes is a little ray of sunshine in the Hollywood world. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia Caroline’s first starring role was playing “Goldilocks” in a kindergarten play and has not stopped emerging as a talented actress and singer since. She landed the role of Barbara Winslow in her first feature film “Marmaduke” based on the comic strip of the same name. Currently, she keeps herself busy working on the Disney channel series “Shake it Up” as Tinka, while working on her music career and performing live across the country. In her free time Caroline enjoys dancing (she started learning ballet at age 3!), traveling, cooking, and photography, as well as outdoor activities like going to the beach. She also partners with several charities and is an avid philanthropist focused on giving back to others. Caroline chatted with Nationalist magazine about her TV series, her blossoming music career, and why she is proud to be an American.
Tell us what it is like to be on “Shake it Up”? To work on a show like “Shake It Up” where I get to act, dance, and even sing is a dream come true. It has also been a great learning experience for me as a young actress. Are you and your character “Tinka” similar or very different? On paper, Tinka and I are very different. One of my favorite things about Tinka is that she is so different from me, which makes it a great comedic challenge as an actress and I have a lot of room to play around. Tinka is a really fun character to play. What can we expect from Tinka on the next season of shake it up? I think you can expect to see her relationship with Rocky, Cece, and all the other characters continue to grow. You can also expect a lot more of her crazy outfits and shenanigans. Do you have any actors or actresses you would love to work with in the future? I love comedy, so I’d like to work with some of my female comedic heroes like Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, and Rebel Wilson. I really admire actresses that are fearless when it comes to comedy. We hear you are into baking what is your favorite thing to cook? I made red velvet cupcakes a couple weeks ago and that is one of my favorite summer recipes. Man, I really love cupcakes. My typical Friday night involves baking something with a lot of sugar and then watching “Duck Dynasty” or “Murder She Wrote” on my couch. I’m pretty crazy. What are the three most played songs on your playlist 1. “I Want Crazy” – Hunter Hayes 2. “Small Town Big Time” –Blake Shelton 3. “Riff Off” – Pitch Perfect soundtrack
Speaking of music, you have been performing in various concerts nationwide, what has that experience been like for you? Last month, I got to perform at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. It was the second live show I’ve ever played. They have pictures up on the arena walls of people who have performed there. Artists I admire like Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and the Rolling Stones have played there. To think I was performing in the same arena as them was the most intimidating and motivating feeling. Do you ever get nervous before a concert or filming an episode of shake it up? All the time. I always think of everything like, “What if this is the last time I ever get to perform?” or “What if this is the last scene I ever do?” I stress myself out like that. Everything in life is so fleeting and you just never know if you are going to get the chance to keep doing what you love. I just try to remember to have fun and enjoy all the experiences in case one day it’s all gone. What inspired you to become an actress and a singer? For some reason, I think the world likes to put people in boxes or categories and label you. If you are passionate about something, I don’t believe in placing a limit on it. I’m young and I’m still exploring all my passions. One of my biggest inspirations is Bo Jackson. He played two professional sports at the same time. After learning more about his story, I thought, “Well, if Bo Jackson can play professional football and baseball, why can’t I try to do acting and singing?” Do you think the American dream is still possible? Absolutely. I think the beauty of the American dream is that you can make it be whatever you want it to be. There is no right or wrong version.
Do you buy American made brands/products? Yes. I use Sharpie markers at all my meet and greets and shows. They are still made entirely in the USA. Why are you proud to be an American? I’m really proud to be from the country that invented foods like Twinkies and Tater Tots. I’m also proud to live in a country where we have so much talent. We have so many wonderful artists, athletes, and brilliant thinkers that come to the United States from all over the world because they think that this is the best place for them to pursue their dream. I think that is something to be really proud of. How do you typically celebrate the 4th of July? Usually on a beach in South Carolina with all my family and cousins. Fireworks are legal in that state and I have brothers, so I have a lot of fond memories of us shooting off Cherry Bombs and Roman Candles and making our own firework show on the beach. I usually don’t tell people that, though, because it sounds like I’m a pyromaniac or something. Where would you take a dream vacation? Most of the time, when I picture my dream vacation, it looks like something out of the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movies. I’m the type of person that would really enjoy lounging on an inner tube made of doughnuts in a chocolate filled lazy river. What are some of your favorite places to shop? I love Anthropologie, Topshop, Free People, and Williams Sonoma.
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Mollee Gray Photographed by Joey
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Hair and makeup by Silva Jackie Yesayan
Mollee Gray is a dancer, singer, and actress. She began dance at the age of 5 and is now part of the cast of Teen Beach Movie. Nationalist gets to know this young new comer in a personal interview. How did the experience of being on “So You Think You Can Dance” help further your dance and acting careers? SYTYCD was definitely a great way for me to further my acting career. Rather than letting it act as of the peak of my career, I utilized it as a stepping stone to get my name recognized with big casting directors/producers, so I could get in the rooms for the auditions I really wanted to go to. Why do you think dance shows have become a mainstream part of American pop culture? I think dance is finally started to be recognized in the way every dancer has hoped it would be. Dance is a celebratory and emotionally expressive thing. Therefore, I believe, audiences in America and all over the world, are starting to relate to the art each dancer so passionately expresses. What is your favorite style of dance? My favorite to dance is "contemporary," but my favorite to choreograph is "jazz funk." Knowing that you dance and act, are you a triple threat and do you sing as well? Yes! Actually, I have two singles out on iTunes, called "You Dont Know Anything" and "Wasted.“ Tell us about Teen Beach Movie, and your character “Giggles” Teen Beach Movie is about a modern day couple who get warped by a wave into a classic beach party movie called Wet Side Story. In this classic beach party movie, there are many fun characters such as mine, Giggles. She is a surfer girl who likes to have fun in the sun and shake her frindged costume all the time.
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When there is conflict between the Bikers and the Surfers (in Wet Side Story) Giggles gets to show off a "tough" side, which was really fun to play!
Would you rather be a biker or a surfer? Totally surfer…surfers rule! KOWABUNGA! Do you have a celebrity crush? Yes. I have a huge crush on Channing Tatum! If you were not pursuing a Hollywood career, what do you think you would be doing right now? I would definitely be pursuing a career in law. Either a lawyer, child detective, etc. I have always had a sweet spot for children and helping them. Being a lawyer was my original dream before I was able to start my career in the entertainment industry. What are you planning to do to celebrate the 4th of July? I am making sure to spend time with my family by having a barbecue at my house and lounging at my pool! Then, when it gets dark out, I am going to celebrate this Independence Day with some beautiful and fun fireworks! Speaking of America, what is your favorite American tradition? My favorite American tradition would have to be Thanksgiving because my mom is the best cook. We always have a huge family dinner…it's so awesome to come together and take a second to realize how grateful we should be for the things we have in our life! Do you have any upcoming projects we should know about? I am working on a project right now but I can’t talk too much about it. All I can really tell you is that you will be seeing me quite a bit, and I get to utilize my singing, acting, and dancing! A popular dance craze right now is “twerking, can you twerk? I wish I could! I see videos all the time. I try to do it and practice it on my own but that is not something I have mastered quite yet!
Tell us how you got in acting. Storytelling is a passion of mine and my favorite part of dancing has always been the characters and telling stories. I've been doing musical theater since I was a kid, but my focus ended up being mostly on dance. When I moved out to LA, I got into acting classes and loved it. What was the audition process like for Teen Beach Movie? I was actually hired as just a dancer at first. During the audition, I told the director I could act and he ended up bringing me in to read for four different parts. Tell us about
the day you found out you got the part. I had already been hired as a dancer and got the call during rehearsal in Puerto Rico. The director called me and I freaked out and immediately called my mom. What is your character like? Rascal is a quirky, overthe-top surfer dude. He reminds me of a little chihuahua: just funny and crazy and hyper.
Are you and the character you play anything alike? Yes, we are totally alike! I love to make people laugh and go crazy and I feel like Rascal is the exact same way. Do you live in Los Angeles? Yep. Where
are some of your favorite places to eat in LA? Cafe Gratitude, Square One for breakfast, Alcove, the Waffle, Veggie Grill, and Redemption Foods. Do you believe in the American dream and what does that mean to you? I do believe in it because I'm living it. I think the American dream means anything is possible and you have the freedom to create whatever you want. Moving out from Ohio to LA has been challenging but well worth it. I think it's possible but you really have to battle for it. What do you like to do when not working? I love hiking, eating, spending time with friends, playing pranks, the outdoors. Do you have any other projects in the works? A big focus in my life is a short film called "It Remains." I produced, acted, and danced in it and it has been a huge learning experience about everything it takes to make a movie. Experiencing the behind-the-scenes side of things has really helped me with my acting and knowing just how much work goes into filmmaking. Do you have social media? if so, where can your fan keep up with you? I love social media! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @kent_boyd.
From Sea to Shining Sea Falmouth Mass on Cape Cod has some of the best undiscovered beaches in America. Try Nobska Beach in the shadow of one of the most photographed lighthouses in New England, or Surf Drive for a mile long extravaganza looking out on the Vineyard. Woods Hole is the place to stay in Falmouth, a busy little village filled with shops and restaurants plus easy access to the MV ferry.
American Beaches “Cape Cod, the Hamptons, Key West, Malibu, why would someone thing they need to go to another country to see unbelievable beaches when we have the best right here”.
Hampton Beach State Park The Granite State’s ocean shore is short, but this state park along historic Route 1 makes good use of the space it has swimming, fishing, and campsites with full hookups for RVs and an amphitheater with a band shell for fair-weather concerts. Not to mention the most amazing beaches on the east coast.
Hampton Beach State Park
Falmouth Mass on Cape Cod
Along Vineyard Sound, Surf Drive Beach is the closest beach to Falmouth village center. The waters are calm with wonderful views of Martha's Vineyard across the sound and Nobska Light nearby. A small inlet to the north of the beach is popular with families who have little kids. This beach offers lifeguards, a bathhouse with showers, swimming lessons, and a concession stand. Surf Drive is one of the three beaches in town where you can park without a sticker for $10 a day. Nationalistmag.com 133
The Sunshine Stateâ€™s surf, sun and sand has remote island getaways, big city beaches and family-friendly shores perfect for shelling and sandcastle-building, Florida has some of the worlds most visited beaches and itâ€™s no wonder they are spectacular.
Florida The John D. MacArthur State Park Nestled on a barrier island, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is the only state park in Palm Beach County. It is an environmental treasure which has been preserved for present and future generations to discover and experience. Exploring almost two miles of pristine beach and swimming, snorkeling and fishing in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic are only the beginning of the fun you can have at the Park.
Key West - Fort Zachary Taylor State Park
Key West's favorite beach, located at the southern end of the park, provides opportunities for picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. Visitors can also enjoy a short nature trail and bicycling within the park. It is undisputed that the beach at Fort Taylor is the best in Key West. Other beaches in Key West and the Florida Keys are very shallow and can be somewhat stagnant. The beach at Fort Taylor has excellent water flow, depth, and clarity. Live corals, and numerous tropical fish, can be seen within the swimming area. Fort Taylor is ideally situated where the Gulf meets the Atlantic. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, Florida's southernmost state park is popular for recreation, as well as U.S. military history. The fort was one of a series built in the mid-1800s to defend the nation's southeastern coastline. Completed in 1866 Fort Zachary Taylor played important roles in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. Guided tours of the fort are available daily. 134 Nationalistmag.com
From Sea to Shining Sea – Our Parks This summer forget the passports and get your hands on a map of the USA. This country has just about everything you can want for a perfect summer vacation. From weekend getaways to full family memory making vacations. We would need a few issues to cover all the amazing places you can visit, national parks, theme parks, beaches, mountains, lakes, gardens, shopping spots, museums, galleries, and so much more. We needed to narrow it down so here are just a few we have put together that are on the top of our list.
National Parks “Mark your calendars for Free Entrance Day at national parks on August 25, to celebrate the birthday of the National Park Service."
California Sequoia National Park Sequoia was America’s second national park designated in 1890. Sequoia and Kings Canyon are home to giants: immense mountains, deep canyons, and the world’s largest trees. Located in the southern Sierra Nevada range, the parks’ elevations extend from 1,300 feet in the foothills to 14,491 feet at the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous 48 states. Plunging in the opposite direction, far below the surface, are over 200 marble caverns, many with endemic cave fauna. This huge variation in the landscape contributes to the collage of habitats that create a rich assemblage of terrestrial, aquatic and subterranean ecosystems.
Redwood National Park Established in 1968, Redwood National and State Parks are located in northernmost coastal California, and are home to some of the world's tallest trees: old-growth coast redwoods. These magnificent trees can live to be 2000 years old and grow to over 300 feet tall. Spruce, hemlock, Douglas-fir, berry bushes, and sword ferns create a multiple-canopied understory. Redwood Park’s mosaic of habitats includes prairie/oak woodlands, mighty rivers and streams, and 37 miles of pristine Pacific coastline. Nationalistmag.com 135
The states of Arizona and Utah are home to one of the most intriguing national park areas in the world, offering visitors eight national parks that include some of the most popular and distinctive parks in the entire system. If you were looking to name a national capital of brilliantly-colored, raw and rugged desert landscapes.
Arizona - Petrified Forest National Park Petrified Forest National Park is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park contains one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, multihued badlands of the Chinle Formation, portions of the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of 225 million year old fossils.
Grand Canyon National Park The Grand Canyon had a long and arduous road to becoming a national park, beginning in the 1880's with several failed congressional bills. After making multiple visits to the area, Theodore Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a National Monument in 1908. The bill to grant national park status to the area was passed in 1919 and signed by then-President Woodrow Wilson. There are two public areas of Grand Canyon National Park, the North and South Rims. At 7,000 feet above sea level, the Grand Canyon South Rim is the most accessible section of the national park, with numerous places where visitors can pull over to admire the views. 136 Nationalistmag.com
Utah - Zion National Park
Established in 1919, Zion National Park's 229 square miles are composed of dramatic landscapes of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs. Zion is located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert provinces. This unique geography and the variety of life zones within the park make Zion significant as a place of unusual plant and animal diversity.
Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce Canyon National Park, located in Southwestern Utah, is famous for its beautiful rock spires called â€œhoodoos,â€? horseshoeshaped amphitheatres carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, scenic vistas and the dark night sky. Because the park transcends 2000 feet of elevation, it exists in three distinct climatic zones: spruce/fir forest, Ponderosa Pine forest, and Pinyon Pine/juniper forest. This diversity of habitat provides for high biodiversity including more than 100 species of birds, dozens of mammals, and more than a thousand plant species.
The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, raises private funds that directly aid, support and enrich America’s national parks and their programs. As the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. nationalparks.org
Statue of Liberty National Monument
Wyoming Grand Teton National Park Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park protects spectacular mountain scenery and a diverse collection of wildlife. The central feature of the park is the Teton Range, a 40-mile long mountain front rising from the valley floor some 6,000 feet. The jagged range includes its signature peak Grand Teton at 13,770 feet and at least twelve pinnacles over 12,000 feet. Seven morainal lakes adorn the base of the range, and more than 100 alpine lakes dot the backcountry.
Located on 12-acre Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and was designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924. The Statue was extensively restored in time for her spectacular centennial on July 4, 1986.
Montana - Glacier National Park Glacier National Park was established in 1910, covers about one million acres of land, and contains 25 “active” glaciers that move due to thawing and melting. The park is known to have some of the best fly fishing in North America and while there are regulations, you do not need a permit for fishing in Glacier National Park. Goingto-the-Sun Road, a 50-mile trek that provides some of the most amazing views in Montana, is Glacier National Park’s most popular destination 134 Nationalistmag.com 138
Some Like it Hot Lodi’s Push to Become one of the Hottest California Appellations in Winemaking
Even before the vineyards and wineries
The center provides guests the noteworthy
which grace Lodi’s place in the wine history of California became a reality, the region was a fertile land where grapes grew wild from trees and sprawled out easily along riverbanks. It is easy to see when visiting Lodi how, with special care and appreciation of its rich history, Lodi has preserved its wine legacy by not only sustaining its past but by ensuring that, with sustainable wine-making, its future is also preserved. One of the first things that visitors will notice when visiting Lodi, California is the Wine & Visitor Center. The Wine & Visitor Center is actually housed on the grounds of the Wines & Roses Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, which is a mere 35 minutes south of Sacramento and 90 minutes east of San Francisco: lodiwine.com
ability to not only taste the region’s wines at its tasting bar, but to also educate themselves on the history of wine-making in Lodi. The visitor center even contains a gift shop so that guests can bring back gifts for friends or take home a keepsake to remember their unforgettable experience in Lodi’s wine country and perhaps educate others on its rich history. Indeed, the educational aspect of the visitor center is what has made Lodi such a teeming destination for unforgettable wines and impressive vacations. It is also the reason that the first group of settlers in the region found the allure of the place so magnetic, and why Lodi has been calling like-minded enthusiasts to its lush lands ever since.
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Photo Courtesy Randy Caparoso, Lodi Wine
When Capt. Charles Weber, who also
Lodi became so successful that, in 1986,
happens to be the founder of Stockton, planted grapes around his home in 1850, and when he gave cuttings of the vines to newcomer George West almost two years later, little did he know what his love for the land would engender. Indeed, by looking at Weber’s flourishing vines, West was able to conceive of a plan for the region to rise as a veritable place of winemaking in California. To this end, he built the El Pinal Winery in 1858, becoming the region’s first commercial vintner. With the new interest in grapes, partly due to the decline of the grain and watermelon markets in the region in the late 1880’s, other vineyards began to flourish and wineries began cropping up in the Lodi area. Though Prohibition dealt a blow to many wineries across the state, Lodi was able to flourish by selling and shipping their grapes. It was also during this time that grapes such as Zinfandel, Tokay, Alicante and others were sought after and, consequently, shipped out, for making wine at home, as home winemaking was actually allowed during Prohibition. Lodi came into its own and truly began to shine when, with the changing palette of wine drinkers in the 1960’s, dessert wines were replaced with table wines. This shift allowed Lodi to revamp its vineyards and focus on competing and, at times, surpassing the wines being produced by other winegrowing regions in California.
the area was designated an American Viticulture Area (AVA), thereby creating the Lodi Appellation. Presently, Lodi has nearly 80 wineries and hundreds of “Lodi Appellation” designated wines. Science and technology play an integral part in the success of the region, and the region’s use of sustainable viticulture practices puts it far ahead of the pack. Growers focus on developing certified plans for the future of their farms, focusing on controlled and studied pest management, air quality control, land stewardship, water management, and soil health. In this way, the bounty and beauty of the Lodi Appellation will continue to impress future generations with the premium wines it has to offer! One of the other advantages of the website is that it lists the upcoming events around the country where Lodi wines and wineries will be present. So, if you are not able to get out to Lodi, California, you might be able to sample some of Lodi’s wines at such places as the California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara, California. The California Wine Festival will take place from July 18 20, 2013, and will feature about eight Lodi wineries, including Borra Vineyards, Michael David Winery, Macchia, and Lange Twins Family Winery & Vineyards. Also, try Steamboat Springs Wine Festival in Colorado Springs, Colorado from August 7 11, 2013! Lastly, and most convenient for travelers, is the Lodi Wine County app that has been created for visitors. This app allows both newcomers and diehard fans of Lodi Wines to locate a particular or favorite winery as well as pick one out of a list of wineries. You will also be able to get driving directions from one winery to the next by use of the app’s Google mapping feature. Written by Lincoln McElwee To make tasting easier for visitors, Lodi has designed a handy tasting legend that can be found on Lodi’s official wine website: lodiwine.com
Photo Courtesy of Randy Caparoso, Lodi Wine
Return of the Native
Over 13 million gallons of wine a year.
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Little-Known California Wineries where Napa and Sonoma County are Nowhere to be Found.
If you are looking for a truly unique wine country vacation, for a place that conjures the true American spirit of hard work, persistence and perseverance, nowhere in California calls out to you more than the little-known wineries of the Inland Empire! Though the Inland Empire is perhaps most known for the growing success of Temecula’s wine industry, there are even lesser known wineries – and an equally lesser-known wine history – in neighboring cities like Rancho Cucamonga, Mira Loma, and Fontana, California. These cities became a part of what is known as the Rancho Cucamonga-Guasti Wine District. The history of the district dates back to as far as the 19th Century, when immigrants from Italy’s Piedmont region, as well as others, moved to the area, populating such cities as Etiwanda, Cucamonga, Guasti, Mira Loma, Grapeland, and Fontana. At one point, there were as many as 41 bonded wineries in the Cucamonga Valley, with enough storage and fermentation capacity to produce over 13 million gallons of wine a year. Also noteworthy is the fact that, in 1968, Cucamonga Valley actually accounted for 98% of the estimated 47.5 million bottles of wine that were produced in the Southern California wine district. This means that as late as the 20th Century, Cucamonga Valley was a powerhouse of production sprawled across as much as 40,000 acres of vines that even included such fabled wine country as Santa Barbara County. Compare this to the 1995 numbers for the valley, when there were only 2,000 acres farmed and 5 bonded wineries in operation.
Sprawled across as much as 40,000 acres of vines ! 144 Nationalistmag.com
The biggest reason for the valley’s decline is the fact that the sweet wines produced in the region fell out of favor with the wine-drinking public. With the rise of Northern California’s Napa Valley and environs, as well as a new crop of winemakers who approached winemaking from a different, albeit more educated, perspective, Cucamonga Valley began the decline that has left it with its few remaining wineries, wineries that are still standing strong. Wineries such as Joseph Filippi Winery in Rancho Cucamonga and Galleano Winery in Mira Loma are carrying on the proud tradition of the Cucamonga-Guasti Wine District. To this end, winemaker Gino L. Filippi actually petitioned the Department of Treasury in 1995 on behalf of local area growers and vintners. The petition was filed in order to have the Cucamonga Valley officially approved as an American Viticulture Area (AVA). The approved law now enables the valley’s producers to designate “Cucamonga Valley” on their wine labels as long as the wines themselves contain 75% or more of wine from grapes grown in the valley. With the aid of enology, the Inland Empire has shown that premium wines can indeed be consistently grown from the Cucamonga Valley. Fruit from the valley is even sourced from the state of California from notable wineries, such as Callaway, Firestone, Norman Vineyards, and South Coast Winery. In addition to the efforts of Joseph Filippi Winery for the recognition and preservation of the Cucamonga Valley, there are also the accolades of Galleano Winery in Mira Loma that help to highlight the importance and influence that the Cucamonga Valley has had – and still has – on wine-making in California.
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The Galleano Winery happens to be Riverside County’s oldest winery. It was designated as a County Historical Landmark and a State of California Point of Historical Interest in 1993. Additionally, in 2003 it was also added to the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historic Places. With such an impressive history to preserve, it is no wonder that organizations like the Cucamonga Valley Viticultural Conservancy have been created. It is an effort to preserve and to educate the valley’s inhabitants to the rich culture right under their feet. In this way, perhaps the preservation and education that the Cucamonga Valley hopes to engage its own inhabitants with can expand, so that not only the Cucamonga Valley, but the inhabitants of California, the wine growing regions of California and the world, and the U.S. in general, can be educated as to the history and legacy of one of California’s richest historical treasures. Current wineries in the Cucamonga Valley, such as J. Filippi Winery, Galleano, Brandt Family Winery, The Wine Tailor (which operates out of the historic Thomas Winery, which is no longer a working vineyard but has the honor of being designated as the oldest commercial winery in California and the second oldest in the United States), and Rancho de Philo, as well as driven winemakers like Dana Chandler in Upland and Ron Mittino in Claremont, are showing that although the Cucamonga Valley wines might not match the status or structure of those found in Napa Valley up north or Santa Barbara County further south, they provide a unique and award-winning range of wines that speak to the complexity and richness of the Cucamonga Valley, and show what the valley and California still have to offer the wine-tasting world. Written by Lincoln McElwee
Napa Valley, California
by Lincoln McElwee
An Intimate Lesson in Winemaking: Boutique and Appointment-Only Wineries in Napa Valley, California
If you are looking for a truly unique experience in an often over-saturated market of unique experiences, appointment-only wineries might be just the answer for a weekend or week-long getaway! Offering a plethora of palatable variations on the wine tasting theme, these smallproduction wineries help to dispel the myth of the standoffish Napa Valley as little more than a misnomer. Truth be told, wine tasting in Northern California wine country can actually seem like a sum of its stereotypical parts: opulent mansions and marble tasting floors mobbed with busloads of tourists; the millions of gallons of wine produced each and every year in sleek and unfriendly factory settings. And though this side of Napa Valley can also be both charming and exciting in its own right, there are many visitors who feel that it borders on clichĂŠ, and that any true wine tasting experience in the valley is indeed defined by this cold, large-scale operation. And yet despite the intensity of the well-known wineries on both Highway 29, also known as the Saint Helena Highway, and Highway 121, the similarly famous Silverado Trail, there are in fact the quiet places in the valley, the spaces where life seems to stand still, where wineries are often set apart from the rush of noise from the main roads, and where enjoying a glass of wine is so much more than a factory experience or an intimidating tasting room setting. Key is indispensable when planning trips to both Napa Nationalistmag.com 147
And so it is with this peerless, yet intimate gathering of wine, food and fun that these boutique and appointment-only wineries help to recreate the love of community that is spawned from a true labor of love. Appointment-only wineries are exactly what they sound like: wineries or tasting floors that are open to the general public but only through a pre-arranged appointment. And though the thought of needing an appointment might seem to add an air of exclusivity to the experience, the requirement actually does the opposite: small-production wineries are usually handling every aspect of their own operations. This means that just a handful of people at any of these wineries, and at any given time, are actually responsible for everything from pruning and cutting out in the fields to the winemaking, labeling, marketing, and distribution! The reason an appointment is needed, then, is to be sure that someone is there to staff the tasting room for each visit. For those interested in exploring appointment-only wineries, two notable and insightful recommendations are the Preiser Key to Napa Valley and Tilar Mazzeoâ€™s godsend of a book, Back Lane Wineries of Napa. The Preiser and Sonoma County, and in addition to the print copy of the magazine, the family-run business has also made a convenient website: preiserkey.com Tilar Mazzeoâ€™s book provides a rich and in-depth look at a number of back lane wineries that are located all over the valley floor, from South Napa to Calistoga. The book, like the Preiser Key, includes places to dine as well as recommendations for truly unique accommodations. For many of these appointmentonly wineries, there are either minimal tasting fees, such as $10 to $25, no tasting fee, or a fee that is waived with the purchase of wine. 148 Nationalistmag.com
As mentioned earlier, many of these wineries are indeed run by a small group of dedicated employees, and for this reason, my personal preference is to always purchase a bottle or two of wine when I taste at a winery with no tasting fee. Of course this is not expected of customers, but I often feel that if I make the effort to seek out these appointment-only wineries, I can make the effort to help support them and their small-scale operations. As far as the wineries themselves, two of my favorites happen to be Madrigal Vineyards and Casa Nuestra. Both Madrigal Vineyards, located in Calistoga, California, as well as Casa Nuestra in nearby St. Helena, are two stellar examples of what appointment-only wineries can offer the discerning wine taster. Additionally, as these wineries happen to be located in two separate subappellations – Napa Valley is made up of fifteen separate sub-appellations – those willing to put in a phone call or e-mail before their travels can experience two completely different examples of terroir within the valley. Madrigal Vineyards, which has been farming in the valley since the 1930’s, is a producer of both red and white wines. Its wines of reputation are the Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. What I truly love about the winery – aside from it being a small producer – is its Tempranillo, as well as the beautifully named and crafted Sonnet #63. The Sonnet #63 is the winery’s noted wine, and the one which the winemaker has the most leeway with. The wine is crafted from small lot releases, about 4-5 barrels. The current release has a heavy Merlot base with around 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and another 5% Cabernet Franc: madrigalvineyards.com/ Casa Nuestra Winery and Vineyards was established in 1979, and as the name implies, it is truly a place that feels like home! The winery produces 2,000 cases annually and makes twelve different wines, including hard-to-find varietals, such as Charbono, Verdelho and, my personal favorite, Cabernet Franc. Another admirable quality of the winery is that it supports sustainable farming through the use of its organic vineyards! casanuestra.com
In July 2013, Comic-Con International will mark its 44th year being held, making it the longest continuously-run comics and popular-art convention in the United States! But how did a convention focused on such a supposedly “exclusive” medium as comic books get so large? And how did San Diego become such a premier destination for these feverish fans of popculture? Since the Golden Age of Comics back in the mid 1930’s, comic books have been a staple of American popular culture. But times have not always been so accepting and/or forgiving to the comic book industry, and as the market bottomed out in the 1990’s and comic books went from mainstream to cult status, reserved for collectors and die-hard fans of the genre, both the mood and feel of comic books changed in regard to content and demographic appeal. Now that we are in what is known as the Dark Age of comic books, where subject matter has moved from light-hearted and family-friendly entertainment to serious issues often involving adult themes and/or content, there has been a steady resurgence in the mainstream obsession with the medium, so much so that companies such as Warner Bros. and Paramount have expanded the genre of comic books to mass-appeal mediums such as film and television. With all of the new press and mass appeal that old stories of survival and goodwill can have for the general viewing public, stories that the genre of comic books has engendered and can still bring about, and of course with the revenue
possibilities that large companies, such as Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment, can project from the once fledgling and bankrupt market of comic book collecting, it’s no wonder that places and venues such as Comic-Con International have not only become places for the faithful to gather, but have indeed become cult icons for newer and newer generations. Nothing is more American as the virtue of perseverance, and ComicCon International: San Diego, as well as other local and state conventions that carry the banner of comic books and pop-art into the future, have indeed come so far based on the dogged perseverance of both fans and the comic book market itself! Given the convention’s rising popularity with newer and newer generations of fandoms, the world will descend upon the United States en masse, both plain-clothed and in cosplay – the art of costume dressing like a favorite character – from its Preview Night on Wednesday, July 17 to the four consecutive days that the convention will run: July 18-21, 2013. San Diego, California will represent for many what the struggle for place and identity through art can achieve at the corporate level, as Comic-Con International: San Diego identifies itself as a nonprofit educational corporation created for awareness. In this way, San Diego becomes a celebratory beacon that can show the rest of the world what popular art, comic books
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and the investment in these mediums can bring about, and why supporting the arts is such a major and vital investment for future generations. And yet with all of the fanfare can also come notoriety, and Comic-Con International has and continues to have its fill. Tickets for this yearâ€™s event went on sale at 9:00AM PST and sold out within 93 minutes. This is perhaps a more favorable statistic than ticket sales last year, where tickets reportedly sold out in less than an hourâ€Śan hour! Within 30 minutes all of the 4-day passes were sold, and after another 10 minutes, the single-day passes had all been purchased as well. To appease long-time and die-hard fans, Comic-Con International: San Diego has tried to assure fans that a ticket re-sale is always a possibility in the near future. The system that runs the badge sales is infamous for striking fear and, mostly, anger, into those attempting to purchase tickets, thereby leaving countless diehard fans frozen in a virtual line and staring at a computer screen with nothing better to do than to pray and gnash teeth. This year, the ticket resale did indeed happen, and on June 10, 2013 all members who opted to receive e-mail communication from Comic-Con International received an update about the fact that the 2013 badge resale would be conducted utilizing a random drawing. Though this was glorious news to most, like myself, who had been waiting for just a sliver of hope that there might be another chance to make it to the mecca of geekdom in San Diego this year, for others, such as international fans and members, the news was earth-shattering. Due to the fact that there are no standard rules for conducting random drawings, international fans and members were excluded from the random drawing. And yet even with this drop in the number of eligible members, many, such as myself, were still left without tickets at the end of the resale. All there is now is to hope against hope that next year will be different, that perhaps the venue will expand as to allow for more participants, and that maybe, just maybe, at this same time next year, I will be outfitting myself in superhero spandex to join the ranks of San Diegoâ€™s madding crowd of superhero fans!
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ood Food Movement
When you eat good food grown by family farmers, you know what you’re getting — honest, real food grown by people who care about their land, their community and their future. There is a groundswell of support for local, organic, humanely-raised, family farm identified food! Today, more people than ever want to know where their food comes from, who grows it and how it was grown. This is the Good Food Movement! But there is still much work to be done to strengthen and expand the Good Food Movement so that family farm food is affordable and available to all. Farm Aid is doing that work to keep our farmers thriving, put new farmers on the land, support connections between farmers and eaters, and secure a future of good food for all. Farm Aid fosters connections between farmers and eaters by growing local and regional food systems and promoting good
food from family farms. Purchasing food at farmers markets, farm stands, communitysupport agriculture (CSAs) programs and other “direct markets” places your dollars directly into the hands of family farmers and provides you with the freshest, best quality food. For more family farmers to thrive, we must expand the reach of good food, bringing it to grocery stores, schools, workplaces, restaurants – everywhere. By building local and regional food systems that deliver good food from family farms to everybody, we ensure the best possible future for our communities and our country. Farm Aid shines a spotlight on the vital importance of our family farmers and the food choices we all can make to support them. Every time we purchase family farm food, we build a better future filled with good food and family farms.
40% The term concentration describes the control that a small number of corporations have over the whole of food production, marketing and consumption. The U.S. agricultural sector suffers from abnormally high levels of concentration, a trend that has forced thousands of independent family farmers off the land. It has also caused serious damage to rural economies, public health, the environment and limits choices for good food at the grocery store. Since 1985, Farm Aid has been highlighting the threats that corporate concentration poses to family farmers and eaters alike. The USDA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) conducted public workshops throughout 2010 to address the issues of concentration, antitrust violations and competition in agriculture. Farm Aid was heavily engaged in these workshops, working with farm groups and family farmers across the country to make sure farmersâ€™ voices are heard. 166 Nationalistmag.com
The top four firms in the industry control 40% of the market
The concentration ratios in the agricultural sector are shocking. As of 2007, four companies owned 83.5% of the beef marketâ€”more than double the "highly concentrated" cutoff point of 40%. The top four firms owned 66% of the hog industry The top four firms controlled 58.5% of the broiler chicken industry. In the seed industry, four companies control 50% of the proprietary seed market and 43% of the commercial seed market worldwide. When it comes to genetically engineered (GE) crops, just one company, Monsanto, boasts control of over 85% of U.S. corn acreage and 91% of U.S. soybean acreage.
Because farmers rely on both buyers and sellers in their business transactions, concentrated markets squeeze them at both ends. Sellers with high market power can inflate the prices of machinery, seeds, fertilizers and other goods that farmers need for their farms; while powerful buyers, such as processors of the products that farmers grow and raise, suppress the prices farmers are paid. The razor-thin profit margins farmers and ranchers are forced to endure often push them to expand into mega-operations or exit the business altogether. Information Courtesy of Farm Aid, www.farmaid.org
© Patty O'Brien Farm Aid works with local, regional and national organizations to promote fair farm policies and grassroots organizing campaigns designed to defend and bolster family farm-centered agriculture. We've worked side-by-side with farmers to protest factory farms and inform farmers and eaters about issues like genetically modified food and growth hormones. By strengthening the voices of family farmers, Farm Aid stands up for the most resourceful, heroic Americans—the family farmers who work the land. Farm Aid's Action Center allows concerned citizens to become advocates for farm policy change. All the information is on their website farmaid.org
“There's a new food movement sweeping the country and Farm Aid is doing all we can to promote that movement.” – Willie Nelson
Each year, Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews headline a Farm Aid concert to bring together a wide variety of musicians, farmers and fans for one mission: keeping family farmers on their land. Farm Aid is the longest running benefit concert series in America, raising more than $40 million to help family farmers thrive all over the country while inspiring millions of people to learn about the Good Food movement. Nationalistmag.com 167
In the United States, the top five dairy states are, in order by total milk production; California, Wisconsin, Idaho, New York, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Dairy farming is also an important industry in Florida, Minnesota, Ohio and Vermont. There are 65,000 dairy farms in the United States. Pennsylvania has 8,500 farms with 555,000 dairy cows. Milk produced in Pennsylvania yields an annual revenue of about US$1.5 billion. Milk prices collapsed in 2009. Senator Bernie Sanders accused Dean Foods of controlling 40% of the country's milk market. He has requested the United States Department of Justice to pursue an anti-trust investigation. Dean Foods says it buys 15% of the country's raw milk. In 2011, a federal judge approved a settlement of $30 million to 9,000 farmers in the Northeast. Herd size in the US varies between 1,200 on the West Coast and Southwest, where large farms are commonplace, to roughly 50 in the Northeast, where land-base is a significant limiting factor to herd size. The average herd size in the U.S. is about one hundred cows per farm.
The Natural Hoax: Natural Does NOT Equal Organic It is possible to maintain higher milk production by injecting cows with growth hormones known as recombinant BST or rBST, but this is controversial due to its effects on animal and possibly human health. The European Union, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Canada have banned its use due to these concerns. In the US however, no such prohibition exists, and approximately 17.2% of dairy cows are treated in this way. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration states that no "significant difference" has been found between milk from treated and non-treated cows but based on consumer concerns several milk purchasers and resellers have elected not to purchase milk produced with rBST
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Reasons to go Organic
1. Nutrient density. Organic farmers nourish the soil that feeds our food. Research shows that organically-produced foods are higher in antioxidants and other nutrients than their conventional counterparts. 2. No persistent pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Designed by intent to kill living organisms, persistent pesticides can be harmful to wildlife and human health, especially as they contaminate our food, air and water or accumulate in our cells. Synthetic fertilizers require large quantities of fossil fuels to produce, and contribute to soil degradation and ocean dead zones. more: pesticides fertilizers 3. No synthetic growth or breeding hormones. Avoiding synthetic hormones (which are frequently given to conventional dairy and meat animals to alter reproductive cycles and speed up growth) means less stress for animals, and reduced human exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals. 4. No antibiotics. Overuse of antibiotics in farm animals leads to the development of dangerous antibiotic-resistant infections. Organic farmers instead rely on natural measures to promote and maintain animal health. 5. No GMOs. Genetically engineered crops are a relatively recent technology with potentially devastating impacts on ecosystems and human and animal health. Organic regulations forbid the use of genetically engineered seeds or animals (including clones). 6. Animal care. Organic philosophy means raising animals in harmony with nature. Quality animal care keeps animals healthy and productive, naturally. As we like to say, happy cows make the best milk!
Organic Valley Grassmilk is artisanal quality 100% grass-fed milk produced by cows that eat only fresh grasses and dried forages, like hay. They are never fed supplemental grains or soybeans. Minimally pasteurized and not homogenized, Grassmilk still has the cream on top the way nature intended. Just shake it up before you pour. Long days in the pasture mean our 100% grass-fed cows' milk naturally delivers a bigger dose of Omega-3 and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) than conventional milk. Like singlevineyard wines or artisanal chocolate, the taste of Grassmilk is a result of where the cows live and what they eat: The Northern California coastal plain. Giant redwoods stand sentinel between the Pacific Ocean and the lush pastures where Grassmilk cows dine. You wouldn't put them on your table, so we never use antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides or GMO anything. Always from family farms committed to the highest organic standards, from generations of farming wisdom. We are your neighbors, a national cooperative of real farmers growing real food the right way. Courtesy of Organic Valley organicvalley.coop If you would like more information on American farms and healthy options for your family or you would like to get involved in helping our farmlands you can visit these sites farmaid.org - organicvalley.coop - homegrown.org - localharvest.org 170 Nationalistmag.com
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The American Dream What is the American dream and who has achieved it. Is it still alive? What are the odds of becoming one of the lucky ones that can say they have attained all they set out to. The American dream means a lot of different things to different people. Here we honor the one that have left a legacy, an empire, a dynasty. The ones that didnâ€™t give up, the ones that beat the odds and now are the most prominent families in America.
In 1903 with $28,000 in cash, Henry Ford started the Ford Motor Company, whose automobiles changed how the world moved.
Ford a name that is synonymous with America ! Ford Motor Company is an American automaker and the world's third largest automaker based on worldwide vehicle sales. Based in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, the automaker was founded by Henry Ford, and incorporated on June 16, 1903. Ford Motor Company would go on to become one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world, as well as being one of the few to survive the Great Depression. The largest family-controlled company in the world, the Ford Motor Company has been in continuous family control for over 110 years. Ford Is the only remaining Detroit family car company and was the only one that did not take the 2009 bailout.
Ford Motor Company has gone on to produce over 300 million vehicles.
S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. (commonly referred to as S. C. Johnson and S.C. Johnson, A Family Company in its commercials), previously known as S. C. Johnson Wax (and earlier, Johnson Wax), is an American privately held, global manufacturer of household cleaning supplies and other consumer chemicals based in Racine, Wisconsin. It has operations in 72 countries and its brands are sold in over 110. It is the largest component of the Johnson Family Enterprises, which also includes the Johnson Financial Group, and Johnson Outdoors. In 2006, S. C. Johnson & Son employed approximately 12,000 and had estimated sales of $7.5 billion. The company began when Samuel Curtis Johnson, Sr. purchased the parquet flooring business of Racine Hardware Company in 1886 and renamed it Johnson's Prepared Paste Wax Company. Management has since passed down through five generations of the Johnson family; the longevity of this dynasty is itself unusual. In 1939, the first part of the Johnson Wax Building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opened. The tower opened in 1950. From 2005 to 2011, S. C. Johnson & Son was ranked by Fortune Magazine as one of the top 10 "Companies to Work For" in their annual ranking. In 2007, the company was ranked #7; In 2011, they were ranked #10. Despite its large size, the company remains privately owned by the Johnson family, and is currently in its fifth generation of family ownership.
Lauren Ralph Lauren is an American fashion designer and business executive, best known for his Polo Ralph Lauren clothing brand, and a global multi-billiondollar enterprise. As of September 2012, Forbes estimates his wealth at $6.5 billion dollars, which makes Ralph Lauren the 162nd richest person in the world.
He went to Baruch College where he studied business, although he dropped out after two years. From 1962 to 1964 he served in the United States Army and left to work briefly for Brooks Brothers as a sales assistant before leaving to become a salesman for a tie company. In 1966, when he was 26, he was inspired to design a wide, European-style necktie he had seen Douglas Fairbanks Jr wearing but the idea was rejected by the company he worked for as not being commercially viable. He left to establish his own company working out of a drawer in the Empire State Building, taking fabrics and turning them into ties. He sold the ties to small shops in New York, with a major turning point when he was approached by Neiman Marcus, who bought 100 dozen. In 1967, with the financial backing of Manhattan clothing manufacturer Norman Hilton, Lauren opened a necktie store where he also sold ties of his own design, under the label "Polo." He later received the rights to use the trademark Polo from Brooks Brothers, however Brooks Brothers managed to retain its rights to the iconic "original polo buttondown collar" shirt (still produced today), in spite of Lauren's Polo trademark. In 1971, he expanded his line and opened a Polo boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. By 2007 Ralph Lauren had over 35 boutiques in the United States. 23 locations carried the Ralph Lauren Purple Label.
Kohler The Kohler Company, founded in 1873, is a manufacturing company based in Kohler, Wisconsin. Kohler is best known for its plumbing products, but the company also manufactures furniture, cabinetry, tile, engines, and generators. Kohler also owns various hospitality establishments in the United States and Scotland. Kohler was founded in 1873 by Austrian immigrant John Michael Kohler with the purchase of the Sheboygan Union Iron and Steel Foundry. Early products included cast iron and steel farm implements, castings for furniture factories, and ornamental iron pieces including cemetery crosses and settees. A breakthrough came in 1883 when John Michael applied enamel to a cast iron horse trough to create the company's first bathtub. The company has been primarily in the plumbing business ever since, known for plumbing fixtures. In 1888, the then Kohler Water Works developed the original trademarked Bubbler. They became popular, and other companies developed similar products under the generic term "drinking fountain." The colloquial word "bubbler" is still used in several regions of the United States. Former Wisconsin Governor Walter J. Kohler, Sr. was President of Kohler Company and his son former Wisconsin Governor Walter J. Kohler, Jr. served for many years in senior management. Today, the president of Kohler is Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. (born February 20, 1939), grandson of the founder.
Vermont Woods Studios Growing Up American
Owner & Founder Peggy Farabaugh was inspired to start Vermont Woods Studios after reading about animal habitats with her children. Her research uncovered that rainforest wildlife habitats were diminishing at a rapid rate due to the wood industryâ€™s increased illegal harvesting of wood from these rainforests. This wood is commonly used in furniture and flooring destined for the United States. Peggy wanted to do something that would allow her to follow through with her environmental ideals, as well as support the Vermont fine furniture industry (Vermont has a 200+ year old tradition of creating fine furniture that is hand made using local resources)â€” and in 2005, Vermont Woods Studios was formed. In the beginning it was only Peggy and her husband Ken, and now a full time team of eleven is involved in the day to day activities.
Since most of the furniture we sell leaves the state and actually travels quite a distance, with California and Florida being our larger volume states, it is our belief that people are actively seeking out what we like to call, the Vermont style. Vermont Woods Studios carries traditional hardwood furniture that works as the core of the quintessential Vermont Style. (We carry cherry, maple, walnut and oak and cherry is our most popular wood choice.) We describe the Vermont Style as having a warm, earthy, natural tonehighlighted by exceptional hand crafted quality and durability. Vermont Style is simple and chic. These timeless pieces get inspiration from traditional designs. We have clients in upscale apartments in major metropolitan areas, to modest suburban homes, as well as rural country homes. People decorating their second home is also a large clientele of ours. We like to think that Vermont Style makes any space feel like home. Vermont is renowned for its fine artists and talented craftspeople, and the offerings are diverse and scattered throughout the entire state. Itâ€™s hard to go to any village or town in Vermont and not find something handmade from local materials and of very high quality.
Vermont Woods Studios was initially an online gallery only, but soon found that some of our clientele wanted to see the furniture up close and meet the people behind the company. Peggy wanted to create a destination that was more than a showroomâ€”a place to inspire visitors from near and far to come see us and perhaps make a day of it (or more). The vision for the showroom was to create a place that would be more of a fun, unique shopping destination rather than a chore. There is plenty to see and do in Vermont in addition to making a visit to our showroom. The team just moved into our new headquarters and showroom, but weâ€™re still a few months away from completing the finishing touches. 180 Nationalistmag.com
Vermont Woods Studios is the choose for those who want a truly American furniture company. Everything is American the wood , the labor, and the love for what they do. When you buy from an American company you are not only getting the best quality you are keeping your money right here to grow our country and our economy. I would like to see this company become one of the ones that our children can read about in fifty years from now how they started back in 2005 and know are an American legacy. If you are looking to buy something new for your home think about making it an American investment. vermontwoodsstudios.com
Top American Made Cars
#1 2013 Jeep Wrangler MSRP $22,295 A tough authentic legend born to rule the trails and the urban jungle, the 2013 Jeep® Wrangler is made to make everyday behind the wheel, a thrilling adventure. Inside the new 2013 Wrangler, you’ll enjoy ample storage space plus, thoughtfully designed ergonomics and improved Noise, Vibration, Harshness (NVH). You’ll also get comfort and convenience features including: new leather-trimmed heated front seats (available on Sahara and Rubicon) illuminated cup holders, lighting in the foot well and a new auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated LED map lights.
Interior Tour A ruggedly refined interior designed around you. Experience a surprisingly refined drive with premium soft-touch materials, a quiet ride and thoughtfully designed ergonomics. Interior lighting dramatically improves thanks to new instrument panel mounted courtesy and ambient light, as well as a floor console cupholder lighting — both front and rear. A new premium cloth seat insert includes bolster material with an embroidered logo “Sahara” or “Rubicon” depending on model. The new leather seat insert with similar embroidered logo is optional for both models. Other niceties include: available heated front seats, Automatic Temperature Control with cabin air filtration, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, 12-volt accessory outlets, 115-volt (150watt) AC power inverter in console, Chromed Auto Transmission shifter and available automatic headlamps.
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2013 Ford Truck F-150
MSRP $$23,955 - $29,645
The 2013 F-150 Regular Cab 4X2 is a 2-door, 3-passenger full size pickup, available in 5 trims, ranging from the 126-in. WB XL Style side to the 145-in. WB XLT Style side. Upon introduction, both trims are equipped with a standard 3.7-liter, V6, 302-horsepower engine that achieves 17-mpg in the city and 23mpg on the highway. A 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard.
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2013 Chevrolet Traverse MSRP $30,795
The Complete Package Traverse is a mid-size SUV that brings you all of the amenities you could want in a vehicle, and some you wouldn’t expect. With seating for up to 8† and class-leading 116.3 cu. ft. of maximum cargo room†, you have space for everyone and everything. Ride comfortably in a refined interior, and with added technology features like Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, you not only ride in style, you ride safely.
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2013 GMC Acadia
MSRP $34,050 - $47,945
The 2013 Acadia is a 4-door, up to 8-passenger sport-utility, available in 10 trims, ranging from the SL FWD to the Denali AWD. Upon introduction, the SL FWD is equipped with a standard 3.6-liter, V6, 288horsepower engine that achieves 17-mpg in the city and 24-mpg on the highway. The Denali AWD is equipped with a standard 3.6-liter, V6, 288-horsepower engine that achieves 16-mpg in the city and 23mpg on the highway. A 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard on both trims.
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2013 Buick Enclave MSRP $38,445
Welcome to the new 2013 Enclave, where luxury starts in the driver’s seat and works its way out. Rich interior colors, ambient blue lighting, tri-zone climate controls, three rows of first-class seating, and QuietTuning® technology creates a more comfortable environment that makes your driving experience better than ever. The industry's first front center air bag is at the forefront of Enclave’s newest safety innovations. Together with its already robust list of safety advancements, like available Side Blind Zone Alert2 with Cross Traffic Alert and standard StabiliTrak® with Traction Control, the new Enclave keeps you and your passengers safe, comfortable, and ready for the road.
In May Ford announced that it would add 900 jobs on a third shift at its Kansas City factory, and later this year add an additional 1,100 jobs to start production od the Ford Transit Van. About half of the 2,000 new jobs will go to new hires . Ford's FSeries sales have risen 19 percent through April, and Ford expects further gains for the remainder of the year. A rejuvenated demand for construction jobs and lower gas prices has helped make this happen, as well as consumers wanting American made vehicles. Three long years ago, many people praising Ford today were worried it would shut the plant down, and by doing so eliminate 2,750 jobs but now the wheels have turned and the company is providing much needed work. Roughly half of the 2,000 new jobs will go to new hires â€” an impressive addition of workers by the Detroit automaker, which alone among its Michigan rivals does not import full-size pickups from Mexico." - Another reason to choose Ford over Chevy, Ram, Toyota, Nissan, etc. Ford, the only domestic automaker that did not accept the bailout. Ford has worked hard to keep the American dream alive and we should do our part as Americans and support companies that keep the manufacturing jobs here. Think about that the next time you make an auto purchase or any other purchase for that matter.
Built Ford Tough. It’s more than just a slogan. It’s their commitment to build the absolute best trucks the strongest, the most capable, the most reliable. They view this not just as a mission statement, but as their responsibility. Driven to build the best, not by the competition – they haven’t even come close – but by their own internal code that dictates they always reach further, always strive for more, never rest. These are the ideals of superior core engineering that they live by. Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 171,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. Ford.com
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