Adult Picture Books

Before Instagram, there were picture books with a complement of editorial copy that could be considered the literary version of the popular social networking site of today. One of those books, I consider one of the most enlightening books that I've read on Africans in America is "A Pictorial History of the Negro in America" …

Ahh, It’s Bootsy, Baby | Happy Black Music Month

    Bootsy Collins Exhibit Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Washington, DC (May 2017) "This nearly exact replica of the Mothership was designed by George Clinton and Jules Fisher was used during several performances. Gift of Love to the Planet" Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Washington, DC …

“Not Religious, but Spiritual” Means What Exactly?

Recently, I wrote about spiritual enlightenment in a discussion (AALBC.com ) that centered on Beyoncé 's Grammy performance. It seems as if everyone has an opinion on her costume, but little knowledge to go with it. Well maybe if you're from West Africa you knew immediately which Goddess she was emulating. Mostly everyone else who …

Kidney Bean Lobio | A Georgian Supra (feast)

Sometimes, you don’t have to get on a plane to travel the world; there are wonderful writers who bring the world to you…

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Every time I make lobio, or any other Georgian dishes (that’s a country, not a state), it reminds me not only of the majestic Caucasus mountains, but also of the unique culture of Georgian people. Militant, fiercely independent, yet exceptionally warm and hospitable to strangers, they are fond of traditional, hours-long feasts with an endless stream of various dishes, all fragrant with exotic spices, all colorful and flavorful, many with walnuts or almonds, and lots of vegetables. Georgians are famous both for their wines and for their elaborate, long-winded toasts. At every supra (feast), there is a toastmaster, called tamada, who calls the next toast. Best and most creative toastmakers are highly respected.

wine horn

The famous unbelievably delicious Georgian wines are drunk from kantsi, drinking horns, like the one hanging on my wall, presented to me by a gracious host with a disclaimer: it is really small, made for…

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What Young Folk Say | The Word Detective

Curve: (verb) to reject a potential suitors romantic advances First Known Use: No Clue. Spotted on Twitter (10-19-16) when tweets described Singer Jazmine Sullivan's actions towards Atlanta gospel singer Thomas TC Clay-2 who recently passed away (10-15-16).  Sullivan confessed in Facebook tribute -1  how she kept her distance from "TC" whom she thought had a crush …