Amid Hurricane destruction, School is Open

In Virgin Gorda, The British Virgin Islands, a 13-year-old girl started her own a school despite the once beautiful island, where she lives, is now in ruins. She wants the younger children to be prepared to advance in their grades when the island returns to normal. In other parts of the island, many remind onlookers they... Continue Reading →

The world is my stage; spotlight in the sun. Pictured in the theatre, a life lived in acts.  

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"... Continue Reading →

The Transportation Curse?

For more than ten years, I lived in a town whose name was loosely translated into The Place of the Skull.  The name allegedly originated from a curse leveled on the town by a Delaware Indian tribal chief whose family members were slaughtered during the Native American Trade of the 1700s. Legend has it, when... Continue Reading →

What’s in a Name, N–ger?

I'm always amazed when black people say the N-word is a term of endearment or familiarity -yet the conventional spelling is rarely used to indicate this 'truth'. Same with this painting that hangs in Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The artist, Barkley Hendricks says he means to be provocative but the... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Shopping is a social activity. No matter what you're selling; take a page out of the Social Selling manual and remember “All Business is Personal” Source: Paid Reviews

Easy Pineapple Cake

The first time I made this cake it was on a whim.  I had a few items in my pantry including a can of crushed pineapple.  I put that phrase in a search engine, followed by the term "recipe" to see what results would pop up.  I found this old school recipe for "easy pineapple... Continue Reading →

Culture Quotes | Patriarchy

Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate. It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women. It is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in... Continue Reading →

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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