Quinoa & Kale : A Tale of Neo-Colonial Palates

Everything about food is political. Everything from what we eat, to when we eat it , how we prepare it, where we buy/grow/or even butcher it is a part or a larger schema of culture and the global economy of food. It seems simple enough, but what implications does this have when one group of consumers is…

Instead of Bringing Flowers, Be the Roses

Originally posted on Heaven's Hotlines:
We’re like the rose Elegant with beautiful imperfections Though highly respected sometimes are neglected When those petals shrivel into a dark crisp And it’s life has seemingly been ended But you see the rose and how it grows Only lord knows how long it will have it’s life It…

#SayHerName: The Failure of the Black Woman Superhero Rhetoric

I’m numb. After I roll over in bed in the morning to silence my alarm, the first thing that I’m greeted with is updates on my Facebook news feed of another perished Black life – more often than not at the hands of the criminal justice system. I’m careful not to just pin the blame on…

In Honor of National Soul Food Month: The Roots of Soul

Originally posted on Afroculinaria:
It’s National Soul Food Month. Yes there is such a thing! I thought I might take you on a tour of one of the sources of soul, the early Chesapeake. I’ve written frequently about the Chesapeake being the first “Creole cuisine,” in mainland Anglo America.  That is, it’s the first in…

My Experience with Sexual Harassment (Part 2)

Originally posted on Walk A Mile in My Babouches:
I get stares and catcalls. I have also been followed. Sometimes, these stares and catcalls can become physical, with people trying to grab or touch me. In my site, the majority of the harassment comes from strangers who don’t know me. Fortunately, since being in my…

Conflict Cuisine » Can Food Build Peace or Drive Conflict?

The professor for my “Conflict Cuisine” capstone recently posted one of my blogs on her website. The blog discusses the inter-connectivity of food security and and peace. Check it out! Conflict Cuisine » Can Food Build Peace or Drive Conflict?.

Who’s in the Kitchen Now?

This semester I have had the great privilege of taking the “Conflict Cuisine”capstone. This class is dedicated to the study of food security, international conflicts, and the use of food as a strategic tool of diplomacy. This post was written in response to the following prompt: Who’s in the kitchen now? Are women the ultimate curators…

Discover South Africa’s Spiritual World

Originally posted on TIME:
From former male model and horse breeder to respected traditional healer, Chris Ntombemhlophe Reid left his life of excess and wealth to become one of the first white sangomas among the Pondoland people in South Africa. Sangomas are spiritual healers who practice traditional forms of African medicine. However, they do not…

Beaded Realities: Ubuhle and the South African Character

Originally posted on Things Held in Common:
My 5-month study abroad in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province awakened in me an undeniable connection to the African diaspora.  It explains my instant and deep connection to the “Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence” exhibit currently featured at the Anacostia Community Museum through January 4, 2015.…

Visionary feminism is a wise and loving politics. It is rooted in the love of male and female being, refusing to privilege one over the other. The soul of feminist politics is the commitment to ending patriarchal domination of women and men, girls and boys. Love cannot exist in any relationship that is based on…

#BlackLivesMatter

Originally posted on Simple Absctractions:
People have been asking me when I’m going to write about #Ferguson or Eric Garner or police brutality on my blog. The truth is, I’ve already done so. After Trayvon Martin when I wrote about the fear that George Zimmerman had and how real that fear was because of how…