Category Archives: Slavery & Slave Ancestry

You Got Roots?! Culinary Historian Michael Twitty’s Coming to School Us!

Michael Twitty - AfroculinariaI always marvel at brown/black folks who are at home in their own skin; so comfortable with self they shine BRIGHT in the presence of any audience.

For the American African-descendant that’s no easy task! In a culture yet to make peace with its deeply engrained race-hatred, brown/black children are often encouraged, trained and taught to be anything other than their naturally beautiful selves.

Embracing and loving you in America takes courage — and character. That’s why I dig Culinary Historian Michael Twitty of Afroculinaria so much!

Black. Jewish. Gay. Educator. Activist. Antebellum Chef, fighting for Culinary Justice AND sanctioning his own words too — BLACKIFIED?!

Unapologetic. Brilliant. Gifted. Michael. What’s not to admire?!:)

AAGSAR’s beyond excited to chat with Michael on this Sunday’s (3/9) You Got Roots segment!

From craving Michael’s Lowcountry Many Rivers to Cross fixins, to being moved by his gracious delivery of an Open Letter to Paula Deen, to being schooled on the exploitation of my Slave Ancestors skills and labor via his MAD Symposium lecture. EVERYTHING about Michael Twitty is unexpected, relevant, and authentic!

He’s exactly what a 21st Century Thought Leader should be!

So how does one create a Michael Twitty? Just ask Michael and his glorious Ancestors!:)

Happy Kwanzaa 2013: The Genetics of an American Cook

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You Got Roots. Sunday, March 9 at 6PM ET. Join us! It’s time for SCHOOL y’all!:)

Luckie

Image Source – Artwork by the talented and so sweet, Miyuki

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#YouGotRoots?! Be Brave Enough…

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Video: Michael Twitty on Culinary Injustice at…

Michael Twitty - MAD Symposium

EDUCATE. ENGAGE. ADVOCATE. –> Michael TWITTY of Afroculinaria #ENLIGHTENING

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http://madfeed.co/post/68180788986/michael-twitty-mad3

THE VIDEO OF THE MAD SYMPOSIUM03 “GUTS” TALK IS UP!  Click link above to watch 🙂

Excerpt from the MAD feed blog:

The culinary historian Michael Twitty has dedicated his career to celebrating the people whose culinary and agricultural contributions to America have been misappropriated throughout history. In August, Twitty spoke at MAD, imploring the audience to take an honest look at our gastronomic past, so that we might be able to bridge “pseudo-boundaries of race”, as well as restore “the emotional and ethical tone” of the food that we make.

For Twitty, it all starts by acknowledging culinary injustice. At a time when the gastronomy of the American South is in the global limelight, for example, Twitty wants to remind us that there is culinary injustice in the fact that the slaves who made those food ways possible haven’t gotten enough credit. According to him, an even deeper…

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Behind The Veil & Life Inside The Jim Crow South

Behind The Veil ~ Duke University

The Devil’s Tale, Duke University’s Special Collections blog announced yesterday that 310 oral history interviews from the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture have been added to the Behind the Veil Digital Collection.

From The Devil’s Tale:

The addition to the collection documents the lives of African Americans from the state of North Carolina who lived through the era of Jim Crow in the Charlotte, Durham, Endfield, New Bern and Wilmington areas. The digitization efforts were made possible by the Triangle Research Libraries Network’s Content, Context and Capacity grant project to document the Long Civil Rights Movement in the state. Researchers now have access over 400 digitized interviews from the collection from states throughout the American South.

Given my Ancestors descended from Alabama (maternal-paternal) and Georgia (maternal-maternal) before migrating to Ohio, hearing the first person accounts of those who endured will be enlightening.

It’s exciting to see so much of our history emerging online. We live in a very special day and time!

Might  be time for me to make another onsite visit to the Rubenstein Research Library at Duke. I’m curious to see what’s contained in the 42 narratives that are considered “closed” and not online.

Luckie

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Many Rivers To Cross: Make Black History Month Relevant, Impactful & Lasting!

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There are no excuses in 2014 for not delivering culturally relevant and historically accurate narratives in respect to African American history.

Narrated by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross masterfully guides viewers through 500 years of African American history, and is ideal for families and educators working to truly engage young people in learning.

Enhanced by visual aids, Subject Matter Experts, rich oral histories and geographical context, Many Rivers is completely engaging from beginning to end, and offers Classroom Lesson Plans designed to support junior and high school student learning!

Visit the PBS Many Rivers To Cross website to learn more about the series and classroom learning curricula!

Black History learning has NEVER been so empowered and exciting!:)

Luckie


LIBATION: Tribute To The Ancestors

Homage to the Ancestors

ANCESTRAL LIBATION

Water Offering to the Known and Damballah (Unknown) Ancestors

I show honor and respect to the spirits on my mother’s side.

I show honor and respect to the spirits on my father’s side.

I show honor and respect to the spirits which are known to me.

I show honor and respect to the spirits which are unknown to me.

To my Ancestors; to those remembered.

To those whose names which are forgotten, lost in the seas of time, I honor you.

To those whose ashes which have been scattered to the four winds, I honor you.

To those whose bones that lie within and upon this land, I honor you.

To you, from the living.

Ashe-O! So be it!

Image Source: Homage to the Ancestors by Ilari OBA, At the Crossroads: Afro-Cuban Orisha Arts in Miami Exhibit – Historical Museum of Southern Florida


River Rise: Our Ancestors Are Calling…

AncestorsOn many levels I’ve always had a close connection to India.Arie. Our Atlanta roots. Our Oshun nature. My love and respect for her family – Mother, Simpson and Big Bro J’on. Though I didn’t have opportunity to fulfill my promise, in 2009 I was offered a gift to design her brand, Soul Bird. And Lord, the music…

India’s music ALWAYS seems to flow in parallel with my life journey. I often find sanctuary in her melodies.

This morning I take refuge in River Rise from her Testimony: Vol 2, Love & Politics album. By far one of my favorite tracks, River Rise is a beautiful, sincere petition to the Ancestors for guidance. A call to return to all things familiar and soul-fortifying.

As we make final preparations for our first AAGSAR BLOGFEST2014 on Sunday, Jan 5th and set our feet for a New Year overflowing with Ancestor discoveries, this is my wish for myself and all those seeking to connect with their lost lineage.

Not to fly blind. Be my eyes. I surrender. Show me the way…

There was always a power I could feel
It was guidance to tell me the way to go
But nowadays I feel like I can’t hear that voice
I’ve been flying blind
I need You to come and be my eyes

River rise, carry me back home
I cannot remember the way
River rise, carry me back home
I surrender today

I was always a charmed flower child
I would sit for hours and listen to the sky
But nowadays I feel like I don’t have that choice
I’ve been looking down in desperation
I need You to be my inspiration, yeah

River rise, carry me back home
I cannot remember the way
River rise, carry me back home
I surrender today

I bow down and I humble myself
I can’t do this, Lord I need Your help
All the material things, they feel like chains
If You’re not here beside me
You’re the reason I see

Help me to remember the way
I surrender

Help me to remember
Only You can show me
Only You can show me the way
I surrender, I surrender today
You are the only way
Lord, I need You

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Ashe-O! So be it!:)

Luckie

Image Source: GOGO & the Ancestors by Marietjie Henning