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


#YouGotRoots?! Be Brave Enough…

13.10.18 Conversations That Matter

“Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.” – Margaret Wheatley

You Got Roots?! | Sunday, 2 March 2014 @ 6PM ET | @AAGSARFacebook


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


A Simple Promise to Sandra

I was in my car on February 15, 2013 when I learned via a Genea-Traveler email from Felicia of Echoes of My Nola Past, Sandra TALIAFERRO had passed. It took my breath away. San and I hadn’t spoken in a long time. Too long really. I didn’t even realize Sandra had been ill.

Though the heaviness of her passing followed me for days, I couldn’t help feeling San was finally free. I could see her interviewing the TALIAFERRO and MIDDLEBROOKS Ancestors she’d spent countless hours searching for. I could see her getting to know her daddy, John Lawrence TALIAFERRO and reuniting with her Mama, Lillian MIDDLEBROOKS who passed on September 27, 2009 — San’s birthday.

I could see her walking and exploring and if she felt like it — probably running!:)

Many don’t know Sandra spent almost 45 years in a wheelchair. In route to student orientation on her first day of college at Clark Atlanta University, Sandra and friends were in a terrible car accident that nearly took her life. In spite of her physical constraints, Sandra rose — in every possible way.

Sandra TALIAFERRO was as stubborn as a mule, but she was truly amazing too! I hope she knows that now. So in October when San came and sat on my shoulders to say something had to be done to prevent her research from being lost, I knew better than to ignore her!:)

The timing stunk! I’d just loss Mama 8/5 and started AAGSAR 8/15. Small gestures of attempting to pay for her I Never Knew My Father domain or rescue research data from her old computer were unsuccessful. The only thing I could do, was re-post Sandra’s archived research work to a new domain.

So I promised Sandra [if she’d allow me to sleep] I’d complete our restoration project before the New Year. I added her last archived post penned January 7, 2012 – Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Your Very Best 2011 Research Adventure to her new online home, The TALIAFERRO Project on December 31, 2013. Not even 1 day to spare!:)

There are 72 posts in all, and they tell us MUCH about who Sandra TALIAFERRO was as a daughter, sister, friend, human and researcher. The TALIAFERRO research is a meticulous body of record for any genealogist with connections to San’s family line. It’s also an EXCELLENT example for the methodical nature of good research — how it should be approached, documented and cited.

Without question, Sandra knows how much I love and respect her. We can’t bring her back but we can continue to champion the Ancestor work effort that was her lifeline. We can direct new researchers — connected or not — to the wealth of data and best practices it offers. We can continue working the leads to confirm the cousin connections either our hearts and/or DNA told us are there.

That’s how we honor Sandra — rise to whatever challenge is presented, live life without excuses, and be impeccable.

Do small things with GREAT . The TALIAFERRO Project.

Sandra TALIAFERRO

Happy New Year!:)

Luckie


It’s ALL a Leap of Faith! Welcome to AAGSAR!

DREAMFORWARD Inspiration #5Yesterday when Bernita of Voices Inside My Head commented she’d be willing to take a leap of faith in joining our Twitter genealogy community, I responded quickly with the truth:

“The way AAGSAR approaches genealogy research and leverages smart technology has not been done before. It’s ALL a leap of faith! So KEEP FLYING!:)”

I wish I were smart and/or discerning enough to have planned all of this, but I’m not. All I knew in August when I felt the *nudge* was it was time to return to my Ancestor research, and I wanted to help as many researchers as possible progress. That’s how AAGSAR began.

Every time I ask AAGSAR Members to GO HARD — the Ancestors make me reciprocate!:)

I think of the folks who joined AAGSAR steadfast against blogging, who are now among of our shining stars — and teachers! The countless “cousin connections” and DNA analysis we’ve enjoyed. The tremendous amount of teaching, support and real make you lose LOTS of sleep Ancestor work happening in community daily. The community members who QUICKLY stick-up for me when somebody steps out of line and have nicknamed me The Principal. The way EVERYBODY steps-up to give our Newbies what they need to settle in.

We might be virtual but we ARE Family! I’m charged with making sure the needs of our family — and Ancestors — are taken care of. You Got Roots is yet another leap to that end!

New family and friends, You Got Roots should make it easier for those outside AAGSAR’s Facebook Community to connect and keep up with our latest and greatest!:)

So get ready AAGSAR Tribe and friends, 2014 is going to be one heck of a year and we’re no longer flying y’all — we’re SOARING!:)

Happy New Year Family!

Luckie
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