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About michaelwtwitty

I am a Judaics teacher and Culinary Historian focusing on the foodways of Africa, enslaved African Americans, African America and the African and Jewish diasporas.

Blogging While Black: Yeah, It’s a Thing.

Originally posted on Coffee Shop Rabbi:
 :לֹא תַעֲמֹד עַל-דַּם רֵעֶךָ Do not stand upon the blood of your neighbor. – Lev. 19:16 Yesterday, I posted a link to a blog post by Michael W. Twitty from Afroculinaria.com. He titled it #Ferguson:…

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#Ferguson : My Thoughts on an American Flashpoint

“…It was the corroboration of their worth and their power that they wanted, and not the corpse, still less the staining blood.”  James Baldwin, “To Be Baptized,” from No Name in the Street, 1972 I have been asked by many … Continue reading

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When the News Hits Home: Ebola in Sierra Leone, A Love Letter to My Ancestral Country

ALMOST a year ago I learned my maternal line was a 100% match for the Mende people of Sierra Leone, West Africa.  I was on the grounds of North Carolina’s largest historical plantation, when Gina Paige, head of African Ancestry … Continue reading

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Twenty One Soul Food “Life Hacks”

Twenty-One Soul Food Life Hacks I am officially joining the Life/Food Hack movement.  Some of these may not seem so “hackish,” but if you guys want more hacks—I promise the next bunch will be more hackish.  Hacks usually use common … Continue reading

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Food On a Maryland Plantation: Frederick Douglass Speaks

      From The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, 1889 On his Birth and his Grandmother’s Gifts:  Few at that time knew anything of the months of the year or of the days of the month. They measured … Continue reading

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OKRACAST: The Resurrection of the Fish Pepper | Southern Foodways Alliance

http://www.southernfoodways.org/okracast-the-resurrection-of-the-fish-pepper/ Special thanks to the Southern Foodways Alliance by way of Tina Antolini for a great interview with myself, William Woys Weaver, Denzel Mitchell and Spike Gjerde on the fish pepper and bringing it back to life in the Chesapeake … Continue reading

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Culinary Historian Michael Twitty On The Politics & Power Of Food » Arts & Life » OPB

http://www.opb.org/artsandlife/article/culinary-historian-michael-twitty-politics-power-food/

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