West African Cuisine: Southern Cuisine

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Southern cuisine is the result of a splendid cultural convergence, deriving from the intersection of three foodways: British, Native American, and West African. The West African influence was particularly strong in the cuisine of the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where, long before the rise of cotton farming, a rice economy dependent upon enslaved labor ensured that West Africans were present in large numbers from the early days of the colony.

But what if, for some reason, West Africans had not been brought forcibly to the Lowcountry, and their cultural influence had not been felt in the region? To be sure, the entire history of the colony would have taken a dramatically different course. Lacking its rice cash crop, Charleston almost certainly would not have become one of colonial America’s wealthiest cities. And, the food its residents ate would have been very, very different.

This should come as no surprise to people who know how extensive West African culture has been on the Caribbean, South, and North America. From innovative ideas, inventions, music, cuisine, mythologies, science, and so much more. Today’s focus will be on the cuisine aspect though. I’ve made other posts touching on this subject before, but there is so much rich history; one can only be compelled to keep discussing or showcasing the subject.

http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/what-if-there-had-been-no-west-african-influence-on-southern-cooking/Content?oid=4833931

Afro-Asian Cuisine 

Afro-Asian Foods cut across many borders bridging and bringing flavours of the Middle East, Orient and Africa together.

http://sincereignorance.com/2014/09/14/afro-asian-cuisine/

Gumbo Origins

Gumbo: Derived from various Bantu dialects (Southern & Central Africa) terms for okra (i.e. quingumbo, grugombo, gumbo, gombo, ngombo gomboaud, ngumbo, ochinggombo).

http://sincereignorance.com/2014/11/23/gumbo-origin-and-words-of-african-origin/

Joesph JJ Johnson

“I came back a changed chef,” Johnson, 30, said. “Nobody wants to talk about how slaves took food and spread it across the world. I realized that I grew up on Diaspora food.”

http://sincereignorance.com/2014/09/14/meet-the-black-chef-whos-transforming-new-yorks-food-scene-after-taking-trip-to-africa/

Africans and The Making of the Americas: Part 4, Agriculture

Diverse groups of Africans from the coastal regions were highly skilled at clearing and cultivating forest land, an expertise that was unknown to Europeans at the time. One African technique involved burning delineated sections of forest and later using the ash for fertilizer, this had to be done carefully. Many also knew how to raise crops in semi-tropical and tropical soils; high temperatures and heavy rains cause nutrients to seep out more quickly than they do in temperate climates.

http://sincereignorance.com/2015/01/27/africans-and-the-making-of-the-americas-part-4-agriculture/

Casting Colorism, Controversial Only When Light Plays Dark?

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So… remember all Black Hell that broke loose over a “lightskinned” Afro-Latina actress, Zoe Saldana, being tapped to play the legendary Nina Simone? The crux of the ‘blacklash’ was “she looks nothing like Nina!”

Translation: Zoe’s “lightskin and ‘good’ hair” were a deal-breaker for Black folks, and ‘we’ were not having it. (Leaked production pics of Zoe in what was decried as ‘blackface’ makeup to look like Nina… didn’t help her case.)

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The controversy was so swift and visceral, Zoe Saldana was compelled to defend not only her choice to accept the role of Nina Simone, but also to defend her ethnic ‘authenticity’ as a Black-Latina woman. Which I found sad and unfortunate the attacks got so personal that a Black actress was pressured to prove she’s aesthetically and genetically “Black enough.”

Now… fast-forward past many other controversial castings that caused cries of colorism when a ‘lightskinned’ actor played…

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Theban Legion

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Saint Maurice was the captain of the Theban Legion, a unit in the Roman army that had been recruited from Upper Egypt and consisted entirely of Christians. Although loyal to the Empire (ruled over by Maximinus Daia and Diocletian), they still remembered the words of Jesus to render to Caesar the things of Caesar, and to God the things of God. During the Bagaude, an uprising of the Gauls, Maximinus marched against them with the Theban Legion as a part of his army. The revolt was quelled, and upon their return to Aguanum (now Saint-Moritz or Saint Maurice en Valais) in Switzerland, Maximinus gave the order that the whole army should give sacrifices to the Roman gods in thanks for the success of their campaign. As part of the celebration, Maximinus ordered the execution of a number of Christian prisoners. The Theban Legion refused to comply with the order and withdrew from the rites, even going so far as to camp away from the rest of the army so as not to be drawn into what they saw as horrifyingly against their beliefs.

http://www.touregypt.net/chiste3.htm

http://www.blackpast.org/gah/st-maurice-ca-250-ca-287

Nabta Playa: Pre-dynastic Egypt

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Nabta Playa destroys conventional theories about ancient Egypt. As more archaeological work is being down, order dates of human civilizations are being discovered.

Nabta Playa is a remarkable site composed of hundreds of prehistoric tumuli, stelae, and megalithic structures located in the Nubian Desert, approximately 100 kilometers west of Abu Simbel in southern Egypt. They are the result of an advanced urban community that arose approximately 11,000 years ago, and left behind a huge assembly of stones, which have been labelled by scientists as the oldest known astronomical alignments of megaliths in the world. Some archaeologists believe that the people of Nabta Playa were the precursor civilization for the first Nile cities that arose in Egypt thousands of years later.

The Megalithic People

Settlements grew, due to large water reservoirs, and their cultures became larger and more sophisticated. One settlement, which has been excavated from this urbanisation period, contains 18 house structures arranged in two, or possibly even three, straight lines in an almost ‘Coronation Street’ style.

The area contains numerous fireplace hearths and, of course, the amazing walk-down water wells. These were the people who constructed the megaliths perhaps for ceremonial or religious purposes. The great stone alignments have been classified and named by modern archaeologists.

During this period of occupation the Nabtans erected five megalithic alignments all radiating like wheel spokes from a central cluster of stones named E-96-1 Structure A. The stones are quartzite sandstone and have been moved to the site from and open sandstone area located about half a mile away.

http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-africa/nabta-playa-and-ancient-astronomers-nubian-desert-002954

http://www.archaeologyexpert.co.uk/nabtaplayaegypt.html

http://archaeology.about.com/od/nterms/g/nabta_playa.htm

Tim Black: Donald Trump’s Dangerous Rhetoric

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Tim Black had a live discussion on Trump’s rhetoric yesterday, it was a great show.

Tim Black Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TimsTakeLive

Tim Black Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TimsTakeLive?ty=h

Tim Black Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-tim-black-show

Triple Terrorist Attack in Chad

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http://newsone.com/3285969/boko-haram-suspected-chad-triple-suicide-bombings/

Cops Plant Drugs and Guns on Black Men

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A former New York City narcotics detective testified in court that planting drugs on innocent people was common practice, a quick and easy way to boost arrest numbers.

According to the New York Daily News, the practice is known among NYPD officers as “flaking,” and officers in Brooklyn and Queens narcotics squads were doing a whole lot of it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/13/ex-nypd-cop-we-planted-ev_n_1009754.html

According to the DPA, the NYPD has recently come under fire recently for the arrests of more than 50,000 people last year for low-level marijuana offenses – 86% of whom are black and Latino – making marijuana possession the number one offense in the City. The group is also critical of the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practice.

By all accounts, the former NYPD detective is a bad man who helped put innocent people behind bars for decades, used phony witnesses to get the job done, and even beating some suspects into false confessions.  And he is costing the city millions of dollars.  You know you’re bad when you have a reputation among prisoners for being crooked or when the district attorney begs the judge to throw out the convictions of people you arrested.

Dirty ex-cop Louis Scarcella's framing of innocent black men is costing NYC millions

Philadelphia

In a massive six-year heist, six Philadelphia police officers viciously beat up drug suspects and stole more than $500,000 from the people they were investigating, federal agents said Wednesday.

The corrupt cops, who all specialized in narcotics investigations, were arrested Wednesday. Four of the officers were previously removed from street duty during the two-year federal probe, Philadelphia’s WPVI-TV reported.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/philly-cops-steal-500-000-drug-suspects-feds-article-1.1885741

Independent Sources: Lost and Found New York

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http://www.npr.org/sections/theprotojournalist/2014/05/06/309727058/the-lost-village-in-new-york-city

For more information on other towns and cities go to http://sincereignorance.com/2014/08/06/black-americans-american-west-cowboys-towns/

100 Trojan Horses: The Black Community

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Donald Trump on Black Crime

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Race baiting at its’ finest, re-tweeting stats from racist sources. 

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