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How Has Your Culture Shaped You? Interview Ft. Jerrell Sweetgrass #ForwardFridays

Hello All! I had the privilege of interviewing Jerrell Sweetgrass, he is a professional Chef with his own catering company, former military personnel, filmmaker, and all around entrepreneur with a WEALTH of knowledge on Global Black/African culture. The reason I chose to post his interview for #ForwardFridays is because he is a forward moving man with many ideas & well thought out initiatives for the Global African/Black Diaspora. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him teach me and break down aspects of culture through hip hop that I had never even thought of or heard explained that way. Jerrell is also a Gullah Geechee man, an ethnic group native to Georgia and the Carolinas, that I’ve written on many times, but I actually got to hear him explain the culture from his own lived experience. I believe you’ll love the interview as much as I did, and this is why I do what I do, to give authentic voices to the diaspora. It’s one thing to study, but to hear people give their authentic stories from lived experiences is what we need as a people. No more false narratives, we tell our own narratives from now on. Watch the video below, and connect with Jerrell for authentic Gullah Geechee food that he works so hard to share within his culinary creations. Thank you so much, Jerrell, DiasporAfri celebrates you!

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History of Jamaican Jerk Chicken: #Throwback Black History Month Post

Hello All! How are you loving these Black History Month posts?! I bet you love them, learning so much, right! I like to give more than just basic knowledge, I like to connect it to something meaningful, and today, I am telling you that Jerk Chicken yes, Jerk Chicken was a means of survival for Africans who were enslaved in Jamaica, actually the Maroon Jamaicans who escaped from British rule. Can you imagine? We as Black people have literally survived more than any group of people, if it wasn’t already part of our culture, we created a new culture out of a means for survival, and what was once survival is enjoyment today. How many times have I eaten Jerk chicken?, especially with all the Jamaican people I knew back in the day. What people don’t know is that Jerk chicken was not always spicy, the form in which it was cooked was over a hot fire similar to how we barbeque. Makes me wonder, and I’m just going to go ahead and say it, Black people invented barbeque too! At this point we just claim it. Enjoy!


CULTURE WEDNESDAYS

History of Jerk Chicken.

I love how all the finest foods, customs, and traditions were derived from oppression, that we turned around and made victory. As Africans dispersed all over the world, we truly always had a means of survival. The history of Jerk chicken is no different, created by the Maroons of Jamaica, the slaves who escaped the British during a 1655 invasion.

The term “jerk” comes from the poking of the meat with a sharp utensil to allow the seasoning to go deep down into the meat. Traditionally, jerk was used for pork, and slow cooked over open fire pits; but now can be cooked on BBQ grills and even in the oven with a variety of meats!

The main ingredients in jerk seasoning are scotch bonnet pepper, pimento berries (allspice), and thyme. These spices are combined with scallion, onion, garlic, and other seasonings to make a marinade.

Click the video link above to watch how to make Jerk Chicken!

Enjoy Loves! ❤️

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Jerk Chicken: Culture Wednesdays.

CULTURE WEDNESDAYS

History of Jerk Chicken.

I love how all the finest foods, customs, and traditions were derived from oppression. As Africans dispersed all over the world, we truly always had a means of survival. The history of Jerk chicken is no different, created by the Maroons of Jamaica, the slaves who escaped the British during a 1655 invasion.

The term “jerk” comes from the poking of the meat with a sharp utensil to allow the seasoning to go deep down into the meat. Traditionally, jerk was used for pork, and slow cooked over open fire pits; but now can be cooked on BBQ grills and even in the oven with a variety of meats!

The main ingredients in jerk seasoning are scotch bonnet pepper, pimento berries (allspice), and thyme. These spices are combined with scallion, onion, garlic, and other seasonings to make a marinade.

Click the video link above to watch how to make Jerk Chicken!

Enjoy Loves! ❤️

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Blog Feature: My Life Runs On Food

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Over the years I’d say my diet has definitely changed. Health is important and being conscious of what we put in our bodies is as well. Sanura Weathers, author of “My Life Runs On Food” offers recipes to delicious, healthy, well-balanced meals; as well as social justice commentary from time to time. She reconciles storytelling and food dishes inspired by cultures from all over the world especially the African Diaspora. She even features the recipe for “Gullah Girl Tea”, remember I talked about the Gullah people earlier this week? I’ll definitely be trying some of these recipes!

Click below to experience these healthy and colorful dishes!

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My Life Runs On Food – A sweet, savory, buttery, green and healthy food blog by Sanura Weathers