How do you go from gumbo, crab cakes, deviled eggs, and roasted pork (possum?) to “soul food wasn’t nothin’ but salt and grease?” How do you go from a plant-based diet (yes, our ancestors, despite the drop ins of pork and other meats, ate a plant-based diet) rich in fruits and vegetables, light on meat (because, hey hey, they couldn’t afford it), and supplemented with unprocessed grain as a filler, to having some man in an Ivory Tower tell you that the reason your people don’t eat healthy food is because they have a hereditary slave palate that determines whether or not they are healthy eaters?
Let’s get something clear. Black Americans aren’t the only ones overweight in this country. Black Americans bought into the same swindle that the rest of the country bought into and were hurt even more because, while the rest of the country had enough money to pull itself out of the rabbit hole of processed food and obesity, Black Americans by and large did not. Two thirds of Black America may be fat, but guess what? Two thirds of America is fat, too.
Soul food is not to blame for our nutritional woes. A willingness to blame soul food for Black America’s current ailments resulted in complaints about “vegetables being boiled to death” replacing what used to be excitement for receiving a plate of braised string beans with corn bread. Why corn bread? Simple: the corn bread was used to sop up the “pot liquor” from the string beans. (“Pot liquor” is what’s left in the pot after vegetables have been treated. Studies – studies, mind you, that were done long after our ancestors were doing this – show that vegetables that are boiled actually have the vitamins and minerals boiled out of them, resulting in a vitamin-rich broth left in the pot after all the servings.
Hell, the corn bread of today isn’t even the corn bread of yesterday – is your corn meal organic? Your ancestors’ corn meal was. Is your corn meal from genetically modified, hyper-processed corn kernels? Your ancestors’ corn was not. Do you have a propensity for “sweet corn bread?” That’s neither a “North” nor a “South” thing – that’s a processed food thing. You can thank “Jiffy” for the popularity of sweet corn bread.
You can also thank processed food for the increase in saltiness in soul food, too. Sure, soul food always used cured pork, but it was used so sparingly (very rare was the occasion that a Black family had access to the “better” parts of the pig and, therefore, were reluctant to squander what they had access to by eating whole parts at a time.) that it would’ve never had the same effects it had today. (And, while there are studies out regarding hypertension in the early 1900s, there are far more mitigating factors in blood pressure than simply “salt” and “smoking.” Think “factory conditions,” for starters.
Neither Soul Food, Nor “Slave Food,” Made You Fat | A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss (via outlawmidwives)
Excerpted from Neither Soul Food, Nor “Slave Food,” Made You Fat | A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss
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A Non-Exhaustive Index of Possible Concepts/Explorations
Aberration of time and temporal jam ups, Abductions, Alienation, Alloplastic adaptations, Altered States, Apocalypse, Apparitions, Archive
Barcodes, Blackness./:/;/&/!/?, Bodies
Capitalism, Chopped & Screwed, Civilization, Colonialism, Color, Cosmology, Cyber
Desired histories, Dislocation, Dystopia
Echo, Era, Eschatology, Endtimes, Eulogy, Exodus
Failed histories, Fantasy, Fictional histories, First landings, Flight, Funk, Futures
Gender/Gendered/Gendering, Geography, Ghosts, Grotesque
Language, Levitation, Liftoff, Love
Machines, Magic, Masterplan, “Molecularization of Race”, Motherships, Mystic, Myth
Portals, Power, Plantations, Prophecy, Pyramid
Race, Rapture, Reincarnation, Rhythm, Ritual
Sacred, Sampling, Satellites, Sex, Shadows, Shapeshifting, Skat, Slaveships, Specters, Speculation, Space, Syncretism
Technologies, Temporality, Text, Time travel, Tombs
We welcome all forms of photo-based art including experiments with photography, collage, projection, video, etc.
The show will be mounted at Vivid Solutions Gallery in Washington, D.C. May 9 - June 27, 2014.
All work must be submitted by Monday, March 24th at 11:59pm EST to email@example.com
Five (5) images at 300 dpi, 1200px longest side
Artist CV that includes brief artist statement
If you have an idea for work that does not fit into the parameters of photo-based work, please reach out so that we can discuss some possibilities.
Allow us to re-introduce ourselves:
MAMBU BADU is a collective of cultural producers and artists who curate art-based experiences that center the process and product of black self-identified women with a focus on photo-based work.
We curate biannual shows and publications in addition to independent projects. For 2014, we will be curating a show in Washington D.C.’s Vivid Solutions Gallery as well as organizing a series of public programming to bridge the gap between the gallery and the community. In the past, MAMBU BADU collective founders have curated art experiences in spaces such as the Median (Washington, D.C.) and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Harlem, NY).
We are especially keen on collaborations that encourage community engagement, inquiry, and artistic exploration. While MB began as a collective of photographers, our vision has evolved to create space to not only create art but to interrogate art practices. We want to explore the dialectical relationship between theory and practice as well as the between contemplation and creation. We want to map the materialization of thoughts and histories.
The improvised explosive device caused no casualties. Explosives experts have begun investigations at the site. Initial reports show the bombers placed the device near the reserve gas pipeline and not the active one, avoiding a massive explosion in the area. Similar attacks have targeted a pipeline carrying gas to Jordan through the Sinai Peninsula. Since the beginning of this year, the Sinai gas pipeline has been bombed at least five times. Attacks on pipelines over the past three years have repeatedly forced a halt to Egypt’s gas exports to Israel and Jordan. Egypt stopped supplying gas to Israel in April 2013, citing business disputes. Egypt’s army is waging a broad campaign on terrorism in the country. The country has witnessed terrorist attacks in the Sinai Peninsula since the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi along with bombings and drive-by shootings targeting police and army personnel in several governorates. Bomb hits Egypt’s reserve gas pipeline - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online (via outlawmidwives)