African American Genealogy: The Cooking Gene As Contextual/Culinary Genealogy

I believe they call this delayed gratification.  I am not resting the same as I once was.  I am sleepless at times.  I don't know what day it is.  The television in the background provides a soundtrack of cooking shows, news programs, sitcoms and political punditry.  Every now and then my mind comes back to …

The Cooking Gene is Born

We are now officially a campaign.  http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Cooking-Gene-Project-The-Southern-Discomfort-Tour

Don’t Try this at Home

While the rest of my team happily sleeps away until morning, I have insanely elected to stay up and work.  Now please understand that I am absolutely insane for keeping such long hours these past few weeks, luckily I have no car so nobody is the worse for my blend of creative insomnia and micro-sleeps. …

Confronting the Past: The First African Americans

I want you to meet someone.I want you to meet Babatunde.  That's not really his name---Babatunde is a Yoruba name meaning "Father Has Returned."  This man, one of our ancestors--was not Yoruba.  According to the caption in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural Hisotry, he lived in the mid-18th century near Annapolis, Maryland and he had …

Into another Country…..and into More Country…Charting our Journey

Alabama.....Russell County, Coosa County, Clay, Monroe, Tallapoosa, Jefferson, Madison, Jackson.....North Carolina.....Nash, Edgecombe, Onslow, South Carolina...Charleston, Lancaster, Virginia....Richmond City, Henrico Co., Prince Edward, Appomattox, Buckingham, Lynchburg, Amelia, Surry, New Kent, Accomac....south central Tennesee, western Georgia.... "Where?" in the South is not an easy question... I guess I have always put these places in some mythical category …