Soul Food Restaurants in Paris Celebrate the Flavors of the American South
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by Quia Bethea
1d ago
France is renowned for its delectable cuisine, but the African American influence has made people search for soul food restaurants in Paris more than ever before. The first time Robin Bates, founder and CEO of Café de la Soul and founder and executive director of Maison Noire Américaine, saw Paris was during a study abroad program in 1989. The experience impacted her tremendously and shaped the foundation of her illustrious career for over three decades. “For the past 35 years, I’ve been in a never-ending love affair with African American history as it pertains to France. I’ve made it my miss ..read more
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Where to Experience Black Culture in Paris
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by Quia Bethea
1w ago
Paris, the undisputed capital of art, cuisine, and romance, cradles an emerging gem: a thriving Black cultural scene brimming with creativity, history and resilience. Often overshadowed by the city’s traditional offerings, Black Paris boasts a rich narrative waiting to be explored. Whether you’re a cultural connoisseur or a travel novice, this article delves into where to experience Black culture in Paris, intricately woven into the very fabric of the City of Lights. Where to Experience Black Culture in Paris From those escaping oppression to the diverse African diaspora that continues to sha ..read more
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Nemvelo Farm’s Mhlekhona Hlongwa Waffles on About Chickens in South Africa
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by Wanda Hennig
1w ago
The name Nemvelo translates from isiZulu (the Zulu language) as “with nature.” Perfect for Nemvelo Farm on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast set up seven years ago to supply a legendary South African eatery, dating back to 1957, with free-range chickens. Little did farm supervisor Mhlekhona Hlongwa imagine back then, when he left an environmental nonprofit to help set up Nemvelo, that he would soon be flying the coop and spending a year ruffling feathers on a chicken farm in the U.S. We’ll get back to this in a minute. But first, a little culinary detour. So, picture the scene. You sit down and o ..read more
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Caribbean Spice Island of Grenada Launches Global Culinary Conversations
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by V. Sheree Williams
1w ago
The Caribbean spice island of Grenada was the gathering destination for culinary greatness in May, spearheaded by a harmonious collaboration between James Beard award-winning chef and author Alexander Smalls, Grenadian pioneering chef Belinda Bishop, the James Beard Foundation, the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) and Spice Island Beach Resort. Located north of Trinidad and Tobago and in between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Grenada is known to the world as “The Spice Isle,” with the Caribbean spice island being one of the largest producers and exporters of cinnamon, bay leaves, gi ..read more
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Louisville’s Yascone Enterprises Brings Faith, Joy and Love to Its Properties
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by Kalin Thomas
1w ago
Ask the Yascone sisters how they got their names: Faith, Joy and Love and they’ll say with a laugh, “Mom grew up in the hippy era.” But it was Glenda Yascone’s forward thinking that suggested they all become Airbnb hosts. “My mother came up with the idea of us becoming Airbnb hosts in 2013 when we went to a beach and stayed at an Airbnb,” says Faith. “But I thought it wasn’t a good idea because we don’t have any beaches in Louisville. But my mother was 100 percent right!” So in 2014, they formed Yascone Enterprises and turned 11 properties into Airbnbs. Real Estate Runs in the Family Yascone ..read more
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Hernâni Miguel Creates Space for Culture and Food at Tabernáculo
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by Margo Gabriel
1w ago
On any given night, Bossa nova bands, copious amounts of wine, African food that spans the diaspora, and a rotating guest list that includes all of Lisbon draw crowds to the wine bar Tabernáculo by Hernâni Miguel.   Miguel is a cultural steward of sorts and his career details his personal philosophy to bridge the African diaspora through art, culture, food and music. For most people, Europe is a major travel destination, but for now, the global pandemic has halted most of our travel. Portugal has emerged as one of those destinations that have increasingly landed on many people’s rad ..read more
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Saint-Martin, the French Caribbean Island With Diverse and Friendly Vibes
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by V. Sheree Williams
1w ago
The French Caribbean island of Saint-Martin is truly a vibe all by itself.  The laid-back island with neighbors to include Anguilla, Antigua, Saint Barthélemy and Saba is known for culture, art and its cuisine. With more than 30,000 residents calling Saint-Martin home, tourists arriving each year are treated to friendly vibes, beautiful beaches with blue waters and French Caribbean culture that extends from activities to the food. With so much to see and experience, Saint-Martin is definitely a destination worth exploring. French Ooh La La As an island divided between two colonies (Dutch ..read more
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YOWIE: A Design Destination Brand in Philadelphia’s South Street Community
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by Kalin Thomas
1w ago
One look at Shannon Maldonado and it makes sense that she worked in the fashion industry. She is a natural beauty wearing no makeup, a cool casual outfit, and a sunshine smile. She was a designer for brands like American Eagle and Ralph Lauren before taking her creativity in a different direction. That’s when she decided to start YOWIE as an online boutique gift shop.  It eventually became a brick-and-mortar in Philadelphia’s Fabric Row, just three blocks west of its current location. “I was traveling a lot for work and kept acquiring things during my trips, so it was like an idea of cre ..read more
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15 Ways to Experience the French Caribbean Culture of Guadeloupe
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by V. Sheree Williams
1w ago
Time after time, whenever we survey Cuisine Noir readers about their travels and what the deciding factors are when it comes to selecting a destination, culture and history always top the list. Personally speaking, this is true for myself, especially as I continue looking at my own roots and learning about those who came before me as part of my family tree. Travel to Africa and other countries of the African diaspora continues to be on the rise.  As Black travelers, we not only want to travel to countries that make us feel safe and welcomed but those that speak to who we are as a people ..read more
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New Black Wall Street Market Helping to Keep Black Dollars in the Community
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by Kalin Thomas
1w ago
During Reconstruction after 1865, formerly enslaved African Americans built successful towns and business districts across the country. But many of those towns were destroyed by White mobs who burned them down during race riots, like Rosewood in Levy County, Florida, and the business district of Greenville in Tulsa, Oklahoma, known as Black Wall Street. Inspired by the latter, a place was built specifically to bring Black businesses together to help rebuild our economic power called the New Black Wall Street Market (NBWSM). It’s in Stonecrest, Georgia, 20 minutes east of Atlanta and created b ..read more
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