Lifestyles Archives

The summer of Naomi Osaka

July 22, 2021

Barbie doll sells out, is on cover of “Sports Illustrated” magazine and a new Netflix documentary debuts A new Barbie doll modeled on tennis star Naomi Osaka has sold out just hours after it was released on Monday July 12, 2021. The new doll is part of the Barbie Role Model series and holds a… [Read More]

“Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance” by Mia Bay

July 22, 2021

c.2021, Belknap, Harvard University Press $35.00 391 pages “Traveling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move” by Nanjala Nyabola c.2020, Hurst $19.95 238 pages You’ve always wanted to do it. You just wanted to go. You’d hop in a car or van, no GPS or map, no real itinerary, no destination in… [Read More]

The History of the Black Family Reunion and how to plan one

July 8, 2021

African American family reunions date back to Emancipation. Former slaves would place “Information Wanted” advertisements in newspapers in search of family. The Great Migration, between 1915-1940, of nearly four million African Americans from the South to the North, would greatly inspire family reunions. During these gatherings, extended family was significant, as families were separated and… [Read More]

Vodka Watermelon Cocktails

July 1, 2021

Food Fireworks for the 4th Prep time: 5 mins. Total time: 5 mins. Yield: 1 drink Ingredients 2 ounces (1/4 cup) chilled watermelon juice 1 1/2 – 2 ounces (1/4 cup) vodka use more or less depending on how strong you like your cocktail 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lime juice about 1/2 lime 1… [Read More]

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie

July 1, 2021

Food Fireworks for the 4th Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 15 min. + chilling Total Time: 35 min. + setting Yield: 8 servings Ingredients 1 sheet refrigerated pie crust 3/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 cup water 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries Whipped cream, optional Directions 1…. [Read More]

Barbecue Beef and Rib Rub Recipe

July 1, 2021

Food Fireworks for the 4th Prep: 10 mins. Cook: 0 mins. Total: 10 mins. Servings: 10 servings Yield: 1 cup Ingredients 1/4 cup paprika 1/4 cup mild or medium chili powder 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup ground black pepper 1 tablespoon cayenne 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon salt Directions 1. Gather the ingredients…. [Read More]

Black Music Month: The Great Men of Jazz

June 24, 2021

In our June 10 issue we celebrated Black Music Month by spotlighting the ‘Great Ladies of Jazz.’ This week it’s the men’s turn as we look at 15 Jazz legends that forever changed the face of music. Louis Armstrong Louis Daniel Armstrong, nicknamed “Satchmo”, “Satch”, and “Pops”, was an American trumpeter and vocalist who is… [Read More]

Seventeen LGBTQ+ Black pioneers who made history

June 24, 2021

From 1960s civil rights activist Bayard Rustin to Chicago’s first black female and lesbian mayor, Lori Lightfoot, black LGBTQ Americans have long made history with innumerable contributions to politics, art, medicine and a host of other fields. “As long as there have been black people, there have been black LGBTQ and same-gender-loving people,” David J…. [Read More]

The truth about Black fatherhood

June 17, 2021

Stereotypes about Black fathers The stereotype of Black fathers as “absent” and Black children as “fatherless”— first introduced over 50 years ago—has, like many racial stereotypes, refused to die. In 1965, white sociologist and Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan published a report called The Negro Family: The Case For National Action. This report… [Read More]

This Week in Black History

June 17, 2021

  June 17. 1775 – Minuteman Peter Salem Fights In The Battle Of Bunker Hill. June 18, 1863 – The 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry attacks Fort Wagner, S.C. June 19, 1865 – Blacks in Texas are notified of Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863. “Juneteenth,” marks the event. June 20, 1953 – Albert W. Dent of… [Read More]