Black History Gem – George Crum, A Black Man Created Potato Chips

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Every time we crunch into a potato chip, we are enjoying the delicious taste of one of the globe’s most famous snacks that may not have been without the contribution of Black inventor George Crum.

The son of an African-American father and a Native American mother, Crum was working as a chef in the summer of 1853 when a finicky patron sent back a plate of French-fried potatoes to the chef’s kitchen because he felt they were too thick and soft. Continue reading “Black History Gem – George Crum, A Black Man Created Potato Chips”

Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Was Perfected and Produced By Slaves

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For 150 years, the story of how Jack Daniel’s whiskey came to be centered around a man named Dan Call. The story credited Call for  teaching young Jack  the fine points of running a liquor still.

That story is just what it was – a story.

The New York Times reports that this year, for the 150th anniversary of Jack Daniel’s, the company  is admitting that Daniel didn’t learn distilling from Dan Call, but from Nearis Green—one of Call’s slaves.

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Sugar Or Salt Or Who Gives A Shit Because Grits Don’t Matter Enough To Have This Debate » VSB

Here are four commonly accepted and agreed on facts about grits.

1. The base color is off-white2. It’s one of the few words where both the singular (grit) and the plural (grits) versions of it are fun to say (You could even argue that grit is a better word than a food)3. Many Black people and quite a few White people seem to have a raving and monomaniacal obsession with them4. They can be a good accompaniment to a meal if prepared and seasoned the proper way and/or placed with an appropriate meatHere is one more fact about grits that isn’t as commonly accepted and agreed on (but is still a fact)

2. It’s one of the few words where both the singular (grit) and the plural (grits) versions of it are fun to say (You could even argue that grit is a better word than a food)3. Many Black people and quite a few White people seem to have a raving and monomaniacal obsession with them4. They can be a good accompaniment to a meal if prepared and seasoned the proper way and/or placed with an appropriate meatHere is one more fact about grits that isn’t as commonly accepted and agreed on (but is still a fact)

3. Many Black people and quite a few White people seem to have a raving and monomaniacal obsession with them4. They can be a good accompaniment to a meal if prepared and seasoned the proper way and/or placed with an appropriate meatHere is one more fact about grits that isn’t as commonly accepted and agreed on (but is still a fact)

4. They can be a good accompaniment to a meal if prepared and seasoned the proper way and/or placed with an appropriate meat.

Here is one more fact about grits that isn’t as commonly accepted and agreed on (but is still a fact)

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Baltimore : Double T Diner

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Baltimore. The Lord knows I have a storied history in this city.

It gave me two of the most important women a man can have in his life – a wife and a daughter.

It was the backdrop to my highest climb in corporate America in one of the nation’s top medical centers.

I was fired two times from jobs and one time from the biggest emotional commitments of my life.

Yet the city provided me success in those venues as well as others.

My former wife and I raised three kids in that city and did a great job of it.

The Double T Diner played a part . Continue reading “Baltimore : Double T Diner”