Film and Foodie Review: War Room

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The Film: If you are Christian this a film that may renew your faith and if you agnostic you might find real hope.  War Room is a faith based film by the successful producer, the Kendrick brothers.  This dynamic duo have created small budget films with the hope of providing a bigger picture for people.  War Room is the next in a series films including Fireproof, Facing the Giants or Courageous by the Kendrick brothers.

War Room on a basic level is about a couple with marital problems but when they both dig deeper they find that they are more than war with each other.  Prayer is the the much needed weapon to save their lives.  This is a very touching film.  I witnessed people pull out tissue and wipe their eyes.  It is a great family film.  The movie features as the lead actress, Priscilla Shirer Christian Inspirational teacher/speaker.  How does she fair in the acting departing?  She does pretty well for her first crack at this.  Having seen the movie twice, I can recognize the lack of range in expression at times.  Nevertheless, the movie doesn’t suffer for it.- Review by Crystal A. Johnson

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The Food:  Well, this film provides us with two great options.  When in theaters, make sure you go to a coffee house or an ice cream shop because you may find yourself with plenty to talk about.

Beyonce to Launch a Vegan Delivery Meal Service

In 2013 Beyoncé and her husband, Jay Z, decided to try a vegan challenge. The diet stuck and now Beyoncé is turning her 'Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream' New York Premierevegan passion into a business.

The singer has teamed up with her trainer Marco Borges to launch a new vegan meal delivery service called  22 Days Nutrition. The name was inspired by the belief that it takes 21 days to break a bad habit. Bey has added a day.

“The program’s philosophy is based on the concept that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit and on the 22nd day you are well on your way to forming new habits,” says a statement. The meal plan is targeted to those who want to lose weight, cook less or simply “experience a whole new way of eating.”

– See more at: http://madamenoire.com/508351/tasty-delights-beyonce-launch-vegan-meal-delivery-service/#sthash.agZIEYiy.dpuf

Baltimore: Black Owned Restaurants & Eateries

Why would anyone want to know what is a Black owned business?  Unfortunately, Blacks in America still fight stereotypes about being lazy people on welfare waiting to collect a check and food stamps. Moreover, even many Black youth don’t identify with existence of successful Black owners right in their community.  Their perspective still may be limited to having to be a superstar or athlete in order to own a business.

In case you did not know Baltimore is one of the mostly highly Black populated cities in America.  The current mayor is an African American woman.   Not only are restaurants listed below Black owned but they are doing it with excellence, style and of course good taste.

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The Neely’s Creamed Collard Greens

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A few years I got the opportunity to interview Patrick and Gina Neely of the Food Network and we talked about a variety of things.  Among the recipes mentioned, was creamed collard greens.  I tried this recipe and it has been a winner for me. It puts a spin on the classic African American preparation of collards and gives a robust earthy taste to what would be the typical creamed spinach.

Ingredients

4 bunches collard greens, tough stems and ribs removed
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 large shallots, minced
2 cups heavy cream
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

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See MCCN Editor’s Interview with the Neely’s. 

The Multi-Cultural Nicole Richie

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She grabbed the attention of millions along with buddy Paris Hilton on the reality show entitled, “The Simple Life.”     She is the adopted daughter of  legendary African American pop singer Lionel Richie and Paris Hilton the descendant of the famous Hilton Family hotel industry owners.   When Nicole and Paris shared a glimpse of their lives as socialites trying to do manual labor it was an overnight sensation especially because reality TV was in its infancy.    Recently, Richie has returned to public life onscreen with her Aol Huffington Post series, “Candidly Nicole” which has moved to television

Her Ethnic Background

According to several sources including Aceshowbiz.com,   Nicole is said to be of  Black,Caucasian  and Mexican ethnicity, Nicole was born on September 21, 1981 in Berkeley, California. Given the name Nicole Camilla Escovedo, she is the biological daughter of a Latin musician named Peter Michael Escovedo III (related to Sheila E.) and an anonymous backstage female assistant of Lionel Richie during his world tour in 1980. Raised alone by Escovedo who was also a member of Richie’s band, little Nicole spent most of her time on the backstage and studio since her father often took her along by his side.
As Richie gradually grew a deep affection toward Nicole, the three-years-old girl was taken to live with this famous musician and his first wife, Brenda Harvey, under Escovedo’s approval. She was legally adopted at the age of nine by the couple for …(READ MORE)

Read more: http://www.aceshowbiz.com/celebrity/nicole_richie/biography.html#ixzz38PLd4wKq

Juneteenth Menu Guide and Recipes

 

Juneteenth

Long overdue but MCCN is providing a menu guide and recipe in hopes that you will recognize juneteenth.  What is Juneteenth? Though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, it had minimal immediate effect on most slaves’ day-to-day lives, particularly in Texas, which was almost entirely under Confederate control. Texas was resistant to the Emancipation Proclamation, and though slavery was very prevalent in East Texas, it was not as common in the Western areas of Texas, particularly the Hill Country, where most German-Americans were opposed to the practice. Juneteenth commemorates June 18 and 19, 1865. (READ MORE)

 

Influence for cuisine are primarily soul food meets the southern style cuisine of Texas.  We also opted to add some health conscience choices.* Look for the asterick.  Click on menu choices for the recipe.

Appetizers/Sides

Veggies

Meat/Poultry/Seafood

Frogmore stew

 

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Desserts

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Drinks

Top Ten Black Comic Book Heroes Of All Time

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There are at least 5 heroes who go by the name Green Lantern. The third is John Stewart, the African-american Green Lantern.

In the past decade the has been an influx of Black Super Heroes on the screen.  Some are African American and other are Afro Latino but all are out of this world.  Comics have become more savvy.   X-men, the trailblazing comic book, has added several African and African-American characters over the last decade, for example.

Black Panther 

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Praised for its spectacular and sophisticated wit in faintly ultramodern technologically-advanced, xenophobic Africana milieu, the tale of a Wakanda reigning emperor and his adventures is one of the best written in the Marvel universe. Black Panther, the first black contemporary superhero is one of epic proportions.

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So, how does one explain this without getting others offended? She’s a common human fly that happens to be a total hottie in X-men world. With the capability to vibrate her wings at turbo, she could produce an ear-splitting ultrasonic sound and a nasty gestation period; she is one of the most fabulous mutants to explode on the pages.

Falcon

Falconomic books have become more saavy than ever. X-men, the trailblazing comic book, has added several African and African-American characters over the last decade, for example. These aren’t just black people with superpowers, these are educated luminaries with powerful gifts to change the world or destroy it. They aren’t just juiced-up mega humans; they are in a sense, demi-gods. Intelligent, well-written, off-the-cuff and ultra-powerful.

Falcon

Falcon 

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Chicken and Waffles Recipe

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The restaurant, Roscoes Chicken and Waffles put this combination on the map.  Now there are folks that say other restaurants were doing earlier but there is no question Roscoe’s is the restaurant that made it from from there unpretentious tourist trap location in Hollywood to a location in Pasadena.   The combination has become so popular even the Lay Potato Chip corporation got in on the action with flavoring a chip with this location.  Check out my instagram thoughts on the chip but for now.  Check this recipe. – Crystal J, MCCN Editor

Homemade Chicken and Waffles have arrived from the Grandbaby Cakes FB page. The recipe is on the blog now! #chickenandwaffles

RECIPE: http://www.grandbaby-cakes.com/2014/03/homemade-chicken-and-waffles/

Gabrielle Union launches a new Chardonnay

It feels like we are doing a commercial for her but Gabrielle has done her dues and is all the rage with the hit series Being Mary Jane.  Now the actress  has wine out called Vanilla Pudding wine.    She announced her wine on instagram saying, ““So excited about my new wine @vanillapuddinwine … It’s a fun Chardonnay with hints of vanilla, super yummy and great for all occasions. Available for purchase at http://www.vanillapuddinwine.com Enjoy.”

The Need for Speed: Olympic Speedskater: Shani Davis

At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Davis became the first black athlete from any nation to win a gold medal in an individual sport at the Olympic Winter Games, winning the speedskating 1000 meter event. He also won a silver medal in the 1500 meter event. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, he duplicated the feat, becoming the first man to successfully defend the 1000 meter gold medal, and repeating as 1500 meter silver medalist.

Davis attributes his success to his encouraging mother. She manages his career and is the person responsible for his discipline and skill. Shani declares, “My mom never thought of herself first, and I credit most of my success to her. She continues to manage my career and is always there for me.”

For more information on Shani Davis visit:

http://www.shanidavis.org/