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Stefanie Kelly on the virtues of turmeric and food people like Craig Claiborne

craig claiborne. turmeric.  substance as style… ahhh LA… that bastion of sincerity/craftsmanship… in the late ’80′s, i was a waitress there. 19? 18?  this was during my child bride years, &… concurrent w/our residence @ the nudist resort. anywhoo!!! i digress. i call this period sleeping white tigress/kundalini/qi slumber, a period of non awareness w/the […]

ALT Launches with Peter Kimani’s A Kiss in the Dark

The most important deal a business person will ever close is her first no matter whether you’re a shopkeeper, a restaurant, or in the business of publishing, book and author development such as me. My firm is called Adero’s Literary Tribe/ALT, launched this Summer. Our first accomplishment is a publication deal for Peter Kimani, a […]

NEGRITA: an excerpt of a memoir by Anita Diggs

By the time I was sixteen years old, I had been thrown out of two different high schools for truancy. I decided not to try school again but vowed to get my GED someday. In my mother’s house, you either worked or went to school. So, I got a job as a McDonalds cashier on […]

Salt, from a memoir by Milton Washington

Rarely did I wake before the rooster’s crow. But on that particular morning my eyes opened at least an hour before sunrise as my mother lay fast asleep next to me on the clay floor of our village home. It wasn’t a bad dream or the bitter South Korean cold that woke me, but rather, […]

Are Dreams More Important to African Americans? by Kristal Brent Zook

Every chance I get, I pull a neurobiologist or psychologist aside and compel him or her to tell me about the latest research on dreams and dreaming. The topic fascinates me. Not long ago I cornered Dr. Loma Flowers, psychiatrist and founder of Equilibrium Dynamics in San Francisco, into a phone interview. Dr. Flowers once […]

photo by Amos Rice

Outside the Tin Palace: A photograph, 1976 by Patricia Spears Jones

  Outside the Tin Palace: A photograph, 1976   This exploration of the 1970s started with a photograph—a way into memory or mystery.  I can’t remember why we gathered.  I do remember that I was still dating Victor so very handsome, my second Afro-Puerto Rican boyfriend.  He introduced me to Salsa, and published my David […]

Blood on E. 5th Street, from Autobiography of the Lower East Side by Rashidah Ismaili

  “This well established poet makes a brilliant debut in fiction with these complex, poetically detailed, interrelated stories of Blacks from Africa, the Caribbean and the USA who converge and form an artistic community in the early 1960s in the most easterly regions of Alphabet City .” –David Henderson, author of ‘Scuse Me While I […]

Spiritual Tools for Making 2015 Work

  Decades ago, friends introduced me to a woman named Vera Key, a spiritual advisor with the gift of clairvoyance and clairaudience and a deep commitment to God, love, and spiritual traditions including and beyond the Christianity her family taught her. Living now in her native Georgia, she has lived in various places in the […]

Snapper: short fiction by Irenosen Okojie

Snapper by Irenosen Okojie   I’m scooping up a broken map of fish bones from my soup when you say “It’s great, honestly, you should see the craftsmanship on this thing! And God knows how old it is.” We’re sitting in Lazzaria restaurant, complete with dim lighting, cabaret style setting, deep red velvet curtains and […]

Chef Stefanie Kelly's blog

Stefanie Kelly: Chef Interrupted, Bringing it Back, & What Does Soul Food Mean to You?

  Home Slice resident food scribe returns with great recipes, deep insight and self-rescue missions. Make the food and reflect on what thoughts and feelings of a 21st Century conjure woman.    “we eat everything. & everything eats us,” i solemnly intoned while my grrrrrl the Siren squealed in pure disgust.   let’s ask @ […]

New Moon, New You: Reading the Signs

This New Moon Today is a good day to renew—you watchers of astrology know. August 25, 2014 is a new moon and in Virgo. New moons signal a time to launch new thoughts, actions, and feeling. The Virgo energy suggests that I’m on the right course in cleaning my closets, clearing out clutter and re-ordering […]

Telling Time: Morowa Yejide, author of Time of the Locust

                            I’m an explorer of the wonders of human behavior. If the world was comprised of five doors that read “Who, What, Where, When, and Why,” I would walk through the door that reads “Why.” My fictional family in Time of the […]

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Big Easy Sojourns & Gumbo Delicious Eats

Gumbo has one million moving parts, as does my grrrl, MacDiva. A few words on Gumbo, & my New Orleans sojourn: briefly interned @ mr B’s, where they eclipsed every other grill i had ever worked: as their grill person, i built a wood fire from scratch daily.  New Orleans restored my faith in southern […]

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The Water Spirits: a slice of new fiction by Kiprop Kimutai

The Water Spirits  speaks about how grief and loss can disintegrate a family. Kogi, a seventeen year old boy, has finished High School and lives with his mother Susanna and his sister Chebet in a village called Tolosio. Their father, Jonathan, has recently passed on, and they are all dealing with this loss in various […]

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A Man on Love, an essay

A Home Slice doesn’t need an annual holiday to express love. So, it’s not that we’re early (for February 14th rituals). We’re about love all the time. Here’s the thoughts of one of the best men I know. He happens to be my brother from the same mother. So, I’m especially proud that he is […]

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Vibrations Cooking Forever: Vertamae Smart Grosvenor, we love you….

Vertamae Smart Grosvenor, one of the most magical human beings to ever grace the planet, transcended September 3, 2016. I got to know her in the beloved community of artist, activists, classical people of New York’s Harlem. I’d been a fan, an acolyte since I read Vibrations Cooking back in the Tennessee of my youth. […]

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Uncertainty by Opal Palmer Adisa: a story of family and longing

Uncertainty Well after Daddy had left, and the two police officers and all the domestic helpers had settled down and returned to their respective duties as did the gardeners, and even Ms. Sally, after what seemed like an inordinately long time of her craning her neck, right then left, scanning the entire street –Ms. Sally, […]

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Tropical Flotsam: flash fiction by Gillian Royes

photo by Malaika Adero

  Sea gulls circled above the next meal as the sun rose above the water, the sky now clear. It was still too early for a breeze but not for the current. There was always a current. The night’s storm had left a souvenir: a clump of Sargassum grass torn from its bed. Pompoms of […]

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How to Be Winning: Handle your Business Growth

Put Down your NoteBook.  And Pick Up your Growth Book. It’s your time to win in business! You know it takes guts, smarts & discipline to succeed. What’s been missing from your business journey are tools that increase your chances of achieving bigger wins quicker. You’ve read the best business books. What you haven’t had […]

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Stefanie Kelly on Uptown Juice Bar – Not for Vegetarians Only

any of my dear friends who have already read my blog (all 3 of them) already know that i am an avowed. omnivore. w/a special dedication to meat eating.  almost nothing is too gory for the teeth:  the rawest/strangest/most odd textures of fish/meat in either sushi or sashimi/kitfo/sweetbreads/squid – any form!!!  can come to mama. […]

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