As I mentioned last week, our family will be celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth through various experiences. This week’s theme was experiencing the history of food and entertainment.
Entertainment and History combined:
Cicely Tyson, an incredibly talented and versatile actress, died on Jan 28. She was 96. We decided this would be a good time to watch her film that earned her an Oscar nomination, “Sounder.” I won’t tell you everything about the movie but set in 1933 Louisiana; it does highlight the injustice of the prison system, inequality in education, and the labor-intensive life of sharecroppers.
The movie is also filled with history and literature. Women read from W.E.B. Du Bois, and talked about Harriet Tubman and Crispus Attucks. And I loved the depiction of a strong Black marriage and family that loved each other deeply and longed to see everyone thrive. To see that was on the big screen in 1972, when the film was made, encourages me.
We ate at a Nashville favorite: Prince’s Hot Chicken. While there, I got to chat with the owner, Ms. Andre Prince Jeffries, the original owner Thorton Prince’s great-niece. It is a Black-owned business founded in 1945. The story goes that Thorton Prince believed her husband was cheating, so instead of confronting him, she wanted to feed him extra-spicy chicken. Thinking she was about to stick it to him, she fed it to him and surprise, he loved it! I don’t know what happened to the marriage, but I do know that she went on to make that chicken for the general public.
At home, we ate recipes out of Bibi’s Kitchen featuring recipes from African grandmothers. This week’s meals were by Ma Gehennet from Eritrea. One was a delicious beef stew called, Firfir. Delicious! And a stewed spinach dish called Zebhi Hamili. Thern and the kids loved these dishes!
Next week’s theme is music!
If you’ve followed me or read my work for long, you’ll know that I have a desire to provide a refreshing narrative to our conversation regarding race and ethnicity. In short, I desire for us to do more delighting, celebrating, and enjoying our differences. To celebrate, my family has taken an intentional approach to Black History Month, and frankly, our life in general.
Last year we cooked through the book Jubilee. Delicious!
Each week we focused on an artist, inventor, historian, musician, or someone related to the recipe’s region of origin. It was a blast!
This year we are taking a different approach. Instead of studying history, we are going to walk through it.
We are focusing our attention on experiencing Black history. Here’s a weekly guide to our Black History Month celebration:
Week 1) We will trace the steps of the Nashville sit-ins through a self-guided tour provided by the city.
Week 2) We are visiting the new African American Music Museum here in Music City.
Week 3) We will learn negro spirituals led by my friend and worship leader Tammy Bulluck (via zoom!)
Week 4) We will make our way to a famous Black-owned business in town, likely Prince’s Hot Chicken.
But don’t you dare thinking cooking won’t be involved!
Since the experiences will focus on African American culture, I thought it would be fun to focus the food on Africa. Each week I’ll be cooking through In Bibi’s Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean.
Each week I’ll share what we did and a taste of what we learned.
During podcast interviews, I’m often asked why I write for children and adults. In this short video, I seek to answer that question. I’d love to know what you believe the Lord is nudging you to step out in faith and do.
Hey Faithful Readers and Friends,
After a year of wrestling with the idea, I’ve finally pulled the plug and started a tube channel. One of the main reasons is that I am so busy writing longer-form material and serving Moody Publishers and our authors that I realized writing blogs and shorter articles had become next to impossible. A YouTube channel allows me the opportunity to share more than just my thoughts on current events or devotionals–although I will also do that–I get to do fun things like Chats With My Friends or have guests or even cook! The opportunities are endless.
The YouTube channel will match my blog in that it will still be where life and faith collide. And I will continue to update this site, so please don’t unsubscribe here! But if you’d like to keep up with my videos, subscribe at my youtube channel: https://youtu.be/WmnMczSzXf0
Looking forward to seeing you there!
I don’t know of a more crucial time in my lifetime to engage in important, gospel-centered conversations with the next generation about race and the gospel than right now. My hope is that my new book, Creative God, Colorful Us, will be a resource to help teach the kids in your life how to really enjoy our differences!
And to further equip you, a few of my friends and I got together to have honest conversations about how to talk to the next generation about race, ethnicity, and the gospel. You’ll hear from those in every stage of parenting sharing key insights and ‘aha’ moments.
The best part is that when you pre-order the book you can also receive an event access pass completely FREE.
Order your book and then claim your free pass link in bio! (webevents.moodyconferences.com)
- Pre-order Creative God, Colorful Us, releases Feb 2 (link in bio)
- Go to moodyconferences.com to learn more and submit your receipt
- Join me and many others for honest conversations to help us as we teach the next gen
It’s a new year and a great time to start a new study! I’m thrilled to share about my NEW study on Hebrews 11!
So often, we read the lists of names and move on to the next chapter. It was an incredible journey to dive into Hebrews 11, examining the lives of Rahab, Enoch, Gideon, Sarah, and many more whose faiths withstood the tests of their days.
Where should you grab it?