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From black soft serve ice cream (look up) to macarons, chocolate croissants and sweet potato pies, there are very few sweets we here at MadameNoire don’t love. We celebrate with them when we’re happy. They comfort us when we’re sad. And when our sweet tooth is ready to act up, they’re the first things we want to see — and devour.
Considering that today is National Dessert Day, I would encourage you to stop at your favorite bakery and grab some peach cobbler, a slice of cake, or a simple cookie. If you’re feeling adventurous, bake a cake from scratch. And if you just want to pull a Miranda from Sex and the City and lose your mind on some chocolate cake, go pick up a box of Duncan Hines devil’s food cake mix, some icing, and knock something out within an hour. Whatever you do, make the most of National Dessert Day. Why you ask?
One positive about this climate that we’re living in in America today is that there is such a renewed sense of purpose. The going has gotten tough and we have stepped up to the challenge with a fierceness. Especially, Black women.
We are at the forefront of so many movements from Black Lives Matter to #TrustBlackWomen and their very important work in the reproductive justice field, to Mama Tanya’s fight for food justice in the South Bronx. Food justice? Yes. Some of us don’t know what it means or the impact that it has on our communities, but we should. Thankfully, Mama Tanya is here to explain what we need to know about it and how her BLK ProjeK is finding sustainable solutions. Plus, she’s spilling the deets on her exciting ‘”Not Just Talk: #BlackMamaMagic” Conference taking place this weekend in New York City.
Mommynoire: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Mama Tanya: I’m Tanya Fields and I’m a fierce mama bear of six children. My oldest is 14 years old and my youngest is 11 months. I’m from Harlem, but due to gentrification I ended up in the South Bronx where I’ve lived for the past 15 years. I’m a public speaker and executive director and founder of a South Bronx-based feminist food organization called the BLK ProjeK.
What exactly is food justice?
Food justice is the ability to feed you, yourself, and your folk, easily accessible, high quality, sustainable food free of toxic chemicals at an affordable price.
How did you get into this work?
I “got into” food justice work as a response to the needs of my family, an asthmatic daughter whose food needs I could not adequately meet because of the lack of quality food in our immediate community. So in 2009, I started the BLK (Black) ProjeK, a women-led feminist food organization that seeks to create economic development opportunities for Black mothers and Mothers of color and their children, using the local and good food movement.
How does it work?
For example, we run an urban farm and the food is sold to the community off of a re-purposed food bus. The women who run it are all black women and mothers from the community. All the interns we use are paid, because I believe in paying people for their work, and 98% are young black women from the community.
It is my firm belief that solutions need to come from members of the community who are most impacted by these disparities because we can solve our own problems, problems that oftentimes were not created by us, but for which we already hold the solutions. It was important to me that we fight for and create access to the resources that allow us to do so in an autonomous way free from racism and sexism and other pathologies that often perpetuate themselves when “others” come into our communities to solve them for us.
Tell us about your “Not Just Talk: #BlackMamaMagic” Conference this weekend.
This year we chose “Not Just Talk: #BlackMamaMagic” because we wanted to create a space that celebrates motherhood while deconstructing many of the isms that make it difficult to mother. Ayanna Jones was sleep and the police knew there was a child in there and they went in with a no-knock warrant and they set this girl on fire with a tear gas can and shot her in the head. She went to sleep and she never woke up. Tamir Rice was playing with a toy gun [when the police killed him], and while a significant number of us wept over this tragedy, there were way too many of us who were ready to jump on his mama. This woman lost her child and we couldn’t hold compassion for her then and that is the kind of pathology that made me say that we need a space for each other to have some uncomfortable conversations, and we need to do it away from the white gaze. We need to come together as a family and handle this.
What will the conference cover?
It’s a very inclusive intergenerational and multigenerational space. We have a transgender mother who will be speaking about her experience, we have speakers with grown children and little babies, we have made sure to include the LGBTQ community, and those who have dealt with incarceration. We have a youth panel and we’re providing childcare so we’re encouraging mothers to bring their kids. If you’re not local you can pay $15 for a live stream link, and you will be able to watch the different panels and workshops in your living room with a baguette and your wine and cheese.
Sounds like ya’ll have it covered! What would you like see happen as a result of this conference?
I would really like to see this inspire more people and black-led organizations to create spaces that are specifically Black mother and black child centered that concentrate on healing and come from a place of love and not just trying pathologize or criminalize us. I want us to create standards for ourselves.
We all know that exercise burns fat, but did you know that there are some foods that can do that for you, too? We were surprised to find that the everyday foods on this list actually help your body burn fat. The fact that you can find these ingredients in some of the best recipes for fall foods is just an added bonus.
So when you’re cooking something up in the kitchen as the temperature takes a dip, try including some of these ingredients. Depending on how you use them, they will help you slim down without you feeling the need to go on a diet more suitable for rabbits.
Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered, “What exactly is going on with my skin today?” Of course, many of us probably have that thought when our periods come around. However, the real reason your skin is having a fit could be due to one of the foods on this list.
Eat too much of them, and it might show up on your skin (or teeth) later on. So if you have a dinner meeting or date lined up, it might pay to leave everything on this menu off of your plate.
Some of these foods (and ways of cooking them) might be better left out of your refrigerator (and diet) for good. Your skin bounces back when you occasionally overdo it. But make a habit of eating too much of these foods and you could do some long-term damage to your skin.
Once you start whitening your teeth, keeping that glow going can be kind of addictive. It can also be kind of expensive. Thankfully, there is a way to help your teeth stay brighter longer: by watching what you eat.
Dentists tell you what foods to avoid between whitenings to avoid dimming that new glow. But few of them will tell you about these foods that can keep you out of the dentist’s office longer and help you keep your teeth bright.
You don’t have to eat these foods around the clock. But munching on these snacks here and there, including after a meal when you can’t brush your teeth, will keep them whiter longer.
“I just don’t have the time” is one of the go-to excuses we flock to use when trying to explain why most of us don’t eat healthier more often. When you work all day, coming home to cook all night is the last thing on the list of things you want to do. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
These kitchen tools make creating healthier meals less of a headache that take a fraction of the time to put together. And, they’re a lot of fun to use. If you need a reason to get excited about getting in the kitchen again and about healthy eating, stock up on these items.
Did you know that living a healthier lifestyle can add years to your life and even make your kids smarter?
Of course, doing so can seem easier said than done and come off as a daunting life change, but it can be surprisingly easy if you focus in on making small changes at a time. In fact, for most of us, changing just one thing about our diets and how we operate is all we need to see some positive changes.
Pick just one of these easy changes from the list, stick with the healthy swap for two months (but it really only takes 21 days to form a habit), and before you know it, you will be ready for another.
We’ve all heard the health news on carbs: eat too many of them and you’re more likely to gain weight. And, as is the case for Black women, some health problems can be tied to eating too much bread. But even when you’re dedicated to kick the carbs, it can feel like certain cravings just can’t be denied. If you’ve been dreaming about pizza, it might be time to try these carb substitutions.
Not every “healthy” option is as good as the real thing, but some of these foods taste so good, you won’t mind the switch. Plus, they will satisfy your cravings and help you build a stronger willpower when it comes to dealing with your hankerings.
Soul food doesn’t just feed your soul and fill your stomach. These classic recipes are also amazing at keeping Black hair healthy and growing.
Getting a healthy length can can require a lot of time and attention to do it the right way. But protective styles and the right products aren’t all you need to focus on to help your locks get longer. The right foods can work wonders when it comes to promoting hair growth and doing some good to your strands. And since these nutrients feed your hair while it’s growing, it gets healthy before heat and products hit it. With that being said, treat yourself to these soul food classics that help with your hair.
Exploring wine is always a lot of fun, especially when you already know what you like. But sometimes, asking for “something sweet” and successfully finding it can be a struggle. And after you’ve struggled through a glass or two of wine that just isn’t to your taste, it can feel like branching out isn’t worth the trouble.
But while moscato is one of the most popular sweet wines out there, it’s far from alone when it comes to fruity flavor. So if you’re looking for something that you will fall in love with, try one of these sweet wine varieties. Not only are they delicious, but they are also great for bringing to dinner parties when you want to bring something to sip and share.