New Years Tradition: Collard Greens for Success Recipe

Southern Comfort Cooking: Oven Fried chicken, homemade buttermilk biscuits and collard greens by flippinyank licensed under CC 2.0

No Voodoo or Hoodoo discussion about this time of year would be complete without talking about the traditional New Year’s recipe for collard greens. This dish is served just after midnight. If eaten and prepared right, it is said to bring divine blessings of money and success. The shredded greens, which you are supposed to tear with your bare hands, are thought to represent dollars coming your way.  Collard greens are really good for you too. They are rich in calcium and are said to lower ch … [Read more...]

Counting Kwanzaa: Thoughts on Voodoo Unity

Kinara in Oakland YMCA lobby by George Kelly licensed under CC by 2.0

 Someone just posted on my Facebook wall that “Kwanzaa is crap.” So much for hopes of U-N-I-T-Y, in the community, in the world, even on my fracking wall. Okay, Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday. It's not associated with any religion in particular and is designed to, in the words of it's creator Dr. Maulana Karenga, "bring a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and Human in the fullest sense." That sounds great, in theory. Kwanzaa starts today. I … [Read more...]


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