Cooking For Good Luck In The New Year

Cooking For Good Luck In The New Year

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Looking for good luck in the New Year? A dish of black eyed peas and rice might be nice.HuffingtonPost Black Voices reports:

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As ubiquitous as champagne and confetti on New Year’s Eve, black-eyed peas are a staple in African-American homes come January 1.

Like its soul-food kin, hoppin’ John, as the peas are called when cooked with rice, is rooted in slave culture and has been eaten throughout the South for good luck on New Year’s Day (alongside collard greens, which are said to bring money, and cornbread for good health).

According to Andrew F. Smith’s “Oxford Companion To American Food And Drink,” the dish rose to prominence in South Carolina’s low country, where rice-growing slaves from West Africa prepared it in dishes based on those they made in their homeland. And though it started out as a tradition among slaves, its inclusion in an 1847 cookbook called “The Carolina Housewife” by Sarah Rutledge signaled its acceptance in upper-class kitchens as well.

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Kwanzaa celebration urges improving lives of others
Kwanzaa celebration urges improving lives of others (Lansing State Journal)
The crunch of a cracker is a happy thing, whether it lifts up a gooey blue cheese or floats atop… Sasha Gaskin performs the Lighting of the Mishumma Saba candles Monday during the Kwanzaa 2011 celebration at St.
Sharing and sustaining the world (Bradenton)
It started with a symbolic African drum roll, moved on to an invocation by The Rev.

Kwanzaa celebration honors late founder of event at Malcolm X College (WGN-TV Chicago)
Diallo Amadu hangs up clothes at his African-American Tailoring Boutique booth at Chicago’s Malcolm X College during the opening celebration for the week of Kwanzaa.

Monday’s Best Bet: Kwanzaa celebration at Southwest Community Center (The Post-Standard)
The folks at the Southwest Community Center in Syracuse will open the doors at 6 p.m. Every night from today through Jan.

LGBTs, African-Americans Vie For Top Spot in Oppression Olympics (Queerty)
When comparing the LGBT rights movement to the African-American struggle for civil rights, it’s important to figure out which group has suffered more.

African Americans and Coal (African American Environmentalist Ass…)
Should Blacks Own Coal Mines In A Global Warming World? YES! Blacks do not own any of the energy infrastructure and resources in the United States.

Community celebrates the life of Levi Byrd
Community celebrates the life of Levi Byrd (Cheraw Chronicle)
Mayor Andy Ingram, center, joined citizens at the Heritage Center Monday morning to recognize Levi G. Byrd and the contributions he made to society both at home and around the world.




* The states legislative ethics panel found in its final investigation that ex-state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. Put his uncle on the state payroll, which could result in another criminal charge, the Times Union reports:

* Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said his Democratic caucus may not support an expansion of Vegas-style gambling, particularly within the borders of New York City, the Daily News says:

* City Comptroller John Liu has told supporters that he is not worried about a federal investigation into his campaign fundraising and assures them that he will not be implicated, the New York Times reports:

* NYPD police officers probed in the ticket-fixing scandal are being culled by the Bronx D.A.s office, which could drop or alter cases since the cops credibility could be called into question if they testify, the Post says:

* A New York City lawyer behind the 2006 court case that boosted school spending is gathering evidence that the state is still failing poor students but he may avoid further litigation, Wall Street Journal reports:

* Passengers stuck in a subway for eight hours during last years Christmas blizzard are suing the MTA, with an attorney taking the case pro bono to spur the MTA to prevent such problems in the future, the Post writes:


Parole Board Ordered to Apply Retroactively Rehabilitation Factor

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A judge has ordered the state parole board to retroactively apply a new provision requiring it to consider the rehabilitation of an inmate and not base a denial of release on an offense that may have occurred decades in the past. The decision, if upheld, could entitle scores of inmates to new parole interviews.