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Vegan Soul Food? You’re Kidding Right!

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Vegan soul food.  For many of us, that phrase evokes visions of a culinary Rachel Dolezal—surely there are impostors at work. It may prompt fears of appropriation and gentrification, like when Whole Foods recently suggested putting peanuts in your collard greens, and Black Twitter had a field day. Is there no cultural culinary artifact that white hipster treasure-hunters won’t pilfer? …

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Discovering Soul Food

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In today’s world you’d be hard pressed to find a style of food that is not available to you, especially in Los Angeles. But even with the multitude of food choices available, there is still something special and comforting about indulging in a flavorful soul food meal. Soul food is a cornerstone of African American culture, but do you know …

The Cajun Flavors of Bayou Grille

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The promise of flavorfully seasoned food, an easygoing atmosphere, and genuine hospitality await anyone who visits Bayou Grille, a New Orleans themed Cajun restaurant. Located on the corner of La Brea and 64th Place, this Black-owned restaurant has been thriving since its opening on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of 1999. Initially interested in being solely an investor in the restaurant, …

L.A. Celebrates the 8th Annual Taste of Soul Family Festival

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Crenshaw Boulevard was temporarily closed this past weekend to celebrate the 8th Annual Taste of Soul Family Festival. An estimated 300,000 people were in attendance, a record-breaking total for one of the largest street festivals in the Los Angeles area. Creator and founder, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., started Taste of Soul in 2005, which has since grown into a massive family-friendly …