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Buzzy Drinks That Complement Your Soul Food

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Soul food and Cajun recipes are famous all over the world, so you need to know what the best adult drinks to pair with your favorite dishes are. From beer and wine to cocktails and spirits, the right alcoholic beverage enhances the best flavors of jambalaya, fried chicken and much more. Here are some of the best drinks that go arm-in-arm with your favorite soul food.

Fried Chicken

It might surprise you, but a nice champagne sets the right tone when you have fried chicken for dinner. Champagne walks the line between rich and refreshing, which is a nice counter balance to the fatty, crispy chicken. While some champagnes cost an arm and a leg, look for French champagnes called crémant or sparkling wines from the U.S. to enjoy some bubbly without spending a fortune.

Mac and Cheese

Think about creating a similar feel to a fruit and cheese plate when you pick a wine to go with macaroni and cheese. A Spanish Grenache is made from grapes that grow in Spain’s dry heat, which gives the wine a ripe, fruity flavor. The sweetness of a Spanish Grenache offsets the greasy and salty flavors of a well made mac and cheese dish. Other red wines with fruit undertones also hold up well against this rich plate of food.

Spicy Jambalaya

The right IPA treats you well when you dig into a spicy dish like this. While the hops add bitterness that may enhance spicy foods at first, IPAs douse spice after the carbonation has faded. The floral tones of IPAs also pick up sweet flavors, such as caramelized onions and poultry. While IPAs put some people off because of their bitey first flavor, Guinness recently released a Nitro IPA that combines all the smoothness of its classic stout with the floral undertones of a world-class IPA.

Red Beans and Rice

A red beans and rice stew served with ham hocks, pork chops and caramelized white onions is enough to make anyone’s mouth water. And with it you need a glass of wine. The full body of a pinot noir pairs well with the meaty flavors of the beans and complements the chops perfectly. It helps reveal smoky flavors from the dish as well as some nutty undertones.

Shrimp and Grits

While most seafood is overpowered by weighty oak flavors, shrimp stands up against them. Once you add in the buttery grits, you can’t settle for a subtle wine. Instead, you need something bold. A chardonnay from Burgundy is traditional, but it isn’t your only option. A sparkling wine, such as a Blanc de Blancs, can complement this dish well. With the yeasty characteristics provided by secondary fermentation, a Blanc de Blancs stands against the rich flavors that accompany such a full-bodied meal. The bubbly carbonation relieves your pallet of the richness and grease of this food, which allows you to experience it fully each time you take a sip from your glass.

 

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Jada Pinkett Smith Announces Animated Short ‘Cops and Robbers’ About Police Brutality [VIDEO]

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*Jada Pinkett-Smith has announced her timely new animated short “Cops and Robbers,” is set to premiere Dec. 28 on Netflix.

Directed by Arnon Manor, the project was written and performed by Timothy Ware-Hill in response to the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. Manor used one of Ware-Hill’s poems for their collaboration, Variety reports. 

The duo said they made this film “for all the Black men, women and children who have been victims of racial profiling, police violence, loss of life and other injustices just for being themselves.”

Pinkett-Smith apparently serves as a producer on the animated short, and she spoke with Variety about getting the title to Netflix, and why the message resonates with her. 

Hear/watch the actress tell it via the clip above, and check out a few excerpts from her interview below. 

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Over 30 individual artists, students and VFX companies from around the world collaborated to each create a short segment of the poem with their own visual interpretation of the subject matter and individual animation technique. Half the animators on the “Cops and Robbers” are Black animation artists,” per Variety.

“I’m so proud of this project and I can’t wait for you to see it,” Pinkett Smith wrote on Twitter. Here’s what she told the publication about the upcoming film:

Why was it important for you to be a part of “Cops and Robbers?”
As an African American woman, it was one of those pieces that I could feel powerful messaging with such compassion from the perspective of the African American community. It was this explanation with this bleeding heart of what we are experiencing during this particular time.

For me, it was this emotional connection that pierced my heart and soul.

It was also written by a very talented African American male, and then, I realized how many minorities had contributed their talent as animators to the project. It’s important that I flow resources in any way that I can to voices and the talent I feel as though doesn’t always have equal opportunity.

My friend Ramsey Naito is president of Nickelodeon animation and she said, ‘I wish there was something we could do with it at Nickelodeon.’ I told her I wanted to be involved and I was down with it. I had a conversation with Lawrence Bender who is a producer and I wanted to help.

The story is such a powerful one with its messaging.
It had so much vulnerability. A lot of times, you could get this messaging and sometimes it can be militant and have power to it. The way this particular expression that we don’t often see while talking about topics of this kind had so much vulnerability, especially through the lens of a Black man. You do not see that a lot and that for me was important because it humanizes Black men. It also humanizes Black people and marginalized communities.

We can talk about the issues, but if you don’t feel, if you don’t really see and understand that and see that there’s nothing to fear — we are human and we bleed just like you. I found that be a very powerful component.

“Cops and Robbers” didn’t find a home at Nickelodeon. It found a home at Netflix, which is global and will raise this global awareness to Black Lives Matter and police brutality, how did that happen?

We got together and had a conversation with quite a few people at Netflix who had seen the project and absolutely loved it. As a team, we just came together. We said, ‘Look, you know as well as we do that this is a powerful piece. It’s not only powerful, but it’s important. We feel that your platform is the place that this piece needs to be.’ And thank goodness they were in agreement and they took it on. We really felt that Netflix was the best place for the short.

Read her full interview here.

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Tyler The Giver: TP Studios Holds Food Drive Giveaway for Thousands in Atlanta / WATCH

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*This past weekend Tyler Perry was focused on giving to the people and it appears that the people were in a receiving mood so the stage was set for a hook up of mass proportions this past weekend.

Oh what a glorious time it was for all involved. Starting Saturday evening and well into Sunday, the people came to the Tyler Perry Studios outside of Atlanta by the thousands ahead of an extremely challenging Thanksgiving.

We’re talking incredibly long lines of cars as folks came to get in on the food drive giveaway the studio dubbed TPSGiving  which aimed to feed 5,000 families.

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Here’s more via TMZ:

TP and co. promised to offer up nonperishables as well as gift cards to the first 5,000 families to pull up to their grounds … and the people heard them loud and clear, because the cars started arriving as early as Saturday afternoon, and only grew bigger going into Sunday — with the drive going from 8 AM ET to noon.

Check out this drone footage TMZ obtained that shows a bird’s-eye view of the scene — you can see traffic backed up all along the surrounding freeway there … and word on the ground is that it was even more packed than what this shows.

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Now, you might be wondering just how this went down safely in midst of a vicious pandemic.  Tyler’s staff made sure the hand-off of goods was all curbside pickup, and everyone receiving a care package was asked to wear masks. The TPS employees were covered in PPE from head to toe as well, so by all accounts … it was as safe as can be for this type of thing.

As TMZ also noted, “the charitable deed is nothing new on Tyler’s part, especially as the pandemic has ravaged much of the country. Tyler’s done everything from tipping the hell out of a local restaurant staff — with upwards of $20k-plus — and also picked up the tabs of grocery shoppers in NOLA and Atlanta earlier this year too.”

 

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Months After Announcing Split Lena Waithe’s Wife, Alana Mayo, Files For Divorce

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*It was a year ago that Alana Mayo and Lena Waithe secretly tied the knot. Now Mayo is divorcing Waithe.

Mayo filed a petition for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court earlier this week, per court records via The Blast.

Apparently something went wrong very quickly  because  after only two months of marriage the pair revealed they had separated.

“After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways,” read a joint statement from Waithe, 36, and Mayo’s reps to E! News. “We have nothing but support for one another and ask that you respect our privacy during this time.”

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Last November, Waithe said on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that she and Mayo got married at the courthouse in San Francisco, where they wed in front of a bust of the late Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the US.

“We snuck and did it, you know,” she said. “We didn’t really make any announcements or a big … you know.”

 

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