Afros and Knives

Afros and Knives

A bi-weekly, award-winning series that highlights the work and thoughtful conversations of Black women working and leading at the intersections of food and beverage, people and culture. We cover everything from the global impact of soul food to the influence of Black women on every part of Western culture.

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March 29, 2022 42 min

The Check-In is a monthly episode that focuses on fine-tuning our mental health and well-being with the support of Afros and Knives' therapist in residence, Jnee Hill. This month I introduce you to Jnee Hill and we touch on just a few topics you can expect to dive deeper into in upcoming episodes. Black women have worked tirelessly to improve their communities. Their activism has led to a more just and equal society, but they s...

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In this bonus episode of the Afros and Knives podcast, host Tiffani Rozier chats with cultural anthropologist and documentarian Dr. Gail Myers. They discuss the work Dr. Myers has done with her organization, Farm to Grow, as well as her documentary film Rhythms of the Land. This film project will spotlight an array of farmers, rice growers, hog ranchers, dairy ranchers, barefoot farmers, sharecroppers, basket-weavers, shrimp farmer...

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This episode is a chat with recent Food and Finance High School Alums and Co-Creative Directors of Pass the Spatula Magazine Volume 1--Chayil Hyland and Hasanah Sabree.

Hasanah is a brilliant young chef that will be attending a post-secondary Culinary school in September. She is equally passionate about fashion as she is about cooking and loves to express herself through social media, preferably Instagram and YouTube. Chayil is an ...

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Elle Simone Scott is a culinary maverick. Always drawn to creative food culture, Elle has been dazzling the culinary world since 2003, quickly becoming a highly sought-after Food Stylist and Culinary Producer. Elle has collaborated and contributed her unique styling abilities most recently to America’s Test Kitchen. Also Food Network, Food Network Magazine, The Cooking Channel, CBS, ABC’s The Chew, and Bravo.

Her specialties don’t ...

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Founder of bespoke event brand To Be Hosted and independent lifestyle magazine While Entertaining, Amber Mayfield. Amber is a consummate tastemaker and is shaping how Black folks celebrate and entertain now and in the future. To Be Hosted has produced events and experiences for brands like Equinox, Facebook, Nestle, Netflix, Bumble, Tinder, Patron Tequila, Bulleit  Bourbon, Bain & Company, and more. To learn more, check out www...

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Yahshimabet Sellassie, Founder & CEO of Yahshi Bakes, developed her culinary interest at the tender age of four. Born in Oakland as a vegetarian to entrepreneur parents in fine arts, design, bodywork, radio journalism, and the restaurant business, she naturally blossomed into her creative energy field. From an early age, she gravitated towards the arts, later developing a passion for cooking and baking. Yahshimabet is influence...

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Brittany Towers (@theblackfoodscientist) has her BS & MS degree in Food Science from The Ohio State University, Certified Culinary Science degree from the Research Chef Association and has been in the food industry for 8 years and has worked on over 30 food & beverage products you see on the store shelves today including brands like Gatorade, Tropicana & Propel. Her love for food and science propelled her to start h...

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January 19, 2022 73 min

Jinji is a Baltimore, Maryland native, and alumni of Indiana University. She spent her earliest professional years working in the Non-profit sector and Retail before working as a nutrition counselor in 2012. Shortly thereafter, Jinji studied the craft of chocolate making, opening Pure Chocolate by Jinji with her father; tapping into a decades-old ancestral calling she continues to explore today through travel, writing, and producti...

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January 19, 2022 41 min

Christilisa is an Alabama girl who went to high school in Ohio and ended up in New Orleans for college and decided to stay. My first job was at Cici's Pizza in Massillon, Ohio where she began as and worked her way to prep. Once she made her way to New Orleans, she did what most students do when they are there, work at a bar.  She chose a spot on Bourbon Street, of course, because she wanted to be where the action was. She found...

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Apply the traits of a child from a Jewish mother fused with Middle Eastern teachings to a black woman in the Mid - West and you’d get Chef Q. Ibraheem. Culinary art school was a farm in Georgia, a chair to stand on over the stovetop while being taught recipes in her mother’s kitchen and her father’s halal poultry shop in Detroit’s Eastern Market, America’s largest farmers market. Chef Q’s hospitality career began immediately after ...

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Angela Burke | Founder of Black Food & Beverage

Angela Burke owns a PR company that specializes in food marketing. Black Food and Beverage began as a  passion project and grew into a  mission  "expanding the narrative by amplifying the voices of black F&B professionals. The stories of our community are robust and until we are included in conversations around food and beverage, the narrative remains incomplete.

Support B...

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Black Food Folks is a fellowship of black professionals working in food and beverage, food media, and events. The group was co-founded by a Brooklyn-based photographer specializing in food, drinks, and events, Clay Williams. He shoots assignments for The New York Times, The James Beard Foundation and Edible Brooklyn; and Director of Culinary Community Initiatives for the James Beard Foundation, Colleen Vincent. We discuss the neces...

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Grace Ouma-Cabezas is the Head of Growth for Poppy Seed Health, her previous role was as VP of kitchen and home brand Food52. She is a marketing executive with over a decade of experience, Grace has provided strategic vision and marketing positioning for a wide range of brands.

Before making her way to Food52, she spent time in the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle media space at GLAMSQUAD and Birchbox — but her heart has always been ...

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