Mac and Cheese, Catfish and Peach Cobbler, made Vegan Style? That’s right!
Vegan and Soul may sound like an oxymoron but our very own has another business to be proud of! Detroit Vegan Soul has created an inventive twist on what we think is traditional soulfood. Instead of baking in customary ingredients found in most African-American kitchens, the owners of Detroit Vegan Soul have decided to re-introduce their version of healthy, yet tasteful cooking from the soul.
“Kirsten Ussery and Erika Boyd were inspired to become vegans because of family members passing away due to poor living choices. Shortly after making that lifestyle change, they went to a vegan soul food restaurant in Chicago and became inspired entrepreneurs. Boyd, a natural hair stylists, and Ussery, media director for City Council President Charles Pugh, are focusing on building the business as a catering service at first. They aspire to open their own restaurant within the next year or two. They are looking at a place in The Villages, Midtown and the Livernois business district.” Credit Model D modeldmedia.com
“Life is short and precious. After realizing the benefits of vegan food choices for ourselves, we want to pass it on to the community. That is why we have made it our mission to help people live healthier lives by providing great-tasting, high-quality, nutritious vegan food, that appeals to all taste buds, while at the same time doing our part to support a sustainable earth.”
Catch more about the services they offer and pricing after the jump…
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As a woman of color, I am always on the look out for authors and artists who have the intelligence, writing style, and universal appeal to not only reach my own ethnicity but that of others as well. Recently in perusing the website of one of my favorite female authors of color, Terry McMillan, I came across Hispanic authoress, Alicia Valdes-Rodriguez. Now Terry had written nothing special about Rodriguez. Her only favor here was listing Rodriguez under her “Artists to Read” heading, and I must admit that as I combed through her four-columned list, I was searching for female authors who were of a different ethnicity of my own. I settled on Ms. Alicia Valdes-Rodriquez because in my mind her name had that Latina pop I had heard so much about in addition to having a hyphen which could mean that she was married but had the good sense and independence to keep her maiden name! A woman after my own heart, right?? I jotted Rodriguez’ name down on a square of a paper along with a few other artists Terry had recommended and rushed to my local library right after work hoping to find some of Rodriguez’ work in stock.
Sure enough, propped up in the “Just Returned” section of the library was Rodriguez’ Dirty Girls on Top, a sequel to her 2003 New York Times Best-selling novel, Dirty Girls Social Club. I turned the book over in my hands a couple of times admiring its jacket, the cool blue colors and the picture of a woman’s body shrouded in a multi-colored raincoat and holding onto her purse for dear life, almost as if she were running from something. A woman on the go I thought…my kinda book. Without further dissecting it, I threw the book in my bag along with the new Toni Morrison and Sappire novels and headed to checkout.
It took me all of 3 days to read Dirty Girls on Top…mostly because I stopped so frequently to look up some of the Spanish terms and popular phrases Valdes had cleverly inserted into the conversation and disposition of each of the six main characters. To briefly summarize the novel will assuredly do it no justice, but please grin and bear it while I try.
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Last September, I made the decision to chop off all of my relaxed hair and maneuver the world as a naturally-coifed woman. Needless to say, this decision was a little scary for me. I know I’ve mentioned before that I cut off all my hair back in 2009, but that was still with a perm. This time, I was doing away with all the perm and preparing to show everyone the real state of my hair…curly, sometimes coarse and extremely thick. My apprehensions stemmed from the fact that I had been getting a perm since I was six years old. Truthfully, I didn’t know exactly how I was going to manage my hair without a perm or even if I could manage it. What I did know was that I was tired of the detrimental effects of perming my hair. I hated having to continuously touch up my rough roots and edges. I hated the burning sensation I sometimes felt when I was going through the process, and overall, I hated the effects that perms had on my hair. Although relaxers made my hair more manageable, it thinned it out and made it brittle which eventually caused split ends and breakage due to the fact that I didn’t like keeping up with the constant maintenancce. Also, with relaxers, I could only wear my hair one way…STRAIGHT! I didn’t know the feeling of playing with a head full of curls or being able to just wash my hair in the morning and run out of the house. I wanted that versatility. I wanted a change…thus, THE BIG CHOP (seen below)!!
Now that I have adjusted to my natural hair a little, I have been searching tirelessly for products that will bring out the true essence of my hair, curly and thick. Sites like nappieculture.com and blackgirllonghair.com encourage us to use vitamin oils on our hair which are very useful, but I was looking for a whole system of products, something that would include all of the elements I needed in one unit. A co-worker of mine once told me about “Mixed Chicks” products, but she warned me that they were very pricey so I didn’t even look into it further, but last week, while I was out with another co-worker at her hair salon, I actually came across some “Mixed Chicks” products. Initially, I was very surprised. My co-worker is Caucasian, and looking around at the salon’s clientele, it was predominantly white also. “What could they possible be using Mixed Chicks for?” I wondered.
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The fashionista found an early love and passion for fashion at an early age that blossomed into the true diva she is today. LaTricia Flowers was born to Larry and Althea Flowers on the eastside of Detroit, shortly after moving to Southfield where she began her fashion career wearing her mother’s shoes, clothes and jewelry by the age of two. By the time LaTricia was four years old she was modeling for huge named retailers such as Hudson’s and Jacobson’s. The 34 year old wife and mother has been able to transition through life’s challenges in striving for success while following her dreams in becoming apart of the fashion scene. Catch more about LaTricia “Trish” Flowers and her climb to success, weightloss and new found confidence after the jump….
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I must say I was pretty apprehensive about using this treatment when I heard about it a couple of weeks ago. In my mind there was no way a person could lose inches in 45 minutes without the help of a surgeon. Vary of body wrap treatments work on all type of areas of the body. I took a leap of faith and started to act on my curious quest to see if I can lose a couple of inches in a very short period of time.
Here it goes…
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