Bermuda Tourism Teams Up With Chef Eric Adjepong To Highlight Local Food Entrepreneurs

Bermuda Tourism Teams Up With Chef Eric Adjepong To Highlight Local Food Entrepreneurs


Bermuda is different from other Caribbean islands. It doesn’t have an indigenous culture. The island’s culture is derived from a brilliant mosaic of African, Portuguese, and British influences. This is even more evident in the local food culture. Many people would tell you that Bermuda doesn’t have a distinct cuisine, everything is just someplace else just like the people, but that isn’t the case. It has a unique taste taking something from all of the cultures of the island that separates it from others in the Caribbean.

There is a culinary renaissance happening on the island right now. Locals are taking advantage of their green wealth and creating new food businesses around the island. Local talent is taking advantage of the abundance of rich natural elements sourced from the surroundings and are transforming them into experiences. Entrepreneurs are opening more restaurant choices for tourists and locals. From the popular fried fish sandwiches from the Woody’s Sports Bar by the water to pick up some savory barbeque from Big B’s Barbeque, native-born chefs are showcasing their skills and turning them into lucrative business ventures. The thriving food scene isn’t only limited to traditional restaurants either. Eettafel is a boutique events company that specializes in designing unique food experiences, including luxury picnics at sunset started by local artist Lizzy Blankenda.

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(Lizzy Blankenda – Credit: Bermuda Tourism)

Bermudian food is a blend of all its cultures with its individuality. The island has an abundance of rich ingredients ranging from rare herbs to exotic fruits that offer a different kind of vibrancy to its culinary style. The history of the island can be seen in locally grown foods cooked daily in households from cassava, Suriname cherries, and loquats.

“It speaks to the growth and natural progression of the island as a whole,” says Teneika Eve, senior culinary arts lecturer at Bermuda College and local food expert. “Cassava is so universally. I can imagine it was the first sophisticated dish they had [in the past]. Today you can have cassava farina pies. You’re going to find more extravagant versions of it.” Almost every type of vegetable grows on the island. It’s normal to see fruit and vegetable plants growing in someone’s yard. Bermuda’s fertile soil and thriving gardens offer a bounty of fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs to locals to collect and put in their dishes.

The island may not be as popular as other Caribbean cuisines but they are looking to change that narrative. For this year’s Restaurant Week, it was about celebrating the African heritage of the island just before the start of Black History Month here in the U.S.

Bermuda Tourism teamed up with Top Chef star Eric Adjepong to create a three-course style menu that was inspired by the island’s African Diaspora for the Heritage Dinner during Restaurant Week in January. Last summer, Chef Adjepong traveled down to Bermuda to begin researching local ingredients, visiting farms, and meeting with local food experts to learn more about the African history of the island. Slavery officially ended in Bermuda 1834, twenty years before the United States. The island became known as a safe haven for enslaved African looking for freedom as they were allowed to contest for their release once a ship docked in their pier. “People kept saying that visitors weren’t interested in our history and that’s not true. Yes we have our beaches [but] we have such a rich part in the history,” says Kristin White, Bermudian tour operator who met up with chef Adjepong on his trip. “[African Americans] don’t realize the close ties between the close ties between [us and the United States] and that we are such a rich part of the [African] diaspora.”

Top Chef star Eric Adjepong

Eric Adjepong – Credit: Bermuda Tourism

Eric Adjepong is known for using his West African heritage as an influence for dishes and his culinary storytelling abilities are what made him the ideal choice to work with tourism authority to create distinctive meals that would celebrate the island’s African lineage.

“The one thing that surprised me was the abundance of the amazing product that grows naturally on the island. From wild hibiscus, nasturtiums, and coconut, I was shocked that these items weren’t used more in everyday cooking.”

His heritage menus include everything from a deconstructed version of Bermuda’s famous fish sandwich on freshly baked cinnamon crisp bead, fresh lobster salad, and a savory rib eye paired with local cassava pave and carrots – all ingredients reflective of the island’s beautiful food diversity and African lineage.





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Dwyane Wade Has Miami Street Named After Him

Dwyane Wade Has Miami Street Named After Him


Former basketball star Dwyane Wade now has a street named after him in Miami.

This prestigious honor was given to the 3X NBA champion on February 24 when the mayor of the city, Francis Suarez, announced that the Northeast 7th Street that runs near the American Airlines Arena was officially renamed “Dwyane Wade Boulevard,” according to BET.com. Mayor Suarez, who also gave the retired NBA star the key to the city, took to his Twitter account to wrap up Wade’s commemorative weekend celebrating the retirement of his Heat jersey.

“Miami has always been Wade County but, today, it’s official. After giving Dwyane Wade the Key to the City, we’re now designating the street fronting Biscayne Blvd as Dwyane Wade Blvd. This solidifies D. Wade not only as a Miami Heat hero, but a City of Miami hero” he said. Wade led the Heat to their first NBA Championship in franchise history in 2006 and also has been a pillar in the community. His organization, Wade’s World Foundation, provides support to community-based organizations that promote education, health, and social skills for children in at-risk situations.

The idea of designating a street after the 13x All-star had been championed since August 2018 by 790-The Ticket morning radio host Brendan Tobin, who along the way had reached out to several Heat personalities to assist in his campaign.

“Give Dwyane Biscayne, now,” former Heat center and current team executive Alonzo Mourning said in a Tobin promotional video.

“Let’s pay homage,” Wade’s former Heat teammate Caron Butler said.

“Give Dwyane Biscayne,” Heat guard Goran Dragic said.

Wade joins a list of other decorated athletes who also have a street named after them.  Robert Griffin III, Muhammad Ali, Roger Federer, Larry Bird, and John Elway are just a few examples of athletes who have a street named in their honor. Wade now has a county after him, a day named after him and a street named after him; all of which are well deserved.





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Harvard University Students Sue School for their Investment Ties to Prisons

Harvard University Students Sue School for their Investment Ties to Prisons


Some Harvard University students have filed a lawsuit against the Ivy League, accusing the institution of benefiting from company investments in the prison system.

Last week the Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign filed a lawsuit against Harvard at the Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts for their role in profiting from prison investments.

In a press release, the Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign alleges that Harvard University “continues to benefit from its historical ties to slavery through its investments in the prison-industrial complex. Harvard is complicit in white supremacy and we are taking them to court.

“This is not a decision that our campaign arrived at lightly. Turning to the courts is a last resort. Having tried multiple channels, from protests to petitions to rallies to teach-ins to reports to non-official and official meetings, but finding no relief,  we have been forced to file this lawsuit against the President and Fellows of Harvard College, the Harvard Management Company, Lawrence Bacow in his capacity as President of Harvard University, and William Lee in his capacity as Senior Fellow.”

“We believe in abolition. We believe in a true end to slavery. We believe in a world and a future without the caging and exploitation of millions of poor, Black, Brown and Indigenous people across the nation and around the world. Towards that end, we demand action on prison divestment now. We are seeking the court to order that Harvard produce a report disclosing its direct and indirect investments in the prison-industrial complex and create and enact a feasible plan for divestment.”

“There is no solution but abolition, it’s time Harvard take action.”

In a report released in October 2019, according to The Harvard Crimson, HPDC estimated the University has at least $3 million invested in companies with ties to the prison industry. University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in April 2019, however, that Harvard’s total prison-related financial holdings amount to roughly $18,000. University administrators have resisted previous calls to divest from the prison industry.

Harvard spokesperson Jason A. Newton confirmed that the University received a copy of the complaint.

The graduate students listed as plaintiffs, Ismail A. Buffins, a student at the Divinity School; Amanda T. Chan and Anna L. Nathanson, students at the Law School; and Jarrett Drake and Citlalli Alvarez Almendariz, doctoral students in Anthropology, held a press conference at the Suffolk County Courthouse after filing the lawsuit.

“We do not just stand here as students who are working in agitating for abolition and for divestment. We’re standing here as donors to Harvard University,” Chan said. “So somewhere floating around in that $40.9 billion endowment is $20 of my hard-earned debt money, which means that under the charter, the University has to consider my will and has to consider its charitable purposes.”

“I’m a descendant of enslaved people in this country. My ancestors built courthouses like this. They built statehouses like the one on Beacon Street. They built universities like Harvard,” Drake said. “And as a descendant of enslaved people, it’s impossible to see our system of mass imprisonment, and not see the relationships — the direct, direct relationships.”

“I’m here today, standing, literally, on the moral and the physical infrastructure that my ancestors, the ancestors of other people — enslaved people, exploited people — have built,” he added. “And that, to me, matters as much, if not more than, the legal standing.”





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Vanessa Bryant Sues Helicopter Company Over Kobe and Gianna’s Death

Vanessa Bryant Sues Helicopter Company Over Kobe and Gianna’s Death


Vanessa Bryant, wife of the late Kobe Bryant and mother of Gianna, has filed a lawsuit against the helicopter operator and family of the pilot flying the helicopter that crashed, causing the death of her loved ones, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Attorneys for Vanessa Bryant filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on Monday against the company that operated the helicopter that caused the deaths of her husband, 13-year-old daughter and seven other passengers. Bryant’s complaint, which was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, was filed against Island Express Helicopters, Island Express Holding Corp. and the estate of the pilot, Ara Zobayan.

The wrongful death lawsuit stated that the pilot was careless and negligent by flying in foggy and cloudy conditions on January 26 and he should have aborted the flight. “Defendant Island Express Helicopters’ breach of its duty and negligence caused the injuries and damages complained of herein and Plaintiffs’ deceased, Kobe Bryant, was killed as a direct result of the negligent conduct of Zobayan for which Defendant Island Express Helicopters is vicariously liable in all respects,” the lawsuit obtained by The Los Angeles Times reads.

Bryant filed the lawsuit on the same day as a public memorial service for Kobe Bryant and his daughter at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he spent his entire 20-year career playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. The attorneys for Vanessa Bryant are Munger, Tolles & Olson and Kansas City-based Robb & Robb, which specializes in helicopter crashes.

Bryant was a five-time NBA World Champion, a two-time Finals MVP, and the 2008 Most Valuable Player. During Bryant’s career, he made the All-Star team 18 times. He was the youngest player to ever reach 30,000 points. Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016 and scored an NBA-season high 60 points in his final game.





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This Dad Helps Fathers Coming Out of Prison Get Back on Their Feet

This Dad Helps Fathers Coming Out of Prison Get Back on Their Feet


Charles Daniels and his wife, Samantha Fils-Daniels, started Fathers’ Uplift eight years ago, a program that works to assist fathers in overcoming financial, oppressive, emotional, traumatic and addiction-based barriers that prevent them from remaining engaged in their children’s lives. They also provide mentoring, cultural outings, and counseling to children who are growing up without their fathers.

Fathers uplift strengthens families nationwide through service, love, and encouragement, Good Morning America reports. The organization also provides safe transportation home and mental health and mentoring plans to get them back on their feet — a service that is greatly needed especially in the black community. There are more than 800,000 incarcerated parents in federal and state prisons and 92% of them are fathers, according to the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, a federally funded resource for dads.

“We see there’s a misconception that fathers behind bars don’t care about their kids. We know that they do care,” he said. “When they held their child for the first time, they did not imagine living a life without them.” Daniels says.

When people are released from prison, they usually get a plastic bag of their belongings and leave wearing the same clothes in which they came into prison.  This sparked an idea for Daniels to create a “bags for dad” program through Fathers’ Uplift.  A simple duffel bag filled with essentials like toothpaste, deodorant, clothes, and a blanket are bare essentials for someone who was previously incarcerated and have next to nothing.

Currently, Fathers Uplift consists of a team of around 30 employees that help not just dads in prisons but dads who may be divorced, having financial difficulties or who simply don’t know how to be a father because they didn’t have a role model in their own life. To date, the organization is nearing 3,000 fathers helped and overseeing a new institute that trains social workers and psychologists to help fathers, particularly fathers of color.





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Black Nurse Launches Next Billion-Dollar Tech Startup, “Nursesbnb”

Black Nurse Launches Next Billion-Dollar Tech Startup, “Nursesbnb”


Nursesbnb allows people to house healthcare workers who need special accommodations because of their odd work schedules, according to webuyblack.com.  This new innovative platform was created by Keisha Manning, who is a nurse, after realizing there was a need for housing for traveling nurses.

There is a significant nursing shortage in the United States. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.1 million new registered nurses will be needed by 2022 to prevent the shortage. Travel nursing has emerged as a response to that shortage, today there are an estimated 25,000 travel nurses in the U.S. alone. Travel nurses usually take short-term assignments at hospitals, ranging from a few weeks to a full year.  A typical shift for a traveling nurse might be from 7 PM to 7 AM. Hotels and Airbnb hosts simply can’t accommodate such schedules because they generally cater to tourists.

Manning recalls an experience she had with another nurse who was recruited for an assignment at the hospital she was working for in 2019. The new nurse began his shift that night without knowing where he would go at the end of his shift, at 7 a.m. He called several hotels in the surrounding area and checked with several Airbnb hosts. Keisha saw him the next night and asked where he stayed after he finished his shift. His answer was shocking; he said he was forced to sleep in his car. Hotels weren’t willing to adjust their check-in or check-out times and after a 12-hour shift, he had no other option. Manning recognized there was a real issue but also an opportunity and thus Nursesbnb was born.

With the urgent need for a place to stay for traveling nurses and hospitals being everywhere, Nursesbnb can become the next billion-dollar tech startup, much like the Airbnb business. Airbnb, which is now valued well into the billions, has helped homeowners across the globe become mini-hoteliers, allowing guests to stay overnight in an extra room or take over their home for a set period of time. To date, the company has helped book more than 160 million guests for its more than three million listings in 190 countries. According to Priceonomics, hosts on Airbnb are earning more than anyone else in the gig economy and are raking in an average of $924 a month.

 






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Ava Duvernay Receives Death Threats From Bernie Supporters

Ava Duvernay Receives Death Threats From Bernie Supporters


Ava Duvernay may be one of the most celebrated faces in Hollywood but, over the weekend, the Selma director found herself in hot water with some overly-passionate Bernie Sanders supporters on Twitter who had an issue with her recent critique of the Democratic candidate. The senator is coming off fresh from a triumphant victory at the Nevada caucuses, the second one of the primary season and first nominating contest on the West Coast.

On Friday, February 21, the Vermont senator tweeted out a warning to his opponents stating, “I’ve got news for the Republican establishment. I’ve got news for the Democratic establishment. They can’t stop us.” While his supporters were delighted over his recent win, the Oscar-nominated director wasn’t impressed and had her own rebuttal for the senator.

The Twitterverse went into a frenzy with numerous Bernie supporters condemning Duvernay over her tweet. Some even going as far as to say that her elite status allows her to take her stance. One of Bernie’s biggest platforms is providing medicare for all which would allow full health coverage for lower-income workers.

Eventually, Duvernay caught wind of the commotion and decided to log off the social network but not before posting screenshots of death threats from enraged Bernie supporters. “Bernie supporters terrroizing my mentions while I’m off enjoying my Saturday.” she posted.





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WNBA Commissioner Says Kobe Bryant Was Only Player to See Her Since She Got the Job

WNBA Commissioner Says Kobe Bryant Was Only Player to See Her Since She Got the Job


Before his tragic untimely death, Kobe Bryant was the only NBA player to reach out to the new WNBA commissioner, according to Yahoo Finance.

Cathy Engelbert was hired as the WNBA commissioner last year and she said Bryant was the only current or former NBA player to schedule a meeting to chat with her. The meeting was scheduled to be for an hour and it ended up becoming a two-hour conversation.

“Kobe was a huge advocate for the WNBA, and for women and girls in sports. Girls drop out of sports at an alarming rate by the age of 13,” said Engelbert, noting that Gianna and her teammates were all 13. “Kobe also championed those who hoped to be a part of the league in the future by working with college teams like the University of Connecticut and University of Oregon. His impact was much broader than I certainly thought,” she told Yahoo.

Engelbert also told People that the WNBA has plans to honor Bryant’s daughter, Gianna and her Mamba Sports Academy teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, who also died in the fatal helicopter crash with Bryant, in the upcoming months. “Our next big tentpole for the WNBA is our draft in April, so we’ll clearly be honoring those three young 13-year-old basketball players, the future of our game.”

“I’ve been telling people that he’s the only NBA player that reached out and came to see me at the WNBA offices since I started as the commissioner six months ago,” she told PEOPLE. “The first thing he said to me was, ‘Cathy, I spent four hours every day on girls sports and I love it.’”

“We talked for two hours about his commitment to the WNBA, the women, the players and obviously his commitment to his team that he was coaching,” Engelbert continued. “[It’s] just really a loss and a loss of a big advocate.”

The 2020 season, which kicks off in May, will be the league’s 24th season and Engelbert and her team are thinking of a variety of ways to honor the victims. Plans are underway to plan a tribute ahead of Father’s Day.





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Erica’s Table of 20 delivers an intimate networking experience

Erica’s Table of 20 delivers an intimate networking experience


If you take a five-minute scroll through your Instagram feed you will see a countless number of networking events, meet-ups, and conferences that all promise value, but Erica’s Table of 20 is different. Now in its 36th installment, Erica’s Table of 20 provides a different approach to the saturated business and entrepreneurial networking scene. Erica’s Table of 20 is an intimate experience for guests to gather, engage, fellowship, and connect in a genuine manner. Each guest is hand-selected, and there is no level of hierarchy that exists whether you are known on a national scale or simply doing great things within the community you reside in.

BLACK ENTERPRISE had the opportunity to discuss this experience with businesswoman, author, and change agent Erica Dias.

What makes Erica’s Table of 20 unique?

I often reference this experience as my version of “Sunday Dinner” that many of us used to have with family and friends. In my case, this Sunday dinner was hosted by my late grandmother, Helen Dias, who passed away from cancer. Guests would get dressed up, talk about everything under the sun, from worldly topics to their personal journey, paired with good food and laughter. All of my guests at this affair are selected due to their contributions in their respected communities, success within their careers, and value that they bring to everyone else at the dinner.

When did you realize that Erica’s table of 20 was really having an impact?

When men and women from all over the world began to inquire about attending the event I realized that this was bigger than just 20 people convening inside of Neiman Marcus. People have flown in from Nigeria, LA, Atlanta, Miami, and various other locations to take part in this gathering. It is an experience that cannot be duplicated.

You recently hosted your 36th Table of 20 in NYC. What is different about Erica’s Table of 20 in 2020 and moving forward?

2020 is a manifestation year as the Table of 20 travels to various cities. “Manifestation” meaning that each and every attendee will be challenged and inspired to put ideas into actions and actions into successes. As connections are formed throughout the event, each person at the table will be encouraged to connect with at least one person and have periodic “check-ins” to help encourage and push each other to manifest their goals. Marketing guru Ashunna Ayars and associate producer of The Wendy Williams Show, Derrick Warner, provided instrumental advice to the attendees.

Why are Erica’s Table of 20 events important for you?

As a businesswoman, author, and change agent, I am busy. I spend hours and hours helping others to build and grow their brands and visibility, oftentimes at the expense of my own goals. I recently re-released my best-selling book, Faith It Until You Make It, which is full of inspirational quotes that are bound to give you that pick-me-up that you need to get pumped up throughout the year. When I attend my event I am, in turn, getting a pick-me-up from each and every attendee. They may not realize it, but their stories and successes provide me with some of that much-needed inspiration to build my personal and professional brand. People, including myself, need that intimate approach to networking which challenges, inspires, and truly makes you move forward toward your goals.

How can we learn more about Erica’s Table of 20?

Get familiar with this event by visiting @TableOf20 on Instagram or visit the website at www.EricasTableOf20.com.





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Karen Civil Opens Up on Achieving Balance While Building Multiple Businesses

Karen Civil Opens Up on Achieving Balance While Building Multiple Businesses


Karen Civil has made a name for herself as a social media and digital media marketing strategist. For over a decade, she has built her personal and professional brand into prominent roles at Beats by Dre and Universal Music Group early into her career.

In 2008, Civil launched KarenCivil.com, an industry insider look into hip-hop. Two years later, she founded Always Civil Enterprise, a full-service branding and marketing powerhouse that specializes in the imaging of brands and creating a foundation of endless success and visibility.

Now, as a leading lady on the digital side of marketing, Civil’s work spans from the entertainment industry to politics. Her clients range from rapper and entrepreneur YG to Hillary Clinton. And she is known for being a cultural architect in the corporate space. In 2018, she helped open the first smart-store, the Marathon Clothing, in Los Angeles with the late, great Nipsey Hussle as her business partner.

Civil is also an author, philanthropist, and STEM advocate for children. As a businesswoman, she is known for being ambitious and unapologetic. We caught up with Civil at Fueled by Culture and spoke with her about what it takes to make it as an entrepreneur in the digital space. During our conversation, Civil kept it real about the sacrifices that come with success.

What goes into the business side of building a brand?

People tell me that I make it look easy and that they want to do what [I] do. Or they say, “I just want to hang out.”

Before the “hangout” or getting paid to do things that you love, [you have to understand that] there’s a lot of sacrifices that come with that. The time and dedication that you put into your career and craft is something that I don’t necessarily apologize for.

Everybody is not built to be a CEO. Everybody is not built to be an entrepreneur.

I always ask people, “Do you hate your job?” They say, “Yes.” Then I ask them, “Do you hate working 40 hours a week?” They say, “Yeah.” And then I tell them, “You probably wouldn’t be cut out to be an entrepreneur. Because it requires more than 40 hours a week.” I’m sending emails at one in the morning and at 3 p.m. because I work across different time zones. I put in 120%.

You’re surrounded by so many influential people and have deep, long-lasting relationships. How important is being relational and authentic?

Being authentic and having great relationships are two things that I live by. I’m not a character. I’m not a gimmick. I’m just authentically myself. And I tell people to do the same thing.

I don’t necessarily look at titles. I don’t walk into a situation and treat the CEO better than the janitor. To me, you should give more respect to the janitor because at the end of the day, you’re gonna lose them keys and need to get into that office. I’m grateful for all people in different places from different walks of life.

How do you practice being healthy and whole as you do the work?

Right now I’m going through a fasting phase for 90 days. And I’m not doing it for any religious reasons or anything like that; I’m doing it for my own sanity. But I am somebody who is spiritual. I light my candles; I have sage in my home; I talk to God; and I follow the Muslim prayer.

I live off inspiration. The first thing and last thing I see are quotes on my walls on my doors, it’s not the TV. That’s what keeps me going and inspires me.

What is next for you as you build and inspire?

My Live Civil imprint is something that I care about deeply. It’s my foundation. I have a school in Haiti and I also have a computer lab. My goal is to put my second computer lab, because it’s important to me, for kids in Haiti to have the same opportunity I did to get to know the world around them. Them being able to log on to the computer, do their homework, learn different languages, and see what’s happening outside of their community to broaden their horizons, is exciting to me.

 





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