Our Mothers’ Kitchens
Created in 2016, Our Mothers’ Kitchens (OMK) is a culinary and literature dedicated to the African diaspora. Using the works of Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, Ntozake Shange, Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker, Our Mothers’ Kitchens seeks to introduce black folk to the ways in which these (and other) Black female authors intersect food and language as a means of liberation, expression and cultural preservation. Continuing the use of traditions from the African diaspora, where art and life are one, Our Mothers’ Kitchens takes vital steps towards building optimal health, self-awareness and cultural connection through the ritual and art of cooking and storytelling.
Our Mothers’ Kitchens host an annual Summer Workshop for Black Girls at Sankofa Community Farm, a teeming oasis folded quietly into the heart of Southwest Philadelphia. From Fall 2018 to Spring 2019, OMK curated a community dinner series honoring and celebrating the women who inspired the project entitled In Search of Our Foremothers’ Kitchens.
Confidence In Culture
Scholar and anthropologist, Marimba Ani once said, “Culture is a means by which a people protects themselves... [it] is the immune system of a people.” Following Ani’s lead Confidence in Culture (CIC) is a conceptual model created to assist and promote the adoption of healthy behaviors through culturally appropriate (and specific) education and outreach. In this model, the specific needs of the target community / audience are identified via cultural norms and practices under the belief that by utilizing the strengths of the community and cultural pride, there will be an increase in feelings of self-efficacy and, by extension, the intent to change. Originally, crafted to foster the adoption of culturally appropriate and healthy dietary changes, the CIC model can be adapted to any health problem or community.
The Writers’ Circle is a (poc sacred) space dedicated to practicing the art of creative writing, pushing burgeoning + seasons writers alike past the bounds of the mundane + conventional into obscure + quixotic worlds. Khaliah leads fellow writers in a series of original prompts + hands-on writing exercises, exploring the facets of words + language. The Circle provides a safe space for learning, expression and creativity. Fellow writers offer constructive critiques and feedback while encouraging each other to expand their imaginations and challenging themselves to share their work via publication and performance.
The Writers’ Circle meets whenever they can (usually bi-weekly). Follow @the_kdp on Instagram to stay up to date of the next (+ be sure to turn on those post notifications)!
Khaliah Be Eatin’
Khaliah’s new blog, Khaliah Be Eatin’, is forthcoming Fall 2019! Check back for recipes, reviews and rantings as Khaliah explores kitchens across the diaspora.