Archive for August, 2015

Reflections on the Movie Selma

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2015 by amanisma

My mother was born in Selma Alabama. She was a little girl when all of the marches took place. She actually saw the people marching through Selma. When people say racism is over and that was so long ago I think of my mother, Grandmother, Aunts, Uncles, and cousins who lived through the most difficult times in America. No signed piece of paper eliminated the hate that was in the hearts of racist Americans. The trauma they lived through did not magically go away because a paper was signed to end certain racist practices. That’s number one. 
Second thought, I’ve come to not have much faith in the justice system because of recent events. I’ve always been aware that this is the result of racist practices that stem back from beyond slavery. Many African Americans have yet to see justice from crimes committed against them. This is the history and tradition of America. The children and grandchildren of those racist criminals with authority are still around following in the footsteps of their forefathers. They have inherited the ways in which they operate. One does not just become moral and just because a paper is signed prohibiting their evil actions. In fact, like the cycle of abuse, one only hides their animosity for some time and then explodes with fury. Most recently we have gotten a glimpse of this fury when confederate flag supporters were faced with opposition. The hate hidden well came to light. 

Thirdly, I find it absolutely sickening that African Americans had to go through so much hell just for basic rights. A few years ago during election time, my mother called me to remind what Many had to go through for the right to vote. She reminded me that many had died for that right. As I watched the movie my stomach turned as a got a visual of what that struggle was like. We may not be struggling for the right to vote but there is a fight for basic rights; not to be killed by police. Although people of all races have suffered at the hands of corrupt cops statistics prove minorities are being killed at a higher rate by the police. A racist will have you believe casualties of police brutality and murder is due to citizens no following laws but dash cams, witnesses, and history will show you otherwise. Our justice system needs much reform. The killings and brutality must stop. This is something folks should not have to march, beg, plead about. 

  

Morgan Freeman step- granddaughter fatally stabbed in New York

Posted in Uncategorized on August 16, 2015 by amanisma

Early Sunday morning Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter was fatally stabbed. Police have confirmed 33 year old E’Dena Hines was stabbed multiple times in the torso. She was taken to Harlem Hospital where she was pronounced dead.   
According to The Grio a 30 year old male has been taken into custody. 
Prayers for the family left behind.

  

Image via The Grio

Video:”PLEASE GET HIM SOME HELP; HE’S BLEEDING OUT” Police shooting in Ferguson after a day of peaceful protests on the anniversary of Micheal Brown’s murder.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 10, 2015 by amanisma

After a day of peaceful protests on the anniversary of Micheal Brown’s murder Ferguson police officers were involved in a shooting. Two people were struck by gunfire. Their conditions are unknown. A video surfaced of one victim laying on the ground. The person recording the video can been heard pleading for the officers to “get him some help;he’s bleeding out”.  Instagram has censored the hashtag #ferguson. What’s really going on?

Move over cauliflower crust!!! Breadfruit crust is taking over!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 6, 2015 by amanisma

  So a few months ago I made a cauliflower crust and when I tasted it for some reason I thought about my Jamaican half and the different produce I’d been introduced to as a child. I then thought which of the starchy plants would make a good crust. Then breadfruit popped into my head.  I went to a few Spanish markets nearby in search of breadfruit but I was unsuccessful in finding any. 

A few weeks ago my sister told me about an international market very close by so I checked it out. This place is so amazing with fruits and veggies from all over the world. It has instantly become one of my favorite places to shop. More about that later…

Ingredients used:

1 Medium sized breadfruit

2 eggs

2-3 teaspoons Parmesan cheese

2 cups mozzarella cheese
Toppings:

Green olives

Spinach 

Mozzarella cheese

Fiesta blend shredded cheese
Sauce:

1/2 onion

1 cup salsa

1 medium tomato
So I basically applied the same instructions for preparing cauliflower crust. 

First I pealed the breadfruit. 

  
Then I grated it. This step would be much easier with a food processor. 

  
Next I placed the grated breadfruit on a cookie sheet and baked it at 350 for 20 minutes.

After baking I attempted to squeeze any liquid from the breadfruit but found there wasn’t much so I just proceeded to the next step.

I mixed 3 eggs (next time I will only do 2) a  few tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and about a cup of mozzarella cheese together. I then combined this mixture with the grated breadfruit. 
  
Next take a piece of parchment paper and cover a cookie sheet or pizza stone. Then spray nonstick oil on parchment paper. 

(WARNING: DO NOT USE WAX PAPER. PARCHMENT PAPER MUST BE USED INSTEAD. CRUST WILL STICK TO WAX PAPER).

Evenly spread the mixture on the cookie sheet or pizza stone. 

  
Bake the crust on 350-375 for about 15-20 minutes or until the edges are golden.

  
Finally add your desired toppings. I took half an onion, a whole tomato, and a cup of salsa and blended it for a sauce. My toppings included mozzarella, green olives, and spinach. 

  

Bake for another 15-20 minutes.

  
This pizza was soooooo delicious!!! It folded just like a doughy pizza but then again I didn’t expect anything less from a fruit that tastes like a pastry. 

Precious Mom and Baby moment. 

Posted in Uncategorized on August 2, 2015 by amanisma

#Mashallah#MayAllahProtectHer  

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