Monday, May 29, 2017

So I went to Amy Ruth's.

photo: Serious Eats New York

Good morning, folks.

I come to on today with some very important news. I got the President Barack Obama (chicken) smothered with greens and macaroni and cheese with a tall glass of Purple, the Kool-Aid of the Day, at Amy Ruth's on W 116th Street in Harlem last night. Mister Man was craving gravy and comfort food, and I didn't want to waste my time at Sylvia's or Red Rooster or anywhere else so we took a chance. I went once back in 2008 or so with a group of friends who'd also escaped 1998, Virginia and landed in the land of knishes, cat-rats, and delayed trains, but all I remember is that I was famished after a day of classes at Broadway Dance Center and that we laughed a lot. Since I've had far more questionable macaroni and cheese in New York than good, I was skeptical. There is so much hateful macaroni and cheese in this world. I wanted to be a believer since a few friends and countless churched-up white stocking-wearing grandmas flock there regularly. I wanted to believe they all weren't being scammed.

However, I can officially report that the macaroni and cheese is a win, the smothering was well smothered, my mama would approve of the greens, and the Kool-Aid was diabeetusly sweet, just like the ancestors intended. Apparently the stuffing was good but "a little sweet," which was unsurprising because #theBlacks. I say all of that to say, mi genre, that it's a yes from me. I forgot to take a picture because I was starving. Just trust me on this. I hereby offer the #alexgottaeat stamp of approval and shall return. 

Good day. (Especially if you're coming to my mental health awareness event at the Schomburg Center this Wednesday.)

Other food adventures:
Alex Gotta Eat #1: The Maple Syrup and Bacon Cinnamon Roll
Alex Gotta Eat #2: Redemption By Burger
donuts and mouthsplosions
I Went to a Screening Of Underground In Memphis and Here Is What I Ate

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

New writing @ VerySmartBrothas.com

And hello. Over at VerySmartBrothas.com, I wrote about that time I met Disappointment in a restaurant in DeeCee. I take my food very seriously, and I am still recovering from this travesty. It's a cold world.


In this age of foot-faced presidential swampdonkeys, culture vulturing ho-ass racial stowaways, and mediocrity-masking alternative facts, a number of things are inarguable:
  1. Shawn is the LaTavia of the Wayans clan.
  2. The rent is too damn high.
  3. While Magnolia Bakery’s cupcakes are wretched, gorgeous bite-sized tragedies, their banana pudding might could fix Ben Carson.
  4. Withholding gravy is a crime against humanity.
Argue with deez nuts.

Gravy—sauce in general, technically—is a gift from Almighty Saint Damita Jo Jackson, the First, and must be given abundantly. Always. Sure, a bombastic curry chicken situation can be delicious. But bathe that same chicken appendage in a majestic sauce situation, and it becomes life-changing. The right gravy could help En Vogue quit the silly shit, axe that rebound so and so lady, get it the fuck together, and continue being great together, rather than split into blessing-blocking bickering factions.

Which brings me to my latest dance with disappointment.

Read the rest over at Very Smart Brothas.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"A Black Writers Symposium" (feat. Kiese Laymon and Hari Ziyad of RaceBaitr)


In one of our most candid episodes to date, we're joined by the dynamic duo of educator, "Long Division" author, and Southern-fried scribe Kiese Laymon and RaceBaitR's H.N.I.C. Hari Ziyad for our first ever "Black Writers Symposium". We discuss the necessity of the creative spaces they occupy, the delicate balance of selling their artistry while not selling their souls, and the roles and responsibilities of writers within the pursuit of true Black liberation. Additionally, Alex has a thing for Crunch Berries, Jay shops at Gordon Gartrelle, and Amtrak stations ain’t nothing nice.

More Kiese Laymon: Web | Twitter
More Hari Ziyad: RaceBaitR | Twitter | Instagram | RaceBaiteR TwitterFacebook



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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Once Upon A Live SXSW Episode











































Last week, Jay and I were invited to Austin, Texas to do a live recording of The Extraordinary Negroes on TuneIn's Podcast Stage at SXSW (South By Southwest, an annual music, tech, and film festival).

And here is the episode we recorded.




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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Come check out The Extraordinary Negroes at SXSW in Austin, TX


Oh, hey.

The awesome (and smart) folk at SXSW (a music, film, and tech festival in Austin, TX) are allowing Jay and I to take the stage for a special live broadcast of The Extraordinary Negroes. Chicken and champagne for everyone.


It's our first time going, and I'm hyped to be there in the mix with other creatives and big thinkers and surrounded by an abundance of (allegedly) brilliant BBQ. We shall see. This is our second live event, and expect to have a dope-ass time. If you're heading to SXSW, come check us out on Tuesday, March 14, at 2PM on the SXSW Podcast Stage. And here is a list of all participating podcasts. See you there.

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