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Grand Champs 3Living in the Caribbean capital of the world “Brooklyn” has its privileges. One of the best that comes to mind is the variety of Caribbean food at my disposal. Recently I had the pleasure of stumbling into Grandchamps and having some Haitian cuisine.

It was brunch time and the menu had a nice array of options to choose from… including dinner entrees. Luckily I brought two equally famished participants with me to eat and treat accordingly. I got the party started with some Griot Hash.

This ensemble included two scrambled eggs, diced potatoes, and lettuce with a pinch of fruit and griot (fried & roasted). It was a unique assortment that worked quite well together. In particular the different types of griot bathed in spices and peppers did the trick.

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Griot Hash

My guests chose to go the early dinner route and dived in immediately. The victims were two plates of rice & beans paired with fried plantains topped with griot and shrimp respectively. The first plate (Griot) included a side of pikliz and special sauce that just made it pop! While the second entree (Shrimp) was accompanied by what I think was kale (all green leafy stuff seems the same to me) and a delicious cashew sauce with an abundance of Haitian flavor.

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Griot

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Shrimp

Before the partaking of the aforementioned delicacies, we sloooowly snacked on some patties and enjoyed every single morsel. Naturally it was only right that we sampled the beef and mori.

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Beef

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Mori

As with any good Haitian meal we washed it down with one of the staples of our community “Cola Lacaye.” You can never go wrong with the champagne flavor but why choose one? Bananas never did the Caribbean wrong!

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Now that the meals were done and the experience came to a conclusion, I had to get the thoughts of my guests, who happen to be the biggest critics of Haitian cuisine. So here was the moment of truth… I ask “So how did you like the food?” They looked me in the eye and said “li byen fe!” (it’s well done). So there you have it, if my parents gave it the thumbs up…you will too!

Oh yeah…. did I mention you can do some grocery shopping before you leave?

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Grandchamps is located on 197 Patchen Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233

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Writing Your First Book / Should I Self Publish?

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I had the distinct pleasure of  participating in a panel discussion on writing your first book, presented by the Harlem chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.  Alongside Jim St. Germain, Author – A Stone of Hope: A Memoir and Dr. Keneshia Nicole Grant, Author – The Great Migration and the Democratic Party: Black Voters and the Realignment of American Politics in the 20th Century.  We opined on pain points, benefits and strategies regarding our inaugural voyages into authorship. Feel free to watch for your self and I hope this provides some insight to all those looking to make the same voyage. Enjoy!

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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What the NFT is a BEEPLE?

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On March 11 this year, the digital artist Beeple sold a collage of digital images from his “Everydays” series for nearly 70 million dollars as an NFT, or non-fungible token. And if that sentence confuses you, you’re not alone.

A non-fungible token is a unit of data on a digital ledger called a blockchain, where each NFT can represent a unique digital item, and thus they are not interchangeable. NFTs can represent digital files such as art, audio, video, and other forms of creative work. While the digital files themselves are infinitely reproducible, the NFTs representing them are tracked on their underlying blockchains and provide buyers with proof of ownership.” – Wikipedia

Still confused? Let the artist himself explain it, and learn how he went from NFT newbie to making the third most expensive artwork by a living artist in three months. Not to suggest Beeple is an overnight success. The “Everydays” series alone involved creating a piece of art every day since May 1, 2007 – and he hasn’t missed a day.

Check out some of Beeple’s amazing and controversial work below.

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Comic Fans: Geek out with Cartoonist KAYFABE

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Cartoonist Kayfabe is a YouTube channel hosted by comic-book makers Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg.

Comics have come a long way since they were just for kids – and anyway, those kids have grown up and rightfully embrace it as  an artform. Cartoonish Kayfabe expertly walk you through the finer points of comic creation and appreciation, referencing some high quality images along the way.  If you’re a comic geek, you will dig it – especially if you’re into 90’s era and independent comics.

Recording as Electronic Device, Brooklyn artist and writer Eric Curran released his debut record "Two Dull Boys" in 2021.

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