Dish: Sweet Potato Pie
Album: Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder
Reasons: child prodigy who becomes one of best composers of modern music touching at heart and souls, wanting us to find kindness, love, freedom and peace. Reminisce back to when after you chowed down on that pie, you danced with ya grandma with smiles from ear to ear.
Dish: Roasted Turkey
Album: Al Green's Greatest Hits
Reasons: Oh the jam for ya playa uncles, Al telling us he was smoooooooooooooooooooooove, the smoovest one in the game.
Dish: Collared Greens
Album: Timmy Thomas' single "Why Can't We Live Together"
Reasons: Because Drake is terrible and still needs proper lessons on how to credit somebody. Also this album's composition methodology was unheard at the time - in mono versus stereo and the use of the rhythm machine.
Dish: Black eyed peas
Album: Spirit by Earth, Wind, & Fire
Reasons: Some of the OGs of afrofuturism, what type of black gathering can you have if doesn't include eternal space jams composed by Maurice White.
Dish: Cranberry sauce
Album: Wild is the Wind by Nina Simone
Reasons: Yes, OP knows this dish is a polarizing one, but if a relative tries to spoon feed you some just chant this powerful song by the legendary artist. Also given this year, it's something we (black women) need to do for a bit.
Album: I Want You by Marvin Gaye
Reasons: This album marked a new change in the soul musician's career experimenting with new sounds, including neo-soul. The album cover is the classic painting "The Sugar Shack" all those beautiful, different people, coming together in the heat shaking off stress, enjoying themselves, being better together much like the classic dish we pass around.
Dish: Golden, fluffy cornbread
Album: At Last by Etta James
Reasons: A classic record, a classic dish - both so velvety good, you repeat the soul legend's classic as you grab seconds and thirds.
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