30 episodes

Coming soon from HRN, Culture & Flavor is a podcast about food and culture centered in Black & Indigenous foodways. Hosted by Zella Palmer, Director and Chair of the Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture in New Orleans, Louisiana. Each episode features high vibrational conversations with cultural bearers, chefs, farmers, scholars, bbq pitmasters and more - where there is flavor, there is history - Join Zella Palmer and her guests as they share stories that will have you praise dancing, cooking, conjuring and inspiring your culinary journey.

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Coming soon from HRN, Culture & Flavor is a podcast about food and culture centered in Black & Indigenous foodways. Hosted by Zella Palmer, Director and Chair of the Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture in New Orleans, Louisiana. Each episode features high vibrational conversations with cultural bearers, chefs, farmers, scholars, bbq pitmasters and more - where there is flavor, there is history - Join Zella Palmer and her guests as they share stories that will have you praise dancing, cooking, conjuring and inspiring your culinary journey.

    Efé McWorter | The Power of the Arts

    Efé McWorter | The Power of the Arts

    On this episode, Zella talks to her favorite high school teacher, former Dance Director of the Lincoln Park High School Concert Dancers in Chicago, Illinois Efé McWorter. Efé, pronounced E-Fay, hails from the concert dance world of Chicago. Affectionately known as Mama E, she has brought a 40-year Chicago foundation of professional concert modern dance to LA where an actor flowed forth, winning the DC Black Film Festival 2019 Best Actress Award for her role in Tony Scott’s “TOGETHER.” She has joyously extended her love of performance to the world of entertainment through television, film, print, and theater. Efé is grateful for opportunities extended to continue her deep commitment to a life of enlightenment, illumination and the beauty that lies in telling stories through all media outlets. Grandmother to an actor and musician, she thanks her beautiful and talented daughter Mei-Ling for opening this fascinating world to her.

    • 55 min
    Dr. Malinda Lowery & Hannah Goins | Lumbeeland

    Dr. Malinda Lowery & Hannah Goins | Lumbeeland

    On this episode, Zella talks with Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery and Hannah Goins. Dr. Lowery is a historian and documentary film producer who is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. In July 2021, she joined Emory University as the Cahoon Family Professor of American History, after spending 12 years at UNC-Chapel Hill and 4 years at Harvard University. Her second book, The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle, was published by UNC Press in 2018. The book is a survey of Lumbee history from the eighteenth century to the present, written for a general audience. Her first book, Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation (UNC Press, 2010) won several awards, including Best First Book of 2010 in Native American and Indigenous Studies.

    Titles she has produced include the Peabody Award-winning "A Chef’s Life" (PBS, 2013-2018), "Somewhere South" (PBS, 2020), "Road to Race Day" (Crackle, 2020), the Emmy-nominated "Private Violence" (HBO, 2014), "In the Light of Reverence" (PBS, 2001), and two short films, "Real Indian" (1996), and "Sounds of Faith" (1997), both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her current projects include essays on the shared history of Black and Indigenous Americans and a media experience on humor and racial stereotypes with the Smithsonian Institution. Her latest film, Lumbeeland, received an award for best production from the American Indian Heritage Celebration Award.

    She has written over twenty book chapters or articles, on topics including American Indian migration and identity, school desegregation, federal recognition, religious music, and foodways, and has published essays for popular audiences in places like the New York Times, Oxford American, and Daily Yonder. She has won fellowships and grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sundance Institute, the Ford Foundation, and others.

    Hannah Goins is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. She received her J.D. with certification in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy and M.P.S. in Indigenous Governance from the University of Arizona in 2022. She also holds a B.A. in American Indian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She maintains a commitment to advocating for Indigenous Peoples and communities and fighting for the recognition and application of their rights.

    • 51 min
    Charity Qalutaq Blanchett | The Future of Food is Indigenous

    Charity Qalutaq Blanchett | The Future of Food is Indigenous

    On this episode, Zella talks to Charity Blanchett, an Indigenous Yup'ik and Black Award-Winning Non-Profit Founder and CEO, Public Speaker, and Social Impact Entrepreneur dedicated to empowering Indigenous youth and championing cultural identity. As the Founder and CEO of Dipping Spoon, a pioneering non-profit Hospitality Agency, Charity directs her efforts towards serving the luxury needs of Indigenous Youth, guided by principles of access, representation, and cultural identity. Under her leadership, Dipping Spoon envisions a global landscape where Indigenous youth confidently embrace their heritage, transcending institutional boundaries to excel as creative entrepreneurial culinary pioneers, blending Food, Science, Media, Design, and Public Policy into a harmonious force for change. A passionate advocate for preserving Native American food culture, Charity fervently emphasizes its significance in reflecting history, values, and stewardship of natural resources. Her speaking engagements resonate with audiences, shedding light on the profound impact of food culture on Native American communities.

    • 51 min
    Madame Barbara Trevigne | Marie Laveau Partie Deaux

    Madame Barbara Trevigne | Marie Laveau Partie Deaux

    On this episode of Culture & Flavor, Zella continues her conversation with Madame Barbara Trevigne to talk about the legacy of Marie Laveau, Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Trevigne, a 7th Ward Native of New Orleans, shares her research about growing up Creole in New Orleans, New Orleans food, religous and death traditions, and the importance of Madame Marie Laveau.

    • 56 min
    Mariama Diallo | Food and Family

    Mariama Diallo | Food and Family

    On this episode of Culture & Flavor, Zella sits down with Mariama Diallo, Brooklyn-based renowned filmmaker, writer, and director. Her debut feature, Master, from Amazon Studios, was released in March 2022 after premiering in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Previous works include the short films Hair Wolf (Sundance 2018) and White Devil (TIFF 2021), as well as HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness. She has been featured in Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch and Filmmaker magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

    Photo courtesy of Nechama Leitner.

    • 59 min
    Chef Jonny Rhodes | The Violence of Hunger

    Chef Jonny Rhodes | The Violence of Hunger

    On this episode of Culture & Flavor, Zella sits down with Chef Jonathan Rhodes from Houston, Texas. Chef Jonny’s work experience is founded in time at several high-profile restaurants including Gramercy Tavern, The Inn at Dos Brisas, and Oxheart. During this time, Rhodes was inspired to launch the Jensen Chronicle, Indigo to Broham, and Food Fight Farms. Chef Rhodes' mission is to continue advancing the culture through agriculture and land ownership as it represents the sacrifice and beauty of the African American experience.

    • 1 hr 2 min

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