Once I got past the glitz greetings and introductions, “Recipe for Change: Amplifying Black Women” progressively got better. For our first ever virtual event, Port of Harlem is making the Daytime Emmy Award nominated show available for your on-demand viewing. And, on Saturday, September 10, from 8p to 8:30p (Washington, DC time), we will host a ZOOM event to hear and discuss what you think about “Recipe for Change” and the issues it presents.
Each episode of “Recipe for Change” gathers celebrities, chefs, activists, and creators around a dinner table for necessary conversations. In this episode, Mary J. Blige, Saweetie, and Tabitha Brown partner with chefs Kelis and Danielle Saunders to host dinner guests who I was vaguely familiar with, but you - - or maybe your kids - - or grandkids – may know.
The guests included Chlöe Bailey, Winnie Harlow, Kelly Rowland, Jackie Aina, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Roxane Gay, Sarah Jakes Roberts, Lynn Whitfield, Yaya DaCosta, Loni Love, Renee Montgomery, Danielle Young, Angelica Ross, Hallease, and Elaine Welteroth. Comedian Amanda Seales joined the episode as an on-the-street reporter, speaking with Black women and their allies in Los Angeles.
“Recipe for Change” centers on the stories and experiences of Black women and celebrates their perseverance and strength while making space for joy and the power of sisterhood. However, you do not have be a cisgender woman (a woman whose gender identity corresponds to their sex assigned at birth or identify as Black to enjoy the conversation or participate in the ZOOM event.)
The more substantive conversations began as the ladies picked from a canister, a mini-scroll printed on high-quality paper and read the discussion topic that was perfectly printed on the paper. One the first discussion topics was about the affects of being labeled a “strong” Black woman.