(Photo: Diane O'Gilvie)
First And Foremost...
The Upper West Side home of Antonio Monda and his wife Jacqueline Greaves harks back to a time when intellectuals convened in salons to discuss global issues, anoint the next literary giant and discuss other pressing societal matters. A recent gathering ostensibly to spotlight For the Culture: Phenomenal Black Women and Femmes in Food by Klancy Miller attracted a few of the women actually featured in the book as well as journalists, artists, TV writers and producers, a dermatologist, international lawyers, and entrepreneurs. Quite an eclectic mix, but since the kitchen is where all cultures meet, it proved a tantalising reduction!
With every ingredient carefully chosen, strangers soon found commonality.
SO2 takes you inside.
Klancy Miller, author of For the Culture, spent time signing books at the launch hosted by Jacqueline Greaves. (Photo:NMW)
Lisa Binns (second left), co-principal Stush in the Bush and one of the women featured in Klancy Miller's book For The Culture; her aunt Pamela Gill (left), and actress and cooking host Charmaine Lorde (Photo: Diane O'Gilvie & NMW)
Antonio Monda, writer, film producer and journalist holding court. (Photo: Diane O'Gilvie)
Culinarians Suzanne (left) and Michelle Rousseau (centre) and writer Suzanne Rust in animated discussion (Photo: Diane O'Gilvie)
Klancy Miller (centre), author of For the Culture is flanked by some of the women featured in her book (back row left) Jacqueline Greaves, Lisa Binns, Adjoa Kittoe, Michelle Rousseau, Suzanne Rousseau and Rasheeda Purdie(Photo: Diane O'Gilvie)
Gal pals (from left) Bisila Bokoko, Rasheeda Purdie and Julie Angie (Photo: Diane O'Gilvie)
Supporters of For the Culture Shauna and Patrick Douglas delighted in the company of author Klancy Miller (centre) (Photo: NMW)
Jacqueline Greaves (left) her writer daughter Marilu, and sports journalist son Ignazio (Photo: Diane O'Gilvie)
(From left) the consummate host Jacqueline Greaves, Jamaica Vibes co-author Novia McDonald-Whyte, and featured food personality Lisa Binns (Photo: Diane O'Gilvie)
The writer Margo Jefferson (right) and the evening's host Jacqueline Greaves (Photo: Diane O'Gilvie)
Flavia DeStefanis (left), researcher, photographer, cataloguer and graphic designer, joined acclaimed Ethiopian-American author Maaza Mengiste and her professor/writer husband Marco Navarro for an SO2 moment. (Photo: Diane O'Gilvie)
For the Culture by Klancy Miller (Photo: NMW & Diane O'Gilvie)
Journalist, Sala Elise Patterson (Photo: Diane O'Gilvie)