Event Title

From Church to Chicken Shack: The Preservation and Appropriation of Soul Food Traditions in Little Rock, Arkansas

Location

Diamond 221

Start Date

1-5-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 3:00 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

Many people are familiar with the appropriation of black customs. Everyone is aware of Miley Cyruss fiasco at the MTV Movie Awards and her need to appropriate twerking, but many do not know that black food is also commodified. This project aims to highlight soul food as a black custom that dates back to the 1700s in hopes of preventing further forms of appropriation of black customs. It also aims to show that soul food is as much a custom as twerking and both soul food and twerking serve as a connection for African-Americans to remember both the Motherland and America. This project will examine soul food in an average sized, southern city, Little Rock, Arkansas in its commodified form at Guss World Famous Fried Chicken restaurant and in a more traditional setting at Greater Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.

Faculty Sponsor

Ben Lisle

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. American Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

511

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From Church to Chicken Shack: The Preservation and Appropriation of Soul Food Traditions in Little Rock, Arkansas

Diamond 221

Many people are familiar with the appropriation of black customs. Everyone is aware of Miley Cyruss fiasco at the MTV Movie Awards and her need to appropriate twerking, but many do not know that black food is also commodified. This project aims to highlight soul food as a black custom that dates back to the 1700s in hopes of preventing further forms of appropriation of black customs. It also aims to show that soul food is as much a custom as twerking and both soul food and twerking serve as a connection for African-Americans to remember both the Motherland and America. This project will examine soul food in an average sized, southern city, Little Rock, Arkansas in its commodified form at Guss World Famous Fried Chicken restaurant and in a more traditional setting at Greater Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/212