Trans-Atlantic Food Migration: The African Culinary Influence on the Cuisine of the Americas

In the article below, culinary historian Diane M. Spivey describes the centuries-old diaspora of African foods and cooking traditions in North and South America. Africa has been a major contributor to the cuisine of North and South America although this contribution has long been overlooked, … Read MoreTrans-Atlantic Food Migration: The African Culinary Influence on the Cuisine of the Americas

Frenchtown Houston, Texas (1922- )

Frenchtown, a community built in 1922 in Houston, Texas, was constructed by hundreds of Creole descendants of free French, Spanish, and African people living in southwestern Louisiana in the eighteenth century. Coming to Houston for economic opportunities, they settled and created this community because of … Read MoreFrenchtown Houston, Texas (1922- )

Maurice S. Parker (1949- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Ambassador Maurice S. Parker is a career Senior Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Department of State.  On April 30, 2007 Parker was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as the U.S. ambassador to … Read MoreMaurice S. Parker (1949- )

Fifth Ward, Houston, Texas (1866- )

Fifth Ward is one of the six political districts created in Houston, Texas in the mid-nineteenth century. It was established in 1866. Over the years it has produced notable cultural and political figures. Located northeast of downtown, Fifth Ward lies north of the Buffalo Bayou, … Read MoreFifth Ward, Houston, Texas (1866- )

Chester Arthur/Howlin’ Wolf Burnett (1910-1976)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Chester Arthur Burnett, better known by his stage name Howlin’ Wolf, was a blues performer and bandleader born in White Station, Mississippi to Leon "Dock" and Gertrude Young Burnett. He was married to Lillie Burnett and is survived by two stepchildren, … Read MoreChester Arthur/Howlin’ Wolf Burnett (1910-1976)

Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins (1912-1982)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins, blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter, was born in Centerville, Texas in 1912 to sharecropping parents whose exact identities are unknown. At eight, Hopkins met legendary bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson at a social function in Buffalo, Texas. An accomplished … Read MoreSam “Lightnin’” Hopkins (1912-1982)

William Lee Conley “Big Bill” Broonzy (1893-1958)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Although he struggled throughout his life to produce a sufficient income, Big Bill Broonzy played an integral role in launching the global popularity of Southern blues.  Born to sharecropper parents on June 26, 1893 in Scott, Mississippi, Broonzy grew up in … Read MoreWilliam Lee Conley “Big Bill” Broonzy (1893-1958)