Wednesday, February 11, 2004

"This Moment in Nigga History"
by Reggie Dinkins, Jr.

Today's Spotlight in Nigganess brings us to the world of cooking. Today we spotlight the head chef, and only "chef" at the New York Ave Grill, Marvel "The Taste" Stuart. Known as Taste in the urban cooking circles, The Taste has spent many years preparing sintilating dishes and cuisines throughout the Washington DC area. He has studied under many masters of the cullinary arts, Ben of Bens Chilli Bowl, both Horace and Dickey, and The Head Cafeteria Operator of McKinley Tech aka "The Soupmaster".

The Taste learned many cooking techniques from these great cuisinists. The Taste acquired his nickname for his superior tastebuds, he could tell All-Spice from ginger by the crumb of a gingerbread man. He interned at Pepsi when they concocted their new recipe for sweeter coke, in an effort to be different from Coca-Cola. His tastebuds enabled him to tell the difference hence the "Pepsi Taste Test" later changed to the Pepsi Challenge due to some worker's comp litigation.

Oh but the Taste didnt stop there he went on creating many new dishes and fine medleys of spice, sweets and liquor. His chittling-loaf is a holiday favortie. His innovation of the Kale Diet, known in Upper Northeast, this green diet has enabled many people better eating habits. However his finest creation was his SteakadaTaste Sammich. I have cracked into the Taste's Cookbook and discovered the Recipe.

1/2 pound of sliced steak (and or steak'ums)
couple of slices of cheese (Kraft or gubment)
Toppings: lettuce, energy matas, mayo, mustid, ketchup
Potato Bread sub rolls

First marinade the steak in half-a-pint of Remy, sure to seal it upon marination. lace the greens with "greens" and apply the energy matas (tomatoes preserved in Gin for freshness), and the toppings.

Steakada Taste $18



Commentary
by Salvador Gabor

In this year of 2004, we embark upon a crucial point in our society. This year's election maybe the turning point in our country as we know it. I was watching an ad for voting this morning. The ad talks about how 18 Million young voters went to the polls last year. The margin of the 2000 election was 500,000. And the ad goes on to pose a question: What if we get 20 Million young voters to exercise their right this year?

2 Million more votes huh? Its a shot. Definitely a shot. The problem is that its more than a vote. I use to wonder why people were so adamant towards us as young people to vote. I always felt that there is no "RIGHT" candidate. In my opinion, a president sees and knows too much negativity to be a "GOOD" candidate. Most presidents who have stood up for the "RIGHT" cause were assassinated. I always felt that "friends" of the administration had their hands in the pockets of presidents and that the world is actually ran by those powerful "friends". I've had many bad perceptions of politicians and thats lead me not to vote.

But the right to vote is beyond going in a booth and pulling down a lever. As I get older I realize that our ancestors fought for the right to vote BUT also the right to have a sayso in this country. See it's much more than one Tuesday in November. My vote begins to count when I go to town meetings and I elect the right city council members or even attempt to make a run at a local office. Our right to vote deals with the idea that even if our prospect is not chosen, the candidate that is elected will fully know that his opponents will STILL be in his/her face. We have to let the politicians know that the war is not won on election night. It's just begun. You dont have to stop coming to our hoods and shaking hands NOW. CONTINUE to do so. Let them know that you will see my face more and more even if I have to come and see YOU. You may have won the election but best to believe you will have a hard time if you dont answer to us as a people.

This year is the election year that we make the election not just a day's worth of time but 4 years worth of time. Its not about choosing the right person, its about working to ensure that throughout the 4 years that follow, no matter WHO wins, that your views and needs are expressed and addressed in the proper fashion.