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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Adventures In Food | Mercer One Thirteen

Mercer One Thirteen

113 W Hubbard St
ChicagoIL 60654
(312) 396-0113

Best oyster appetizer bar none! Fried oysters topped with a beurre blanc sauce, sauteed spinach and diced tomatoes.

Panko and slivered almond crusted halibut over rice with a Kung Pao dipping sauce.

Lightly battered white fish over jalepeno mashed potatoes and asparagus.

Espresso chocolate mousse in a chocolate cup with freshly whipped cream and berries.

Dark chocolate mousse in a marbled chocolate shot glass with freshly whipped cream and berries.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Public Enemy | The Rhythm, the Rebel, the Relevance

runnin' to the radio
and the tv issues and views
shaped by one sided news
got us like
planet of the apes
under cds and tapes
young cats askin ol heads
teach me
over beats that reach me
radiation of a radio tv movie nation on your gdamn mind
makes ya blind

- verse from Public Enemy, Makes You Blind (1987 - Yo! Bumrush the Show)

Forever relevant, not subject to obsolescense - the words of PE are education and the human experience set to rhyme that resonates with independent minds all over the planet. 

Tonight I watched the documentary Public Enemy | Welcome to the Terrordome on Centric and wondered why this was the first time that I had ever seen a program about such a monumental group in music, who is still producing dynamic art today. If it wasn't for the fact that I follow Chuck D on Twitter, I probably would not have known much about the group's current projects at all. Or, about the six documentaries that exist on the group, only one of which has ever aired on American tv (tonight, during what has been dubbed "Black Music Month"). Subjugation, marginalization, whatever term you want to use...the fact that black culture has to be mined and preserved for fear of it being lost to the generations that follow is a true consequence of the times in which we live. Underpublicized, undercelebrated and undermined, individuals must continue to make a conscious effort to contribute to and be ambassadors of the culture for it to thrive. Love it, learn it, live it.

Public Enemy is a revolution personified with much, much more to say. Stay tuned for "I Shall Not Be Moved!" Out June 15th!!!