UPTOWN Authors Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant: How We Met
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Why not?
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. I'm a language geek and it really gets to me when people (especially those who are supposed to know better-like newscasters) misuse "bring" and "take" and "less" and "fewer." Petty but I can't help it.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Again--on a another day the choices might be different but: Believe in Yourself (The Wiz), Lift Every Voice and Sing, Because You Loved Me, The Hallelujah Chorus, Respect
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Historical character is kind of an oxymoron. But I'm going to take the question as it is and respond with a real person(s) who was a character-- larger than life. I would like to meet Bessie Coleman and Josephine Baker, congratulate each on having the courage to be who they were, break rules, defy convention,define themselves--and say "thank you."
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Steak or ice cream. Hmmm..steak flavored ice cream? Maybe not.
December 05, 2008Kitchen Confession
It feels a little odd and may even seem a bit disingenuous to write an essay about how much I love to cook as I sit here munching on my dinner--the fourth turkey sandwich in as many days. So let me be clear—while I most often do not prepare real meals for myself, I love to cook—when I have an audience.
I haven’t actually thought of preparing a meal as a live performance before this very moment but for me, that’s essentially what it is. Not FoodTV performance—which is really a demonstration— for me it... see more