VIDEO: Cook defends fried chicken choice for Black History Month menu

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By GottaLaff

I previously wrote a piece about a controversial menu honoring Black History Month that was posted at the NBC commissary.

There have been valid arguments for both sides of this story. However, I think Leslie Calhoun, the chef, wins the day on this one.

And now, thanks to GrrrlRomeo, we have a wonderful video that explains Ms. Calhoun's decisions, in her own words.

There's more here, follow the link:

One person who doesn't understand how offense could be taken: Chef Leslie Calhoun. It was her decision to select the menu items and create the sign. TheGrio caught up with her minutes after the tweet fiasco erupted and she seemed genuinely upset by the whole thing. Calhoun is an African-American and employee of Flick, a catering service that runs the NBC commissary. She said that for the last eight years she's been seeking approval from Flick management for a special Black History Month menu, and had finally been told that every Thursday for the month of February, she could serve whatever she chose. [...]

This isn't the first time this year that fried chicken and collard greens on a menu have created a stir. Last month, Denver Public Schools experienced a backlash after announcing they would serve fried chicken and collard greens in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It's good to have both sides aired. Fair and balanced and all that, right?

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  • hippie_cyndi

    lool...southern food is goody good.

    By the way, back in my school we had Eid for Muslims or Diwali for Hindu....we had food from various cultural group....no one got offended....so I don't see how this should be used as a form of racism?

  • Clancy

    And not a damn word about the Aquafina, either. A true shame.