Omar Tate on Eating While Black

Omar Tate
ACT at MIT

This fall, ACT is co-sponsoring a lecture series as part of MAS.S63 | Black Mobility and Safety in the US I, a new course taught by Ekene Ijeoma, Director of the Poetic Justice Group at the MIT Media Lab.

On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, beginning at 2pm, Omar Tate will join the class, and will be responding to the prompt of Eating While Black.

Omar Tate is a chef, writer, artist and culinary activist. After spending ten years working in the restaurant industry, in some of the best restaurants in New York City and Philadelphia, including A Voce, Fork, Meadowsweet, Runner and Stone, and Russet, he launched Honeysuckle. Honeysuckle began as a dinner pop up series dedicated to exploring Black heritage and culture through food, and is expanding into a brick-and-mortar community center in West Philadelphia that will include a supper club, grocery shop, meat market, and café library. Beyond recognizing and honoring the rich culinary tradition of chefs,  writers, and figures in history representative of African American culture, Tate is interested in bringing balance and equity to his profession and addressing systemic issues of food insecurity and food deserts that disproportionately affect Black communities. Tate examines modern conditions and the history of Black America through food and dining.

In this seminar and studio, Ijeoma will guide students to listen, learn, reflect and respond to issues around mobility (physical, mental, socio-economical, political, etc) and safety for Black Americans through words, images, and sounds that reference social science and anti-racist research. Weekly meetings will be organized around public lectures from guests ranging from designers and urban planners to activists and social scientists, and private individual presentations for the group.

Part of a two-semester course, Black Mobility and Safety in the US is organized into two-week topics around living while Black. The first semester (Fall 2020) will include: birthing, breathing, sleeping, eating, and walking; the second: learning, voting, driving, working, and loving. By the end of each semester, students will have the resources and tools to actively listen and respond critically to issues of Black mobility in the context of their own fields and their purposes.

Register for the lecture.

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