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Reenacting Chi-Raq: The Plight of the Black Chicagoan Youth

Pray for Chicago - is the last title shown before the credits in the Chiraq YouTube documentary. It's like a war zone in Chicago with a death toll that has been higher than that of the American troops in Iraq since 2000, hence the name Chi-Raq. But Lupe Fiasco in the Chicago Parts Unknown episode… Continue reading Reenacting Chi-Raq: The Plight of the Black Chicagoan Youth

Jeff Bezos: mass-Adoption is the Key to Giving at the Intersection of Urgent Need and Lasting Impact

If anyone has been following this blog at all, they would realize that the common thread in all the articles is Anthony Bourdain’s show, Parts Unknown. In the opening sequence of the Manila episode, Bourdain’s narration goes like, “Filipinos are the most giving people in the world. You think I’m talking sh*t? Keep watching.” The… Continue reading Jeff Bezos: mass-Adoption is the Key to Giving at the Intersection of Urgent Need and Lasting Impact

Respect Your Chicken

If your style is to have at least one meat source of protein a day, you would find yourself eating chicken more frequently than the other common edible meats. That's because there are so many different ways to prepare chicken. One could marinate and bake it in a zillion different sauces, and come up with… Continue reading Respect Your Chicken

Happiness is about Getting Back on the Train to Happyville

I saw my wife walk by in scrubs the other day. Her head held high, she walked with a sense of purpose, like she had somewhere important to go. I wanted to stop her and hang out for a minute, but I also had a work call to make. The most I could do with… Continue reading Happiness is about Getting Back on the Train to Happyville

The real Reasons why these Dishes have French Names

The food eye candy episode of Parts Unknown is undoubtedly Quebec. The French classics, Canadian staples, maple syrup twists and Pakistani artisans are the stars of this food romance. And of course, nothing makes food sound more romantic than giving it a French name. In my unfettered opinion, some of the featured dish names are… Continue reading The real Reasons why these Dishes have French Names