Like other Black foods, sweet potatoes are now part of the mainstream.
“Now I go to a restaurant and see it served as a side, like ‘sautéed collard greens.’ But they’re charging $15 a pop,” said Marcelino, who is also Cape Verdean. “I always want to ask, ‘Do you know the history of that? Do you know why you serve these dishes a certain way?’ It’s directly linked to African slaves.”
Marcelino says she thinks a lot about food. A psychology major and former advocate in social services, she examines