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How Black history and culture influenced Rhode Island’s cuisineHow Black history and culture influenced Rhode Island’s cuisine

Like other Black foods, sweet potatoes are now part of the mainstream.

Marcelino sprinkles parsley on grits and gravy.Lane Turner/Globe Staff

“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

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10 Books Celebrating the Rich History of Black Cuisine to Honor Juneteenth10 Books Celebrating the Rich History of Black Cuisine to Honor Juneteenth

Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes From My African American Kitchen, Racial Indigestion, Burgers in Blackface

In recent years, Juneteenth has become another date to celebrate all facets of Blackness—and that, of course, includes the food. Because it’s June, everyone loves an excuse to set up their grill or pit or whatever method of fire bearing, meat-smoking device they so choose and light the F up.

But do all of these people know the history behind these dishes? Why they cook what they cook and how it has been celebrated and coveted for centuries? So many Black chefs have taken on

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Used cooking oil from local restaurants stolen for black marketUsed cooking oil from local restaurants stolen for black market

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Thieves are making big money stealing from unsuspecting restaurants selling their used cooking oil on the black market.

“It’s really professional,” said Manager of Shogun Lou Sulindro.  

Criminals have turned oil into biodiesel at unsuspecting spots from Scotia to Hudson like La Fiesta, Tengu Asian Bistro and Shogun.   

“I don’t know how they can steal it, what equipment they use to steal the oil,” Sulindro said.  

The Shogun manager said there’s no financial impact for them, but it’s costing companies that remove the oil, like Buffalo Biodiesel, millions of dollars.  

“We’re in a position where we’re

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