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‘Tis the season to get sick. Denver swung from 90 degrees to snowfall in less than 24 hours, California is burning and here in Chicago we’ve decided to skip fall. Whenever I’m ill, I remember how my dad traveled 14 hours to bring me his home cooked pepper soup (a Nigerian delicacy) when I was a freshman. Traveling across even more time zones today, you’ll taste stunning pies and learn how generations are defying stereotypes. Check for the answer to yesterday’s quiz at the end. But first, “Rouse Yourself” with OZY’s Hump Day Playlist.
The Justice Department moved Tuesday to take over President Trump’s defense from his private lawyers against a defamation suit brought by E. Jean Carroll, a former Elle magazine columnist who has accused him of raping her in the 1990s, decades before Trump entered the White House. Meanwhile the police chief of Rochester resigned amid protests over the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after officers put a spit hood on him in March.
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Former New York Times columnist Adam Bryant and Chevron executive Rhonda Morris are interviewing top Black executives in a new LinkedIn series, “Leading in the B-Suite.” Their guests include OZY co-founder and CEO Carlos Watson, Bob Johnson (co-founder of BET) and Ursula Burns (former CEO of Xerox and VEON), among others.
It’s a welcome change that companies are appointing top executives of color. But asking anyone to slot into a top executive role amid a pandemic, recession and a racially charged environment is a tall ask. These executives face a glass cliff — potentially high rewards, but an equally high risk of falling off.
Executives of color deserve elevation — as do the producers who work in the shadows to bring out some of your favorite music hits.
behind the music
1. Alex Da Kid
Otherwise known as Alexander Junior Grant, this 38-year-old record producer and songwriter from London started off as a promising young soccer player and has since won multiple Grammy nominations, producing smash hits like the Eminem and Rihanna hit “Love the Way You Lie," which went No. 1 for seven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.
Black women constitute less than 1 percent of music producers, so when Canadian producer Ebony Oshunrinde, better known as WondaGurl, produced “Crown” for Jay Z at the age of 16, it was truly groundbreaking. She had won Toronto’s Battle of The Beat Makers competition a year earlier and has since gone on to produce for Travis Scott’s “No Bystanders”, Mariah’s “One Mo’ Gen” and much, much more.
Michael "Finatik" Mulé and Isaac "Zac" DeBoni might be from Perth, Australia, but this production duo has shaped more hit American songs than you can think of. If Kanye’s “Everything We Need” featuring Ty Dolla $ign or A$AP Rocky’s “L$D” don’t sound familiar, take a listen to Wiz Khalifa’s “Promises.”
We can’t promise you $$, but can give you a shot at being on a cool new TV show — and love.
The Science of Dating
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Each of us is a product of our generation. And each generation has the ability to surprise others.
1. X Losing Hope?
It’s not Generation Z and Millennials, who have most of their careers and lives ahead of them, nor Boomers, who are the most vulnerable because of their age, who are losing hope amid the pandemic. It’s Gen X that’s the most distrustful of the future, surveys show. Read more.
2. Gen Z Says No
To working before college, that is. They’re more keen on pursuing education than their predecessors, are less likely to have a driver’s license and are super picky about their profession. All of that is combining to make them the least likely generation in American history to work while they’re teenagers. Read more.
3. The Next Hoops Hotbed
The next generation of top foreign basketball imports might come from the Philippines. Kai Sotto, the 18-year-old who ranked 65 in the U.S. class of 2020 and is joining the G League, could become his country’s first homegrown NBA player. He won’t be the last. Read more.
It’s time for those pies I promised. I had eaten when I started writing about them ... but I’m hungry again.
Call it the South African Shepherd’s Pie if you like, but forget those English mashed potatoes and instead revel in a combination of minced meat, dried fruit and curry. It’s topped off with either an egg custard or pastry. The dish has roots in the Cape Malay community that’s descended from enslaved Asian workers shipped to Cape Town by the Dutch East India Company.
2. Yam Pie
This Guyanese pie consists of yams, cabbage, grated cheese, butter, and onions! Although it doesn’t have meat, its flavors will remind you of the best pies you’ve had — and then go one better.
3. Nigerian Meat Pie
It’s not made in a pan or shareable dish where you have to fend off the hands of others. It doesn’t have fruit or cheese in it. It’s moist, handheld and comes with minced meat, potatoes and carrots. What else do you need in this life of sin?