Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Vanilla is Black
This here is a blog post from my Earth FaaTma. I will let it speak for itself.
It's true y'all… Vanilla is BLACK
Native to Mexico and commonly produced in Tahiti and Madagascar it was originally called tlilxóchitl by the Aztec peoples, which means BLACK Flower.
Is this a blog about white girls? Def not…. Yet it may be my dissatisfaction with the misuse of Vanilla to refer to white women… because why? Vanilla is BLACK…. It may also be about that misunderstanding leads people to think my lineage is white??? What the fuck??
Is this a blog about understanding soil (light skinned original women) maybe… it could be a conversation about how some understanding soil can (sadly) label themselves as white because they may not know who they are… its true Y'all…
Vanilla is BLACK
Everyone has a story I know… for those us of immigrant sisters who are light skinned indigenous peoples we have one too… usually involved a struggle with traditions old and new and trying to find self while walking the fine line between the ancient and so-called modernity… a lot of experimentation within and without cultures and at some point rebellion in some form or fashion from old tradition and then the same rebellion from modernity….
My Iranian ass is most def displaced…. For a long time just had to tuck the thought away that I was born in the wrong class of people (working class that is) and the wrong culture (so-called Persian). What's interesting is that many so-called Persians who come to this country came as refugees… they were supporters of the Shah or children of. These families generally have OLD money, and brought it with them, mostly to LA to implant themselves (and get implants) creating what they now call Tehrangales (Tehran + Los Angeles = Tehrangales)
That's not how I got here. My lineage is working class. Romeo and Juliet ish brought my parents together and Heroin and its popularity brought my family here… just months before the revolution. Addiction, Prison, Food stamps, government cheese, canned meat, ghetto public schools, second hand everything and I forgot how to speak Farsi by the time I was 7, even tho it was my first language.
Vanilla is sooo black……
It wasn't called the black flower for its petals which are pale yellow (like some of us) it was instead highly sought after for its pods which become black after they are properly cultivated… hmmmmm
I know many many immigrant sisters who take the synthetic vanilla road… because they can "pass" attempt to assimilate into popular white culture, dying hair blond, getting blue contacts, and starving themselves to fit into the parameters of western European modernity… the result of this is a lifelong façade that ends in exotic bitterness… synthetic vanilla is derived from ethanol… nothing natural about it… and is made to seem other than itself, is cheaper to acquire and the quality is far inferior to the original, which is true of all things extracted from original and all things synthetic that emulate the original.
I did it too in my own rebellious way… well I didn't come up in the suburbs and when I was comin up punk rock kids didn't live in the suburbs either (and please don't get punk rock confused with new wave)… so many of them did however grow up to be stockbrokers and stay at home moms who drive Volvos and take their kids to drama class at the age of 3? (maybe that's how working class white kids rebel against their circumstances) I was an oddball immigrant, who didn't have a home in my own country (because it became the Islamic republic of blah blah blah) and didn't have one here either (because I represent the Islamic republic of blah blah blah…apparently)…and so I felt more at home with the deviants and criminals ( who are always more honest about themselves than anyone else)…Punk rock was optimistic depression… social anarchy and socialist theory were such beautiful daydreams….well it ended up being the same exotic bitterness cept now… I know Vanilla is Black, and that pretty much saved my life.
Vanilla is BLACK and let's not get this confused with African, which is also black yet that's not what I'm buildin on today.…
You may get it… you may not… you can ask me to clarify if you need me to… I will explain to the best of my abilities… just know this…
Vanilla is Ancient… black, sweet, and essential to after dinner treats….
Vanillicado Parfait –
3 second pour of Raw Agave Nectar
1.5 second pour organic black vanilla
(I know its green… but Avocado's are really Black anyway so don't sweat it)
Layers of Pecans or Almonds (or both)
Layer of fruit (I do strawberries, bananas and blueberries)