This week we conclude our deep dive into the controversial history of, and backlash against, Thug Kitchen. Having explored the context and history of the brand in part 1, we are now able to look at their most recent statements and name change, along with several incidents that happened behind closed doors in the years between. We’ll examine how they’ve talked about the issues surrounding Thug Kitchen over the years and see if it has evolved, or if their most recent statements are just more of the same. We’ll spend a great deal of time in a piece by piece break down of their last podcast under the Thug Kitchen moniker, which seemed to reveal their true feelings about their critics. The episode concludes by asking if there is anything Michelle and Matt could do to make things right, or if they are beyond redemption. 

A full transcript is available at http://bit.ly/TBVEp238Transcript

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THE GUESTS:

Christopher Sebastian – FULL INTERVIEW – Website  Instagram  Facebook   Patreon 

Jessica Shay  Vegan Street Fair – FULL INTERVIEW –  Website  Instagram  Facebook  Twitter  Patreon

kevin tillman – vegan hip hop movement – FULL INTERVIEW – Website – Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

Tara O’Brady – Seven Spoons – FULL INTERVIEW – Website – Instagram  – Twitter 

THE LINKS:

The Problem With Thug Cuisine (Bryant Terry on CNN)

Thug Love: Ferguson And The Politics Of Race (Christopher Sebastian)

Thug Kitchen Is the Latest Iteration Of Digital Blackface (Vice by Jordan Sowunmi)

ON FERGUSON, THUG KITCHEN, AND TRAYVON MARTIN: INTERSECTIONS OF [POST]RACE-CONSCIOUSNESS, FOOD JUSTICE, AND HIP HOP VEGAN ETHICS (on Sistah Vegan by Breeze Harper)

Thug Kitchen: A Recipe in Blackface (on The Root by Akeya Dickson)

Culturally Appropriate Foodie Tuesday – A Rant About Thug Kitchen (on iEatGrass by Ayinde Howell)

Here’s What Bothers Me Most About The Fact That Those Behind “Thug Kitchen” Are Actually White People (by Charring Ball on MadameNoire)

White Couple Behind ‘Thug Kitchen’: You Don’t Get to Redefine the Word ‘Thug’ (Jenn M Jackson on Watercoolerconvos)

White Wannabes Are ‘N*ggas’ and ‘Thugs’ But Never Victims of Racism  (Jenn M Jackson on Watercoolerconvos)

Dear creators of “thug kitchen”: stop using black stereotypes as a marketing strategy (on For Harriet by Brittany Dawson)

The problematic history of the word ‘thug’: From rioting Pa. coal miners to Tupac to a Philly courtroom (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Thug Kitchen: It’s not just about aping and appropriation, it’s about privilege (Afroculinaria by Michael W Twitty)

Thug Kitchen On Crafts N Crafts Podcast 

Tangentially Speaking with Dr Christopher Ryan: Ep 405 

Thug Kitchen on The Morning After 

Digital blackface: Problems in food publishing aren’t new (Bryant Terry on KCRW 2020)

The Thug Kitchen Controversy (Bryant Terry, as well as Matt and Michelle on KCRW 2014)

Authors of ‘Thug Kitchen’ Can’t Take Heat, Cancel Bay Area Appearances (SFist.com)

Thug Kitchen Creators Dish on Vegan Recipes Blog in Gangster Voice (The Daily Beast)

Real Thugs Eat Their Greens: The Story Behind ‘Thug Kitchen’ (Publisher’s Weekly)

the racial controversy with thug kitchen, coded language and digital blackface (Kombucha Hour Podcast )

Michael W. Twitty on the Forked Up Podcast 

What Happens When You Actually Read Thug Kitchen (that bad Refinery 29 article)

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