From Harlem, with love

Welcome to the first episode of Wandering Blerds. We are Black nerds ‘Blerds’ wandering around the country and the world to give you a nerd friendly view of places and events.  Join your hosts, Meke B. and Meki T. as they boldly go into the unknown to discover the highlights and hidden histories of each destination they visit.

Our journey begins with the African American Parade in Harlem, New York.  The African American Day Parade a 48 year Harlem tradition. It is ostensibly the largest African American heritage parade in the United States with 200 participating groups, bands and organizations and up to 900,000 parade attendees.

In this episode we talk to 2017 African American Parade Grand Marshal holistic health practitioner and educator, Queen Afua, about this year’s theme “Salute to Better Health” and the No SoHa movement.  We delve into the history of theinterview parade participants to discover why they march. We discuss the parade’s celebrated Baltimore Marching Band Units and plunder the mysteries of New York Nutcracker.

Episode-related links:

Get to know the African American Day Parade's first two Grand Marshals: Adam Clayton Powell and Shirley Chisholm (first Black female presidential candidate!)
CDC Health facts about the AA community for the statistics nerds out there
Concrete Jungle Tours

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<3 Meki and Meke


Nutcracker Recipes

NYC Nutcracker

2 cans of cold pineapple juice (96 ounces or 2.72 liters)

1 bottle of Bacardi 151 (33.8 ounces or one liter)

12 ounces (355 ml) grenadine

Amaretto (to taste)

Triple sec (to taste)

Lime juice (to taste)

Fruit Punch Nutcracker

1 ounce (30 ml) Grey Goose vodka

2 ounces (59 ml) Bacardi Grand Melon

1/2 ounce (15 ml) moonshine

1/2 ounce (15 ml) peach schnapps

1 splash apple pucker (sour apple schnapps or liqueur

Cranberry juice (to taste)

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