London | Jamie Oliver, the popular British chef and global food entrepreneur, is caught in a very British tussle over "cultural appropriation".
The annoyed Parliament member, Dawn Butler of the Labour Party, threw the first stone on Twitter on Sunday night: "I'm just wondering do you know what Jamaican jerk actually is?" she asked the celebrity chef, who is a rich white fellow.
To make matters worse, not only is Oliver not Jamaican but his recipe includes garlic, ginger and jalapenos "to create a jerk marinade with attitude".
On ITV's chat show Good Morning Britain, chef and entrepreneur Levi Roots, who knows his jerk, revealed that he had taught Oliver how to make "the real deal" jerk.
Scientific publications, therapeutic breakthroughs and cultural endorsements suggest that the historical reputation of psychedelics— such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), mescaline (from the peyote cactus) and psilocybin (mushrooms) — as dangerous or inherently risky have unfairly overshadowed a more optimistic interpretation.
Drug regulators struggled to balance a desire for scientific research with a growing appetite for recreational use, and some argued abuse, of psychedelics.
Boasting attendance of more than 3,000 participants, Psychedelic Science 2017 brought together researchers and practitioners with a diverse set of interests in reviving psychedelics — from filmmakers to neuroscientists, journalists, psychiatrists, artists, policy advisers, comedians, historians, anthropologists, Indigenous healers and patients.
Historically, scientists were keen to separate pharmacological substances from their organic cultural, spiritual and healing contexts — the RCT is a classic representation of our attempts to measure reaction rather than to interpret experience.
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Beyond honoring the stunning power of Franklin’s music, a few pieces made thoughtful points about her larger cultural impact.
The New York Times notes that “it was not long into her ascent that she began marshaling the power her nascent stardom commanded to extend the parameters of how we understood and defined black beauty.” Writing for Buzzfeed, Tomi Obaro urges us not to stop at calling Franklin a great singer or even a great artist—she was a genius, and we should acknowledge her as such.