In a scene from Season 3 of the hit neo-Western series “Yellowstone,” Mo, the steady right hand and loyal fixer of the Native American power broker Thomas Rainwater, lights some sage and lets the smoke waft through Rainwater’s office. They’re about to meet with Angela Blue Thunder (Q’orianka Kilcher), a hard-charging Native lawyer with a take-no-prisoners attitude toward going after the Montana ranch land owned by John Dutton (Kevin Costner). Angela contemptuously douses the sage with water, but Mo — played by the actor Mo Brings Plenty — with a “who is this person?” look on his face, relights it after she leaves, allowing his boss to breathe in some of its healing powers. The moment contains both seriousness and subtle humor. “In our culture, we use these items to cleanse the space and protect the mind,” Brings Plenty said in a recent video interview from Fort Worth, Texas, where “Yellowstone,” on Paramount Network, had its Season 5 premiere screening this month. “But burning sage … [Read more...] about Mo Brings Plenty Was About to Quit Acting. Then Came ‘Yellowstone.’
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The suspect in a triple homicide in Southern California who died in a shootout with police was a Virginia law enforcement officer who police believe drove across the country to meet a teenage girl before killing three members of her family. Austin Lee Edwards, 28, also likely set fire to the family's home in Riverside, California, on the day of the shooting Friday before leaving with the girl, the Riverside Police Department said in a news release. Deputies exchanged gunfire with and fatally shot Edwards after locating him with the teenager later that day, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and Riverside Police said in news releases. Until last month, Edwards was a Virginia State Police trooper, and was recently hired as a sheriff's deputy in that state, spokespersons said. Edwards, a resident of North Chesterfield, … [Read more...] about California police: Virginia man killed family, took teenager
Eight years ago, Auzerais Bellamy landed what she thought was a big break: a stint as a stagiaire, or apprentice, at the French Laundry , Thomas Keller’s world-renowned restaurant in the Napa Valley. She wasn’t paid for her two days trailing the pastry team, but she saw it as an ideal training ground where, if asked to stay, she could learn from some of the best cooks in the business, sharpening her skills. “If you want to be a great player you have to be coached well, and I felt like I could be coached well there,” she recalled. Ms. Bellamy, who grew up in a restaurant family in the Bay Area, had graduated from the Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts, and was working as chef de partie at Mr. Keller’s more casual Bouchon Bakery in Yountville, Calif. But when her apprenticeship ended, she wasn’t asked to stay on at the French Laundry. “They said I lacked the technical skill to work there.” She stayed with Bouchon Bakery, and even moved to New York City to work as a … [Read more...] about How High-End Restaurants Have Failed Black Female Chefs
“Can you hug?” This was one of the countless questions the chef Daniela Soto-Innes had to ask herself in May while turning Atla , her contemporary Mexican all-day cafe in New York’s NoHo neighborhood, into a takeout spot that could operate effectively while keeping its staff safe during the pandemic. She and her nine cooks were getting used to working with masks on, but were they allowed to act the way they normally did, she wondered, like some amalgamation of an athletic team and a family? And how could they translate a restaurant built to feel like a laid-back afternoon hangout into an experience people could take home in disposable containers? “I’m really lucky to be close to my team, ” Soto-Innes, 29, said over the phone in June. “ I consider myself to be one of them. If you ask someone to do something and you don’t know how to do it yourself, what kind of leader are you? ” This ethos, which values people as much as food, is rare in an industry … [Read more...] about Daniela Soto-Innes Is One of the Most Exciting Chefs Working Today
Hannah Selinger’s long essay for Eater about her time working for David Chang was published just before Christmas, at the end of a punishing, turbulent year for chefs and food media. While restaurants were forced to close and then reopen under highly challenging conditions, food stars major and minor had been booed off the stage by a restive audience. Revelations that in another time might have been put to rest by a well-turned apology brought the curtains down on several acts. With that recent past as prologue, it was hard to read Ms. Selinger’s essay without wondering if Mr. Chang was finally in for it this time. The curious thing about the piece, though, was that we knew most of it already, because Mr. Chang told us. He has been talking for years about his explosive behavior, what Ms. Selinger calls “the wall-punching, desk breaking, violent threats and screaming” she witnessed, and was sometimes the victim of, after she took a job as corporate beverage manager for the … [Read more...] about From Toxic Chefs to Covid, Restaurant Workers Deserve Better
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of California at Berkeley has labored to enroll more Black and Latino students in the quarter century since the state barred the consideration of race or ethnicity in its admissions. Still, those groups remain underrepresented at the renowned public university here on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay. The gap is huge for Latino students. They account for 55 percent of California's public school students, state data show, but 19 percent of UC-Berkeley undergraduates. UC-Berkeley is undeniably diverse. Just 20 percent of its undergraduates are White. But is it diverse enough? The university's demographics, and its arduous efforts to shape them, illuminate the stakes as the Supreme Court weighs a potential ban nationwide on affirmative action in admissions. Voters in California banned schools from considering the race of … [Read more...] about UC-Berkeley can’t use race in admissions. Is it a model for the country?