100 thoughts on “Denise and Alicia Disagree on Black Food Culture – mixed-ish

  1. I just don't know how I feel about this show…I keep giving it a chance, but as a black woman, I just don't know.

  2. Both are valid and I will eat both plates during the same dinner thank you

    Edit: Writers were being lazy as hell with the African plate, but I get where they were going. I'd throw down on African food and Soul food anyday

  3. I'mmmmm going to eat both plates LOL….I have mad respect for the motherland but I'm also gonna honor the fact that I am an African Descendant of Slavery….

  4. I like Trini food, personally. It's more thematically cohesive fusion food, sure, but it's so varied and includes so mamy healthy ingredients as staples!

  5. I wanna try so hard to like this show but can't get over the fact that Rainbow's mum is dark-skinned when she's little & fair when she's older 🤷🏿. Make it make sense please.

  6. Out of 54 countries ya only picked one country food and call it African food. I’m from Africa,Kenya specific and I have never had non of the foods on that plate. So does that mean if I eat fish and chips I ate European food or if I have tandoori chicken I ate Asian food or even tacos I ate American food…. it’s 2019 can we educate ourselves please.

  7. ya'll us africans want to be represented……… but not like this try again
    egusi jollof and fufu if they put plaintain id be writing a letter to abc

  8. am i the only one who's tired of africa being called "the motherland"
    and why do they act like its so primitive " thats how they ate in their natural state"
    this is not an animal planet special
    that combo was an abomination no one eats like that
    "JALLAF rice IIIGUSI" ooo chimo
    such disrespect

  9. Tbh everyone saying they don’t eat African food like that has not gone to a catholic school in Nigeria lol. I’ve personally had ogbono, jollof rice and eba.

  10. Probably the most unbelievable thing is that the lady who lived on a hippie commune magically knows how to make egusi and jollof.

  11. This is a prime example of black people being a whole different culture from African. Cause watching this made me feel like she was appropriating African culture.

  12. We weren’t Kings or Queens We are descendants prisoners of Tribal wars and kidnappings sold to Europeans. We were betrayed!

  13. This was good. And they're both right two sides of the same coin and you need to know both in order to really know the history of where we come from.

  14. “We weren’t all Kings and Queens… that’s not even how a monarchy works… We just say that because it sounds nice.”

    THANK YOU! Some of these ninjas be really thinking we were all decedents of royalty. But like she said many of our ancestors were regular folks, some of them even slaves for other Africans. Aunt Dee-Dee is keeping it real!

  15. This clip is kinda revealing of what is truly happening right now but in a more negative light. Africans claim to be negatively represented by this clip and Black Americans feel its appropriate as they are trying to connect to various African cultures and its difficult to do that.
    But ultimately it causes issues when you realize Africa is and has always been a continent with the largest tribes and languages in the world. Many thousand different cultures belonging to one continent, and has tribes who hate each other or the way other tribes live. Most tribes don't even know one meal there and just because they are in Africa they are lumped in together as one like Africa is a homogenous continent. The South is different from the West, East and North and the West is different from the Central and East, South etc… Different cultures belonging to one continent basically. And it's hard for African Americans to pinpoint a specific tribe they come from which create an issue when they claim one culture and apply it to the whole continent with tribes that don't get along. I'm an African, I should know. Tribal discrimination exists here and some tribes hate being associated with other tribes.
    Creates a kinda complicated vacuum of mess when you can't pinpoint a specific tribe and celebrate it specifically. I especially don't like when someone chooses the Nigerian cultures and then apply it to the whole continent like Africa is Nigeria. That pisses alot of people off because everyone has their own identity. But ultimately if you want to learn about Africa, the media won't help with that. It's responsible for making people think we're a country and not a continent in the first place. Visit and don't get your main source of information from the news and media only. The media will only show you wars and poverty and you'll arrive there and be shocked to find peaceful and happy people.
    As people say "Bad news sells." and alot of news outlets milk that bad Africa picture to their advantage.
    I was even shocked to find some people who still think we live in huts and hunt for food because of the news. Get to know a tribe before following it, that's all I'm saying.

  16. Kinda confused cuz I am mixed have a Nigerian dad and white mom yet I eat Nigerian food almost on a daily basis we do not eat jollof with fufu that is non sense but no cap the smell of chitlins 😭

  17. I'm really trying to support this show but…………Tracee Ellis Ross' slow monotone monologues make this show draggggg #GiveAuntDeniseHerOwnShow

  18. Yall really mad and pressed in the comments bc she combined all those meals and mispronounced them??!?! Wow get help..

  19. “I actually got put out of my apartment the last time I cooked them so I did not bring any”

    Omg I go through this every year in my apartment around Thanksgiving/Christmas time. It smells bad, and erbody momma and grandma always thinking theirs don’t stink. The smell ruins my mood, them damn chitlins

  20. Aunt Denise plate of food is what poor people grew up eating, mostly southerners. I'm one of them and I'm white as hell Lol

  21. I think people are bashing this show a little too much. This show isn't about the full black experience, it's about the experience of a mixed girl finally being self aware of what it means to be a mixed race child. And this scene touched on an important subject that a lot of black people kinda gloss over: where the true heritage of black people in America is and the fetishizing of Africa by black Americans. There is a lot of inaccuracies in the food, but anyone who exoticizes African culture is bound to get it wrong.

  22. These sisters are a trip! They grew up in the same house with access to the same activities! Yet, Denise is hating on the her sister for her choices! This crap is so typical in the black community and is why many POC don't come back after finding success! Who wants to be disrespected by one's own family!

  23. Some of us need to be better at picking up references and symbolism.
    Here’s a scene analysis if you want to read:

    Im African for context. The Jollof, fufu, and egusi on one plate i think is to show the extent of the detachment between African Americans and their African heritage. How else would a regular African American know not to eat those together? They’re just excited to be engaging with their ancestral roots, which you see in the scene — the mother’s excited and somewhat desperate attempt to engage her child with her ancestral roots. But also contrast that with the reality that their roots differ (shown with black soul food) and their collective history differs.
    This is a trope you see all the time:
    African Americans wearing dashikis casually or head wraps, thinking they’re all king and queens in the mother land, etc
    Contrast that again with the view spread by the media in the west that Africa is poor and underdeveloped .The 35 cents a day was a reference to commercials in the 90s/2000s and earlier that claimed you could donate and feed African children for few cents a day.

    Also don’t forget historical overlap: hippy movement was 60s-70s, and there’s overlap between that and the black power movement. The latter is important because the BPM was an earlier attempt to get in touch with their African ancestral roots, so it’s not completely impossible that she lived in a commune and learned how to make African dishes

    Point being, there’s a lot going on in this scene if we can get past just what’s on the plate.

  24. Are y’all kidding me in these comments ? Talking about a plate mixed together ???? Did u ever read the show title, it’s called mixed-ish . So of course they would mix a plate together think of the little things people 🙄

  25. Yes we still eat that n we r not even kings and queens. That's just one of our Staples n I tell u they're delicious

  26. To all the Africans piping up highlighting Rainbow's mother's ignorance: That's kind of the point though isn't it. Many African Americans (before ancestry.com and 23 and Me) don't really know where we come from so we can only draw from what we read and call it the motherland. Rainbow's aunt is more accurate IMO. Much of the food that I draw comfort in comes from American soul food. And even though that plate didn't highlight it well, not all food is deep fat fried or swimming in gravy.

  27. can we get this show cancelled? along with everything else black ish, grown ish, it’s nothing but bs, race baiting. They talked about colorist and yet the entire aspect is about colorism. Blackish is mainly one dark skin girl while everyone else is mixed or light skin and then you have three brown skin characters….and for mixed ish no one every treated mixed kids like this, the fact they’re trying make mixed people oppressed is problematic-i hate the fact they do that. i see mixed people as black when they’re mixed with black. so why are they pushing this, “when i was growing up we had to pick sides.” no you didn’t. when i was a kid, or kids in general kids didn’t even see race and still don’t unless it’s taught. this entire show is problematic and horrible. that africa comment was unnecessary, the ghetto black aunt stereotype is dead, the “you’re so bouje” thing is downplaying black girls to better than themselves by doing better…like yo lol this show is a walking stereotype.

  28. I wonder if they were trying to show that African Americans sometimes have such a limited understanding of real African culture, and often times we incorrectly create a hodgepodge of African cultures in our attempt to reconnect with our African roots. I don't know if that was the intention with the food here or if it is just another example of us getting it wrong.

  29. Jollof😊 taste so good. Proud African Queen right here. Yes we may not all be royalty but we are all descendants of royalty.

  30. Mirror Mirror
    Obviously the mom may not know the correct combination of African foods since she didn’t grow up eating it and Google isn’t readily available. Also maybe she combined all the foods she’s knew of in order to give Bow a full plate of food. Maybe her improper combinations are meant to highlight our disconnection from the Motherland so we don’t really know about our culture even if we “minor in Africana studies”.

    The aunt is definitely right about the monarchy and I’m glad they said this in the show

  31. I can tell you now that combination of jollof rice, fufu and egusi will keep your stomach state in it's unnatural state.

  32. She can't even pronounce the names of the food😭 if you eat jollof rice, egusi and fufu on the same plate then you need help.

  33. Can us ackee & saltfish jamaicans get a shout?
    Just as good (if not better) than jellof rice.
    Not trying to start a cultural war, just saying.👊

  34. They actually brought food from Africa when they brought people. Collard greens, yams, okra, and rice to name a few came straight from Africa…Soul food is not all from scraps!

  35. Aunt Denise is right. My roommate kept bragging about being related to royalty literally every time I mentioned my ancestors (I am a mix of Caucasian, Black, and Native American) after mailing my 23andMe box. I jokingly state that if I was related to royalty that she would have to bow down to me. She and her friends jumped on my ASS and started bragging about "Oh, she's related to Kings and Queens on both sides of family." "I'm related to a Cherokee Chief" "If any one is going to bow down, it's going to be you."

    She even wrote Queen (her name) on everything. On the fucking door of our dorm room she wrote that. She even insisted people call her Queen (her name). No, bitch, your (her name).

    I never wanted to commit first degree murder so bad in my entire life.

  36. If they featured only food from one country people would then have issues of it not being inclusive. This show is doomed because people are choosing to be over critical and it’s already based on a subject people constantly argue over…

  37. Despite the horrific amalgamation of African dishes the mother put together (and her pronounciation) I think both plates offer different perspective on culture and heirtege, be it positive or negative. African dishes are delicious, and so varied due to different regions and tribes. Soul food, while not exactly healthy, also became it's own cuisine and culture that was passed on through the generations of slaves and their descendents to today. It shouldnt be a contest, it's a young, multicultural girl learning the complex flavors of the past from two elder women in her family. The clarification of 'royalty' was also nicely put, as it has becomes terms of endearment to address a man or woman who you respect or admire.

  38. I see lots of people here upset about her mispronouncing words and eating the wrong foods together.

    It's quite possible it was an oversight by the writers. But I think maybe it's also possible that Alicia just didn't know better? If they're descendents of enslaved people, and this is the 80s, then she's probably working from scratch, trying to reclaim some sort of African culture when she's not even sure which part of Africa her ancestors came from.

  39. 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣 This shit low Key hella on point, you always got that Aunt who shuns soul food, and the one who Adores it… My moms was a career women so she never could cook… My grandma cooked Southern food but not a lot of soul food… My Aunt Pat though… she was all soul food and Bar B Q… it really isn’t a bad thing Because soul food has a lot of Vegetables, what I found out later in life and why I grew up stocky and big is My mom used to cook with Animal fat and Crisco lard oil there’s nothing wrong with it time to time but my mom used it for all her oil… it was only later in life when I found out about Healthy fats and oils… That’s the biggest thing We as a people need to understand Nutrition and Diet, The Pork and Yams ain’t what kills you, it’s The Way cook it
    And How you prepare… nothing wrong with Sweet potato… ALOT wrong with candy Yams…

  40. Judging by this comment section; This show will be canceled soon. Black people love to joke & laugh about others; rarely about themselves.

  41. I had fufu for the first time a few months ago…my sister boyfriend is Nigerian. I'm still waiting on him to make some more!

  42. Is it me but whose bothered by the word african like us Africans as a whole Africa eat jollof and egusi

  43. 😂 😂 I love it 💓 I will eat both plates. I love food 💓💓💓 If they do not eat then I will 💓💓💓

  44. For people not understanding why Africans think eating fufu, egusi & jollof rice together is weird is as equivalent to eating Lasagna with a side of spaghetti & meat balls.

  45. Lol I hate being called bougee too. I get called bougee because I lived in the suburbs and my dad owned the house we lived in. Not all black people live in apartments or the housing projects. Also the auntie was right. We were all not kings and queens. Soul food is the scraps that were given to use by master…southern food is basically the same thing but we cooked that in the kitchens for the master and his family. Plus you got better food due to your standing on the plantation. There was house slaves who were better dressed and taken care of because they needed to look and act nice because they were exposed to other white ppl. While the field slaves were treated worse. This also apart of the colorism issue that goes on in black culture. We were always divided…Africans selling other Africans to the white man to be slaves in America, certain types of blacks working in the house and fields.

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