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Nigerian chef Tunde Wey bringing his Blackness in America events to Durham

Nigerian chef Tunde Wey is bringing his “Blackness in America” events to Durham next week.
Nigerian chef Tunde Wey is bringing his “Blackness in America” events to Durham next week. Photo by Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post

Nigerian chef Tunde Wey is bringing his “Blackness in America” events to Durham next week.

Wey, who came to the United States as a 16-year-old, has made a name for himself gathering people around a dinner table to discuss and hear what it is like to be black in America. Black diners are asked to share stories. White diners are asked to listen and try to better understand the experiences of black Americans — and not to immediately try to find a solution.

Those discussions, Wey said in a phone interview Wednesday, reveal “the unappreciated emotional labor that black folks have to do every day.”

Wey added: “It’s powerful for me. I think a lot of people are affected.”

Tickets are not available for Wey’s dinner on Dec. 14 in Durham. However, Wey will be speaking at a free event at 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at The Durham Hotel about his experience traveling around the country doing these pop-up dinners from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles since 2014.

Read more about Wey:

http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-tunde-wey-nigerian-chef-20161031-story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/discomfort-food-using-dinners-to-talk-about-race-violence-and-america/2016/08/22/088ac540-5ff7-11e6-8e45-477372e89d78_story.html?utm_term=.98801a775b01

And at his own website: fromlagos.com/dinnerseries/

Andrea Weigl: 919-829-4848, @andreaweigl

Want to go?

Nigerian chef and writer Tunde Wey will present a discussion on Dec. 16 based on his dinner series, Blackness in America.

Here’s the event description: “Wey’s events provide a setting for black discourse. The conversations, sometimes uncomfortable and always cathartic, offer up a challenge to people of all backgrounds and races to assert their identity by talking about their experiences and perspectives freely.”

Cocktail hour with passed snacks from 6-7 p.m. and discussion from 7-9 p.m.

This event is open to the public with no fee for entry. It is presented in partnership with CEFS Racial Equality in the Food System Initiative.

The Durham Hotel is 315 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham, 919-768-8830, thedurham.com

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