Sweet Taste to my Soul

Peace and Light Brothers and Sisters!

I hope you all are golden and coolness follows you during these blazing days of Summer.

Y’all…. I was truly blessed this past weekend.

Strolling the mecca of Harlem (125th street) with my sons, I decided to take a shortcut through Marcus Garvey park as we ventured home. A young teenager greeted us with a flyer as we entered the park at fifth avenue. To my pleasant surprise, there was a farmers market taking place. The Herban Farmers Market.

From sisters selling handmade antiques to stands of fresh fruit and veggies to tables of delectable treats!

The flyer I was given instructed us to receive free samples from a table with a sign that read, “CHATMAN J. CAKES” with the very suitable slogan of “Always Tasty * Always Fresh”.

Rich flavor with a subtle ripeness emanated from the sample of rum cake I tried first….a perfect blend of ingredients with just the right amount of rum so as not too overbearing for the palate…. Mmm, my version of heaven.

And then…there it was… the sample of sweet potato cheesecake that left an absolute orgasmic whirl of deliciousness lingering on my tongue…. so much so, that I bought one and had to write about it!

A careful mixture accentuating the sweet potatoes and cream cheese, with a mandarin orange and apricot glaze topping sitting upon a graham cracker crust with just the right amount of buttery flakiness.

Chatman J. Cakes is a northeast Bronx, NY business founded in 2009 by Jean Chatman. This sister is the absolute truth.  Renown for her Signature Zucchini Bread, her sweet baked originals include a bevy of other cakes and pies as well.

You can meet this culinary treasure and sample her creations live at the following farmers markets:

Garden of Eden Market, located at 2780 Broadway at 107th Street in Morningside Heights on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Herban Farmers Market, located in Marcus Garvey Park at 124th Street at 5th avenue in Harlem on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.

Herban Farmers Market, located on Gunhill Road at White Plains Road in the Bronx on Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm.

Ms. Chatman’s heartfelt homemade treats can also be purchased at Harlem Shake, located at 100 West 124th Street, online at etsy.com or call (917) 650-4921.

Visit her website: www.chatmanjcakes.com

Support this Queen.

Your mouth and tummy will thank you!




Love is Love.

Queen Rai Jas-Min


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Take It Down!

Peace and Love to all,

The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, an act of white supremacist terrorism perpetrated by four members of the Ku Klux Klan, occurred in Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday, September 15, 1963 killing four beautiful little Black girls and injuring 22 others. That vicious event marked a turning point in the United States 1960s Civil Rights Movement and contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Symbols of hate have NO place in our government.

The Confederate flag is not a symbol of southern pride but rather a symbol of rebellion and racism. On the heels of the brutal killing of nine Black people in a South Carolina church by a racist terrorist, it’s time to put that symbol of rebellion and racism behind us and move toward healing and a better United States of America!

That’s why I signed a petition to The South Carolina State House, The South Carolina State Senate, and Governor Nikki Haley, which says:

“Symbols of hate and division have no place in our government. It’s time to stand up for what’s right and take down the Confederate flag!”

Will you sign this petition? Click here:



If we don’t stand for something,  we’ll fall for anything.

Stay blessed.

Liberation Through Education.


Love is Love.

Queen Rai

Terrorism on American Soil: A Concise History of Plots and Perpetrators from the Infamous to the Forgotten Retrieved June 23, 2015


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