Recipe of the Day


YIELD: Serves 4

ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 acorn or delicata squash (about 1 1/2 pounds), halved lengthwise, seeded, cut into 1/4″ half moons
  • 1 fennel bulb (about 1/2 pound), cut in half lengthwise, sliced into 1/4″ wedges with core intact
  • 1/2 pound seedless red grapes (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh mint leaves

Special equipment:

  • An 18×13″ rimmed baking sheet


Position rack in upper third of oven and preheat to 425°F. Mix brown sugar, cumin, salt, pepper, and cayenne in a small bowl. Toss squash, fennel, and grapes with oil and half of spice mixture on rimmed baking sheet and arrange in a single layer.

Rub chicken thighs with remaining spice mixture and arrange, skin side up, on top of fruit and vegetables. Roast until skin is browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of chicken registers 165°F, about 35 minutes; if chicken skin or vegetables start to burn, move pan to a lower rack to finish cooking.

Divide chicken, fruit, and vegetables among 4 plates and top with mint.



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Rappers Snoop Dogg and Birdman, producer Jermaine Dupri, and entrepreneur Damon Dash are among the stars of a still-untitled BET reality series, the network announced Friday.

The show, to begin shooting in November for a late 2016 premiere, will film in Los Angeles and go inside their lives and their companies over eight episodes, investigating how they balance their professional and personal sides.

Lemuel Plummer, whose credits include “Preachers of Atlanta” and “Preachers of L.A.,” is the show’s executive producer.


Three 6 Mafia Rapper Koopsta Knicca Dies of Stroke at 40

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Rapper Robert “Koopsta Knicca” Cooper Phillips, member of Memphis group Three 6 Mafia, died Thursday (Oct. 8) in Memphis due to complications from a stroke he suffered on Sunday, reports Billboard. He was 40 years old.

Phillips contributed to every Three 6 Mafia album through the early and mid-’90s, beginning with their 1994 debut “Smoked Out, Loced Out.” He launched a solo run with the 1999 album “Da Devil’s Playground” shortly before leaving the group in 2000 following arrests on charges of domestic violence, assault and aggravated burglary.

After remaining involved with the group through the 2000s, Phillips officially rejoined in 2013 when Three 6 Mafia reunited as Da Mafia 6ix. The reunited group released an album, “Watch What U Wish…” earlier this year, and was working on a comeback.

“Me and Koop had just started writing his new album ‘Da Devil’s Playground 2…’ but we didn’t get a chance to record yet,” Three 6 Mafia founder DJ Paul told Memphis’ Commercial Appeal. “We had concerts coming up starting next month too. He also just got a home in Vegas that he was moving to on Tuesday, but never got to even see it in person.”

DJ Paul added that Phillips “went in peace,” saying of his friend and bandmate that “everyone who knew Koop knew he was very funny and the coolest guy ever. He will be missed. We made classics together that’ll live on.”

Malcolm Jamal Warner: ‘Cosby Show’ Legacy ‘Tarnished’ by Bill Cosby (Watch)

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner says the legacy of his former NBC sitcom “The Cosby Show” has been “tarnished” by the sexual assault allegations made against Bill Cosby.

“My biggest concern is when it comes to images of people of color on television and film, no matter what … negative stereotypes of people of color, we’ve always had ‘The Cosby Show’ to hold up against that. And the fact that we no longer have that, that’s the thing that saddens me the most because in a few generations the Huxtables will have been just a fairy tale,” said Warner, who starred as Cosby’s son, Theo Huxtable.

“The legacy can’t help but be tarnished. …’The Cosby Show’ was part of the fiber of American culture so to see that, to see that the show doesn’t necessarily have the same sheen that it once did, is definitely a downer,” he said.

Warner said he has been in touch with Cosby since the multiple allegations surfaced, but he would not comment on their conversations.

“I think the things that we discussed really have to stay private between us. But it’s just a bad situation all around — for him, for his family, the women, their families, the legacy of the show,” said Warner during an interview Thursday.

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On Friday, 29 Cosby accusers are set to talk about their allegations on a “Dateline NBC” special. Three separate lawsuits have been filed against him. Cosby has never been charged, and has denied some of the allegations.

Warner, who won his first Grammy earlier this year for his work on Robert Glasper’s “Jesus Children,” is currently promoting his new album, “Selfless,” out now.


Raven Symone Says She Wouldn’t Hire Someone With Ethnic Sounding Name; #BlackTwitter Pounces

Raven Symone on "The View" (Oct. 9, 2015)

Raven Symone has again made comments on “The View” that have riled #BlackTwitter.

The hot topic this morning was “Are you judged by your name?” The co-hosts discussed whether or not they, themselves, judge other people based on ethnic-sounding names.

Symoné said she most certainly does.

When another panelist said this could be considered racist, Symoné said, “Can we take back ‘racist’ and use the word ‘discriminatory,’ because I think that’s a much better word… I’m very discriminatory… “I’m not going to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not going to happen. I’m just not going to hire you.”

Whoopi Goldberg clutched her proverbial pearls and looked at the audience in befuddlement.

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