Larry and Laban created a cooking show like no other - for Po' Folks.

“Cookin’ Cheap” Revisited

In 1981, an entirely new kind of cooking show burst onto the scene. Hosted by Larry Bly and Earl “Laban” Johnson, Jr., “Cookin’ Cheap” destroyed the elitist paradigm of all cooking shows that preceded it and most that came after it. Po’ Folks, remember that this was 1981. There was no Food Network with 24-7 coverage of cupcake wars and food truck makeovers and people eating insects. Larry and Laban are a couple of unlikely Southern boys from Roanoke, Virginia who take cooking to unprecedented…

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Photo by Dominique Godbout.

Dressing It Up in a Recession

What do you spend money on when you’re broke? If you’re a woman, cosmetics and sexy clothes are the winners for splurge purchases. Men don’t care about dressing it up. They buy computer accessories and headphones. This issue got my attention while I was looking for general information on budgeting. The YWCA had a campaign a few years ago called “Beauty at Any Cost.” It studied the targeting of young women by the beauty industry and the negative repercussions it has on them financially and…

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$2 Movies at the Academy

Over the last 10 years, going to the movies has become a gentrified experience. You watch a 3-D, smell-enhanced film on an IMAX screen from the comfort of a loveseat-sized leather recliner. A servant stands by, ready to bring you brie-and-grape quesadillas. A bar in the lobby serves beer, wine and signature cocktails. Trained technicians wearing infrared goggles can give you a mani/pedi by the light of a candelabra. Po’ Folks, I call bullshit on this. My entertainment budget for the whole weekend is $25.

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“Remember that time you were cleaning out your wallet and found an extra $5 bill stuffed inside one of the pockets? Poor people are laughing their asses off right now because I might as well be asking if they remember the time they found an extra minotaur in the kitchen. When you’re living check to check, there is no amount of money that isn’t accounted for, right down to the last penny. You don’t have “about 70 bucks” in the bank. You have $68.17.” -John…

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