Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Louisiana Ain't Git Sh!T On This...



San Fransico Chronicle

BLACK PANTHERS HOT AGAIN
Huey Newton's widow resurrects militants' memory with 'Burn Baby Burn' barbecue sauce

Rick DelVecchio, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Former Black Panthers in Oakland have cooked up a hot sauce called "Burn Baby Burn" and plan to ship it to stores in the coming weeks along with a new clothing line trading on the legacy of the late-'60s revolutionary Huey Newton.

Newton's widow, Fredrika Newton, came up with the idea for the new brand of spicy condiment, and original Panther David Hilliard brewed the recipe at home in West Oakland, with help from his musician and amateur-cook friend Al Green of San Francisco.

The Huey P. Newton Foundation, headed by Hilliard and named for the co- founder of the militant group born in Oakland, filed an application with the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office last year to secure the phrase "Burn Baby Burn" for commercial trademark purposes.

"It was a catchy phrase, and I thought it would be reminiscent of the '60s," Fredrika Newton said Tuesday. "I sure didn't want it to be a call to burn anything other than our taste buds."

Green said: "We have a number of different kinds, and some of it is really hot -- I mean, incredibly hot."

The phrase is associated with the race riots in the Watts section of Los Angeles in 1965. Onlookers started chanting it after police arrested a young man for drunken driving. The confrontation triggered six days of rioting, resulting in more than 30 deaths, 1,000 injuries and devastating fire damage to the neighborhood.

Each bottle of Burn Baby Burn Revolutionary Hot Sauce will come with a tag noting milestones in the history of the Black Panther Party for Self- Defense, which was formed in 1966 by Huey Newton and his college classmate Bobby Seale. Newton was fatally shot by a drug dealer in Oakland in 1989.

The tags will highlight the group's social legacy, Fredrika Newton said.

"I guess I want to celebrate the history and to let people know the actual facts of the Black Panther Party and how some of these programs are woven in today, like free breakfast programs and the call for free health care, " she said.

Newton's idea is that the phrase should recall the Panthers' social programs. Children who benefited from the Panthers' free breakfasts in the '60s might reminisce over the taste of a mild, medium or spicy barbecue sauce, and young people might learn about the Panthers for the first time by reading the tags.

"It's not about violence, but the hot sauce will remind people of the rebellion in Watts and how the slogan came about," Hilliard said. "But this is an emphasis on using some of the revenue used by our hot sauce to educate."

Profits from the merchandise will support literacy programs, Hilliard said.

The nonprofit Huey P. Newton Foundation is rolling out the hot sauce and its "Spirit of '66" clothing line in advance of events commemorating the Panthers' 40th anniversary in October 2006.

"The hot sauce and the clothes are all a part of us trying to find new formats for marketing our history," said Hilliard, the foundation's executive director.

He sees two generations of potential customers.

"It's the hip-hop market, and certainly there's people who have a nostalgia for the '60s -- people who are looking for retro clothing, people who are still listening to Bob Dylan," he said. "And most recently, Carly Simon has a retro CD out."


So next time you see a brotha's piece of chicken looking dry, depressed, and beat down by the MAN...Tell that brotha that he ain't gotta take that sh!t no more...Just get him a bottle of that Revolutionary Hot Sause...LMAO...I'll keep you posted

20 comments:

Me said...

I'd heard about some hot sauce called "Burn Baby, Burn." But had no idea it was an attempt to educate black folk ... on a bottle of ... hot sauce. *sigh*

So next time you see a brotha's piece of chicken looking dry, depressed, and beat down by the MAN...Tell that brotha that he ain't gotta take that sh!t no more...Just get him a bottle of that Revolutionary Hot Sause

LOL... You're a damn fool!

muffin said...

dayum where can i get that revolutionary hot sauce???? :)

Amadeo said...

The proceeds go to a good place...I can dig it.

Nikki said...

It's innovative if nothing else.

Suezette b.k.a. Mz.Black Geisha said...

Well Bobby has BBQ Sauce...so I guess that hot sauce for Huey would be the next best option. I'll never forget when Bobby Seale came to UF and started cussing during his speech...lawd...maybe he shoulda had the hot sauce...lol

Toya said...

lol@you...i may try it, but i love my Sweet Baby Ray's bbq sauce! i cant let that go!

Fresh said...

Two words, black people.

Don Tate II said...

I think Fresh said it best

Mark said...

That'll go nice on my Rosa Parks BabyBack O' The Bus Ribs.

Lene said...

who knew hot sauce could be so educational?

panama d. jackson said...

I don't know why, or maybe I'm just not as revolutionary as I thought I was, but I smell BS..or rather, Hot Sauce. I couldn't stop laughing once while reading this and Huey's widow's attempts to make this hot sauce a call to reminisce of times past.

Newton's idea is that the phrase should recall the Panthers' social programs. Children who benefited from the Panthers' free breakfasts in the '60s might reminisce over the taste of a mild, medium or spicy barbecue sauce, and young people might learn about the Panthers for the first time by reading the tags.

THAT killed it for me.

Okay kids, let's reminisce over the Watts riots over some succulent ribs with that Burn Baby Burn Revolutionary Hot Sauce!!

And what's with all these revolutionaries gettin' into cooking so much. Can't stop white folks so we'll eat???

Mata Hari said...

Wow...

That's hot

Tenda_cris said...

I don't know whether to make a comment on what you said, or a comment on the comments you've received about it. "dr. c said...
That'll go nice on my Rosa Parks BabyBack O' The Bus Ribs. "

I've heard it all. Ya'll some fools :)

K-Star said...

"Rosa Parks BabyBack O' The Bus Ribs" -- add some "Burn, Baby, Burn" hot sauce -- should be a party in your mouth. Wash it down with some "Detroit Red Pimp Juice" and you find yourself partying like it's 1965 all over again!

**RPM** said...

NICE. I'm late, but glad I've been put on.

**RPM**

coley said...

Where U at G...??? You haven't kept me posted in quite some time...????

Hustleman said...

I'm bringing some of this to the next cookout I go to...LOL

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