(LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – February 22, 2015)–In honor of Black History Month entrepreneur Onyxx Monopoly presents “When Africa Met France: Creole Was Born” – a formal evening of fine Creole cuisine and culture. The evening will include LIVE music with a portion of the proceeds going to ‘Bridge to Home’ – a homeless shelter and non-profit organization that once helped the entrepreneur in her own time of need. Monopoly is moved, even today, when she speaks of the shelter.
“I want to give back to ‘Bridge to Home’ because they helped me tremendously in my time of need; and they help dozens of people each and every day. I want to show my appreciation for all that they do to help people get back on their feet,” Monopoly offers.
A special toast to legendary director and actor, Bill Duke, will also be a part of the evening. Recognized for his courageous attempts to approach colorism and provide a global analysis from which conversations can spring, Duke directed the documentaries “Dark Girls” and “Light Girls,” which had its world premier on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Both documentaries explore skin color from multiple perspectives such as historical, sociological, psychological and scientific; and shows the continuous impact of African American skin color and tone on many areas and issues still prevalent in society today.
A topic of great concern in the black community, a bevy of celebrities participated in the “Dark Girls” and “Light Girls” documentaries including journalist Soledad O’Brien, actresses Diahann Carroll, Kym Whitley and Salli Richardson-Whitfield; singer India Arie, and author, television host and life-coach Iyanla Vanzant and others.
Monopoly was also featured in “Light Girls.”
Monopoly has been holding her tasty tradition down since 2007. The former Utah resident says there absolutely is an African American community in the state known mainly for its Mormon philosophy and beams, “and we all know each other!” She was inspired to keep this event going because she loves getting family and friends together around a great, homemade meal. “I love making gumbo not only for the flavor but because of all of the ingredients that create something so beautiful.
With gumbo I can add ingredients from all of my cultures and share it with all of my family and friends. I enjoy the diversity of gumbo and the people who enjoy eating it with me,” says Monopoly.
Onyxx says though the gumbo will be prepared by 5-star award-winning chef Philip Christodoulou, and the tasty Beignets dessert by French pastry chef, Christian Boinard, the recipes are her own.
When Onyxx Monopoly made her move to Los Angeles, she placed her background in consulting and real estate on hold and started working in radio, where her talk show on L. A. Live hit a nerve with her audience and helped solidify her moniker, Hooked on Onyxx.
The mother of seven children (including a set of six-year-old twins and a 2-year-old!), says “When Africa Met France” is an adult-only event, but guests can expect the food to be served “family-style.”
Sponsors for the event include BHcosmetics, Aden Marq, Popcornopolis, Snow Orthodontics, Woodland Hills Cadillac, Duke Media, Brave Chick, Mixed Chicks, Become Earth, n’dulge cupcakery and Onyxx Unlimited.
“When Africa Met France” takes place at 8p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at The Renaissance Restaurant, 5930 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, CA. 90028. Tickets are $150.00 per person and can be purchased at Onyxx Unlimited or visit: onyxxunlimited.brownpapertickets.com/