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Back to School Series, Virginia Union


Orange, Pineapple, Banana Smoothie, recipe below

As part of my back to school series, I want to share a story from Yemaja Jubilee an alum of Virginia Union a HBCU in Richmond, Virginia. Located just a couple blocks from Virginia Union were two popular eateries for African Americans called the Greasy Spoon and Johnnie B’s. Johnnie B’s made the best baloney burgers, served with “fried onions, lettuce and tomato, and if you want to, throw a little piece of cheese on there too, that’s good right,” recalls Jubilee a native of Virginia who attended the college in the 1960s. “And the buns were big! They weren’t like the buns now! I get excited talking about it,” says Jubilee. They also sold milk shakes, “all different kinds of milk shakes.” It was the kind of place where there were often lines going out the door to order food “and it was black owned.” 

Orange, Pineapple, Banana Smoothie recipe:


About 3 cups of orange juice or more

2 cups frozen pineapple bits

1 frozen banana

½ cup vanilla soy or regular yogurt

1/3 cup of honey if desired

Scoop of vitamin enriched protein powder


Combine ingredients in a blender and crush on high, had additional orange juice if needed but best when served thick rich. Makes 5 servings

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