February 2019—A Few of Our Favorite Things

Music by black composers


Can you name three Black composers of classical music? Leading classical violinist, soloist and mother Rachel Barton Pine can name 350, and over the past 15 years has discovered more than 900 compositions by Black composers, many of which were previously hidden in the shadows. The internationally-renowned violinist and her Rachel Barton Pine (RBP) Foundation Music by Black Composers (MBC) project are excited to show the world how #BlackisClassical through the release of The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation’s Coloring Book of Black Composers. $18.95 sharmusic.com

Women who dared


What can you do when faced with the daily grind of prejudice, ignorance, and enslavement? The women on these blocks persevered. They dared. And in their daring, they made advancement possible for women of the future. This set of 32 hand crafted Women Who Dared Blocks by Uncle Goose features women who made significant contributions. One embossed side per block. $64.99 thelittleseedling.com

A warm brew for cold winter mornings


Ann Arbor’s Arbor Teas offers a taste of New Orleans with their Organic Chaga Chicory tea. Famous in New Orleans, roasted chicory root is often blended with coffee to create the beverage, ubiquitous in Louisiana. However, in their tea, organic chicory root is blended with organic chaga to create a caffeine-free herbal tea that is a great alternative to coffee. Not only does this blend look like ground coffee, it brews up a thick, rich cup that has the same dark brown appearance and a similar flavor. Excellent with milk and honey, this organic herbal tea can be prepared in a standard coffee maker, french press, or as a loose leaf tea.
$4.50-$48.95 arborteas.com