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Sovereignty the main course at good food movement conference

Sovereignty the main course at good food movement conference
DETROIT – About two years ago, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation made a gutsy call to convene its 2014 food and nutrition conference in Detroit. Even then, declining economic fortunes and subsequent social disruptions dominated most of the narratives about the city’s future.
 
Yet, the wisdom of selecting the Motor City as the host site for this May’s Harvesting Change Food and Community Gathering was borne out last week as more than 650 food advocates from Hawaii, Alaska, and the lower 48 gathered to share knowledge and information about the “good food” movement.
 
 “I’m a give you compost the only way a poet and emcee can give it to you,” boasted Detroit-born spoken-word artist Kidiri Sennefer, one of conference’s first speakers. He then launched into a rap that examined the politics of America’s eating habits, fast-food addictions and corporate food-systems dominance.

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Chris Brown released from jail

Chris Brown released from jail

Chris Brown is now a free man. The troubled R&B singer has been released from jail, according to TMZ. Brown was sentenced to 131 days on May 9 after he admitted that he violated probation last year.

Brown was originally sentenced to a year, but he was given credit for the 116 days he had already served in jail and rehab. Brown was thrown back into jail after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin ruled he violated probation in the Rihanna case. Brown could have received the maximum penalty of four years.

But all is not clear in Brown’s legal battles. Within the next couple of months, Brown still has to answer to a Washington, D.C., judge when his assault trial begins. Brown faces a misdemeanor assault charge after being accused of hitting a man outside a hotel in March.

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Donald Sterling goes to a black Baptist Church (This is not a joke)

Donald Sterling goes to a black Baptist Church (This is not a joke)
Donald Sterling walks into a black church, no seriously, Donald Sterling the embattled Los Angeles owner walked into a South L.A. church and sat for a 2-hour service Sunday, TMZ reports.
 
It is unclear if Sterling, who arrived at the Praises of Zion Baptist church with bodyguards, came for any other reason that to hear the good word, as he didn’t speak to any members of the church, TMZ reports.

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Working hurts finances of African Americans working way through college

Working hurts finances of African Americans working way through college

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – More than 60 percent of African-American students could receive greater financial aid for college through the Pell grant program, if they were enrolled full-time, according to a new report by the National Urban League.

The report, which focused on the profile of a typical African-American student and the uphill battle they fight to get to college and earn a degree, found that 62 percent of African-American students receive funding for college through the Pell grant program, but many more would qualify if they didn't have to work supporting themselves, their families or young children.

Sixty-five percent of African-American students are independent, compared to 49 percent of white students.

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Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel graduates from high school

Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel graduates from high school

Rachel Jeantel was struggling. She was on the witness stand as an unsuspecting key figure thrust into a national case involving her friend's death, race, racism, "Stand your ground" laws and more. She was the last person to talk to Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, before his deadly encounter with George Zimmerman.

Her testimony was key to a case that she wasn't prepared for. Her demeanor and mix of English, slang and Haitian Creole dialect made her hard to decipher. Add to that mix the relentless grilling from a defense attorney who saw fresh meat on the stand and went in for the kill.

The Internet was even worse.

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Housing forums emerge from Wells Fargo, NAACP, National Urban League partnership

Housing forums emerge from Wells Fargo, NAACP, National Urban League partnership

Wells Fargo, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Urban League are partnering to host housing forums in nine select markets during National Homeownership Month in June.

The forums are designed to provide aspiring homeowners with information and resources to help navigate the path to homeownership successfully.

The NAACP and Wells Fargo will offer the forums in St. Paul, Minn.; Washington, D.C.; Ft. Lauderdale; and Las Vegas. The National Urban League and Wells Fargo will host forums in Phoenix, Chicago, Minneapolis and in the Hampton Roads, Va. area. Both organizations will join with Wells Fargo to offer a forum in Houston.

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RGIII helps special needs student get asked to prom

RGIII helps special needs student get asked to prom

Earlier this week, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (RGIII) helped one Virginia high school student ask a special needs friend to prom.

At a recent Centreville High School lacrosse game, 17-year-old Juwaan Espinal, who is non-verbal due to cerebral palsy, was asked to prom in an extraordinary way, reports WJLA.

Thanks to his group of friends, who enlisted the help of Espinal's favorite NFL player, classmate Morgan Assel asked the big question.

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