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Black-owned establishment wins James Beard Award for the nation’s best new restaurant

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JuneBaby, a black-owned restaurant that serves southern-style cuisine in the Pacific Northwest city of Seattle has been named the 2018 Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation.

Chef Edouardo Jordan accepted the award during a ceremony Monday at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago. Jordan also was named best chef in the Northwest.

The award honors a restaurant that opens in the calendar year before the award is given that already displays “excellence in food, beverage and service, and that is likely to make an impact in the years to come.” JuneBaby, his father’s nickname, opened last year.

JuneBaby advertises its menu as food with roots. Breads include buttermilk biscuits. Main dishes include chicken fried steak, fried catfish and spring greens. Desserts include pecan pie ice cream sandwiches and chocolate banana rum cake.

The restaurant acknowledges that Southern cooking is not held in high regard by some.

“Southern cuisine has always had and continues to have stereotypical connotations. Seen through the eyes of most Americans as inferior, unsophisticated, and unhealthy, Southern food reflects hard times and resourcefulness and is nothing short of beautiful. It is a cuisine to be respected and celebrated,” Jordan wrote.

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Sean “Diddy” Combs Slams Lack Of Investment In Black Entertainment In ‘Variety’

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Sean “Diddy” Combs has emerged as one of entertainment’s top moguls with involvement in a number of industries and entities that span music, fashion, liquor, and television. In a cover story for the latest issue of Variety, Combs slams the entertainment industry’s lack of investment in Black creative endeavors, calling Marvel’s Black Panther a “cruel experiment” to illustrate his point.

Speaking with the mogul from his Beverly Hills home, the featured story revealed that Combs had plenty on his mind about how Black entertainment suffers from a lack of investment from funders and the industry at large. It goes in hand with Combs’ past desires of wanting a piece of an NFL team and appears to be a growing focus of passion for him to see the playing field evened out in the film, music, and fashion industries as it relates to Black originators.

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Mayor Bowser Makes Washington, DC the First City in the U.S. with a Green Bank

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On Tuesdsay, Mayor Bowser signed the District of Columbia Green Finance Authority Establishment Act of 2018, officially making Washington, DC the first city in the United States to establish a green bank, an innovative policy tool that seeks to expand renewable energy, lower energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create green jobs.

Green Banks are capitalized with public funds which are then used to offer loans, leases, credit enhancements, and other financing services to close funding gaps for clean energy projects. By creating a Green Bank, DC will be able to accelerate the deployment of clean energy technology by removing upfront costs, leveraging private investment, and increasing the efficiency of public dollars.

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