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Racial Discrimination Complaint Filed against Prince George’s County Dept. of Environment

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Prince George’s County is one of the biggest majority-Black jurisdictions in the nation, but a local group alleges those same people didn’t receive fair consideration regarding grant money for a stormwater management program.

The People for Change Coalition, a nonprofit organization that assists minority-owned businesses in the D.C. area, filed a complaint with the county’s Human Relations Commission after an application it submitted along with several others was denied this fiscal year.

Sandra Pruitt, executive director of the coalition, said Thursday that one Black nonprofit, the Riverdale-based Global Health and Education Projects, was awarded a $50,000 grant to conduct an adopt-a-tree program for homeowners.

“We are looking for equity on how the grants are awarded,” Pruitt said. “We say inclusion is [African-Americans] get the project done in our neighborhood and we got paid to do the work. Inclusion is not [Whites] coming in to do the work into Black communities. Our point is we want to do the work.”

She along with other community leaders will hold 10 a.m. press conference Friday in Largo to argue that more Black-led organizations should participate in the county’s Stormwater Stewardship grant program.

Read more at The Washington Informer

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Oprah’s Stake in Weight Watchers Balloons to $400 Million

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Oprah Winfrey’s investment in Weight Watchers two and a half years ago is paying off.

The lifestyle company reported last week strong earnings and sales, as well as an increase in subscribers. The stock jumped 5 percent on Friday because of the news, CNN Money reports.

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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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Adidas Won’t Cut Ties with Kanye Despite His Controversial Slavery Comments

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Adidas will continue to work with Kanye West despite an online petition on Care2 calling for the corporation to drop the rapper. People are demanding the German sportswear company separate from West after he praised President Donald Trump and also suggested that slavery was a choice.

CEO Kasper Rorsted distanced the company from the recent controversy but says adidas will continue to work with West as a designer, according to Reuters.

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