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9 Holistic Health Practitioners, Herbalists and Advocates Who Promote Preventative Wellness on Instagram

Chadwick Boseman ‘s passing on Friday, Aug. 28 rocked the world. His fans and colleagues not only mourned his untimely death at age 43 but were also shocked by the news of his silent battle with colorectal cancer. Boseman was diagnosed with the disease in stage three in 2016 but remained tight-lipped about his health as he brought massive characters to the silver screen, including Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and most notably, Marvel’s Black Panther. And while Boseman’s transition has been an unfortunate addition to the list of lives lost this year, it has also highlighted the need for more Black people to get regular screenings for the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, Black men and women get colon cancer at higher rates —24 and 19 percent, respectively—compared to other races. Additionally, INOVA says that Black people have the highest incidence of colorectal cancer and have the shortest survival rate of most cancers. In honor of Boseman’s life and legacy,...

Sep 7, 2020

HBCU Grads Found Vegan Burger Company to Educate the Black Community

Morgan State graduate Duane Myko, Bowie State alumna Danita Jones and Chef Jumoke Jackson recently launched Everything Legendary , a vegan burger business. According to BOTWC , co-founder Myko was inspired to create “a flavorful alternative to meat products” after his mother’s strict vegan diet helped her battle lupus for over 35 years. In 2019, he and his business partners put their money where their mouth is. “Our goal is to educate the community on the benefits of a healthy vegan lifestyle,” Myko said. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Everything Legendary™ (@go_legendary) The healthy burger company, which pivoted to nationwide delivery due to the pandemic, offers soy-free and gluten-free burgers in four flavors: classic burger, pepper jack, cayenne pepper, and cheddar. They also sell a signature sauce. Not only is Legendary serving customers right at their door; they’re also giving back to their old stomping grounds—HBCUs. View this post on Instagram A post shared by...

Jul 28, 2020

Black Chicago Teens Turn Looted Liquor Store Into Fresh Food Pop-Up Market

As civil unrest continues to grow in Chicago following the death of George Floyd, a group of Chicago teens is fighting for social justice in a West Side food desert. By the Hand Club for Kids —a non-profit organization that empowers underserved communities—launched an initiative to transform a previously looted liquor store into a pop-up fresh food market, reports Block Club Chicago. Led by young men and women from Chicago’s Austin community, the project is a result of the residents’ frustration at the lack of healthy food resources in the area. When offered to attend a roundtable event to air their grievances, local kids were activated to create substantial change in their neighborhood. “What I heard coming out of that was that students wanted to take all those raw and powerful emotions and turn them into something good and do something from a social justice standpoint,” said Donnita Travis, executive director of the group. “The kids took the idea and ran with it.” View this post...

Jul 21, 2020

Black-Owned Brand The Spice Suite Cooks Up 'The CollabBox' With Kelis's Bounty & Full

The summer is heating up for SpiceGirl Angel Gregorio and singer-turned-culinary artist Kelis . Gregorio is the founder of The Spice Suite , a D.C.-based specialty seasoning shop that has garnered tons of digital supporters and a fleet of fans who will stand in line for hours for spices, sauces, balsamic and more. Now, after building a coveted brand, Gregorio is teaming up with Kelis’s line of sauces, Bounty & Full , for a forthcoming collaboration, reports ESSENCE. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Angel| SpiceGirl+ Curator (@thespicesuite) “Kelis found me on Instagram, we were DMing, and then we got on the call and just vibed,” Gregorio said. “We talked through a collaboration box together, what we were going to put in it, we were going to do an Instagram live to announce it late June.” On June 23, the two flavor queens hopped on IG Live to talk about The CollabBox, their individual businesses, and most importantly, how Black women support one another. “You had a block...

Jun 24, 2020

Amazon Is Saying Goodbye To Its Food Delivery Service

From retail to streaming, Amazon has made its mark and been successful in just about every sector its wanted to be a part of. The restaurant delivery market, however, has been different. Today Amazon announced that its ending its Amazon Restaurants service at the end of the month, according to Geekwire . This takes the tech giant out of a market that was already dominated by companies like Uber, Postmates, and Grubhub. Amazon first launched its restaurant delivery service in 2015. It started out in Seattle, but has since spread to over 20 major cities across the United States. With Amazon Restaurants, Prime members were able to order meals from the company’s website or through the Prime Now shopping app . “As of June 24th, we will be discontinuing the Amazon Restaurants business in the U.S.,” an Amazon spokesperson told GeekWire in a statement. “A small fraction of Amazon employees are affected by this decision, and many of those affected have already found new roles at Amazon....

Jun 11, 2019