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Black Farmers Are Sowing The Seeds Of Health And Empowerment

Enlarge this image Farmers pick crops at Soul Fire Farm in New York state. It’s run by Leah Penniman, a farmer and activist working to diversify the farming community and reconnect people to their food. Soul Fire Farm hide caption toggle caption Soul Fire Farm Chris Newman used to be a software engineering manager, well paid, but he worked long hours, ate fast food, and went to the doctor a lot. Eventually, enough was enough. He and his wife moved from the Washington, D.C., area to Charlottesville, Va., to become…

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It’s time to hang your Black Friday TV using one of these discounted wall mounts

From the floor to the wall! Now that you have the TV you bought on Black Friday in your home and set up, it’s time to consider mounting it on the wall. In the past, wall mounts could run you hundreds of dollars, but luckily that isn’t the case anymore. Right now you can take your pick between two great AmazonBasics wall mounts, with prices starting at just $13.98. You can opt for a standard tilting mount that keeps it flush to the wall and allows for a little angle,…

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Black Women Seek Rewards From Democrats After Alabama Race

Once again, black women showed up for Democrats, with nearly all of them voting in Alabama for new Sen. Doug Jones, just as they did for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot in other states over the last few months. The same women, having proven their loyalty by voting 98 percent for Jones, now wonder whether the Democratic Party will return the favor by sharing some of the party’s political power, handing over places at the negotiating table and pushing legislation that speaks to their unique issues. “Black women…

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Prominent Black Supporter of Trump set to Leave White House

The White House says Omarosa Manigault Newman – one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent African-American supporters – plans to leave the administration next month. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Manigault Newman’s resignation is effective Jan. 20, one year since Trump’s inauguration. Manigault Newman’s decision comes at the start of what’s expected to be a round of departures heading into the new year. The White House said last week that deputy national security adviser Dina Powell will leave the administration early next year. Manigault Newman is a…

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San Francisco native becomes city’s 1st black woman mayor

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco native London Breed became the city’s acting mayor Tuesday following the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee, and is the first African-American woman to lead the city in the midst of a seemingly endless technology driven economic boom. Breed, 43, is a lifelong San Francisco resident who was raised by her grandmother in the city’s predominantly black and lower-income Western Addition neighborhood, part of the same district she now represents as a city supervisor. She … Read the referenced story here: San…

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San Francisco native becomes city’s 1st black woman mayor

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco native London Breed became the city’s acting mayor Tuesday following the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee, and is the first African-American woman to lead the city in the midst of a seemingly endless technology driven economic boom. Breed, 43, is a lifelong San Francisco resident who was raised by her grandmother in the city’s predominantly black and lower-income Western Addition neighborhood, part of the same district she now represents as a city supervisor. She … Read the referenced story here: San…

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Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving’s Story Explains Why

Enlarge this image Wanda Irving holds her granddaughter, Soleil, in front of a portrait of Soleil’s mother, Shalon, at her home in Sandy Springs, Ga. Wanda is raising Soleil since Shalon died of complications due to hypertension a few weeks after giving birth. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption toggle caption Becky Harlan/NPR On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving’s “village” — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta…

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Massive Black Hole Reveals When The First Stars Blinked On

Enlarge this image An artist’s conception of the most-distant supermassive black hole ever discovered, which is part of a quasar from just 690 million years after the Big Bang. Robin Dienel/Courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science/Nature hide caption toggle caption Robin Dienel/Courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science/Nature Scientists have just discovered a supermassive black hole that existed surprisingly early in the history of the universe, and the puzzling find is shedding new light on when the first stars blinked on. Astronomers spotted the black hole, the most distant…

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[In Depth] Global telescope gears up to image black holes

Last year researchers "heard" black holes for the first time, when they detected the gravitational waves unleashed as two of them crashed together and merged. Now, they want to see a black hole, or at least its silhouette. Next month, astronomers will harness radio telescopes across the globe to create the equivalent of a single Earth-spanning dish—an instrument powerful enough, they hope, to image black holes backlit by the incandescent gas swirling around them. Their targets are the supermassive black hole at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, known…

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