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FAMU engineering student found calling being a father and creating decadent cheesecakes

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Once upon a time Khari Hairston-El, a STEM prince, was steeped in mile-high books, studying formulas to be an engineer at one of the county’s top engineering schools, Florida A&M University. Then one day, a cheesecake genius showed him a recipe that brought smiles to many.  Now, the prince of science is now the King of Cheesecakes in a modest Kingdom right outside the L.A. empire.

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Percussionist and deejay, Phae became an event aficionado as an answer for struggling artists | The Light Series

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Gig-after-gig, Jazmyn “Phae” Whyte grew tired of the hard grind to make ends meet. So she decided to curate events to empower artists rather than exploit them. Guess what? She has an ugly sweater party coming. Join in the fun.

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A beautiful birthing experience shed clarity on Monique Cowan’s purpose as a doula | The Light Series

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Motherhood is sacred and the work of Monique Cowan, a doula, ensures that it remains that way. Focusing her practice to help Brown mamas, as a doula she works to reinstate the concept of the village must rear the babies. For her, the village must be about harmony.

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Slc’s Sacred Gemz: Adorning our ‘Already Beautiful’ existence | The Light Series

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As creative beings, there is always the need to interpret the world as we see, hear, feel, and live it.  So, how do we articulate our love for existing in all its simplicity and its ambiguity?

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Returning to Chicago from Africa, Safia Rashid decided to feed her people literally, so she launched an urban farm on the Southside | The Light Series

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Living in Ghana, West Africa, was transformative for Safia Rashid and her family. When they returned to the US to live in Chicago, the urban farmer, educator, consultant and land steward, instituted, Your Bountiful Harvest Farm, on the Southside to expand her philosophy of community and nation building.

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Reflections on entrepreneurship | The Light Series

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Being an entrepreneur is not an easy road. The glitz and glamour seen in media is a far cry from the daily business owner. Captured in Joe Dafney’s brutally honest essay on how he realized the sacrifices of an entrepreneur stripped him of his ego. Now, he reinvents himself.

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‘V’ Lynn combines plant practices with justice to run her all natural company | The Light Series

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Using “homemade, handmade and heartmade” approaches to whip up some of the best body care and fermented kombucha drinks, Victoria “V” Lynn keeps the dirty south clean in mind, body and soul.

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Years after a career in accounting, Chef Wanda Blake returned to her love of cooking and burns up the condiment industry with her Southern Chow Chow | The Light Series

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Wanda Blake’s plate is full. With her favorite calico apron and books of old southern recipes, the Bay Area chef shares her rich roots around the world. Whether she’s express mailing her chow chow to China or behind the scenes creating connections for foodies and Black chefs, her knife stays sharpened.

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A career in entertainment is hard. Stay relevant for over 30 years as a woman emcee and it’s almost nonexistent . . . until you meet Roxanne Shanté | The Light Series

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For three decades, Roxanne Shanté has reinvented herself to remain in entertainment. One of the women emcees to do so, she captures our innovators highlight for our, The Light Series

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Feeding the multitude: Pregnant Ph.D. candidate, Adrian Lipscombe who also runs a café, turned one ask into 5,000 loaves of bread for Standing Rock protestors | The Light Series

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Adrian Lipscombe was eight months pregnant and dissertating when she responded to a call to action to help thousands of DAPL protestors at Standing Rock eat a Thanksgiving meal. Now, her cafe is the heart of a Midwestern city and she still finds time to cook at the James Beard House.

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