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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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Known by many as the Comic Con Don, Hannibal Tabu keeps representing Black creatives | The Light Series

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Award-winning journalist and comic book writer, published poet and comic reviewer will never sleep until comics properly represent its readers and the world.

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Eyes Skyward: Johann Johnson finds focus in the impossible career as a Jamaican pilot | The Light Series

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When he was a boy in the Caribbean, Johann Johnson dreamt of his days commandeering airplanes. Though the journey arduous, he is one of the few Jamaican pilots in the UK. In an Ark Republic exclusive, this innovator pens his journey.

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Calm classrooms and radical education activism: Meet Crystal Williams, the special ed teacher who uses meditation to provide a trusting environment for her students, but waged a serious battle forcing the LAUSD Charter District to test for lead at schools | The Light Series

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Dedicated to a career in special needs education and student advocacy, special education teacher, Crystal Williams incorporated a technique of meditation in her class for students who suffered trauma. After immersing herself into more advocacy work, she discovered that her students might have been exposed to lead. Williams work forced Los Angeles Unified School District Charter School District to test their waters. The results showed, she was right.

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Inspired by her time as a foster parent, Evelyn Coker writes book for teen girls | The Light Series

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From social worker to foster parent, and now to an author, Evelyn Coker gets inspiration to pen a book for young girls.

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Ark Republic is accepting stories for the “Light Series” for the month of December

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Ark Republic is ending the year with a series of mixed-media stories of hope, empowerment, leadership, courage, brilliance family and affirmation. We want to enter into the New Year with a community collaboration called, “The Light Series.”

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Namesakes: AfricaTown, a 153 year-ago-old Alabama community founded to preserve West African cultural ties, becomes sister-city with another Africatown, an initiative to save Black Seattle

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Africatown, two Black communities with the same name, located across the country from each other, face a similar challenge—involuntary out-migration.

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The changing of San Francisco’s food, culture and identity

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Ark Republic followed up with Chef Wanda Blake on food culture in San Francisco. Through the waves of gentrification since the late 1960s, we wanted to know about the shift in the food culture of the city.

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From Atlanta to Nigeria: A Conversation on Gentrification

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For Ark Republic’s gentrification series, urban planner and professor, Nmadili Okwumabua, tells of her time spent at town halls in the early 2000s, with residents pushing back against encroaching developers.

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Post-Hurricane Katrina, three generations of New Orleans women remain in historic neighborhoods though gentrification makes it harder

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In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated most Black neighborhoods in New Orleans, resulting in displacement for hundreds of thousands of people. Many did not make it back, but for those who did, staying gets harder every year. With gentrification, now “stragglers” buy up land and change the dynamics of tight-knit communities.

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