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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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Mixing re-entry and art, Tuere Jones dug deep into her activist roots to rebuild and restore an oasis for formerly incarcerated NOLA residents | The Light Series

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When Tuere Jones was left with the decision to take over leadership at a declining non-profit servicing the formerly incarcerated, she continued a critical program for New Orleans residents.

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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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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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We fought back: Dr. Eileen DeFreece on Native nations and the Lenni Lenape of New Jersey & New York

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From the Indian Removal Act to the countless wars on Native people, Dr. Eileen DeFreece, who is a member of the Lenni Lenape talks about how her people remained in the area, in spite of hundreds of years of hostility by the white domestic terror and the US government.

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