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Caribbean filmmakers spark conversation with docuseries exploring Cannabis use, prohibition in the region

On 420, a global holiday celebrated by cannabis consumers and supporters, Barbadian filmmakers, Hermina Elcock, Mikul Elcock and Jamal Weekes released the first of a three-part short docuseries titled, CannabisCulture on Facebook. Little did the filmmakers know that their project would incite much conversation around their modestly-populated island of 250,000 then island jump in the region.

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Cannabis: Legalize it + Criticize it + Advertise it

Evolution of cornbread

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Cornbread is a staple in the US cuisine. The journey of it becoming an important dish transports cornbread between Africans, Natives and colonies of the Americas.

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Retail therapy: how a seasonal holiday job humbled me

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Two years ago around this time, my feet hurt like hell.

In 2015, I took a seasonal job at Bloomingdale’s to supplement my paltry adjunct professor and part-time researcher income. I was on the job market, but had yet to land a job that I wanted.

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A hunger not found on Instagram

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I was hungry and playing on Instagram.

It was too late to forage food outside, so I looked at food photographs. No, it did not satisfy my hunger, instead it made me think.

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Complaints of voter suppression in Alabama’s senate race

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Today, the recipe for voter suppression wafts the air at polling stations.

From purging voter rolls to police intimidation are reports coming in from Alabama.

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Casablanca dreaming in flavors of chicken pastilla

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Chicken Pastilla (or Bastilla) is warka pastry filled with savory slow cooked chicken, spices and nuts … but get this, it is dusted with powdered sugar and spices making it sweet, savory, buttery and crunchy.

That is Casablanca in a dish.

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Proponents of affordable healthcare push insurance enrollment, while POTUS continues to diminish it

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Open enrollment for health insurance started Nov 1, and runs through Dec 15. As a reminder, make sure to renew or sign up for coverage by Friday, December 15.

But, if you rely on the current Administration to remind citizens, forget about it. Even the Obamas remind people to enroll into a health insurance program by its deadline.

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Battleground Alabama: formerly incarcerated voters cast ballots for the first time after rights restored

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African Americans who could not vote as late as last month file into polling stations to cast a vote in the contested Alabama U.S. Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.

The silent game changer, once again, are African American voters who make up 27 percent of the population.

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You are full of it: Squat to eliminate

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Research found that our body is design to squat over a toilet rather than sit on it.

As children, we instinctively crouched down when the time came to eliminate, which is why this position is still practiced by the majority of the world. From Korea to the Compton blocks, squatting is a natural resting position.

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Caribbean fisherfolk, Japan partner in fisheries project

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CARICOM, a group of Caribbean communities working to strengthen the economic impact of fifteen islands, recently facilitated meetings for a five-year pilot initiative, the Caribbean Fisheries Co-Management Project (CARIFO).

CARIFCO partners Japan with fisherfolk on several islands to source and manage fisheries responsibly. The project launched in 2013.

 

 

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Liberal ‘carpet baggers’ storm Alabama in last ditch effort for senate race

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This past weekend, popular U.S. Senator Cory Booker stomped through Alabama to increase voter support for Democrat candidate Doug Jones.

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