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February 18, 2021

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YORUBA/FULANI CLASHES O!-Victory At Last! See The Decision Fulani Herdsmen Across Nigeria Have Finally Made

February 9, 2021

Victory At Last! See The Decision Fulani Herdsmen Across Nigeria Have Finally Made
Great NewsFeb 9, 2021

The head of Fulani Herdsmen in the country, Ibrahim Zubairu revealed that herders across Nigeria have accepted to move to the Ruga settlement available in Kano state. He disclosed that Herders from about 5 States in the country just moved to the settlement.

He stated that the Kano State government had extended an invitation to any herder that had the interest to come, and provided they are well behaved they would be welcomed.

He disclosed one of the conditions of their operation in the State which is total prohibition of nocturnal grazing. He said the government of Kano state accepted grazing only in the day time.

citing the eviction order by the Ondo State government, Ibrahim urged headsmen in the state to give way to avoid harm and attacks.

Recall that the executive governor of Kano State, Ganduje had earlier proclaimed as unacceptable the movement of Herders towards the South, and requested that it should be discontinued.

The activities of murderous herdsmen have generated a lot of tensions in the country. Eviction orders upon orders have been issued in various parts of the country amidst security concerns. Southern regions, as a result of the development, proscribed open grazing in their regions.

Also, regional security efforts have been made, especially in the southern part of Nigeria to counteract the activities of killer Herdsmen. One of the regional security outfits set up by the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu called the Eastern Security Network (ESN) has been waiting to execute the open grazing proscription order by the Governors of the south Eastern Nigeria. Probably, this is one of the reasons why they have decided to move the Herders over to the North.

Well, it is a welcomed development. That is the essence of acting whenever you’ re pushed to the wall. Had it been everyone remained silent as had always been, they wouldn’ t have seen reasons to do something about it.

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January 28, 2021

It took a Black man dying for people to try my crackers

by Jovani Prince + Shirah Dedman

“Because of the Black family on the front of the package, people started grabbing my product for the first time; I’d been there the whole time, but before they just walked by.”

After eight years of effort, Jovani Prince, the 56-year-old founder of The Cracker King, finally finds himself fielding retail offers and talking to investors about next steps. But what looks like a happy ending is built in part on another man’s tragedy: Although Prince has always believed in the quality of his gluten-free crackers, it took the May 25 murder of George Floyd to motivate groceries to feature product lines from Black-owned businesses. He stands on the brink of success and expansion, both thrilled and wary: The Cracker King has enjoyed dramatic growth in the last eight months, including Whole Foods’ decision to stock the crackers. But Prince dreams big, and considers this latest growth spurt as the next step to “the number one snack food company in the nation.” That requires an infusion of capital beyond friends and family, and Prince, who has endured a string of financial challenges to get this far, finds himself staring at the toughest one yet. Investors are not as quick as retailers to pursue Black-owned businesses, and Black investors, who might be quicker to step up, represent only a small percentage of that population. Prince is in talks with a group of potential backers, but it’s a hard slog—harder than he feels it ought to be when 72 percent of Black-owned businesses are profitable. Prince lives with his family in Beaverton, Oregon, a suburb of Portland, where protests sparked by Floyd’s killing continued for almost six months, even as his business horizons brightened. Corporations that had relied on racially-based iconography for decades retooled their brands—Quaker Oats retired Aunt Jemima, and Mars, Inc. rebranded Uncle Ben’s as Ben’s Original, as new images, like the one of Prince wearing a crown on Cracker King packaging, took their place on market shelves. Now he’s an inadvertent data point on the next phase of change, as he waits to see if the momentum will continue. The following is a condensed and edited version of our conversation. — Trial and error I first started making gluten-free crackers about eight years ago when I lived in Oakland, California. I had just been let go from a job working in sales for a tech startup in San Francisco, and the job search crushed my morale. When I walked through the door and saw a white man, I thought to myself, “They’re not going to hire you.” I felt I had been set up for failure: I dropped out of high school, and although I eventually added some junior college credits to my name, I didn’t have a formal education. But I needed to do something to provide for myself and for my family, and starting my own business was the only way I could change things because no one could take that away from me. I’d learned how to hustle, and eventually turned this skill into sales jobs, so I knew I had what it’d take to sell a product I believed in. My wife, Lesley, is the one that helped me realize I should start a food business. She pointed out that all I do is talk about food. Not too long after that first thought sparked, we visited my mom, who made these amazing crackers. My wife came up with the idea that I should make those crackers. Jovani Prince and his wife, Lesley, moved to Portland, Oregon with their 3 young children. After redesigning the packaged crackers with a logo that represented the family business, Prince started selling 100 to 120 bags a day at five farmers’ markets. courtesy of The Cracker King Things really came together when a friend who was gluten-free told me they were disappointed by the lack of delicious gluten-free products. So I went to a bunch of different stores to do some research and realized there was a lot less competition in the gluten-free cracker market. I just saw the opportunity if I changed my mom’s recipe and made it gluten-free. Through trial and error, I got the business up and running in 2015; we called it Nita J’s Artisanal Crackers, and they came right out of my kitchen. Eventually I moved to a shared kitchen, but I was still bagging them in my living room. The best way to start would have been to sell directly to customers, but it was next to impossible to get into a farmers market in the Oakland area. If I had sold directly to customers I would have learned some things that are essential to a successful food business, like setting a good price point. I sold the crackers directly to about 20 grocery stores in the Bay Area, including Safeway, Draeger’s, New Leaf and Rainbow Grocery, but it was a costly mistake: it’s next to impossible to be successful without getting your product in people’s mouths, first, and creating a buzz. I was lucky to sell a bag a week in each store. In 2017, about two years after I launched my first cracker business, I filed for bankruptcy. The stay-at-home entrepreneur That same year my family moved to Beaverton, Oregon, a suburb just outside of Portland, because my wife had been recruited to work for Nike. We had two-year-old twins and a three-year-old, so it was better for us: affordable housing, better education for the kids, and there was nothing left for me in the Bay Area. The move was stressful, and the bankruptcy only made it harder. Part of me wanted to give up—and my wife, who had championed me every step of the way and taken out loans to help me get started, stopped believing in the business. But everyone who tried the crackers loved them, and I couldn’t let go of the idea that they were my way to provide for my family. I did everything I could to reassure my wife, and I restructured the whole business.   While she was at work during the day, I took care of our kids. As soon as she got home in the afternoon, I’d make crackers, and then, after four to six hours, I’d work as a rideshare driver all night. I formulated a new, cost-effective recipe and infused different flavors. I was obsessed with making sure the crackers were light, crispy and crunchy. Then I got into farmers markets in and around the Portland area. Mid day snacks . . .#TheCrackerKing #GlutenFree #HandCrafted #Snacks #PNW — The Cracker King (@TheCrackerKing) November 17, 2019 I adopted a new business name: The Cracker King. Sure, “cracker” may be a word used by the older generation as a derogatory reference to poor whites. But most people don’t make that connection. In the entire time I’ve sold my brand, I’ve only had two people comment on this double meaning of cracker, and they were in their 50s and 60s. Then I redesigned the packaging. It was important to me to let people know that The Cracker King is a family business, so I created a package with an illustration of my kids standing in front of me as the Cracker King. I was a little apprehensive about putting us on the label because I wasn’t sure how people would respond to seeing a Black family, but I’m proud of being Black and proud of my family, so why would I hide who we are? I’m representing myself in a positive light. That’s important to me because it’s the only way we can change the racism that exists in our society. And it worked. I was at five farmers markets, selling 100 to 120 bags a day. One day, I met a rideshare customer who worked at New Seasons Market, and through this connection, New Seasons became my first retail customer. They put our gluten-free crackers into five stores, and we sold just enough to stay in the stores, but we weren’t doing great. Most of the sales I got were through the farmers markets where I had the chance to convince people to try the crackers. All I needed was someone to give me a chance. Heartbreak and opportunity George Floyd’s death shouldn’t have been the turning point, but it created a snowball effect. Suddenly, local magazines wanted to interview me. The Portland Monthly, Willamette Week, and Portland Business Journal brought new attention to our Web site. Our online sales, which were small, picked up. Because of the Black family on the front of the package, people started grabbing my product for the first time; I’d been there the whole time, but before they just walked by. Now, they tasted the cracker and came back for more. Sales skyrocketed from an average of 12 bags per store per month to 50 bags per store per month. Because of the Black family on the front of the package, people started grabbing my product for the first time; I’d been there the whole time, but before they just walked by. And places that I’d tried before but wanted nothing to do with me, now want to support Black businesses. Around 40 retailers were showing interest, including Whole Foods, where we launched in December, across the entire Pacific Northwest. While George Floyd’s death isn’t the reason I was able to get in the door there—I crashed a party that was for existing vendors and was, okay, who do I have to talk to?—I think the protests helped speed things along, especially because of the interest from competitors. Prior to the protests we were in 18 stores. Now we’re in more than 80, with three flavors: Cheddar N’ Pepper, Sriracha, and Rosemary and Sea Salt. And we were just named a winner of the Good Food Foundation’s 2021 Good Food Awards for Best Snack. I mean, things are moving. It’s not a joke. With this newfound traction, we’ve made some more changes. Now it’s just the Cracker King on the label, not my family, because we had to make space to show an image of the crackers. My team expanded by 7 employees and a CFO, and to meet increased demand and scale the business, we need a co-packer, an established bakery manufacturer that could produce and package our crackers. It’s a much cheaper alternative to building our own manufacturing facility, but it still comes with a hefty price tag—$80,000 of the $200,000 I hope to raise starting February 1 on Wefunder. The long-range plan Despite Cracker King’s success, it’s been very difficult to lock down an investor. In 2020, our crackers won the Taster’s Champ audience award from Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, while another company won the pitch contest. They got $300,000. We got nothing. I’ve also pitched at The Beaverton Startup Challenge. I’ve to so many people, often white men who clearly have no interest in partnering with a Black business. But we’re finally in negotiations with Zebras Unite, a women-led, multicultural investment group that heard of my brand when I won the Taster’s Champ award. Not only do they share the vision for the company, but I feel like I can be myself around them. As a Black man, I feel like I’m constantly trying to make people not feel threatened, especially in the business arena. And if I come off as too Black, investors will assume I’m ignorant. It’s a very fine line, so it’s refreshing to have connected with investors where this isn’t an issue. But I’ve learned never to let other people’s assumptions about me hold me back. One way or another, my goal is to be the number one snack food company in the nation. I’m planning a line of crackers for children and a graham cracker cookie—and then, I’m going to help other gluten-free snack food brands launch their products. Grocery Impact Race Also tagged black-owned business, cracker king, george floyd, sales Jovani Prince is the founder of The Cracker King. Shirah Dedman is an afroecologist, specializing in environmental analysis of the African-American experience. She is the filmmaker of two widely released documentaries: Follow the Drinking Gourd and YOU A NOMAD. Shirah was formerly an associate at the Equal Justice Initiative, where she took part in EJI’s community education project, speaking about the lynching of her great-grandfather. She is also an alum of the University of Arkansas Law School Agricultural & Food Law Program.

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Jovani Prince and his wife, Lesley, moved to Portland, Oregon with their 3 young children. After redesigning the packaged crackers with a logo that represented the family business, Prince started selling 100 to 120 bags a day at five farmers’ markets.

Photo courtesy of The Cracker King


January 27, 2021

Nigerian man builds house with plastic bottles in Kaduna
LailasnewsJan 26, 2021Read original
A Nigerian has built a house in Kaduna using 14,800 sand-filled plastic bottles as bricks.

Nigerian man builds house with plastic bottles in Kaduna

The man identified as Yahaya Ahmed, an engineer and the director of a non-governmental organisation, Developmental Association of Renewable Energies in Nigeria (DARE), said the house was built by his organisation to encourage recycling of waste materials, create jobs and ensure a safer environment in Nigeria.

Mr Ahmed said workers filled the plastic bottles with sand and linked them at the neck by an intricate network of strings to build the house, which he said is the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa.

“It’s the cheapest house that everyone can construct without spending much money because the building materials are available on the streets and trash dump centres,” he told journalists at the site located at unguwar -Yalwa on the Kaduna Zaria road.

The house has three rooms, a toilet and a kitchen.

He said it is “20 times stronger than brick walls houses and can last for over 300 years if constructed properly and carefully. It is fireproof, bulletproof, earthquake-resistant and can adapt to all kinds of climate changes, desertification and deforestation.

“It is the cheapest house to build in this generation with waste plastic bottles on the streets polluting our environment and causing more problems like flood and other disasters in the communities.”


January 22, 2021

Amanda Gorman: The story of the poet who stole the show at Biden’s inauguration Amanda: stole the show at Biden’s inauguration with her poem

By Nehru Odeh

She represents all that America stands for. A young black skinny girl, she had always dreamt of becoming the President of the United States only to find herself reciting her poem for one at 22. This, succinctly put, is the story of Amanda Gorman who made history on Wednesday 20 January by being the youngest poet ever to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration in the United States. And she did it so well, becoming the star of the moment. An intriguing thing about Gorman is that she had a speech impediment as a child – an affliction she shares with America’s new president. Still, the remarkable thing about Gorman’s performance is that she performed her poem, The Hill We Climb, to the admiration of dignitaries present and a watching global audience, calling for unity and togetherness in the United States. Her five-minute poem began: “When day comes, we ask ourselves: Where can we find light In this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. She went on to reference the storming of the Capitol earlier this month. “We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it, would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy,” she averred. “And this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated.” Gorman delivered her piece which was inspired by the storming at Capitol Hill, with confidence and astonishing grace. A beautifully paced, well-judged poem for a special occasion, it will live long beyond the time and space of the moment. As a result of her sterling performance, the writer and performer, who became the country’s first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, followed in the footsteps of such famous names as Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, Elizabeth Alexander and Richard Blanco. Yet none of her predecessors faced the challenge that Gorman did. She set out to write a poem that would inspire hope and foster a sense of collective purpose, at a moment when Americans are reeling from a deadly pandemic, political violence and partisan division. “I really wanted to use my words to be a point of unity and collaboration and togetherness,” Gorman was quoted as saying before the ceremony. “I think it’s about a new chapter in the United States, about the future, and doing that through the elegance and beauty of words.” “In my poem, I’m not going to in any way gloss over what we’ve seen over the past few weeks and, dare I say, the past few years. But what I really aspire to do in the poem is to be able to use my words to envision a way in which our country can still come together and can still heal,” she said. “It’s doing that in a way that is not erasing or neglecting the harsh truths I think America needs to reconcile with.” Asked how she felt when  she found out she had been chosen to read at Biden’s swearing-in ceremony Gorman said she “screamed and danced her head off.” She also said she felt “excitement, joy, honour and humility” when she was asked to take part, “and also at the same time terror”. Meanwhile world leaders, including Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton have taken to social media to praise the poet who described herself in the poem as “a skinny Black girl, descended from slaves and raised by a single mother,” who can dream of being president one day, “only to find herself reciting for one.” Michelle Obama took to Twitter to applaud her, writing, “With her strong and poignant words, [Gorman] reminds us of the power we each hold in upholding our democracy. Keep shining, Amanda! I can’t wait to see what you do next. 💕 #BlackGirlMagic” Hillary Clinton tweeted that Gorman had promised to run for president in 2036 and added: “I for one can’t wait.” “I have never been prouder to see another young woman rise! Brava Brava, @TheAmandaGorman! Maya Angelou is cheering—and so am I,” Oprah Winfrey tweeted. Illinois poet laureate Angela Jackson said the recitation was “so rich and just so filled with truth”. “I was stunned that she was so young and so wise,” Jackson told the Chicago Sun-Times. Singer Sheryl Crow tweeted: “If the future looks like inaugural poet laureate Amanda Gorman, we are in good shape. Wise and inspiring.” Gorman fell in love with poetry at a young age and distinguished herself quickly as a rising talent. Raised in Los Angeles, where her mother teaches middle school, she would write in journals at the playground. At 16, she was named the Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. A few years later, when she was studying sociology at Harvard, she became the National Youth Poet Laureate, the first person to hold the position.


January 1, 2021

Black Lives Matter Weathered Souls Brewing Co. in San Antonio did something big in 2020, crafting an imperial stout called Black is Beautiful and launching a collaborative project of the same name to raise support for police brutality reform and legal defenses for those who’ve been wronged because of racism and prejudice. Black is Beautiful came after the killing of George Floyd, a Houston native, under police apprehension in Minneapolis. Breweries across America joined in on the project, brewing their own version of Black is Beautiful while using the same can art. By late summer, nearly every Houston brewery had made its own Black is Beautiful. What Weathered Souls did was call attention to the structural racism that has existed worldwide for centuries. But also, note that Weathered Souls is a Black-owned brewery. There aren’t many Black-owned breweries across America, and there’s only one (in planning) in Houston. One way to change the world for the better is to deliver liberation from boundaries. Here’s hoping the conversation about Black representation and leadership in brewing increases in 2021.

BLACK People o! -Rosalind Cash!

January 1, 2021

Happy b’day to Rosalind Cash, who would have been 82, today…!

Rosalind Theresa Cash (December 31, 1938 – October 31, 1995) was an American singer and actress. Her best known film role is as Charlton Heston’s character’s love interest Lisa, in the 1971 science fiction film, The Omega Man. Cash also had another notable role as Mary Mae Ward in ABC’s General Hospital, a role she portrayed from 1994 until her death in 1995.


Early life and education
Cash was the second of four children born in Atlantic City, New Jersey to John O. Sr., a clerk and Martha Elizabeth Cash. Her siblings were John Jr. (1936–1998), Robert (1939), and Helen (1942–2013). Cash graduated with honours from Atlantic City High School in 1956. After high school, Cash attended City College of New York. Her career extended to theater, television, film and recording.

Cash appeared in the 1962 revival of Fiorello! and was an original member of the Negro Ensemble Company, founded in 1968.In 1973, Cash played the role of Goneril in King Lear at the New York Shakespeare Festival alongside James Earl Jones’s Lear. Cash appeared on the New York area television show Callback! which featured musical director Barry Manilow. The episode Cash was featured on was filmed on Monday evening March 31, 1969 at the Village Gate in New York City. The episode aired on Saturday, April 19, 1969 at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. Cash performed “God Bless The Child” on the show. No recordings of the performance are known to exist. Her other television credits include The Cosby Show, What’s Happening!!, A Different World, Good Times, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Kojak, Barney Miller, Benson, Police Woman, Family Ties, Head of the Class, The Golden Girls, and L.A. Law.

Cash was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on the Public Broadcasting Service production of Go Tell it on the Mountain. In 1996, she was posthumously nominated for an Emmy Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, for her role on General Hospital. Cash’s films included Klute (1971), The New Centurions (1972) with George C. Scott, Uptown Saturday Night (1974) with Sidney Poitier, and Wrong Is Right (1982). In 1995, she appeared in Tales from the Hood, her last film appearance.

Cash supplied the voices of Sesame Street Muppet Roosevelt Franklin’s mother and his sister, Mary Frances, on the 1970 record album The Year of Roosevelt Franklin, Gordon’s Friend from Sesame Street alongside Matt Robinson’s voices for Roosevelt and his brother, Baby Ray, and friend, A.B. Cito.

Personal life and death

Cash never married nor had children. She died of cancer on October 31, 1995, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, aged 56.

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