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Judge Blocks $4 Billion U.S. Debt Relief Program for Minority Farmers

The aid program, part of the $1.9 trillion stimulus package that Congress passed in March, is intended to help farmers who have endured generations of racial discrimination.

A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from making loan forgiveness payments to minority farmers as part of a $4 billion program intended to address a long history of racial injustice in American farming.

The judge, Marcia Morales Howard of U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, in Jacksonville, found that Scott Wynn, a white farmer in Jennings, Fla., who had challenged the program in a lawsuit in May, was likely to succeed on his claim that the program violates his right to equal protection under the law.

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The restaurants that sued the SBA for discrimination received almost $1 million in Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants

The SBA previously dropped prioritization of women and minority-owned businesses and rescinded payments promised to almost 3,000 restaurants following these three lawsuits

Joanna Fantozzi | Jun 17, 2021

The three business owners that sued the U.S. Small Business Administration on the grounds of discrimination for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund’s 21-day priority period of women and minority-owned businesses have received in total nearly $1 million in Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants, The New York Times reported.

According to court records, the SBA paid $187,753 to the owners of the Lost Cajun in Keller, Texas; $640,425 to Penn Hotel Sports & Raw Bar in Hershey, Pa.; and $104,590 to Jake’s Bar and Grill in Harriman, Tenn. on June 1, which “satisfied the full claims of each applicant.”

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Two Trump Cronies and a DFW Restaurant Are Behind the Lawsuit Preventing Minority-Owned Businesses From Receiving Restaurant Revitalization Fund Relief

The owners of the Lost Cajun in Keller say that the government’s plan to prioritize Restaurant Revitalization Fund applications from businesses owned by minorities, women, and veterans is discriminatory


On Friday, June 11, the Small Business Administration paused the disbursement of pandemic relief funds to thousands of minority-owned businesses. The decision comes after a federal judge in Texas issued an injunction on the release of the funds following a lawsuit from a Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant that alleges the program’s plan to distribute funds to businesses owned by women, veterans, and racial minorities is unconstitutional.

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Barbecue: The Black and Indigenous roots of an American tradition

 Barbecue is ubiquitous in America, but the role of Black chefs and Indigenous traditions in creating that culture has been largely overlooked.

Marie Jean was a barbecue pitmaster, a woman directing a group of men to create a memorable Fourth of July meal in 1840. What’s astounding is that she was an enslaved Black woman living in Arkansas two decades before the Civil War, featured in the local newspaper for her cooking and was eventually able to buy her freedom and run a restaurant.

“She’s so highly regarded that when she dies, the white newspaper eulogizes her,” said Adrian Miller, culinary historian, certified barbecue judge and author of “Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue,” which came out in April. “It’s a testament to her character … and the entrepreneurial spirit that Black people brought to barbecue.”

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IRI Finds Small, Extra-Small and Private Label CPG Manufacturers Gained Market Share in 2020

Channel and Category Shifts Accelerated Ongoing Consumer Transition

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New research from IRI®, a global leader in innovative solutions and services for consumer, retail and media companies, found that small and extra-small CPG manufacturers’ and retailers’ own brands gained U.S. market share over larger players during 2020. Of the CPG industry’s $933 billion of total U.S. sales in measured channels in 2020, large manufacturers collectively lost 1.3 share points, or $12.1 billion in sales, to smaller players due to channel shifts, supply constraints and category shifts.

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Reflections On Bias: Koia’s Female Founder – And Only Black Employee – Has A Recipe For Change

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Racial Disparities in Food Advertising in the

Jung-Sook Lee, Ph.D.
Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies
Towson University, Towson, MD 21252

The prevalence of obesity in the U.S. is one of the highest in the world, and it is especially high among
African Americans. Ethnic targeting in food advertising has been criticized for perpetuating unhealthy diet among
African Americans in the U.S.Based on social learning theory, this study investigates racial disparities in magazine
food advertisements. A content analysis of 680 food advertisements was conducted from 2008 and 2011 issues of
Ebony, Essence, both of which target African Americans,and Peoplewhich targets general consumers. Comparisons
are made in the 13 food categories,57 product types,and 199 brands advertised. First, unhealthy food
categories(e.g., alcoholic beverages, fast food restaurants) continue to be disproportionately advertised in Ebony and
Essence. Second, healthier product types(e.g., sugar-free beverages)are morefrequently offered in People than they
are in Ebony and Essence in several food categories, but the overall results are inconclusive. Third, significantly
fewer brands are advertised in Ebony and Essence than in People, and the dominant food brands in Ebony and
Essence are concentrated in the categories of alcoholic beverages, fast food restaurants, non-alcoholic beverages,
and meat. These results raisethe concern that unhealthy foods continue to be excessively advertised to African
Americans as the demand forunhealthy foods declines among the general population. The findings regarding product
types and number of brands also bear a resemblance to the history of distorted ethnic targeting

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New book explores the mind-blowingly diverse world of Black food in America

Addie Broyles

Austin 360
February 8, 2021

To fully understand the complexity of Blackness, a good place to start is food, Marcus Samuelsson says.

The Ethiopian-born, Sweden-raised, Harlem-based chef has teamed up with co-writer Osayi Endolyn and a pair of recipe developers, Yewande Komolafe and Tamie Cook, to publish “The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food.” 

The book profiles dozens of culinary professionals who are shaping the future of Black food in America, including Tavel Bristol-Joseph, the award-winning chef behind Emmer & Rye, Hestia, Kalimotxo and TLV in Austin.





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