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Meet The Couple Selling Mumbo Sauce, A Staple In D.C.

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Washington, D.C., is known for its passionate politics and monuments to past presidents and other famous historical figures. But many Black residents recognize D.C. by the savory flavor of mumbo sauce. The unique sauce, which tastes like a cross between barbecue and sweet-and-sour sauce, skips ingredients like politics and monuments and leaves a lasting impression of those who eat it.

So when Arsha Jones and husband Charles relocated further out into the Maryland suburbs after having children, she found herself missing the taste of mumbo sauce.

“It was one of those things that was very true to the community,” Arsha Jones said. “It’s one of those hidden staples in the community that everyone knows about, but nobody knows about.”

Wanting her kids to experience one of the central aspects of Black D.C. culture, she decided to create some for her family in 2011.

“Since my kids kinda don’t have that history of growing up in the city, I wanted to give them a taste of what I remember was home,” Jones said. “I based my recipe on the different flavors from around the city.”

“People always said when I was little that someone should bottle this up, and I said I’m just going to do it,” Jones said.

After identifying a retailer that sold bottles wholesale and creating a website, the Joneses began selling mumbo sauce to a small number of loyal customers in May of 2011. They named the business Capital City Mumbo Sauce, after their beloved city.

Now, seven years later, the company has expanded greatly, with sales nearing seven figures. The couple has been able to move the company away from their kitchen and into a warehouse that houses most of their products. They also were able to hire both full-time and part-time employees. They are even tossing around the idea of owning a store that will sell items other than mumbo sauce.

They’re currently in the process of creating a seasoned flour, meant to be used on fried foods, and an all-purpose seasoning as an alternative to the flour.

“We’re definitely looking at complimentary products as well as some seasonal mumbo sauce flavors,” Jones said. “We have a large base that can accommodate more products than we [currently] have.”

But her main goal for the company is to saturate their local market and eventually spread across the East coast.

“The great thing about mumbo sauce, and Washington, D.C., is there is no one food that you associate with Washington, D.C.,” Jones said. “So, we have a prime opportunity to put our product in the position where we are the product of D.C.”

Mumbo sauce can be purchased at the Capital City website.

source: ABS

Rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep Dead at 42

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Prodigy, one-half of the iconic rap duo Mobb Deep from Queens, N.Y., has died.
“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary N.Y. rap duo Mobb Deep,” Mobb Deep’s publicist said in a statement to Rolling Stone Tuesday, June 20.

 “Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis.

As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined.

We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”

Prodigy, who was 42 when he died, formed Mobb Deep with rapper Havoc and the group enjoyed success in the 1990s with hits including “Shook Ones” and the Lil Kim feature, “Quiet Storm.”

They also enjoyed success with “Hey Luv (Anything)” in 2001, which marked a turn away from raw rap toward a more commercial sound.

Prodigy’s last performance was in Las Vegas at the Art of Rap Fest Saturday, June 15.

Natural Hair Bias Is The Latest Tool To Criminalize Black Girls

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In Malden, Mass., the long-simmering argument of how appropriate it is for African-American women to style their hair as they choose hit a new crescendo. In an attempt to, as the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School interim director said, “… promotes equity by focusing on what unites and by reducing visible gaps between those of different means,” the school placed a restriction on hair thickness and extensions that seemed to directly contradict U.S. Department of Justice guidelines on race-based policies.

This policy and its uneven enforcement — the school rarely, for example, punishes students for hair color, another dress-code violation — led to the repeat suspensions of African-American female students. Singled out were Mya and Deanna Cook, who have received more than 16 hours’ detention, were removed from their team sports and banned from their proms — all for having braided hair. This has, since the breaking of this story, led to a letter of condemnation from the state’s Attorney General Office, a lawsuit from the ACLU and the school district suspending the controversial policy.

“The policy specifically prohibits ‘shaved lines or shaved sides’ as examples of drastic or unnatural hairstyles, and ‘hair more than 2 inches in thickness or ‘height’’ as an example of hair that is distracting and thus not allowed,” Genevieve Nadeau, the chief of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Division of Civil Rights, wrote.

“These prohibitions appear to specifically reference hairstyles such as ‘fades’ that are commonly worn by Black male students, and ‘afros’ that are most likely to be worn by Black students (both male and female). These styles are not simply fashion choices or trends, but, in addition to occurring naturally in many cases, can be important expressions of racial culture, heritage, and identity.”

Cases such as the one in Mystic Valley seem to go beyond cultural insensitivity and constitute an implicit attack on African-American females’ right to be who they are. A 16-year-old Black student in Montverde, Fla., who happens to have naturally curly hair, was told recently that her hair was a violation of the school’s “no dreadlock” dress-code policy. In 2013, a 12-year-old in Orlando, Fla., was told to either straighten or cut her puffy hair or face expulsion. The student, at the time, was being subjected to bullying by her classmates for her hair.

As profiled by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, African-American students are more likely to be removed from instruction than their white counterparts for minor infractions such as dress code violations due to implicit bias. In one cited example, Black students in North Carolina public schools were six times more likely to be suspended than white students for dress-code violations. These offenses are, in less-served schools, typically handed over to the police to handle.

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Source: ABS

[ Interview ] R&B Artist Moneybagz Da Babyboy Talks About His Music

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Finally get to talk with Moneybagz Da Babyboy a very talented up and coming artist in the music industry.

We really appreciate this moment you gave us to talk to you and let the world know exactly who Moneybagz Da Babyboy is and what your music is all about.

Since Hip Hop music became a reference to a lot of people, we are really sure that they want to know more about you.

 Tell us about you:

My name Moneybagz Da Babyboy, Im from Erie P.A.
I got connected with slip n slide in 10th grade. I was born on August 26th 1992.
I recently got connected with Rude Boy. Im also setting up a meeting with Universal Records.
I been connecting with people all over which I did an R&B hit with Jackson & 420 like a playa club strip club theme called hypnotized.

When did you start making music?

When I was little playing around with my homies.

Who is your role model in the music world?

My favorite rapper is Lil Wayne but I would say Master P.

Is there anything you would do differently in your career?

No not really everything moving at a good paste.

Who would you want to do a tour/concert with?

Probably with some girls like Dej Loaf, or Asian Doll

Do you ever get lost in the music?

Is there any site we can find you and listen to your latest song?

Thank you very much for your time