The Variety Of Food Groupings: Omnivore To Carnivore, And Everything In Between

FoodOMNIVORE: Meat, Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Honey, Nuts & Seeds, Vegetables, Fruits, Legumes, Grains, Dairy.
POLLO-PESCATARIAN: Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Honey, Nuts & Seeds, Vegetables, Fruits, Legumes, Grains, Dairy.
PESCATARIAN: Fish, Eggs, Honey, Nuts & Seeds, Vegetables, Fruits, Legumes, Grains, Dairy.
OVO-VEGETARIAN: Eggs, Honey, Nuts & Seeds, Vegetables, Fruits, Legumes, Grains.
LACTO-OVO-VEGETARIAN: Eggs, Honey, Nuts & Seeds, Vegetables, Fruits, Legumes, Grains, Dairy.
API-VEGAN: Honey, Nuts & Seeds, Vegetables, Fruits, Legumes, Grains.
VEGAN: Nuts & Seeds, Vegetables, Fruits, Legumes, Grains.
SPROUTARIAN: Nuts & Seeds, Vegetables, Fruits.
JUICEARIAN: Vegetables, Fruit.
PALEO: Meat, Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Honey, Nuts & Seeds, Vegetables, Fruits.
CARNIVORE: Meat, Poultry, Fish.

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Book Bits: “Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography” By: Richard Branson

Finding My Virginity Richard BransonHere are some interesting tidbits from “Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography” By: Richard Branson:

• This book is a part two to Richard Branson’s first autobiography, “Losing My Virginity,” which he published in 1998. The first chapter of the book is entitled, “1999.”
• He’s built dozens of businesses is a variety of industries.
• He’s had a couple of interesting encounters with Donald Trump.
• He privatized trains in the United Kingdom, and has built a luxury wildlife reserve in Ulusaba.
• Nelson Mandela urged him to take over the gym fitness industry in South Africa and he complied.
• He has promoted his businesses via some interesting publicity stunts; some of which were dangerous and life-threatening.
• He protested various wars throughout his life. He even visited Saigon and learned the history of the Vietnam War.
• He’s friends with Bill & Melinda Gates.
• Steve Jobs is the entrepreneur he admires the most.
• He officiated the wedding of Google founder, Larry Page and Lucy Page.
• He attempted to get Saddam Hussein to step down and go into exile. [SIDEBAR: It’s interesting to see how successful businesspeople can influence serious international political matters.]
• He had a longtime friendship with Nelson Mandela. He introduced Nelson Mandela to the Dalai Lama.
• He has several record-breaking feats under his belt, including breaking the Guinness Book of Records standing for the fastest crossing of the English Channel by an amphibious vehicle.
• He helped to facilitate a council of elders, including Mandela and Desmond Tutu, for the purpose of world improvement.
• He has created a company that focuses on pioneering space travel and satellite launching. He has aspirations of exploring space and setting up space tourism.
• He has set up a foundation to help start-up entrepreneurs.
• He details the start and finish of Virgin American Airlines, and how he took on the U.S. Airline system and created one of the most successful airlines in America. [SIDEBAR: It wasn’t cheap or easy.]
• He wasn’t in favor of Brexit. Among other things, he feels it will limit the future options of the youth.
• He’s visited Barack Obama at the White Hoses and discussed a bevy of issues with him. He has also enjoyed a 10-day vacation with the Obamas, after President Obama left office.
• When he traced his ancestral background, he discovered that through his mother’s side of the family, he is related to Charlemagne.
• In the final chapter of the book, he lists dozens of his nearly deadly adventures and mishaps.

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Book Bits: “Defending The Spirit: A Black Life In America” By: Randall Robinson

Defending The Spirit Randall RobinsonHere are some interesting tidbits from “Defending The Spirit: A Black Life In America” By: Randall Robinson:
• He was referred to as a “boy” by young white farmers when he was well into middle age.
• He discusses what it was like to be one of a handful of Black students attending Harvard Law School.
• He was drafted into the U.S. Army after he dropped out of college. He discusses his experiences in the army during the Vietnam War.
• He discusses his experiences with racism and racial politics during every of his life.
• He poignantly discusses the illusions created by segregation.
• He discusses the stellar achievements of his siblings.

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The 2008 not guilty verdict in the Sean Bell case evoked outrage, emotion, and debate. It is not an anomaly that the police officers involved in the Sean Bell slaying were acquitted of all charges on all counts in State Supreme Court. I could run out of ink printing the names of people who have been victimized by the inaptly named justice system.

The American justice system has been especially terroristic towards the African American community. Many community members can cite historic and personal accounts to prove this. Therefore, it would be foolhardy (at the least) to turn to a system that has methodically oppressed us, and request that they free us. We can only free ourselves through extreme discipline and intelligent planning.

As a community we have been too compliant with leaders who organize ineffective, delayed reactions. The only strategy that can save us in this last hour is one that calls for a collective code of conduct that will be conducive to improving the conditions of our community, and shifting the paradigm of how we are treated by outside entities. The first step of this code of conduct should be based on economics.

The old adage of “money talks,” still reigns true in the new millennium. Any political scientist worth his or her library card will tell you that: “Economic powerlessness equals political powerlessness,” and conversely “economic power equals political power.” This means that if we continue to allow our wealth to be extracted from our community, we will remain impotent.

The power of the collective “Black Dollar” is often discussed. However, that power has been left unchanneled. Today is the day to change that. A one-time boycott is not going to bring long-term change and respect to our community. Our community has launched boycotts before. Our success and ascension will be based on what we consistently do. For this reason, we should initiate “BUY BLACK FRIDAYS.”

BUY BLACK FRIDAYS is a small step towards our community acquiring power via controlling our economics. Every Friday, people who acknowledge the injustice and oppression that the African American community has been consistently subjected to should do one of the following:

Option #1: Spend $0 on Friday
Option #2: Spend no more than $10 on Friday
Option #3: Only Shop at Black Businesses on Friday
[PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE OPTIONS CAN & SHOULD BE EXERCISED ON A DAILY BASIS. However, we can all at the very least focus on Fridays. This way we can take a collective stand and build our collective discipline. Please remember that this is only Phase 1!].

To the people who are tempted to label “BUY BLACK FRIDAYS” as racist, I say this: In the big scheme of things, this is about right & wrong, justice & injustice. The African American community is a strong, proud community that has endured the brunt of America’s iron fist. We must stop the pounding. I feel that any fair-minded individual will concur, and join in.

ANY business that is privileged to enjoy the support of the African American community MUST return that support.

I thank you in advance for your effort and dedication.

-Elsie Law AKA Starface

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How Big Is America’s Opioid Problem?

According to the September 2017 edition of National Geographic magazine:
• In the United States, every 25 minutes, a baby is born addicted to opioids.
• In 2015, there were 33,000 deaths due to opioid overdose. A 16% rise from the year before.

According to a recent New York Daily News article:
• In 2016, in America, opioids killed more people than car accidents, guns, or breast cancer.
• In 2016, “in total, 22 states and Washington D.C. had overdose opioid deaths higher than the national average of 19.8 fatalities per 100,000 people.”
• Since 2013, synthetic opioids “have killed an average 88% more people each year.”

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Book Bits: “The Mother Of Black Hollywood: A Memoir” By: Jenifer Lewis

Jenifer Lewis The Mother Of Black HollywoodHere are some interesting tidbits from “The Mother Of Black Hollywood: A Memoir” By: Jenifer Lewis:

• She got a role on Broadway 11 days after moving to New York City.
• Like any other Black person in America, she has faced racism. She details some of her encounters with racism.
• She survived an attempted rape after moving to NYC.
• A large portion of her career was spent being the “Queen of High-Camp Cabaret.” She has more than a few “dalliances,” and she recounts many of them in this book…Her actions become understandable when she reveals her childhood abuse, and her mother’s reaction.
• She hilariously tells how she got to be front and center at Barack Obama’s Democratic Party nomination acceptance at the DNC.
• She talks about her encounters and relationships with many artists, and legendary people, such as: Whoopi Goldberg, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lena Horne, Gregory Himes, Tina Turner, Shirley Chisholm, Phyllis Hyman, Carmen McRae, Bette Midler, Prince Albert, Della Reese, Jon Voight, Shirley MacLaine, Chris Rock, Jane Pauley, Eddie Murphy, Charlie Murphy, Nina Simone, Sidney Poitier, Norman Lear, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Lynn Whitfield, Cree Summer, Robin Williams, Tupac Shakur, Barbra Streisand, Dick Gregory, Whitney Houston, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Isabel Sanford, Naomi Campbell, JFK Jr., Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne. (Note: These aren’t salacious stories. She says her book is not a “tell-all.”)
• She discusses how therapy helped her heal and grow. She also talks about being diagnosed with a mental illness.
• She discusses creating her acclaimed one-woman shows.
• She discusses becoming a mother to a little girl.
• She emphasis that her book isn’t a tell-all; she knows the damage gossip can do. Her book isn’t gossipy, and the reader gets a sense that there are a lot of stories she’s keeping to herself. However, she gets the point across regarding her life experiences, and lessons.

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