Gigabit Farm Aid: The Music Revolution

Gigabit Farm Aid - Apollo

Gigabit Farm Aid
Spring 2016
African Americans are twice as likely as non-Hispanic Whites to die from diabetes. This is according to the U. S.  Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.
African Americans in losing touch with the land and with traditions handed down for generations, they have also lost an important set of skills: how to grow and prepare healthy food. This has lead to an epidemic of diet-related illnesses now sweeping the country—obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes
Gigabit Farm Aid will help urban youth learn safe and inexpensive agroecological management practices that emphasize diversity, traditional knowledge, agroforestry, landscape complexity, and water and soil management techniques, including cover cropping, composting and water harvesting. In addition to creating delicious and healthy food to reverse disease these practices sequester CO2 emissions to help reverse climate change.
For more about Gigabit Farm Aid reversing disease and climate change click here.
Center for Urban Agriculture

Center for Urban Agriculture

One of the long term goals of Gigabit Farm Aid is to build a facility similar to the Center for Urban Agriculture. The building will include fields for growing vegetables and grains, greenhouses, and rooftop gardens. The will also include affordable housing.
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George Orwell quote

“Journalism is printing…” is not an actual Orwell quote but it does capture the essence of his suppressed introduction to “Animal Farm.”

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Gigabit Farm Aid: Reversing Diabetes & Climate Change

Gigabit Farm Aid - Madison Square Garden

Gigabit Farm Aid Concert
Spring 2016
In 2013, African Americans were twice as likely as non-Hispanic Whites to die from diabetes. This is according to the U. S.  Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.
At the northern outskirts of Milwaukee, stand 14 greenhouses on two acres of land. This is Growing Power, the only land within the Milwaukee city limits zoned as farmland. Founded by MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellow Will Allen, Growing Power is an active farm producing tons of food each year, a food distribution hub, and a training center. Will Allen is the author of The Good Food Revolution.
Will Allen of Growing Power

Will Allen of Growing Power

According to Will Allen’s The Good Food Revolution:
The history of agriculture in the United States is largely a history of racial exploitation. From the slavery that formed the rural economy of the South to the mistreatment of migrant farm workers that continues to this day, our food has too often been made possible by someone else’s suffering. And that someone else tends not to be white….
The great tragedy for many African Americans…is that in losing touch with the land and with traditions handed down for generations, they also lost an important set of skills: how to grow and prepare healthy food….
It’s no coincidence that the epidemic of diet-related illnesses now sweeping the country—obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes—are harming blacks the most….
America’s current agricultural system was hardly created by free market forces. Between 1995 and 2010, American farmers received about $262 billion in federal subsidies. And the wealthiest 10 percent of farmers received 74 percent of those subsidies. Almost two-thirds of American farmers didn’t receive any subsidies at all….
One in two African Americans born in the year 2000 is expected to develop type II diabetes. Four out of every ten African American men and women over the age of twenty have high blood pressure….
The farmer became less important than the food scientist, the distributor, the marketer, and the corporation. In 1974, farmers took home 32 cents of every dollar spent on food in the United States. Today, they get only 16 cents.
African Americans in losing touch with the land and with traditions handed down for generations, they also lost an important set of skills: how to grow and prepare healthy food.

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Tracy Oliver – “Barbershop 3” Screenwriter

Tracy Oliver

Tracy Oliver

The talented and beautiful Tracy Oliver is an actress and writer. Tracy along with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the screenplay for Barbershop 3. She also wrote episodes for the ABC series The Neighbors. And she produced, wrote for, and acted in the popular web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.

On the set of Barbershop 3

On the set of “Barbershop 3” [from left to right]: Malcolm D Lee, Eve, Robert Teitel, Tracy Oliver, and Common

Barbershop 3 is set to be released on February 19, 2016. How excited are you to have your work appearing on the Big Screen?
Incredibly excited. I was a high school student in South Carolina when the first movie was released. I never imagined I would one day be writing the sequel! It’s been such a crazy and blessed experience. The majority of the time when you sell a movie to a studio, it either won’t ever get made or stays in development for years. Kenya and I wrote the script in just a couple of months and then it went into production a few months later. This almost never happens, so we were both pretty excited!
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Tracy Oliver and Ice Cube

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