Blacks Locked Out Of Legal Marijuana Industry In Maryland & Many Other States

- By Bossip Staff

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Maryland is expected to rake in some serious dough through legal marijuana starting in 2017. It has been estimated that the cannabis industry in the state could reach $60 million by 2020. And considering that the African-American/Black community makes up 30.5 percent of the population, one would assume local Black entrepreneurs will be cashing in as well. Unfortunately not. “Maryland set up its legal medical marijuana industry with hopes of racial diversity and equity in spreading profits, but none of the 15 companies cleared this week for potentially lucrative growing licenses are led by African Americans,” reported the Washington Post. Of course, local Black community advocates and business people are calling out Maryland officials on the license approvals. “We are not going to see this industry flourish in the state of Maryland with no minority participation,” said Del. Cheryl D. Glenn (D-Baltimore), chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus. Glenn is so upset she is pondering filing a legal injunction to stop the licensing process along with other legal options…
[MadameNoire]

White Women Just Discovered Showercaps And Are Wearing Them In The Streets

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If you’re a white woman in 2016, there’s a good chance you’ve only now been introduced to the former, simply because another teeny bopper company came along, changed the name of the product, and deemed the item en vogue. Enter New York Times’ profile of “street showercaps” and the women who wear them, like Aly Walansky above. The 35-year-old writer told the newspaper she feels no shame pulling out a shower cap and putting it over “coarse, Jewish Eastern European, curly” hair to keep it intact when rain and humidity threaten the “expensive” $30 weekly blowouts she gets… And now that (certain) companies have made street showercaps a thing, we should all be prepared to see more women like Walansky walking down the street. For instance, Drybar has created a Morning After showercap to keep customer’s hair pristine on their way to the office post-blowout. And Jacquelyn de Jesu has launched an entire company called SHHHOWERCAP that sells “waterproof turbans.” Forty-three dollar waterproof turbans…
[MadameNoire]

Mike Epps, T.I. And Queen Latifah Team Up To Produce “The Trap” Movie

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Mike Epps is returning to the big screen with some help from T.I. and Queen Latifah. The comedian is set to star in and produce a new comedy titled The Trap.The Hollywood Reporter writes: The Trap tells of a man (T.I.) who returns home to Atlanta after an extended absence to help save his brother (Epps) and mother’s run-down restaurant. An unexpected change to the chicken recipe breathes new life into the restaurant but also brings unexpected problems. Sounds legit. Acclaimed film and music video creator Chris Robinson will direct the movie. Queen Latifah‘s Flavor Unit will produce it in a partnership with Epps’ Naptown Productions and T.I.‘s Grand Hustle Films. Epps has never worked with T.I., but it seems like the pairing will make sense. Robinson previously worked with T.I. as he directed the 2006 film ATL…
[HipHopWired]


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