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Across Black America week of May 18, 2017

Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 5/18/2017, midnight

California

Another positive use for medical marijuana has been targeted by actress and TV personality Whoopi Goldberg, who recently launched a new cannabis line - available only in California at this time - that is specifically designed to relieve painful menstrual cramps, reports BlackNews.com. She has partnered with entrepreneur Maya Elisabeth to launch their new company called Whoopi & Maya. Elisabeth is the founder of Om Edibles, an all-female medical marijuana business located in northern California. She has won seven High Times Cannabis Cup awards, and enjoys a growing reputation as one of the best creators of medical cannabis products in California. Their products include organic tinctures, skin rubs, extracts, bath soaks and even drops that can be taken orally. All of the products are rich in magnesium, iron, vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Other ingredients in addition to sun grown cannibus include organic raw cacao butter, organic raw cacao powder, organic coconut oil, organic raw agave, sea salt, olive oil, avocado seed oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, beeswax, organic elderberries and more. The idea for the product line came from Goldberg’s own experience with painful menstrual cramps. She found that cannabis was the only thing that gave her relief. So, when she met Elisabeth, the two women hit it off immediately and quickly decided launch a signature line of medical cannabis products. For now, however, there products are only available to medical marijuana prescription-carrying California residents. Learn more about their company by visiting www.whoopiandmaya.com

Florida

Graduating students booed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as she spoke May 10 at Bethune-Cookman University’s commencement, and many turned their backs to protest her appearance at the historically Black school, reports the Washington Post. The speech was part of the Trump administration’s ongoing effort to reach out to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Many students and alumni had objected to having DeVos as speaker in part because they said that outreach is an empty gesture or because they were offended by a remark she had made about historically black schools. But the university president defended DeVos’s work as a philanthropist and her commitment to education. At Bethune-Cookman, alumni and others delivered petitions last week to administrators with thousands of signatures demanding that DeVos not be allowed to speak. The state’s NAACP chapter called on the university president to resign, and a national teachers’ union amplified the opposition. Graduates came into the auditorium smiling, many with flowers and other decorations plastered on their mortarboards, and listened to the ceremony politely, until Edison Jackson, the university’s president, introduced Omarosa Manigault, an adviser to President Trump. Students started booing. Jackson stopped and said: “You don’t know her. You don’t know her story.” School leaders at the front of the room and some faculty applauded as he introduced DeVos to give her an honorary doctorate. But many students booed. When she began speaking, thanking Jackson, the room erupted with shouts. DeVos had to raise her voice as she thanked the moms attending the ceremony. About half of the 380 graduates turned their backs on her. “Choose which way you want to go,” Jackson said sternly as the disruptions continued.