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Michelle Obama shakes hand with a supermarket clerk

Michelle Obama: Let’s Wipe Out Food Deserts

As part of Let’s Move, the campaign to end child obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama is taking on food deserts. Not dessert - as in chocolate cake and cookies. Desert - as in neighborhoods with any number of fried chicken spots, Chinese restaurants behind bullet proof glass, and corner convenience stores stocked with sodas, chips, ‘cigar wrappers’, and not much else. In short, a food desert is a place strangely absent of fresh fruit and vegetables. We’re talking areas of the country you might live in and if you have ever ventured to ‘the other side of town,’ the differences in food quality is striking. As a result, people who live in food deserts resort to eating food tagged responsible for weight gain and later in life, health problems.

Michelle Obama announced an ambitious $400 million effort to eradicate food deserts within 7 years.

 

Yes, that would be two Obama terms.

 

Erykah Badu sitting on a park bench, red coat, black hat, and pigtail wig

Erykah Badu Takes a “Window Seat”

Here’s a little something for your Twitter-side #musicmonday: “Window Seat” off Erykah Badu’s new album “New Amerykah Pt.2: Return of the Ankh”, due March 30. Erykah could have fast-forwarded the second installment connection and titled the album something with more chipotle flavor. On the soundscape, judging by this first song, Erykah has returned to her roots with an earthy, organic vibe that in today’s market can’t simply be tagged neo-soul; now it’s just music worth listening to.

The music monday tag really bugs me - new music officially comes out on Tuesdays - but guess, what? “Window Seat” is going on the Pod, Monday morning.

Erykah Badu “Window Seat” ← Download it!