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‘Black Space Matters’ exhibit changes asphalt lot to garden

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A local activist transformed a vacant lot outside the Institute for Contemporary Art in Richmond to highlight issues of food security and the importance of Black and brown community spaces.

The “Commonwealth” exhibit at Virginia Commonwealth University’s ICA features work from 10 artists including an outdoor installation created by activist and community farmer Duron Chavis who builds gardens throughout Richmond. The full exhibit seeks to examine how common resources influence the wealth and well-being of communities.

Chavis proposed the resiliency garden exhibit in 2019 during a public forum at the ICA. The resiliency garden—food grown to weather the tough times and to have food independence— is installed in an asphalt lot at Grace and Belvidere streets next to the ICA and features 30 raised beds of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

An extension of the garden exhibit is the “Black Space Matters” mural by Southside artist Silly Genius. A wall in the lot is painted, with fruit making the word Black and beneath the garden in big, yellow letters is “Space Matters.” The garden beds have historic quotes from civil rights leaders Kwame Ture and Malcolm X, among other activists.

“Black Space Matters means that Black people need space,” Chavis said. “We need space that is explicitly designed, planned, and implemented by Black and brown people.”

Chavis, along with a crew of volunteers, started building the garden on Aug. 10 while the ICA temporarily closed to install other exhibits.

“We invited him to think with us about how to activate a vacant lot next to the ICA,” said Stephanie Smith, ICA chief curator. “You could think about what it means to take a space and institutional resources, then give them over to an activist.”

Chavis seeks to address lack of food access through his activism. Food

Salter Kitchen Scales Black Friday Deals 2020

Salter kitchen scales are a must-have in the kitchen, especially if you consider yourself a home baker. They’ve been the UK’s leading food weighing scales for over 260 years (yes, really), and have since been developed and improved to ensure total accuracy in the kitchen. Which is exactly why they appear on many people’s wish lists (including ours).

But as much as we love their affordable pricing, we’re always on the lookout for bargains. So, with Black Friday around the corner, we’re taking a deep dive into what might be on offer this year.

Black Friday originates from America, and it marks the start of the post-Thanksgiving sales. Amazon brought the concept over to the UK in 2010 and it has since developed into the biggest shopping event of the year. Most retailers offer discounts of at least 20% over the majority of the weekend.

When Is Black Friday?

This year Black Friday lands on Friday 27 November.

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    Asides from the official Salter website, various scales are stocked amongst several retailers including John Lewis, Currys, Amazon, Lakeland and more.

    What To Expect This Year

    We’re unsure what to expect this year, but with retailers like John Lewis, Lakeland and Amazon promising huge price-cuts across a range of kitchen products, we’re anticipating some reasonable deals on Salter Kitchen Scales.

    We’ll be updating this piece as soon as we spot any deals.


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    Kitchen of the Week: Former barrister chambers becomes apartment with award-winning black kitchen

    This black kitchen, designed by Nicola Manning of Auckland, won the Outstanding Renovation Kitchen award in this year's NKBA national awards.

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    This black kitchen, designed by Nicola Manning of Auckland, won the Outstanding Renovation Kitchen award in this year’s NKBA national awards.

    It’s hard to believe this kitchen is in an apartment that was previously a commercial office space.

    Kitchen designer Nicola Manning of Nicola Manning Design says the space was the client’s inner-city barrister chambers for 20 years: “As he was approaching retirement, he and his wife decided to convert the ‘office space’ into an apartment that would have a New York loft feel.”

    The kitchen Manning designed has just won the Outstanding Kitchen Renovation award in the national NKBA awards, with the judges calling it “an inspired transformation”.

    Kitchen designer Nicola Manning.

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    Kitchen designer Nicola Manning.

    Manning says the client’s brief was to transform the staff lunchroom and storage space into the kitchen, which was to be the heart of the new apartment. “It needed to have a slight industrial edge.”

    Not surprisingly, there were several challenges with the conversion, including the fact that the kitchen space is triangular with tight corners. And services to the floors above ran through the main “back wall” of the kitchen, which limited the depth of the cabinetry that could be placed there.

    To gain more space, a wall was removed to open up the kitchen to the central hallway through the apartment.

    “The steel window joinery throughout the apartment was an inspiration for the predominantly black colour palette,” Manning says. “This contrasts beautifully with the light oak herringbone floors.

    The triangular island is the central feature of the kitchen, echoing the shape of the space. “I created vertical steel fins at each end to complete the triangular lines without making the ends too solid, and to provide texture,” Manning says.

    A deep steel clashing around the benchtop helps to anchor the island in

    2020 Lincoln Aviator Black Label Interior Driveway Test

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    It seems safe to say that Lincoln has finally managed to brush of its “fancy Ford” reputation. Nothing illustrates this better than Black Label, Lincoln’s range-topping trim level that elevates its various models’ style, status and, of course, price. We recently found ourselves with a 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring (the plug-in hybrid) in Black Label trim, and decided it was time for a deeper look at what this trim gives you in Lincoln’s three-row crossover.

    In case you’re new to Black Label, you’ll need to know that Lincoln organizes the options into “themes.” For the Aviator, you have the choice of Flight (tan and black), Destination (a deep red featured in our Black Label Interior Tour video), and the Chalet (brown and cream) theme fitted to our test car. Here’s how Lincoln describes it: “Chalet offers Espresso and Alpine Savannah leathers and deep Silverwood appliqués, with touches designed to awaken the senses.”

    The colors and trims used are supposed to remind of long weekends in the Swiss Alps. It’s all a bit colorful and over the top, but Black Label is supposed to be exactly that. Despite being festooned with modern tech and features, the Aviator is remarkably old world in styling. Lincoln isn’t trying to be a sporty American BMW like Cadillac has. Instead, Lincoln created its own identity and brand of American luxury, differentiating itself from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Lexus and others in doing so.

    Lincoln put together an interior layout that makes sense and doesn’t alienate older, less tech-inclined buyers (you know, the demographic who not only typically buy Lincolns, but high-priced luxury cars in general). Sure, there’s a big 10-inch touchscreen perched above the air vents, but there are also physical buttons for all your climate controls and audio controls. You

    Statue of Black anti-slavery heroine to be erected in Paris garden

    “Solitude” became a symbol of the resistance of slaves in Guadeloupe.

    Paris — Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo inaugurated the Solitude Garden on Saturday, a city garden dedicated to a Black woman and anti-slavery heroine from the former French colony Guadeloupe. It will be the first statue of a Black woman in Paris, which does not represent an allegory but is truly the celebration of an exemplary figure.

    According to the Paris city hall, the move is a continuation of the mayor’s push for more representation of women in public spaces.

    Born around 1772, Solitude was the daughter of an African slave and a white sailor who became a symbol of the resistance of slaves in Guadeloupe. When a French expedition landed in the colony on the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte to reestablish slavery, which had been abolished in 1794, former slaves rebelled. Among them, many women, including Solitude, who was a few months pregnant, joined the fighting. After the insurgents were defeated, Solitude was arrested and condemned to death.

    On Nov. 29, 1802, the day after she gave birth, Solitude was executed by hanging. The Black citizens of Guadeloupe once again became slaves, but Solitude, through her sacrifice, remains the symbol of Guadeloupe’s resistance to slavery.

    The small garden in the 17th arrondissement of the French capital was chosen on purpose. It is where nearly 80 years ago a sculpture of General Alexandre Dumas, one of the highest ranking men of African descent to lead a European army, stood and was melted by Nazis when they occupied Paris.

    The Black Lives Matter protests which followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have had deep echoes across the pond in recent months,