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Resources have been circulating in an effort to bring more needed attention to black-owned businesses. Here are a few we've found to help support some black-owned restaurants.

Eat Black Owned - Self-described as the internet's largest directory of black-owned restaurants, diners and cafes, this website founded by Edward Dillard is dedicated to supporting black-owned restaurants and bars nationwide with over 2,000 entries. www.eatblackowned.com

Black Book LA - Founded by Makiah Green and aimed at black millennials, this site publishes a conveniently curated list of black-owned restaurants by category including fine dining, Caribbean, and juice and coffee. www.blkbkla.com/black-owned-restaurants

LA's Black-Owned Restaurants Spreadsheet - This crowd-sourced list contains over 300 entries and can be sorted by neighborhood and/or cuisine. Thank you to Kat Hong for creating such a detailed list.

With the evidence inarguable, racism has starkly revealed itself in this country such that we can no longer ignore.

The overwhelming amount of media and current information, we question more than ever how each of us can educate ourselves better and learn what to tangibly do in order to take proper action necessary to make sure actual change happens. Here are a few books to start with...

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
So You Want to Talk About Race
by Ijeoma Oluo
The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century
by Grace Lee Boggs
When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America
by Ira Katznelson
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
by Robin DiAngelo, PhD

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JAM's copy of The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Few ideas on where to get started if we want to take action:

1. Find your state representative using the tool at the bottom of this link. Contact them and ask what they are doing to create police reform: www.joincampaignzero.org

2. Sign this petition from Black Lives Matter that calls for excessive police funds to be diverted to community resources: www.blacklivesmatter.com/defundthepolice

3. Send President Obama's to ‘Commit to Action’ pledge to your mayor, and ask him/her to sign it. It asks mayors to commit to addressing police use of force policies. www.obama.org/mayor-pledge



Krystal Chang

Krystal Chang is a writer and designer of flowers, installations, and landscapes in Los Angeles. Her background in architecture and construction informs the spatial quality of her work. She creates bespoke florals for events and clients including Esters Wine Shop, Lunya, Design Within Reach, and Poketo. She designs landscapes for residential and commercial clients with a focus on native and sustainable gardens.
IG: @krystalchang

JAM in House contributpr Christina

Christina Graci is a lover of all things beauty, health and wellness. She has been busy in the industry for 15 years. She is currently doing lots of self care, cooking, and staying active, reconnecting with herself, partner and friends.
IG: @xtinaesthetics

JAM now Triana

Triana Cristobal is an east coast native, west coast transplant. She is a ballerina turned fitness professional. She is also a music maker. You can find her on the dance floor but currently she's back home in nature taking long, beautiful hikes.
IG: @it_me_triana

Thank you to my daughter, Imogen, and husband, Jeremy, my mom and dad, my friends and family, sister, Genie, and brother, Jeffrey, nieces (Simone, Eloise, Jackie), my JAM team (Christina, Krystal, Triana) and especially to all the dedicated healthcare workers, frontline, delivery men and women, passionate protesters and all the other people and organizations fighting for social equality and justice right now.