The late reggae star Bob Marley smiles in this promotional photo released in 1981. Marley’s “Legend” album, a compilation of his best work, has sold at least 12 million copies worldwide since its release in 1984, three years after Marley’s untimely death from brain cancer. (AP Photo/Files)
The family of reggae legend Bob Marley will launch the first global cannabis brand that will sell marijuana products. The brand, which will be called Marley Natural, will sell products that will range from weed strains to oils and infused lotions. The products will be sold in countries and U.S. states that are working towards the legalization of pot. The new brand was inspired by Marley’s love for what he called “the herb.” “He viewed herb as something spiritual that could awaken our well-being, deepen our reflection, connect us to nature and liberate our creativity,” Cedella Marley, Bob’s daughter, said in a statement. Read more.
NBA Star Dwight Howard’s Child Abuse Case Re-opened
NFL player Adrian Peterson isn’t the only pro athlete that has been in the headlines for child abuse allegations. NBA Star Dwight Howard has come under scrutiny for allegedly physically abusing his six-year-old son. Georgia police were looking into an incident from this summer where his son was left with bruises, but the case was closed shortly after the Florida Department of Children and Families discovered no substantial injuries on the child. New reports are showing that there is evidence that the Houston Rockets center hit his son with a belt and Georgia police have decided to re-open the case. Howard’s rep believes that the mother of his child is using the child abuse allegations to collect money. “It is troubling to see a mother use her son as a pawn against his father, which is what is happening in this case,” the rep said in a statement. “Dwight Howard will continue to act in the best interest of his children and do whatever is necessary to protect their welfare and best interests.” Read more.
African American Children Disproportionally Affected by Homelessness
According to a new report, the number of children in the U.S. who experience homelessness is on the rise. 2.5 million children, which is equivalent to one in every 30, are faced with the hardships of being homeless. African Americans account for a disproportionate number of the homeless population. The study indicates that African-Americans are three times more likely to be homeless compared to the overall population. Black children are 29 times more likely that white children to live in a shelter. Read more.