Mammy Candlestick, Brought to You by Anthropologie

In today's link roundup: Another piece of "art" with a painful history. Plus: Samuel L. Jackson's most outrageous outbursts.

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Mammy candlestick, brought to you by Anthropologie: The retailer has issued an apology and pulled its handmade, no-two-are-alike, $289 "Trinket and Treasure Candlesticks" after stereotypical African-American and Asian figures included in some versions by the "independent artisan" who designed them caused an outrage. The "mammy" doll is marked with the text "souvenir of Washington, D.C."

Samuel L. Jackson's most outrageous outbursts: MadameNoire, calling the actor a "very interesting man," has pulled together some of his most interesting and opinionated unscripted moments.

Alabama schools form consortium to boost health care-workforce diversity: The consortium, which includes community colleges and HBCUs, is based at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center. "What we're doing in Alabama today (to increase underrepresented minorities in health professions) will have an impact today, 10 years from now and 30 years from now," said Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, an alliance organizer.

Byron Hurt serves up healthy Soul Food: The filmmaker talks to Essence about his film and the black community's complicated relationship with traditional cuisine.

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