Barbara B Smith, groundbreaking model and lifestyle guru, dies aged 70

  • Author and entrepreneur had early onset Alzheimer’s
  • Eponymous Manhattan restaurant achieved society success

The groundbreaking model, restaurateur and lifestyle guru Barbara B Smith, known to many as “the black Martha Stewart”, has died, her family announced on Sunday. She was 70.

Smith died on Saturday evening after suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, which she was found to have in 2013. Following her diagnosis, Smith and her husband, Dan Gasby, raised awareness of the disease and particularly its impacts on the African American community.

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South Carolina: how a movement of black people is reshaping the next state to vote

A reverse migration of black Americans back to the south is reshaping voting blocs and making Democratic races more competitive

Najeema Davis Washington spent more than 15 years as a federal employee in Washington DC before she returned to Charleston, the city she left in 1996.

She brought with her a progressive outlook that ran counter to the traditionally moderate views of her old hometown. She also noticed, she says, that the evolution of her community extended beyond mere gentrification.

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