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Diaspora Groceries In The News

September 14, 2023 at 6:59:16 PM

Tiffany Haddish, who once lived on $500 a month to pay off a house, says she's raising $25 million for her Los Angeles grocery store

Tiffany Haddish, who has been floating the idea for a grocery store near her old neighborhood for years, revealed that she has been saving millions over the past few years to make that dream a reality.

Originally posted on INSIDER, on July 23, 2023

Haddish, currently starring in Disney's "Haunted Mansion," told the Washington Post that she is raising $25 million to build the alternative, affordable food market in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Crenshaw. The neighborhood, located in South LA, is predominantly Black, and is associated with celebs like the late Nipsey Hussle and Ice-T.

"I've always dreamed of being in a Disney movie, and this is the biggest movie I've ever been in," Haddish told the Post. "But it's not as important as the grocery store. I don't know if movies change people's lives."

The market, called Diaspora Groceries, will cater to BIPOC individuals, according to its website. A date for the launch of the store has not been announced.

"There will be specialty things and a normal market and a nonprofit-like educational component, where people can take cooking classes and a financial literacy class," Haddish told the Post.

"I'm a firm believer that once you understand how money works, once you understand how food works, you become a healthier, happier human being. And when you're healthier and happier, the family's healthier and happier, and the community's healthier and happier."

Haddish has previously been open about her struggles with poverty, from living on an extreme budget to afford a house after years of homelessness to food insecurity growing up as a foster child.

"Food insecurity is a real thing for me," Haddish told Essence in 2021. "Something I've experienced the majority of my existence. I would say the last five years have been more like, 'this is what I'm going to eat.'"

The lengthy Post feature also tells about Haddish's recent revelation that she might have endometriosis, a string of heart-wrenching miscarriages, and a break-up call from Common, who she dated between 2020 and 2021.

"It wasn't mutual," she said of the breakup. "It was more him saying, 'I think this relationship has run its course.' And I was like, 'Okay. Like you gonna be a 50-year-old single man. Okay?'"

Diaspora Groceries did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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