2019 James Beard Awards Black Nominees (The Oscars of the Culinary World)

Last week the James Beard Foundation announced their 2019 slate of finalists recognizing outstanding achievement by chefs, restaurants, journalists and authors. Not familiar with the Beard Awards? Think of them as the culinary Oscars. Below find a list of black nominees for this year. Note: If we missed somebody please reach out here.   2019 James Beard Foundation Book Awards American Between Harlem and...

STRONG BLACK COFFEE: Why Aren’t African-Americans More Prominent in the Coffee Industry?

Originally published by Roast Magazine. Republished with their permission. Research shows that African-Americans are less likely than other ethnic groups in the United States to select coffee as a beverage of choice. Yet coffee’s history links major contributions not only to Africa but the diaspora around the globe. Ethiopia is praised as the birthplace of coffee, and for giving us...

14 African American Women Leading Change in the U.S. Food System

Originally published by food tank. Republished with their permission. Contributing Author: Angie Cerilli According to the 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses report, the number of women-owned businesses increased by 58 percent from 2007 to 2018. From this, businesses owned by African-American women grew by 164 percent, which is equal to 20 percent of all women-owned businesses. Not only does this provide a...

“The Green Book App” EatOkra Connects Customers to Black-Owned Restaurants Across the Diaspora

EatOkra is an innovative smartphone application that connects consumers with over 800 Black-owned restaurants in the United States. Co-Founder and Developer of EatOkra, Anthony Edwards Jr., released his app in response to a technology gap where he and his fiancé would find themselves directed to the same food spaces online and to preserve Black fellowship after racial profiling of Black...