Posted May 26, 2017 by Editorial Staff in Eat+Drink


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Jennifer and Jerome Johnson were preparing for their first trip to San Francisco to attend a conference. Noting that they would have some downtime, the couple searched for black-owned restaurants online but were overwhelmed. A friend told Jennifer about an app, eatOkra, which made it simple for the Johnsons to locate eateries near their Union Square hotel.

“In less than 10 minutes I was able to find several places to eat, whereas looking online took what seems like forever. Choosing the type of cuisine was the hardest part of the search,” laughed Jennifer.

Jennifer’s experience is similar to eatOkra’s founder, Anthony Edwards, Jr. The difference was Edwards, a web developer, decided to create what he needed. Edwards thought that if he was researching black-owned restaurants, he …MORE >>

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Jade Colin is making waves in the restaurant franchise business as McDonald’s youngest black woman to own one of the popular fast food eateries.

No doubt an impressive feat, the New Orleans native has been preparing to run her own business for years. In 2010, her parents purchased their first McDonald’s. She began working in her family’s restaurants in 2012, after graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a bachelors in Business Management.

The next step in her journey towards owning her own was joining the Next Generation program. The program helps train children of McDonald’s franchise owners in hopes of one day running their parent’s investments or franchising a new store themselves. Uniquely, a parent can’t simply pass their …MORE >>

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Ahead of his first trip to Africa since leaving office, former President Barack Obama put together a list of summer reading books about the African continent in a Facebook post.

The big picture: Obama’s trip will include stops in Kenya, where his father was from, and South Africa, where he’ll give a speech commemorating the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

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“Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe

His take: “A true classic of world literature, this novel paints a picture of traditional society wrestling with the arrival of foreign influence, from Christian missionaries to British colonialism. A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.”

“A Grain of Wheat” by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

His take: “A chronicle of …MORE >>

Flying over the turquoise blue waters of The Bahamas while sitting in the cockpit with your dad could put any child’s head in the clouds. The influence her parents had on Sherrexcia “Rexy” Rolle gave her the ability to stay grounded and still dream.

“That is why I am big-eyed, meaning I think I can take on the world at the end of the day,” says the vice president of operations and general counsel of Western Air Limited. Her family’s company is the largest privately-owned airline in The Bahamas. Rolle, her parents and some of their relatives celebrated a new milestone in June with the arrival of the first of three Embraer-145 SA long-range jets added to Western’s fleet of planes. “I’m in a rare situation …MORE >>

Japan is a small country with a deep-rooted culture. Aiyana Victoria Mathews first visited Japan as a 19-year old African-American student. After attending Benjamin E. May High School in Atlanta, she went on to pursue her undergraduate studies at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and found a way to study abroad as a research scholar of rheology science at the Faculty of Engineering at Chiba University.

Over the next two decades, Mathews studied the Japanese language, learned its peculiar customs, participated in colorful festivals, understood the way to do business and created Gardner-Mathews, a travel consultancy which specializes in customized itineraries for cross-cultural training, corporate concierge, and project management.

Whether you are thinking of traveling to Japan or planning to go for another visit, here are …MORE >>

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uisine Noir is the first online and print magazine about Blacks in food, wine and travel around the world and is published by Sheree Williams in Oakland. Cuisine Noir is a unique and entertaining publication that combines culinary traditions with new cultural experiences.  The magazine delivers what readers are looking for which is more than where to find the next great meal.  And most importantly, it is a culinary publication that compliments readers’ lifestyles and desire for a diverse culinary experience no matter where it is. Read more>>