City Brew Tours Awards Three 2021 Scholarship Recipients

City Brew Tours (CBT), an award-winning curator of craft beer tours and experiences in North America, has awarded its 2021 Talent on Tap Scholarships to three women with unique backgrounds who are devoted to furthering their beer education.

The Talent on Tap Scholarship program was created to support women of color from unique backgrounds who have a desire to make a lasting impact in the beer industry.

The awardees are as follows:

Naomi Waltengus, Washington, DC – Naomi described fond memories of their grandmother making tej, Ethiopian honey wine often brewed using hops. Much like those fond memories, Naomi aims to create a beer scene that is fun and accessible to all.

In their application, Naomi expressed a desire to share their passion for beer. “As much as my interest is motivated by my love of beer,” they said, “it’s also rooted in my investment in sharing this love with others.”

Naomi plans to use their portion of the scholarship towards the Prud’homme beer certification course.

Razia Gonzalez, Charlotte, NC – Razia currently works at Pilot Brewing in Charlotte and plans to one day open her own brewery. In her application, Razia talked about both the diversity and the accessibility of craft beer. “My perspective on being a caregiver to someone wheelchair-bound and also having a parent who is deaf provides me with firsthand experience on how limiting spaces can be for craft beer lovers with disabilities. We can do better for them.”

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Chick-fil-A Opens Applications for $5 Million in Nonprofit Grants

Black-led Nonprofits and Organizations Impacting Communities of Color Can Apply to Receive True Inspiration Awards Grants to Further Their Impact

Applications are now open for the 2022 Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Awards™ grant program. For the second year in a row, Chick-fil-A, Inc. will award $5 million in grants to 34 deserving nonprofits that are Black-led or impacting communities of color in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger. The 2022 True Inspiration Awards grants range from $50,000 to $350,000 and organizations in the U.S. and Canada have until May 31, 2021 to apply.

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Black Restaurant Week Launches No Crumb Left Behind Campaign

National culinary event continues to generate economic and social support for Black-owned businesses with coast-to-coast and international market expansion

Black Restaurant Week LLC, the organization that celebrates the flavors of African American, African and Caribbean cuisine with a series of regional cultural events, aims to quell the closures of black-owned culinary businesses across the United States. Since COVID-19, more than 100,000 U.S.-based restaurants have shuttered.

Black Restaurant Week’s No Crumb Left Behind campaign will assist Black-owned culinary businesses with complimentary marketing support to boost awareness in their respective regions. The systemic barriers faced by Black-owned restaurants, such as disproportionate access to business loans, demonstrates the importance of the campaign. These disparities have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic; 41% of Black-owned businesses have shuttered since February 2020 compared to 17% of white-owned businesses. *

Black Restaurant Week’s market expansion includes Toronto, the Gulf CoastPacific NorthwestSoutheastCarolinas, and Southwest regions.

Black Restaurant Week was founded in 2016 by three friends: Warren Luckett, Falayn Ferrell and Derek Robinson. It began as a one-city food experience in Houston. The mission: celebrate African American, African, and Caribbean influences in the culinary industry, educate consumers on the abundance of cultural cuisines and dispel ethnic untruths. In 2020, the organization showcased 670 Black-owned culinary businesses across the United States and generated an average of 34% sales increase. Black Restaurant Week supports restauranteurs, bartenders, chefs, caterers, and food trucks.

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Amplify Africa, In Partnership With Chick-Fil-A & The Shade Room, Launches $5,000 Video Contest To Amplify Voices In Africa & The Diaspora

Videos Must Be Posted No Later Than Wednesday, Friday, 17, 2021, at 11:59 PM PST

In a partnership with Chick-fil-A and The Shade Room, Amplify Africa launches a $5,000 short video contest from February 1st through February 17th to amplify the voices in Africa and the diaspora. The Amplify Africa Video Contest is a way to celebrate and recognize the unique qualities and similarities that exist between African Americans, Afro-Caribbean’s, Africans on the continent and those who make up the international Black collective. The winner will be announced on Friday, February 26th, at 1 PM PT/ 4 PM ET via Amplify Africa’s IG page.

To enter into the contest, the content creator must follow Amplify Africa’s IG account, then post a 30 – 60 second video on his/her IG feed that showcases how he/she bridges the gap between the continent and the African diaspora. To finalize the submission, tag @amplifyafrica and use the hashtags #AmplifyTheDiaspora and #AmplifyAfrica. Video submissions must address the contest theme, “Bridging the Gap between Africa and the Black Diaspora.” The winning vote will be based on originality, so think outside the box.

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Barefoot Celebrates and Supports Black Female Business Owners with the Return of the #WeStanForHer Campaign

Barefoot amplifies Black women’s entrepreneurial spirit by investing in and committing to providing a larger platform for Black women-owned business founders

Barefoot announces the return of #WeStanForHer, a campaign launched in 2020 to celebrate and support Black women entrepreneurs. In partnership with the non-profit organization New Voices Foundation, Barefoot officially opens the 2021 New Voices Foundation + Barefoot #WeStanForHer Grant program to support emerging business owners in pursuing and actualizing their dreams.

Five Black women entrepreneurs will receive a $10,000 grant, as well as invaluable business coaching and mentorship to further their business endeavors. New this year, Barefoot also is pledging to devote its advertising platforms and resources to amplify the grant recipients’ businesses. Barefoot aims to provide the newest grant recipients the means to bring much-needed awareness to their own companies and brands. Continue reading

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