First 'Black-Owned Restaurant Month' Comes To NYC

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 08/20/2015 | 09:00 AM EDT

Blogger Genese Jamilah gives Black businesses needed spotlight

One blogger is on a mission to put a spotlight on Black-owned restaurants, and if you're in New York City this September you can be a part of it too. 

Genese Jamilah
Ebony staffer and founder of blog "I Don't Do Clubs," has launched the very first "Black-Owned Restaurant Month" in an attempt to funnel money back into the African-American community.

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The idea takes a page from various cities across the country that offer "Restaurant Week" events, in which eateries offer dining deals to bring in new customers and raise awareness about local businesses. Jamilah, who highlighted Black-owned restaurants on her blog throughout the summer, noticed readers took major interest in her list (nearly 389,000 views) and decided to take things a step further.

Now NYC diners will get a chance to be exposed to Black restaurateurs in their community. 

As Jamilah points out, Black Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population and will have a buying power of $1.4 trillion by 2019. Giving Black businesses an opportunity to benefit from that massive buying power only sustains entrepreneurship for African Americans.

The blogger plans to bring Black-Owned Restaurant Month to all major cities, including Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. 

Patrons interested in participating in the month-long event can go here.


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