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These Twin Sisters Are Breaking Barriers in the Wine Industry One Bottle at A Time

Wine is more than just a drink for the Nichols sisters, it’s a lifestyle! Nichelle and Nicole Nichols are co-founders and SHE-eos behind The Guilty Grape, a wine brand that is committed to breaking barriers and showcasing representation. These are not just your average sisters, Nichelle and Nicole are identical twins who took their frustration of the lack of minority representation and turned it into wine! We sat down with them to discuss their why, their commitment to lifting and their climb, and their idea of longevity within the wine space through their brand. On The Guilty Grape Before they were running a wine business, both Nichelle and Nicole had similar paths, both working in corporate retail management and the entertainment industry. “We reached a point where we were coming home and we just weren’t passionate about what we were doing anymore,” said Nichelle. “It wasn’t making us happy.” They wanted a business in something that not only piqued their interest but something...

Oct 1, 2020

Meet Sherrexcia 'Rexy' Rolle, the VP of the Largest Privately-Owned Airline in the Bahamas

Black-owned airlines are uncommon enough, but a Black-owned airline run by a Black woman is an extreme rarity. Stepping to the forefront of the travel industry is Sherrexcia “Rexy” Rolle, the daughter of the owners of Western Air Limited — the largest privately-owned airline in the Bahamas, according to its website. Since the age of 12, Rolle worked alongside her father Captain Rex Rolle — a professional pilot and flight instructor — and her mother Shandrice Rolle — an entrepreneur — to build up the family’s airline since it was founded in 2000 to be what we recognize it as today. From a baggage handler to now Vice President of Operations and General Counsel, Rolle has surpassed many individuals in her industry overseeing Western Air Limited and making international waves all before the age of 30, according to Black Business . In regards to the initial idea for founding an airline company, Rolle shared with ESSENCE that her parents were inspired after noticing all the delays and...

Jul 30, 2020