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Brough Brothers, Kentucky's First and Only Black-Owned Distillery Opens For Business

Kentucky’s first and only Black-owned distillery recently opened its door for business in Louisville, KY. Brough Brothers Distillery — founded by three brothers, Bryson, Christian, and Victor Yarbrough all born and raised in Louisville — is on a mission to produce quality bourbon whiskey in an industry that’s remained inaccessible to minority entrepreneurs. According to PR Newswire, the brothers have long been committed to revitalizing the West End neighborhood where Brough Brothers is based as well as supporting other local businesses. The distillery will provide both economic growths for the community of Park Hill, a historically underserved area of Louisville’s West End along with providing job opportunities for its residents. “Brough Brothers has an opportunity to not only provide employment opportunities for our local community but also design an experience for locals and tourists in the heart of one of Kentucky’s cultural hubs,” Brough Brothers CEO Victor Yarbrough said in a...

Shanique Yates

Dec 28, 2020

Louisville Appoints First Black Woman Police Chief Amid Breonna Taylor Protests

Louisville, Kentucky has been grappling with the ongoing protests against police violence in the city in the wake of Breonna Taylor’s death that has swept the entire nation. Over 100 days later and citizens continue to keep saying Breonna’s name seeking the justice she deserves. To move Louisville’s police force in a new direction, Louisville mayor Greg Fischer has appointed Yvette Gentry — new interim police chief — as the first Black woman to serve as the police chief for the Louisville Metro Police Department, the New York Post reports . Gentry will be taking over for Interim Chief Robert Schroeder — who has only held the position for four months — as he’s set to retire at the end of September, according to BET . Gentry previously worked in the city’s department and rose to the ranks of deputy chief before retiring back in 2014. She shared that she’s returning to the force for “all of you that urged me to take this position and try to move the needle,” in an emotional speech...

Njera Perkins

Sep 9, 2020

Google Will Pay Louisville $3.84 Million After It's Failed Fiber Project In The City

Big tech companies have the potential to greatly change a city’s landscape — for better or for worse. Recently, Google announced it will be paying the Louisville Metro Government (LMG) millions to repair roads after a failed Fiber experiment. Back in February , Google’s parent company — Alphabet — revealed it would end its attempts to roll out its internet services across Louisville. In a blog post , the Fiber team said, “We’ll work with our customers and partners to minimize disruption, and we’re committed to doing right by the community, which welcomed us as we tested methods of delivering high-speed internet in new and different ways.” In this case, “doing right by the community” looks like paying out $3.84 million over 20 months. According to a press release from the the City of Louisville, money will go towards removing fiber cables and sealant from roads, milling and paving activities, and removal of above-ground infrastructure. “This plan provides for the long-term protection...

Vanessa Taylor

Apr 17, 2019