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Husband Norland James And Wife Dr. Amina Gilyard James Acquire Memphis Quality Inn For $3.8M

Norland James and Dr. Amina Gilyard James are taking the words “power couple” to the next level! According to Black Enterprise, the pair have become owners of a newly acquired Quality Inn in Memphis, TN. The 70-room property was purchased by the couple for $3.85 million, and it’s reportedly thanks to a cohort of first-time Black hotel investors.

Shanique Yates

Jan 3, 2023

Master P To Expand Restaurant Franchise That Gives Back To The Community To Nashville

Master P is on to his next business move, but this time it’s in Nashville, TN. While his son Hercy Miller plays for Tennessee State University, the business mogul has his eyes on expanding his restaurant franchise, Big Poppa Burgers, according to BizJournals. As previously reported by AfroTech, Miller committed to playing basketball for Tennessee State University and secured a $2 million NCAA endorsement deal earlier this year. Big Poppa Burgers currently has two locations in the rap legend’s hometown of New Orleans, LA. As Master P’s now a part-time resident of Nashville, he plans for the city to be another area to spark building wealth in the community. “This is like my second home now,” Master P told BizJournals. “I just fell in love with the culture and the people. My son plays basketball for TSU : He’s an A student, majoring in business. I’m in and out and will be able to spend a lot more time here. In New Orleans, I have my Big Poppa Burgers restaurant chain, so I’m looking...

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 26, 2021

Dolly Parton Reveals Whitney Houston's Music Royalties Have Been Used To Invest In A Black Tennessee Community

Dolly Parton will always love Whitney Houston and her new noble revelation is proof of that. During an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” this week, the singer and songwriter revealed that she’s been using royalties that she’s collected from Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You” — which was originally sung by Parton — to invest in a Black Tennessee community, TMZ reports. In her interview with Cohen, she went on to explain how she purchased “my big office complex down in Nashville” and decided to buy the property in honor of the area’s Black community and Houston’s legacy. “I bought a property down in what was the Black area of town, and it was mostly just Black families and people that lived around there,” she said. “And it was off the beaten path from 16th avenue and I thought, ‘Well I am going to buy this place, the whole strip mall.’ And thought, ‘This is the perfect place for me to be,’ considering it was Whitney.” “So I just thought this was great,...

Njera Perkins

Aug 2, 2021

Black-Led Uncle Nearest Whiskey Closes $2.1M Deal To Acquire Land To Extend Distillery

Black woman-owned Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is breaking ground in new territory! Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is on the right track as the fastest-growing American whiskey brand in U.S. history. Now, the company has announced that it just closed a $2.1 million deal to acquire an additional 53.12 acres of land on Highway 231 North which is in close proximity to its Nearest Green Distillery. According to PR Newswire, the land will not only bring the distillery’s total acreage to 323.12, but will also extend its building to over half a mile along the highway. Thanks to this expansion, Uncle Nearest will be able to utilize 100 acres to plan and grow its very own non-GMO organic corn, known as the “Field of Dreams.” The sole purpose of the corn will be to create the brand’s premium, award-winning whiskeys and continue the Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey reign as the most awarded whiskey or bourbon for the fourth consecutive year. Currently, they hold the title for 2019, 2020, and 2021...

Shanique Yates

Jul 29, 2021

First-Ever Black-Owned Pizza and Beer Chain Slim and Husky's Now Available For Shipping in All 50 States

This Black-owned pizza company is coming straight to your doorstep. According to Black Business, Slim and Husky’s Pizza — the first-ever Black-owned pizza and beer restaurant chain — was co-founded by three best friends in Tennessee. Just three years after its launch, the company has teamed up with national shipping service, Gold Belly, to offer everything from frozen pizzas to cinnamon rolls right to the doorsteps of their customers nationwide.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Slim and Husky’s Pizza Beeria (@slimandhuskys) Although the chain currently has several locations in its native state of, Tennesse, as well as California and Georgia, they can now reach even more customers as the delivery option is available in all 50 states. Since the launch of Slim & Husky’s in 2017, owners and best friends Derrick Moore, EJ Reed, and Clint Grat have achieved nothing less than success. For more on how to get your hands on their delicious items, visit

Shanique Yates

Dec 10, 2020

16-Year-Old Emory Pruitt Makes History as Youngest Student to Ever Attend Clark Atlanta University

This Tennessee teen just became one of the youngest students to ever attend Clark Atlanta University (CAU). Emory Pruitt — now 16-years-old — joined the class of 2020 this fall, making her one of the youngest students to ever attend the HBCU located in Atlanta, Georgia, per GA Followers . In a statement, CAU officials shared that while Pruitt may have graduated with a 3.7 GPA, her path to college was not easy. “At her hometown high school, she was mocked for being a young Black woman who dared to dream big,” a CAU spokesperson wrote, according to GA Followers. “But the racism and adversity, along with strong family support, only strengthened Pruitt’s resolve.” What makes this even more special for Pruitt is the fact that her brother, Elijah was also accepted to attend Clark Atlanta this year. Both were raised by a single mother, Karen Pruitt, who shares her daughter was ecstatic to get accepted into CAU. “Words would not be able to describe how thrilled and excited she was to have...

Shanique Yates

Nov 16, 2020