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Alicia Towns Franken

Alicia Towns Franken: Pouring Passion into Wine Unify’s Legacy

 From accolades to advocacy, a candid conversation on inclusivity, mentorship, and building an inclusive wine community. By Vanessa Charlot   Alicia Towns Franken is not merely a presence in the world of wine; she is a force driving transformative change. As the Executive Director of Wine Unify, her passion extends beyond the vineyards, reaching into …

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Kumusha Wines winemaker Tinashe Nyumudoka

The Rise of Tinashe Nyamudoka and Kumusha Wines

A Journey of Passion, Community, Memory, and Association By Vanessa Charlot   Tinashe Nyamudoka, a young and ambitious entrepreneur from Zimbabwe, has made waves in the wine industry with this next chapter in his career, Kumusha Wines. This new venture has gained significant attention for Tinashe’s unique wine-making approach and his focus on sustainability. In …

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grief in the black community

United in Grief: How to Live, Deal, and Thrive Through Collective Trauma

The ability to deal with loss and pain while celebrating the lives and legacies of those who have passed before us is critical to wellness and the longevity of the Black community. Let’s focus on how to live, deal and thrive in it. By Vanessa Charlot   RIP Ralph Yarl, Tyre Nichols, and all of …

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black owned business

12 Houston-Based Black Owned Businesses You Need to Try

“I’m Texas forever, like Bun B”  Queen Bey aka Beyonce By Vanessa Charlot   As we re-collect our coins from the holidays, let’s continue to evaluate where we spend our hard-earned money and leverage our buying power consciously by supporting black-owned businesses. The category for today is Houston, but if you need recommendations for your …

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Native American winemaker Tara Gomez with glass in hand

A Toast to the Tribe: A celebration of Tara Gomez

Tara Gomez is a Native American winemaker honoring her tribe through wine and continues to build a support system through love and passion. by Vanessa Charlot   “It takes a village.” A phrase reiterated by many around the world to highlight the importance of a support system. The support of a community is pivotal to …

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