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Category: News

22 July

There is a local nonprofit organization that’s spotlighting African-American owned businesses. It’s called Green Book of Tampa Bay and they say they are helping consumers put their green into black. Lorielle Hollaway is the owner of Cultured Books in St. Pete. Almost every book on her shelf is written by minorities for minorities. Read more…

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21 July

In May, the death of George Floyd sparked protests across the country as racial disparity in America came into a renewed focus. Along with the Black Lives Matter movement, a greater emphasis on supporting Black communities has taken hold throughout the nation. But one nonprofit was already working to promote Black-owned business in Tampa Bay. […]

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20 July

In the Jim Crow era, when an emerging middle class of Black Americans became more mobile, they often found themselves unwelcome and banned at restaurants and motels when they took trips, especially in the South. That prompted Victor Hugo Green to create the “Negro Motorists Green Book,” offering listings of where African-Americans could find services […]

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02 July

With no larger spotlight on issues important to the black community in history, Joshua Bean and Hillary Van Dyke have seen unprecedented growth and attention for their social preneurial venture, Green Book Tampa Bay. As a resource of African-American cultural sites… read more.

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29 June

TAMPA, Fla. — Two Bay area educators are putting a spin on a directory for Black-owned businesses that was once the only tool to help Black people travel during segregation… read morr and watch the video.

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24 June

ST. PETERSBURG Fla. – Wanting to help shoppers connect with Black-owned businesses in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, Hillary Van Dyke and Joshua Bean launched the Green Book of Tampa Bay last February. This comprehensive directory “makes it super easy for people to support Black-owned businesses,” Bean said… read more.

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17 June

On Tuesday night, the Black Business Bus Tour sponsored an event at 7th + Grove in Ybor City. Dozens of black business owners and supporters enjoyed tacos and drinks – big smiles under their face masks – as many of them interacted with more people in one place than they had since the coronavirus pandemic […]

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05 June

The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce presents: Coronavirus Impact Insights. Click the play arrow above to watch the full video.  On this episode, Hillary Van Dyke and Joshua Bean, co-founders of Green Book of Tampa Bay join Chris Steinocher, CEO of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, and Joe Hamilton, publisher of the St. Pete […]

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03 June

TAMPA, Fla. – Entrepreneurs say one way to make an impact during the nation’s reckoning following the murder of George Floyd is to support black-owned businesses. Karita Lee is known as “Ms. Kay” to her customers, and she owns Kay’s Kitchen on North 30th Street in Tampa… read more.

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02 May

This area of St. Petersburg, the area around 22nd Street South and 9th Avenue South, was the former hub of black businesses, homes, and entertainment during the time of segregation. St. Petersburg’s 22nd Street, dubbed “The Deuces” after its double 2’s, was the heart of a vibrant and prosperous African-American community on St. Pete’s South […]

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