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The Inaugural Black Restaurant Week Kicks Off in Augusta, Ga July 20

The city of Augusta, Ga. will host it’s first Black Restaurant Week from July 20-25, 2021. The week long event will highlight Black owned restaurants in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and highlight their socioeconomic impact to their area. Black owned restaurants were greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but were largely overlooked when it came to receiving relief.

Guests who tag selfies with #augustarestaurantweek are eligible to win an exclusive package from host partners Growing Augusta: Arts, Agriculture, & Agency; Urban Pro Weekly; and Pop-Up Augusta! (WRDW)

The Inaugural Augusta Black Restaurant Week: July 20-25, 2021, celebrates African-American-owned restaurants and eateries and the role they play in socioeconomic progress in the South. Participating restaurants develop offers individually – whether a signature menu item, discount, or an unexpected celeb photobomb. Like the cuisine, each restaurant experience is unique. (ARW)

Featured Restaurants Include:

  • Alexander’s Great BBQ
  • The Brunch House of Augusta
  • Big Mama’s Soul Food
  • Broad Street Bullies
  • The Buttercup Bake Shop (Columbia County)
  • Café 209
  • Chef Redd BBQ
  • Deshawn’s Seafood (Aiken)
  • HolyShakes
  • Humanitree House
  • Jackie M’s and Son
  • Jamaica Hut
  • Maryland Fried Chicken
  • Sweet Savour Desserts

For more information on Black Restaurant Week or to participate as a business owner, click here.

Augusta, GA Could Be Home to National R&B Hall of Fame Museum

The Garden City most famously know for the Masters Golf Tournament could also be home to the National R&B Hall of Fame!

Here is what the R&B Hall of Fame founder and CEO, LaMont Robinson said he feels Augusta is the prime destination for the new museum. Here is what he had to say about the new location he was scouting:

“Our goal now, is to have a face-to-face meeting with the mayor of Augusta and its city officials to get their support for this project, that will bring over 500,000 visitors to Augusta, as well as providing over 250 local jobs.”

Along with the possibility of the annual induction ceremony weekend moving to Augusta in the summer of 2021, the ultimate goal is to build a 30,000- to 50,000-square-foot state-of-the art interactive museum featuring 3-D virtual reality exhibits and housing memorabilia of past inductees such as Michael Jackson, James Brown, B.B. King, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley and Whitney Houston.(WRDW.com)

The museum would take visitors on a journey of the history of R&B while also highlighting radio personalities and unsung heroes, according to a news release from the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Foundation. The project would have a Walk of Fame with statues lining the front of the museum, a music-themed restaurant, a gift shop, and wings highlighting the R&B greats of Georgia including Augusta’s own James Brown as well as Ray Charles, Otis Redding, and Little Richard. Other wings could highlight hip-hop and R&B offshoots such as jazz, rock, and funk. (WRDW.com)

Article Credit: WRDW.com

Augusta Citizens Protest Peacefully Amid the Recent Untimely Deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd at the Hands of Police

Augusta, Georgia has joined the ever-growing list of cities where protests have taken place speaking about against the unjust killings of black people at the hands of police. Most recently, the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Geroge Floyd have taken over headlines. The protest took place along Wrightsboro Road and was considered peaceful with the local police department on the scene to direct traffic.

Image Credit: Laura Pugliese for WRDW.com

New Artist Relief Fund to Help Gig Artists of the CSRA

Jessye Norman School of the Arts has announced the formation of an artist relief fund to serve gig artists in the CSRA that have lost work and income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is made possible by a group of CSRA based local arts non-profits for gig, contracted, or self-employed artists of all disciplines

To learn more and/or apply for The Artist Relief Fund, click here.
This Artist Relief Fund is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of the CSRA & The United Way of the CSRA. The fund is overseen by a consortium of local nonprofits:
-Augusta University Department of Art & Design
-Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
-Greater Augusta Arts Council
-Jessye Norman School of the Arts
-Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History
-Sacred Heart Cultural Center
-The Augusta Players
-The Morris Museum of Art
-Westobou