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People Across America Are Invited to Boost Local Black-Owned Restaurants



Make Your Meal Count: People Across America Are Invited to Boost Local Black-Owned Restaurants on the First-Ever “Pepsi® Dig In Day” on Nov. 6

Calling all food lovers! Pepsi is sharing a first look at some of the signature events and perks arriving for the first-ever Dig In Day, a celebration of all Black-owned restaurants and chefs across America. On Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, everyone is invited to uplift Black-owned restaurants in their community simply by enjoying delicious food and refreshing beverages.

“We all have to eat so let’s create a positive butterfly effect for small businesses and communities alike by being intentional about where we dine or order from,” said Chef JJ Johnson, Pepsi Dig In Day ambassador and James Beard Award-winning chef, TV personality, author and owner of FIELDTRIP restaurants located throughout New York City. “FIELDTRIP will serve a signature rice bowl in honor of Dig In Day, and I’m making plans to support my favorite Black-owned restaurants.”

Pepsi is calling everyone to come together before, during and after Dig In Day by dining with or ordering from their Black-owned restaurant of choice, then uploading their receipts to – a new site that makes it easy to explore Black-owned restaurants, track purchases to show support, and earn a chance for rewards. Many Black-owned restaurants across the country are planning special offerings and activities that will make this first Dig In Day delicious for all.

Free Feasts on Pepsi Dig In Day (Nov. 6)

In all corners of the country, Dig In Day food trucks will serve up complimentary bites and ice-cold Pepsi Zero Sugar from various Black-owned restaurants:

  • Ben’s Chili Bowl will warm up fans with its three signature chili bowls at the University of Maryland vs Penn State University tailgate in College Park, Md.
  • Brotherly Grub will share standout southern-inspired cuisine with a local twist at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Off the Bone Barbeque of Dallas, Texas will dish out gourmet barbecue at the Baylor University vs Texas Christian University tailgate in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Trap Kitchen will whip up Cajun fare at the Black International Marketplace of Oakland, Calif.

For dine in, Seafood Connection will offer free, signature seafood dishes with house-made secret sauce at its restaurant in Houston, Texas.

Limited-Edition Merch Drop on NTWRK

To commemorate Dig In Day and inspire Gen-Z and Millennial audiences to get engaged, Pepsi joined forces with NTWRK, North America’s premier livestream shopping platform, to create a limited-edition collectible. Chef Johnson and fashion designer/creative director Sheron Barber teamed up to design a Crossbody Culinary Case, which will be available exclusively on the NTWRK app on Nov. 6  at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. EST in ultra-limited quantities.

The all-original luxury leather bag and carrier was made with versatility in mind, combining functional features and easy-to-wear style elements for everyday use for everyone from chefs to on-the-go creators. The multi-purpose, black crossbody bag also features a detachable interior knife bag with cutlery compartments, pocketing, and reinforced padded walls.

How to Make Your Meal Count and Earn Rewards  

Food lovers are invited to create a wave of positive impact for Black-owned restaurants on Dig In Day. The mobile-friendly Pepsi helps people seamlessly find Black-owned restaurants, upload receipts, and earn just-unveiled digital badges that can be redeemed for tasty prizes that continue to feed the Black culinary community including gift cards, cooking classes and cool collectibles. Here’s how to get involved on Dig In Day and beyond:

  1. Eat: Dine at a local Black-owned restaurant, in person or by ordering, and save your receipt.
  2. Upload: Visit to sign up, upload your receipt, and automatically earn a chance to win culinary rewards. 
  3. Repeat: Start supporting Black-owned eateries before, during and after the special day; and encourage friends and family to do the same by sharing delicious meals on social with #DigInDay.

“We’re re-igniting support with individuals and companies alike by giving them an easy way to make their meal count on Dig In Day and every day,” said Scott Finlow, Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo Global Foodservice. “Our goal is to go beyond this moment to feed a movement and we’re already seeing incredible excitement from the restaurant community, our PepsiCo associates, and corporate partners who together can really make this big.”

Dig In Day ambassador Chef JJ Johnson and fashion designer Sheron Barber collaborate on an all-original luxury leather bag and carrier collectible that pays homage to Black-owned restaurants and Pepsi Dig In Day.

Organizations Buying Their Employees Lunch from Black-Owned Restaurants

Pepsi is inviting other companies to join the movement by buying their employees lunch from Black-owned restaurants or encouraging them to participate leading up to Dig In Day. Confirmed corporate partners to date include Arizona Diamondbacks, BentoBox, Eastport Holdings, LLC, Forward Motion Media, Fuse, Genesco Sports Enterprises, Golin, Intersport, The James Beard Foundation, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Rams, Lowe’s, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Dolphins, Miami HEAT, Minnesota Twins, Monumental Sports, National Basketball Association, National Football League, Oak View Group, Pinterest, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ten35, Vail Resorts, Washington Capitals, Washington Football Team, Washington Mystics, Washington Wizards, and WCNC (ABC).

How Restaurants Can Participate in Dig In Day

Pepsi is sharing creative ways to get people ordering online and walking through the doors of Black-owned restaurants. Black restaurateurs are invited to visit to access resources to grow their business and make the most of Dig In Day, including dedicated toolkits to provide restaurant owners with templated brand materials to help bolster their marketing and social media efforts.

About Pepsi Dig In

In 2020, PepsiCo committed more than $400 million to advance racial equality within the company, industry and communities it serves. As part of that, the company dedicated $50 million to support Black-owned businesses over the next five years. As a result, PepsiCo developed a multi-faceted platform designed to drive access, business acceleration, and awareness including millions in grants and resources. Restaurateurs interested in learning more can visit and food lovers can follow @PepsiDigIn on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Pepsi Dig In Day is the latest and most broad-reaching initiative the brand is spearheading to drive $100 million in sales for Black-owned restaurants over the next five years. A concerted effort to support these diverse culinary establishments that serve as the cornerstone for communities across the nation, the Dig In Day national call to action will be supported by dedicated advertising, partnerships, business resources and local events.

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Avista Products Presents 2021 Blackbook




Black Professionals, Greek Sororities and Fraternities Featured in 2021 Blackbook Yearbook & Directory 

San Antonio, TX Dec. 1, 2021 –The San Antonio Blackbook Yearbook & Directory is proud to feature the “Divine Nine” this year in its annual book and premiere party on Monday, Dec. 6 at Antioch Sports Complex at 6 pm. The nine Greek Black fraternities and sororities that make up the “Divine Nine” have given thousands of dollars in scholarships to local students and helped countless nonprofits in supporting underserved residents. 

In addition to the “Divine Nine,” the 230-page Blackbook features nine individuals who have risen to prominence in their positions or given selflessly to the community. The candidates this year are: 

  • Vincent T. Davis – San Antonio Express-News Journalist
  • Marcel Johnson – Senior Vice President, Port San Antonio 
  • Alethia Jones – Artist/Painter
  • Bill Kent – Owner of BTL Technology
  • Deborah Omowale Jarmon,CEO/Director, San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum
  • Mark Outing – Owner of Mark’s Outing
  • Judge Jason Pulliam, U.S. Western District
  • San Antonio Poet Laureate Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson
  • Charles Williams – Entrepreneurial pioneer on East Side

Bringing these individuals and Greek organizations together in one book is significant because it gives San Antonio an opportunity to see their community impact. Blackbook Publisher Carl Booker said for the last 10 years, this book has brought out the rich diversity that is here in our city but often is not recognized. These professionals and organizations quietly push the envelope to lead and be the best in their organizations. This is also the only local print publication where you will find over 1,400 business listings featuring mostly Black business owners and showcases event coverage of prominent local African American events.  

“In this edition of the Blackbook, we were able to capture a year a lot of people would like to forget due to the pandemic. As stewards of our generation, it is our responsibility to document and measure where we are at and even how struggles have shaped us. Despite the challenge we faced last year, this book gives me hope of the strength of our local Black community,” said Booker, who is also owner of San Antonio-based Avista Products. 

The Blackbook is an award-winning publication that is archived in the Institute of Texan Cultures Library Collection, UTSA’s Libraries Special Collections and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin. This year’s event is emceed by Jermaine “J Cole” Coleman, Sr., U.S. Army veteran, TV/film producer, director and writer and host of various Black Video News shows. To learn more about the Blackbook, go here.

About Avista Products

Avista Products creates and publishes the Blackbook annually. Avista Products also provides business solutions, design and production services for the community in the greater San Antonio area. Additionally, it partners with local corporate, nonprofits and other organizations to encourage best business practices in the African American Community. For more information, visit

About Blackbook Directory & Yearbook

Blackbook Directory and Yearbook is an annual hardback book featuring archival activities and industry profiles with business listings. Black Video News, compliments the Blackbook, and is a news network that has been also documenting the local community. It will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2022. Additional information:,, 

You can still be a part of history by joining us one last time in 2021.

What’s inside?

230 Full Color pages w/hardback cover
Over 1400 Business Listings
38 Page spread of regional
       Greek Chapter Roll Call

2021 Special Event Coverage
Dreamweek Pictorial Recap
Black Worship Clergy Hall of Fame Dinner
Introducing the Class of 2021
       Blacks @ Work
San Antonio’s Most Influential
       Dream Team



DECEMBER 6, 2021 6pm Antioch Sports Complex







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Carver Development Board Awarded $100,000




Carver Development Board Awarded $100,000 High Impact Grant from Impact SA for Mobile Arts Lab

The Carver Development Board was awarded the $100,000 High Impact Grant in the Arts & Culture focus area by Impact San Antonio Foundation Incorporated during the 2021 Grant Award Night on Monday, October 25, 2021, before an enthusiastic in-person and virtual crowd of finalists, Impact SA members and guests. 

Impact SA awarded the grant to the Carver Development Board for its proposal of a Mobile Arts Lab that will allow the Carver Community Cultural Center to serve the community beyond its physical location at 226 N. Hackberry. Through the Mobile Arts Lab, the Carver will be able to deliver free visual, performing and cultural arts programs directly to the places people live, work, play and learn.

The customized 170” Sprinter van funded by the grant will take local and visiting artists out into the community, along with art supplies, A/V equipment, a generator, a mobile stage, tables, chairs, tents, a sink, and a loading ramp.

Impact San Antonio is a nonprofit comprised of diverse women who join together to provide substantial grants to nonprofit organizations in the Greater San Antonio community through the power of collective philanthropy. Grants were awarded in five focus areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation & Preservation; Family; and Health & Wellness. The Carver Development Board, the nonprofit educational arm of the Carver, and Youth Orchestras of San Antonio were the two finalists under the Arts & Culture focus area; both organizations made it through a rigorous review of more than 150 applicants. 

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