Bringing You “Black Coffee” on Tuesday, April 24th
A live podcast event focused on coffee, race and identity, supported by NXT LVL.
Portland, Oregon (April 6th, 2018) — Portland, Oregon based Sprudge Media Network is pleased to announce Black Coffee: A Dialogue On Race & Coffee Culture”, a new live podcast event from creative director Michelle Johnson (The Chocolate Barista). A lively conversation at the intersection of race and coffee culture, “Black Coffee” premieres Tuesday, April 24th from 6-9pm at the Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton). This event is supported by NXT LVL, a Portland-based grassroots organization founded “to create change and foster social justice within the community and at large.”
“Black Coffee” features several prominent Black voices in the American specialty coffee industry, including hosts Michelle Johnson, Ian Williams (Deadstock Coffee), and Giovanni Fillari (Nike, CoffeeFeedPDX). Live panel guests include D’Onna Stubblefield (Counter Culture Coffee), O.M. Miles (IKAWA), Zael Ogwaro (Never Coffee), Adam JacksonBey (The Potter’s House), and Cameron Heath (Revelator Coffee Company).
“While there has never been more dialogue surrounding social issues in coffee, race rarely gets much airtime,” writes “Black Coffee” creative director Michelle Johnson. “And yet, we have such a rich opportunity right now to change all that, and to examine the role that race plays in issues throughout the coffee chain. We don’t want to be spoken for—we want to speak.”
The live event takes place Tuesday, April 24th at Clinton Street Theater. Tickets are on sale now starting at $10 pre-sale ($15 at the door), with limited VIP tickets available for $50. All proceeds will be donated to two Portland nonprofits: Brown Girl Rise, an organization dedicated to empowering young girls of color, and Sankofa Collective, who are dedicated to helping Portland’s Black LGBTQAI+ community. Sponsor partners for the event include Stumptown Coffee Roasters, The Ace Hotel PDX, La Marzocco USA, and Oatly. This event is supported by NXT LVL PDX—Portland’s premiere platform dedicated to ”partying for social justice.”
ABOUT THE CHOCOLATE BARISTA
The Chocolate Barista is the work of Michelle Johnson, a journalist and coffee professional. Founded in 2016, the Chocolate Barista platform is focused on the promotion of diversity and inclusivity in the specialty coffee industry one black cup at a time. To learn more about The Chocolate Barista visit thechocolatebarista.com and follow the platform on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
ABOUT SPRUDGE MEDIA NETWORK
Sprudge Media Network is an American independent publishing company based in Portland, Oregon and founded by Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen in 2009. To learn more about Sprudge visit Sprudge.com and follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.