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Starex Smith is an accomplished and experienced public administrator, fundraiser, foodie, and culinary business developer who has committed himself to maximizing the Black experience in the United States! He currently serves as Vice President of Strategy and Development for Black Tech Week with over twelve (12) years of experience in managing public/private partnerships, large scale events, and nonprofits. He has successfully raised over 20 million dollars in funding for various governmental entities, food companies, and individuals. Starex has assisted countless food industry businesses successfully obtain funding, taking mom and pop storefronts to scalable businesses. His success in working with restaurants sparked a passion for food and entrepreneurship which led to the launching of Sothern Bytes, a teaching platform food business dedicated to an ever evolving food industry with a focus on technology, culture and innovation. Having constantly run into stereotyping negatively affecting his dining and vacationing experiences, Starex decided to curate great destinations, restaurants, and discuss issues surrounding being a hungry Black man. Starex completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s coursework in Public Administration at Florida International University where he served as president of the Black Student Union and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, Lambda Tau Chapter

Visiting Atlanta? This Black Owned Eatery Should Be Your FIRST STOP

I am a Christian man of faith, not so much European Christianity, but a combo of Ethiopian Orthodox with a dash of A.M.E. While listening to a sermon recently, the minister referenced a verse that reminded me of catfish and…

Black Owned Miami Beach Dining Guide During 2021 Art Basel Weekend!

Art Basel is here. The European Art show’s American version has leading galleries from five continents, including significant works by masters of modern and contemporary art and the new generation of emerging stars and they’re all descending on Miami Beach!…

How Antwain ‘Where We Bout To Eat At’ Fowler Taught Me To Be a Better Food Critic

To meet Antwain Lee Fowler (@_antwainsworld), was to love him – instantly. Antwain quickly became one of the world’s youngest and most adorable food personalities when a video of him  (https://youtu.be/nrXACzcyX00) innocently and hilariously asked a question that captured the…

This Nationally Awarded Chicago Restaurant is Black Owned

Restaurants should be judged on whether the healthy options can compete with the more decadent ones. At Virtue in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, you will find this dynamic and more. Chef Eric Williams is…

Visit this Cincinnati French Inspired Café for Delicious Food, Wine, and Live Music!

When I was a kid, I enjoyed watching “Friends” on television. It had few, if any, Black people, but my Carter G. Woodson brain hadn’t been activated so I could enjoy the show’s wittiness and writing without getting caught up…

Atlanta Dessert Shop is Bringing Authentic New Orleans Sweets and More

Nestled inside of one of Atlanta’s residential neighborhoods is a small dessert shop with BIG flavor. Everythang Nola, located at 1699 Sylvan Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30310, is the brainchild of Ms. Keisha Mackey, who left New Orleans in 2005…

Atlanta Brunch Wars: Rock Steady’s Soulful Brunch Surpasses Expectations

Rock Steady has all the elements of a restaurant where waiting months for a reservation is the norm. Thankfully, despite frequent celebrity sightings, the brainchild of nightclub owner Joe Russo and Jacob Thomas is still quite accessible. Think 21st Century…

Atlanta Brunch Wars: Nouveau Bar and Grill’s Famous Spinach Dip is a Must Try

Atlanta, GA is a popular destination for most Black folk. Whether visiting family, on business, or passing through the airport connecting to another city, spending at least a day in the ATL is inevitable. While you’re there, do yourself a…

Black Woman Opens Frozen Yogurt and Snack Shop Near Chicago White Sox Stadium

A recent visit to Chicago reminded me of growing up in Miami with the Frozen Cup Lady or the Candy Lady’s House. The Black community was blessed to have local neighborhood women who were essentially many Black children’s earliest encounter…

Chicago Black Owned Eatery Creates The City’s Best Gourmet Belgian Fries

Our 2021 Black Chicago Foodie Tour has produced some of my favorite restaurants, such as Lizzy J’s and Virtue, among others. As a Chicago outsider from Miami, I can be fully objective and in tourist mode when I recommend restaurants…

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