Kirk Franklin is helping to shine the light on a Black-owned small business, right in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.
Franklin performed during the first-ever iHeartRadio Living Black! show, during which (with the help of his band) he performed “Love Theory” and “I Smile” in Fort Worth’s own Black Coffee. Wearing a sweatshirt featuring Breonna Taylor, Kirk gave an energetic performance right in front of the coffee shop.
But, before kicking off the performance, Franklin chatted with Black Coffee’s owner, Mia, who revealed where her coffee shop got its name. She explained, “That was my first experience with coffee — my grandparents used to drink black coffee every Sunday, I’m a Black woman in a Black neighborhood, so it just fit.”
On the coffee shop’s website, Mia also said of why she wanted to open her store, “I worked at Seattle’s Best Coffee right out of high school. I was able to meet so many people, and I fell in love with coffee at the same time. I didn’t realize how coffee could bridge gaps and create relationships until I was older. It was very intriguing, and I knew I wanted to work in coffee. I began speaking about it more and more, and I knew that a coffee shop was needed on the east side of Fort Worth because there aren’t any. An amazing door opened to begin working on a coffee shop for the east side. Black Coffee is now open near Texas Wesleyan University. We plan on being here for our community for a very long time.”
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SOURCE: iHeartRadio, Taylor Fields