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Louisiana Heaven

Throughout the chaos of 2020, many of us have found comfort and joy in simple things, such as food. As luck would have it, Sacramento has dozens of culinary gems that are dishing out joy in to-go containers. One restaurant, Louisiana Heaven, is serving up authentic Southern cuisine to the weary, over-Zoomed masses. This black-owned restaurant located on Valley Hi Drive in South Sacramento, is owned by Lashunda Cormier, a 12- year veteran of the restaurant business.

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Golden State Educational Services

On November 2, 2020, when a “memory” popped up on Bridgett Smalls’ social media feed, it reminded her of a post she’d made in this same month in 2012: “250,000, 500,000, 1,000,000 its not impossible”. The post referenced the amount of money – six figures or more – that she wanted to have in the bank. Eight years later, the post seems to be more of a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the revenue projections for her small business – Golden State Educational Services - inch toward those aspirational numbers, despite COVID-19.

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Full Spectrum Audio

Back in the old days when we used to have live events, a.k.a. 2019, most of us probably took for granted the venue’s sound quality. We were afforded that luxury because entrepreneurs like Eugene “Gino” Henry, owner of local small business Full Spectrum Audio, have worked for years to hone their sound engineering expertise. A DJ for over three decades, Gino has been a sound engineer, with a skillset that enables him to design and control the sound at countless events and venues, for more than 20 years.

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Exquisite U Beauty Boutique

Black women get things done. This is not hyperbole; it’s a fact forged out of necessity. The systemic oppression that reduces the level of control that we as Black people have over our existence has forced us to learn how to make a way when there is no way. This resilience, part of our DNA as Black people in America, has served as a catalyst for us to push society foreword, and carry it on our backs when we had to. The ability of Black communities to “bounce back,” has saved our lives for generations, and it’s helping some of us preserve our livelihoods in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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