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A Sip Of Coffee

A Sip Of Coffee

In this special episode of Built To Last, host Elaine Welteroth continues to shed a light on pioneering Black entrepreneurs of our past and present, honoring Black History Month. Elaine chats with Amanda-Jane Thomas and Shanita Nicholas, founders of the Inglewood, CA coffee shop, Sip & Sonder, about the importance of serving their community, finding joy in the journey and taking up space amidst a pandemic. Honoring the legacy of the woman who laid the foundation for coffee houses like Sip & Sonder, writer, producer, host, and content queen Danielle Young narrates the story of Rose Nicaud. Rose is regarded as the first coffee vendor in New Orleans who in the 1800’s bought her freedom by selling her famous café au lait at the popular French Market. To learn more about the small business featured in today’s episode, visit Also, make sure to follow Sip & Sonder on Instagram @sipandsonder. Continue the conversation by reaching out to us @americanexpress on social media or by using #AmexBuiltToLast. Be sure to check out the video version on AMEX’s YouTube page featuring illustrations by Lo Harris. Relevant sources:

Duration: 43 min

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