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Jack Daniel’s to Honor Changemakers and Trailblazers in South Florida with Inaugural Black Achievers Awards on February 28th

Jack Daniel’s partnered with local Black-owned businesses to curate and produce a Black History Month Event at Historic Hampton House in Miami

Ten Miami-based changemakers will be awarded the inaugural 2023 Black Achievers Award for their outstanding work in their respective fields. The award was created to recognize and celebrate South Florida Black Professionals that are changemakers and trailblazers.

Jack Daniel’s has placed their might behind the inaugural award to bring the inaugural ceremony to life. The brand is committed to highlighting and celebrating Black professionals and entrepreneurs in the South Florida market and is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2023 Black Achievers Awards. The event is headed by LaJuane Mack, Region Multicultural Manager – Central at Brown-Forman.

The Black Achievers awards ceremony will take place on February 28th at the Historic Hampton House in Miami. The invite-only event will feature a vintage Black excellence theme that naturally flows with the ambiance of the Hampton House’s decor.

The ten 2023 Black Achievers Awards honorees are: Roots Collective Founders and CEOs Daniel Agnew, Isaiah “Zaybo” Thomas, and James “Munch” Mungin, 103.5 The Beat midday host and music artist, Stichiz, Whenda “Wanda” Tima CEO & Founder L’union Media Group, LLC., Chanel T. Rowe, Founder and Managing Partner of Uriel Law, State Representative for House District 109 Ashley V. Gantt, Esq., Michaeljohn Green, Deputy Director of Innovation & Economic Development for Miami-Dade County, Barbara Jacques, Creative Director & Founder of JACQ’S, and Dr. Geden Franck, a Sports Medicine Physician for Memorial Orthopedic Surgery and Sports
Medicine Center.

The Black Achievers Awards is curated by a collaborative venture by Black Miami entrepreneurs, Alexis Brown the founder of SocialXChange, Ernisha Randolph Founder of Sweet Butter Hospitality Group, and Janey Tate Publisher of Hy-Lo News.

“We’re excited to come together and recognize our peers and new rising stars in South Florida. There is so much commentary about the brain drain and losing talent and millennial talent leaving  South Florida, but this is a counter-narrative to that,” said Alexis Brown, Founder of SocialXChange. “The Black Achievers Awards celebrates what is great about Black South Florida and our contributions.”

The three Millennial Black women entrepreneurs have joined forces to pull their resources and use their expertise in their industries with the mission to highlight the best and brightest in Black South Florida. 

“We are celebrating Black entrepreneurship and excellence and recognizing our Black entrepreneurial ecosystem who have undeniably impacted the South Florida community,” said Ernisha Randolph, Founder & CEO of Sweet Butter Hospitality Group and owner of We Shuckin restaurants.

The three women want to focus on people in the community who go unsung but deserve recognition.

“This is an amazing opportunity to work with great people to honor dope people from our community. I love that Jack Daniel’s is committed to being a brand that cares about the community and is committed to being plugged in by sponsoring the Black Achievers Awards,” said Janey Tate, Founder and CEO of Tate Media Enterprises which produces Hy-Lo News. “Hy-Lo News’ mission is to share the untold stories from the Black community in South Florida. This collaboration allows us to bring that work to life. I’m looking forward to bringing more events like this to our community through this partnership.”

About Jack Daniels

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Double Mellowed Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select, and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand.

About SocialXChange

Curating Cool Since September 2013. SocialXchange Miami is South Florida’s Premier Event & Marketing Agency that specializes in experiential marketing, events, experience, and outreach for Multicultural/ Urban Millennials, Young Professionals, and Influencers. They’ve got cred because they filled a long-standing void in the Miami market by creating innovative lifestyle events targeted to a previously untapped market of pretty awesome, college-educated, trend-setting, upwardly mobile local African-American+ Afro-Caribbean professionals primarily between the ages of 24-35. SocialXchange has created new trends/ event concepts previously not seen in the creative event space in South Florida. Socialxchange curates all things cool such as lifestyle events such as monthly meet-ups, happy hours, day parties, nightlife events, community service projects, health initiatives, annual travel abroad events and more.

About Sweet Butter Hospitality Group

Sweet Butter Hospitality Group is a multi-conceptual hospitality group that manages, develops, and features a portfolio of various brands. These brands include WeShuckin Restaurant, Juanitas Kitchen Catering, The Candy Girls Gourmet Confectioners, The Sweet Butter Pop-up Dinner Show Tour, The Smash Room Multi-Media Company, The Juke Joint Restaurant, and other associated products. Our Restaurants are set to have an edgy vintage restaurant experience mostly with a live performance component. Our company seeks to develop a conglomerate of brands in and around hospitality showcasing foods, music, history & culture from the various regions of the United States that were more affected by the Southern culture created by African Americans.

About Hy-Lo News

Hy-Lo News was created after founder, Janéy Tate, discovered that Black residents were not properly provided coverage from local news outlets on matters, events, and issues they cared about most. As a result in 2015, Hy-Lo News was brought to life. Hy-Lo News, which is short for “hyper-local,” is driven by its mission to provide a platform for hyper-local news for South Florida Black and Brown millennials. The media company is South Florida’s only news site dedicated to urban millennials. Publisher Janey Tate knows firsthand, from her more than 13 years as a journalist, that having access to local information and news has helped people in the community to be informed and engaged citizens. Hy-Lo News believes all people should have access to local news and information that is engaging, betters their lives, and improve their community.


To learn more about each of this year’s honorees read Hy-Lo News’ coverage of the Black Achievers Awards.

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