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Samara Rivers is the Founder + CEO of Black Bourbon Society, an organization making the bourbon world a more diverse, inclusive place. Through educational events, meetups and creative content, she works to bridge the gap between African American bourbon enthusiasts and the spirits industry. She also co-hosts the Bonded in Bourbon podcast.  We explore her personal journey, struggles, and her love of bourbon. She is coming to Cincinnati on September 14th stay tuned for more details if you would like to attend an event. 

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Rivers’ favorite bourbon to-date is Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Stagg Jr. and she has developed a fondness for the Paper Plane cocktail originated by mixologist Sam Ross. 

https://www.cuisinenoirmag.com/samara-rivers-black-bourbon-society/

Blacks drink bourbon you can't tell by the marketing

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/dining/drinks/bourbon-african-americans.html

The decline of black businesses post integration

https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/marchaprilmay-2017/the-decline-of-black-business/

Jet and Ebony closing

https://www.blackpressusa.com/ebony-jet-fire-remainder-of-staff-may-close-its-doors-for-good/

The story of  Nathan Green aka "Uncle Nearest"

https://www.cuisinenoirmag.com/uncle-nearest-1856-premium-whiskey/

Other Cited Links

https://www.blackbourbonsociety.com/blog/paperplane

https://www.bondedinbourbon.com/about

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