Two Of America’s First Black Flight Attendants Reveal Their Stories of the Unfriendly Skies

They were not the very first African American flight attendants in history, but Linda McQueen and Bertha Tease were certainly among the first ones. Their new book, Taking Flight, tells the story of the racial discrimination and persecution they faced while simply trying to work the job of their dreams in the early 1970s.

Taking Flight opens by painting the picture of life in the 1950s and ’60s. It takes readers on a voyage from listening to radio shows like Milton Berle and “Amos and Andy” to watching programs and actually seeing Black people on TV.

This book then chronicles how two Black women overcame the odds and rose to the positions they desired. In the face of early racism, discrimination and denial, they were able to fly the skies and meet celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, The Jacksons, OJ Simpson, Stevie Wonder, Dick Gregory, Ray Charles and so many more. Taking Flight is a voyage through history and a story of triumph.

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17-Year Old Makes History, Becomes Licensed Pilot Before Graduating High School

At the age of 17, William Moore, Jr. is a licensed private pilot. Even though he hasn’t graduated from high school yet, he is already ready to pursue his instrument rating.

Over the past three years, he attended the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) Aerospace Career Education (ACE) Academy located in Northern Virginia (NOVA). This Academy provides middle and high school youth with exposure to opportunities in aerospace and aviation through week-long summer camps. The program is endorsed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), OBAP has served a leading role in establishing ACE Academies nationwide to introduce, educate and guide diverse students towards careers in aviation.

Earlier this year, he interviewed for a scholarship through the East Coast Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (ECCTAI) Youth in Aviation Program (YIAP). He was accepted to attend ground school and completed in the top 5% of his class.

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First-Of-Its-Kind Loyalty Program Rewards Wine Lovers for All Purchases at Wineries

Just in time for the busiest wine-buying season of the year, wine lovers who purchase their favorite variety or vintage – regardless of brand – can earn their way to a treasure trove of wine-related rewards – from decanters and wine coolers to a Napa Valley wine tasting trip. The new Grand Reserve Rewards program, which launches today from Vertical Finance, lets wine lovers automatically earn Grand Reserve Rewards points whenever they make purchases at wine-related retailers using an existing credit card. Grand Reserve Rewards points are earned in addition to their card’s current benefits and are redeemable for more than 200 wine-related products and experiences. 

“Grand Reserve Rewards helps wine enthusiasts take advantage of their passion for wine to get more out of every dollar they spend. We are changing the conversation about loyalty by providing rewards across a wine lover’s purchases, not just for a single wine brand,” says Matthew Goldman, founder and CEO of Vertical Finance. “Wine lovers want to experience new flavor profiles and wine regions, as well as experiment with different producers and sellers. Grand Reserve Rewards satisfies the desire of wine enthusiasts to enjoy all that the wine industry offers, and at the same time accumulate rewards points every time they buy at wineries, wine clubs and wine shops.”

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Francis Ford Coppola Winery And Food Network Kitchen Announce Holiday Partnership With 3 Live Classes

Cooking And Wine Pairing Episodes Will Stream Live And Be On Demand Featuring The Wines Of Francis Ford Coppola Winery And Recipes Developed By Food Network’s Celebrity Chef Amanda Freitag

Francis Ford Coppola Winery has partnered with Food Network Kitchen for the first in a series of live classes to feature holiday recipes paired with Francis Ford Coppola wines. Food Network’s Amanda FreitagChopped judge and award-winning cookbook author, has created three holiday recipes to complement hand-selected wines from The Family Coppola portfolio

Recipe and The Family Coppola Wine Pairings:
Diamond Collection Chardonnay, Crab Cake Bites with a Spiced Mayo
Sofia Rosé, Seckel Pear with Honey, Whipped Goat Cheese and Crispy Prosciutto
2016 Pitagora Red Blend, Chorizo in a Blanket with Herbed Agave Sauce

These recipes will be prepared by Chef Freitag in three live episodes set to stream on the app on December 2nd at 9am, 12pm, and 3pm (ET) from the Food Network Kitchen NYC studio. The classes will be available on-demand following the live premiere. Along with unique content, the Francis Ford Coppola Winery will host an intimate Sip and Savor party at their Sonoma County location on December 7th.

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First-Ever Rosé Experience Brings Indulgence and Pinkalicious Vibes to Greater Fort Lauderdale

The Seaglass Group, together with AutoNation and Mercedes-Benz, today announced the launch of its Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation SEAGLASS | A Greater Fort Lauderdale Rosé Experience (SEAGLASS), taking place February 8-9, 2020, on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach. 

SEAGLASS is a first-of-its-kind event immersing guests in a rosé experience second to none, benefitting AutoNation’s DRV PNK initiative which has raised more than $20 million for cancer research and treatment. With the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop, the inaugural event will showcase the world’s finest rosé wines with perfectly paired culinary options throughout the weekend.

“Rosé is more than another wine; it’s a lifestyle,” said SEAGLASS co-founder Carlos Suarez, who also serves as publisher for Venice Magazine. “Greater Fort Lauderdale’s coastal environment, luxury lifestyles and year-round ocean breeze create the perfect canvas for this immersive rosé experience.”

Hosted by Venice magazine, SEAGLASS highlights the community of Greater Fort Lauderdale creating an immersive atmosphere that celebrates the best in wine, art, music and fashion. The rosé paradise will deliver luxurious stops at every turn, unlimited pours of the finest wines, Instagram-worthy moments and rosé-themed activities.

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Swanson® Announces First-Ever Broth Sommelier

Leading broth brand selects culinary expert to unveil the unique flavor experiences of broth

Swanson®, America’s No. 1 broth, is introducing its first-ever broth sommelier to educate consumers on the care and precision that goes into making broth and to help home chefs identify the ideal broth for them.

The newly named Swanson Sommelier, Chef Graham Zanow, works as the soup and broth executive research chef for Campbell Soup Company, parent company of Swanson. As the Swanson Sommelier, Chef Zanow aims to redefine how consumers think about broth, shedding light on flavor intricacies and the impact it makes on every dish.

“Akin to fine wine or cheese, not all broths are the same. Broth is made through an intricate, deliberate cooking process that requires close attention to the ingredient selection to make a broth with a delicious flavor curve – the beginning, middle and end flavor notes, a rich aroma and a bold mouthfeel,” said Chef Zanow. “Whether you’re a professional or home chef, it’s crucial for all of these elements to be considered when selecting a broth to ensure the end dish is as delicious as possible.”

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Did You Ever Dream of Having Your Own Wine or Spirits Brand?

Find out how you can be successful, even if you’re not George Clooney…

Booze Business Master Class is the first educational program designed for entrepreneurs who have dreamed of owning a wine or spirits brand, and industry professionals looking to gain a better understanding of disciplines outside their areas of expertise. The course will distill decades of experience to a day or two of teaching, offering a clear overview on everything from brand ideation, to product selection and manufacturer negotiation, importation and logistics, packaging and pricing, distribution, sales, and marketing. The first full-day classes will be in a webinar format and will evolve into one and two day in-person events.

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Meet Coco & Lala, the First Black Women to Host a Vegan and Plant-Based Radio Show

Coco & Lala – one vegetarian, one vegan – are the on-air radio personalities of the hottest vegan, vegetarian and plant-based radio show in the country called “Healthin’ It Up with Coco & Lala” on 89.9 KMOJ HD2 The Ice (Wednesdays at 4 p.m. CST). On the show, which can be streamed nationwide, they educate and entertain while shedding a light on vegan and vegetarian eating and living. They have interviewed many celebrities including: John Salley, Chili from TLC, Headkrack, Griff, Izeah Bowman, and Roger Mooking among others.

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