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May 26, 2018

Black-owned coffee shops to host #CoffeeWhileBlack roundtable

And it's happening while Starbucks is closed for racial-bias training

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Coffee is prepared at a shop in Philadelphia.

Starbucks will close its doors on Tuesday to train its employees in racial bias — and the world has deemed it A Day Without Starbucks.

Philly cafes are taking advantage of the day by providing an opportunity for some thoughtful conversation — and black-owned coffee shop alternatives — to keep this thing going. 

A group of black coffee shop owners is hosting a roundtable called #CoffeeWhileBlack to encourage coffee drinkers to patronize their businesses instead of Starbucks, even after it reopens.

Red Bay Coffee is hosting the roundtable on Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse to discuss how to stop retail racism and how to support black-owned businesses. 

So for starters, here's a list of five to try out. And here's a list of 47 across the U.S.

The roundtable will morph into a tour of two other black-owned coffee shops, too. Here's all the information you need on the event.

And if you can't physically attend, Essence will be livestreaming it.