Derby 150 Shop Local & Woman Owned Guide

  WINE & DINE   Black Jockeys Lounge Downtown 630 @ Fourth Stree, Louisville, KY (502) 587-0526 In the heart of a world paused by the pandemic, a unique venture was born, one that would transcend the temporary stillness to celebrate a rich and often overlooked heritage. The founding of the Black Jockeys Lounge is a story of inspiration, partnership, and transformation. Amidst the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, Tawana Bain found an opportunity to collaborate with PPATH (Project to Protect African American Turf History), a move that would set the stage for something extraordinary. [...]

By |2024-04-11T11:07:14-04:00April 11, 2024|Career, Derby, Digital Exclusives|

Beyond the Crown | 2024 Kentucky Derby Princesses

Written By: Tiffany Felts | Photos By: Jolea Brown In the heart of Louisville, Kentucky, amidst the excitement of the Derby Festival, lies a tradition that transcends mere pageantry. The 2024 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court is more than just symbols of elegance and grace, these young women embody the essence of civic leadership, academic excellence, and community service. Rooted in a legacy spanning over six decades, the Princess Program has been a cornerstone of the Derby Festival since its inception. Established in 1957, just two years after the Festival's inception, the program has evolved [...]

By |2024-04-10T09:34:37-04:00April 10, 2024|Career, Derby, Digital Exclusives|

From The Salon to the Track | Celebrating Women’s Legacy in Kentucky’s Beauty Industry

  Written By: Di Tran The Prominence of Nail Salons in Kentucky The prominence of nail salons in Kentucky, predominantly owned by the Vietnamese and other Asian communities, is a reflection of a larger national trend. This trend began in the 1970s when actress Tippi Hedren introduced the art of manicures to a group of Vietnamese women in a refugee camp in California. This act of kindness sparked a passion for nail care among Vietnamese immigrants, leading to the establishment of nail salons across the United States. In Kentucky, these salons are not merely businesses [...]

Who’s That Girl? Eden Bridgeman

EDEN BRIDGEMAN OWNER, CHAIRWOMAN & CEO Of EBONY JET #image_title Eden Bridgeman Sklenar is an entrepreneur, media proprietor, and marketing executive who is currently the owner, Chairwoman and CEO of the iconic brands EBONY and Jet since their acquisition in 2021. She also serves as the CMO of Manna, Inc., which is the parent company that incorporates over 500 restaurant franchises that include Wendy’s, Fazoli’s, Golden Coral, Jimmy Johns and Mark’s Feed Store, and has led in this capacity since 2016. Eden was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Louisville, [...]

By |2024-04-09T17:24:08-04:00April 9, 2024|Community, Digital Exclusives, Who's That Girl|

Publishers Blog April 2024 | Embracing Transformation: Derby Inspired: from Cocoon to Splendor

How many times have you found yourself in the cocoon stage, ladies? You know that phase of transformation where you’re prepping for the grand reveal? As we step into the vibrant season of the Derby, it’s impossible not to draw parallels between our Derby fashion frenzy—from selecting the perfect hat to the finest shoes—and the constant metamorphosis we undergo in the various stages of womanhood. Just as we meticulously plan our Derby Day ensemble, we, too, craft and recraft our identities and dreams with each new season of life. The journey from caterpillar to butterfly [...]

By |2024-04-09T17:15:19-04:00April 9, 2024|Digital Exclusives, Publisher's Blog|

How She Derby’s

PENNY CHENERY Paving the Way for Women in Horse Racing and Beyond It was May 5, 1973, a perfect Saturday—partly cloudy, 67 degrees.  A woman gazes onto a fast track. Her focus narrowed on a gorgeous chestnut trotting to the gate. Emotions are high as she watches the thirteen-horse field being loaded into the gate one by one. The 99th running of the Kentucky Derby was about to begin, and Penny Chenery was hungry for her second Kentucky Derby win with Secretariat. The gates open, the horses charge, and history is being made once again [...]

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