The AFRO’s Publisher Frances “Toni” Draper was selected as a coach for the Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder on Deluxe’s original series “Small Biz Revolution.” The show finds inspiring small businesses that could use a boost in making an impact in its community. Season 6 of the series aired on Hulu and Amazon Prime on Nov. 9.

In Season 6 of our Emmy-nominated series, the Small Business Revolution went home to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, celebrating and sharing the stories of Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs in some of the most important neighborhoods in the community. The new season—co-hosted by former NBA All-Star and entrepreneur, Baron Davis — celebrates the impact strong small businesses have in our local communities.

See our Publisher Frances Toni Draper in action below! She consulted with Minnesota Spokesman Publisher, Tracey Williams Dillard.  Read more about their interactions here! Fun fact Dr Drapers’ grandfather, Carl Murphy (former AFRO Publisher) and Dillard’s grandfather, Cecil E. Newman,  former editor and publisher of The Minneapolis, Spokesman and The St. Paul Recorder collaborated in the 1940s.  See picture here!


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Additional episodes can be found on the Small Business Revolution website