CCP Student Launches Movement “I Buy Black”

Medina Oyefusi learned about the restaurant industry after she became a host at a restaurant and jazz bar in Fairmount. She learned about coordinating large gatherings by participating in Obama’s Organizing for America in 2012, and she discovered her event-planning skills while working for the National Society of Black Engineer’s Temple University chapter. Then, Oyefusi began putting on a couple events a month at Green Soul, a large chic venue on Mount Vernon Street with a Southern-inspired but healthy menu. Now, she’s extending her influence. On Feb. 22, the 22-year-old college student, soft-spoken but ambitious, is holding her biggest event to date, I BUY BLACK TOO. It’s a restaurant and bar-crawl in greater Center City featuring four black-owned venues, live music and vendors. It might seem like a lot for a 22-year-old who, by the way, is still taking classes at the Community College of Philadelphia. The annual luncheon was a display of mutual admiration between the mayor and the chamber, each lauding the other on their efforts toward economic growth.