Internationally, 2020 was a year of medical, social, political, racial, and economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 7,000 Louisianans died while 173,000 were unemployed and all 710,000 K-12 students and teachers were sent into virtual schooling. Within the struggles of the year, the America saw its own horrors and beauty. Moving into 2021, The Drum sought Louisianans who are not only people to watch but are people who work for the community, for the demands of nation building, and for the growth of others. They are People for 2021:
Horatio Isadore opened the doors of Southern Cofe with the mission to inspire hope, passion, vision, and faith into the Scotlandville Community and the Baton Rouge Metro area. “I’ve always tried to create spaces that matter, and Southern Cofe is clearly under that umbrella,” Isadore said. “Over the 20 years of owning coffee shops, I must admit that Southern Cofe is dearest to my heart. And so overall, I’ve realized that I have a concern for underserved markets.”
Isadore is a person for the moment, a Person for 2021.
The Drum asked him about 2020 and his focus for 2021. “In 2020, our Cofe Community said ‘NOT TODAY! We are going to stand with this brand through it ALL.’ And they have!” he said.
What has been the best thing to do during the pandemic? Being able to go back to my hometown of Alexandria and be with my family for eight to nine months.
What’s your motto for 2021? “Nothing just happens.”
What can we look forward to? More hard work and possibly expansion. However, we can expand to an additional 1,000 locations, but Southern Cofe in Scotlandville will always be where it started.
This year I resolve to level up the experience at Southern Cofe through our podcast space that provides a platform for people within the community to be unapologetically outspoken.
How will you impact others? Inspire and mentor
What are your recent successes? Receiving the Outstanding Black Business Award from the Omicron Beta Sigma Fraternity
What are you reading? “Seize The Day” by Chris Hill
What’s on your playlist? Podcasts about Black business, sports, and politics.