In honor of Black History Month, Biscuitville is proud to partner with the Triad’s Scuppernong Books bookstore to celebrate a revered North Carolina trailblazer – André Leon Talley (1948 – 2022) and promote works by Black authors. In following tradition of years past, Biscuitville is also highlighting one of its own beloved team members, Tracy Meadows, who is the Operator of Biscuitville’s Henderson, N.C. restaurant.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to promote Black authors and to shine a light on these esteemed individuals this Black History Month,” says Biscuitville President and CEO Kathie Niven. “At Biscuitville, we love to celebrate those who make an impact, and both Tracy Meadows and André Leon Talley are incredible examples of what it means to be an inspiration.”
Before making his name as a fashion icon, journalist and editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, Talley was raised by his grandmother in Durham, N.C., where he developed a love for fashion at an early age. After earning his BA at North Carolina Central University and a master’s at Brown, Talley became the first Black creative director at Vogue and finally editor-at-large. A leader in pushing for diversity in the fashion world, Talley was also a judge for “America’s Next Top Model” and a stylist for First Lady Michelle Obama.
Throughout Black History Month, Biscuitville restaurants will distribute bookmarks highlighting Talley’s accomplishments. As a part of Biscuitville’s partnership with Scuppernong Books, the bookmarks also will showcase books by notable Black authors, all available for purchase at Scuppernong’s shop in Downtown Greensboro.
“It’s a joy to partner with Biscuitville this Black History Month to promote great books by important Black writers,” says Brian Lampkin, owner of Scuppernong Books. “Both Scuppernong Books and Biscuitville share a commitment to giving back to our communities, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to make an impact this Black History Month.”
Meadows began her Biscuitville career with the grand opening of the Henderson, N.C. restaurant in February 2020, just days before the COVID-19 pandemic began. Meadows, who brought 35 years of experience in the food service industry to her new role, stood strong and has remained a valuable member of the Biscuitville family ever since. She trains new managers and operators and serves as a mentor within the company’s President’s Advisory Council and Future Leaders group.
Outside of work, Meadows, who was born and raised in Kittrell, N.C., lives with her husband Timothy in Stem, N.C. Together, they have four grown daughters and are the pround grandparents of three grandsons. In her spare time, she serves as an usher at her church and delivers food to people experiencing homelessness in her community.