Vanessa Braxton is the owner and CEO of Black Momma Vodka, a company that offers various unique flavors of handcrafted, gluten-free vodka. As the first African-American woman to own a nationally distributed vodka, she stays true to her motto of making vodka for women… but still strong enough for any man.
Braxton, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, earned a degree in Construction Management/Civil Engineering. She had a 20-year professional career in the field within the government sector where she has overseen over 350 million contracts and worked with clients around the world.
Though her business seems far-fetched from her study and previous experiences, she said it actually helped her create a successful brand and business for it pushed her to love doing something extraordinary. In her case, that is being a Black woman in an alcohol industry dominated by men.
The vodka Braxton herself developed is an all-natural, preservative-free, gluten-free vodka distilled and filtered 5 times from corn. It has a signature smooth taste and comes in different flavors. It is now being distributed in 32 states in the United States, in Hong Kong, and in the United Kingdom and can be requested at local restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, and distributors.
Black Momma Vodka is a product of her dreams and imagination. As a child, her parents and grandparents, who were business owners themselves, taught her to believe that she can do anything regardless of her gender or race.
Braxton said in an interview, “If your gut is telling you to do it, then do it. Believe me, everything will fall into place if it’s right and meant to be.”