Local gas station is latest spotlight of national #BuyBackTheBlock movement

The Jonesboro community is celebrating the opening of a gas station on Tara Boulevard. The Citgo has already gone viral online for being the first African-American owned gas station in Clayton County, according to longtime residents.

ATLANTA - A gas station is under new management in Clayton County. For the first time, the owners and operators are black. 

11Alive's Neima Abdulahi spoke with the new owners Colisha Hicks and her fiancé Fatz are the owners of the Citgo at 7434 Tara Boulevard in the Jonesboro community. It's an area where African-Americans are 65 percent of the population, but the perception is that the business owner population doesn't reflect that. 

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Last week, community organizer Torrey Tomlinson posted a video to Facebook of the gas station encouraging people to support this new black-owned business.  

It's a local conversation that's also happening on a national level. 

Other influencers in the black community have been singing this same tune. The #BuyBackTheBlock hashtag is being used to push the conversation about business ownership in black communities. Rapper Rick Ross, who owns several Wing Stop restaurants, recorded a song with Atlanta's 2 Chainz  and Gucci called Buy Back the Block.  

In the song, 2 ChaInz said "property, property, property, property [expletive] I'm trying to invest." 

The conversation about black ownership is playing out on 11Alive's Facebook page under the story about the Tara Boulevard Citgo. People are sharing the story using the same hashtag. 

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