We had the good fortune of connecting with Divad Miles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Divad, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I think of Dr. Ali Binazir from Harvard a lot and his calculation of our probability of existence. From a mathematical standpoint, his research shows that the odds of each of us being born is essentially zero. Because of that, no matter what type of day I am having, I am consistently inspired by the human condition.
The journey of life itself and everyone that we encounter is such a beautiful conundrum. We all get to experience one another at our best and worse moments in a short opportunity in time. Part of that means that we have the chance to use that time to pursue our dreams and help others with theirs as well. It’s exciting to be able to wake up each day and realize that. We are all more connected and reliant on one another than we realize.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Brunching definitely became one of my favorite things to do on the weekends after I graduated college. It offered a way to get all my favorite people in one place to touch base with so that we could maximize catching up. The food, the conversation, the vibes, and of course the bottomless mimosas were a great start to a weekend of limitless events and things to do around Atlanta. It started off with a few friends and then quickly became a group and eventually a network of people who all shared in the love of good food and fellowship.
This organic, new network that was developed from gathering my different friend groups into one place inspired me to share my journey. As I mentioned earlier, Kierra influenced me to actually take that leap and create Official Brunch Queen (IG: @officialbrunchqueen).
The thing I love most about being a part of the foodie community now is that I’ve gotten to meet so many other passionate foodies. The connections that have been made and the overall company has been invaluable to say the least. OBQ provided me with something to speak to for my hobby and an outlet for making each weekend as exciting as the next with a new brunch selection.
I also enjoy the flexibility of the foodie community. Some weekends, I have work and organizational obligations that don’t allow for brunch. The ladies and gents of the community make sure to tag, post, and send me DM’s of cool new brunch spots or events to check out when I do have the time – so I never really miss a beat.
I plan to continue OBQ across Atlanta, other states, and eventually internationally to keep the momentum going. Being a “go-to” for brunch recommendations amongst my friends and family feels really fulfilling. I love that I’ve been able to successfully share my favorite pastime with so many people.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Atlanta is full of so many things to do! If the week started on Sunday, we would have to start with brunch.
My running favorite for Sunday brunch right now is Nouveau Bar & Grill (IG: @nouveaubaratl). Ebony and Rob have done a fantastic job of bringing New Orleans flare to the Atlanta brunch scene!
Through the week, I would have to take my friend to my favorite quirky place in the city, Little Five Points, to check out the various shops, restaurants, and art. It’s also an instagram photoshoot worthy place for sure.
It doesn’t open officially until November 26th, but I’m imagining that I would have to take my friend to the New Black Wall Street Market in Stonecrest, GA. This new retail space pays homage to the original Black Wall Street by hosting over 100+ minority and women owned businesses. There’s no telling what interesting finds are here.
As an inaugural member of Beltline University, a trip to the A just wouldn’t be a trip to the A without visiting one of the trails. My favorite is the new West End Trail that leads to one of my preferred hangout spots and breweries, Monday Night Garage. There, we would sip on sour beers and enjoy the scene.
As far as fun and interesting places, I personally love Revery VR Bar. Where else can you get specialty cocktails, a good DJ, and play virtual reality games all night long? (R.I.P. Mariam, we miss you!)
I really could go on and on with the things to do, but I’d probably wrap up the visit with a stroll through Piedmont park and visiting the Green Market.
It’s really never a dull moment in this city.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give a big shoutout to a few of the non-profit organizations that I have served that have developed me professionally outside of my day job: Higher Foundation, Inc, (IG: @higherfdninc) is a faith-based organization that provides free resources to higher ed students in Georgia. Caterpillar’s Promise (IG: @caterpillarspromise) is an organization dedicated to inspiring interest and passion in STEM and Arts for the youth.
I want to give a shout-out to one of my best friends from college, Kierra Johnson (the one and only IG: @herfoodlife). She inspired me to take my hobby of finding new brunch places and sharing it with others on Instagram.
Kierra has been such a supportive person in my life and she continues to personally motivate me through all of her accomplishments. She’s always putting me on to new ideas and rooting for me to be my best self. Be sure to follow her on @iamkierralashe too and check out her new book “Home: The Undoing” today!
Last but not least, shout-out to my home gym E.F.F.E.C.T Fitness (IG: @effectfitness) Dooley and the E.F.F.E.C.T team are responsible for me being my best self physically. I’ve been going to bootcamps since 2018 but each time feels like my first visit because of all the good energy! (Hey, Ms. Janelle!)