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AphroChic We celebrate the African Diaspora at home | AphroChic Magazine | One Story Up podcast | est. 2007 The home of AphroChic Magazine, design, and the One Story Up podcast.

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We’re working on layouts for the book this week. People always ask what writing a book is like. It’s a process. It’s muc...
04/13/2022

We’re working on layouts for the book this week. People always ask what writing a book is like. It’s a process. It’s much like designing a product - every single detail matters. From curating the people to be featured and identifying the write team to help you bring the narrative to life, to figuring out what the font, color palette and finally what the cover should look like. With each detail comes more excitement. Especially with a design book, you imagine how it will live in people’s spaces.
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Everything in this book has been carefully and deeply thought through and we can say that it’s something we’re truly proud of. We can’t wait to share it with all of you this fall.

August 13, 2020. That’s the last time we did an interview for our podcast - One Story Up. We remember the date, because ...
04/05/2022

August 13, 2020. That’s the last time we did an interview for our podcast - One Story Up. We remember the date, because right after the interview we sat down to eat lunch and Jeanine had her first an anaphylactic attack caused by long COVID.
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Today, 18 months later, we’re back to taping again and it feels so good! The road to recovery has been long, but it’s beautiful when you’re able to return to the things that you love.
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New episodes will be live this spring!

It’s AphroChic’s birthday! 15 years ago today we founded AphroChic. Traditionally, the 15 year anniversary gift is cryst...
03/27/2022

It’s AphroChic’s birthday! 15 years ago today we founded AphroChic. Traditionally, the 15 year anniversary gift is crystal. It symbolizes clarity and durability. And we could not be more crystal clear about what this brand has accomplished and where we are going next.
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We’ve had many cool moments over the years - writing 2 books about African American design (#2 comes out this fall), getting Fortune 500 companies to invest in makeovers of Black homes and businesses, showing our work around the globe. And we’ve had some firsts - producing and hosting HGTV’s first social media series (Sneak Peek with AphroChic), creating the first Black concept house on the west coast (Helms Bakery) and the first Black paint collection. And we continue to break new ground with our magazine, becoming one of the few Black-owned media brands (less than 5% of media in the US is Black-owned). But we didn’t realize the most important work we were doing.
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Thank you to everyone who’s shared with us that AphroChic has had an impact on your lives. Those who decided to become interior designers after attending our events. Those who read REMIX and felt inspired to showcase your cultural heritage at home. Those who felt seen for the first time when we featured you on the blog, on HGTV, or in our magazine. All of our incredible interns who have gone on to do amazing things in Black arts and design, and everyone who enjoys the things we do and the small light that we shine on Black culture. AphroChic is for you.
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Hearing from you lets us know that all the hard work - the fights for more diversity and inclusion in our industry, the hard talks with brands about discrimination, the times we tried and failed, but still got back up and went on - it’s all been worth it.
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We can’t wait to share with you what’s next. Here’s to 15 more years of this incredible community that is AphroChic! Let the work continue. ✊🏾🖤✊🏾

15 years ago I attended a conference in NOLA for women of color in the workplace. It brought together Black, Latina, Asi...
03/24/2022

15 years ago I attended a conference in NOLA for women of color in the workplace. It brought together Black, Latina, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Indigenous sisters from around the country, mostly in the women’s rights movement. On the final day of the conference we were all invited to an open forum to share our experiences in the workplace. The experiences shared still haunt me today.
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I was just in my twenties at the time and I was struck by women twice my age who were sobbing at the abuse they suffered from white women and men in the workplace. They described constant attacks, belittlement, their qualifications undervalued, their accomplishments unrecognized. The passive racism hurled at them daily had some of these women on the edge of a mental breakdown. One woman in particular, a Black woman, started pleading for help. She didn’t want to return to work. She couldn’t take another day of the discrimination she faced. She crumpled and other sisters helped hold her up.
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I left that conference traumatized. The women’s movement was purportedly a sisterhood, but still racism existed. And these brave women needed this conference as a safe space to share the stories of abuse by their colleagues.
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Over the years their stories became my own. Though highly educated with years of policy experience at the city, state and federal level, I had my work and ideas devalued. Co-workers who I thought were friends sent racist texts. I was asked to perform manual tasks at meetings. My last days at my dream job I was completely isolated and exhausted.
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As we watch Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s hearing, for many Black people this is triggering. The trauma we’ve experienced in the workplace is rushing back at us. And it is for this reason that we need her on the court so desperately. Black trauma at work should not be normal. The assault she is facing should not be normal. It’s past time for a more equitable SCOTUS. 🖤J

I never let what’s happening in the world get me down. I let what’s happening in the world push me to get to work. Chang...
03/21/2022

I never let what’s happening in the world get me down. I let what’s happening in the world push me to get to work. Change doesn’t come from institutions or politicians. Believe me, I worked as a policy attorney for years and found that real change comes from individuals. It’s the work that each of us does in our communities, our families, our social circles and our world that makes the most difference.
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There’s a lot of challenging things going on in the world right now - the pandemic, wars, famine, climate migration, climate change, and the eternal fight for equity and justice. And though it’s a lot, it also means there are a lot of opportunities to make a difference.
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Now is the time for all of us to do what we can to reshape our world. Just sharing your gifts, helping your neighbors, volunteering your time can make the world a little better. And if we all do our part, collectively we can be the change we want to see in this world.
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🖤 Jeanine

We love that our home is filled with family heirlooms. This secretary belonged to Bryan’s great-grandmother. His mother ...
03/18/2022

We love that our home is filled with family heirlooms. This secretary belonged to Bryan’s great-grandmother. His mother used to use it as a desk for her school work. In our Brooklyn apartment, it was our china cabinet. Now, in the AphroFarmhouse it’s a curio cabinet.
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This piece has been loved and utilized by many generations. As descendants of enslaved people, we don’t have many heirlooms. So to have inherited pieces like this in our home means so much.

The first pass of our book has arrived. This is when you get to see the pages laid out for the first time and the work r...
03/14/2022

The first pass of our book has arrived. This is when you get to see the pages laid out for the first time and the work really feels like a book. The words and pictures are all there — introduction, acknowledgments — ultimately the whole story you‘ve been working so hard to tell.
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Writing this book has been a joyful process. It’s more than a book to us. Like everything we do we want it to be a gift, something that helps. A piece that centers our experience as Black people in a way that hasn’t been done before in a part of our lives we don’t often see discussed.
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We can’t wait for you to read it when it comes out this fall. And we know you’ve been asking about pre-orders. We don’t have a date yet, but we’ll be sure to let this community know as soon as we do. In the meantime, it’s back to work for us.
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To more writing, more editing and more telling the whole story! 🥂

03/10/2022

About a month ago we received an email from @katiecouricmedia. A producer from her show had been following our story here on IG, and Katie was planning to do an in-depth story on long haul COVID. A few weeks later we were interviewed for Katie’s Next Question podcast. We spoke for 2 hours. It was an incredible opportunity to share fully what we’ve been through these past two years.

The result is an amazing 2 part-series by @katiecouric. This is definitely the most insightful piece that we’ve seen on long haul COVID. In part one, Katie focuses on the stories of those who have struggled with long haul COVID. Our journey is featured along with so many others who are working to overcome the long-term affects of this virus.

The second part will be live tomorrow and focuses on answers and solutions to this crisis. As Katie reports, over 80 million Americans have been infected with COVID, and experts believe as many as half of those infected could be left with long term effects from the virus. She reports that long haul COVID is now being seen by some medical professionals as a “parallel pandemic”.

As many states are moving away from COVID protections for citizens, this piece could not be more important. Millions are in danger of not only the virus but the long term disability that can happen after being infected.

The first part of the interview with Next Question with Katie Couric is now available on all podcast platforms. Find the link in our profile and stories. Please listen and share and help bring attention and aid to this growing crisis.

Over the past year we’ve been building a collection of art that is representative of Black women. It’s been a great joy,...
03/08/2022

Over the past year we’ve been building a collection of art that is representative of Black women. It’s been a great joy, identifying works that represent the strength, beauty and resilience of Black women. The collection is a mix of sculpture, paintings and photography. Many of the works are by Black female artisans, fine artists and photographers. To watch this collection build is so fulfilling. It is a joy to be a Black woman. And our great joy to be surrounded by the strength and beauty of Black women in our home’s design.

Happy International Women’s Day.

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When it comes to paint colors, more interior designers are opting to coat their walls in classic shades of black and white. We asked a few experts to share which shades of each color they’re loving right now. Check out what they had to say! Andre Jordan Hilton AphroChic Pulp Design Studios Rachel Moriarty Interiors
I S S A M O O D It was only a few years ago, I discovered Aphrochic’s inspiring home tours series on Facebook. Then the dynamic duo, Bryan Mason and Jeanine Hayes, launched AphroChic Magazine. . Fast forward today and my wallpaper, Caribe Plis Kann is featured in the MOOD section of their latest issue. . It highlights Soulful Summertime fashion and home goods in greenish blues and lush corals. . Follow their account and absorb the inspiration, because they are certainly a vibe. . #zehaus #iamze #tropicartnuvo #aphrochic #blackdesigner #bipocartists #bipocdesigners #summertimevibes #homegoods #itsamood #issamood #wallpaper #wallpaperwednesday #spoonflower #spoonflowermaker #caribe #peelandstickwallpaper #tropicaldecor #tropicalvibes #caribbeanliving #sugarcane #tropicalwallpaper #botanicalprint #botanicaldesign #lifestylemagazine #curatedlifestyle #lifestyleliving #corals #soulful #summerdecor
We are overjoyed to have our very own Charles featured on the latest cover of AphroChic Magazine! Be sure to check out all the details on the rebrand of Harbison Studio and all the amazing things to come! Congratulations Charles, and thank you AphroChic❣️
Join us on Clubhouse today as we discuss creating a diverse reading list with Cheminne Taylor-Smith and Bryan Mason, founder of AphroChic. If you have an iPhone and need an invitation to join Clubhouse, contact Laura at [email protected]. #literacymatters #bringingstoriestolife
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With how-to tips from cleaning to plant life, meet the creators that can help make your house a haven: Nubi Interiors by Carmeon Hamilton, The Kitchenista Diaries, Big City Gardener, and AphroChic.
#AD Hey peeps!!! My video in partnership with The Home Depot is now live and I'm dishing on one of all time favorite topics...PLANTS ! 🌱 Since we're all trying to make our homes better safe havens, I thought it'd be great to share my favorite plants and plant care tips to help make your safe haven a bit more lush and cozy feeling with some added health benefits! It's all part of doing our part to stay home, stay safe and stay well as we get through this time together ...because that's ‘How We Do!’ #safehavenprojects #homedepotpartner Also, be sure to check out what tips and tutorials my friends AphroChic , @The Kitchenista Diaries and Big City Gardener are sharing on their pages too!!!
#AD Finally, the cat's out of the bag! You guys have seen mepartner with @homedepot on some amazing projects, like mydad's kitchen, but I now get to tell you how I'm working with themin an even bigger way! The Home Depot has always been a huge supporter of all communities and its “Doers,” but it’s now focusing on a community hit hard in recent times, especially by COVID-19... my community ... the Black community. So, together,#HomeDepot and I (plus AphroChic The Kitchenista Diaries and Big City Gardener ) are bringing you tips and tutorials on how tostay safe and stay well as we get through this time together ...because that's ‘How We Do.’ Stay tuned! There's so much moreto come. #SafeHavenProjects #homedepotpartner
TODAY! Thursday, July 9th @ 4pm EST, join us for a Live virtual discusion with industry experts about how to use Pinterest to dramatically increase your website traffic and grow your business. AphroChic's Jeanine Hays, House of Hipsters' Kyla Herbes and Scot Meacham Wood Home's Scot M. Wood will tell all with marketing strategist Cheminne Taylor Smith leading the conversation. Register in advance to be part of this live virtual panel: https://bit.ly/ThePowerofPinterest #commcollective #marketingtips #digitalmarketing #pinterest #businesstips #designindustry #aphrochic #houseofhipster #scotmeachamwoodhome #cheminnetaylorsmith
Honored to be on the latest cover of AphroChic magazine issue 4!! Thank you for the opportunity to amplify my voice & story on your platform. Print & digital editions are available for sale today. Link below & in my stories #aphrochicmag #supportblackowned www.aphrochic.com digital edition: https://www.aphrochic.com/product/aphrochic-magazine-issue-no-4/ print edition: https://www.aphrochic.com/product/aphrochic-magazine-issue-no-4/ Issue 4 \ Volume 1 \ Summer 2020 #supportblackbusiness #supportblackcreatives #aphrochic #lazaruslynch #magazine #blacktech #ShopBlack #pitchblack #blackcovermagazine #gq #lgbtq #blackowned #Blackpreneur #lgbtqia #food #forbes #chefs #blackartist #blackcreative #nyc #style #entrepreneur
In honor of #blackouttuesday pls support & purchase your copy of the Aphrochic Magazine AphroChic. Thank you for featuring us. Repost: from @aphrochic: Issue 4 has arrived! We are thrilled to share our cover story with chef and musician, @sonofasouthernchef. Inside, we talk with Lazarus about his cookbook, Son of a Southern Chef and his new album, I’m Gay. In this issue, we also sit down with artist, @malik.roberts.art, who relates the experience of creating one of the few African American artworks to sit permanently in the Vatican collection. Fashion designer, @prajjeoscar introduces his latest collection — an ode to Haiti, and its goddesses. We head to South Carolina to experience the Gullah-inspired music of @rankytankymusic. And in New York, we watch a new world being born with photographer and journalist, @thebrookladelphian, who takes us inside the city’s Black Lives Matter protests. And there is so much more! This issue is a showcase of our culture, our creativity, our resilience, and our diversity, our demands for the present and our hopes for the future. Welcome to our summer issue. Link to print and digital versions are in our bio. #aphrochic #aphrochicmag #magazine #creative #shareblackstories #blackhistory #ny #african #diaspora #shareblackstories #designlife #blackpublishingpower #africandiaspora #publisher #editorial #editorials #blackculture #magazines #culture #article #mags #read #editorial #blackexcellence #blackhistory #blackfutures #blacklivesmatter #blackhistory365 #blackmediamatters #blackoutday2020 #rankytanky #gullahgeechee
Happy #LooHooTopTuesday Create spaces that are warm, funky, fresh, clean, cute, and support Black-owned business and creativity! The Jungalow by Justina Blakeney, SG Style, Nubi Interiors by Carmeon Hamilton, Dayna Isom Johnson, ELLE Decor, Revamp Interior Design, Keita Turner Design, Candace Mary Interiors, BreeganJane, Dressing Rooms Interiors Studio, Bailey Li Interiors, Aquilo Interiors, Right Meets Left Interior Design, Nicole White Designs Interiors, Clare Paint, Shakoor Interiors, Sheila Bridges Design, Inc, Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates, LLC, Hilton Carter, Inner Beauty Co, The Jungalow by Justina Blakeney, Ellen W. Interior Concepts LLC, AphroChic, Ishka Designs, FORBES + MASTERS, Joy Moyler Interiors, Beth Diana Smith Interior Design, Laura Hodges Studio https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/decorating/black-interior-designers