"The world watched an act of terror for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. What followed were months of protests in more than 60 countries across the world. In the midst of a pandemic, we gathered to raise our collective voices to say enough and to support each other."
"What resulted was an awakening of minds to police brutality towards and against marginalized communities. 8 minutes and 46 seconds enlightened the world to the plight of Black Americans as well as marginalized communities across the world. Our voices were heard and these voices will no longer be silenced or ignored."
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Raleigh-based podcaster Camille Kauer generally features celebrity chats on her podcast “The E-Spot,” but recently, she has focused her platform on raising awareness about social justice and in particular, the one year mark of George Floyd’s death.
“You hear all these stories that all of these celebrities have been affected by these different issues, it’s time to ask them, what can we do to change this? How do we change this narrative? How do we get more involved?” Kauer explained.
"With the advent of the Black Lives Matter Movement, we in the design industry community, sought to support our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community in an actionable fashion," shares Patti Carpenter, Principal of carpenter + company and co-founder of the Kaleidoscope Project. "We are seeking to show the true colors present within our community and to create welcoming and inclusive spaces that reflect a broader design narrative." "The Kaleidoscope Project's mission is to foster this under-acknowledged community and create a more representative view of our design trades and the world wherein we live and create," says Amy Lynn Schwartzbard.
As an international expert in trend research, analysis and forecasting, Patti Carpenter is principal of carpenter + company, an award-winning firm focused on identifying trends in home décor, personal accessories, fragrance and gifts. She began in the world of fashion, and has since developed a career identifying the impact of global color and trends on the world of interior design.
Patti has designed, sourced and created private-label collections for leading international brands including Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, Donna Karan Urban Zen, Sferra and Ralph Laruen. Much of this work was hand made by artisans around the globe. As a recognized leader in trend forecasting, Patti serves as a consultant for Pantone and is the Global Trend Ambassador for the prestigious Maison & Objet trade show in Paris and America. She sits on the Advisory Boards of SERRV International and the Black Artists and Designers Guild (BADG). She is also a member of the IFDA and ART. Carpenter has worked in fifty-seven countries around the world, and calls New York City home.
Amy Lynn has a 30 year tenure in the Design and Furnishings industry. Born with a paintbrush in hand and a unique creative sensibility, she found her home in design. Amy has applied her talent in many arenas. A 16 year home furnishings retailer, a 25 year + residential designer, a 7 year manufacturer’s rep and an 8 year boutique hospitality designer. Amy is a savvy business woman, advocate, coach, world traveler and a mother to a very special 29 year old daughter, Justine.
The kaleidoscope project is the culmination of her years of experience and passion. She cherishes her industry relationships and is committed to excellence in all that she does. Amy supports these industry organizations, NewH, ARTs, IDS, Withit, IHFRA, IFDA. Amy splits her time between NYC and The Berkshires. You can find her in museums, the theater, a concert or walking the city for inspiration.
Named a 2021 House Beautiful Next wave Designer, Rasheeda Gray is the owner and Principal Designer of Gray Space Interiors. Rasheeda’s path into design begins at the end of a fifteen year c-suite career in Marketing, with the nation's top insurance companies. As a self-proclaimed “business creative”, her approach to design can be found at the intersection of effective project management, creativity and approachability resulting in what her clients affectionately refer to as being “grayspaced”. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Business, an interior design certification from Temple University and a Master of Business Administration degree, MBA. Rasheeda has been featured on HGTV and A&E networks, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, MyDomaine, Apartment Therapy, Better Homes & Gardens, Business of Home, Good Day Philadelphia and more. Rasheeda is married to her husband Jake and together they have two children Jacob & Kennedy.
Rydhima Brar grew up in Kuwait, where her childhood was filled with breathtaking design & architecture, helping out with her father’s construction business. In 1990, the effects of the Gulf War drew Rydhima and her family to leave their home in the cover of night for another country. Returning to Kuwait after the war, I experienced the rebuilding of our home, and the rebirth of a nation. As her father then rebuilt his business, she helped him organize his building materials and sample libraries, always complaining but secretly loving every minute of it.
As a young adult, she then took to New York City to begin a career in Business and Finance, yet her love for design never left her. After several years, it was a move to L.A. that sparked the next evolution for her career, now shifting toward design, a transition that was gradual yet inevitable. Starting with her own condo, she rediscovered her love for an approachable + functional + luxe aesthetic, using bold color and unique pieces throughout. Friends were impressed with the result and Rydhima then began to help design their spaces.
A few projects later, she found herself fully immersed in the world of professional design, where she felt she belonged. She then balanced going back to school while working on projects, and the pages of the new chapter were filling with new experiences and challenges, which eventually led to the most recent chapter, the brith of her own business, R/terior Studio.
Since founding her boutique, Washington, DC design firm, Shawna has been recognized for her clean and refined design approach. Shawna Underwood Interior Design is faithful to providing clients with quality and functional design that create timeless, bespoke interiors with turnkey service.
With professional experience designing and furnishing historic and nationally recognized buildings, Shawna decided to share her love for intricately crafted interiors and materials by opening her own design firm in 2010. Working with clients, mostly from referrals, emphasizes Shawna's ability to guide her clients through every step of the design process and capturing her clients needs and challenges with every detail handpicked and tailored for their space. As a LEED-Accredited Professional, Shawna also advocates designs that incorporate the technologies and strategies of sustainable design.
Shawna is an alumnus of Home & Design Magazine's Hot Talent recognition and has been featured in numerous shelter periodicals and online publications. A Pennsylvania native, Shawna obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems degree from North Carolina Central University and her Masters of Fine Arts and Interior Design from The George Washington University.
Everick Brown is an interior designer with clients throughout the United States and abroad. Based in New York, he launched everick brown design in 2009 to dedicate 100% of his time to creating modern, elegant homes for a discerning clientele.
Prior to everick brown design, he was the founder and proprietor of ebhome, an upscale home furnishings and design studio established in 2000. Located in Mt. Kisco, NY and South Norwalk, CT, his home furnishings store and design studios are a compilation of his life experience as a fashion merchant and connoisseur of fine home furnishings. For over 15 years, Everick traveled to Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand as a senior retail executive, providing merchandising and design expertise for Duty Free Stores, Coach Leatherwear and J. Crew, to name a few.
Everick offers an intriguing mix of fashion, design and style. His interiors are self described as, “modern classic with a global perspective”. He has been acknowledged by Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and Westchester Magazine, to name a few. Everick has also been featured on television and was a design expert on several shows, including NBC Open House.
Everick is married, has two children and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
House Beautiful Advisory Board Member & African-American top 20 Interior Designer; Nile Johnson was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. He is the Creative Director & Design Principal of Nile Johnson Interior Design. His work has been featured on HGTV as well as in national and local publications. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and a Master of Science degree in Interior Architecture, from Chatham University.
Nile Johnson Interior Design is a boutique design firm specializing in comfortable, curated, and elevated residential and commercial spaces.
Headquartered in the Philadelphia & Wilmington metropolitan
area, we work with clientele globally. From residential to commercial, celebrity to CEO, and stay-at-home parents to start-up entrepreneurs, our approach to every project is rooted in approachable luxury and tailored to fit our client’s specific needs. With an appreciation for all aesthetics, we create spaces, layering them with thoughtful, personal, and inspirational elements that reflect who our clients are and the kind of lifestyle they desire to live.
Nile currently resides in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, a western suburb of Philadelphia. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Interior Design department at a local college, a father of three children, a supporter of underprivileged youth, and a member of the Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG)
Austin Gray Design Group (AGDG) is the collective vision of Denise N. Gordon and Tanya S. Lewis, who share a deep passion for supporting and collaborating with other Black women in the design industry. The company serves clients throughout the United States and abroad.
First meeting in 2015, Denise and Tanya instantly connected, like long lost sisters! While very different in presentation, their shared generosity is the core value that bonds their partnership. Together they curated a collective of Black female creatives who embrace sisterhood. This growing, “Tribe of Excellence” has decades of combined expertise in interior design, construction, architecture, culinary arts and décor. Most importantly they possess a spirit of generosity to ensure that all partners succeed.
Austin Gray Design Group is more than an Interior Design company, it is an experience!
Denise N. Gordon, Founder & Creative Director
Denise possesses the unique ability to merge exceptional design sensibilities with commanding organizational skills to create spaces that transform clients’ lives from chaos to beautiful order. Her expertise flourished during her tenure as Lifestyle Editor for CocoaFab.com and as host to home makeover series’ (“The Organized Home”, sponsored by The Home Depot and “Fab in a Flash”, sponsored by IKEA Atlanta), and now as the owner and Creative Director of AGDG.
Key to Denise’s success is her 20+ year career as a Human Resources professional where she passionately encouraged the sharing of expertise to create integrated and effective solutions. Collaboration propels Denise to create strong client experiences and is the foundation of the AGDG business model.
David Santiago is an award winning designer and owner of Casa Santi Interior Design (www.CasaSanti.com) established in 2011. He caters to clients who seek the unique, creative details that elevate a project blending his traditional sensibility with the unexpected, known as his signature and trademark "Santified".
His Strictly Santi brand was created as an umbrella brand in 2018 and since then, David launched several products; a lighting collection with American Brass & Crystal Lighting and a wallpaper collection entitled The Passport Collection, catering to hospitality and residential markets with Bijou wallcoverings. David is known as the “Prince of Wallpaper” highlighting his ability to master the art of wallpaper application on every project. David is acknowledged by the High Point Market Authority as an influencer.
He is the 2021 President of the NY Chapter of the International Furniture and Design Association (IFDANY), an active contributing member of the Interior Design Society (IDS), International Society of Furniture Design, and Accessory Resource Team. He also serves on charity committees for The Bailey House, Kids Need More, Hope Lodge and My Face. Currently, David continues to grow as a brand ambassador and give back through the media platforms as a design and lifestyle correspondent for "The Donna Drake Show" on CBS NY and guest designer on the NBC hit television series “George To The Rescue".
Iantha Carley has been energizing homes with her signature passion for color and pattern since she started her business in 2005. She delights in helping clients realize they can live in beautiful environments that can still stand up to children, pets and entertaining. Her mission is to transform and elevate her clients’ best and most cherished possessions within an environment that’s invigorating yet enduringly personal and familiar.
In addition to her widely published design work, Iantha reaches out to the public with her own Instagram Live show called DC Design Matters, where she interviews local designers, artists and industry professionals to reveal the diverse talents working across the DC design scene.
Recognized as one of the Top 20 African American Interior Designers in the U.S.,
Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas is the owner and Principal Designer at Interiors by Design based in Silver Spring, Maryland, just 6 miles from the center of Washington, D.C.
A highly creative and seasoned designer, Dennese has a diverse client base, with projects ranging from primary homes to vacation and second homes across the U.S. and in the Caribbean. And the firm’s list of clients continues to grow from the expansive tri-state area known as the DMV, which encompasses Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Dennese attributes much of her success to establishing solid relationships with her clients -- an essential ingredient in the growth and reputation of the firm. Her strong client relationships have enabled her to introduce innovative designs reflective of each client’s lifestyle and personal style into each of her projects. Dennese has earned a reputation for creating luxurious surroundings that are enhanced by her impeccable eye for detail and her commitment to excellence.
With over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial design projects, Dennese has managed and overseen the complete design and construction of a full range of home and commercial renovation projects. Interiors by Design has a talented and committed staff that contributes to every client’s project from start to finish. Their resourcefulness and immediate response to each client concern assure clients that their project is a high priority to the firm.
Dennese earned her A.A. Degree in Interior Design from Bauder College in Miami, Florida. She has showcased her talents in a number of show houses over the years and been featured in the Washington Post and enumerable print and on-line design publications. She is a founder of the Design Collective DC, an active member of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA), the Women Presidents’ Association (WPO) and the Black Artists & Designers Guild (BADG).
Online and print publications in which Dennese has appeared include AD Pro, Business of Home, Home & Design, House Beautiful.com, Elle Décor.com and the Wall Street Journal.
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We acknowledge that the Black and Jewish communities have a shared history of subjugation and persecution.
We recognize that the Black community in America has faced a history of racism that continues to this day, while the Jewish community is currently encountering record levels of antisemitism, which affects both group’s sense of fear, vulnerability, and self-worth.
As members of the entertainment community, we pledge to work to bring our two communities together in solidarity, to support one another in our struggles, and to better understand each other’s plight and narratives.
The Jewish community must continue to speak out against racial injustice and work to effect change, while the Black community must continue to speak out against all forms of antisemitism.
In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., Rabbi Abraham Heschel, and the many Blacks and Jews who stood together in the fight for civil rights, we come together to support each other in the struggle against hatred and bigotry.
In the words of the late John Lewis, “We are one people, one family, the human family, and what affects one of us affects us all.”
The Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance is being launched to bring the two communities together in solidarity, to support each other in their struggles, and to better understand each other’s plight and narratives.
The Black and Jewish communities in America have long stood together, from co-founding the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), to partaking in great numbers in the Freedom Rides and Freedom Summer, to marching and standing with Dr. King.
In the face of a climate dealing with historic racism, rising antisemitism, and societal turmoil, it is critical that we continue to stand and support one another, and that starts with a showing of unity through the release of the statement below.
We hope that you will add your name as signatory in support along with many of your colleagues from the entertainment community.
Each Wednesday a new topic to move the needle forward and bridge our two communities.
The new organization, Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance (BJEA), launched Monday – the first day of Black History Month – as institutional racism and anti-Semitism remain rampant.
BJEA is releasing a unity statement as part of its launch, which will run in full-page ads in industry publications Variety and Billboard this week."