EP 301 | AphroChic with Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason

November 29, 2022

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For too long, the Black family home has been left out of the story of America—a missing character. Authors Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason felt it was time to write that story. The result is a book that celebrates the beauty, culture and creativity that’s always been present, but too often ignored.

In this episode we learn:

  • home is more than a place to live for Black families who have been denied for hundreds of years
  • the connections we all make to home are deeply powerful
  • despite imaginary divisions, we all need the same things
  • for too many Black homeowners, there are still a variety of overt and hidden roadblocks to owning a home
  • race covenants were a direct path to excluding Black families from home ownership
  • the Fair Housing Act was enacted in 1968
  • today, fewer Blacks own homes than their parents’ generation did



Design is by nature diverse. Design does include all of us. When the design industry is exclusive, and only focused on a Eurocentric-perspective, that is bad design business.



AphroChic: Celebrating the Legacy of the Black Family Home


About Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason

Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason are the authors of REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects, and Soul. Their media and design brand AphroChic celebrates African Diaspora cultures through their lifestyle magazine, podcast, and product lines available through Perigold and 1st Dibs. The couple resides in upstate New York in their lovingly named “AphroFarmhouse.”


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