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Today, the launching of The Soulhaus is a celebratory release after a multi-year journey of resilience. With an inspired imagination of what could exist and faith in the power of possibilities, I can gratefully say the unseen moments that felt insurmountable during the foundational build have finally passed. While I take this moment to pause and reflect on the experiences and learnings that helped see this milestone through, I am encouraged by the newly created visibility and access.
I’d be remiss to celebrate today’s launch of The Soulhaus without also acknowledging that it happens to fall one day after Harlem Fashion Row’s 15th Anniversary Fashion Show & Style Awards — this year, with world leader in luxury, LVMH, as its history-making sponsor. In anticipation yesterday, we were all refreshing our emails for the disclosure of the venue set to gather the diaspora in celebration of luxury fashion’s palpable shift in trajectory. What we do know is that designers Clarence Ruth, Johnathan Hayden, and Tolu Coker have reimagined someplace in culture-rich Harlem, NY, to showcase their collections. The power in the possibilities are endless. As a media outlet committed to documenting the current-day Black creative renaissance, we began with covering last night’s event, curated by Brandice Daniel and her growing team.
Over one hundred years ago, Harlem, New York, birthed the Harlem Renaissance — one of the most documented and celebrated periods of multidisciplinary creativity within the Black community. The Black-owned publications during this period of time made space within print for writers and artists to explore relevant themes and have mass visibility. Many of the names synonymous with artistic excellence, such as Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Nella Larsen, and more, launched their careers through having visibility. Simply being seen. Imagine the resilience needed when you have been born to be creative and the world deems you invisible. This inequitable reality still exists today.
Unknowing of the journey I would eventually be inspired to embark upon in creating The Soulhaus, I always held an appreciation for access to art and culture. During a chapter in my 20s, I lived on Edgecombe Avenue, an iconic street revered as part of the historical Sugar Hill neighborhood. There was a magic that I felt as I emerged from the subway steps of the 1-4-5th stop (IYKYK) and quickly turned up Edgecombe. As I observed the architectural layers of history in the neoclassical elements on the buildings perfectly perched uphill, I often slowed as my favorite uninterrupted view revealed a decrescendo of mature trees nestled around Jackie Robinson Park. At the time, I was living with multiple roommates, each of us on our own paths to make it in our respective industries. The squeeze from the lack of square footage was worth it. Harlem granted access to the resounding historical energy of the spaces, places and faces that shaped culture.
The Soulhaus was conceptualized with the goal of helping further the access we’ve known to be integral, but also gate kept over time. My hope in building The Soulhaus is that it serves as one of many conduits of the current-day Black creative renaissance. With the world as an audience, our global collective of resident contributors will explore thought-provoking themes in the form of immersive creative works. By fostering a global literary culture, our outlet’s multidisciplinary editorial verticals of Architecture, Spaces, Art & Design, Real-estate, Home & Living, and Travel will serve as guideposts for the intersectionality within the topics we explore.
Dear Black creative, you are the reason Donald – my co-founder and husband – and I persevered to reach this day. As I reflect and wrap this note to you, a hummingbird is perched nearby my laptop long enough for me to acknowledge and identify it. Given that this is its third visit within a week, and I genuinely had never seen a hummingbird with my own eyesI turned to Google to learn of the significance. From what I gathered, hummingbird sightings symbolize the end of challenging times and the beginning of healing. You know what? I will take that for us. I will take that as a powerful whisper saying that the resilience in each of our respective journeys will be met with a breakthrough. I hope that the launch of The Soulhaus can be part of that breakthrough.
Please join me in seeing and celebrating the Black creatives of The Soulhaus’ first-ever published* works.