We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Bailey and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nick, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Prior to starting my own publication, I was the Online Editor for a different lifestyle magazine. Things were going well, but over time it just became too apparent to me that I was creating for an audience that I couldn’t relate to. While I was worrying about making ends meet, they needed me to write about $300 charcuterie boards. I was growing increasingly frustrated, because I couldn’t relate to this lifestyle and none of the people in my personal communities could relate either. Meanwhile, we were actively avoiding writing about issues that would resonate with people like me — police brutality, racism, inequality, etc. Add all of this to the fact that I wasn’t being paid for roughly two years, and I knew that I couldn’t sustain. I believed that, for the work and effort I was putting in for their brand without getting paid, I could create a comparable brand of my own that spoke to people like me. I took about a year to really plan what I wanted to create and how I wanted to shape the brand. After plenty of stress and fear, I told myself it was time to take the leap of faith. Four years later, we’re still here, and have earned a global audience.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think something that really sets our brand apart is the fact that we make a concerted effort to expose our audience to things they often wouldn’t give much thought to, either because there’s not someone from the culture talking about it or because it’s in the realm of whiteness that we so often avoid. We try to actively promote Black businesses and highlight Black people doing good things but also let our readers know where the best opportunities and experiences can be found. Those two elements may not be found in the same brand, and we’re fine with that because we’re willing to highlight Black businesses that are trying to become the best in their industry.

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?
Ah, I couldn’t plan out the entire staycation, but I know for sure that it’d involve Snooze AM Eatery, The Island Spot, Lo-Lo-s Chicken & Waffles, and Seasons 52 when it comes to food. As for entertainment, I’d have to head to Deep Ellum for a live show in the evening. Daytime would likely involve a few museums and hiking.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Off top, I have to give credit and recognition to my family. None of this would be possible without knowing that my parents love me and that they’re proud of me. I’m really lucky to have such a strong family, and having them motivates me to do and be the very best. My success and the success of my publication is due, in large part, to my youngest daughter’s mother, Brittany. She’s been central in keeping the wheels turning and helping me make sense of everything. She’s done a lot to help me make this idea a success and that fact isn’t lost on me. She’s been there for the sleepless nights of editing and gathering assets to meet deadlines, and she’s encouraged me to keep pushing when I was ready to give up. It wasn’t always smooth, working with each other, but we made it work.
Another woman that I have to give credit to is Jen Iro of The JENIRO Agency. She came in when I was personally at a low point and she believed in the brand and what it could be and she really took an active role in keeping me accountable to deadlines and helped a lot behind the scenes to help me solidify the brand. I wouldn’t be anywhere without the love and support from my family, but these women have really been integral in giving me the drive to keep pushing

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