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Ariell R. Johnson

5 Things About Ariell:

  1. In Dec 2015, she opened Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, a comic book store and coffee shop hybrid. The store is located on 2578 Frankford Ave. in Philadelphia.

  2. Amalgam is the only black-woman owned shop of its kind, and the only black-woman owned comic book store on the East Coast.

  3. Ariell is committed to diversity, representation, and inclusivity. She uses her shop to showcase and promote works that are created by and feature people of color, different faiths, women, and the LGBTQ community.

  4. In partnership with her comic book store colleague Jasmin Carroll, she hosts a podcast called Security Blanket, about Issa Rae's HBO show Insecure.

  5. She balances the stresses of her busy schedule as a boss by keeping her body moving with dance, something she loves. Ariel has been dancing since the 4th grade.

Check out interviews with Ariell in The New York Times and Essence. But first, peep this video and experience her dopeness in living color:

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