Welcome to Redecor’s Black History Month celebration, where we proudly present Tia Mowry as our leading lady for the entire month of February.
Tia, the multifaceted talent whose charm, acting prowess, and entrepreneurial spirit have left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry has gained widespread recognition in the iconic ’90s sitcom “Sister, Sister.” Beyond her acting career, she has delved into culinary arts and entrepreneurship, showcasing her passion for healthy living and real food through her cookbooks and YouTube channel. Tia’s dynamic presence, advocacy for inclusivity, and diverse achievements make her an ideal choice to celebrate the rich tapestry of Black history.
Throughout the month, we’ll explore the influence of Tia’s creativity, style, and commitment to wellness, bringing a unique and inspiring perspective to our interior design game.
Tia generously shares her perspectives, inspirations, and reflections on the significance of this celebratory month. From her dynamic career in the entertainment industry to her ventures in culinary arts and entrepreneurship, Tia’s journey is a testament to resilience, creativity, and the profound influence of Black culture. Join us on this enriching journey as we explore the intersections of history, inspiration, and design through the lens of Tia Mowry’s remarkable experiences.
Q: Can you share a specific moment or figure from black history that has had profound impact on your life?
A: I’m going to say Diana Ross, Lena Horne and Michael Jackson, in The Wiz. And I have many others. The reason I chose these three is because that was the first time I actually saw a beautiful black representation as a child, when it came to my profession. To see Diana Ross as the lead character in The Wiz, Dorothy, a black woman being portrayed in such a classic story. Representation to me means you’re being seen and heard, and to see all of these amazing costumes and dancers and beautiful people, from Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow and Lena Horne as the fairy godmother – their wonderful talents being expressed in such a beautiful way was so inspiring to me. As a child this was my “if you see it, you can be it” moment, and I really think that was something that made me believe.
Q: Are there historical figures or events that you believe should receive more recognition and attention during Black History Month?
A: I think what’s really important is to highlight the success of black entrepreneurs, black businesses. I am still often surprised, when I walk into a meeting and I find out that the head of a network is a black woman. I think it’s amazing. And in my mind I’m thinking why don’t we know about this? I think showcasing more success stories, telling their stories in the business world of entrepreneurship, architecture, design, engineering – there are so many amazing young, black, educated geniuses, we can add more love to that. Meaning we see a lot of success being told when it comes to athletes and musicians, but that’s not the only world where our children can succeed. So again, “when you see it, you can be it.” I’d love to see more focus on these types of successes, more of a variety of what we as a community are doing in this world.
Q: Can you share a memorable experience from your career that was shaped by the celebration or acknowledgement of black history and culture?
I would say “Sister, Sister.”I often heard people say there wasn’t any representation when it came to our hair, our storytelling or just seeing a black family on TV. Today I have people come up to me and tell me, they see themselves as Tia. I’m walking through an airport or meeting just strangers walking down the street, telling me “You are iconic”, or “Thank you, thank you for just making me feel seen and heard in some kind of way.” Or they’d say, “you are the reason why I did this or you are the reason why I embrace my curls”, you know, so I would say Sister, Sister.
To be the person who inspires others the way I was inspired by representation growing up, is a great privilege, and thank you for allowing me to continue to do so, I hope I’ve inspired the Redecor players as well, to feel seen and heard, and to believe in themselves.