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Ariell Johnson Is Making the Comics World More Inclusive

We talk with the owner of Philly's Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse on 'The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast.'

by VICE Staff
Feb 16 2018, 8:43pm

Photo courtesy of Ariell Johnson.

On The VICE Guide to Right Now, VICE's daily podcast, we delve into the biggest news of the day and give you a rundown of the stories we're reading, working on, and fascinated with. Today we're talking with Ariell Johnson as part of our special Black History Month series, highlighting black entrepreneurs.

First we discuss Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old gunman suspected of shooting 17 of his fellow high school classmates in Florida, the release of Marvel's Black Panther, and the 14-year-old who raised enough money to send 1,000 girls to see A Wrinkle in Time. Then we chat with Ariell Johnson, the first and only black female comic bookstore owner on the East Coast. Johnson's Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia has become a welcoming community space for women, the LGBTQ community, and people of color.

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