Ariell Johnson

A Black man places a bronze mask in the shape of a cat onto the face of a younger Black man

5 Culture Leaders On What Makes 'Black Panther' So Special

We asked Black activists, educators, writers and entrepreneurs why they’re so excited about this superhero movie.

Split image of (on left) a comic cover with two smiling Black women against crowd in brown-floored and -walled room; (right) Black woman with blonde dreadlocks in blue denim and white cropped t-shirt, holding brown and white coffee cup

This Pioneering Comic Shop Owner Gets Her Own Marvel Cover

Ariell Johnson, the founder of Philadelphia’s Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, is the only Black woman to own a comics shop on the East Coast.

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse Is First East-Coast Comic Book Shop Owned By Black Woman

The Philadelphia store, whose owner we profiled in 2015, opened its doors in time for the new year. 

15 Remarkable Women of Color Who Rocked 2015

It’s been a big year for these 15 changemakers from the worlds of political activism, art, literature, fitness and entrepreneurship.

‘Breaking’ Presents Ariell Johnson, Comic Shop Builder

Johnson’s upcoming comic store and coffeehouse will create community and highlight artists of color.