Our Pledge for a More Inclusive House Beautiful

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

From House Beautiful

The home is personal. And the best ones—our favorite ones—are those that show the unique personalities of their inhabitants, whether they’ve been conceived by a top designer or DIYed with glue guns and grit. In light of this, we at House Beautiful recognize that our magazine is best when its pages show a broad range of homes, lived in and loved by a broad range of people. House Beautiful has been around for 124 years; it’s showcased some of the best talents in design and evolved to reflect changing styles, eras, and audiences. Now, we have the responsibility to make it even better.

We are, and will remain, committed to featuring an even more diverse lineup of design talents in the magazine as well as across our website, video, and social media—in order to best represent the tapestry of what design is now. But we also realize that so much of the inequality and discrimination in this industry happens long before these projects cross our desks (or email inboxes). As a leader in the industry, House Beautiful is in a position to make true and everlasting change. To that end, we are committing to:

Using photo resources to increase inclusivity.

We will focus our photography resources on shooting projects from underrepresented design communities, including more from creatives without formal press representation.

Diversifying our own voices.

We commit to a higher percentage of our print and digital content coming from Black writers, and to our stories featuring Black voices as experts and advisers. We also pledge to actively seek out BIPOC talent for full-time, freelance, and contributing roles as editors, photographers, videographers, and more (are you or do you know a great BIPOC creative looking for work? Email us: [email protected]).

In addition, we will be establishing an editorial advisory council comprised of Black design figures and allies, to hold House Beautiful accountable in our coverage and representation.

Supporting Black-owned businesses.

Inspired by the 15 Percent Pledge, we commit to ensuring 15% of our ecommerce content (shopping roundups, gift guides, product reviews) spotlights products by Black-owned shops, companies, or design studios.

Developing mentorship programs.

To address the gap of black designers, photographers, journalists, and stylists in the design industry, we will use our resources to establish mentorship programs in these fields, beginning with our Open Call Fridays, in which Style Editor Robert Rufino will provide portfolio reviews to designers over Zoom every Friday. Email [email protected] if you’re interested in booking a slot.

Funding design scholarships.

We commit to raising money annually for design scholarship programs that enable more people of color to get formal design educations.

Promoting connections.

We will take a more active role in encouraging our friends and colleagues in design public relations to better reach and represent designers of color in order to amplify their talents. We will call on our advertising partners to broaden licensing offerings to include more designers of color. We will work with our partners at

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NC Republicans tie Democrats’ pledge to defund the police

The issue: House Speaker Tim Moore accused House Democrats of taking more than $100,000 from the group Future Now Fund in exchange for promising to support legislation that would defund the police.

Why we’re checking this

A series of news releases, tweets and a news conference Monday afternoon led to tension and accusations between Democrats and Republicans.

House Minority Leader Darren Jackson called Moore’s campaign news release “a lie” and “libelous” ahead of Moore’s news conference Monday.

“This entire press release is a lie,” Jackson tweeted Monday. “The pledge folks signed 2 years ago (before this slogan defund even existed) is on the website. It says nothing about police funding. I don’t blame you for not wanting to talk about Repub record on education and healthcare. But lying is wrong.”

Moore called signing the pledge “a betrayal of the basic public trust to keep families safe, particularly in times of crisis.”

“It is stunning that House Democrats in North Carolina would sign a pledge to defund law enforcement, and that so many in their caucus would join with radical national liberals promising to cut funding for police officers who protect innocent people,” Moore said.

What you need to know

Future Now Fund gave $59,400 to 11 Democratic candidates for state House this year, giving each the maximum contribution of $5,400.

Those candidates include:

  • Nicole Quick, House District 59 candidate
  • Joe Sam Queen, District 119 incumbent
  • Christy Clark, District 98 incumbent
  • Ray Russell, District 93 incumbent
  • Sydney Batch, District 37 incumbent
  • Brian Farkas, District 9 candidate
  • Kimberly Hardy, District 43 candidate
  • Ricky Hurtado, District 63 candidate
  • Frances Jackson, District 45 candidate
  • Dan Besse, District 74 candidate
  • Aimy Steele, District 82 candidate.

The N.C. Democratic Party also received $50,000 from the Future Now Fund on June 30, according to the Board of Elections. On June 25, Future Now Fund tweeted that it was matching an hour’s worth of donations given during an NC Day of Giving fundraiser held by the party that day. Future Now Fund Executive Director Daniel Squadron said in a video the matching funds would support House Democrats.

At least 30 Democratic House members, along with dozens of candidates who either are running now or ran in 2018, have signed a pledge from Future Now Fund.

But Squadron said they did not sign on or pledge to defund the police or to carry out model legislation that riled up Republicans Monday.

“America’s Goals Pledge is not a one-size fits all pledge or an endorsement of a single policy,” Squadron told The News & Observer. “It’s shameful and disgusting that the North Carolina House Speaker is lying to the people in his state. In fact, it’s a lie built on a lie.”

This is what happened

In 2018 and 2020, some House Democrats and candidates signed the pledge.

Future Now says it serves as a way to “improve Americans’ lives” by winning state legislative majorities and then working with those majorities to “achieve goals for the common good,” according to

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