Tenlie is the founder of early-stage startup Dendwell and the #MakeSpacePledge initiative.
"My relationship with space has been defined by the potential of empty rooms, each promising to be something more tomorrow than what it is today. Images of designed spaces in the media often promise our deepest aspirations: joy, success, peace, fulfillment. Yet, the lack of representation of black spaces in this category has made it difficult to see how that promise of space applies to me: how I and my home are worthy of those longed for aspirations. Changing the media landscape of the consumer home category extends beyond this initiative, shaping the broader narrative of who in our society is worthy."