The Flatbush Bourgeoisie Club was born out of the friendship, sisterhood, and network founders Dr. Anne & Jenira have shared for over 15 years. Flatbush natives both Dr. Anne & Jenira were raised in the heart of Brooklyn but met when they went away to college as members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in Philadelphia. After graduating from college, and beginning their careers in New York City in 2007, Dr. Anne, Jenira, and several other Black professionals formed the Happy Hour Crew. Exploring New York City's after-work scene, the Happy Hour Crew became a small community of sharing professional wins, struggles, and dreams as we came up together post-undergrad.
Dr. Anne & Jenira have remained friends, been resources for each other, and have always maintained a keen eye for cultural, social, and economic support within and beyond Flatbush. While the social membership club itself is not a new idea, the idea of bringing an exclusive membership club to professionals of color who may naturally struggle with networking, yet who are also aware of organizations such as Black Greek Letter organizations gives us insights into the desire for people to be a part of something larger than themselves.
With Flatbush a constant backdrop for their success, trials, and relationship, The Flatbush Bourgeoisie Club is an extension of the lives the founders are living, with a desire to create a powerful collective that ensures our neighborhood and NYC remains aware of the culture we have and continue to bring through our presence and dollars. As more Black-owned businesses are opening in our beloved neighborhood (and around the nation), we know that supporting our community is critical to all of our successes. We want to demonstrate that Buying Black does not have to be a chore, but can be enjoyable, uplifting, and fulfilling.
This is what brought us to create the Flatbush Bourgeoisie Club, and we hope you join us.