We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicholas Bailey and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nicholas, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Authenticity. I never want to fake the funk, turn into a salesman or do anything that’s not authentic to who I am. In the content/blogging/influencer world, there are so many opportunities for growth at the cost of sacrificing who you are and what’s true to you, but I never want to go that route. Anything I do, talk about, promote, etc comes from the heart. No phony biz.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Out of everything, I feel like I’m most proud of how relatable people find me to be and the trust they have in my voice/opinions. I think when you’re creating any kind of content or putting yourself in a position where you’re constantly seen as a resource, trust is the hardest thing to achieve. It’s almost like, why should someone listen to me? So to have that in place where people have that trust, know what I say is valid and know I’m always authentic, that’s special. The journey hasn’t been the MOST easy, but it also hasn’t been that stressful either. I try to keep it that way. It’s hard work, but I try not to do things I don’t really want to do. I had to learn how to say no, how to express my value and worth, plus setting boundaries to protect my sanity and peace. I wasn’t always good at it, but you live and you learn. I also want the world to know that at the end of the day, I just want to push people and inspire. Clothing is great, grooming is dope, sneakers are fire — but I want people to know that anyone who looks like me can get out here and achieve whatever we want to. Even if the brands and industries want to block us out as Black men and women, we’ll definitely find a way and make it happen.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh man, I’m all about art, coffee and great food. If you come to Richmond, VA, you’ll get plenty of that! For your coffee shops, you have to check out Urban Hang Suite, Blanchard’s Coffee and Black Lodge. Urban Hang Suite is one of the coolest Black owned shops out here, full of chill recipes and the back area is covered with classic Vibe magazine covers. I also have a signature latte on the menu! Blanchards has one of the best oat milk lattes I’ve ever had and Black Lodge has the craziest cereal milk latte, too. Food wise, you’ve gotta hit Jamaica House for the large oxtail and rice, Yaya’s Cookbook for the pad see ew and dumplings, then Bombolini for all the fresh pasta dishes too! You also can’t leave without a trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. So many rotating exhibits, so many classic staples and as a plus, the restaurant on the third floor is A1! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have so many close friends on this content creation journey with me, so I have to show them love. People like my boy Michell (@michellcclark), my friend Tonya (@yayaxtonye) and so many others who I’m able to share gems with, toss ideas around with and just help each other grow. Also, I gotta show love to all of the people who support my content daily and continue to push me! They help keep things fun.

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