HOT SHOTS: BRIGHT BLACK CANDLES AND AUTOPILOT
Two small Durham businesses were chosen to help celebrate the national release of an HBO series BY H A N N A H L E E | P H O T O G R A P H Y BY C O R N E L L WAT S O N
efore HBO’s sci-fi thriller “Lovecraft Country” aired in late July and early August, the network sent out stylized influencer packages made up of items from Black-owned businesses, brands and creatives. The series was created by a Black woman and stars Black heroes, so HBO’s marketing teams wanted to make sure the touchpoints for fans also remained Black. I≠nside the bags was a booklet-style guide providing insight into the vendors, their company missions and the creative process behind each product. Of the eight products in the gift bag, two were from Durham-based businesses: an “Atticus” tote bag from Autopilot and a “Sundown” candle by Bright Black. In This Conversation Talib Graves-Manns, chief marketing officer and co-founder of Autopilot Christopher Tuning, CEO and co-founder of Autopilot Tiffany Griffin, Dariel Heron, Christopher Tuning and Talib Graves-Manns.
Tiffany Griffin, co-owner and founder of Bright Black