Originally published 10/11/2018 at 01:51p.m., updated 10/11/2018 at 01:51p.m.
Pojanee “P.J.” Fleury is the owner of Brown Eyez Company, a Harlem-based multimedia company she founded in 2007 to promote healthy, positive lifestyles to mainstream audiences.
By working collaboratively with other Black-owned entertainment companies, including Image Nation and Soul Media Group, she does community events along with marketing and promotions for companies, entities and organizations.
A native of Orange, N.J., Fleury, who is a proud Haitian-American, currently resides in Harlem. She studied psychology at Stony Brook University and started performing community service with 20 of her college friends.
“We all branched off into different things on campus and worked in the larger community after we graduated,” she said. “We did all types of programing around health, financial literacy and cultural awareness. My focus was culture with positive entertainment.”
Most of Fleury’s work at the time included her passion to portray positive entertainment in any form of arts and culture that promoted positive imagery of Black life experiences. She also promoted health, wellness and spirituality. Fleury made use of gospel music, spoken word, positive hip-hop, neo soul and reggae.
However, it was in 2010 that the devastation of Haiti by the massive earthquake tugged at her heart strings, not only because of her personal connection to the Caribbean nation but also because of her desire to help. She worked with several organizations to bring aid to Haiti, and that serve as a catalyst for her to start her own business.
With the founding of Brown Eyes Company, she created Brown Eyez Publishing Group. She first released Brown Eyez Magazine, which focuses on blending entertainment and health to promote wellness in the African Diaspora community.
She later created two other publications in 2012, Behind the Scenes Magazine, focusing solely on entertainment, and Kiskeya Magazine, a current events and cultural publication covering the Haitian community in and outside Haiti.
Fleury uses her platforms to give a space for positive artists with shows at venues in Harlem, including the National Black Theatre. The idea came around the same time she decided to launch her magazine.
“When I first started may magazine in 2007, I found artists online on Myspace and started seeing these positive artists, and I invited them out to do a show,” she said. “A lot them are from the Harlem.”
Along with giving positive artists a platform, Fleury also holds community programs throughout the year, where people can come together and network, including Community Movement Mondays, Money Mondays and her Mics and Drums artist showcase.
“With everything we are going through, we need to think globally and locally,” Fleury said. “The main mission of my work is to is to get to a place of unity.”