Heralded as one of America’s top 101 designers in an industry that is 97% white, African-American Courtney Sloane is president, creative director and founder of interior design firm “Alternative Design”. In addition to working with celebrities like Queen Latifah and P. Diddy, Sloane and her team designed Sony Music’s Manhattan recording studios, the BET Offices and a theme park concept for Disney. Internationally acclaimed, Sloane’s work has been featured in The New York Times, O, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Elle Decor and countless others and she has been called “a translator for the Hip Hop Aesthetic”. An only child and raised in New Jersey by her divorced mother who taught her an appreciation of good style. After a false start in College in Liberal Arts and a deep depression that ensued from the wrong career path, she moved to NYC to start a career in the design industry, working as a bartender and a design assistant where she managed to convince her boss to send her to design school. With a leap of faith, she set up a design firm of her own, impressing the likes of Queen Latifah, opening the door to the Hip Hop community and launched her career. For a disco girl she marvels at how Hip Hop has become the soundtrack to her career.