Live Sessions Jon Pierre and Mary Tjon-Joe-Pin - Rebuilding Black Wall Street - OWN

Published on October 9th, 2023 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


A Conversation with Jon Pierre Tjon-Joe-Pin of “Rebuilding Black Wall Street”

In an inspiring conversation with Jon Pierre Tjon-Joe-Pin, one-half of the dynamic power couple behind the groundbreaking OWN series, “Rebuilding Black Wall Street,” we delved into the passion, purpose, and profound impact of this remarkable husband-and-wife team and their dedication to this profoundly important benchmark in preserving, promoting and sharing a powerful history of Black achievement and unity.

Morris Chestnut hosts and narrates Rebuilding Black Wall Street on OWN - art

Morris Chestnut hosts and narrates “Rebuilding Black Wall Street” on OWN

Jon Pierre and Mary Tjon-Joe-Pin, with their unwavering dedication and remarkable talent, are the driving forces behind this transformative show. With new episodes gracing our screens every Friday at 9 PM Eastern / 8 Central on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, the important series, hosted and narrated by superstar, Morris Chestnut, takes viewers on an extraordinary journey of rebirth and revival in Tulsa’s historic Greenwood District.

A Love Story Rooted in Purpose

Married for 14 years, Jon Pierre and Mary have a love story that is not just about their deep connection but also about their shared commitment to uplifting communities through their work. They’ve co-hosted HGTV series like “Going for Sold” and “Two Steps Home,” but it’s “Rebuilding Black Wall Street” that has become their true magnum opus.

Jon Pierre, a proud native of Houston, Texas, and an alumnus of the University of Houston, along with Mary, hailing from a charming town outside New Orleans, Louisiana, embarked on their real estate journey over a decade ago. Their first home purchase marked the genesis of a powerful partnership. It ignited their passion for revitalizing forgotten houses in their community.

Jon Pierre and Mary Tjon-Joe-Pin - Rebuilding Black Wallstreet - OWN

Jon Pierre and Mary Tjon-Joe-Pin – Rebuilding Black Wall Street – OWN

From Flipping to Rebuilding Dreams

In 2016, the couple founded Harper Raine Homes, LLC, a family-owned real estate company that began with flipping residential homes in Houston. Over the years, they transitioned into custom renovations and redesigns of homes. Their journey has been a testament to the transformative power of vision, hard work, and unwavering determination.

“Rebuilding Black Wall Street” stands as a testament to their commitment to making a real, lasting difference. It’s a show that transcends mere construction; it’s about rebuilding the spirit and pride of a historic community that holds immense significance in the African-American narrative.

Watch the Live Session below and be sure to leave your thoughts on the show, the mission…the conversation in general, in the comment section below!

Tune In and Be Inspired

As we eagerly await each episode of “Rebuilding Black Wall Street,” we’re not just witnessing the reconstruction of buildings; we’re witnessing the rekindling of hope, the celebration of heritage, and the restoration of dreams.

Don’t miss a single moment of this incredible journey. Tune in to Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network every Friday at 9 PM Eastern / 8 Central to be part of this extraordinary transformation.

For more information about the show, visit here.


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