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Mater Mea, the Online Magazine About Working Mothers of Color Needs Your Help

Mater Mea, the Online Magazine About Working Mothers of Color Needs Your Help

I’m writing you about a site I have great respect for, matermea.com. mater mea is an online magazine that profiles working moms of color using very beautiful photos of mothers at home with their children. I have appeared on the site and am a supporter of the site’s founder, Anthonia Akitunde.   Anthonia has been funding the site, which(…)

Pauline Black: ‘Black By Design’

Pauline Black: ‘Black By Design’

Overview:   Born in 1953 to Anglo-Jewish/Nigerian parents, Pauline Black was subsequently adopted by a white, working class family in Romford. Never quite at home there, Pauline was always made to feel different, both by the local community and members of her extended family, who saw her at best as a curiosity, at worst as(…)

Style Like U: Big Boys Do Cry

Style Like U: Big Boys Do Cry

Meet Preston Smiles, Nick Fouquet & Nelson Campbell, three men who unravel and redefine stereotypical gender-based style, transforming misconceived connotations that manifest when masculinity and “femininity” collide.   via: Style Like U     Video edited by Andrea Cruz Shot, photographed, and interviewed by Style Like U Founders, Elisa & Lily   Read more here 

Thelma Golden: How Art Gives Shape To Cultural Change

Thelma Golden: How Art Gives Shape To Cultural Change

Thelma Golden, past curator of the Whitney Museum and present curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, discusses three recent shows that explore how art examines and redefines culture. The “post-black” artists she works with are using their art to provoke a new dialogue about race and culture — and about the meaning of art(…)

Chiara de Blasio Opens Up About Her Past Battle With Substance Abuse

Chiara de Blasio Opens Up About Her Past Battle With Substance Abuse

For many, the holiday season is a time for joy. But it’s also a time when many of those battling depression and substance abuse find their struggle most difficult. In the hopes of helping others, 19 year old Daughter of NYC mayor-elect, Chiara de Blasio shares her personal story.  

Christmas Gift Of “Questionable Goods” From HBO Girls

Christmas Gift Of “Questionable Goods” From HBO Girls

“Cipriana Quann you are the voice of your generation or at least “A” generation” -HBOgirls   Besides this complementary and hilarious message, I was pleasantly surprised to arrive home and receive a personal Christmas gift from one of my favorite shows, ‘Girls‘ on HBO. The package contained some of the most unusual and zany gifts(…)

FEFO: Yagazie Emezi’s Humorous Occasions

FEFO: Yagazie Emezi’s Humorous Occasions

“With my cartoons, I draw directly from my personal life. From battling with boyfriends over having my hair in their faces, to being the creepy big spoon and watching them sleep, to the single life struggle of loneliness and horniness, I simply apply my pen to paper to share with others what I thought at first(…)

Thandie Newton: “Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself”

Thandie Newton: “Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself”

A few weeks ago I shared my story of how my Mother’s image affected my natural hair journey and my definition of beauty (you can read my story here) with Celebrity Makeup Artist, Kay Montano and BAFTA Awarding-winning Actress, Thandie Newton for their new beauty site, ThandieKay. Today I wanted to share Thandie’s candid discussion(…)