Interviews

ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING: A CONVERSATION WITH EDITOR + ACTIVIST, DEBORAH SANTANA

DARLA recently had the opportunity to speak with Deborah Santana, a transformative leader with decades of social activism work aimed to provide opportunities and access for people of color, women and girls. For one of her most recent artistic projects, she took on the role as Editor/Co-Publisher for the book, All The Women In My Family Sing: Women Write the World: Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom.

ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING: A CONVERSATION WITH EDITOR + ACTIVIST, DEBORAH SANTANA

TO LIVE + S.L.A.Y. (SELF-LOVE AND YOGA) WITH TEACHER, ADRIANA ADELE

It was an overcast afternoon, yet still one to appreciate during this new transition into fall, when I went to meet Adriana Adelé for tea and a conversation about her experiences as a yoga instructor. I first came across Adriana’s work on Instagram during a search to find a yoga studio and instructor to begin practicing with. As a black woman myself, Adriana’s account was one that instantly stood out to me for connection.

TO LIVE + S.L.A.Y. (SELF-LOVE AND YOGA) WITH TEACHER, ADRIANA ADELE

7 ESSENTIAL LAWS TO QUANTUM SUCCESS WITH AUTHOR, CHRISTY WHITMAN

If you’re in a transitional place within your career life, aiming to align the work you do with your divine purpose, we’ve found a book that may be right on target for you this week — Quantum Success: 7 Essential Laws for a Thriving, Joyful, and Prosperous Relationship with Work and Money.

Author, Christy Whitman, is a New York Times Bestseller and Life Coach who has designed a platform to teach people how to make positive career and life transformations with the law of attraction.In Quantum Success, Whitman shares the fundamental principles that she’s discovered after more than twenty years of studying universal forces such as polarity, alignment, resonance, momentum and magnetism… And she explains how to harness these forces to optimize our wealth and career.

7 ESSENTIAL LAWS TO QUANTUM SUCCESS WITH AUTHOR, CHRISTY WHITMAN

BRINGING HAPPINESS BACK TO MUSIC WITH IMANí SCOTT

The philosophy behind DARLA is that we can all make our “Dreams And Real Life Align” by following our hearts, working hard, and taking care of ourselves in the process. We love having conversations about what triggers inspiration and drives us to push through to achieve our goals. We recently had the opportunity to connect with Imani Scott — a singer/songwriter from Houston, Texas. Imani started her own record label upcon graduating from college and combined her knowledge of business fundamentals with her art + creativity. Check out our interview below for Imani’s insight on music, developing healthy eating habits, and more.

BRINGING HAPPINESS BACK TO MUSIC WITH IMANí SCOTT

FROM ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL TO BUILDING STATUS APPAREL DC, WITH GABE MASSALLEY

In city to city, across the world, creatives with healthy entrepreneurial spirits are shifting societal constructs. During this pivotal time, the options are seemingly endless and if opportunities aren't there, new ones are being created by people who are willing to take ownership of their career lives. Among these young innovators is Gabriel Massalley — a Northeast D.C. native who graduated from Temple University with a degree in Architecture, currently holds a full-time job in the field, but spends his time outside of the 9 to 5 window building on his own business.

FROM ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL TO BUILDING STATUS APPAREL DC, WITH GABE MASSALLEY

AN INTERVIEW WITH RADIO HOST + AUTHOR MARIA WILLS

In our world today, empowerment can be a great tool for achieving generational wellness and success. When we grow to become stronger and more confident in our abilities, we share stories of our process and pass down the values we've developed, and then the cycle of empowerment continues on with time. One multi-talented woman contributing this movement is Maria Wills.

AN INTERVIEW WITH RADIO HOST + AUTHOR MARIA WILLS

SINGER/SONGWRITER + ACTRESS CRISTINA LIZZUL TALKS ABOUT GETTING BACK TO MUSIC WITH HER NEW SINGLE, "APOLOGIES"

When we first spoke to Cristina Lizzul almost two years ago, she had just put out her debut EP, Percipience and gave us some insight to her life as a Singer/Actress living between Los Angeles and Italy. She's proven herself to be an artist who's dedicated to the grind of making her dreams a reality as well as one who's passionate about sharing her raw experiences; channeling her thoughts and feelings through the art creative expression. Whether it's through an acting role, or writing a song, one of her main goals is to create something that people can feel; something they can relate to.

SINGER/SONGWRITER + ACTRESS CRISTINA LIZZUL TALKS ABOUT GETTING BACK TO MUSIC WITH HER NEW SINGLE, "APOLOGIES"

HIGH, HEALTHY SKIN WITH KUSH & CUTE — A CANNABIS-INFUSED SKINCARE LINE

Kush & Cute is a handmade cannabis skincare line produced with natural hemp and CBD (the non-psychoactive, fully legal component of cannabis). With her brand, Iyana is determined to tackle all areas of the cannabis business by educating and informing people on the benefits of cannabis, helping treat symptoms that can be alleviated with cannabis products, and pushing for a healthier representation of black women in this newly legal industry. With the hashtag, #PlantsNotPills in her bio Instagram bio, Iyana is both a patient + an advocate of cannabis, making strides with one CBD-infused bath bomb at a time.

HIGH, HEALTHY SKIN WITH KUSH & CUTE — A CANNABIS-INFUSED SKINCARE LINE

SINGER/SONGWRITER KAYLA BRIANNA SHOWS US WHY YOU CAN'T CHEAT THE GRIND

In a world so heavily influenced by the media and strategized content, it's easy to mistake something faux for what's real. When it comes to becoming "famous," it seems to only take some good selfie angles and a high social media following to make it happen... But when it comes to achieving longevity and making a solid impact, "You can't cheat the grind..." And that's word to Kayla Brianna — a girl who knows, firsthand, what it's like working in Hollywood.

SINGER/SONGWRITER KAYLA BRIANNA SHOWS US WHY YOU CAN'T CHEAT THE GRIND

TAKE THE JOURNEY WITH MONEY HONEY, A FINANCIALLY SWEET BLOG FOR THE FIRST GEN SUCCESS STORY

It’s all about the money, honey! Khadija Bingham, creator of Money Honey — a financially sweet blog for young adults, takes you through her money journey. Bingham, who does accounting work for a financial services firm, wants to use her experiences to help younger people of color with similar backgrounds learn about financial literacy and gain an understanding of what that looks like.

TAKE THE JOURNEY WITH MONEY HONEY, A FINANCIALLY SWEET BLOG FOR THE FIRST GEN SUCCESS STORY

PHOTOGRAPHER, A.O. GIVES INSIGHT TO NATURALLY DISCOVERING YOUR PURPOSE AND CREATING A MORE POSITIVE FUTURE

"Through my work, I hope that in the future, no little girl will be able to look on TV or in a magazine and not see herself represented and reflected. I hope that I can remind people that they are important and their stories matter. I hope to lift the esteem of the people I work with and shine my light in their lives by impacting them in a positive way." — Ashley Osborne

PHOTOGRAPHER, A.O. GIVES INSIGHT TO NATURALLY DISCOVERING YOUR PURPOSE AND CREATING A MORE POSITIVE FUTURE

THE #14DAYSOFLOVE PROJECT

A major key in keeping our dreams alive is love. Once we learn to lead with love + passion in everything we do and for everything we do, we are able to grow into our true purpose. As creatives, love is the way we express ourselves; it's what inspires us to keep going and create positive change in the world. 

DARLA's #14DaysofLOVE project features different creatives, their work + insight to how love drives them to make their Dreams And Real Life Align. 

THE #14DAYSOFLOVE PROJECT

#HEYWECOLLAB ART SERIES BY @DINAFAIRYCAKE + @HEYSHEDRAWS

Magic is made when we collaborate. There's no limit to what we can accomplish through inspiration and creativity, especially when we join forces. Two artists bring this truth to light with a social media-based collaborative art series, #HeyWeCollab. Inspired by each other's art and the work of other creative women, Dina Baez + Nikki Moon linked up to create a #WCW series in which they translate their inspiration from music and feminist values into paintings. Thus far, this project has resulted in unique pieces of artwork reflecting creative women such as Kehlani, SZA, Cardi B and Willow Smith. With #HeyWeCollab Nikki + Dina each create a painting in their own style.

#HEYWECOLLAB ART SERIES BY @DINAFAIRYCAKE + @HEYSHEDRAWS

BRIDGING THE GAP: THE BLACK OUTDOORS STRIVES TO BRING AWARENESS AND EXPOSURE OF PEOPLE OF COLOR IN NATURE

Two visionaries have come together to create a social media brand that highlights adventurers and explorers of color all across the world. The Black Outdoors, created by Tramond Baisden and Ezedube Eze in August 2016, helps increase awareness and exposure of people participating in outdoor recreational activities. This brand seeks to mend the gap between like-minded individuals in the outdoors and to show what possibilities are out there.

BRIDGING THE GAP: THE BLACK OUTDOORS STRIVES TO BRING AWARENESS AND EXPOSURE OF PEOPLE OF COLOR IN NATURE

ALI O'GRADY CREATES A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO EXPRESSING EMPATHY WITH THOUGHTFUL HUMAN — A SERIES BASED CARD COMPANY

Finding ways to communicate during challenging life circumstances such as cancer, addiction, grief, and depression can be tough. How do we start conversations surrounding these situations? How do we sincerely express our concerns or love without getting weird about it? While greeting cards are usually the go-to approach for acknowledging things like birthdays, the loss of a loved one, and every special occasion in between, the $8 billion industry has become repetitive and often wasteful... Especially for creative, conscious consumers like us. There's a new greeting card company coming out of the Bay Area that responds to this by answering our biggest questions with a transformative business model more in alignment with our needs and interests: Thoughtful Human.

ALI O'GRADY CREATES A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO EXPRESSING EMPATHY WITH THOUGHTFUL HUMAN — A SERIES BASED CARD COMPANY

JAMAICAN R&B ARTIST, RIKI INTRODUCES US TO HER LIFESTYLE LEAD BY SPIRITUALITY, ART, AND LOVE

Meet RIKI — an underground, Alternative R&B Artist signed to Gee Street Records in Jamaica. Born in Kingston, Jamaica with time as a young adult spent living in the U.S. in Cleveland's vibrant art scene, RIKI has a disciplined and sophisticated background of prep school and award-winning track running mixed with the free-spirited artistic lifestyle she's currently living out back in Jamaica. This self-described, "Soul Rebel" brings a 'new soul' sound to R&B that's a true reflection of who she is in her most natural form.

JAMAICAN R&B ARTIST, RIKI INTRODUCES US TO HER LIFESTYLE LEAD BY SPIRITUALITY, ART, AND LOVE

THIS IS THE VILLAGE: A COMMUNITY ROOTED IN MUSIC AND GOOD VIBES

Every other Thursday night in the city of Philadelphia, a group of young creatives comes together to ignite each other with the energy that each of their bones. The music that flows freely through the room on these nights of the Global Village, Village Jams events is unreal and an experience you must partake in at least once.

THIS IS THE VILLAGE: A COMMUNITY ROOTED IN MUSIC AND GOOD VIBES

#GOALS BY CHAY RODRIGUEZ — A PODCAST FOR THE DREAM CHASER, RISK TAKER, AND GOAL GETTER

Created and hosted by Chay Rodriguez, #GOALS is the podcast for the dream chaser, risk taker, and goal getter in you. This interview-focused podcast based in Atlanta features creatives and entrepreneurs who are on paths to pursue creative careers. Chay identifies the emotional factor of #GOALS as what makes it unlike any other business podcast out right now; the show really digs into the personal back story of its guests while connecting the audience of "dream chasers, risk takers, and goal getters" to whomever is spotlighted that week.

#GOALS BY CHAY RODRIGUEZ — A PODCAST FOR THE DREAM CHASER, RISK TAKER, AND GOAL GETTER

IT'S MORE THAN JUST MUSIC: THE LIFE OF CHICAGO RAPPER, FEMDOT

Femi Adigun, aka Femdot, is a Chicago based rapper on the rise. He separates himself from others lyrically while also being a great student academically, as he studies biological sciences with a health science concentration and a minor in peace, justice and conflict studies at DePaul University. Throughout all his work at school he still finds time to release new music and continuously delivers. This Nigerian-American artist, at only 22 years old, has been making music his entire life and there’s no stopping him now.

IT'S MORE THAN JUST MUSIC: THE LIFE OF CHICAGO RAPPER, FEMDOT

CEO OF NATURALL CLUB, MUHGA ELTIGANI, IS DISRUPTING THE HAIR CARE INDUSTRY WITH FRESH FRUIT PRODUCTS

If you've ever spent time mixing up ingredients from your kitchen to create your own hair care products due to the lack of good quality, in-store options... Or if you've spent your hard earned money on "natural" product lines only to be disappointed in the results, you're not alone. According to Natural Hair Care Expert and Entrepreneur, Muhga Eltigani: one out of every fiveblack women are dissatisfied with current options on the market, which has caused one out of every two black women to make some sort of hair care concoction at home.

CEO OF NATURALL CLUB, MUHGA ELTIGANI, IS DISRUPTING THE HAIR CARE INDUSTRY WITH FRESH FRUIT PRODUCTS
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ARCHANGELA CHELSEA: INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITY MAKE-UP ARTIST

This past month, DARLA caught up with Archangela Chelsea, an international celebrity makeup artist based in Los Angeles and Indonesia. Her ambition, drive, and entrepreneurial spirit paired with the courage to make her Dreams And Real Life Align, has made her one of the hottest and most sought after make-up artists in 2017. She took a chance as a teen to chase her dreams, leaving home for a new country with no resources. Her skills, abilities, enthusiasm, and positive attitude paved the way for her success. 

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ARCHANGELA CHELSEA: INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITY MAKE-UP ARTIST

#THC: WOMEN.WEED.WIFI BRINGS A CREATIVE, SPIRITUAL MOVEMENT TO THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY

Women.Weed.Wifi is a Seattle-based collective of women of color who use art and marijuana as a medium to encourage their network of believers to reach their highest potentials. Through events, a blog, a curated magazine, and more, the ladies of Women.Weed.Wifi provide their community with information about cannabis in relation to spirituality, healing, and unity.

#THC: WOMEN.WEED.WIFI BRINGS A CREATIVE, SPIRITUAL MOVEMENT TO THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY

INTERVIEW: TAPZ, NEW ZEALAND BASED RAPPER/PRODUCER

This week, DARLA is opening ears to New Zealand based Rapper/Producer, TAPZ who has introduced us to the genre of "Noir R&B" music; a blend of Rap, Grunge, and Punk. After fleeing the war torn country of Zimbabwe at a young age, TAPZ began a new chapter of life in Auckland where he was introduced to technology that inspired him to express himself through the art of music.

INTERVIEW: TAPZ, NEW ZEALAND BASED RAPPER/PRODUCER

INTERVIEW: BAD PERCEPTION BY OGEMDI OBIWURU + WILL BRAD

Bad Perception is a clothing line that's designing a new way of thinking when it comes to fashion and lifestyle. What started off as a brand in Long Beach, California with a skate culture aesthetic is now becoming a more high-end line of cut and sew garments. Self-taught designers, Ogemdi "Osso" Obiwuru + Will Brad started off hustling $10 T-shirts in local malls and taking risks to get access to industry events filled with their idols.

INTERVIEW: BAD PERCEPTION BY OGEMDI OBIWURU + WILL BRAD