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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

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: YEAR 4

I woke up around 5:50am this morning. I meditated for about 20 minutes, listened to Bob Marley (“Three Little Birds” has been the morning theme song this week), and had a cup of tea with my aunt… We talked about our dreams and synchronicities and what it all means. Today is my mother’s birthday, so it’s one of my favorite days of the year… And it’s also the day I launched the DARLA website, 4 years ago.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: YEAR 4

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

Taylor's Learning Academy 2nd Annual Coat Drive

On January 21st, Taylor's Learning Academy hosted their 2nd Annual Coat Drive. As an initiative to give back to the community, TLA provided food, snacks, games, and fun for those who attended as well as a large selection of donated coats for both children and adults to choose from. With a goal of gifting 50+ families and lending those in need a helping hand for the winter season, Taylor's Learning Academy + 2x The Service PR rounded up volunteers and media reps in the community to spread the word. DARLA was able to attend and witness the fun and the positive contributions that the event brought to the city.

Taylor's Learning Academy 2nd Annual Coat Drive

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

HOW CREATING ART JOURNALS HELPED ME COPE WITH ANXIETY

Ever since high school, I felt there was something about me that was different from my classmates. I didn’t know what it was or how to explain it, but I knew it was something because I would become physically sick at the thought of spending another day in school, being around so many people at once... There were times where I felt suffocated in my surroundings. It eventually got so bad that I was sent to the hospital during my freshman year of college. I didn’t understand why I was feeling this way until that very moment I was laying in my hospital bed; that moment explained it all: I had anxiety.

HOW CREATING ART JOURNALS HELPED ME COPE WITH ANXIETY

#SELFCARESERIES PART 3: DARLA + FRIENDS SELF-CARE ROUTINES

Still stuck on what types of self-care routines you can practice? Don’t worry, a few DARLA contributors + creative friends are willing to share some insight to their self-care routines for part three of our series. All practices vary from physical, mental/emotional, spiritual and social. Check them out below and join in on the conversation this week via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram @DARLAmedia!

#SELFCARESERIES PART 3: DARLA + FRIENDS SELF-CARE ROUTINES

#SELFCARESERIES PART 2: DIFFERENT TYPES OF SELF-CARE

In part one, we discussed what self-care is, its importance, how it can differ for people and situations, and the four categories (physical, mental/emotional, spiritual, and social). Now, it’s time to explore those categories, and what we can actually do to practice self-care.

#SELFCARESERIES PART 2: DIFFERENT TYPES OF SELF-CARE

#SELFCARESERIES PART 1: WHAT IS SELF-CARE?

When many people think of self-care they may think of face masks, meditation, pedicures, or even #WineWednesdays. While those all can be valid ways to practice self-care, do we really know what it means?

DARLA has decided to tackle the topic of self-care to give you all the ins and outs in a four part series for November:

#SELFCARESERIES PART 1: WHAT IS SELF-CARE?

THE FOURTRESS SEEKS TO HELP HOMELESS WOMEN IN NEW YORK CITY WITH #PROJECTQUEENV

The Fourtress — four New York City roommates have come together to use their talents to help others. The Fourtress, which launched this summer, is described as a specially curated space that inspires, empowers, and unifies women of color to fulfill their purpose and stand in their power. This collective is made up of Kiara Bass (Publicity Director), Tierra Taylor (Creative Director), London Coleman-Williams (Account Director), and Candice Frank (Content Director). While also having full-time jobs in places such as Essence and The View, these women created The Fourtress as a solution to the lack of platforms specifically for millennial women of color.

THE FOURTRESS SEEKS TO HELP HOMELESS WOMEN IN NEW YORK CITY WITH #PROJECTQUEENV

#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

#THC: A HIGHER PERSPECTIVE

Marijuana is considered to be the divine feminine energy; a source that connects us to love and creation. This powerful female plant naturally heals, enlightens, and elevates. Marijuana has worked wonders for "incurable" cancer patients and people suffering from other serious/chronic illnesses. It has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, relieve symptoms of depression, and to be an effective treatment for veterans suffering from PTSD.

#THC: A HIGHER PERSPECTIVE