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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

AN INSIDE LOOK AT BROOKLYN'S 1st ENVSN FESTIVAL

On October 20th, the first ever ENVSN Festival took place in Brooklyn, NY at Industry City. Founded by Sharifa Murdock + Laura Stylez, #ENVSNfest is designed to provide an interactive learning, networking, shopping, and entertainment experience for a multi-generational group of creative female hustlers — the dreamers, go-getters, and future leaders.

AN INSIDE LOOK AT BROOKLYN'S 1st ENVSN FESTIVAL

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

A HEALING TRIP WITH JHENE AIKO'S M.A.P. PROJECT

It’s been one year since singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko released a three part project, or M.A.P. (movie, album, and poetry book), that was created to guide her back to her purest, most authentic form. In a mission statement for the project, Jhené discussed how when she lost her brother, Miyagi Chilombo, to an inoperable brain tumor in 2012, she also lost herself… And that over the years, she has used writing and creating music as therapy while taking, both physical and drug-induced, trips to escape anything too familiar that could remind her of her brother’s absence.

A HEALING TRIP WITH JHENE AIKO'S M.A.P. PROJECT

CREATIVE TIPS: 20 SECRETS FOR WRITING CONTENT THAT ATTRACTS AND ENGAGES

In this contributed article, author and marketing expert, Justin Champion shares insight to the importance of producing well-written content to market your brand. Simple, clear, and compelling writing can make a major impact in attracting the right people to your brand and turning them into customers. Review these 20 creative tips below, along with more information about Champion and his latest book, Inbound Content: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing Content Marketing the Inbound Way.

CREATIVE TIPS: 20 SECRETS FOR WRITING CONTENT THAT ATTRACTS AND ENGAGES

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

INTERVIEW: HOW TO BE EVERYTHING WITH AUTHOR + MULTIPOTENTIALITE, EMILIE WAPNICK

Across the U.S. Canadian border, DARLA was able to connect with Emilie Wapnick — Author and Career Coach who introduced us to the lifestyle of being a multipotenialite with her new book, How To Be Everything. Emilie is the Creator of, Puttylike, an online community that provides creatives with networking opportunities, real insight, and resources for pursuing multifaceted careers. In 2015, Emilie presented a popular Ted Talk piece about the concept of multipotenitalites and why it's important to acknowledge them as individuals who can contribute great things to the world.

INTERVIEW: HOW TO BE EVERYTHING WITH AUTHOR + MULTIPOTENTIALITE, EMILIE WAPNICK

INTERVIEW: SYDNEY GORE, JOURNALIST

This is the story of Sydney Gore, Journalist and current Assistant Digital Editor for NYLON Magazine. Sydney began nurturing her passion for writing at a very young age and hasn't stopped since. She was kind enough to take the time out of her busy schedule to share her experiences with DARLA this past week, and for anyone interested in pursing a journalism career... You're gonna want to grab some tea and a notebook.

INTERVIEW: SYDNEY GORE, JOURNALIST

READ: SO I WROTE THIS FOR YOU BY VICTORIA RYAN

In her new book, So I Wrote This For You, Victoria Ryan is a perfect reflection of why poets are the most fluent in speaking the language of love. This compilation of poems illustrate all the good, the bad, and the beautiful aspects of love we find ourselves consumed by every so often. It's those words you need to read after a break up...

READ: SO I WROTE THIS FOR YOU BY VICTORIA RYAN