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.

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AN INSIDE LOOK AT BROOKLYN'S 1st ENVSN FESTIVAL

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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#DARLA TALKS: INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY

As creatives, everyone seems to experience that horrible thing called procrastination. It stops us from reaching our potential and getting things done, and ending it can seem impossible sometimes. On Twitter, we discussed with how we identify what triggers our procrastination and best practices to increase our productivity.

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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.

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TRAPXART PHILLY 2018

trap x art is a movement created by Jesse and Amina Brooks that fuses art, hip-hop, and the spirit of being your own boss. The traveling art exhibition was established in the Bay Area of California and has appeared in cities across the nation. All trap x art events feature a curated group of artists and vendors showcasing their work with opportunities for networking, exposure, and profiting from sales.

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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.

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THE COLOURED TOUR WITH PRISCILLA RENEA

“You give me something real to believe in; it’s magical, powerful, natural — this love is heavenly,” are words by, singer-songwriter, Priscilla Renea that fit the same description the voice singing them. On her very first tour, she made a stop in Philly for a show at Bourbon & Branch on 2nd street, where she shared a live preview of her upcoming album, Coloured.

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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.

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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.

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20/20 VISION WITH DARLA X ELEPHANT EYES

Created by Kaylyn Hildreth in 2016, Elephant Eyes is an exclusive fashion and accessories brand that caters to the unique individual. The boutique specializes in connecting trendy products to their fashion-forward clients at affordable prices. What sets this brand apart from other trendy accessories boutiques is that they are passionate about marketing and providing exceptional customer service.

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