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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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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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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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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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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.

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#SELFCARESERIES: DEVELOPING HEALTHY SLEEPING HABITS

Whenever you find yourself feeling off-balanced and out of sorts, the cause can usually be discovered within the ways you've been taking care of yourself. It's no secret that our eating and sleeping habits have a direct correlation to the way we feel and are, arguably, the most important aspects of our lives... But somehow we still find it hard to maintain healthy patterns in these areas; especially sleep.

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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.

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#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.

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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.

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INTERVIEW: ASVP NAIL BAR BY VICTORIA NGUYEN

Meet Victoria Nguyen [better known as Vee] — a 21 year old Nail Technician + Entrepreneur from New Orleans. In October 2016, Vee launched ASVP Nail Bar during her junior year of college at LSU. After less than a year of operating her business, located in a small corner of her bedroom, she is now making moves on her first nail tour; creating pop-up shops and connecting with new clients in new cities.

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BEHIND THE BRAND: ADORNED BY CHI EMPOWERS THE LIFESTYLES OF MISFITS AND MAGICAL GIRLS

Adorned By Chi is a lifestyle brand for misfits and magical girls created by Digital Media Entrepreneur, Jacque Aye. Although she quit her job to pursue a freelance career in social media marketing, blogging, selling e-books, and providing creatives with design services, she still wasn't feeling completely fulfilled... Jacque wanted to embark on a new passion project which resulted in the start of online boutique, Adorned By Chi. Originally a creative outlet for this fun-loving CEO that combined her interest in e-commerce with designing and branding, Adorned By Chi turned into a brand that unapologetically represents quirky, cutesy black women.

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INTERVIEW: FRIDAY BY FRIDAY OPENS UP AND GETS REAL WITH SEASON 6 COLLECTION

Last year, we were introduced to the FRIDAY BY FRIDAY brand as Creative Director + Designer, Friday Lynton prepared to launch her 5th collection, "Season 5." In our first interview with Friday, we discussed the beauty and importance of women empowering each other and how she aims to integrate that message into her unique line of chained objects. This summer, FRIDAY BY FRIDAY is back with a new collection for Season 6 and an even deeper message to convey than last time.

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MAKING DREAMS AND REAL LIFE ALIGN WITH PHOTOGRAPHER, CATHALYSE

As creatives, we tend to fall in love with the work we do. It doesn't always provide us with stability or a comfortable lifestyle, but it's what makes us feel full inside. It's the first thing on our minds when we wake up in the morning, what we focus on throughout the day, and what we think about improving on as we fall asleep at night... Creating is one of those things that we can't, not do.

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