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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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