Posts tagged art
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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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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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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SINGER/SONGWRITER ALEX VAUGHN'S AV + FRIENDS SEND OFF PARTY

When working towards making Dreams And Real Life Align, every move (major and minor) is a part of discovering and building on the bigger purpose. We don't always notice as it's happening and we may go through rough patches of situations that make us doubt the process, but like R&B Singer/Songwriter Alex Vaughn says in her song, "Blessings": Anything you want is waiting all for you, but you just gotta breathe to receive all the blessings.

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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. 

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#HEYWECOLLAB ART SERIES BY @DINAFAIRYCAKE + @HEYSHEDRAWS

Magic is made when we collaborate. There's no limit to what we can accomplish through inspiration and creativity, especially when we join forces. Two artists bring this truth to light with a social media-based collaborative art series, #HeyWeCollab. Inspired by each other's art and the work of other creative women, Dina Baez + Nikki Moon linked up to create a #WCW series in which they translate their inspiration from music and feminist values into paintings. Thus far, this project has resulted in unique pieces of artwork reflecting creative women such as Kehlani, SZA, Cardi B and Willow Smith. With #HeyWeCollab Nikki + Dina each create a painting in their own style.

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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.

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JAMAICAN R&B ARTIST, RIKI INTRODUCES US TO HER LIFESTYLE LEAD BY SPIRITUALITY, ART, AND LOVE

Meet RIKI — an underground, Alternative R&B Artist signed to Gee Street Records in Jamaica. Born in Kingston, Jamaica with time as a young adult spent living in the U.S. in Cleveland's vibrant art scene, RIKI has a disciplined and sophisticated background of prep school and award-winning track running mixed with the free-spirited artistic lifestyle she's currently living out back in Jamaica. This self-described, "Soul Rebel" brings a 'new soul' sound to R&B that's a true reflection of who she is in her most natural form.

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STAYING TRUE TO YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST + INTROVERT

It’s a Friday night and you were invited to come to an art show. It’s a great way to network, meet fellow artists and maybe even get an opportunity to showcase your own work. You are ready to go mix and mingle but then all of a sudden you think of all of the reasons not to go. It will be crowded, loud and you simply hate networking. Just the thought of being around so many different people all at the same time drains you... And at that very moment, you decide to stay home to work on some new projects instead.

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