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Founded by New York-based writer Anthonia Akitunde, mater mea is an online magazine that celebrates the lives of women of color as they balance work and motherhood. Using stunning photography and in-depth profiles, readers are immersed into the lives of awe-inspiring women in the most intimate of settings: at home.
When Mengly Hernandez talks about herself, she often references a self-imposed wall that can create an air of chilly remove around the petite 32-year-old single mom, sometimes-model, and full-time stylist and entrepreneur.
“I’m definitely more cautious,” Hernandez says. “I’ve always been a little more guarded, so I really take my time with people.”
It’s a statement that has a really hard time sticking though, with each warm, husky laugh or offer to hook Mater Mea up with the Dominican hair products Hernandez swears by that she finds in Washington Heights, the neighborhood she calls home. But, when you consider that her 13-year-old son Ousmane is standing right next to her behind that wall, the desire to create some distance starts to make sense.
In case you didn't know, September is National Honey Month. Obviously, we're celebrating it by enjoying the sweetener as a delicious snack and a magic beauty ingredient. But, there's one thing we'd forgotten until now: to give credit to the buzzing little creatures that make it all possible. Yes, we're talking about bees. read
A new school year means a new wardrobe, right? And, now that class is back in session here in NYC, we hit the campus streets of the city's biggest schools — NYU and Columbia — in search of the most fashionable college students in Manhattan. What we found were two totally different aesthetics: Those downtown dwellers read