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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.
With all this inclement weather, we know what you're thinking: "How the heck is my makeup going to stay put with hail, sleet, and snow thrashing at my face?" Add the fact that it's prime Netflix-binging season — with all the crying sessions that entails — and the answer becomes simple: waterproof makeup.
In Western cultures, we tend to avoid death at all costs. We avoid thinking about it and talking about it, and when faced with it, we often go to extraordinary measures to delay it. Photographer Cathrine Ertmann decided to confront death head-on. Her project "About Dying" is a "photo essay from the morgue" that "works as read