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So You Want to “Follow your Dreams”?
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So You Want to “Follow your Dreams”?

When someone tells you to follow your dreams, don’t listen. This sh!t is HARD! Even with your above average technical expertise and utmost passion, it’s the most difficult journey you’ll ever embark on. There’s rejection at every corner, and the inevitable shift from money-focused to goal-oriented. That means, your reward isn’t […]

AfroElle Magazine: African Women & Leadership
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AfroElle Magazine: African Women & Leadership

 

Korto Momolu’s New York Fashion Week 2013 Showing
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Korto Momolu’s New York Fashion Week 2013 Showing

During this year’s New York Fashion Week, I was humbled to be part of Fashion Runway alum, Korto Momolu’s backstage team. We helped transform the showroom within a few hours, setting up, repainting the runway, and making gift bags for the guests. It was so rewarding and felt like a meditation […]

How this DC Mom Ended Up on a NY Fashion Week Runway
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How this DC Mom Ended Up on a NY Fashion Week Runway

When my PR-extraordinaire friend El’Jay DeShield casually invited me to Project Runway’s standout designer Korto Momolu’s show at New York Fashion Week, I figured he had seen my jiu jitsu arms, and thought I’d be great for heavy lifting backstage. I’m used to this; people ask me to help out […]

My Call to Service
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My Call to Service

In the past few years, I have been inspired and compelled to align my values with my vocation. In my studies and research I have learned a few truths: poor health outcomes that plague low-income communities are the result of structural inequalities and that my talents and passion for Public […]

50th Anniversary of MLK March on Washington
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50th Anniversary of MLK March on Washington

As an African woman, I feel so much love for my African American brothers and sisters. We were separated by distance for many generations, and it was only a matter of time before we found each other. Like many Africans, we are identified as African Americans when we migrate to […]

Meet Vienna Mbagaya, Epidemiologist Turned Entrepreneur
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Meet Vienna Mbagaya, Epidemiologist Turned Entrepreneur

I moved from Kenya to a suburb in New Jersey when I was 14 years old. I was eager to assimilate and fit in, but my accent and misplaced social cues often betrayed me. So much so that in the first week of school, no one understood me when I protested […]