Alana Athletica was formed with its founders — two of which are Sri Lankan — simply asking, “What can we do to make the world a better place?” The social impact brand aims to ethically produce inclusively sized, transparently priced, high-quality women’s athletic wear. Alana Athletica does so through their three pillars: educate, employ and empower. By ethically making their garments in small, Sri Lankan production houses, the company is able to support a fully female production workforce that receives food, fair wages and a humane environment.Read More
The culinary world has long been dominated by white men, and has often separated itself from being overtly political, however, Alejandra Luaces, the HBIC (head baker in charge) at Hell Yeah! Gluten Free, is looking to join the recent wave of change. Similarly to fellow Big Idea Grant recipient Jasmine Marie, Luaces spent a long time trying to stay afloat in the corporate world, until she felt called to something more. For Luaces, this meant satisfying the basic need of hunger, and offering inclusivity and comfort while doing so.
A little less than a year ago, DWF Mag caught up with Luaces, after she had just left her position as a Mailchimp engineer to pursue Hell Yeah! Gluten Free full-time. Now, we check in to see what all has happened within the past year, where Hell Yeah! currently is and what’s next for Luaces, in particular, with the assistance of the Big Idea Grant.Read More
After years in the corporate world — as a brand marketer, dancer and entrepreneur — Jasmine Marie found herself called to something more. That meant a return to breath, as her consultant business, adulting with ease, morphed into a resource for breathwork healing and mindfulness with other black women. These tools had themselves helped Marie achieve healing and growth, so she went on to found black girls breathing.Read More
The first time I met Kristy Guilbault in person was at Grant Park’s Octane, aka the best place to drink coffee and beer while two Atlanta-based writers talked about their dalliance music journalism. We discussed where we wanted to ultimately go with our careers, and the dire state of the music industry; but how we were going in head first into it anyway, fate be damned.
Since then, a lot has changed. Octane is now Revelator. I’m typing this from my new home in NYC. Plus, finding a gig in the music industry has arguably gotten even worse. One thing that hasn’t changed though is Guilbault's drive, and it’s paying off.Read More
I’m an accidental community organizer — by this I mean that I didn’t study poli-sci in school, I didn’t intern for a PAC or elected official. I simply jumped in with both feet when a crisis rocked my community, one that involved the mishandling of a standard agreement between law enforcement and school district, resulting in the illegal policing of children. With the support of smart, committed partners, I shaped what began as a garrulous Facebook group into a legit non-profit, with articulated action issues and regular education and advocacy events. I’ve learned a lot about community organizing through my accidental start and part of what I’ve learned is that whether I want to or not, I bring my gender with me to this work. Five feminist lessons stand out as things I wish I knew when I began, takeaways I’d love to share with another woman just starting out in community organizing.Read More
Rutu Chaudhari, the founder of Atlanta’s All Life is Yoga studio and, more recently, The Dharma Project, a non-profit dedicated to delivering the tools of meditation and yoga to underserved and marginalized community, is no stranger to stress and trauma — or yoga’s indescribable power to support, strengthen, and overcome it. Now, after years of practicing and teaching yoga, Chaudhari is giving the practice back to those who need it most.Read More
Stress, an autoimmune diagnosis, and two grueling years of trying to, but failing to conceive landed Allison McGevna feeling disconnected. But then she got a little help from her girlfriends. In this essay, she shares the story of transformative love coming from surprising places. In her own words, “the love and support of 18 strangers was the last thing I ever expected. But when a group of women came together to shower me with it, it changed my life.”Read More
As Bonnie Horgos shares, “Dating is hard, and Valentine's Day is practically abysmal if you're paired up with someone who shouldn’t have made it through cuffing season.” But what’s worst than Valentine’s Day? Valentines Day on your birthday. In this witty and engrossing essay, Horgos shows us how to actually make the most of every special day.Read More
Is it possible to dwell in positivity while actively fighting oppression? Using teachings from her literary heroes, Kristin Couch asks: should I navigate life not giving so much attention to personal discrimination for the sake of personal peace, or rather, should I express myself and consistently acknowledge injustice?Read More
“The truth of the matter is that you need social interaction; It's science. Being alone for prolonged periods of time can have a negative impact on your overall wellbeing. Your immune system can suffer, you can develop feelings of paranoia, and your overall happiness can take a dive. So, how does one live the freelance life successfully and avoid becoming a hermit?” In this article on extroverts, introverts, and how they handle freelance careers, contributor Lynne Tanzer writes about the best way to have both a social and freelance life whether your kind of a good time is a packed calendar or solo Netflix binges.Read More