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When the Feminist Movement Needed a New Direction Meredith Villano stepped up and took the Reigns.

An Interview with Meredith, Co-Founder Paradigm Shift, NYC

1. What prompted you to start Paradigm Shift?
Three and half years ago I felt the feminist community was fractured, and there wasn’t a diverse array of entry points to a feminist consciousness or community. Paradigm Shift was created so feminists and the feminist curious could have a consistent and regular platform and outlet for self-expression, education, and coalition building.

2. Who were you and who have you become since Paradigm Shift?
Before Paradigm Shift I had a singular focus on my career in media and business development, and I was really missing the close feminist community I had in college, and was eager to establish new friendships and professional relationships in a setting that would contribute to the work of all types of progressives. Now, I’m so grateful and privileged to work with prominent feminists who I’ve admired for years, and others who constantly inspire me, including our volunteer staff and interns. I’m proud of the impact we’ve made, and I’m constantly learning by participating in an evolving dialogue.


Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Women | Blog

In a recent interview with Magazine Editor,  Taiia Smart Young she shares her secrets to have a great career, loving family, and the importance of “ME” time.


Q. What is your current position?

A. I am the Managing Editor of XXL Magazine, which is the nation’s number one Hip- Hop magazine and I am the Senior Editor of Juicy Magazine, both magazines are Harris Publications.

Q. Can you please describe to us what your responsibilities entail?

A. Sure, as Managing Editor, I am responsible for all administrative and editorial decisions. I ensure that the magazine is published on time, within budget and all our deadlines are met.  Editorially, I make sure that the reader comes away with the story that is relevant to our brand.  As, Senior Editor of Juicy magazine, I pitch, write, and edit stories that are based on African- American and Latino celebrities.

Q. You are on the top of your career now, How long did it take you to reach this level of success?


Category : Living | Blog

On August 19, 2010- the non- profit organization Fashion Fights Cancer will host its first event at the Audi Forum at 250 Park Avenue in NYC from 6:30pm – 11:30pm. The fashion and shopping event hosted by recording artist, actress, and model, Suzy Malick,  and a special guest appearance will be made by Casey Gillespie, Editor and Chief of Zink Magazine. The night’s event will feature ten of the world’s leading fashion designers including Tadashi Shoji, Whistle Flute and Byron Lars; the designers will showcase pieces from their current collection, and these pieces will be available for purchase at the sample sale event.

Proceeds will benefit I’m Too Young for Cancer Foundation and The Cancer Research Institute. General admission tickets are $50.00 and a portion of the ticket price will go toward the purchase of any item available at the sample sale. VIP tickets are $250. Both general and VIP tickets can be purchased at the official website: fashionfightscancer.com.

So, come out and be a fashionista for the evening it is for a great cause!

Category : Events | News | Blog

By: Adonica M. Brereton

On July 28, 2010 several dozen women graced the Jeunesse Spa and Salon at the Empire Hotel at Lincoln Center to receive mini-spa treatments of blowouts, chair messages, and manicures. Why was this day so special at the salon? It was the annual summer benefit for the non-profit REVEAL-NYC.

REVEAL- NYC started in the winter of 2006 to provide women survivors of sex trafficking, domestic abuse, and sexual exploitation a day where they can be celebrated. Every Valentine’s Day Reveal hosts a complete makeover to these women who would otherwise be forgotten. Women come from the New York City shelter system and are primed and coiffed by the city’s leading make-up, hair stylists, and fashion stylist. When their make-over is complete they walk out of place not only with new clothes, makeup, and a hairdo but a renewed sense of self and purpose.


Category : Living | Blog
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