SAFER: NYC (Street Action For Equality & Respect) is a fresh voice in the movement against street harassment. Co-founded by real-life partners Julia Nethero and Joseph Fan, their non-profit organization fosters a somewhat unorthodox approach to combating street harassment, a controversial and seemingly ubiquitous aspect of modern life: by the inclusion of men. We had a moment to sit down with Julia for a WildSpice exclusive and discuss SAFER’s mission, ambitions, and the struggles of trying to make the world a safer place. Check it out.
Identity. The interwoven characteristics of the human mind and body—visible and unseen, voiced and unsaid, inherited and assumed— that make us who we are. To poet/performer, Paula Ramirez, identity is inextricably linked to more than just her sex, gender, age, or ancestry: it is the synthetic expression of the culture which she inhabits and how it colors the body and mind; and her work soulfully embraces unpacking the often-unspoken ideas of self. Wildspice recently had the opportunity to speak with the artist about poetry, the creative process, and her upcoming performance piece, SIS HER HOOD.
Hannah Fraser is a real life mermaid in every sense of the word. Her beauty and passion for embodying this mythical creature have become tools in creating awareness for the protection of endangered marine life. By day and by the cold of night, she dances with the ocean’s most majestic and terrifying creatures — creating breathtaking imagery beyond the borderlines of imagination.
It’s not every day that you look at the person sitting across from you and say to yourself, “This woman might very well change the world.” But we couldn’t help but think that we were seeing history in the making as we sat down to pick the brain of one of New York City’s most impressive rising forces, Synead Nichols.
Las Culpass is a feminist brand concept that is taking the Spanish world by storm. When friends Alexandra Cánovas del Rey and Martaé Martínez Martínez joined together with a mission not just to redefine how we think of fashion and the stereotypes that come with it but to do it in a way that exudes empowerment and authenticity; they had no idea their name would be spread all across the world. Through their innovative and provocative creations, Las Culpass, breaks boundaries and ask for no apologies along the way.
The dance world is loaded with individuals who, for whatever reason, take what they can get out of the industry and run. However, a few truly take it upon themselves to leave the path behind them a bit better-paved. One such individual is Amsterdam-born Loraine Day. Throughout her extremely successful career as a professional dancer, Loraine has performed with and choreographed for just about any star you can think of—from Beyoncé to the Backstreet Boys, on stages from the US to Brazil.
Tanwi Nandini Islam is a force to be reckoned with. Navigating the worlds of writing, publishing, and botany, she has found a way to seamlessly combine her passions and create a life that truly speaks to her. Her brands focus not just on the beautiful, but also on the meaningful, as she makes a difference by creating space for people and themes close to her heart. We had the opportunity to chat with Tanwi about Hi Wildflower, her upcoming book, Bright Lines, where she finds inspiration, and much more. Get to know our newest leading lady in our exclusive interview below!
The Goddess, perhaps the world’s most ancient archetype is making a resurrection amongst our generation as the feminine rises towards a power she once thrived upon. As gendered imbalance continues to be combated, a new breed of women are on the front lines, one that recognizes the value of reverence for the Divine Feminine spirit rather than adapting a predisposed masculine set of tools with which to combat the status quo. Our study of the Goddess and inquiry of this unequivocal truth brought us here to a series of divine meetings with leading thinker of Goddess Study, Hilary Anderson, Ph.D.
WildSpice Embodied is a series where we highlight individuals leading an empowered and authentic life, constantly pushing the boundaries through conscious creation. The values and beliefs of Mariona Lloreta resonate through her artwork and creative ventures. As an artist, visual director and entrepreneur, she daily explores and celebrates all types of identity through her creations. Our director Sienna Brown had the honor of speaking with Mariona to hear about the message behind her work, how her international background inspires her creations and why she believes artists will lead the future as change-makers.
Cyndi Ramirez embodies innovation and is making waves in the NYC food, fashion and beauty communities. With her endless determination and positive outlook on life, she knows what it's like to follow her passions and create the world she wants to be seeing. From taking over the blogging world with Taste The Style to her newly launched skin-care line DAILĒ, her accomplishments are impressive and the list keeps on growing. Recently, our very own director, Sienna Brown had the opportunity to sit down and pick Cyndi's brain about the unique nature of her professional journey, the importance of investing time in your passions and what inspires her.
There comes a pivotal time in all of our lives when we question what it means to be "enough". We wonder how to define self-worth and embody that strength in our day to day lives. For some it's a struggle, for others it seems easy, but at the end of the day, we are all on the journey together. We had a chance to sit down with Jason Weisgerber of The Enoughness Sessions and hear his inspiration behind the process, what it was like working with so many amazing individuals and how he defines enoughness for himself.
Amie Harwick, M.A., is the author of the bold guide to sex for today’s woman, recently released on Quiver Books, The New Sex Bible for Women. It does not shy away from topics typically considered taboo, and it seeks to encourage women to embrace their sexuality without the shame and stigmas of yesteryear. As a sex therapist, clinical psychologist, and former Playboy centerfold and model, Amie’s perspective is that of an educated and liberated female who is unafraid to explore feminine sexuality with honesty. We got the chance to speak with Amie about her path to publication, and find out what we can expect from her highly-anticipated book.
Kalae Kaina was born on the electric island of Oahu, HI. She is a breathtaking Tribal Fusion performer, instructor and founder of Shakti Dance Movement. To witness her dance is to behold the wonders of the Divine Feminine. In 2005, Kalae was first set on her path, destined towards Tribal Fusion Belly Dance.
Fredgy Noël has skillfully created a beautifully moving work of art from a personal tragedy.Milking It will bring you to remember the honest yet complicated facets of human connection in everyday life as well as in love. We got to sit down with the writer, producer, editor and main actress of this short film as well as share a WildSpice online exclusive clip of Milking It.
When you experience a performance by The Delta, you forget to breathe until the chills bring you back to earth. The words they transmit carry more than just any common sentiment, they hold an honest truth. Kleaver Cruz and Paula Ramirez, literary artists brought together with a mission to live unapologetically and share the words that matter with those who might need them most.
Danyel Smith is well known in the media world. She's brought her voice to Rolling Stone, Spin, Village Voice, The New Yorker and The New York Times (to name a few). She has also been editor-in-chief at both Billboard and VIBE Magazine, not only profiling some of the biggest names in the media but also creating other meaningful work along the way.
The honest words of Rupi Kaur leave you continuously wanting more as she writes with eloquence and poise. Her work will send you to past thoughts and realities you might not have known you had. We had the opportunity to chat with Rupi on her poetry, inspiration, the beauty of being a female and more.
Dream Rockwell is the definition of visionary. As Founder of Lucent Dossier Experience and Co-Founder of Lightning in a Bottle, her internationally renowned dreamscapes cornerstone an era of conscious entertainment and community. Dream's limitless creativity fosters freedom of character, expression...
We got to chat with NY based fashion designer Samantha Pleet on her new short film Visions for her AW14 line. We were immediately entranced by the airy, dreamlike state of the two young heroine's worlds in this celestial modern day tale. Visions is a fantastical collaboration unlike many others.
"The Four Elements of the Goddess" project came out of my nude yoga calendar: Sacred Form. My message is that the female form is both beautiful and sacred in all her elements. The four elements are an analogy to the sacred feminine in all of us.