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PHOTOGRAPHY Stevie Love (@stevielove) STYLING Porsha Thelusma (@weekendonweb) JEWELRY The 8th Elementt (@the8thelementt) Some people are just born knowing their earthly purpose. Such is the case with spiritual advisor and Bruja Emilia Ortiz. She’s not your typical happy-go-lucky advisor either— Ortiz gives it to you raw just like her very straight-forward personality. Hailing from a Hispanic household in Flatbush, Ortiz learned the importance of holding onto your roots while moving into the future, a value her dad...
Age: 28 Pronouns: She/Her Neighborhood: Bed-Stuy Most Likely to: Stay in bed all day watching Fixer Upper on HGTV  Favorite Quote: “In the final analysis, it was between you and God, it was never between you and them, anyway.” - Mother Teresa Since her first Psych class, Naiylah knew she’d go into therapy. Currently, she works as a marriage and family therapist focusing on conflicts with substance abuse and mental health. Naiylah wants therapy to become a commonplace, unstigmatized...
Age: 27 Neighborhood: Bed-Stuy Most Likely to: Have a deep and heartfelt conversation with you upon meeting you Favorite Quote: “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.” - James Baldwin Ashleigh Eubanks is a woman of few words. Not because she has nothing to say, but because there's so much that needs to be done—and she's doing it. She's an instrumental member of the Audre Lorde...
Are you running the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon this weekend? If so, how did you do that! This year’s race sold out in 26 minutes, so exceptionally good on you if you had the fortune of getting a slot. This Saturday morning, you’ll join 27,000 other half marathoners in several starting corrals along the Brooklyn Museum, in preparation to run 13.1 miles around Prospect Park, down Ocean Parkway, and finally to the boardwalk on Coney...

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