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Kierna Mayo has always been about her crew — a group of women who had her back and were a part of her tribe. Her world included the powerful influences of hip hop culture, dance, style, art, her hometown of Brooklyn and New York City, which not only shaped her childhood and high school years, but also shaped her evolution as a storyteller.



Today, Kierna is arguably one of the leading voices of the culture, having been an early hip hop journalist at a time when many people were still questioning the validity of the music and even more so the spaces that women would occupy, a co-founder of honey magazine, leading the resurgence of Ebony magazine and its web site, and now serving as Senior VP of multimedia company Interactive One and appearing regularly to offer cultural commentary on CNN.



On this episode of the Support is Sexy podcast, Kierna tells her story of trusting her gut, creating her own lane in the fast-changing world of media, learning to forgive yourself for the perceived missteps and business failures, and why Black women, especially, need to be flexible, tenacious, determined to evolve and at times, angry.


On this episode you’ll learn:

  • The unspoken dynamic of how to navigate fame among friends.
  • How to recognized when you’re on the right path.
  • How to hold your own and pronounce your voice in a room full of men.
  • How challenges help sharpen your knife.
  • How to create a lane for yourself in unfamiliar territory.
  • Redefining your own success.
  • The importance of learning to forgive ourselves.
  • Her advice for aspiring writers and editors today.
  • The job of a writer.
  • How to be READY when someone asks you for your work.
  • What it means to be a storyteller today.
  • The importance of being flexible, evolving and not getting stuck, especially in the anger.
  • Your success is not your whole story.
  • How to move beyond the fears and shame of business failure.
  • There’s a time to be in the light and there’s a time to be in the lab.





Twitter: @kiernamayo

Facebook: @kierna.mayo




Designer Aca Joe
Sugarhill Gang
Kurtis Blow
Murry Bergtraum High School
Jungle Brothers
A Tribe Called Quest
Red Alert
Native Tongues
Hampton University
Emil Wilbekin
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority
Hampton Script
The Source
MTV’s Real World
dream hampton
honey magazine
Iyanla Vanzant
Susan L. Taylor
Oprah Winfrey
Maya Angelou
Jamilah Lemieux
“Before I Let Go”
Keith Clinkscales
George Jackson
Urban Box Office
Black Girl Magic
Muhammad Ali
Ebony magazine
Amy Barnett






[Music: “Easy” by SPCZ]