Media Maven Kierna Mayo on Doing It For the Culture, Writing for Your Life and Redefining Success (and Failure) as a Black Woman

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February 1, 2017
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Elayne Fluker

Elayne Fluker is author of "Get Over 'I Got It' (HarperCollins) and host of the "Support is Sexy" podcast, which has over one million downloads. She facilitates customized workshops for corporations and organizations to create psychologically safe, supportive cultures for ambitious, high-achieving women so they can stress less, thrive more and be fulfilled in work and life.

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Media Maven Kierna Mayo on Doing It For the Culture, Writing for Your Life and Redefining Success (and Failure) as a Black Woman

Subscribe to Support is Sexy podcast on iTunes or on Stitcher Radio!

 

Thank you for listening! And hey, if you love it, please click here to leave us a Rating & Review on iTunes!

 

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.

 

VISIT KIERNA AT interactvieone.com

 

FOLLOW KIERNA at…

Twitter: @kiernamayo

Facebook: @kierna.mayo

Instagram:

 

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
Designer Aca Joe
Sugarhill Gang
Kurtis Blow
Murry Bergtraum High School
Jungle Brothers
A Tribe Called Quest
Red Alert
Native Tongues
Q-Tip
Hampton University
Emil Wilbekin
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority
Hampton Script
Elle
Vogue
Essence
Iman
The Source
VIBE
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

 

 

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[Music: “Easy” by SPCZ]

 

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Elayne Fluker

Elayne Fluker is author of "Get Over 'I Got It' (HarperCollins) and host of the "Support is Sexy" podcast, which has over one million downloads. She facilitates customized workshops for corporations and organizations to create psychologically safe, supportive cultures for ambitious, high-achieving women so they can stress less, thrive more and be fulfilled in work and life.

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