They're the innovators and change makers that are paving the way for People of Color to embrace a holistic approach to Wellness and Healing. 


  • Congratulate yourself for taking a bold step toward a more Joyous, Healthy and Healing future!

  • Take a deep breath and marvel at the glory of the many Women of Color killing it in the Wellness field.

  • Grab a pen and paper, watch one interview at a time & jot down how you can incorporate their tips into your lifestyle.

  • Tell us your story in the comments & share the interviews that touched your heart with a Girlfriend!


Shirin Eskandani is a certified professional life coach, the Founder of Wholehearted Coaching, and a former opera singer. Her holistic approach to transformation is influenced by meditation, spirituality and the arts. Her work has been featured in Cosmo and the Today Show. And In addition to working with private clients, she does public speaking and leads workshops around New York City on wellness and mindset.


Melanie Santos is the creator of – a personal development brand that promotes mental, physical, and spiritual wellness. Melanie – a New York City-bred Latina, wife, mother, self-love and mental health advocate, and speaker – candidly shares her journey in an effort to shift the perception of wellness, break down barriers, build community, and empower people of color to heal, connect, and align with their highest potential. She’s also one of the 2019 blogHer health Honorees!


Mary Vin Rose is a Host, Producer & Actor best known for her talk cable series Healthy Living in The Bronx on the Bronxnet TV, where she highlights people and organizations that are helping Bronx residents live a healthier life. Mary is a self-love and mental health advocate who is dedicated to promoting wellness through art and media.

Chapter 7: how a therapist uses self-care to prioritize self-love

Josie Rosario is completing a master's degree in clinical social work from Columbia University. She began her career in government, and worked under former Mayor Bloomberg designing policies that affected all of New York City's 1.1 million children. Josie later joined Teach for America and served as a teacher, coach and school leader in underserved communities in Brooklyn and the Bronx over the next seven years. She also serves children and adults as a mental health provider. Outside of that role, Josie is a yoga instructor and speaker, bringing dialogue about wellness and emotional well-being within women and communities of color into public and private spaces.

Chapter 6: how acupuncture can heal your pain

Joannie Campuzano is an Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Esthetician! She is the owner of Sano Acupuncture Wellness Center in the South Bronx and she specializes in the treatment of fertility, mood disorders, and pain management. In this interview, we talk all about the history of acupuncture, how it works, whether it hurts, how it helped her mom heal from a stroke AND how it can you live your healthiest life.

Chapter 5: how a health conscious girl traveled to 30 countries in 8 years

Jewels Rhode is a Public Health Professional that's traveled to 30 countries in 8 years! In this chapter, we discuss how she's traveled to 30 countries for the low-low, how to stay healthy while abroad & how travel can be a spiritual experience. In a time where it seems like our world is uncertain and sometimes scary, travelJewels showcases the amazing things and people you can see and meet the world over through travel. In my latest episode of Girl Talk, find out how one Harlem girl lives her healthiest life while traveling the world!

CHAPTER 4: how mindfulness will liberate you

Liana Naima as an energy worker is a certified White Light Reiki Expert Practitioner and VortexHealing® Practitioner. Liana utilizes breath work, vocal release, ceremonial cacao, and guided meditation in her practice to silence the mind and induce a transcendent state. She is passionate about making spirituality, self-care, and mindfulness accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Her diverse skill set as an educator and spiritual guide grant her the ability to create one-of-a-kind energetic healing experiences. In 2017, she was listed by Essence Magazine as one of the "Self-Care Sistahs That Helped Redefine Wellness." She's also been featured on the Black Girl in Om podcast, Yahoo, Sheen Magazine, Setu, and more!

CHAPTER 3: how to manage a mental health disorder with fitness

Chavonne Hodges is an advertising agent by day and a group fitness instructor and entrepreneur by night. She's the Founder of the wellness + fitness brand Grillz And Granola, makers of the innovative workout class Trapaerobics and mindfulness conferences such as Zen Day.

Chavonne can be found modeling her fitness skills in Target ads, instructing Trapaerobics at Facebook + Tumblr, and partnering with Under Armour for her community conferences. In this interview we talk about how Chavonne uses Fitness to manage her Panic Disorder, and the impact she hopes to have on communities of color.

CHAPTER 2: how mindfulness & yoga can aid refugee children

Danielle De La Fuente, Founder of Amal Alliance is a native of San Diego, CA and of Mexican and Iranian descent. She received her BA in International Relations from Boston University and MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Danielle has vast experience in peace-building and diplomatic efforts stemming from her work at the US Department of Defense’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, the British Embassy, and the Embassy of Argentina.

Her passion for striving to achieve sustainable peace by addressing issues at their root cause, led her to form the Amal Alliance. She has spoken about her initiative at the World Bank, at the International Refugee Congress in Istanbul, and at the UNHCR Global Compact for Refugees Thematic Discussions in Geneva. 

chapter 1: how to empower communities of color through accessible wellness & self-care

Mar is a native of Marrakech, Morocco living and loving in Brooklyn, NY. She is the founder and creative director of I See You Wellness—a wellness and lifestyle brand that exists to empower communities of color through accessible wellness and radical self care.

Mar is a Reiki practitioner (Usui Shiki Ryoho) and a natural born healer with the ability to SEE YOU for who you truly are. Mar uses multiple modalities in her work: Meditation, Writing, Affirmations, Aromatherapy, Energy & Oracle Readings, Reiki and Sound Healing—and continues to study alongside peers and teachers to bring more accessible healing modalities to communities of color.

Mar is on a mission to ignite the spark within individuals so we can collectively rise to our purpose. Her work has been featured in ESSENCE Magazine, Refinery29, Madame Noire and Melanin & Sustainable Style.