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With ArtLeadHER Mashonda Tifrere Keeps Women Front And Center

The arts have been in the structure of Mashonda’s DNA since her humble beginnings in Harlem. “Art has always been a part of my life,” she tells ESSENCE. “Growing up in Harlem, there was just art everywhere: graffiti art, mural art, photography – my uncle was a painter. At home in our house, there were always acrylics, canvases and paint brushes hanging around. It was always there.”

Mashonda’s journey has taken her from singer-songwriter to her true passion of art curation. Her career in music began as a writer for singers such as Monifah before she signed a record deal. As a solo artist, she’s collaborated with Eve, Jay Z and Snoop Dogg. As she began making strides in her career, Mashonda knew that art would be incorporated into her life. “As I grew older and started making money, it was never a question that I wouldn’t buy art. I don’t even look at it as an investment; I always just knew that I wanted good art at my house.”

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