The New York Times

How Mashonda Tifrere, Art and Hip-Hop Maven, Spends Her Sundays

Reality television fans might know Mashonda Tifrere as a former cast member on “Love & Hip Hop: New York.” Music fans might know her from the songs she’s collaborated on with Jay-Z, Eve and DMX. But currently, Ms. Tifrere, 38, is committed to ArtLeadHER, an organization she created that is dedicated to promoting women artists. In addition to organizing shows, including “King Woman,” an exhibition of 25 contemporary women artists currently on view through Dec. 9 at Pen + Brush in the Flatiron district, Ms. Tifrere gets involved in the business side of art, helping women artists sell their works to her collector friends, who include the singer/songwriter Maxwell and the basketball player Carmelo Anthony. Ms. Tifrere splits her time between a home in Fort Lee, N.J., where she has her own modern art collection, and a one-bedroom apartment in Chelsea. She lives with her son, Kasseem Dean Jr., 10, and their dog, Chloe. Most Sundays, mother and son avoid the suburbs and roam the city.

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