Tiffany Haddish’s #SheReady Foundation Brings Kids Better Opportunities & Resources

During this weeks episode of ‘Hollywood Unlocked Uncensored,” actress Tiffany Haddish joins Jason Lee and DJ Damage for an interview full of non stop laughter.

She shares some funny moments, including the time she took an ‘L’ at her New Year’s Eve Miami appearance. And even talks about the time she had sex on her period —  apparently she was trying to make the guy feel better about himself.

Despite her found success, Tiffany continues to remain humble and look out for the community. #SheReady, a foundation Tiffany started, not only benefits foster kids (as she was once herself), but seeks to provide kids with better opportunities and resources.

During the interview, Tiffany also discusses what it was like growing up and why this new foundation is so close to her heart.

Watch the Full Interview 

Bronx Bodega Where 15-Year-Old Teen Was Murdered Becomes City’s First ‘Safe Haven Zone’

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Following the brutal gang-related slaying of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, also known as “Junior,” in June 2018, the Bronx bodega where the attack took place has now become the community’s first Safe Haven Zone.

The 15-year-old was killed after police say a group of gang members mistook him for a rival. Guzman-Feliz tried to flee his attackers by running into a nearby bodega. According to ABC7, many in the community believe the bodega owner didn’t do enough to help the 15-year-old boy, who was ultimately dragged out of the store and stabbed to death.

“It was like I didn’t do nothing. But I did,” Modesto Cruz, the former Bronx bodega owner, tells NY1. “First, try to hide the kid under the counter. Second, I tried to hold the little door he got access to inside the counter, we tried to hold it. They got to put the responsibility for the people who did this.”

In an effort to not only save lives but protect their own, bodega owners have partnered with the NYPD to develop a six-step program that includes installation of donated equipment, including a panic button that calls the police, in-store cameras, automatic magnetic locks, and bright lights. Once the panic button is pressed, the surveillance footage can be monitored in real time by the local precinct.

“We need for these bodega owners to have the equipment necessary to come forth and not so much risk their lives but save the lives of others,” said Fernando Mateo of United Bodegas of America. “When somebody’s life is threatened and they walk into a safe haven store, that bodega owner could lock the door, so whoever is chasing that person can’t get in.”

This marks the city’s first Safe Haven bodega, which was unveiled with a ceremony on Wednesday morning (Jan. 23). The program, which currently includes 10 owners with hundreds more expected, is completely voluntary and costs about $3,000 to $4,000.

As of July 2018, 12 suspects have been arrested in connection with the death of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz.


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Its been reported that the popular competitive talent show “America’s Got Talent,” may be in need of a new host.

According to Page Six, Tyra Banks will reportedly not return to the show as its host in 2019. Sources close to Tyra say that, “Life-size 2’ went way beyond expectations… it was Freeform’s biggest premiere of the year… executives were over the moon with the cult classic sequel.”

The sources also added, “Tyra’s been inundated with producing and acting requests… she wants to produce and create TV. She will not be returning to ‘AGT’ in the new year.”

Last month Tyra told Access, “I think I had a really nice run with ‘AGT.’ I had a lot a lot of fun.” According to the site, Banks was teasing a big project for 2019. She previously said she wanted to make a “Coyote Ugly” after she starred in the original back in 2000.

Banks replaced Nick Cannon as the host of AGT back in 2017. NBC reps have not responded to the reports for comment.

‘Games Divas Play’: Lauren London, Parker McKenna Posey & Karen Obilom To Star In Tracey Edmonds Produced BET Drama Series

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‘Games Divas Play’ (working title) is a new BET drama that tells the story of a desperate basketball wife trying to protect her family, a persistent journalist struggling to rebuild her career, and an actress looking to become a star.

Executively produced by Tracey Edmonds, the former The Game actress Lauren London, My Wife and Kids alumna Parker McKenna Posey, and Insecure’s own Karen Obilom were crowned the three leads to the upcoming series. “Based on the popular book of the same name by Angela Burt-Murray, “Games Divas Play” is a sexy, stylized drama about the L.A. high life, where everyone plays to win.” Read more about each character on BET.


Jamiah Bennett, A Black Spinning Instructor Making a Difference at the University of Connecticut

As a high school student, Bennett developed a great interest in running track. By the time she realized she loved the sport, it was too late in her high school years to join the team. So instead, she became a spinning instructor, which you could kind of say happened by accident.

It all started in the Spring 2017 semester of school. Bennett’s friend invited her to a spinning class and she instantly fell in love! For her, it was more than the physical change — it was mental stability, especially when dealing with the stress of school (on top of everything else).

As an instructor, Bennett says she wants to be the “motivator” in the college setting. Every week, she dedicates her time to personalizing unique workouts for three BoyWise spinning classes. As the participants make their way to class, “I play music and begin introducing myself. I check bikes, gets to know people” and overall make the environment pleasant. Before the workout (or even the warm up), Bennett talks safety and familiarizes each student with parts of the bike. “Warm up takes about ten minutes, “it really just depends on the workout.” For her, heavy strength or endurance workouts equals longer warmup to prepare the muscles.

So what exactly makes Jamiah Bennett so different? The care she takes in putting her students body needs first. She’s constantly alternating workout routines for those challenge ready individuals also dedicating themselves to the class every week.

During the cool down process of the workout, Bennett give participants a minute or two to relax. It later becomes more structured with arm stretches and leg resistance. Off the bike “they stretch their quads, hamstring, & glutes.” At the end, “I always end with three big breaths to help with reducing heart rate. I also give them high five and “great job!”

When Jamiah is not instructing — she’s either studying or taking on her resident assistant job responsibilities. In the future, she hopes to get “Small Group Certification”, which allows her to teach small fitness classes with cardio, strength, & high intensity strength training.

Shout out to Kaisa Keranen, who Bennett is heavenly influenced by. She enjoys watching her workout videos, which she also implements in her daily workouts and classes.

If you’re interested in becoming a certified spinning trainer or you’re one already, here are 5 tips you should consider.

Think About Why

Why do you you want to become an instructor? As an instructor, you’ll be working with a bunch of people — so it’s not wise to just think about doing it for yourself. Really and truly, it’s about the participates. Why is fitness & wellness important for you?

Be real

People tend to look at fitness instructors as these perfect people on a Pedestal. They are human! So don’t try to put on a ficade.

When You’re An Instructor…

When you actually become one. Think of the purpose of your workouts. Don’t just put it together because you like it. Think about why you’re doing that workout, and why you’re getting others to do it.

Get To Know Your Participants

Once you know your students, it’ll allow them to appreciate & encourages you as the instructor to remember the little things they tell you.

Have Fun With It

Don’t make it feel like a burden. Have fun doing the workouts, making the playlist, etc.

What motivates you to keep teaching when you don’t feel the greatest?

The participants. They make it enjoyable. I realize that they are coming to my class for a purpose, so I have to cater to accomplishing their goals.

How do you motivate yourself  to work out your own?

I know it’ll benefit me. Working & moving out. It’s hard to think of a reason not to go. I always keep in mind the quote, “Mind over matter” and think of the afterward feeling.

When you don’t have access to the gym, what do you do?

Body Weight workouts, go for a run. You do not need a gym to exercise, not at all. Those days that I don’t want to go to the gym, I use what I have around me. My fitness influencer shows herself using suitcases, or any other materials around her. Whatever she has to do to get that workout in.

I try to do the same thing.

A one hour workout is only 4% of your day.

Currently, Bennet is also a certified AFAA Small Group Fitness instructor.

Reginae Carter to Star in New Lifetime Film ‘Pride and Prejudice’

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The Reginae Carter we all know and love is officially all grown up! The 19 year old daughter to rapping legend Lil Wayne, landed her first acting role in the upcoming lifetime movie ‘Pride And Prejudice: Atlanta.’

The film, set to be produced by Big Dreams Entertainment and Swirl Films, includes acting veterans like Keshia Knight-Pullian Victoria Rowell, Jackée Harry, and Reginald VelJohnson. 

Terry McMillian will write and executively produce. 

Landing this role is huge for Carter, considering she dropped out of school to peruse this dream. She revealed to her Mother on the first episode of “T.I. & Tiny Family & Friends Hustle” that she’s no longer interested in attending Clark Atlanta University.

No need to worry though! Because Carter has her acting career in full effect. 

The release date for the project has not been released, but we’re wishing a Reginae a great time on set! 

Keke Palmer Stars in New Movie “Pimp”

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“Pimp” is a lesbian love drama that tells the story of a struggling female pimp named Wednesday (Keke Palmer). Born into the game, Wednesday is forced to hustle for a chance at a better life in efforts to take care of her prostitution mother and girlfriend Nikki.

In the movie, which is executively produced by Lee Daniels, Wednesday comes face to face with Kenny, another pimp, who is much more dangerous than she can imagine.

Vanessa Morgan, Haley Ramm, Keke Palmer all star in this urban love story — Written by Christine Crokos.

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During the New York special screening, Crokos discusses what it was like meeting a real life pimp and how real survival is in the “pimp game.”

She also discusses the selection process and why Keke Palmer was the perfect individual to take on this role.

“What Keke did was take the scrip, and went and shot it— casted with her friends. I thought this was brilliant, what she did. She did the voice over, stars in it, and dresses as a boy.

I flew to LA, and when I sat with her, she was so full of life, so feminine. I thought oh my gosh. She comes in the room dressed as a boy, and she sat with me and we did every scene together. I knew Keke had something beyond her years, and she also had an understanding of the voice…”

“Pimp” will be in theaters on November 9th.

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Be Sure to Add These Travel Essentials To Your Packing Checklist

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Traveling has to be one of the most exciting things someone can do. The feeling of shopping, packing traveling to the airport, checking bags in, and just catching flights in general is just so satisfying.

I personally wish I had the chance to travel more. But the way my bank account is set up…there goes all the places I’ve ever dreamed of traveling to.

Speaking of packing — It takes a lot of skill and dedication to compile the necessary traveling checklist. Whether you’re a first time or seasoned traveler, it helps to have a clear and concise list to run by.

Lucky for you, we got it covered.

Here are some items you should consider when traveling:

Once you’ve selected a versatile luggage that allows you to travel stress free, now, it’s actually time to pack your bag.

Toiletry Basics

If you didn’t already know, having the proper toiletries makes a big difference. Your potential bag will consist of the daily products you already use in the comfort of your home, but just, smaller.

List #1: Taking Care of Dental Hygiene
Here’s what you’ll need to keep your oral health cool and collective.

1. Toothbrush
2. Toothpaste
3. Mouthwash
4. Floss (Not mandatory, but recommended)


List #2: Keeping Body Hygiene In Tact
1. Body Soap
2. Wash Rag
3. Deodorant
4. Lotion
5. Baby Wipes (For those ‘on the go’ days)
6. Sunscreen with SPF
7. Pads or Tampons

List #3: Keeping Your Face Clean Clear day Under-control
1. Face wash (enough for the daily and nightly routines)
2. Face wash cloths
3. Face lotion with SPF or Moisturizer
4. Makeup wipe removers
5. Cotton Balls or Pads (Based on the products you use.)

List #5: Hair Necessities
1. Hair brush
2. Tail or Wide Tooth Comb (or both)
3. Hair Ties
4. Bobby Pins
5. Shampoo & Conditioner (If necessary)


Other Items to Consider That Are Not Mandatory
1. On the go detergent
2. Vaseline/ Aquaphor
3. First Aid Kit
4. Hand Sanitizer
5. Travel Underwear
6. Shower Slippers
7. Foldable Laundry bags
8. Water bottle

Packing the Perfect Carry On: No it’s not a mini suitcase.

Your carry on should include items you need for right there and then. Like…
1. Any documents you may need throughout the trip.
2. Phone charger / Portable Charger
3. Daily medication (if applicable to you)
4. Facial/ baby wipes (Mostly for International trips)

Other items to consider that are not mandatory
1. Neck pillow and blanket
2. Eye mask
3. Earplugs
4. Book
5. Headphones

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2018’s Power of Women Bosses

Not enough women in the entertainment industry receive the recognition they deserve. I want to provide a platform that does, so here it goes. If you don’t know these ladies already, meet the 2018 Power of Women Bosses: November Edition


Ayanna Wilks

Ayanna Wilks is currently the PR Director in the Celebrity Division at Wilhelmina. She studied English at Spelman College and soon began as a public relations assistant at Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF.) Her undeniable work ethic and desire for success landed her in the ‘Celebrity and Communications’ Department at DVF. After three years and three months, she transferred to Roc Nation’s Public Relations department. She took on a new role as ‘Communications Director,’ nine months later, to then depart the company for her newest role as Public Relations Director at Wilhelmina’s Celebrity Division.

On a personal note…

I met Ayanna at the 2017 BET Awards in Los Angeles.

But it wasn’t the first time we engaged with one another.

It was probably the month before, a good friend of mine, Walik sent me an opening she had for a PR intern at Roc Nation. We spoke over the phone, but I had a bit going on in my life, so signing up for the internship position wouldn’t have been a wise decision. Soon enough, we met at the BET award show, but my thought was “I don’t think she knew who I was”.

After being of assistance to some of her clients on the red carpet, Walik encouraged me to reach back out and connect the dots.

After emailing her, we spoke, met and BOOM, there was my first real internship as a Roc Nation Public Relations intern. Each day Ayanna continues to teach me the “do’s” and “don’t” of the entertainment industry. I continue to seek advice and cherish our relationship.

Brianna Agyemang 

Meet the Senior Director of Marketing at Atlantic Records, Brianna Agyemang.

Agyemang received her Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. She began interning in the promotions department at WAMO and later obtained a marketing internship at Columbia Records. In her new position, she was responsible for creating, promoting, and planning appropriate events for signed artists.

When Agyemang became an executive Intern at Bad Boy Entertainment, she quickly and successfully adjusted roles — especially when it came to assisting company executives and personal assistants with office related tasks and company events.

After being a marketing assistant at Shawdow Lounge LLC and fulfilling her internship at Violator Management, Agyemang began her new position as Digital Marketing Coordinator at Roc Nation. Almost three years later, she was titled ‘Global Marking & Artist Management.’

On a personal note…

I was at a point in my life where I was desperately searching for freelance opportunities. As a fresh face to the entertainment business, I didn’t know how to go about doing my research, let alone who to get in contact with.

I discovered LinkedIn, reached out to Brianna who was one of the few people that would respond to my LinkedIn messages.

You know what brought us even closer? The fact that I’d even see her on the train and briefly converse with her.

Tiffany Bender

Tiffany Bender is currently the Senior Producer at Teen Vogue. She attended Syracuse University where she received her bachelors in communication and rhetorical studies — Master’s in television, radio, and film.

She began freelancing at the Wendy Williams Show, where she assisted Senior producers with daily segments and composed research packets for producers.

Five months later, she transferred to Sirius XM Radio as an associate producer. Bender was responsible for booking and researching talent, in addition to pitching and implementing original radio and web segments.

Fast forwarding eleven months later, she ended up at NBC Universal Media as a production assistant. Another eleven months later, she switched jobs and became a talent production assistant. She moved on to the associate producer position at Crazy Legs Productions, then associate producer at MGM, and back to NBC Universal as an associate producer. Before landing her current job as senior producer, she’s worked at Condé Nast as the senior producer and later narrowed it down to Teen Vogue. — which if you may not know, is a division of Condé Nast.

On a personal note…

I’ve always been a fan of Tiffany Bender. But let’s be real. As a young individual trying to connect to Tiffany, there is no way to get in contact with her without knowing someone who already knows her.

I messaged the people she already followed on Instagram and one of individuals I called, didn’t even know how Tiffany ended up following them.

Then one day, I was working the door of @thebrownies party and instantly knew this was my moment to shine. After emailing her numerous times, the rest is history.

Tiffany is the definition of what it means to BE AMAZING. She continues to provide me with various opportunities and encourages me always network. Did I mention how great she is at giving advice?

Khalia Braxton

Khalia Braxton is currently the community management associate at Condé Nast. She attended Spelman College and received her bachelors in International/Global Studies. She started off as a fashion intern at Sukari. A year and some months later, she began interning as an accountant management intern at Hill Holiday. Her exceptional people’s person persona landed her in companies like Marsh & McLennan, Bloomingdales, Harlem’s Fashion Row, L’Oreal, Looklive Inc, and now Condé Nast.

On a personal note…

Khalia is the queen that keeps on giving! Her confidence, determination, and most importantly hard work ethic inspires me everyday. I can’t express what it is to be able to work with her — it’s the dedication that inspired me the most.

Gia Peppers

Gia Peppers graduated from Rutgers University. She joined an non-profit organization called ‘Ween Academy’, which is a six-week crash course about all the aspects of entertainment media. When she graduated, she explored journalism fields such as entertainment reporter and writer. Peppers has worked everywhere from CBS News to Co-Hosting home games during the Washington Wizards basketball seasons.

Since 2015, Peppers has worked with the Essence Magazine’s senior editor, in creating daily content around artists and speakers, in preparation for the Essence Festival. Currently, Gia is one of five hosts for Black Girl Podcast. She generally freelances between VH1, BET, NBA, and more!

On a personal note…

As a Tidal special events intern, I fell in love with Gia after witnessing her interview with Miguel. Her personality was so bright, and I knew if I connected with her, the energy would be through the roof. Till today, Gia continues to believe in me and provide me with numerous opportunities to attend industry events with her. Thank you, Gia!

Alyssa Castillo

Alyssa Castillo is currently the wonderful and witty assistant to American rapper Fabolous. As an intern at Roc Nation, she worked under the Senior Vice President of the company, Lenny Santiago. Though she was Santiago’s intern, her hard working ethic didn’t limit hero one division. The company realized how valuable she was in which offered her a full-time position as Jay-Z’s assistant. She, however, turned it down. Though this was a dream come through, she knew she had to start somewhere manageable first.

On a personal note…

Alyssa is SUCH A SWEETHEART — so humble and genuine. I remember
wanting to be of assistance during an event — an individual reached out to her on my behalf and without knowing me, she gave me a chance. I appreciate the conversations we have, even when you’re schedule is extremely busy.

Elizabeth “Afrikaa” Johnson

Johnson is a brand & Image Consultant. She studied at various universities in Philadelphia before dropping out to purse a career in entertainment. She started as Director of Sales and marketing of The Fashion Mansion Group before branching into talent management and PR.

In 2016, Johnson discovered stylist and creative director Farren Fucci on Twitter. They’ve since collaborated on projects like PAPER’s cover stories with Bella Hadid and Rihanna. Currently, Afrikaa’s clientele includes Christian Combs, Poppy and emerging artist Gabriel Tirado

On a personal note…

Afrikaa is another individual who remains true to her brand. What I love most about her, was the chance she took on me. Despite the fact that I would call her numerous times or even woke her out of her sleep — I’m still shocked at  fact that she didn’t block me till today.

Karleen Roy

Karleen Roy began interning as an off the books intern at Def Jam. Her hard work and dedication landed her the assistant position for American singer and songwriter, Neyo who at the time, just signed to Def Jam. Couple years later, Bad Boy Entertainment hired Roy as Diddy’s executive assistant, who also carried the work of a personal assistant. After 6 years, Roy embarked on a new journey, which we all know as ”The Vanity Group.”

On a personal note…

Karleen is a BOSS! Her personality is so bright, and to be quite honest, her story is inspiring.

Paulana Lamonier

Paulana Lamonier received her bachelors from York College. Her love for journalism landed her gig as an editorial intern at Newsday Media Group. She has freelanced as a journalist for Network Journal Communications Inc, highlighting African American Entrepreneurs making a difference in the community through her writing.

She has interned and worked at companies like Black Enterprise Magazine, LearnVest, and HRDCVR magazine. At HRDCVR Magazine, she assisted in seeking researching, edited, and curating relevant news for the brand. After taking on roles such as the Digital Marketing Apprentice at COOP, Engagement Producer at Jetty, and Social Media Consultant at Soul Cycle, she accepted the responsibly of a Forbes Contributor. At Forbes, she highlights women in male dominated industries.

On a personal note…that’s not so personal

If you’re not already following Paulauna, you’re missing out on a lot of opportunities. She continues to posts about available job opening and provide continuous advice for those who are interested in taking on journalism.

She even created a whole thread on it. If you haven’t already. Check it out.

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Anthony Anderson Plans to Graduate College With His Son in 2022

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Anthony Anderson is on yet another road to success.

Though we say see him as the sucessful Blackish star that accomplished so much, there is still one specific task he must check off his to-do list — the chance to complete his degree from Howard University and graduate with his son in 2022.

Anderson is not a new face to the university. He previously attended, but quickly left after realizing he couldn’t afford it anymore.

He said during his recent appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show…


“I was paying for college myself, and I ran out of money after my junior year.”

“I’ve been speaking with the university about creating a curriculum that I can take online and at home … so I can walk with my son in 2022…”

Anderson doesn’t love Howard just because. It’s the stomping ground to where he found his wife.

The son Nathaniel Anderson is currently a freshmen at the university.

In all, it’ll be great to see the two generations walk the final stage at the same time. What a true father and son bonding experience!

“So I have four years to finish one year of college.” – Anthony Anderson

3 Products You Can Try For Clear Skin

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OXY Acne Medication Cleansing Pads
Whether you’re trying to remove dirt or oil, these cleansing pads are ideally what you need. Not only are they tested by dermatologist, but they prevent breakouts, unclog pores, and keep the skin looking healthy as ever.
You don’t have to trust me, try it for yourself.
Important Information For You to Know
  1. Active ingredient — Salicylic Acid 2%
  2. Easy to use (no stinging effect)
  3. Use product during the day and night for effective results.
  4. Perfect for a quick clean.
How To Apply
  1. Start with a damp or dry face.
  2. Open the container and cleanse in all your necessary areas (avoiding your eyes, mouth, and inside your nose)
  3. You can either rinse or leave it.
  4. Apply moisturizer.

Witch Hazel
If you didn’t already know, Witch Hazel is a manufactured from a plant called “Hammamelis Virginiana” (Took you a minute to say that huh?).
Here are some of the reasons it may be effective for the skin.
The toning effect tightens pores. You might wonder: But will this dry my skin? Not one bit. The active ingredients within this product actually keeps moisture in to prevent water loss. Water loss is usually what leads to dry skin.
How to Apply
  1. Wash your face with your usual face cleanser.
  2. Pat your face till it’s damp or completely dry
  3. Soak a cotton ball or pad with the witch hazel toner.
  4. Pat your skin.
  5. Apply your regular moisturizer.
St. Ives Fresh Skin
There’s nothing like having a smooth baby butt skin after exfoliating. This product is made with all na-tu-RAL apricot fruit extracts and natural walnut shell power, which is perfect for naturally glowing skin.
Important Information to Know
  1. Dermatologist tested
  2. Paragon free
  3. Hypoallergenic (which means it’s unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.
How to Apply
  1. Start with wet or damp skin.
  2. Squeeze a small sized amount into your fingertips and massage into your face.
  3. Gently massage into a circular motion (avoiding, eyes, mouth, and inside nose)
  4. Pat dry, apply moisturizer.
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Meet Lindsey Peoples Wagner, the (Soon to Be) Youngest Black Editor At Teen Vogue

Last Wednesday, it was announced that Lindsey Peoples Wagner, currently the fashion editor at New York Magazine and The Cut, will take the throne as Teen Vogue’s Editor in Chief. — The youngest black editor at that.

Set to replace Phillip Picardi, who is currently Condé Nast Chief Content Officer of Teen Vogue and THEM, a digitally focused LGBTQ publication.

Picardi who will now become Editor in Chief of Out Magazine says “it’s her incredible award winning, culture changing work — bringing substance to style at The Cut that made her the perfect person to steer Teen Vogue.”

In fact, we are rooting for her first official day on October 18.

In People Wagner’s new role, she will manage all digital, social, video, and events including the Teen Vogue Summit, (which I myself got a chance to work last year).