Meet Christina Coleman
on her morning routine
I’m usually up by 7 a.m. to do two things – walk my dog and assign stories to my writers. As a managing editor of a news site I need to know what’s going on at all times so I’m searching the wires. Between 7-9 I’m glued to my computer writing and editing so I don’t grab breakfast (always oatmeal and pineapple) until about 10 or 11 when I head into the office.
on becoming a writer
This sounds silly, but making up short stories and poems with my brother are my earliest memories of writing. And I was always good at it; my teachers in grade school encouraged it because they could see I had ‘something.’ And so I decided to dedicate my life to that ‘something.’ I went to school for it and have been fiercely defensive over my decision to be a writer/journalist even if that means sleeping in a cardboard box the rest of my life. Sorry, Mom.
on creating a vision
I’m really lucky to have stumbled into what became Saint Heron. While the site has undergone a restructure, the first iteration allowed me to be a part of a collective of young, Black women who were passionate about art, politics, culture, music, inclusivity, freedom…women who I’ve remained friends with and continue to watch grow in their own fields. I’m thankful that Solange’s vision has blossomed into what it is today because it creates a space for individuals like myself who are interested in a range of hobbies and music and topics separate from the ills of mainstream.
on the best part of her job
Sometimes I think about my time at NASA and it’s so surreal I have to remember that, yes, I really did that. Working closely with scientists and engineers, attending launches, witnessing the last of the manned space missions and translating all that science jargon into stuff millennials cared to read didn’t seem big then.
on her beauty routine
Mandatory routine, no matter how tipsy I am: Wash with Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser. Follow up with Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. Depending on the night, I may use Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream or the Oil Free Moisturizer. I also recommend Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Lotion, and Vaseline Cocoa Butter Petroleum Jelly.
For my hair I’m curbing breakage with Pure Shea Butter on my curls. I use what I have in the kitchen otherwise – coconut oil and olive oil are lifesavers for both hair and skin. I recently started to use coconut oil to shave my legs. You’ll thank me later.
on her makeup routine
I recommend Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Bare Minerals Original Foundation, MAC Powder Blush, Audacious Lipstick - Rita, Topshop Lipstick, Revlon PhotoReady Kajal Eye Pencil, Benefit they're real! lengthening mascara, MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red.
christina's favorite books
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Sula by Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson, PhD, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
christina's favorite places in nyc
Aurora for Brunch
Alice's Arbor for Dinner
Sisters for coffee and amazing cocktails
Whisk for kitchen supplies
Awoke Vintage for clothes & jewelry