Headquartered in New York City, mater mea is a website that tells the stories of women of color at the intersection of motherhood and career. The site was launched in 2012 by founder and editor-in-chief Anthonia Akitunde and founder emeritus Deborah Choi. By presenting a more realistic narrative of black motherhood, mater mea opens the ongoing “Can women have it all?” conversation to women of color.
With compelling photo-driven features on women such as poet Staceyann Chin and artist Wangechi Mutu, and helpful articles addressing career, beauty and style, parenting, wellness, home, travel, and culture, mater mea reflects today’s black woman as she really is: savvy, complex, and inspirational.
FOUNDER: Anthonia Akitunde
Anthonia Akitunde is the founder and editor-in-chief of mater mea. Raised in Kansas City, Missouri on a healthy diet of books and magazines, her decision to be a journalist was practically inevitable. After graduating from the University of Chicago and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Anthonia moved to New York City to further her journalism career, freelancing for The New York Times, Fast Company, Fortune.com, and The Root. Always bothered by the lack of diversity in her favorite magazines—she even wrote letters to Ebony and Essence when she was 12, proposing they create a teenaged version of their publications and make her editor-in-chief—Anthonia was especially struck by the dearth in mainstream media of professional women of color. When founder emeritus Deborah Choi reached out to partner with her on a new site that would present a more realistic and relatable view of black motherhood, she knew she’d found her calling.