The Culture-ist is a media platform and a movement for social good that revolves around a global community of storytellers, travelers, dreamers and changemakers. Our community cares about the future of our planet and the necessary steps we all must take to preserve and protect the one home we share, Earth.

The Culture-ist is also the Humanity Unified Community’s home base for news, ideas and collaborations.

Mark Twain once said that “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” and we believe that through the experience of exploring the world and its vast array of cultures we can inspire one another to create positive change for the good of all.




Humanity Unified

We are excited to announce that we have launched a sister site, Humanity Unified. Humanity Unified is a socially-conscious lifestyle brand for the traveler, dreamer and changemaker.

Our model is simple, People before Profits.  

We work with local organizations to help fund projects that empower women in developing nations through education, economic opportunities and food security programs. 

Make a Purchase. Make a Statement. Help Change Lives.



Maria RussoMaria Russo, Co-Founder, Editor

Maria is a writer and editor who has worked in television, print and broadcast media companies such as: MTV Networks, People, Harper’s Bazaar, Warner Bros. and WOR News Talk Radio. She is currently a contributing writer at Her work with The Culture-ist has been featured by Architectural DigestNational Geographic, BBC AmericaThe Huffington Post, FATHOM, StyleList and Men’s Health among others. Russo is a humanitarian and avid traveler who loves nature, slow food, yoga and good conversation over a cup of Masala chai. Follow Maria on Twitter @MariaCultureist

Anthony Russo, Co-founder of Culture-ist MagazineAnthony Russo, Co-founder, Chief Dreamer

Anthony is an active philanthropist involved in organizations focusing on microfinance and providing rural communities access to clean water. Anthony is currently pursuing an MBA in Marketing and Global Business Strategy at Rutgers University. FollowAnthony on Twitter @AJCultureist & @TheCultureist


chelsea.stuartChelsea Stuart, Editor

Chelsea Stuart is a recent graduate of Boston’s Emerson College. When she’s not reeling from wanderlust (she lived on a ship for four months and visited 15 countries with the study abroad program Semester at Sea), she’s planning her next trip, reading, writing, thrifting and drinking an absurd amount of coffee. She hopes to one day (soon) pursue a career in publishing and try her luck in The City that Never Sleeps.


angelica bamundoAngelica Bamundo, Graphic Designer

Angelica is an illustrator, designer, and reanimated ghoul from New York who is responsible for The Culture-ist’s branding and promotional imagery. Legend has it that on clear nights when Saturn is aligned with Alpha Centauri, she can be found studying illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Although this is a subject of great speculation, leading paranormal experts agree: “Those among us who are more sensitive to psychic energies can clearly see her drawing many otherworldly things, logos and graphic novel concepts included. When the dark spirits are feeling particularly benevolent, she might even be seen smacking at buttons on an iMac, according to an eyewitness account from 1892.” The most convincing piece of evidence comes in the form of her purported email address, [email protected], and her final resting place/website,, both of which should be cautiously used to contact her at a seance.


Annemarie Tompsen, Millennials

Annemarie Tompsen currently studies Publishing and Writing at Emerson College, where she also works part time at the Lacerte Family Writing & Academic Resource Center.  A New Englander at heart, she’s recently moved to the Boston area from the small coastal town of Milford, CT. In her spare time she frequents local Boston coffee shops and has taken an interest in finding the diviest diners around. With the summer approaching she looks forward to exploring Boston and traveling along the coast any chance she can. Annemarie hopes to use her love for the written word to pursue a profession in the publishing industry and to further develop her writing career.

1069950_697112686970606_641127442_n (2)Stephanie Kasheta, Travel/Changemakers

Stephanie Kasheta is a graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she majored in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She is currently finishing up her MFA in Fiction at Emerson College in Boston. She is a Las Vegas native who recently relocated to Cape Cod with her husband, a veteran of the US Air Force. Stephanie is also step-mother to a seven-year old future writer named Olivia. When not reading or daydreaming of travel abroad, she can be found blowing glass at the Sandwich Glass Museum or working on her short story collection. Follow her on Twitter


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