DEFY THE NORM.
ACHE WITH WANDERLUST.
CHANGE THE WORLD.
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.
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.
MEET THE TEAM
Maria 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 Inc.com. Her work with The Culture-ist has been featured by Architectural Digest, National Geographic, BBC America, The 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, 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 Stuart, Editor
Chelsea Stuart is a recent graduate of Boston’s Emerson College and a new Brooklyn resident. 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, drinking an absurd amount of coffee, and Netflix bingeing like any good Millennial. Follow her on
Twitter for more of her articles and occasional pop culture ramblings.
Angelica 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, abamundo.carbonmade.com, both of which should be cautiously used to contact her at a seance.
Amber Dunlap, Travel/Changemaker
Amber Dunlap is an aspiring travel writer from Colorado dipping her toes into the profession here at The Culture-ist. Currently, she is prepping for a year abroad in Peru where she hopes to pick up the Spanish language, dive into the local culture, draw inspiration for her writing, and most importantly stretch her comfort zone to new depths. She’s an explorer and an adventurer, finding her bliss when in new places, under new roofs, and humbled by nature. Writing is her tool for processing and inspiring others to get out there and engage in this beautiful world. Find her on Twitter @Amber_Dunlap.
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
Victoria Gaffney, Travel/Changemakers
Victoria Gaffney is currently pursuing an MA in Nonfiction Writing at Johns Hopkins in Washington D.C. She is a graduate of Haverford College where she majored in English and developed a passion for words and stories. She enjoys traveling and engaging with new people and perspectives, and relishes the thrill of late nights spent reading a new book or huddling in front of a computer screen to write. In her free time, she can be found drinking copious amounts of coffee, playing with dogs, practicing yoga and wandering around new streets without a plan. Victoria hopes to use writing to help impact positive change. Follow her on Twitter.