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Nashauna Lenoir

A ‘Journie’ to empower at-risk kids
By Emily Watkins Photography by

Nashauna Lenoir has an impressive resume, from hosting her own radio show to acting, writing, teaching, singing and dancing. She is also a hairdresser.  Whatever she does, she goes all-in, and one of her strongest skills is organizing. She organized a Juneteenth event this year, bringing in food, a DJ and dance performances, all despite the limitations that the pandemic presented.

But Lenoir’s true love is working with teenagers. She says, “I grew up as a troubled kid in foster care. I was given opportunities that changed my life, and I’m just paying it forward.” Continue reading

Alzheimer’s in America

Bringing awareness
By Elizabeth Harris

Currently, there are over 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Chances are that you know someone or are someone that is directly impacted by this cognitive illness.

While there is still no cure, the good news is that there are medications that can treat symptoms and potentially slow the progression of the disease. Doctors all over the world are working to find more treatments and, someday, a cure. There are also steps that you can take in your daily life that might help lower your risk. Continue reading

Meet me in Zumbrota

Looking to travel? Think local.
By Samantha Erickson  |  Photography by

Travel plans are looking a little different these days—maybe even nonexistent—but our current situation doesn’t have to completely deprive you of that relaxed vacation feeling. Discover a local slice of paradise with a day trip!   Continue reading

In search of Rochester’s Racial Roots

A walk through a complex history
By Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara

In 2016, the summer Philando Castile was killed in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, I had been in Rochester barely a year. I often think back to that summer as we live through this unsettling pandemic and the labor pains of reckoning and nascent revolution. Racism has deep and intractable roots coursing through the American story. It is all too familiar, even as some deny it. History is full of the silence of this denial. And it is the silences I am often listening for. Today, cities across the country and the world are reflecting on their own racial pasts with fiery debates about monuments and public spaces. And so I went in search of Rochester’s racial roots, wondering what we might pull up when we dig our hands deep into the city beneath our feet. Continue reading

Stress and Resiliency

Embracing the Lessons of Current Events
By Rosei Skipper
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For many Americans the past five months have been the most stressful of our lives. From fighting the COVID-19 pandemic to witnessing racial violence and social unrest to enduring financial hardships to caring for children while working from home to worrying about the upcoming election, our nation has collectively experienced mass trauma this year, and there is currently no end in sight. Continue reading

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 – October 15, 2020
Looking backward and forward, but with stronger racial intelligence
By Grace Menchaca

Cultural recognition days, weeks and months are like doors. Visitors are welcome to turn the knob and enter a culture of food, dance, history and tradition. But when we leave, what do we take with us? That is a question to ask ourselves as National Hispanic Heritage Month comes during a time of unrest. Continue reading

A is for Apple

Orchard season in Minnesota
By Maka Boeve

From Eve’s temptation in the Garden of Eden to Snow White’s poison fruit, apples have always been part of common folklore. Apples are mentioned in nursery rhymes. They are symbolic of teachers and back-to-school. They were used in science to prove gravity, and now people are talking into Apple phones. Apples are everywhere! Continue reading

Letter from the Editor

Well, hello, Rochester Women Magazine readers! It’s been awhile. What’s new with you? Just kidding. That’s a silly question.

I think we can all agree that this is about the weirdest time we’ve ever lived. As a small business owner, it’s been tough financially, and I think we’re all seeing the value of spending our money as locally as possible. Get your pesky problems solved at three local businesses (p. 38). Check out and support our advertisers, as well as BBIWOC-owned businesses (p. 34).  Continue reading

Black Lives Matter

Young women take charge to fight for change
By Sara Dingmann

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Yezi Gugsa is tired of hearing people say that kids these days don’t know what they are talking about.

“It’s just not the truth anymore,” Gugsa says. “The truth is we’ve done extensive research, and we’ve done our best to educate ourselves. In most cases, we’ve done more research than a lot of adults have.” Continue reading