Aminata Dia, Product Manager, Condé Nast’s Vanity Fair, New York, NY. Twitter: @Ami_Dia.

7:45am: I finally stop hitting the snooze button on my alarm and get out of bed. Checking my email and Slack messages used to be the first thing I did in the morning, though now I wait until after I’ve gotten up, brushed my teeth, and washed my face. The older you get, the more you realize that the world won’t end because you saw an email at 7:59am instead of 7:46am. It’s my version of meditating.

8:15am: I check the weather (you never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at you in New York City) and get dressed for work. In media, you see a wide-range of styles – from traditional business professional attire to relaxed t-shirts and jeans. Because I’m running between different floors and buildings nearly every day, comfort is key. Today I opt for a casual dress with a low heel before starting to scan emails and messages on my phone and checking my calendar to see what meetings I have scheduled for the day.

8:45am: I head out the door with my work bag, gym bag, and umbrella in tow (I’ve succumbed to the fact that commuting in New York City demands a certain level of bag-lady status). After grabbing coffee around the corner from my apartment, I hop on the subway for my 45-minute ride from Brooklyn to downtown Manhattan.

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).

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