Vashtie Kola: Curator of Cool - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

Whether you know young tastemaker Vashtie Kola as King Vashtie, Vash Money or her most popular nickname “Downtown’s Sweetheart,” there’s one thing for sure: she’s an innovator. The Albany, New York-native has found success as an entrepreneur, director, deejay, party promoter, and fashion designer–all before the age of 30.

Kola garnered a vast amount of media attention for her tomboyish-chic style and steadfast work acumen, being featured in publications such as Vibe, Giant, Paper, Nylon and The New York Times;on television spots like New York 1’s One on One, and sites, which include and, among others.

Kola’s creative venture late last year with Air Jordan made her the first female to design a shoe for the Jordan Brand (the Air Jordan 2 Retro, to be exact).

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Janel Martinez

With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina,,, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.   Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.