Tessa Lena

Tessa Lena is an immigrant artist, writer and entrepreneur living in the East Village of New York. She is the founder of VulnerableWin, a community initiative designed to restore the art of dialogue and to help people talk to each other over disagreements and cultural differences. Her motto is, "See a fellow human."
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#MeToo: Power, Let’s Talk About It

This is a story I have been sitting on for over a year, trying to get it right. It is a story about womanhood, immigration, my remarkably uneventful experience of dating R. Kelly, and the intersection between the American pop culture and the #MeToo movement. Let me start by saying that it took me years to realize how empowering it is to be a woman. In my childhood, I was a tomboy. I didn’t... Continue Reading

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Do You Know What It’s Like to Be an Immigrant in America?

Overnight, many of my friends have become great experts on the culture of my home country — a place they have never visited. When I was 5 years old, my Soviet teacher announced that America wanted to nuke us for our freedom, and that a missile could hit any moment. That day, I couldn’t focus on my homework, and I couldn’t sleep at night. I was just staring at the window in fear, waiting... Continue Reading

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