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."

#MeToo: Power, Let’s Talk About It

February 27, 2020

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...

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

November 21, 2018

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....