How Mashonda Tifrere, Art and Hip-Hop Maven, Spends Her Sundays

Reality television fans might know Mashonda Tifrere as a former cast member on “Love & Hip Hop: New York.” Music fans might know her from the songs she’s collaborated on with Jay-Z, Eve and DMX. But currently, Ms. Tifrere, 38, is committed to ArtLeadHER, an organization she created that is dedicated to promoting women artists. In addition to organizing shows, including “King Woman,” an exhibition of 25 contemporary women artists currently on view through Dec. 9 at Pen + Brush in the Flatiron district, Ms. Tifrere gets involved in the business side of art, helping women artists sell their works to her collector friends, who include the singer/songwriter Maxwell and the basketball player Carmelo Anthony. Ms. Tifrere splits her time between a home in Fort Lee, N.J., where she has her own modern art collection, and a one-bedroom apartment in Chelsea. She lives with her son, Kasseem Dean Jr., 10, and their dog, Chloe. Most Sundays, mother and son avoid the suburbs and roam the city.

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Mashonda, Kasseem and Chloe.

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ELEVATE We wake up kind of late on Sundays. I’ll get up at around 9:30. Kasseem will sleep until 10. Then we get up and we walk the High Line. We both really love the High Line. It’s so peaceful up there, you kind of forget you’re in New York City. Sometimes we head downtown to the meatpacking district and have breakfast at Serafina. Or we’ll go to the Standard Grill. He keeps it simple — he’s a pancake guy. Myself, I’m going to get lobster hash, like lobster benedict. I’ll also have my Sunday bellini.

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Brunch at the Coffee Shop in Union Square.

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HEEL FLIPS, HIGH ART Kasseem takes his skateboard almost everywhere. After we’ve had our breakfast-brunch, we’ll head back up to Pier 62 Skate Park, near Chelsea Piers. It’s a huge park. It’s got all the dips and, like, those big pools and all these different interesting obstacles. So while he’s doing that I’m sitting on the lawn with my laptop, just relaxing. By the time he’s done it’s like 2 or 3 o’clock, and we’re back on the High Line. We stop and check out the art up there. The High Line has been great about giving space to artists.

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