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.
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.
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.
POP LIFE Kasseem knows my business is art, so he’ll accompany me to check out the galleries on Sundays. We head down to the Village. I know a lot of the gallery owners in the area, like we’re very close to the Martin Lawrence Galleries family. My son and I both love it there because they have a lot of artists that are superanimated. The colors are bright, and there’s superhero characters, and Kasseem can relate to that. So it’s good because I like to take him places where he can relate to the art. On the way home, we’ll look at street art. Kasseem loves it, and there’s a ton of it down in the Village, so we’ll spend some time checking that out before we go home.
SHOP AND COOK If we’re not too exhausted by that point in the afternoon we’ll go get some things for dinner. We’re both really healthy. Kasseem is definitely being raised as a modern-day eater. When we go home we start prepping. I’ve been teaching him how to cook. We’ll wash everything and he’ll start cutting the vegetables. Things he likes, like broccoli. He also loves pasta, and he loves fresh Parmesan, so I’ve been teaching him how to grate it and boil the water for the pasta. Everything he makes has to have truffle salt included. I tell him, You’ve got some exquisite taste for a 10-year-old. I don’t know what I’ve started here.
WORK, WITH WINE CHASER Dinner usually begins around 7, and his bedtime is 9 o’clock, so I let him indulge in a little TV or whatever he wants to do after we eat. Sometimes he wants to play a board game, like Trouble, so we’ll do that. Mostly he’s off in his own little world until he falls asleep. But Sunday night for me is when the work begins. Once he’s off to bed, I have to get out the laptop and get started on the week ahead. I get out my folders and get back into my conversations with artists all over the world. I probably shut everything down by midnight, so I can get a solid six hours sleep before Monday. But I definitely have my little glass of wine on Sunday nights. That helps me burn the midnight oil.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Ms. Tifrere shops at Union Square Greenmarket on Sundays. She visits the market on Saturdays, not Sundays.