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Hidden Gems: South East Dallas

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of South East Dallas’s gems below.

Dajai Monae

Dajai Monae is a Dallas activist that advocates for equality, justice and humanity for the people. Bringing awareness to bias and unfair actions towards ethnic group or unjustified circumstances. “My platform is to create unity and equality by bringing awareness to racial injustices, deemed and seen as normal, due to the recent instilling of some, that injustice is acceptable. Read more>>

Mackenzie Adams

My love for the beauty industry started when I was about twelve or thirteen and the new Urban Decay Naked palette had just been released. Being the only palette I owned and using it everyday, my new passion for makeup would soon pave my way into the beauty industry. When I was in High School, I had spent a lot of time trying to learn and develop techniques to improve myself since I was self-taught. Read more>>

Dee Walton

I started singing at the age of 6 at a little country church in Royse City, Texas. I grew up as what the church community calls a “church boy.” At the age of 10, my grandmother saw the potential of myself and three of my cousins. We then became the “Anointed Voices of BibleWay.” We learned our first gospel song as a quartet group by Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC’s called “I’m Gonna Make It.” Read more>>

Hector Kriete

I’m a Latino Immigrant from Colombia. I moved here when I was fourteen years old to the state of California and moved to Austin, Texas in 2015. I have been making things ever since I can remember, and I have always enjoyed the arts like drawing and painting. In high school, I was introduced to Ceramics and I fell in love with it. Now all I do is turn mud into things, every day, until my hands are sore. Read more>>

Reggie Johnson

My name is Reggie Johnson aka @RJCREATE81. I was born in Dallas and raised in the Oak Cliff area. I been drawing probably since I was little kid but started painting in 2011. Every since 2011, I been painting my artistic views on all types of surfaces. I have done several art shows in the DFW area and Houston too. While participating in these art shows. Read more>>

Cardavion Willie

My name is Cardavion Willie. I am a Junior at the Illustrious Prairie View A&M University. I started selling mink eyelashes my sophomore year in college. I know people may wonder “why sell lashes?”, An old friend of mine, Keaera just inspired me to pursue that path in life. At first, I wasn’t sure whether I would be successful considering the business. Read more>>

Misty Vicious

I’m MistyVicious and I’m a Cosplayer and Streamer. My passions are Cosplay, Perler Cosplay, Streaming, Perler/Pixel Art, Crafting, Photography, Photo Wizardry, and Gaming, all with a focus on positivity and acceptance. I started Cosplaying when I learned that cosplay meant I could make my costumes at any time during the year instead of just on Halloween! Halloween. Read more>>

Nicole Mosley

Born Nicole Mosley in Dallas, Texas; “Heaven” began her modeling career in the curvy model arena. Breaking through as a plus-size model was challenging when I first started, but it has been a great platform to show that true beauty comes in many shapes, sizes, and shades of skin tone. Read more>>

Anna and Benson Phillips

My husband of 27 years and our four boys ages 15-23 love being in the outdoors and have spent a lot of time vacationing in cabins. Our story started about seven years ago when stayed in a luxury log cabin while on vacation in southeast Oklahoma and had such an enjoyable time. Read more>>

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