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.
Attending a University upon graduating High School isn’t for everyone, and I can admit it wasn’t for me. I’ve been working a 9 to 5 since high school, spending the last few years in Corporate America. Read more>>
I am A Mother An Evangelist A Nurse A Daughter A Sister A Pioneer A Friend A Mentor & The Founder of Women Cloths Community Outreach Fellowship. I Am Simply Authentically Me. Read more>>
I’ve always had a passion for people and making them feel confident and beautiful as well as being helpful and a leader. I started my career teaching after college, but coming from a big family of girls, beauty. Read more>>
I began designing in northern California in the early 70’s. Moved to the LA area in the early 90’s, where I lived for 19 years. I styled and designed for entertainers, actors, producers & directors. One of my gowns was worn on the red carpet of the 2009 Academy Awards – Oscars. Read more>>
Markina Reed M. Ed and Quincy Reed Sr.
I have been a math and science teacher in Dallas ISD for the past six years. Being that I serve in a school where the economically disadvantaged population is above 80%, we were constantly faced with situations of students not having what they needed. Read more>>
My journey starts with me dropping out back in 2003 and becoming a mother at an early age. I would stay at home and raise my children for ten years. We struggled and went through some hard times during these years. Read more>>
We Started as a Rapper & Producer collaboration and ended up building up a brotherhood or art across Dallas. Number Studio448 now is a premium, multi-platform digital media company, entertainment hub, curating, developing and connecting a new generation of content creators to global fans. 448 embraces multi-racial but singularly cultural urban entertainment in all its forms – across comedy, music, poetry, news and other cultural programming. Read more>
I saw the lack of financial needs but also the lack of educational resources. As I aged, I realized that someone needed to advocate for these people. I vividly remember January 20th, 2009, The first African American president was sworn into office alongside him was a strong woman who had come from similar circumstances such as me, She became a big inspiration to me. Read more>>
Brandon Jackson Jr.
Well I actually started by my aunt making me Kool-aid be pickles for a after school snack a few years ok I started to love them and ask my mom could she buy some pickles so I can make some Kool-aid pickles for home later I started selling them in my apartments, to my church family, neighborhood, school mates/teachers and to my family. Read more>>