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Trailblazers: Arlington

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Arlington that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Brieanna Lightfoot Smith

I started Black Girls with Purpose in New Orleans, Louisiana during the summer of 2016. I had just published my first book The Black Girl’s Guide to Living on Purpose about overcoming the suicidal thoughts I had as a teen. I felt like God placed it on my heart to share with his pretty brown girls, the importance of looking to Him to find their purpose, worth, and identity. Read more>>

Mel Brown McGinnis

I knew I wanted to be a writer. I was a member of the Speech and Drama Club in high school, and I was hit with the performing bug when I did my first silique in speech class and was cast for the chorus in Greece the musical. So, you wonder how I ended up becoming an attorney, right? Well, I was born in a small town in Louisiana that Time magazine once called the “poorest town in America.” Read more>>

Ana Torres

Blessed Photography was based on one dream, to be a blessing to others while using the camera. I believe that my business was truly intended in just being as affordable as I can be so that others can have the experience of a lifetime. Have memories to hang in their walls! Read more>>

Aimée M. Everett

Breaking silences to me means to address all feelings, healthy, and unhealthy habits we have. These habits may have been passed down through family, society, or have been adopted as coping mechanisms. My work also addresses issues of racism. Racism is also an issue that needs to be addressed and can be passed or adopted as a person gets older. Read more>>

Terika Williams

I really enjoyed exercising and my sport of choice eventually became Track & Field. I had dreams of being an Olympic star much like my cousin, Micheal Tinsley. During my Junior year of high school, I injured my back and hamstring. After sitting out an entire high school season and coming back my senior year, I didn’t perform as expected. Read more>>

Ameera Henry

My Yoga Journey began in Houston, TX. Growing up, my mom had a yoga VHS tape that I would pop in the VCR here and there and I was always intrigued with this thing called “yoga” but I didn’t really dive deeper into the practice until I graduated high school in 2014. Read more>>

Reya Roussel

I learned to sew in Dallas at Concord Church starting in 6th grade. I was in a “Rites of Passage” program that lasted until my senior year of high school which focused on important skills from cooking and sewing to international travel and investing. Each year, we learned to make new garments like pillows, aprons, dresses, and quilts. Read more>>

Makayla King-Reed

I always get the question, “What made you start a youtube channel?” Believe it or not, I started my YouTube channel towards the end of 2017, because I was depressed. I had just dropped out of what I thought was my dream hbcu, cut the ties of several toxic relationships, and YouTube became a world where I could escape everything. Read more>>

Samanda Marshall-Sawyer

Becoming a wife & mother didn’t change my God-ordained purpose to be an entrepreneur. In fact, it was part of God’s strategy all along. In spite of my imperfections, failures, and many setbacks I am still the one God chose to fulfill the assignments He placed on my life. Especially, those that will be done through my business. Read more>>

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