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Trailblazers: South Dallas

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 South Dallas that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Alice (“AllUs”) Frank

At first glance, it may seem that I do a million unrelated things – I am a filmmaker, a poet, a teacher of yoga and mysticism, and I make onesies for grown-ups! To me, all of these expressions have one common thread. Much like light coming through a prism becomes different colors, each artform is a color projected from a strong, internal assertion that all humanity (and everything else) is one. Read more>>

Lucia Holguin

The introduction between photography and I was very early in my life. My father, whom I was closest to, would spend a lot of his time watching old videos he filmed of his early life and looking at old pictures he took. The thing that I liked the most about what he captured is that each picture or video showed the purest moments of him with his cousins and/or friends. Read more>>

Verenice De Santiago

It all started back in college in 2015. One of my homegirls suggested we did community service work. I told her I was down, she started researching some places and found somewhere we can go help with the homeless. After she sent me some information, I just started thinking “how do I know I’m really making an impact? Read more>>

Jazelle Baker

I began to take hairstyling serious around age 15, my sophomore year of high school. After school, I’d go straight home knowing I had someone’s hair to do, and an opportunity to make some cash. One of my oldest sisters were a big influence on me deciding to become a hairstylist. Read more>>

Marlena Jarjoura

I believe that my story began before I was born, so I’ll start in the middle-ish. In 2012, a few days after graduating from college, I moved to Austin from a small town north Mississippi where I’d spent the last 22 years of my life. Once in Austin, I started my career as a special education teacher and grew from college kid to adult overnight, or so it felt. But the Monday-Friday grind of “teacher life” was deeply upsetting for me. Read more>>

Norma Jeanne Maloney

I was the daughter of a military man so I was an Army Brat. We traveled throughout the US and overseas and I had a strange fascination with typography, especially roadside signage. I began drawing cereal boxes and then album covers. When I was 20, a friend asked me to repaint their storefront window. Read more>>

Emily Ballard

I think that moving after four years of having established my business was for sure one of the hardest challenges thus far. Just as I was beginning to have a good list of repeat clients, I had to start over again. Thankfully, having a great portfolio to refer back to for my new clients in San Antonio helped to get my business here off the ground. Read more>>

Queen Kumfa Smith

Not sure which one came first, my love for stories or food. They seemed to go hand in hand growing up. I was born and raised in Cameroon, West Africa in a very community-centered culture. We must have coined the phrase, “it takes a village to raise a child,” lol! One of my fondest memories was when the whole family would gather around the fireside. Read more>>

Tameshia Rudd-Ridge

I’ve faced challenges in building the businesses that almost left me broke and ruined some of my personal relationships. At the time, they seemed insurmountable. In hindsight, I grew stronger personally and professionally. For that, I’m eternally grateful. Through these moments, I learned that taking risks seldom comes without challenges. Read more>>

Jennifer Torres

A space where I could teach my summer art camps for kids without having to rent a space and lug all my art supplies from place to place. I also dreamed of expanding my art classes to include adults and other art educators. Cedars Art House was hatched from these dreams. In 2015, when my husband and I decided to buy a lot and build a house in our artsy, eclectic Cedars neighborhood, we devised a plan to include an art studio on the first floor. Read more>>

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