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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.

Sylvia Johnson

As a child, fashion was my defense mechanism and personal escape. It was a way to create whatever reality I wanted at that given time. Of course, I didn’t have much budget to work with so I spent a lot of time in the thrift store. Read more>>

Danielle Petty

I started off at the age of 4 with dancing , tumbling and other genres at a private studio in Grand Prairie, Tx. I continued my dance education in Arlington, Tx learning ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, jazz, tap and last but not least hip hop. Read more>>

Felica Williams

I always wanted to write a book. I never thought the decline in my health would be the content of this book. I remember being so excited about graduation in 1996. I had been accepted in Pensacola Christian college in piskel Florida. Read more>>

Ashley Blom

I’m Ashley, a Millennial who taught herself to cook and developed a love of telling people about it. I live in Austin, Texas, and try to bury myself in the foodie culture here as much as I can, without getting pretentious about it. I’m originally from New England, which lends a fun lens to my culinary tastes. Read more>>

Autumn Hernandez

Flashback to the age of 13, I always wanted to play with hair and colored my hair like 10 plus colors every month. I knew it was my calling. I was in working on getting my cosmetology license in high school. Didn’t work out as planned. I caught the case of senioritis. Read more>>

Shaniqua Rischer

This is not the life I planned to live. But then, again, is anybody living the life they expected to live? I wanted to be a doctor, but instead, I am a business owner – and I would not have it any other way. Through the years, I have tried entrepreneurship a few times. Read more>>

Jasmine Fain

I can be described as a Dallas native, Oklahoma State Alumna, part-time hip hop lyric quoter, and most importantly an activist for the Nonprofit Industry. However, LIVINGWITHJ is about my lived experiences as a Black woman in this world and using my story to encourage others to represent themselves fully. Read more>>

Ashley Miller

I started my college journey at Dallas Baptist University in 2014 as a psychology major. During September of my freshman year, I started volunteering with a ministry called North Texas Capernaum. Capernaum is a sub-ministry under an organization called Young Life. Read more>>

Emily Christopher

Back in 2016, I went on my first big trip, to Thailand. I never imagined it was possible to travel to such amazing places without breaking the bank. I was a broke college student but I was able to budget my way through our trip and we had an amazing time. Read more>>

Rhonda McCoo

My passion for hair started at a young age. It was a small spark that grew into something major that I love. I love the beauty behind hair transformation and the feeling people get when they see their new look. After high school, I decided to transition my talent into a career by enrolling in cosmetology school. Read more>>

Adriane Leal Filenga

I was born in Brazil, November, 17th, 1990 (my birthday is coming!). I was raised in a Christian home, with a lovely family and incredible friends. Even though I am a shy person, I always like talking to people, knowing their stories and help the way I could. Read more>>

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