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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.

Nikeesia Ranson

Our journey towards adoption was not planned but truly ordained by God. For the last twenty-one years, my husband and I have found ourselves assisting others in the care of their children while raising our own three birth sons. We have allowed over ten children to live with us over periods of time. It was no surprise to others when we decided to become foster parents. Due to the emotional separation that foster children experience. Read more>>

Tanisha Washington

As a young girl born and raised in the great state of Texas, fried food and comfort foods were always my go to. Fried chicken, mac and cheese, peach cobbler, honey buns, chips and queso were some of my favorites! And it’s so true when they tell you everything is bigger in Texas; the drinks, portion sizes, and pant sizes. At the age of 18, I reached my heaviest weight of 276 pounds. Read more>>

Imani Brown

I grew up in the salon. My god mom did my sister and I’s hair every week and as compensation we’d clean the salon for her (folding towels, sweeping hair, etc). My mom is a makeup artist, my grandmother was once a hairdresser, and one of my sisters also is a hairdresser. I went to college and studied criminal justice and realized I’m supposed to be where I’ve always been, so I enrolled in cosmetology school. Read more>>

Liz Grow

Nothing can stop me from spreading this message, and a global television network is where we believe we can reach the biggest audience. I had zero experience on camera or show running a television series, but I had total confidence in my mission – to help other women (and therefore, their families) live their best, healthiest, and most fulfilled lives with the help of this beautiful plant. Read more>>

Akilah James

My Agency’s Genesis Story is so funny to me when I look back on it; I was casted for a Fashion Show back in 2016, that used me as their head model. This meant that I was the model that was called on for runway-walk demonstrations and I served as “the face” in all of the marketing material for the show. Read more>>

Sarah Miller

Growing up, my dad always had lots of plants, so I came up with the idea: Why not make planters? I decided that at the minimum, I could make planters for myself and then make them for friends and family for special occasions, like birthdays, baby showers and housewarming parties. Read more>>

Dorian Delafuente

The way I started my career in music was sort of random and kind of a long story so here we go. Since I was young, I have always pushed myself to try new mediums of art, whether it be playing instruments, dancing, singing, acting, photography, etc. and I’ve always known that I would grow up to be a performance artist. Read more>>

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