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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.

Dr. Shelia Samone Brown

As an educator for over 20 years, I have an innate part of me that wants to protect others from danger; specifically, young people. Making the transition into the authorship and filmmaker seems natural because my purpose is the same; I empower others to change their lives for the better. Read more>>

Brandi Barnett

My short term goal is to bring awareness and revenue to small businesses owned by women as well as by minorities. My long term goal is to help students, through scholarships and mentoring, who are interested in opening their own businesses. I also want to provide resources to established small businesses. Read more>>

Meena Shabazz

Art has always been a part of my life and to me essentially “art is life.” As a young person, still learning about oneself and how to “navigate” through this reality, I did a lot of listening to audiobooks and consuming myself in other peoples life adventures. Read more>>

Qualyncia Griffin

Love those around you wholeheartedly or don’t be around them at all. The money will come if that’s your concern. I honestly believe I have been able to overcome any obstacle because my heart is pure and I face any darkness with love. That is not easy but the universe will give you plenty of tests to get it right. Read more>>

Shandon Guignard

I am located in an amazing studio housed inside the Jones Experience Grooming Studio. I offer anything from amazing manicures to relaxing spa pedicures in a pleasant, peaceful atmosphere. Be on the lookout on September 15, 2020, Flawless Finish will be opening for all of DFW to be pampermazed. Read more>>

Tatiana Smith

I started this business out of desperation from the 2019 government furlough. As an air traffic controller, my husband has an essential job and had to work without pay during that time. It was my job to make sure he wouldn’t worry how he was going to feed the family, no one should have to deal with that type of anguish. Read more>>

Karla Mingo

You have to have positive self-talk and believe in yourself. Sometimes, when you share your dream with others, they will not support you. You have to be careful who you share your dreams with because they will unintentionally plant doubt in your head. Read more>>

Donna Blow

From the beginning, there have always been obstacles. I quit my job to sew fully and when the clientele wasn’t there I had to do work two jobs. I have been working two jobs for a while and I love them both. One of my biggest obstacles is being a mom and working so hard. Read more>>

Victoria Dixon

Most importantly, all the glory goes to God for giving me the vision especially with my new upcoming web-series Better Now (logline below) that is premiering April 7 at 6 pm on YouTube under Antoinette Blue Productions YouTube channel. Read more>>

Sherise Gowdy

My advice to other women is to just do it. I am humbled by the way my customers love their garments. Some cry tears of joy because most could never find items like these in the department stores. The joy you bring to other people will give you the strength to keep moving on your journey. Read more>>

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