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Community Member Spotlights

It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them the fundamental questions about who they are and how they became the person they are today. Understanding and empathy are essential building blocks for a better, more compassionate world. We’re incredibly fortunate to be able to ask these questions each week through our interview series. Below you’ll find interviews from our community members and content partners – the folks who’ve been heavily involved with us, collaborating with us on content, sponsoring our mission and spreading the word about the work we do.

Electra Harris | CEO-Founder of Mysteek Naturals

I am believed to be one of the first black women to have created a temporary hair color that is completely free of harsh chemicals. The company is a Black woman, veteran-owned small business and I started developing the product in 2017. Read more>>

Abbria Hoover | Fashion Stylist

My name is Abbria Hoover I am a lover of God, my family, my friends and fashion. But more specifically styling women to be there BEST selves. I call myself a “life stylist” because my goal is to help elevate any moment in your life through style. Whether that be for a huge business meeting or a hot date! Read more>>

SA Brown | Filmmaker, Writing Coach, and Speaker, Writer, Editor for Hire

Hello! I moved to Atlanta in 2015 to pursue my passion of the entertainment industry. Nothing was popping in Mississippi. Right now, I have a teacher and it took me 3 years to find the courage to go forward with my dreams. In 2018, I found a group that completed films in 8 hours. I have not looked back. I am all in with plans to leave my teaching career (after 20 years) and go after my dreams full time. Read more>>

Andrew Snorton | Author, Educator, Speaker, and Host

Originally from New Jersey and now based out of the Atlanta, GA area, via his business (Creative Community Solutions), Andrew’s work ranges from education-based services (student tutoring and coaching, ACT/SAT prep), press/media services (for businesses and events), and writing/editing services. Read more>>

Ashley Black | Attorney

Ashley Black is the Founder and Managing Attorney of The Black Firm LLC. She is a metro Atlanta native raised in Decatur, Georgia. During early childhood, Ashley decided to become an attorney. Although unsure which area of law she wanted to practice, she knew that she wanted to help her community. Ashley is a proud graduate of Southwest Dekalb High School. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University with a major in Philosophy and a minor in English. Read more>>

Kimberly Haase | CEO/Founder of iLoveKare

Hi, I am Kimberly Haase, and I was born and raised in the city of Lansing, the capital of Michigan. I’m the eldest of five siblings. I grew up very close with my family, my core friends being my cousins until high school. In high school, I met a great group of individuals who I’m still friends with today. My delights in life are being around family, friends, being in nature, and watching YouTube. I’ve lived in Georgia for over 25 years and have enjoyed Cobb county for 16yrs. Read more>>

Dr. Sheila D Williams | Mental Health Advocate, Best-Selling Author, International Speaker and Media Personality

I am Dr. Sheila D. Williams. I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Education. I am an Advocate for Mental Health Awareness and Reform. It is my goal to bring mental health resources, services and education to all communities, particularly those who reside in underserved and underrepresented communities. Read more>>

Axel Arzola | Filmmaker

I’m a Cuban filmmaker Living in Los Angeles. I started making films as a teenager. Growing in Havana Cuba I had a very interesting childhood. I learned very young to work hard on what I love and to be creative to make things work. I’m obsessed with images and stories. Always watching films since I was a kid, and dreaming of other worlds and other realities. Read more>>

Honeysuckle Moon | Plant-Based Skin Therapist and Wellness Product Manufacturer

Greetings! My name is L’Angela Lee, aka Honeysuckle Moon. I am a plant-based skin therapist, herbalist, spa practitioner and apothecary from Louisiana. My small, Black-woman owned business is based in historic West End Atlanta, Georgia and I have catered to local and global wellness communities of color since 2005. Read more>>

Bee Schaefer | Metal-smith Artisan & Jewelry Designer

Hi everyone reading this. My name is Sharon but I work under my nickname BEE. I am the sole owner and designer of Designs by Bee. I am a metal artist working in metal clays using old world metalsmithing techniques. I hand carve many of my charms and pendants and offer a unique and meaningful spirit to my creations. My favorite clays to work with are Aussie Bronze Gold and Sterling Silver. Read more>>

Ashley Alves | Designer, Founder & CEO

My name is Ashley, and I am the Designer, Founder and CEO of Ashley Alves Collection. Ashley Alves Collection is a sustainable brand created on the belief that nature, art, and fashion can come together to help restore the balance between our planet and humanity’s impact on it. My goal as a designer is to produce items that infuse opulence and glamour into the sustainability initiative. Read more>>

Dmitry Troshin | Tattoo Artist & Teacher

My name is Dmitry Troshin, I’m a tattoo artist from Moscow, Russia, for the last few years I’ve been living here in Southern California and tattooing at the Vatican Studios. I’m well known for my super detailed realistic black&grey tattoos. I also teach tattoo techniques during my seminars and on YouTube. Read more>>

Monique Russell | Inspiration Teacher & Clear Communication Coach

For as long as I can remember, speaking in front of groups is something I always wanted to do and enjoy. I started at the age of 8, and continued all throughout my life. After years of professional and academic study, I found myself passionate about teaching women leaders and teams how to have positive and productive relationships at home and work using effective communication tools and strategies. I’ve been able to teach and speak internationally, work with global coaching clients, and teach corporate organizations like Amazon, the Centers for Disease Control, Verizon, Intel, Equifax, and the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International how to implement communication strategies that foster connection, community, creativity, and courage. I can teach you too. I am the author of the Ultimate Speaker’s Guide, the book Intentional Motherhood: Who Said it Would Be Easy, and host of the Bridge to U podcast. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Read more>>

Alandria Lloyd | Book Coach and Publishing Consultant

I’m Alandria Lloyd, and I am a serial entrepreneur. I am an award-winning, 15X best-selling author, book coach, and publishing consultant. I’m also known as the “Author’s Advocate.” I teach aspiring and published authors how to use their words as keys to unlock unlimited opportunities. Aspiring authors come to me when they want to learn how to finish their non-fiction books within 24 hours and become best-selling authors within 45 days. Published authors reach out to me when they want to learn how to use their books to create multiple streams of income. Read more>>

Kahlil Wonda | Host of the Reggae Lover Podcast

I’m a radio veteran, nightclub DJ, and reggae sound system selector who has gone around the world spinning and promoting reggae music. Based in Atlanta, GA, I now co-host and produce the Reggae Lover podcast. Read more>>

Dana Rice | Arts Educator, Author & Creativity Coach

I come from all-day-Sundays in Jackson, MS spent singing Gospel Music in church and listening to preachers “hoop” while men and women dressed to the nines waved handkerchiefs as they yelled, “Say That” and “Preach, preacha!” Between folks “getting happy” dancing in the middle of the aisle and overly zealous ushers chastising grown folks for chewing gum in church, I could barely sit still waiting for the benediction and Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house.  Read more>>

Wendi Clark | All Natural Beauty/Skin Products Entrepreneur

I’m Wendi, 30 years young, born and raised in Atlanta, GA-and I am the CEO of Amaryllis Bliss. I enjoy all things skin care and self-care so I decided to design my own line of handmade products that you can use on your skin and as a self-care product! Read more>>

Shawna Morgan | Noninvasive Cosmetic, Beauty Services

My name is Shawna and I am the owner of Femi Bella Galore. I offer noninvasive weight loss services and additional beauty treatments with a primary focus on self-care. In my business it is my goal to not only help you look better but to also feel better. Read more>>

Regina Sunshine Robinson | Author, STEM Educator, Talk Show Host & Empowerment Coach

I’m Regina Sunshine, and I love people. It’s who I am. It’s how most people know me and how I got the name Sunshine. I’ve spent my life serving, giving and supporting the efforts of so many organizations that are doing great hands on the groundwork in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. I am an Author, Educator, Motivational Speaker, Empowerment Coach and Talk Show Host. I am a proud graduate of North Carolina A&T where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Read more>>

 Jay Eastland | Owner

My name is Jay Eastland. I’m one of two owners of Engineered Solutions of Georgia. My business partner, Luis Cuevas, and I have worked together in the Foundation Repair and Waterproofing industry for over 20 years. We worked at several different companies prior to starting ESOG, but after we worked for a company and realized we wanted to do things differently, we began our own company with a focus on solutions-oriented approaches. Read more>>

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