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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.

Symone Plummer | Singer-Songwriter and Actress

Hello, I am Superstar. I am a singer-songwriter actress. I was born a Floridian but to my heart, I am a Georgian type girl. Superstar is my nickname I acquired the name over the years going 10 years back. I call myself a Superstar because I shine bright in every area of my life Read more>>

Chanara Herbert | Entrepreneur/ makeup artist

Hello my name is Chanara Herbert but to some, I’m known as Msnaradidit. Why do they call me that? Well, I’ll tell you why I started off cooking, doing hair now Ive been into makeup for about 4 years now and that pushed me to start my cosmetic line Flourish Luxé Cosmetics LLC. I like to do whatever my mind is set on a Queen of all trades really. I’m a mother of two beautiful children a boy and a girl they are my motivation to keep going. Read more>>

Kim Taylor | Womb Wellness Practitioner

My name is Kim Taylor and my business is My Sacred Yoni. We specialize in holistic womb healing for women ages 18 and up, as well as kids that have a menstrual cycle. We are located in Fayetteville, GA and we offer an upscale Yoni steaming experience. Read more>>

Ashley Johnson | Fitness Instructor

You have seen Ashley on CBS 46 Atlanta’s Better Mornings Show, showing the world an Ashley’s Fitness Party™ workout. Her latest endeavor includes the release of her dance aerobics Video On Demand Sweat.Shape.Party! She has had her fitness classes aired on national television and has been a guest on a national radio show with Ruben Ramos live on air on WTAL in Miami, Florida. The Ashley’s Fitness Party company is an Urban style workout program. She creatively combines her professional training in dance which includes Hip Hop, Ballet, Latin, African, and Jazz into her urban style dance aerobics Ashley’s Fitness Party™ classes. She is an active personal trainer in the Atlanta community and also teaches kickboxing and weight training for weight loss. Read more>>

Jennifer Champagne | Publicist

My name is Jennifer Heyward Champagne and I am co-Owner of the STS MAGAZINE BRAND, SUCCESS TO STARDOM PR and HCG RENTALS. I have been self-employed since age 20. Read more>>

Chandra Gore | Business Consultant | Publicist | Host | Author

More than a Business Consultant and Publicist, Chandra Gore has added Host, Media Correspondent, and Moderator to her resume. Blending her unique comedic timing, laughter, and wit she brings her bubbly personality to the scene. Launching her personal brand – Conversations with Chan that includes a podcast, youtube series, and publication. Her slogan, “Conversations Begin with A Smile” leads the way as she begins every endeavor with a smile. With an unconventional start in 2013 – Chandra has worked with entrepreneurs to help them create foundations for success through her boutique consulting and public relations firm, Chandra Gore Consulting. Quietly making strides with placements for small businesses, entertainment, authors, therapists, and motivational speaking clients on local, national, and international news outlets she has been leaving her mark as a publicist in the industry. She also heads a production company, SCM Productions, which produces live comedic events. Hosting her successful inaugural comedy festival – Greater Northern Virginia Comedy and Film Festival in 2019 – she has anchored herself as a woman to watch in comedy. Her community organization, The Urban Flight Foundation brings voter and other community information to the underserved. She is an author of several books, moderator, and speaker on topics such as Business Strategies, Media Relations, and Entrepreneurship. Read more>>

Cecilia Fernandez | Nonprofit farm animal sanctuary founder

My name is Cecilia Fernández. I am originally from Argentina but I grew up in New Jersey. I live in Georgia since 1996. I am a Montessori trained, Special Education Teacher. Seven years ago, my dream of combining my passion for animals and for children came true when along with my husband, we founded Best Friends Farm, a 501(c)3 nonprofit farm animal sanctuary. The rescued animals live their best lives as they serve as therapy for children with special needs. Read more>>

Melody Williams | Model

I am Melody Williams, I am 39 years old. I am a Atlanta Native born at the infamous Grady Memorial Hospital lol. I am a plus size advocate, motivational speaker pushing for all causes with positive outcomes. Pushing the narrative for plus size modeling here in Atlanta as it is so overlooked. And also reaching out to all people in any times of needs, motivating them to understand what they go through and what they can overcome. Read more>>

Elisabeth Cuttino-Vereen | Vintage Conneseiur & Business Owner

As a child, I always had a passion for fashion. Till this day, my parents reminisce of nights where they would have to chase me around the house; in order to get me ready for bed. Why, you may ask? I would have layers of sparkly and mismatched costumes on. They were not coming off, for I was getting ready for tea. In the end, no matter what time of day; I was drawn to imagination and I’m so grateful my parents allowed me to express myself creatively with clothing and accessories. Fast forward to my 31 year old self, I still take pleasure in dressing up. Like B. Jones Style, I believe in the motto “Always Play Dress Up” and with that being said, I get to do so when my clients come into my little vintage shop. Read more>>

Brooke Sanzari | Specialist of ethereal esthetics for brows, skin, & super-NATURAL self care

It’s a pleasure, thank you! For 20+ years I have held a full cosmetology license, but mainly specializing in esthetics. Since 2008, I am the creator, CEO,  and operator of a company called browtopia®. I have been known as the “browpixie®”, this faery-like creature who just made these “pixie-sized” changes or adjustments that had a big, magical, impact. Doing this has made me the leader and founder of “wholistic” brow care, as well as having developed the world’s first organic brow product line that multitasks as skin care too! Read more>>

Terese Brown | Creative Director & CEO of Terese Sydonna

I am Terese, Creative Director & CEO of Terese Sydonna, a New York-based contemporary women’s ready-to-wear and accessories brand designed for the superhero in you. I design Terese Sydonna in my Bronx studio, and am proudly supporting our community – Made in Manhattan’s Garment District, New York. Read more>>

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