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Trailblazers: College Park

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 East Atlanta that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Bishop Marlyn Thomas

Bishop Marlyn Thomas has been pastoring for 16 years and is the Senior Pastor & Founder at Life Line Family Worship Center in Fayetteville, GA. and Overseer of Life Line Family Worship Center in Williamsburg, VA. Read more>>

Hannah Olivia

I moved to Atlanta about 14 years ago and I can honestly say that is the best thing that could’ve happened for me. Living here in Atlanta has opened the doors to so many opportunities and has given me a chance to connect. Read more>>


I’ve always had my hands in alcohol, even as for back as high school, I would get caught with it in my room. I was a bit of a rebel to say the least, but I was always drawn to it. Read more>>

Shanika Mulrain

I have always known that I would be successful in whatever I chose to do with my life and I say that in the most humblest manner. No, I do not have it all figured out and no, I am not rich but I am rich in so much more than finances. Read more>>

Lorian Vaughn

Every Friday night, in Dallas Texas, until I was seven, I’d fall asleep to the rhythm and blues of my father’s band rehearsing in our living room–developing a deeply rooted relationship to the arts. Read more>>

Candace Hall

I was born & raised in St. Louis, MO before moving to Atlanta when I was 24. I went to undergrad at UM-St. Louis, losing my mom to cancer during my first semester. That was rough. Really rough. Read more>>

Gloria Day

It began with a book. All it took was for one teacher to read to our class and before I knew it, I couldn’t shut it off – my love for stories. I was always paying attention to words, illustrations. Read more>>

Kesha JonTae

I wanted to be a natural hair YouTuber. I laugh when I think about it now because I’m the laziest natural ever. For the last month and a half, I’ve been wearing my hair in braids and throwing a head wrap on every morning for work. Read more>>

Christie Grant Clermont

I’ve always been doing art, but I feel that I got into the business of art after my mother passed in 2010. I was able to channel how I was feeling through my art and then later on it developed into more of just a therapy but more of an expression for me. Read more>>

Kimberly Davis

I kept a song book and I was always writing songs and poems trying to come up with catchy phrases and acronyms for inspiration. Life happened, the group disbanded, and I went on about my life putting away all of my notebooks full of songs. Read more>>

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