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Trailblazers: Downtown

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

Janet Jackson

I was hired to do general duties, such as assisting hair stylists, answering phones, keeping the space tidy, etc… Eventually, my duties there began to include shampooing, and preparing clients for the stylists, etc. Next thing I knew I had a small clientele of my own. Read more>>

Rene Esler

When I was walking my daughter home from school one day, we passed by a church that had its doors open and there was music playing. An avid urban explorer, I walked in to see what was happening and discovered the church was home to a small aerial dance group that was rehearsing. Read more>>

Neysa Garcia

My story begins as a young, awkward black girl looking for belonging in any space that would allow it. In school, I was a huge nerd. I played trombone in the marching band, I loved going to lab-based science classes, and I was always working on a project at home. Read more>>

LaShondra SUMBRY

I’ve always had a passion for cooking and baking since the age of 12. I have a heart of helping others the best way I can. So I figured what would be a perfect way to help others and put a smile on their faces? With food! So I came up with a small catering company and names it SWEET. Read more>>

Leisa Brewer

While a student at Spelman College, I participated in an oral history project entitled “Spelman’s Independent Scholars.” In this project, we interviewed elder, African American women in the South who experienced historic events I have only read about in history books–history books that omitted the African American narrative during those events. Read more>>

Care Allen

True 2 Size Shoes was birthed out of my pain points with wanting to feel confident in attractive shoes but being limited by having large feet. In 2010, I gained 90 pounds from stress and depression, and everything on me grew, including my feet. Read more>>

Kera Campbell

May 2018, I sat down to study for my Servsafe exam that I took and passed in July, at the time, I was working with my mom under Little Debbie’s Country Kitchen Catering. Did not know that I too was about to start working on my own business. After passing the exam, I begin to write my own menu of different styles of fries. Read more>>

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