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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.

Kaedi Bowers

I’ve developed a dynamic fitness program and brand called KFQ FITNESS that improves clients overall physical health. My vision is to help women and men who struggle with weight management and or other physical health conditions become the healthiest versions of themselves. Read more>>

Krystal Caliyah

About 15 other individuals also volunteered to partake in the project so for our first installment we all met up the following week, and shot our footage that same Saturday. We became a family, and created such an amazing collective including videography, photography and cinematography, to what become the Trailblazer Project in just a week! Read more>>

Kirsten Daniel

As an executive in the urban music space and being from Atlanta, where all the biggest hip-hop stars dwell, I deemed it important to pay homage to this great city. Ateaelle has given me an opportunity to connect directly with the community and create a space attributed to pieces of Atlanta. Read more>>

Jeannine Steinkuhl

I recognize that because I am at home with now two young children, it is a slow crawl to success, but successful nonetheless! I feel as though I can’t be the only one in this situation or season of life, and I’d love for those individuals to know they aren’t alone either! Read more>>

Dylesia Barner

I got where I am today because I wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer and because I refused to do only what was within my power. Knowing that God and miracles reside where my capacity stops, I live on the edge – at the end of myself and the beginning of divinity. Read more>>

Nanayaa Amponsah

I realized before I can put myself out there into the world, I would need to love myself, know my worth, who is Nanayaa Amponsah, what is she living for? Is it for herself or is it for her family? I had to learn to break away from the stereotypes and confront people about their expectations for me. Read more>>

Kaylee Kehne-Swisher

I’ve always been infatuated by makeup and creating characters. Growing up, I was able to play with makeup at a young age. I would go as far as trying to make my own lipsticks out of my coloring supply! Once I started to wear makeup as a teenager, my friends began asking me to do their makeup for dances and events. Read more>>

Ebony Barnswell

One day I said “I’m gonna do lashes,” I said this because as a bartender I come across SO many beautiful ladies on a daily basis, and with my bomb personality I knew I could gain loyal clients. I dwelled on the thought I went back and forth with myself at least ten times, and I finally talked myself out of it. Read more>>

Tie Simpson

I very distinctly remember telling my friends that I felt like I was having a midlife crisis… at 28. I was in what I would characterize as the deepest depression of my life. I was questioning everything from my religion, sexuality, and parenting, to my purpose, and the purpose of life in general. I was almost 30, with two young children, a degree in a field I had grown to despise, and examining every fiber of my existence. Despite being surrounded by people who I knew loved me, I still felt misunderstood, lonely, and lost. Read more>>

Shunté Dennis

I started out just like most adolescences – lost, trying to figure it out. I’ve always had peers that were great at music, dancing, writing, etc., but I was always trying to dabble into things to find my talent. At the time in college, I was going through a breakup and just dealing with trying to feel an empty void. I used to sit in on my homie, DJ Prez while he had his weekly radio show just to have something to do. One day, while they were on air, I got inebriated and hopped on the mic and started talking. Read more>>

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