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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.

Cherae Leri

“I’m not the kind of artist that can perform something night after night, if I don’t believe in it, or if it’s not true to me or my experience.” Hailing from Houston, Texas now residing in Atlanta, Georgia this young, vibrant songbird is hitting the music scene hard with her own flavor and style. Read more>>

Dejah Monea

It’s been a journey. I started out as a writer and a not so great dancer until a preacher in a Thursday night service called up seven years old me and told me I was going to be a singer. He described my future in such detail and he tasked my mom with making sure that I was put in environments to hone in on this gift I would eventually fall in love with. Read more>>

Chi Ilochi

I am Chi Ilochi and I’m the owner of my own styling company, “StylingByChi”. I’ve been into fashion and style since I was about seven years old, but didn’t quite realize how strong my love for style was until my sophomore year of high school. My senior year of high school, I got a job in the fashion department at a local Kmart. Read more>>

Shernitha Martin

I always knew one of purpose in life was to make people look good as will inspire/motivate and uplift. I found a life coaching class took it on January 25, 2020, and got certified. I decided to officially brand my business (Life/Health &Wellness/Beauty Coach) under my name Shernitha LLC. Read more>>

Simone Davis

Singing and performing since around six years old, born and raised out of Pittsburgh, PA, she was heavily involved in athletics and dance throughout her child and adolescent years. Cheerleading, dance, track, theatre and gymnastics being the most significant. Still Simone never let her performance ambitions fall beyond her path. Read more>>

Alicia Anger

My story began in Bessemer, Alabama. My parents made sure I had every opportunity imaginable, considering the area we lived in. Refusing to allow me to become a statistic, they pushed me to always be successful and they put the appropriate tools in front of me to make it happen. Read more>>

Tajuania Dawkins

Life. Hard Times. Bad Decisions. Trial and Error. Forgiveness. Acceptance. My Village. Shifting My Mindset. But most importantly, God. If it wasn’t for God, there is no way I would be where I am today. He took me through the fire, but I’m happy to report he has brought me out as pure gold. When I figured out who I was, the game changed. Read more>>

Sheila Marie Anderson

I started as a young mother on the west side of Chicago. I had four daughters at the time and wanted more for us and the people I was connected to. I used to be quiet and allowed the opinions of others to affect what I chose to say or do. But there was one hurt that happened to a friend of mine that, had I opened my mouth at the time, could have been avoided. Read more>>

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