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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.

Essynce Moore

When I enter middle school I wrote three books at the age of 11, 12, and 13. These books, later on, became mandatory readings in schools around the world. I recently was in a national Clean & Clear commercial, where I talked about my books and the importance of self-love. Read more>>

Addie G

Confidence and self-worth would be my advice. Not just saying it but truly believing in yourself and capabilities. I 100% would have been further along if I believed in myself a lot earlier in the game. Also, always communicate (even over-communicate), I’ve definitely lost clients do to that, so communication is key to keeping your relationships. Read more>>

Hunter Gilmore

My aspirations of working in media entertainment began in the 4th grade with a simple class project. Assigned the task of reading an autobiography of my choice, I decided on the vibrant and forever inspirational Oprah Winfrey. In reading her story. Read more>>

Sara Martyn

I truly love to do so the fact that I can make a living doing it was amazing to me. So, I worked a couple of weddings and did some of my friends makeup and decided to learn how to do makeup the correct way. That’s how I ended up at the Make-Up Designory in LA! Read more>>

Angelique Ka’Mil Tate

While I loved my co-workers, staff, and residents during my 18-year tenure in property management, I needed MORE. I quickly realized that REAL ESTATE was becoming my PASSION, so much so, that I decided to get my Broker’s License and take this passion to the next level. Read more>>

Alexxiss Jackson

bounced a little bit between screenwriting, other creative writing, directing music videos, editing, and cinematography. By the time I graduated, my focus was on music videos and editing; I started out directing independent music videos and also working at a post-production house for a while. Read more>>

‘Samira Lashay’ Taylor

I started singing at a very early age. It started in a church (so cliche, I know, lol), it went from watching my aunt and grandmother sing regularly, to joining the youth choir, to one day being up there singing solos. I loved how it made me feel, and most of all, how it made others feel. Read more>>

Victoria Phifer

A needle, thread and a yearly tradition rooted in love and celebration of culture. That is where the story of Harambee Crafts begins. Growing up, I loved sewing, weaving, and making jewelry – anything that allowed me to share my creativity with others. Read more>>

Rachel Segrest

I’ve always loved making things and making improvements. I’d take apart all my electronics as a kid, then recreate new things like a little motorboat or simple light display. In high school, I took home e.c. (options were limited), and I loved it. I learned how to use a sewing machine and got a taste for working with textiles. Read more>>

J. Michael

Today, vintage is bae and the sole focus of all of my available and unavailable energy. Returning unwanted gems back to a world that is constantly pushing us to buy new has become my life’s passion. The honest truth is I love what I do, but it grew out of necessity to access affordability not an affinity for vintage clothing. Read more>>

Antwanette McLaughlin

After a few years of dancing, I decided to switch gears and work behind the scenes in the music industry. From interning at Def Jam South to being The Dream’s Executive Assistant… I continued to push forward and start my creative production company called: The Spice Group! Read more>>

Ke’Ren Patterson and April Boone

Sidity Hustle originally started back in 2013 on the floor of our apartment in Atlanta, 761 McDaniel St. At that time, we were very young, 22 and 23 & rough around the edges. We both worked corporate jobs, and we were in and out of the club every other weekend. Read more>>

Paige Crumbie

Wanting to further my educational goals, I earned my Master of Science in Education in January 2018. In my volunteer work, I have had the opportunity to mentor young women ages 5-15 at my school, as a teacher and cheer coach. Not only am I living my dreams, but I am also changing lives at the same time. Read more>>

Hailee Lyles

My heart for this work has increased along with my capacity for the dark things of this world. This is both a blessing and a curse. I am thankful for my position that allows me to meet people where they are to champion them towards permanent redemption from their strongholds, safety, and well-being. Read more>>

Victoria Suyas

But ever since I’ve been doing film, I’ve only been surrounded by very strong talented and passionate female and female identifying filmmakers. I don’t understand why I’m not seeing them in larger, more important roles. Read more>>

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