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Trailblazers: East Atlanta

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 thelp 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.

Morgan Hankerson

About six years ago, I went through a depression. I was working a 9-5 job that I hated. I was in a relationship that I wanted out of. I had gained about 25lbs and I just knew that I needed a shift somewhere in my life. I’m not exactly sure what triggered my interest in makeup. Read more>>

Kara Queen

I’m a visual artist and an alternative model. I use the broad term of visual artist because I’ve dabbled in a handful of mediums; comics, illustration, and painting being the main ones. I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil and spent most of my childhood drawing characters and making up worlds and stories for them. Read more>>

Erica Cody

After I graduated highs school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, outside of helping people. I attend college because that what folks do after high school. I stumbled through undergrad, not understanding what I wanted to study. Amid this struggle. Read more>>

Titilola Mark

My story starts at the age of 18 when I felt like life couldn’t get any worse for me. For one, I’m the child of two very proud and very strict Nigerian parents as well as the sister of five very unique siblings (4 older and one younger). Needless to say, life has always been very different for me. Read more>>

Anne-Marie Kennedy

As a little girl my happy place came from capturing the attention of a room with a good ‘ole elaborate story. As an adult I simply consider myself a professional storyteller. I was part of my very first stage production in high school and it really shocked my senses. Read more>>

Janay Boucan and Evonne Bazemore

Janay Boucan, 29, is the co-owner of Double Scoop Ice Cream in Stonecrest (formerly known as Lithonia), Georgia. Janay Boucan served as a “scooper” and cashier at this same location at age 16, when it was Bruster’s Ice Cream and she loved every minute of it! She was known for making the best banana splits. Read more>>

Britnee Alphin

I am a two-time degreed New York bred, Guyanese old soul with locs, dimples, hella tattoos, piercings + gauges. I do a lot from photography, calligraphy, to graphic design, writing and I even dabble in concept styling photography. I was blessed to marry my high school best friend + creative soulmate. Read more>>

Tracy Baptiste

I know this is going to sound so cliche’ lol but fashion is really my passion. Since I can remember, I’ve been in love with fashion-loving to look good. Clothes, shoes, hair I was into it all. I can remember when I was younger my friends always calling me up asking me what were the latest trends. Read more>>

Shavanna Tappin

I graduated from Georgia State University in 2017 in hopes of going to medical school to become a Doctor. Within my gap year, I became pregnant, and my rigorously thought out life plan changed with that. My pregnancy geared me towards starting a blog named Mommy SAV. Read more>>

Samantha Beasley

Spoken Truth began about a year ago when I decided to begin a platform for myself and others to speak their truths. For years, I have always been someone who was an advocate for Mental Health and Mental Wellness. I would voice how I was feeling, how my anxiety made me feel and how I would pull myself out of my Manic Depression. Read more>>

Meagan Bens

Growing up, I would religiously update my bedroom walls with magazine posters of my favorite pop heartthrobs, switch out my comforter sets and change the color of my bathroom accessories. Making surface-level, aesthetic. Read more>>

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