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Trailblazers: Norcross

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

Shanitra Hughes

My desire to become a hairstylist begins in high school when I had this classmate that would always change up her hair. So, I remember asking her who did her hair and she said I do. From there, a dream was sparked. So, I begin to try different hairstyles on myself which then lead to using my sisters as my practice dolls and from there friends to finally securing my professional license and being able to serve clients. Read more>>

Kechea Williams

In my salon suites, I create a nurturing environment where my clients not only come to look their best but also network and learn from each other. I’m proud of the space I have cultivated that always happen to bring the right people together. Read more>>

Aryana Jackson

Growing up, my oldest brother was into music as well as my other brother being into break dancing so I was heavily influenced by the art culture within my own family. Eventually, I started to reflect that energy by singing in a choir and playing instruments such as the violin, saxophone and most prominently, my voice. Read more>>

Janelle King

I never set out to be a nurse, let alone a nurse blogger. My career started in Public Health where I helped to develop policy and system changes. Even though I liked what I did, I missed interacting with people so I decided to go back to school for nursing. Read more>>

Jamie Bollinger

Music has always been a part of me. I had the great fortune of growing up in the church and around music my entire life. My earliest recollection of singing is at age three, standing in my Grandma’s music room practicing “I Am A Promise” for an upcoming special during a Sunday morning church service. Read more>>

Layla K

I dreamed about doing fashion shows at New York Fashion Week and I was determined to succeed by any means necessary. I got my first “break” opening for Guess Marciano in San Francisco and continued to showcase my designer collections until I expanded my sights and started buying for boutiques and then got into styling, merchandising, photography and more. Read more>>

Amanda Knight

We specialize in jewelry and apparel that is meant to empower and uplift those who wear them. I’m most proud of the quality, consistency, and uniqueness of my brand. What sets me apart is I’m a small black-owned business that uses a small black-owned business as a supplier, uses black models and hires black men and women within the company. Read more>>

Solange Abreu

My journey began the day I took the stage on the first day of high school and told everyone I wanted to be an event planner. Without any thought put in, this is what I wanted to declare, and ever since that day, all roads have to lead me to the same career path. I’ve dabbled in teaching, veterinarian work, and even photography courses, but in the end, I only found one thing that brought excitement – events. Read more>>


It all started when I was 10 months old. My mom signed me up for a beauty pageant. I ended up winning a modeling contract. I started modeling/acting but as I got older I discovered that I had other interests & talents! At the age of 7 my mom got me a piano. I taught myself to play some songs & would write to the beats installed into the piano. When I was 10 I started realizing my love for art, fashion & interior design because of my art class. Read more>>

Jennifer McCullough

I wanted every woman to experience God’s love through this gift so we called it a Lavish Bag. A diaper bag that would “lavish” God’s love on her at such an important time in her life! This bag would include a robe, hygiene items, onesie or gown for the baby, receiving a blanket, fuzzy socks and a gift for mom and child. Read more>>

Ne’Taki Wolfe

I considered so many paths I could take but ultimately chose real estate because it is flexible and allows me to still be available for them as needed. I could be my own boss, meet people of all different backgrounds, learn a new skill and the best part is there’s no ceiling in real estate. Read more>>

LaPorchae Thompson

After planning our own wedding seven years ago, my husband (Myricks (Jake) Thompson) and I decided to open an Event Planning business about two years ago. I am the lead event planner and designer, while my husband runs the day-to-day operations of the business. Read more>>

Kiara Austin

If I’m going to be honest, I start fresh daily. The most prominent lesson that I’ve learned so far from the food industry is every day bringing a new challenge. The solutions found yesterday might not necessarily work today and that keeps me on my toes. Read more>>

Jenna Leigh Councill

I knew I wanted to pursue this further. I was looking for a job a few months ago and finally decided to focus my time on launching my business (woot-woot); creating a website, business cards, and filming videos to promote what kind of songs I was able to do well. Read more>>

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