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Trailblazers: South Side

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 the South Side that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Lovely Brack and Candice Williams

From Our Hearts Chicago is a non-profit organization that works to benefit and assist Chicago’s homeless community. Founded by Lovely Brack and Candice Williams in 2014, FOHC aims to follow the Mother Teresa motto of “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” Read more>>

Emily Donohoe

Photography was a talent I never knew I had until I took a flying leap off a cliff! Through the unwavering support of my family and following my heart, I have truly found my #soulwork! Read more>>

Dana Marie Dizon

I’ve always been passionate about crocheting/knitting. I’ve just never viewed it as something that I can transform into something more than a hobby until recently. I’m not exactly sure when and how it all started. Read more>>

Ariel Crawford

I was always into partying and promoting. When I was around 15-16, I would go to the party to mingle and I became cool with the people throwing the parties. Then, when I got around 18-19, I began helping to work with the parties whether it was setting up or collecting money at the door. Read more>>

Christine Picerno

My story started with my Grandmother back in Argentina. Rooted in Chicago – I am American born – Argentinian, actually my entire family is still in Argentina. I remember my growing up my mother would cringe when my grandmother would wear her chinelas out in public. Read more>>

Alice Y. Boswell

I have always wanted to be in entertainment but never had the opportunity to follow that dream. Years later, I saw that there was a need for cost-effective advertising for small businesses and entrepreneurs. I have heard many stories about how much advertising cost. Read more>>

Jasmine Adams

As a Black woman who experienced trauma throughout my life, I understand the necessity of breaking the cycle of trauma that many Black girls experience in order to help them develop into healthy, whole, BeYOUtiful adults. Read more>>

Angela Shelton

I began my makeup journey in late 2016. I never really had an interest in it before then. One day, something sparked in me and I decided to give makeup a try. Me being the creative spirit that I am, I loved bold colors, so I kept practicing on how to use colorful palettes. Read more>>

Patricia Howard

At a very young age, I began to be intrigued by the art of cosmetology and taught myself how to braid which has been my specialty for over a decade. Although, braiding is my specialty I am also a well versatile stylist. Read more>>

Karae Shauntele

I’ve always loved fashion ever since I was a little girl. I would often rotate between wanting to be a designer or a stylist. As I got older, I began looking for ways to combine my creativity with my love for fashion. I took up things like sewing, styling on Polyvore, sketching, etc. Read more>>

Natilie Williams

Leadership has been a strong component of my life. Namely, my time at Central Michigan University birthed the leadership skills that I could have never imagined. Campus involvement and maintaining consistent Dean List showed me that balance was possible. Read more>>

Ariel “The Mogul” Rainey

The Hustle Mommies nonprofit organization was started as a movement to provide resources to moms in inner cities and urban environments by giving them the tools needed to thrive in their careers/businesses, home, and their communities. Read more>>

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