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Trailblazers: Neartown

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

Titilayo Olurin

Toastline With TeeTee was borne out of a need to help singles find love. It was also borne out of my passion for anything love, romance, dating, and relationships. When I was little and my dad brought home newspapers, the first pages I usually turned to were the ones with the relationship sections or columns. Read more>>

Michelle Lopez

I have always had a passion for flowers and oddly enough, leaves. I have a book that holds all of the leaves I collected as a child. I believe unique, beautiful flowers shouldn’t be limited to special occasions. They should be part of your everyday. Read more>>

Meesha Farzaneh

My journey began when I was faced with the misfortune of undergoing three, very invasive surgeries on my left foot in 2017, which limited me to activities that involved minimal mobility. It was a pretty tough time for me. I had been working in a cosmetic surgery consulting position for a few years. Read more>>

Emily Melendez

I started in the makeup industry shortly after I graduated from high-school in 2012. To everyone’s shock of course, because for most of my high school years, I didn’t wear makeup because my mother didn’t allow it, and after she did, let’s face it, I would do a horrible job. Read more>>

Kayla Mickens

Believer of Christ, Wife, Mother, Sister, Friend, Full-Time Teacher, Graduate Student, and Owner of LaShae Virgin Hair are just a few words to introduce myself. Growing up, I was always into fashion and hair. I would watch my older sister do hair and after watching her I would go practice on myself. Read more>>

Emily Jamea

I was fortunate to grow up in a home in which a healthy discussion of sexuality was not taboo, but it became apparent to me very early that most of my friends had a different upbringing. I quickly became the one that my friends went to for advice and questions about sex. Read more>>

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