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Trailblazers: Stafford

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

Carlete Metoyer

I am the granddaughter of sharecroppers who only completed the 6th and 8th grades. What my grandparents lacked in education, they doubled in wisdom and hard work, passing it on to their children, then grandchildren. Read more>>

Dayel Banks

Dancing has always been a part of my life! I started wobbling around the coffee table before I could walk and eventually my parents decided that I should take dance classes. Read more>>

Maddi Keyes

I’m the owner of Maddi Keyes Photography. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have three beautiful baby girls together. For as long as I can remember, I have always had a love for photography. Read more>>

Cassaundra Collins

Mystiqe Hair Co. was created because of my love for all things beauty. Since I was little my mom has instilled in four my siblings and I that you should always show up as your best self and be respectful. Read more>>

Mariah Henry

I began dancing when I was three years old and according to my mother it was the only tile I would leave her side- to dance! I danced in a studio participating in competitions and taking classes in ballet, tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. When I was starting middle school, I decided to quit dance as I was getting busy participating in school activities. Read more>>

Brittany and Kieya Weathers

I started Kieya’s Kloset not only because it was another source of income, but a great way for my daughter and I to spend time while making money. We’ve been in business almost a year now and have had our share of finding vendors, ordering too much of a product. Going to our first pop up shop and being too shy to get customers attention. Smh. Returning orders because the vendor sent the wrong item. Read more>>

Erika Dalaza

When I was younger, around 13-14, I was so eager to work and start making my own money. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and I was around so many hustlers that it was impossible not to become one too. Obviously, at the time, I was a little too young to have an actual job. So, I first started making my own money by reselling my shoes. Read more>>

Renée A. Moses

That meant opening myself to strangers, and it terrified me. Storytelling pulled at me so much that it changed my mood when I didn’t write. I understood that it was bigger than me. Even then, I put it off until I couldn’t anymore. Now, I am so relieved to finally have enough guts to write the stories I want to tell. Read more>>

Danielle Fortune

My passion for hair started as a little girl, spending my summers on the north side in my aunt’s hair salon. Separating rollers, hair, organizing client profile cards, anything I could to soak up the energy and observe the fascinating art of the hair industry. Read more>>

Lindsay Corona

loved the craft, the smell of buttercream whipping and fresh cookies in the oven, the camaraderie that comes with working 16 hour days, and the “Friday Night Wine” we all shared after pouring our heart and souls into making beautiful and unique cakes for our customers’ special occasions. Read more>>

Jala Prendes

My goals this year relate more to the community than to myself. I seek to impact a greater number of people with inspiration, positivity, and to use my personal experiences to better the lives of others. I’ve always been interested in living life to the fullest. I am a fine arts painter and comic book creator [Neon Skies Studio], a NASM-Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist [Fireheart Fitness], co-host of’s The Level gaming podcast and community moderator, and an Affiliate Trainer for Camp Gladiator. Read more>>

Felicia Sexton

I owned The Women’s Health and Fitness Center, an all women’s gym for 7 years. I am a 57-year-old bodybuilder, I’ve won over 23 shows. I wrote From Recovery To Discovery, My Journey Through Addiction to share my story and how good GOD is. Our gym is a safe place for women. Read more>>

Adaeze J. Ekwem

During undergrad, I thought about creating a cookbook of healthy meals that will accommodate different cultures in Houston and never saw it through. Then it was a convenient spot for people to purchase meals starting in Nigeria and Houston, again, I didn’t see it through. It wasn’t until October 2017, a name stood out in my head and I prayed on it and God revealed to me His vision. Read more>>

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