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Trailblazers: Mattapan

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

Melissa Hoyt

I’ve always had a fascination for photography since I was a child. I remember having a favorite toy camera that I would carry along with me all the time. I pretended to take pictures whenever I could, and I believe that was the first step towards my passion. Later on in life, I developed a love for pictures, art, photography and just the ability to create things. Although I didn’t own a DSLR camera myself I found myself admiring others photography via social media, museums, etc. Read more>>

Ayana Mack

My art journey began and became more developed in my early teens, after being accepted to Boston Arts Academy as a Visual Arts major. From there I was accepted into The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University where received a BFA in Graphic Design (2011). Read more>>

Maria Latimore

In 2015, I had a strong calling to do more meaningful and purposeful work and started Maria Latimore Group. My consulting practice leverages the substantial skills and knowledge that I’ve developed throughout a career spanning high tech. Read more>>

Edwens Joseph

My music entails the fruits of our labor as well as my aspirations being a product of a broken neighborhood and community and the harsh realities that go along with them and where I am now in this journey. I love to entertain. Read more>>

Tiffany White

My mission is to make sure that women and men love and take care of their whole natural selves, so I went to school to also become an Institute of Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Read more>>

Nishina Termitus

In July 2017, I decided to begin my fitness journey. It was a trying time because I wanted to look and feel good, but I was feeding my body the wrong things and the weight wasn’t going to the right places. Read more>>

Kelsi Gotauco

I started out doing home health care as a nursing assistant because I’ve always had a natural desire to care for other people. I believe that my empathy stems from helping my mother take care of my brother Chris, who is severely disabled both mentally and physically. Read more>>

Lionelle Demosthene

There are ups and downs and there are joyful, scary and exciting moments. I would say from birth to age 5, my son would not let me go. Man, this little boy held on to me as if he let go I’d somehow disappear. Those were really good days. Read more>>

Shanee Franklin

As for writing, like most young girls. It started off as little poems, writing little pieces in my middle school newspaper, to the next I thing I know but wasn’t using just yet. I could picture stories in my head, like almost visualize them but they were just words. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I started really experimenting with writing. Read more>>

Tascia Chin

I was fortunate enough to work with major brands such as Michael Kors, Cadillac and land my first major role for a beauty brand campaign with Tweezerman which was released a few months ago. Read more>>

Emilie Obas

Photgraphy was always in the background somehow, I always had a camera, I took pictures often, I loved looking at pictures in magzines, and I watched my father take pictures. Read more>>

Treveya Brown

I proceeded to watch tutorials everyday and practice the same steps almost everyday. I’ve always wanted to feel as beautiful and confident as the women I watched, and that’s how my journey began! Read more>>

Greta A. Douglas

This journey as a transformational life coach, motivational speaker, and trainer began many years ago. Sometimes you just don’t realize that you are living your dreams because it’s not yet packaged up in a pretty bow and it shows itself as work. Read more>>

Dana Niedzwiadek

Jewelry making has been one of my favorite creative outlets for most of my life. Over the years, I’ve experimented with a bunch of different materials and techniques. Read more>>

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