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Trailblazers: Roxbury

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

Chanel Miss5678 Thompson

I started out as a professional cheerleader for the National Cheerleading Association, and a vocalist for various local rap artists in the Cambridge and Boston scene. My first dance gig was working with a female Mcee named Luv aunt of Michael Christmas. Read more>>

Elle Simone Scott

I moved to NYC in 2009, after being a social worker in Detroit, Michigan for seven years. The agency I worked for lost their funding and I found myself unemployed with no back up plan. I was always working in restaurants at night because I loved food and the environment. I later struck out and began working for a major cruise line as a prep cook. I quickly got promoted through the ranks and was encouraged my chef mentors to go culinary school. I wasn’t really sure where or how to go about that so I joined a women chefs network for guidance. This same network offered me a small stipend to attend culinary school in New York. Read more>>

Janelle Ridley

I attribute motherhood as my primary brand. I am the proud mother of an 8-year old son, James, and a 19-year-old adopted daughter, Nancy, who was also a former student. Aside from motherhood, I carry the mantle of juvenile justice with hope and pride. I have worked my entire career to create hope and self-value to young people that most of society has written off. I am driven to do the work because of the faith I have in young people. I believe there is a purpose for every last person created and if people are fortunate to have their life purpose aligned with the work they do, it is an amazing blessing. Read more>>

Kay Piazza

My story starts in 2006 @ my grandmothers wedding. I was handed a camera to hold and when I decided to toy around with it, I got lost in it’s settings and the ability to create. That evening I spent two hours walking around the neighborhood taking photos of flowers and texture on the houses and ground. Read more>>

Dayna Hamer

It’s all in God’s plan. I’d say I am honestly in a space where I am continuously learning about myself, growing, absorbing information, setting goals for myself, and living life outside of my comfort zone. I think living life outside your comfort zone is when you really learn a lot about yourself! Read more>>

Lindsay Wolff and Emily Newberg

We (Lindsay and Emily) met in the spring of 2016, as both of us were still fairly new birth and postpartum doulas, to see if we would be fitting backup doulas for one another. Through our time together over coffee, brunches, prenatal meetings with clients and brainstorming sessions. Read more>>

Tiffany Gayle Chenault

Being a Sociologist and African American woman. I noticed the whiteness of running and how runners of color are invisible. There are many gendered, raced, class, and structural dynamics that come into play. Read more>>

Monique Clark

The passion behind The Makings Of Mo comes from my mother, the late Rhonda Clark, She was a wonderful cook. Between her inviting personality and delicious recipes, just about everyone became connected to her. Cooking was our “thing”, it felt natural. Read more>>

Robin MacDonald-Foley

Working in a diverse community with all ages is enriching on so many levels. It means a great deal to the residents in this urban setting to have a big variety of programs. I’m grateful for the opportunity and consider the Mission Hill neighborhood my second home. Read more>>

Aliseth Guevara

My future goals are to be a makeup artist and become a business owner in my community. I want to have my own beauty salon that is specifically for make up and make up only. Everyday my work is progressing, there is always room for improvement. Read more>>

Shea Rose

What’s been most exciting is feeling how my age and wisdom are enriching the sound of my voice, songwriting and performing; it makes me curious about where music will take me next! Read more>>

Jacqueline Ortega

What ultimately brought me to where I’m at today was a search for an alternative way to care for my mind and my body. To live pain free and live mindfully free as much as possible without having to turn to modern medicine for help. Read more>>

Adebukola Ajao

Being a writer got me in the door but I knew it would not keep me in the room. I had to find innovative ways to make an impact through my work. So I began pitching to local organizations on how they can solve their communications problems. Read more>>

Jordana Soliel

Behind the camera, JordanaSoliel enjoys being able to capture moments that last forever and capture sights that people miss. JordanaSoliel is extremely conscious behind the camera provoking people to feel the beauty around them and feel a responsibility to heal the despair that is caught behind her lens. Read more>>

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