February 20, 2017
#ModernMuse: Mother-Philanthropist-Activist Akilah S. Wallace
Dallas-ite Akilah S. Wallace has not one, not two, but three jobs. As Director of Development for Faith in Texas, this powerhouse leads fundraising efforts by connecting people and other vital resources to support multi-faith-based community organizing, addressing social justice issues to protect vulnerable communities including low and moderate income families, the formerly incarcerated/rehabilitated, undocumented immigrants, and black and Muslim people. In 2013, she founded Distinguished Ones: A Philanthropic Initiative “seeking to heighten the platform for philanthropy education and the next generation of Philanthropists of Color” throughout North Texas. But perhaps her biggest, and best, job is mother of two boys, whom she strives to be an example for of giving and perseverance. #UGauGrrl
January 31, 2017
“Hidden Figures” No More – Celebrating Diversity and Grrl Power
If you’re in the mood for an empowering movie that is as inspiring as it is impactful, then put Hidden Figures at the top of your list. Gau and I recently made a night of it and were wowed by not only the story but also how the important themes of gender equality and race relations unfolded in this absolutely true story.
Warning: A few spoilers ahead…read at your own risk. ☺
Hidden Figures is the untold story of three African American women whose contributions helped NASA launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The event put the U.S. firmly ahead in the Space Race and was no easy feat. Only the greatest minds in the country were involved. Read more
January 22, 2017
#ModernMuse: Survivor Grace Lozada
This week’s Modern Muse Grace Lozada, who hails from Los Angeles, California, is 46 years old – and proud to proclaim it. The wisdom she has gained throughout the course of her life is definitely something to celebrate with every year that passes. After enduring a childhood with an alcoholic mother, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, and single motherhood on welfare, Grace found solace, strength and escape through her writing and photography. Starting from an early age, she literally wrote in her sleep.
January 8, 2017
#ModernMuse: Author Shondra M. Quarles
Early childhood educator Shondra M. Quarles was lucky enough to know her calling at an early age. As she grew up, she discovered that she could be do even more as a teacher through writing. Not knowing a thing about publishing a book, she inspired herself and learned how to self-publish her first paperback book. She most recently won an award from the National Celebrity Educators for authoring the book “The Teacher Who Didn’t Want to Go to School.” She’s inspiration, empowerment and making an impact all wrapped into one! #inspireyourself
December 19, 2016
UGauGrrl Style: A Weekend Look by Andrea Graye
December 13, 2016
UGauGrrl Style: A Night Out Look by Andrea Graye
New York Stylist (and UGauGrrl #ModernMuse) Andrea Graye of the fashion and lifestyle blog “Graye Note” shares her favorite ways to style UGauGrrl shirts in our first-ever “UGauGrrl Style” series! Follow her and Graye Note on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube and check out her Chic Office Look and her Weekend Look! Read more
December 11, 2016
#ModernMuse: STEM Renegade Mess Wright
When I first met Mess Wright at The Grove, a coworking space in Dallas’ historic West End, it was adore at first sight. It wasn’t just her infectious energy and humor but also her extreme passion for science and developing that passion in kids of all ages. Since 2010, Mess has offered STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) enrichment programs for children, starting with a popular hands-on science discovery center in Dallas. Years later, she would suffer a major setback in her business that most would take as a sign to move on.
December 6, 2016
UGauGrrl Style: A Chic Office Look by Andrea Graye
New York Stylist (and UGauGrrl #ModernMuse) Andrea Graye of the fashion and lifestyle blog “Graye Note” shares her favorite ways to style UGauGrrl shirts in our first-ever “UGauGrrl Style” series! Follow her and Graye Note on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube and check out her next looks on our blog in the coming weeks!