October 3, 2016
#ModernMuse: Singer-Songwriter Rhea Raj
Every season since 2002, thousands of singing hopefuls sang their hearts and lungs out for a chance to be the next American Idol. This dream was no different for teen Rhea Raj. This New York City denizen actually made it to Hollywood for the farewell season this past January! Even though circumstances kept her from advancing to the finals, Rhea saw this opportunity as a stepping stone and a beautiful part of the longer story that she’s been crafting since she first began her blossoming singing career.
September 19, 2016
#ModernMuse: Child Advocate Susan White
This week’s #ModernMuse Susan White has a tough job: talking with children who have experienced sexual or physical abuse, drug-endangered children and children who have witnessed domestic violence or a violent crime and gather details about what happened to them during an investigation. As a Forensic Interviewer/Program Director for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Comal County, Inc. (CACCC) in New Braunfels, Texas, she and her team work with local law enforcement, Child Protective Services (CPS) and the District Attorney’s office to provide a safe place for kids to share what happened to them in a non-intimidating and less traumatizing environment. Community-wide education on crime and abuse prevention for children is another large part of what Susan does. Read more
September 5, 2016
#ModernMuse: Gendercide Activist Beverly Hill
Every day, we read about world issues that deserve our attention. They may seem so far from us in both scope and distance. We may wish we could do something about them but never sure what or how to help. One woman Beverly Hill, based in Dallas, Texas, took up that challenge for a large world problem that had little support when it first caught her attention: gendercide. Through the busy years of being a mom, she learned all she could about gendercide, vowing one day to make the kind of impact on the issue that would make a true difference and bring as much awareness to it as possible. When she finally had the opportunity to, she made good on her word and founded the Gendercide Awareness Project.
August 23, 2016
#ModernMuse: Social Entrepreneur Ami Doshi
When we caught up with Social Entrepreneur Ami Doshi, you can bet we were thrilled that she shared her story. This businesswoman, wife and mother of two adorable kids has built a nearly two-decade career of experience that led her to found Milaap in 2014. Milaap’s mission, “to provide low-cost microloans to the working poor of India to empower them to live dignified, self-sufficient and healthier lives,” is truly making an impact on the families with whom they work. We hope Ami’s work can inspire you to follow your passion and to find a way to put your own skills and experience to work for a better world, no matter how big or small. #UGauGrrl!
August 8, 2016
#ModernMuse: Philanthropist Tammy Nguyen Lee
Dreaming big, working hard and staying true to herself has all made this week’s #ModernMuse Tammy Nguyen Lee the inspirational force she is today. As the Producer and Director of the award-winning documentary Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam and Co-Founder and President of Dallas-based nonprofit Against The Grain Productions, Tammy has dedicated her life’s work to telling others’ stories as well as providing a platform for Asian Americans to showcase theirs. She took an unconventional path following an unconventional journey and continues to show, by example, that through determination and, most importantly, the power of community, anything is possible.
July 24, 2016
#ModernMuse: Dancer Melissa DeGroat
Artistic Director and Founder of Epiphany DanceArts Melissa DeGroat is not your typical mover and shaker. She’s a passionate source of inspiration for others. Through her 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which is also a professional dance company, she “uses art to transcend the barriers of this world in order to bring hope and healing into people’s lives.”
July 11, 2016
#ModernMuse: Motivator Froswa’ Booker-Drew
As the Director of Community Affairs/Strategic Alliances with the State Fair of Texas and a speaker, trainer, author, and instructor/adjunct professor through her business Soulstice Consultancy, Froswa’ Booker-Drew Inspires, Empowers and Impacts those around her every minute she can. She counts a number of women, both in history and in her personal life, as her own Modern Muses, so we thought it fitting that their legacy and spirit continues through her life and work and is featured here!
June 27, 2016
#ModernMuse: Visionary Tilde Guajardo
As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.” This week’s #ModernMuse Tilde Guajardo took a need she had one step further, creating the online learning platform and community Womanars. She had gone through a rough patch in her life and sought answers to help guide, educate, support and inspire her through it. Struggling to find such a resource, she developed Womanars so other women could find the guidance and support she had once needed.
June 13, 2016
#ModernMuse: Actress Krishna Smitha
Photo | Ashley Lenz, Onefiftyeight Media
At UGauGrrl, we appreciate the Modern Muses who help make the world a better place or inspire others by their actions and ways of living. Each week, we will interview a new woman or girl of any age, race, ethnicity, background, field, orientation and religion on our blog to share her story with the world.
Our very first Modern Muse is actress Krishna Smitha. As a rising Hollywood star, she faces challenges as both a woman and minority that she seeks to overcome through her passion and desire to forge a path for others. We hope that you feel inspired by her. Here is her story in her own words. Read more