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 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 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.
November 28, 2016
#ModernMuse: Muse-in-the-Making Padma Manavazhahan
November 14, 2016
#ModernMuse: Changemaker Shawana Carter
October 17, 2016
#ModernMuse: Lifestyle Blogger Andrea Graye
The first time you visit fashion and lifestyle brand GrayeNote.com, you can’t help but feel the energy and enthusiasm of its Founder and Editor-in-Chief Andrea Graye. This New York-based fashion stylist has a flair for making all things in a woman’s life, from wardrobe to the kitchen, that much lovelier – and in a fun way!
Andrea also has multiple sclerosis, which, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, “is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.” While this has challenged her physically, she has not let it affect her indomitable spirit. Even after her most recent health episode, which forced her to take a brief hiatus, Andrea picked up right where she left off. Motivated “by the idea of helping, loving and supporting women” through her God-given talents, she not only continued to write and shoot videos for the site – she launched the Graye Note podcast, available on GrayeNote.com or iTunes, soon after. It’s why we chose Andrea for this week’s feature and say to our latest Modern Muse, “UGauGrrl!”
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