Danielle Wright is the proud owner of Dani’s Beauty Studio, situated in the heart of downtown Morrilton, Arkansas. Prior to becoming an esthetician and business owner, Danielle’s world was all about basketball, with goals of playing in the WNBA. “I was so nervous leaving something that I knew like the back of my hand to go pursue something I knew nothing about,” she says. Danielle unknowingly manifested her reality and is now working diligently in a field that was once unfamiliar, creating positive experiences centered around skincare and beauty.
Terrance Vann, also known as Terranceism, is an artist and entrepreneur from Wilmington, Delaware. While enrolled at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he began to see the dynamic differences between himself, his peers, and his teachers—privilege, riches, and a lack of authenticity. In this interview, Terrance provides a raw perspective on his journey to becoming a full-time artist, the power that museums hold in the art world, and owning the Black imagination.
Gena Bushnell is the founder of Give Girls Flowers, an inclusive and empowering wellness community for women of all backgrounds. She says, “I think that women don’t get their flowers for all that they do—all the hard work they put in, all the long hours, all the selflessness, and all the things that women endure that they don’t often get recognition for. I just wanted to create something that allowed a space for that.”
Little Rock, Arkansas native, Dywon Wilson is graphic designer and proud owner of both DW Graphics & Design and Treehouse Kreations, businesses that embody his love for art and design. His advice to creatives: “Don’t underestimate yourself and your artwork.”
Indiana native, Ashley Smith is a painter and the founder of Young Black Artists, an online community that promotes Black art and uplifts Black artists.
“Everything I do, I don’t care what it is, I take it seriously,” says Ashtone Dixon, a Master Cosmetologist located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ashtone’s creativity paired with her grit and determination makes her a force to be reckoned with. In this interview, Ashtone discusses how vital it is to commit oneself to being a student of the game, something she believes will allow anyone—no matter the role—to be successful. “There are higher levels of licensing that I want to get as a stylist, that doesn’t mean I know everything. I’m continuously learning,” she says. Growth is inevitable and being open to new information will take you a long way!