Growing up in the wide-open spaces of Denver, Colorado can be an isolating experience. For a young Black girl, though, the silence can be even more stifling. Courtney Brooks, an artist, and the first curator-in-residence for the Atlanta Beltline, as well as the first Black woman public art curator in Atlanta---took inspiration from her surroundings, like her parents’ love for Black culture magazines like Ebony and Jet and soul vinyls. Now, she is eager to share her story -- and the story of other black women -- through her three-part art exhibit Journey of A Black Girl.

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The 10-member Wayans family have show business in their blood. While many aspiring actors and comedians find it difficult to break into the industry, the Wayans have made a family empire from their talent.

This family has come a long way since their days living in the Robert Fulton Houses projects in Manhattan, New York. It was never easy for parents Howell and Elvira Wayans to raise such a large family on a small income. Instead of pushing their dreams to the side for more “practical” pursuits, the Wayans children turned the bittersweet memories of their childhood into comedic gold. Now, the Wayans family has a combined domestic box office growth of over $1 billion.

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In a traditionally male-run industry, Emily Lazar officially made her mark at the 2017 Grammy awards. The mastering engineer was the first female to ever win a Grammy award for the “Best Engineered Album.” She received the award in the Non-Classical genre for Beck’s album Colors

Lazar joined the Grammy stage with the other Colors engineers (all male) and excitedly stated this thrilling milestone. Even her colleagues were shocked that this was the first time a woman had won in this category.

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Dominique Jacobs transcends the easel with her attention-grabbing 3D art pieces. Taking inspiration from nature, strong women, and cosmetology, Jacobs’ mixed-media art captures the essence of peace and beauty.

Jacobs’ hometown in New Providence, Bahamas provides her the perfect, tropical landscape to create her artwork. Butterflies are prominent subjects in many of her pieces because she is drawn to the symbolism behind them -- love, transformation, and resurrection.

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