each month, i choose someone new and interesting to honor. someone who leverages their talents to make a difference. and cares about leaving the world better than they found it. it’s my personal salute to the everyday game changers.
the raydiant awards.
Meet danya, this month’s raydiant feature.
Danya and i met as students at clark Atlanta university. She is the founder of so you need a tutor? (synat), an organization she created to heighten academic leadership among students in the classroom and beyond. to those that know her, this should come as no surprise. danya has always been a teacher even before she entered the public school system. The intrinsic qualities that compel her to help others. Her aptitude for success. her can-do work ethic. These are all traits that readily equipped her to build confident and independent students. And this is how she and her team are able to offer tangible solutions for families seeking assistance with their elementary child’s academics. By transforming students’ mindsets and heightening their confidence, danya has been able to help students improve academic scores and their ability to learn. She believes radiant people are those that answer the call to help others in need.
Thank you danya, for being a servant leader within your community and for pioneering inventive, yet effective tutoring tactics that benefit the next generation of talent. If you’d like more information on so you need a tutor? And the ways in which they could benefit your child, feel free to contact danya directly.
Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @danyatiarawoods and @soyouneedatutor
Meet resound, this month’s raydiant feature.
I remember the moment I found out about resound. I was in the library taking a break from my graduate thesis when I came across one of their YouTube videos. What was supposed to be a quick break turned out to be me going down a rabbit-hole of their arrangements. I was immediately drawn in by their dynamic voices and sultry blend. From their “total praise” rendition all the way up to their “black history tribute” and “expect your miracle” arrangement, resound has made it clear that they did not come here to play with any of us. And the crazy thing is, they didn’t even plan on becoming a group. They posted a video of themselves practicing for an event for Mariah’s mom (Mariah sings alto, Joseph sings tenor, Jessica sings soprano, by the way) and boom. The people wanted more. And after about three videos, they decided to come up with a name (i.e. resound). Since that time, they’ve used their melodic voices to inspire people to express themselves through their God-given creativity and artistry. Each of them understands that everyone needs hope and that’s what they aim to do — give hope — for all of us. They believe radiant people are those that exude light in such a way that it cannot be hidden.
thank you resound, for leveraging your God-given talent to spread positivity and inspire people from all backgrounds, nationalities, ethnicities and ages. Do yourself a favor and check them out so you can book them for your next event or project!
Youtube: official resound
Meet justin, this month’s raydiant feature.
Justin and I met as undergraduate students at clark atlanta university. he’s the founder of the wright property group, a real estate agency servicing the atlanta metropolitan area. With the wealth of knowledge and experience he brings to the table, Justin has proven himself to be an industry innovator whose success is attributed to both his passion for real estate and his dedication to clients. He understands the importance of delivering results alongside an enjoyable experience. But what’s more is, he also gets that a lot of people just aren’t knowledgeable of the home buying process and the importance of home ownership. So he uses his platform as a tool of enlightenment for his target, which is primarily millennials that are 35 and younger. Justin recognizes that there simply aren’t many [effective] realtors out there who reflect his life experiences and are as invested in educating underrepresented minorities on the ways they can establish generational wealth. he leverages his experience with an array of properties, from starter homes to uptown condominiums and investment properties, to actualize the dreams of his clients. He believes radiant people are those that shine bright and exude positive energy whenever possible.
Thank you line brother, for taking your interests and converting them into tangible results that are mutually beneficial for you and those you serve. If you or someone you know is in the market for property in the atlanta metropolitan area, feel free to connect with Justin today to find out how he can best represent your interests.
Meet Tahiti, this month’s raydiant feature.
As with several of the honorees I’ve highlighted before her, Tahiti and I met as students at western Illinois university. She is the creator and lead designer of 0514 design, a creative consultancy she began in order to provide innovative and personalized designs for small and large companies. As somewhat of a creative “chameleon”, Tahiti is able to deliver specialized designs to a wide range of clients who require an array of services. And she understands that, more often than not, we (as people) see things before we fully understand them. Hence, design falls under the law of attraction because as Tahiti so eloquently noted, “when something looks good and feels good, we fall for it.” She uses valuable insights such as this throughout her creative process, which enables her to help each of clients to transform visual dreams into tangible designs. She believes radiant people are those that exude light wherever they go and evoke confidence in all that they do.
Thank you Tahiti, for unapologetically leveraging your creative light as an outlet of design for entrepreneurs and businesses alike to take their professional pursuits to even greater heights. If you’d like assistance with developing your brand or refreshing your brand identity, connect with Tahiti today to find out how she can take your chanel taste and actualize it with a zara budget.
Meet blake, this month’s raydiant feature.
Blake and I met as students at western Illinois university. He is a contemporary painter who leverages pop culture and elements of graffiti to expose commonalities among varying generations of people. Through his platform, B. Len Artistry, he’s been able to evoke feelings that ultimately evoke meaningful conversations. And what’s more is, it’s given him the opportunity to merge all the things he’s most passionate about -- drawing, painting, writing and event production. I’ve come to find that Blake’s perspective on life supplemented with his artistic approach in general have made him uniquely equipped to disrupt creative spaces in a very nuanced way. He believes radiant people are those that consciously decide to purpose themselves as a catalyst for change and that’s evident in the explicit and implied meaning often embedded within his pieces.
Thank you blake, for continuously using your gift of artistic storytelling to exude radiance, inspire innovation and cultivate the next generation of creative leaders. If you’re in the market for an inspiring, culturally relevant piece of art or you simply want to collaborate with someone who “gets it” for an upcoming project or event, you should connect with Blake today.
meet marie, this month’s raydiant feature.
Marie and I met during the Summer of 2015 in Dallas, Texas. She’s the creative extraordinaire behind ‘Maison saint James’, a lifestyle brand that brings together talented chefs, impactful brands and curious guests to create unforgettable, bespoke hospitality and experiences. Birthed from her desire to challenge industry standards for both luxury dining and hospitality, the events Marie hosts are curated with a simple human truth in mind: the best of times start with an amazing meal, a stunning glass of wine and stellar company (no arguments there). And what’s more is, she’s purposed herself with ensuring that all people, especially people of color, have access to luxury hospitality – particularly when access to such spaces yields safety and authenticity. You just have to remember to show up with an open mind to allow yourself to fully take in all these immersive experiences have to offer. She believes radiant people are those that refuse to let their light from within dim because they’ve chosen to leverage it in accordance with their life’s purpose.
Thank you marie, for using your light to create luxurious events that allow people from all over to experience food in an opulent, yet approachable way that doesn’t break the bank. Connect with her today to find out how she can upgrade you.
Instagram: @mariesaintjames and @maisonsaintjames
meet skyy, this month’s raydiant feature.
skyy and i met as students at proviso west high school. she is the creator of “girls run the world”, an organization she created to equip young women with the tools and resources necessary to recognize the greatness and potential within themselves. she is a full-time police officer, who on several occasions, has encountered a plethora of young women while on the job. she’s come across the “ride or die” chick who gladly accepted charges on behalf of her significant other. she’s experienced the “privileged bookworm” who dealt with suicidal ideations at the thought of failure as a result of extreme expectations to succeed. she went toe-to-toe with the “ghetto girl’ whose conflict resolution skills were limited to physical combat. and the “fatherless jezebel” who carved and sought out male attention at all costs? skyy has encountered her too. she’s pretty much seen it all and then some while striving to protect and serve. and you know what? she got tired. tired of the negative encounters she was having with young women and tired of having to arrest them. so she decided to use her influence as a young, black police officer to create “girls run the world”, which supports young women in three of the major high schools in aurora, illinois. with a common goal of becoming great leaders amongst their peers, high school girls from all backgrounds and walks of life are transformed into agents of change within their communities so that they may become mentors to the next group of young women that will journey after them. skyy believes radiant people are those that persevere through life’s darkness so their beams can bring light and hope to all those around them.
thank you skyy, for mentoring, uplifting, and being an example for young women, which has infected your community in the best possible way. if you know a young woman who could benefit from skyy’s organization, check the deets below. oh, and make sure you support her 2nd annual “girls run the world 5k/party in the park” event happening on june 1, 2019.
meet megan, this month’s raydiant feature.
megan and i met when we were both students at proviso west high school. she is the photographer and mastermind behind snappedbymc (also known as megan christina photography), a brand she created to capture the very best moments life has to offer while creating memories that last a lifetime. like many photographers, megan’s passion, determination and eye for detail are factors that aid in mastering her craft. but her entry into photography is probably a road less travelled. looking back, megan realized that she didn’t have many photos of herself that reflected her childhood. the lack of photos supplemented with the absence of memories that photos often carry was enough to inspire megan to create her own solution. hence, her photography brand was born. and with the sole purpose of aiding diverse people from all over capture special moments, her goal is to craft photos that capture the very essence of who you were when the photo was taken. whether those photos evoke a great laugh or an insatiable cry, with Megan, it’s all about the memories. she believes radiant people are those that shine and exude a certain level of greatness above others.
thank you megan, for allowing your passion to evoke positive change out in the world. feel free to check out some of her work today!
facebook: megan christina
meet racquel, this month’s raydiant feature.
racquel and i met in dallas when i was living there as a participant in the marcus graham project. she is the creator of #whatsnext, an interactive pop-up session designed for college graduates transitioning into life after college. racquel’s sole purpose is to narrow the gap between what students learn in the classroom and what the professional space demands outside of the classroom. she leverages experiential workshops, interactive panels, and relevant keynote sessions to aid participants in their post-grad planning and development. it’s no surprise that racquel decided to pursue this line of work, as she’s always had a passion for empowering young adults to discover and unleash their maximum potential. and with staggering statistics like the 74% of college graduates who feel their school failed to fully prepare them for the professional world, it becomes more and more apparent why racquel’s work has become increasingly important.
thank you racquel, for setting the standard in leadership and service, demystifying the myth of the underprepared college graduate, and remaining radiant along the way. if you know of any college students across the country that are interested in becoming a student ambassador, or if you’re an administrator and/or student organization wanting to host #whatsnext on your campus, email email@example.com to get started with customizing an unforgettable student experience today!
meet glenn, this month's raydiant feature.
i’ve known glenn for quite some time. we attended the same school starting with elementary and ending with college – not uncommon for students growing up in our neighborhood. glenn is the founder of reflections and company, a media house focused primarily on digital media. their focus over the past five years has been predominately in the photography sector. however, they’ve recently expanded their brand, efforts, and resources by entering the advertising and marketing realm – which they believe will aid in diversifying their brand expanding their client base. at the root of who they are as a company lies their principles. glenn formed reflections and company because he wanted to shine a positive light (literally and metaphorically) on millennials. he also wanted to help promote creatives throughout the chicagoland area by aiding in their brand’s development. fortunately for glenn, his company allows him to do both simultaneously. he believes radiant people are those that amplify greatness by using their gift to spark the world. and whether you were born with greatness or had it thrust upon you doesn’t matter – it’s what you do with said greatness that ultimately resonates with the world.
thank you glenn, for using your gift to amplify that of others and for consistently emitting light in dark spaces. feel free to check out his team and learn more about their work by visiting reflectionsandco.com.