Best of Black Dallas 2020 Official Selections
About Best of Black Dallas 2020:
The Dallas Weekly, the No. 1 African American media outlet serving North Texas since 1954, is experiencing a surge in engagements due to their wildly successful Best of Black Dallas 2020 campaign. The paper introduced the campaign as part of their Political Voice segment and asked for nominations throughout the month of September. What they ended up with exceeded all expectations. “Nobody expected numbers like these,” Chief Operating Officer and Director of Finance Jess Washington said of the 100,000-plus engagements on social media, 85% of which were from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. The level of participation resulted in over 5,700 nominations and more than 50 categories of local Black excellence. “The response has been almost overwhelming,” she continued with a smile. “I say ‘almost’ because we’re ready,” she says of her staff.
Digital Content Manager Alexis Grace agrees. “Our content team is made up of an amazing group of
writers, editors and social media gurus who are eager to cover Dallas’ vibrant and talented Black community.” Noting the high level of engagement of the 25- to 42-year old demographic, Grace continued, “In fact, I think our coverage of the winners has the potential to make DW’s Best in Black Dallas 2020 campaign a conversation piece far beyond Election Day.”
(Virtual) polls for voting on the nominees coincides with the election calendar in Texas, as a Get Out The
Vote reminder throughout the 2020 Early Voting period, October 13-30. “We are proud to have increased our political engagement in a way that resonates with the public we serve, while using the opportunity to celebrate our community. We are already taking notes for the Best of Black 2021 nomination and election and hope to maintain this level of engagement with interesting content throughout this year and beyond,” added Digital Producer Jeremiah Long.
In fact, the Best of Black Dallas 2020 campaign garnered a like from Dallas’ Mayor Eric Johnson, who discovered the project after tweeting for best barbecue suggestions.
Dallas, here are your Best of Black Dallas Official Selections for 2020:
Best Body Shop
Asbury Automotive Group – Park Place Lexus Plano
Well, well, Dallas. We see you, making the trip up to Plano to get that body work done.
Then again, with 124 service bays and a fleet of expert technicians with access to the latest technology, who can blame you? Add in the perks – a Wi-Fi equipped lounge, transportation to and from your home or office, a complimentary car wash, a fleet of Lexus loaner vehicles should you need one – and it begins to become apparent as to why Black Dallasites looking for the best body shop choose Park Place Lexus Plano.
There is even a café where clients can sip their favorite beverages or enjoy a snack. A staple in the community since 2013, Park Place Lexus – like all Park Place Dealerships – is known for giving their time and resources in support of the arts, education, medical research and children’s advocacy.
Kudos and congratulations!
6785 Dallas Parkway, Plano, TX 75024
Best Car Wash / Detailer
Cleaning Dynasty Mobile Boutique
DW is always happy to support young entrepreneurs. We’re hyped to see that the community supports them too.
In business since January 2018, Cleaning Dynasty is the vision of a young entrepreneur who always wanted to start a detailing business of his own after years of watching and assisting his older brother with his business. Now working with his partner Derrick, Ron admits that he loves to see clients react happily to the transformation of their vehicle after having put so much love and dedication into detailing each one. And that is the kind of work ethic that makes one stand out as best car wash/detailer.
But don’t think Cleaning Dynasty’s expertise is limited to cars alone. Their services also include pressure washing, paint restoration and carpet cleaning. Best of all, regardless of the service, they will come to you! Follow them on FB and IG. Call them for a deal!
Serving Dallas/Fort Worth area
BEAUTY AND BARBER
Owner and Barber. When it comes to getting a really good hair fade, you want to make sure it’s with someone you can trust. We don’t trust just anyone with our look!
Celebrity Nikdachik of Xperience Barber Lounge has been cutting hair since she was 15. She carries a legacy because she learned from her dad. She started practicing on her little brother’s hair but didn’t really take it seriously until she relocated to Texas. She got her skills on at Texas Barber College.
Celebrity wants to show our community as an African-American woman, that anything is possible.
Best Hair Stylist
Myeisha “Mye” Meeks- Mye Stylz LLC
It’s a known fact that black women and men take their hair seriously.
Mye Meeks knows a lot about hair and can help you get your hair game together. Mye has over 20 years of experience in the hair industry and notably so. She has been recognized as being the first female barber/ stylist to style and cut the Dallas Cowboys as well as many other professionals such as Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Her business, Mye Stylz LLC is an independent hair salon in Coppell and is a one-stop shop for styles such as re-twisting locos, a sharp edge up or a rod set. The key is giving clients what they ask for.
Mye hopes to teach the next generation basics concepts of hair, which can often get shadowed by trends.
Best Makeup Artist
Nikki Reece of Allure Faces by Nikki
Originally from Pittsburg, TX, Nikki-Hill is a self-taught freelance makeup artist in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Despite having earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UTA, Nikki had always been drawn to the beauty industry. While she knew she had a flair for makeup – she was always asked to provide makeup services for her family and friends – it wasn’t until she met her husband, who asked her why she didn’t have her own makeup business, that she felt inspired to create Allure Faces by Nikki.
Ever since she has been “alluring” one face at a time. Nikki’s passion is to make every client in her chair feel they are gorgeous inside and out. Her vision is to develop Allure Faces by Nikki into a unique beauty brand, while giving exceptional service to whoever walks thru her door. Sounds like what one would expect from Black Dallas’ best makeup artist! Not only does Nikki do makeup, she has a dope website , Allure Faces By Nikki, where you can pick up matte lipsticks called Beach Please or Brunch & Mimosas. You can also grab some catty, mink lashes and lip liners.
Best Nail Salon
True Nails Salon and Boutique- Amber Spellious, CMP, MNT, CCPMA
Why are we not surprised that owner Amber Spellious is already an award-winning, certified Advanced Medical Nail Tech and Certified Master Pedicurist?
“My goal for True Nails is to offer safe nail treatments to our clients, and to our community, using the best products and everything in between.”
True Nails operates in a sterile environment. All pedicures utilize disposable plastic liners, one time use nail and callus files. All stainless implements are washed, sanitized and sterilized in a state-approved sterilizer for your protection! No cross contamination– EVER!
As a bonus, her advanced training allows her to offer the extra care it takes to protect at-risk clients with diabetes, circulatory problems, cancer, and others with immunosuppressed conditions, including our elderly! That’s what makes True Nails Black Dallas’ best nail salon.
211 East Freeman Street, Suite 100, Duncanville, TX 75116
Open M-F 11:00am to 6:00pm
Best Natural Hair Stylist
Flourish Curls Salon- Sess Cannon
Many people in the last few years have decided to embrace the hair that grows out of their scalp, so you can imagine that help is needed on how to care for it. With over 10 years of experience as a cosmetologist and loads of experience in caring for kinky, curly, and coily hair, Sess Cannon had a bigger vision by opening her own salon.
Her salon, Flourish Curls Salon is a luxury natural hair salon and training academy that opened November 2019. Flourish Curls Salon was created to train and employ stylists in the field of textured hair, as well as provide the natural hair professional woman with a salon that caters to natural hair care and versatile styling options to fit her busy lifestyle.
Sess brings with her years in product formulation, working with major brands for education and styling contracts, managing salons, and traveling the world doing what she loves.
But, Flourish Curls Salon is more than just about styling hair. Sess wanted to create stable careers for black women, especially in the middle of a pandemic.
Sess hopes to help the African American community by continuing to be a trusted source of hair care and education for the natural woman and her family. Be on the lookout for her
teen program in January with a focus on helping African American teens and preteens develop a greater sense of self- image through haircare, mentorship, and representation.
Locations in Arlington and Addison
Best Tattoo Artists
It comes as no surprise to anyone that the Dallas/Fort Worth area boasts some amazing tattoo shops. It is surprising that Black Dallas’ choice for best tattoo artist ended up in a tie…between two talented, celebrity female artists.
Krystal_Tatted has been IG famous ever since named one of “30 Badass Female Tattoo Artists to Follow on Instagram ASAP” in 2018. Today, her designs now not only adorn her clients’ bodies, but some of their gear as well. Find her on IG to book an appointment with her today!
1 UPink Tattoo Studios, 111 Barry Avenue, Suite A, Dallas 75214
Did someone say tattoos? Oh, because I thought somebody looking for the best tattoo artist in Dallas said sumthin! The competition for this category was fierce, and we have a tie. So, if you’re undecided about where to get your next tat, here’s a little tidbit for you. Nychelle specialty is black-and-white. And she’s a beast at it! If you love abstract concepts and want something that looks life-like, she’s your go-to. Not to mention, her work landed her a spot on the last season of Ink Masters. You can preview Nychelle’s work on Instagram @nychelleelisestudios.
FAITH & RELIGION
GMWA Dallas Contemporary Adult Division Choir – Gospel Music Workshop of America
The Gospel Music Workshop of America was founded by the late Rev. James Cleveland after a meeting of musicians in Detroit in 1967. Dallas was represented from the very beginning with the presence of William Bryant. Today, Sam Britt holds that honor.
GMWA has come a long way since their first national convention in 1968 when they formed their first mass choir. Now, there are eight different types of choirs represented by GWMA. The Dallas Chapter contains two of these outlets: mass choir and contemporary adult division (CAD).
Roderic Long is the Director of the Dallas CAD Choir and the man responsible for the output of the best choir in Dallas according to DW readers who clearly expect no less from an organization with the motto “Where Everybody is Somebody.”
Located in Dallas
Best House of Worship
Friendship-West Baptist Church
We can’t pretend to be surprised by the overwhelming votes for best house of worship that were cast for a facility that has been referred to alternatively as the “Taj Mahal in Oak Cliff” or the “palace in Southern Dallas.” Meant to serve as a reminder that God is the Sovereign King of Kings, the Friendship-West family feels blessed to have built a house that says to everyone who feels his or her life is out of control, that God is in control.
Other architectural elements, from the pyramids on the roof to the giant ankh that greets visitors who enter links the Friendship-West family to the African diaspora. Come for the sights, stay for the worship.
2020 W. Wheatland Road, Dallas 75232
Frederick Douglass Haynes, III
The Friendship-West Baptist Church (FWBC) website describes the internationally celebrated Rev. Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, as follows: “a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, and eloquent orator and educator engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice; committed to economic justice and empowerment in under-served communities and touching and transforming the lives of the disenfranchised.” Add to that, the best preacher/pastor according to DW readers.
FWBC continues: “For 37 years, Dr. Haynes has served as a visionary and innovative senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Under his servant leadership, the ministry and membership have grown from less than 100 members in 1983 to over 12,000.”
Get to know Pastor Haynes at FWBC, 2020 W. Wheatland Road, Dallas 75232
FOOD & DINING
Off the Bone Barbeque
Dallas doesn’t play around about barbecue. Besides Tex-Mex, It’s the one staple here that most of us can agree on. Whether it’s smoked brisket, pecan smoked baby back ribs, chicken wings, or sausage, you’re bound to find something to fill your craving. Oh, and there are great sides to boot, like braised green beans, spicy 3 meat charro beans or con queso mac and cheese. Yummers!
Dwight Harvey, along with his son initially started as a catering company, but with so many impressed with their barbeque, expansion was the only option.
Located in Dallas
Best Fried Chicken
Blends Daiquiri Lounge
The DFW area is all about food and drinks. It’s a big deal! And when you mention fried chicken and fried fish that patrons rave about, along with a juicy, fruity daiquiri, things get even tastier!
And if you’re vegetarian, don’t worry! They have you covered from fried green tomatoes, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, and chips and queso!
Tiashia Underwood is the founder and owner of Blends Daiquiri Lounge, established in 2017.
Though there are many choices when it comes to food and drinks, Blends sets itself apart with a modern, stylish, and well-organized venue that offers entertainment with a twist. Of course you can get your grub and drink on, but Blends also offers tasteful hookahs and great events. If that doesn’t already get you excited, they offer one of the largest lists of daiquiri flavors to choose from. You can chill, get a good meal, and get your sip on!
Blends is helping by inspiring our community on owning a business, as well as holding voting and charity drives. Blends is also the recipient for Fried Fish and Best Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant.
Fuel City Tacos
Tacos are a big deal in the Big D! If you’ve been in Dallas for a while, then you have probably heard of Fuel City Tacos. There is a reason these are a crowd pleaser for many years now.
And if you are particular about your protein, you can choose from ground beef, beef fajita, chicken, pork, or barbacoa. I don’t think you can go wrong with any choice however.
These are the perfect meal after a night of fun! They never disappoint!
Locations: Dallas, Mesquite, Haltom City, Saginaw, Cedar Hill
Best Takeout Restaurant
As the saying goes, “health is wealth, but it can be challenging to give up some of your favorite meals, especially if you decide to adapt to the vegan or plant-based lifestyle.
ITSO Vegan in Grand Prairie can help you easily convert with some of your favorite homestyle dishes like “chiken” and waffles, Salisbury steak, and even a fish and shrimp basket. Yes, that’s right! Everything is vegan. So, if you don’t want to eat anything with a face, this is your spot!
Founder and Co-owner Amiya Cleveland wanted to provide delicious and healthy meals in the style of homestyle favorites. All dishes are made fresh and infused with extra nutrition.
Amiya believes that going plant-based has helped her and many friends with ailments like diabetes, fatigue, and heartburn.
Located in Grand Prairie.
HEALTH & FITNESS
Eunoiafit Studio-Alyssa Nichols
It has been well established that certain health issues impact the African American community disproportionately. Enter Eunoiafit Studio, a private, personal and semi-personal training studio that focuses on reaching our health and wellness goals through functional training and nutrition guidance. More importantly, the gym has become a safe space for women and men of color to learn how to identify and manage health issues that specifically plague our community.
Moreover, as both a full spectrum doula and AFPA Prenatal/Postpartum fitness specialist, owner and certified personal trainer Alyssa Nichols can help women become more aware of the importance of physical activity during before, during, and after pregnancy, which in turn, leads to a decrease of the maternal death rate for black women in America, a goal that Alyssa calls “her life’s work.”
With dedication like that to her clients, we see why they are just as dedicated to her.
222 W Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, 75208
Best Personal Trainer
Polk Fit- Chris Polk
With most of us being in quarantine this year, it was a natural progression for some of us to ignore our health and fitness routines for a while. But there is no reason to fret.
Polk Fit can definitely help you to get your flyness back. The personal training and meal planning service was founded in 2016 by Chris Polk of Desoto. He started this venture when he was in college at Texas A&M Commerce.
Polk Fit works to address your needs as a whole. Chris has years of passion to help you become the best version of yourself. You will look, feel, and become better than you imagined!
Best Broadcast Journalist- Tashara Parker
As a reporter and the Daybreak anchor at WFAA News 8, Tashara Parker has earned a reputation throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex as “someone who truly cares about people and this community.” Her passion for covering stories of underserved people and organizations that capture the attention of DFW viewers in an engaging and informative way has earned this community-focused storyteller the loyalty of thousands of dedicated fans.
When not on air, Tashara utilizes her platform to volunteer hundreds of hours to many organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.
Congratulations Tashara as Black Dallas’ choice for the best broadcast journalist of 2020.
Sassie’s Sisterhood Social Club
In 2014, Janet Hall created Sassie’s Sisterhood Social Club which embraces women and gets rid of the stigma that women cannot work together as a unified force.
The social club supports many things, such as getting a license to carry handguns, helping young, single parents continue their education, as well as help many African-American businesses to succeed. They also have a partnership program with businesses that offer discounts to members.
Once things are back up post- Covid, there are plans to get back out in the streets to serve the homeless.
The goal is to bring the community together in love and unity.
The Hub is located in Dallas, with chapters in Houston, Wyoming, Florida, and California.
Best Hip Hop Artist – Female
Rapper & Ceo of Snow4Cosmetics- Valencia Snow
Valencia Snow is a business owner and brand ambassador, but she brings other talents to share with the world. Her company, Snow4Cosmetics, was launched last February, but she also hopes to become the next female artist to blow up in Dallas. She’s a singer and a rapper.
Valencia gives back to her city by supporting other creatives. She’s also a huge advocate for Sickle Cell awareness and hopes to donate proceeds to this cause.
Located in East Dallas
Best Hip Hop Artist – Male & Best Local Band
Original Soul is the conscious hip-hop artist you didn’t know you needed in your playlist. If you listen to his music, it’s not hard to hear and see how he lives up to his chosen moniker. The artist/producer has a unique sound that fuses hip-hop with R&B and neosoul. His songs are reminiscent of artists such as Common and The Roots, which is also why people chose him as Best Local Band as well! Original Soul credits his high school, Lincoln High, as where he got his start and developed a love for music. His label, M4G or Music 4 Grownfolks, assists artists in understanding the business of music and how to be self-sufficient as an artist. Original Soul music is music with a message that the whole family can jam to.
Best Jazz Artist – Female
Singer Lady Diamond
Singer Lady Diamond is a multi-talented woman whose vocal performance and Jazz style leave her audience wanting more.
She is classically trained with over 10 years of classical piano training. Her talent is a mixture of the sounds of Diane Krall, Nancy Wilson, and Ella Fitzgerald.
She is the Emcee of the Dallas House of Blues and has been featured on numerous platforms throughout Texas.
Best Jazz Artist – Male
Reuben Lael, born to parents who served in politics and the church, is known for his amazing voice and gift of song. He uses this gift to amplify messages of hope that uplifts the soul.
Reuben has performed as the opening act for recording artists such as Erykah Badu, Raheem DeVaughn, Eric Roberson, Mint Condition, and Chrisette Michelle.
He is very passionate about the youth and currently serves as Creative Director for the Garland Youth Community Choir. When he’s not singing, he works with non-profits and civic organizations in Dallas including his fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Dallas Mayor Star Council as a member of the leadership team that connects and develops young leaders to design a new pathway of change in Dallas. He is also a member of the National Urban League Young Professionals.
You can check out his EP entitled “Heart of the Matter” as well as his new single “Stand Up” on iTunes and Spotify!
Best Local Radio Personality
Copelon Wright is a Meteorologist with Texas Weather Tracker TV. He’s the host of Weekendcast and is also the Breaking Weather Producer. Copelon was born and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas. He understands the importance of keeping viewers safe and updating them on what they can expect in the coming days. Since he grew up in the North Texas area, he knows all too well about the possibility of Texas having four seasons in one day. His passion for weather started back in elementary school during a science fair project on different cloud types. Two events that peaked Copelon’s weather interest was the May 1995 Mayfest hailstorm and the March 28, 2000 powerful F3 tornado that hit downtown Fort Worth. Copelon is a graduate from Mississippi State where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Geoscience degree. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from the University of North Texas.
You can hear Copelon’s forecast weekday mornings on 88.5 FM KEOM where he has been forecasting since 2013. You can catch Copelon on Texas Weather Tracker TV Sundays on Weekendcast at 5pm.
Best Morning Show
DeDe In the Morning
Since 2011, DeDe has been the host of “DeDe in the Morning” on K104FM (Dallas, TX). The show is on air Monday through Friday from 6AM until 10AM. Along with co-host Lady Jade and comedian Mike Shawn, the morning show has consistently been a top ratings fixture in the Dallas/Ft. Worth radio market.
Like many morning shows, it’s a mix of the silly and the serious, with discussions ranging from news topics, hip-hop culture, and community events, to comedy bits like the “Mad Minute,” in which listeners prank-call friends and relatives, stirring them up into bleeped-out freenzies.
Best Radio Station
97.9 The Beat
It’s Saturday afternoon, and you are on your way to the carwash. Like Ice Cube, you’re feeling like today is a good day. Traffic is light, you don’t hear sirens, the temperature is chillin at 70 degrees. What station is playing the soundtrack for the day? 97.9 The Beat, of course! They’re always with the jams, from your favorite throwbacks (ahem! Older millenials) to the latest in mainstream and local talent. Plus, the station’s town hall interviews keep us abreast of what’s happening in our communities. Of course, our favorite part is the She Represents segment in partnership with yours truly (that’s us!) showcasing all the #BlackGirlMagic in the DFW!
Best Theatre Company
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Who doesn’t love a beautiful dance ensemble? The grace. The class. You can find all of this and more at the Dallas Black Dance Theater.
Founded by Ann Williams, the theater is a 44- year old, internationally recognized professional dance company that engages the cross-cultural community through contemporary modern dance presented from the African-American experience. The mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse communities.
Dallas Black Theater is a natural resource like no other for the City of Dallas, a national and international ambassador for racial inclusiveness, and a critical voice to educate and raise up new and unique communities and audiences in the arts.
LOCAL SERVICE PROVIDERS
Best Day Care
Beautiful Beginners Christian Academy
With so many parents in the working world, it’s important to be able to trust your children in great daycare environments. It’s not a decision to take lightly.
Beautiful Beginnings aims to incorporate God into the school and curriculum. They assure you that your children are in a safe environment with a selfless service.
Beautiful Beginnings believes that every child is unique in his or her way and must be encouraged and nurtured. They also aim to instill a great sense of self-worth and self-confidence.
Located in Dallas and Desoto
Best Event Planner
If the thought of wedding planning makes you want to be a runaway bride, then say “I do” to Just Elope, LLC. Jennifer Allen and the team at Just Elope will help you get hitched in style with the pop-up wedding of your dreams. They are shaking up the wedding scene by providing all-inclusive weddings that couples simply have to show up for and enjoy. The popup and elopement company provides the location, officiant, and professional photographer. Couples should know that there is a simple, luxe, stress-free experience available. And for those concerned about health and safety, don’t worry! Just Elope is offering socially distant and couple-only packages as well. Don’t let Rona stop your love!
As if that wasn’t reason enough to give Allen’s team a call, Just Elope will be giving away its first scholarship to a deserving HBCU student in 2021. Now that’s Black Love!
Best Funeral Home
Mansfield Funeral Home & Cremations
Losing a loved one comes with many mixed emotions, therefore calls for an understanding and gentle service when making arrangements.
Mansfield Funeral Home has been operating for 75 years and has honored 500 legacies thus far. They prefer to think of losing a loved one as a time for reflection, appreciation, and even celebration. They are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing, and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
Mansfield Funeral Home has learned a lot over the years and stay up to date with industry developments.
Best Law Firm
L.D. Thomas, Esq. – The Law Office of L. D. Thomas, PLLC
When most people think of law firms, it’s often associated with criminal situations, but there are legal situations that call for a specific type of firm and solution that is often neglected.
The Law Office of L.D. Thomas, PLLC is a law firm that specializes in estate planning, wills, trust, and small business.
Many of us want to create generational wealth, but protecting it is also crucial. L.D. believes you can’t create generational wealth without a plan to transfer wealth to the next generation.
L.D is passionate about helping those in our community to leave a legacy and a financial foundation for their loved ones.
Best Moving Company
A List Movers
Moving can be a very stressful time. Typically, no one wants to do this alone.
Bab Adetiba of A List Movers, started by working for a labor only service in 2015 and learned the ropes from the owner of a moving company.
Bab would like the community to know that you have a top-notch option for your packing and moving needs. By supporting this option, you positively impact the lives of the people who work for and partner with the company.
A List Movers supports the community by aiding in employment. They are avid minority business enterprise certification advocates that help stabilize the black community at an exponential rate.
In a world of social media, photos are a big big deal. The world has embraced their iPhones and Androids as photography masters, but there is nothing that can compare to a legit photographer to make you look picture day ready!
Tamyra is the owner, artist, and creator of TamCamPhoto. She began her photography, along with graphic design in 2007. She specializes in High School, Senior, College Grad, and Tween portrait photography. She also enjoys photographing family, pets, headshots, and street photography.
With years of study in photography, she wants to inspire our community to see the value of supporting small businesses.
Tamyra is a firm believer in “watch what I do, not what I say,” She enjoys working with youth to inspire them to take chances, break barriers, and achieve that top 5% status in whichever field they decide to enter.
Best Public Relations Firm
1016 Media – Terry Allen PR
Mr. Allen is Award-winning public relations and marketing leader, and community advocate with a passion for positioning small businesses for optimal success and motivating people to achieve their full potential. He is a Senior Sales Executive with FedEx Services and the CEO of 1016 Media, a cultural engagement PR firm specializing in cause-related marketing for small business start-ups, non-profits and other CBO’s. He currently served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) as the Media Related Board Member. He is a member of the National Black Public Relations Society NBPRS and the charter president of the NBPRS Dallas Chapter. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Sports and Entertainment MBA program at the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management. He is an alumnus of Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the American Institute of Banking.
Terry has also taken 215 ex-offenders and created working citizens and small business owners out of them, I have created a regional brand with mentoring and Father’s Day, I also created 50 Women CEOs from low-income families that have garnered millions in revenue.
Finding a new home or selling a home takes time and patience. Education and a good support system from a great realtor are crucial.
Ink Realty was founded in 2016 by Stephen Lewis and Robert Lewis Jr. Their group is driven by the passion to serve the community first. They desire to educate first generational homeowners and home sellers.
They also operate in encouraging people to establish wealth through real estate and to own a piece of land in America.
The team has also founded an innovative tech company, HomeMatchX, that offers instant homes and instant buyers when they need to sell or invest quickly.
Best Counseling / Therapy Service
If you are human, chances are that you will go through a life challenge at least once in your life and you may need someone other than family and friends to talk to. The good thing is that you have options.
Rechelle Brown of Soturi Counseling and Consulting, PLLC has invested over ten years working with individuals, couples, and families coping with life challenges. She will assist you with overcoming these challenges in a meaningful way.
She specializes in the area of life transitions and challenges. With the assistance of her tools, you will be compelled to position yourself in your purpose.
Best Dental Practice
Fresh Dentistry by Can DDS- Dr. Candace Brown-Evans, DDS
Oral health is just as important as body health. We want our pearly whites to gleam!
Fresh Dentistry by CanDDS is a patient-focused dental practice providing top-notch dental care with facilities equipped with dentistry’s most modern and trusted technologies.
Dr. Evans is a native of Dallas. She first decided to pursue a degree in dentistry back in high school and went on to receive her B.S. degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Baylor University.
She is a member of the Texas Dental Association, Dallas County Dental Society, American Dental Association, and the National Dentist Association. What a record!
Dr. Evans strives to not only treat her patients to quality care but provide education on how to improve their dental needs.
She gives back to the community through her and her husband’s investment company in hopes of making an impact on Dallas and its economic potential.
Located in Cedar Hill
Tiffany Woodus, MD
Dr. Tiffany Woodus has over 10 years of experience in healthcare. She completed a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2006.
She completed an internship and residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW)/Parkland Health & Hospital System in 2010. During her tenure here, Dr. Woodus was awarded such accolades as distinguished teaching awards. She’s board-certified which is a must for many patients.
Dr. Woodus has a passion for the health and well-being of all mothers, particularly black and brown mothers under attack.
Dr. Woodus is loved and respected by her patients who nominated her as a Mom Approved Doc in 2016, 2017, & 2019 in DFW Child magazine.
She is involved in many civic and social organizations in the DFW area.
Located in Cedar Hill
Best City Council Member
Casey Thomas- Oak Cliff District 3 Councilman
As the Dallas City Council Member for District 3, Casey served as Chair of the newly formed Workforce, Education, and Equity Committee, which is the Mayor’s top priority for his first term. This committee will be responsible for overseeing the city’s workforce development strategy and implementation of the city’s reliance plan to make Dallas a more equitable city.
He is also chair of the Mayor’s Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census. He is responsible for seeing that every eligible resident in the City of Dallas is counted, and the city receives the resources it is due following the census count.
He also serves as vice-chair of the Housing and Homeless Solutions Committee, where he helped to develop the city’s first comprehensive housing policy. He also has led efforts to reduce and end homelessness through the previous, Human and Social Needs Committee.
He serves on the Public Safety committee, where we led the council effort to establish the Community Police Oversight Board. He also serves on the Government Performance and Financial Management Committee, where he is responsible for reviewing and monitoring major contracts the city of Dallas, and outside vendor.
Casey is a native of Dallas, Texas, where he was born and raised. He attended Dallas ISD schools and graduated from Skyline High School and received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management from the University of North Texas in Denton.
Reggie Calhoun Jr.
Most people think of sports as an extracurricular to education. As far as Reggie Calhoun is concerned, the two go hand-in-hand. That’s why he created RPA College Prep. The post-secondary prep institution bridges the gap between high school and college for student athletes who need more time to develop their skills on the field while enhancing their academic profile. Students leave RPA better prepared to compete on the field and in the classroom. Offering several traditional educational tracks as well as career certification tracks, RPA College Prep is the way to go to learn life skills, how to navigate the college athletics process, and to get the most out of your academics. The outcome is better career choices, job opportunities, business, life protection, and recreational activities that aid in the development of young people.
Best Elected Official
Judge Shequitta Kelly
Servant leadership is more than just a buzzword to Judge Shequitta Kelly. Since her election in 2015 presiding over Dallas County Criminal Court #11, she has and continues to show her commitment to the people of Dallas through her programs and reforms. Her courtroom oversees domestic violence cases, which inspired her to create a DV offender program called Intercepted. The program provides mental health and substance abuse treatment, as well as batterer’s intervention. Judge Kelly has also implemented needed changes to the court docket process. Outside of the courtroom, she hosts Curls, Clippers, and Conversations, a forum designed to educate the beauty industry on the criminal justice system, and helped create Pipeline to Possibilities, a program geared toward keeping youth out of the criminal justice system.
Best CBD Store
The Weed Spot
In the last few years, the CBD market has boomed and keeps on ticking like the energizer bunny! We don’t see it slowing down anytime .
The Weed Spot is your one-stop shop for everything from CBD tinctures, edibles, infused oils, and even apparel!
The Weed Spot is all about promoting a self-care routine. Their products are selected for purity, user-friendliness, and effectiveness.
The Weed Spot plans to continue to grow their partnership with the best nationwide producers of CBD products.
There are those moments when you want to stand apart from the rest when it comes to fashion. We all have those special occasions or it could simply be a weekend trip!
This is when you utilize a custom design. Chelita McDuffie can help you shine like a diamond.
Chelita studied Fashion Merchandising at UNT Denton, where she could express her passion for fashion. She started designing in 2012.
She created her brand, Chelita Lenice in 2019 where she’s focused mostly on beautiful, custom designs, but will be launching her ready to wear line in Spring 2021. Chelita started her journey very early and has sewn since she was a child.
Once her line launches, she also plans to bring more ways to bring her brand to consumers, such as virtual shows, pop-up events, and vendor spots.
She prides herself on giving clients a personalized experience. In the future, she plans to make her business of place of mentorship.
Look for Chelita’s launch at the DEC in Dallas for her SP21 line coming February 28!
Located in Dallas
Best HBCU/Greek Paraphernalia Store
An HBCU(Historically Black Colleges and Universities) has a long-running history that no one can ignore. It’s a beautiful testament to our elders that attended one and our lineage.
What better way to rep your HBCU than to rock a t-shirt, hoodie, or simply a pin?
Rated HBUC is your one-stop shop for all things HBCU, so you can rep your college in style!
They cover all HBCU’s big and small. You will find it hard to find a better store in comparison!
Best Neighborhood Store
BPolished Beauty Supply
If you change up your look a lot or if you simply like trying new products, it’s important to have an array of things you can easily find in one. And what better place than a beauty supply store? It’s the mecca of style dreams waiting to unfold.
Kesha Watkins knows a lot about that. She’s the founder of BPolished Beauty Supply. The shop carries everything from shampoo, conditioner, wigs, braiding hair, crochet hair, and everything in between. You can also find some hard to find items like Bask&Bloom Silky Aloe Curl Pudding, or Potions Rice Water Hair Rinse.
Not only did BPolished win for Best Neighborhood store but also Best Jewelry Store!
Located in Arlington
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