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THE CREW

Meet the members of the Dallas South News group of volunteers who are the backbone of the organization.  Find out how you can become a volunteer writer, photographer, videographer. We also solicit onsite help for our events and programs.   You may also have other skills that you can share as well.  Please send an email to jovana@dallassouthnews.org for more information

EDITOR

In the summer of 2012, Dawn Mann took over the reins as Editor for the highly acclaimed DallasSouthNews.com focused on African-American issues in Southern Dallas and across the U.S.

Dawn attended Ball State University where she studied Journalism and Graphic Communications and earned a Bachelors degree in 1995. She also attended Texas Christian University Schieffer School of Journalism Masters program in Advertising & Public Relations.

Dawn manages BDD Global, an award-winning design agency, which she founded in 2000 after moving to Dallas in 1999. In her personal time, Dawn enjoys reading, arts & crafts, painting, and checking off adventures on her “leap list”. She often volunteers for a variety of non-profits that focus on education, the arts and children’s issues. She is also the founder two organizations – Christian Women in Business and Support Creative Thinkers’ Day. Dawn can be reached at dawn@dallassouthnews.org

REPORTERS

Michelle London-Bell started writing at Dallas South News earlier this year with experience as a freelance writer and also contributes to Examiner.com. She has a passion for fashion, the arts, and community and cultural affairs. She also covers music and entertainment. She can be reached at michelle@dallassouthnews.org.

Lorrie Irby Jackson is a freelance journalist based in Dallas and has covered entertainment professionally for several years, writing urban music reviews and interviews for sites like DallasBlack.com, Unsignedthemagazine.com and Soultracks.com. She’s also contributed articles to Upscale magazine, Florida Today and The Dallas Morning News, where she now submits columns to their sister publication, Briefing, as a member of the Briefing Moms Panel. You can reach her at lorrie@dallassouthnews.org

CONTRIBUTORS

Tiffany Bramwell is originally from Denver, CO, and been in Dallas for over 12 years.   Writing has always been a passion for Tiffany and something that she enjoyed for herself.  She got her start writing as  a favor for Dallas South News which launched her professional writing career.   Professionally, she has worked in the hospitality industry for over 16 years.  Tiffany can be reached at tiffanybramwell@gmail.com.

Roedwin (Roe) Lamar Brooks is an award-winning talent who has spent 15 years in the realm of Facility Management. In addition to his current role as adjunct Instructor with the Dallas County Community College District, Roe keeps busy as the founder of The Dallas Baseball Alliance, a non-profit youth baseball  organization.  Roe is a proud Dallas ISD alum and can be reached at lamar@dallasbaseball.net.

dre wed bw crop 10Andre Butler is an entrepreneur based in Dallas and founder of the Oak Cliff Entrepreneur Exchange (The O.C.E.E.). Andre is a Dallas native and writes community articles from someone intimately familiar with the city.  He also provides insight on the local hip hop and music scene, and can be reached at majorprophetsentertainment@hotmail.com

Shareea Butler is a non-profit consultant who specializes in the creation and implementation of systems and processes to increase impact and efficiency. She has a passion for issues that relate to the empowerment of underserved populations, such as education, financial literacy, and advocacy.  You can reach her at shareea.butler@gmail.com

Michael L. Counter, Jr. was Dallas South News’ first intern and worked in that capacity for two semesters. Michael has been part of the organization since the beginning and was responsible for “Must Read Monday” during the Spring of 2010.  His DSN post Don’t Ask Me Not to Tell: A Soldier’s Tale garnered national acclaim last fall. He will graduate from Midwestern State University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a focus in media studies.  He can be reached at michael@dallassouthnews.org

keshia dawn headshot2-1Keshia Dawn is a student at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, a Christian fiction writer, and author of the novel His Grace, His Mercy. Keshia served as a Dallas South News intern in Spring 2010 and writes on happenings in the Christian community and opinion pieces on issues of faith.  She can be reached at keshia@dallassouthnews.org

 

James “Bird” Guess is a motivational speaker/trainer & the founder of JBG International Success Academy. He speaks on peak performance, leadership and financial empowerment and is author of the book How I Made A Quarter Million Dollar$ From the Trunk of My Car. James can be reached at speak@jamesbirdguess.com.

Michael Hubbard is a freelance writer and blogger.  A native of Dallas, TX., he is a proud graduate of James Madison High School.  Michael brings a unique, hometown perspective to his political and social commentary.  You can follow his opinions at blog.mikeondallas.com  Mike can be reached at Mhubbard23@aol.com.

Carla Lacy is a long time supporter of Dallas South and Dallas South News and previously served as Director of Development and Community Relations for DSN.  She is Founder and President Operation Advantage which operates food pantries in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. She may be reached at carlalacy@yahoo.com.

Saki Milton is a middle school math teacher at Westlake Academy and co-founder of logos2400 educational services. You can reach her at smilton@logos2400.com.

Tamisha Minnifee is a freelance writer who is passionate about spotlighting locally owned businesses in Southern Dallas. She is a Realtor by trade and can be reached at info@DFWRealEstateMate.com

 

JW Richard makes audio recordings and shares stories about Dallas Black gay life at MandrakeSocietyRadio.com and is also the managing director of Fahari Arts Institute. You can also find his writings at his partner blog, popolio.com and you can read more of community news in Dallas at his Examiner.com column.  He can be reached at  mandrakesociety@gmail.com

Jovana Sanchez-Melendez grew up in Pleasant Grove and graduated from Skyline High School where she studied journalism and dark room photography.  She currently studies journalism at DCCCD and continues to have a passion for photography.

Nature Sargent is an EC-4 certified teacher employed with the Dallas Independent School District.  Nature writes education articles and covers news and events in Southern Dallas.  She graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and is a proud alumnus of Skyline High School Class of 1992.

Robert Selders HeadshotRobert Selders, Jr. is a certified personal trainer, author, speaker, and the owner of 3Q Fitness Studio (Home of CrossFit Garland) in Garland, TX.  He writes artilces on nutrition, exercise and healthy living. Learn more about personal training and nutrition programs at www.3QFitness.com.

Shemetra ThomasShametra L. Thomas is a Dallas area business owner and advocate. Shemetra covers community events for Dallas South News and may be contacted by logging on to www.shametrathomas.com or by email at streinventing@aol.com.

Rev. Michael W. Waters is the founder and Senior Pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas, Texas and was named among America’s top young leaders by Ebony Magazine. He can be contacted at pastormwaters@yahoo.com.

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Damien Carter

Grant Meeks is a freelance photographer based in Dallas. He has spent time living in Seattle, Atlanta, and served three years as a Cavalry Scout in the United States Army. He is currently attending the University of North Texas working towards a B.F.A in Photography. He can be reached at grantmeeksphoto@gmail.com.

Byron Watters specializes in sports photography and is the founder of 3D Sports Visuals. He was Dallas South News’ first contributing photographer and one the organization’s initial volunteers.  He can be reached at byron@dallassouthnews.org

VIDEO PRODUCTION

William Pincham IV has studied film at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia and has produced a number of films and documentaries.  He is a proud graduate of Tyler Street Christian Academy in Oak Cliff and can be reached at koalaboxxeit@yahoo.com

Kierra C. Jones is a native of Baltimore, MD, and is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts degree in Media and Biblical Teachings from Dallas Theological Seminary. She interned with CBS affiliates WJZ news channel 13, and KPHO 5 news in Arizona; NBC affiliate WBAL news channel 11; and ABC affiliate WMAR news channel 2 in Baltimore. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University in Washington, DC. and can be reached at kierrajones08@gmail.com.

Jerome Sheffield is the co-founder of Titanium Productions, A full service film, television and video production company committed to the telling of compelling, inspiring and original stories of American life.  Jerome is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University.

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