Tae is young, black and talented.
She and many others hold the keys to Dayton’s success.
Dave Scott is a local artist who is the lead painter for the downtown Black Lives Matter mural and rightfully so, as his work is brilliant and transcendent in concept and creativity.
Te’Jal Cartwright is quickly becoming a local name with her YouTube and Instagram live show “What’s the Biz With TJ,” a show that highlights Black businesses in the Dayton area and gives them a platform to advertise their goods and services.
Irene-Marie Consulting is a niche service in the Dayton area and only one of its’ kinds that builds and sustains brands of all kinds, providing comprehensive business and life coaching, a true need in Dayton to unearth more economic stability.
Na’Asiaha Simon is the brainchild and CEO of Na’Asiaha Simon and Associates, a PR firm that has their finger on the zeitgeist of culture and works to build strong media reputations for brands locally and nationally.
All of these folks are millennials, most are Dayton natives and all are between the ages of 25 and 30.
It’s past time for Dayton to recognize that the future of Dayton lies in the hands of millennials (especially entrepreneurs) and give us a seat at the table.
Dayton is in the midst of a social justice uprising and cultural reckoning.
We have always been an underdog city, a city filled with gems that truly embodies its’ name.
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However, we have also repeatedly seen Dayton not intentionally create and cultivate a space for millennial creatives and entrepreneurs of color without having to jump through hoops and crevices to make significant contributions either.
When we discuss culture, extensive history of Dayton, artistic expression and economic landscapes especially in low income areas of Dayton, the invitations to join these conversation with targeted and innovative ideas and solutions are never extended.
We are often glossed over by older folks in positions of power who oftentimes don’t even know what is happening in the inner city because they’re disconnected and use coded, convoluted language.
Immediately in the aftermath of the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes, it was young professionals, citizens and entrepreneurs who organized city relief, opening our wallets, utilizing our strategic originality and the rapid fire pace of technology to spread the word about resources.
Even in the wake of racial unrest, we’re leading the charge on protests, resources, holding our city officials and police accountable. We’re fast, diverse, educated, imaginative, organized and aren’t afraid to shake the table and healthily challenge the status quo that has failed us for so many years.
Give us our flowers and let us marshal the way. We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for.