We had the good fortune of connecting with Dakota Weathersby and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dakota, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
There are so many factors for my success and they are all imperative to the growth, but the entity that we sometimes lose sight of is “Family.” That is by far my most important factor. My family extends from home to all my members in my group. People are looking for a home where they belong as they are and I give them that platform. My brand is inclusive extending to lgbtq+ and Allies. Family comes in all dynamics so why should we exclude ones that are different from us? We all should know and support each other’s struggles, as well as our triumphs. As members continued to join they understood the assignment. Without my home being on board, my admins in the group being supportive, and my family members engagement there would be no Stud~ish.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I was a creature created into a free flowing art. Someone snap your fingers for me as I breakdown my dialect. Creative flows through my body from birth to the earth. Every part of my life has been one epic creation after another. I came into this world with every bit of reality born into a masterpiece. I can’t say it sets me apart from anyone however there are not many like me. We turn life into our canvas in every facet of our lives. My proudest moment within my creativity is when I am able to see the manifestation of my creations. It is a story, a dream, made into reality. Sometimes my creativity brings challenges from having so many ideas but knowing you have to have your brain cease and assist on one project at a time. My journey has not been an easy one but I wouldn’t change anything for it. I learned how to gather myself through obstacles and carry others who were unable to do so still having energy for me. Through the wisdom of me elders and the freedom of an open mind, I have been able to see into the future for the communities I look to enhance. I see the possibilities as well as tribulations to come. The glass is always half full no matter the case. My brand is beyond the phrase Stud~ish. It is inclusive of all who dare speak their truth giving voice to live it. What started at a voice for one group has opened my eyes to have voice for all in supporting one another. It is time to stop excluding and start including. We must understand others’ journey so that we appreciate our own.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When my best friend comes into town we normally playing catch up over some bones and spades the first night. The weekday is a work day for me so mostly it would be dinners from Stockyards to West Dallas Cuisines. We would most definitely be eating Cajun meals from Neek Johnson “The Rue.” The best food out of New Orleans! We then may low key hit up some spots like Xsheesha Hookah Lounge or Pinstacks for some bowling. I like to do some art of course, so I would plan for her visit around an artistic event. I appreciated Black Girl Magic. There are so many stories to tell in downtown Dallas. Saturday and Sunday brunches Lola’s Chicken and Waffles to Ellen’s downtown. Weekend night life consist of XoXo for dinner; Saturday night “Open Mic”; Checking out my artist Jase’ in the studio or performing is always a treat. We end the week with lounging at the Dive on 75 in Richardson where my sis Blacc Barbie is the MC.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people that have helped this movement continue to move forward. My wife Maria Giddings-Weathersby came into the beginning phase of my social media explosion and helped me step outside my comfort zone to where we are today. She pushed me to be more in the spotlight unlike what my choice would be but she knew best and still does. That’s why she is Madame President of Stud~ish. She is my daily inspiration. I am also thankful for my group admins of Stud~ish. Without their continuous dedication to uphold our group as a positive inviting platform, Stud~ish wouldn’t be where it is and where it is going.
Last but not least, I want to thank my mother Blanche Mae Weathersby who installed in me greatness before I could ever think it. HERStory is the greatest part of sharing with all my social media platforms.
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