We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsay Gary and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lindsay, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Many of us are hindered in life because of fear. Society tells us who it thinks we should be, what we should do, and how we should be in this world. And because of this, being yourself, and stepping into and walking in your purpose are the risks we often fear the most. They are also the most important risks to take because we are all here to serve a purpose. By not walking in purpose, we are not only stifling our own brilliance, but we are potentially stopping the way in which that brilliance will positively impact our families, communities, and ultimately our world. By taking the risk to walk in my multi-passionate purpose and live my life limitlessly, I’ve manifested the life, businesses, art, and scholarship that I once dreamed about. This is not only fulfilling for me, but the projects I’ve created have given so much more to my community, and inspired others to do the same.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work is driven by my mission to educate, connect, and empower the African Diaspora. This is my purpose in life and it can be seen through everything I create, from art to entrepreneurship to scholarship. I am guided through this mission by listening intently to and following the lead of my ancestors and God. I am a vessel.

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?
The first place I’d take a friend to would be Third Ward, the neighborhood I was born and raised in. Not only is it one of the most important historical and cultural centers in the city of Houston, but I’m a very proud resident. We’d take a tour through Ṣawari Tours’ Third Ward Walking Tour, visiting places like Project Row Houses and S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, and dining at one of the many Black-owned restaurants in the area.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

I would love to dedicate my shoutout to some of the businesses I’ve founded and art and projects I’ve created/co-created!

The Re-Education Project
Dance Afrikana
Houston Black Dance Collective
Afrikanah Book Club
The Editor’s Mailbox
Ṣawari Tours
Gumbo: The Podcast
Maarifa Courses & Curriculum
The Race Project
Henna by Lindsay
Black Charm
Formed in My Grandmother’s Womb
Pretty Cultured
Movement Passport

Website: lindsaygary.com
Instagram: instagram.com/fleur_de_linds
Other: thereeducationproject.org http://danceafrikana.com http://danceafrikana.com/houston-black-dance-collective/ http://danceafrikana.com/about/repertoire/ http://afrikanahbookclub.com https://theeditorsmailbox.wixsite.com/theeditorsmailbox https://tinyurl.com/sawaritours http://tinyurl.com/gumbothepodcast https://maarifa-courses-curriculum.teachable.com/p/how-to-successfully-research-your-family-history-build-a-family-tree http://theraceproject.wixsite.com/theraceproject http://instagram.com/henna_by_lindsay http://instagram.com/blackcharmshop https://www.lindsaygary.com/interdisciplinary http://instagram.com/pretty_cultured http://instagram.com/movementpassport

Image Credits
Dominique Monday Lynn Lane Lindsay Gary Isaiah Hunt Tiyosha Turner

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