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

Hi DecaturChawz, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
DecaturChawz and S!F Media & Management really do not have an end goal, per se. I am enthralled in the journey of ‘RIGHT NOW’. If I can, let me better explain with a quick story. In 2013, Creating Opportunities for Girls, Inc. (the 501c3 that I founded) sponsored a cross-state college trip for a group of Tennessee high school students. The 5-day, 8-college trip spanned from Memphis, west Tennessee to Johnson City, east Tennessee and back. The goal of the trip was to expose prospective first-generation and underrepresented college students to postsecondary options. However, it was not the goal but those personal moments that each individual student experienced firsthand. For example, the look on the students’ faces when one liberal arts PWI’s college admissions officer told the group that they could be offered full scholarships as students of color that met academic requirements based on the institution’s desire to diversify its student population. Another hallmark moment was seeing the eyes of a student, who wanted to know how college would benefit her dreams of wanting to be a singer, LIGHT UP when she heard the 1909 recording of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and stood in the first permanent building on the campus, which is also National Historic landmark. A building that was paid for in full by a three year choral tour. This trip, marked by events like the ones mentioned, illustrates my DecaturChawz mantra of “waking up each day to a new adventure”.
However, I do have a strong desire for S!F to be that name synonymous with a FAMILY of Creatives that is changing the game in a variety of spaces: in podcasting, in the art world, in authorship, in lifestyle & culture, and much more.
As a management professional and as content creator, I want the collective brands (black@lanta, SX & SXuality Podcast, The G Spot Creation…. to name a few) that I represent to leave a legacy. I want each member aligned with the S!F stamp to not just be a product, and to be more than a brand. I want them to be tangible feelings and schools of thought….I want them to be living entities that are discussed and written about long after today.
If I am being completely introspective, the end goal would be for S!F Media & Management to leave indelible footprints across this planet.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have an artistic spirit. Although I am a writer of poetry and podcast professional, my real talent comes in introducing other creators in their respective genres to the world. The artists run the gambit from culinary arts to photography, from sketch art to pyrography, and textile crafting to painting. I am proud of the collective of artisans and creatives that I have helped through management or partnership to realize the importance of artistry in the business and consumer world. Although it has not been easy, the journey has been worth every step. I want it to be known that DeCA Management was established to share a few of the gifts that have been placed in this world. DeCA Management looks to ascend and become one of the most influential management firms in the indie space. Developing an exciting brand in Atlanta and aligning with the thoughts of our artists, our goals are in moving urban culture forward with talent that connects around the world. Atlanta has become a global influence, yet the cultural scene remains stubbornly decentralized. The city has birthed numerous examples of talent, but there aren’t enough major institutions that are honing and managing the talent. It is still a hub of independents showcasing talents, instead of a showcase of talented independents.
With nearly 100 thousand residents moving to metro Atlanta annually, people come here for opportunity, quality of living, employment, and to make a name for themselves. As an ATLien and an Eastside Original, I rep for Decatur, East Atlanta, Scottdale, the SWATs, East Point/College Park….. all the pieces that make the whole and all the talent that helped make Atlanta… The A.
DeCA’s goal is to continue to build up Atlanta, a place where BIPOC people have become successful without becoming anomalous. I want to continue that legacy in the art, fashion, TV & film, literary, and even podcast world.
DeCA’s parent company, S!F Media & Management, provides a platform in which to showcase the talents in all these various artistic spaces.

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?
People come to The A, all the time- friends, global family, relatives, business associates, fellow podcasters… and they always ask where to go. There are so many good spots to eat, to shop, to explore…. Honestly, a 5-day week with me could have you at 25 different spots and would depend on who the visitors were. More than likely, the places that I would take Friend K would be totally different from the itinerary that I would set up for Associate P. Honestly, I would have to sit down and really plan a week-long itinerary, but I can give you five spots that I frequent or possess a membership in the A-Town. I appreciate these places because they embody the idea of Southern Hospitality. Starting on the Eastside off Columbia Drive in Decatur, Alana’s Taste Buddz ATL: Home of the Pineapple Griller (on IG @tastebuddzatl), is a restaurant of the people, for the people. Good food, grind mentality and cool concept, I recommend the salmon pasta pineapple bowl and a pineapple lemonade. Another favorite eatery is owned by Chef Anthony and his partner’s Atlanta Breakfast Club. With two locations and the recent purchase of Le Petit Marche, they are synonymous with ‘good breakfast’. As a fan of art and fashion, I am an annual member of the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion = Film. SCAD happens to be the alma mater of one of my favorite fashion designers, Cedric Brown Collection, and the museum currently has the work of Ruth E. Carter (costume designer for Black Panther and Coming 2 America) on exhibition through September. Other hidden, and not-so-hidden, gems for me as an Atlanta native include The APEX Museum; nice meal at Breakfast at Barney’s; amazing floral arrangements at The Atlanta Botanical Garden (get a annual membership); delicious food at affordable prices at Gutbuster’s; and a peaceful scenery at Sweetwater Creek State Park.
If you are looking for more spots, I give periodic ‘shout-outs & shares’ about good spots in the metro Atlanta area on my IG at @decaturchawz.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate this to Charle & VeroNiece, my parents…. along with the City of Decatur and all those that helped make me who I am.. from Shyran of Shyran’s Showcase to Cool Dee D.O Washington to Kev Barham to The Coach Dante Benjamin to my dude James Jay Bailey to the late Hosea Williams, who would share words and vision with us, as youth, at the South DeKalb Mall Piccadilly and all those that embodied our motto: “Small Town Feel, Bity City Vibe”

Instagram: @decaturchawz

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Image Credits
Personal Photo credit- DecaturChawz photo: Photography by Chasity B (IG: @LadyChasityB) Additional photo credit- South DeKalb Mall & G-Spot Creation hats photos: RR Media Entertainment Group (IG: @rrmeg.inc)

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