We asked folks about legacy and what they want people to remember about them. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Myles Awai | Music Artist & Entertainment Creator

I want my artistic journey to be the catalyst for change. Not necessarily in a revolutionary sense, but a change in society’s mindset as to what makes up the Male mind, the Black Male mind, the Gay Male mind, and any intersection of the three. I want every community, large and small, to understand how misinformed everyone is on what makes a “man.” So if I can break down a few walls- teach a boy that it’s okay to cry, teach a man that it’s okay to fall short, teach a woman that men have real feelings too- then I feel like I’ve done my duty. Read more>>

Mauricio Gutierrez | Visual Artist & Photographer

Growing up I always knew I wanted to make a difference one way or another. I strived to be known by people and always had an urge to impact people’s lives in a positive way. I feel the same with my photography. As for my legacy all I can say is I hope someone could look at my photos and feel inspired to either start photography, or to simply remind them to go out and create art. I wish people could remember me as someone who truly had a passion for the art they created. That means more to me than any number of likes or followers.

Denise Zannu | Business Entrepreneur

When starting my business our mission has to help people with skin concerns find effective, healthy, plant-based solutions. Since then we have also become active in the community, supporting small and GA based businesses in retail and helping other woman-owned and small businesses in their growth and development. We have mentored and apprenticed both youth and adults in entrepreneurship and we select 3 non-profits a year that focus on women and children and provide them with donations. We hope that when people think of Black Mermaid, they remember that we helped people. If not with their skin, with building a better life for themselves. Read more>>