You’ll want to get to know these influencers

For DK Imamu Akachi, body alignment is about the flow of energy and movement. Here he’s captured at Barnum Factory proving that any space can unveil and unleash an inner spirit. Photo: Janae Gray

At dsm, we cover the most interesting and intriguing people in our community. Here are a few dreamers and doers we introduced you to in 2021 who captured our attention, imagination and heart for the creative, determined and positive way they’re making a difference.

Billy Weathers: The hip-hop artist, activist and philanthropist is shaping the conversation on systemic racism by bringing together disparate voices and projecting a “fresh air of positivity.”

Jathan Chicoine: As the program manager for Home Base Iowa, Chicoine brings his rich life experiences to his work with Iowa’s veterans. His goal is to uplift common qualities of veteransa mission-focused mindset, risk calculation, innovationas he connects vets and transitioning service members with career opportunities.

DK Imamu Akachi: A performing artist, activist and educator who was named an inaugural Iowa Creative Incubator Fellow by Mainframe Studios, Akachi is empowering a new generation through “Writing History,” a youth-led project.

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