Raised by a single mother in the most down trodden areas of Cleveland, Ohio. Dawn learned early on about the importance of belief in a Higher Power, and that adversity and struggle, both, build character.
Her mother did the best she could, on public assistance, from time to time picking up a job, living in low income housing and ending up in St. Catherine's Homeless Shelter for Women before moving in with her mothers sister in Youngstown, Ohio, but Dawn understood that everything happens for a reason.
Not to be mistaken as a statistic, she ultimately takes control of any situation that may seem to be unraveling. Now as a single mother, Spoken Word Artist, Motivational Speaker, mentor, Fashion and jewelry designer Dawn has come to grips with the things that have haunted her since childhood through her artistic abilities.
In 2000, Dawn embraced the coming of her first child, which ended in tragedy on April 29, 2001 when the infant, Gary Rakwon Keaton Jr., died from complications due to Gestational Diabetes and was still born.
Once again, she had to come to grips with the reality that the Creator does not make mistakes. She began writing poetry on a consistent basis, filling up journals with thoughts, emotions and ideas. Her first poetry slam was when she was in Community College and she met up with long time, inspiration and friend, Nolana "Liberty" Price, who is also a performance poet. Her love for writing, expression and inspiring continues to grow as she realizes that her words change hearts and minds. For years, flashbacks would haunt her from things that had happened to her, and things that she had done, but as an adult, she uses the stage and platform as an opportunity to heal herself as well as others.
Finally gaining her diploma in 1995 from John Hay High School, a year later than what was expected of her, she began her college career. She moved from David N. Myers, to Cuyahoga Community College, to online college and Fashion Design school learning enough to understand the gift of a higher education. However, she completed a Cosmetology Program and became a licensed, Managing Cosmetologist, as well as, a Cosmetology Instructor and completed a course in Medical Assisting with Honors. She is also the CEO/Lead Designer for Artistik Revolution (http://artistikrevolution.webs.com/) established in 08/2007, Program Developer/Coordinator of We Are Hair for You: Soul Sisters Mentoring Program, Developer of The Attractive Ones, (The Attractive Talent Management) and author of P.U.M.A Girl pt. 1 (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/PUMA_GIRL1).