Dominique Hodge

Dominique Hodge - Young Entrepreneur

This month’s Auntie Karen "Think Big Know Bigger" Success Story features Dominique Hodge, aka Jakeem Da Dream; Da Dream Designs, owner.

Interested in Afrocentric and Afrofuturstic artwork? Meet Dominique Hodge, aka Jakeem Da Dream. Dominique is a visual artist, muralist, and teacher specializing in acrylic paint. Most of his images are rooted in Afrocentric themes. His offerings include original paintings, commission paintings, live paintings, prints, clothing/apparel, murals, and coloring books. Original paintings start at $250.

When asked how long have you been an artist? Dominique responds, "I came out the womb an artist: However, he decided he wanted to be an artist in the sixth grade. He loved to draw and do animation and felt like he could make a living from his art despite being told to "Get A Real Job."

Dominique has been a part of the Auntie Karen Artpreneur Program since 2019. Lisa Macon met Dominique at a Business Expo and felt that he would be the perfect match for the foundation. Dominique plays a significant role in providing art to youth in rural communities. He's worked in several rural communities in South Carolina. In Hardeeville, Timmonsville, Greeleyville, and Kingstree, he works with majority-minority students. "The look on the faces of the students is what brings him joy.

Dominique's Advice for artists is to “Be Consistent. Be a Student, Believe in Yourself.”

For more information about Dominique Hodge, call (803) 757-4556 or email He can also be reached via social media on Facebook at or Instagram at

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