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College Park’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageATL is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Atlanta’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out College Park’s rising stars below.

Devon Johnson

I was 13 when I first started making beats. The first website I ever used to get into beat production was a website called audiotool. I started off using loops from the website, but later on I started to teach myself how to make melodies and how to use one shot instead of loops. I used to be in the studio with my dad and uncles a lot on the westside of Atlanta, and a lot of my family members were into music as well so it just levitated towards me. Read more>>

Adara London

I started writing when I was in elementary school. It started off as writing short stories about superheroes but when I reached middle school, I began to dabble in poetry. I knew I wanted to do spoken word after watching people on YouTube. I was entranced by their power and passion that came with the presentation of their poetry. I was particularly inspired by Kai Davis. I wrote my first spoken word about Anxiety attacks called Ballad of anxiety around 8th grade and began to look for venues to perform my first poem in. Read more>>

Haley Walker

As a child, I enjoyed watching dessert cooking shows and always wanted to show my creativity through sweets. When I was in HighSchool, I sold fresh fruit cups, chocolate-covered strawberries, and candy grapes as a side hustle. When I graduated, I decided to take a few classes so I could add more to my menu. After weeks of practice, I started a business called SouthSide Sweets. Southside Sweets offer many different sweets from a variety of chocolate strawberries with various toppings. Read more>>

Ronda Brown and Katrina Dawson

As a young child, my Godmother worked at a child care center. While present, I would say daily that I would own that daycare when I grow up. Nonetheless, that child care center closed by the time I was 14. Each day my Godsister, Donna and I would ride our bicycles and I would always ride by and sit in front of the building wishing I could open it as a child and babysit. Years past and my life took a few turns. Throughout my adult years, I have changed career paths multiple times. My career paths have ranged from entering the United States Navy, attending Grambling State University & received degrees from the University of Arkansas and Capella University. Read more>>

Janei’ Dortilus

As a young, black, college student, I created this brand in hopes of providing daily essentials to young women with a touch of innovation and creativity. I based my brand on my favorite movie, “Mean Girls’ to embody the idea of high class, luxury and glamour; aesthetics is not heavily emphasized in the black community. My vision of encompassing these concepts was to let black women know that they can possess the spirit of Regina George, Karen Smith, Gretchen Wieners, and Cady Heron while projecting their feminism and melanin in style. Read more>>

Sam Ross

I have been acting from a very young age. Went to a performance arts high school where I studied theater, dance, voice and percussion. Was accepted by a top acting school that I could not afford and ended up taking a small scholarship at a state school. Unfortunately, I left the program after a year losing the scholarship and started studying accounting. I ended up getting an MPA and CPA and joined a large firm in Atlanta, which was my initial connection to the city. I always knew or at least thought I would return to acting. I felt I just needed to make enough money so that I wouldn’t lose another creative opportunity because of my inability to afford it. I started Down Right Theater in Duluth, GA and ran that for five years. Read more>>

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