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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.

Tammy Adele Williams

My Mom is the inspiration behind much of what I do. I saw her work hard at a job she hated to owning her own business. Through her experiences, it taught me the importance of time – my own time and appreciating others, the need to love what you do as well as understanding the option of entrepreneurship. “Tammy Williams became the first black woman to own her own studio and post-­production facility in the state of Georgia.” This is the title that was so graciously given to me a few years ago. However, it’s wasn’t something that I set out to do. Read more>>

Inari Gates

I am 23 years old and I was born and raised here in Atlanta, Georgia. I am a professional hair braider located in East Point, Georgia at ” The Royal Braid Lounge.” When I was 11 years old, my mom bought me a mannequin head for my birthday. My mother had recently graduated from cosmetology school, so I found a book she had on braiding, begin to read it, and eventually taught myself how to braid. Over the years, I could never stop doing hair. I loved the shop life, but overall, I LOVED having the ability to make other women smile, and to be able to make my own schedule. Read more>>

Shawn Woodall

Every time somebody asks me what my plans are, and what path I want to walk, my answer is always, “I just want to help people. I want to be able to help a young developer along their path and avoid some of the things that I had to deal with. Whatever position I need to be in to do that, that’s what I want.” Growing up I was the person who was tinkering with stuff, taking things apart, fixing them etc. In my family, if there was something wrong with an electronic, they would ask me. Read more>>

Nikia Pope

I was always a friendly girl growing up – always curious about what made other people unique and different. As I got older, I learned that I had a passion for impacting people in a transformational way. And one major way that I could do that would be through my mouth. I always have had what some say as a “gift of gab”, the ability to impact people with my words. I decided a few years back to be intentional about the message and energy that I was putting out into the world, so I launched the Nikia Pope brand, which consists of a podcast titled “Exit Strategy Podcast” which you can find on iTunes, I create and produce video content on my video show titled “On Point with Pope”, which lives on my site Nikiapope.comRead more>>

Robert Thompson

My interest in Paper Making began nearly twenty-nine years ago as a search for unique stationery for my personal use. It started in my kitchen with a kit and processed pulp. I soon outgrew the kitchen and found studio space at with a local Artists Cooperative. This lively and creative environment nurtured my new passion and I was soon marketing stationery and notebooks made with my paper. I progressed for the next few years, mixing processed pulp with fibers I began harvesting. I experimented more and more with my own fibers until I eventually made a clean break with processed pulps and focused entirely on plant fibers. Read more>>

Carline Smothers

Wife, mother, author, and founder of ZOE BEAUTEE, which stands for Haitian Beauty. My slogan is “Expressing Beauty Through Language”. Growing up, Haitians were viewed negatively, with awful stereotypes. I created ZOE BEAUTEE as a brand that would celebrate and teach Haitian culture and beauty. I also strive to bring pride and self-love within our community. I created a clothing line various t-shirts with phrases written in Creole and English, such as Bèl Fanm (Beautiful Woman), ZOE PROUD (Proud Haitian), I ❤️ being Haitian, and Bon Nèg (Goodman/guy). Swimsuits with a few favorite childhood fruits, and Athletic Wear. Read more>>

Tameka Williamson

As a first-generation college student, I had to figure out how to bring my engineering dreams to fruition. It was later revealed to me that my knowledge could benefit other families. This is when I transformed a guide developed for a community outreach initiative into my first book, The Road to Success: A College Planning and Preparation Guide. I thought I could just publish the book, it would sell and that would be it; although Dr. Dennis Kimbro told me I would need to do more. My initial goal was to educate families on the process of college admissions and financial aid so they could properly prepare and have a road-map to follow. Read more>>

Dr. Kiki Michelle Singletary-Williams

Dr. Kiki Michelle Singletary-Williams is an American born Recording Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Motivational Speaker, Model, Actress, Author, Disc Jockey, Counselor, & Entrepreneur. Kiki Michelle has been singing Gospel since the early age of five years old. The songs she writes and sing are worship in nature, yet speak a language of love, hope, and healing to listeners. Kiki Michelle writes and sings songs from an array of genres including Gospel, Pop, R&B, Country, Blues, and Soul. Read more>>

Dub Bulloh

In the year 2000, I started writing music but didn’t record my first song until 2003. In 2011 I started to learn the music business and six years later I officially started the company G.O.Y Entertainment. My biggest challenge has been having the right people in the business. When I started G.O.Y Entertainment, I began with friends and family. I felt that having them in the business would make it easier to delegate. In all actuality, it made it much more difficult to tell who was doing the work. It cost me dearly in time. That by FAR has been my biggest struggle in business. Read more>>

Delphi Trammell

Since my children had all grown up, I found myself yearning to do something else..something fulfilling…I needed and wanted to reinvent myself..but how could I do that? How? My immediate response was to start making candles! Why? I consider myself a candle addict! I would spend anywhere from $200-$300 on candles every month. So instead of spending my hard earned money at stores, I decided to start making my own. I began by doing a lot of research and basically just jumped right in. Read more>>

Demario Scott

Royalty Kings and Queens Corp got started back in 2017. We decided to come up with a mission statement that pretty much that fits the company needs. Our mission is to cater to men, women, kids, newborn and pets. The great motive of the company is to count everyone instead of counting people in everyday lives. The company vision focus on Clothing Apparel, Entertainment, and Fashion Shows for everyone to participate in a great foundation. Read more>>

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