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Downtown’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 Downtown’s rising stars below.

Tatiana Small

I started doing hair when i was in high school living in Philadelphia, PA . and at that time my mother was a single mother with four girls , and with me being the oldest ,i always was finding ways to make money . And thats when i started doing hair ; My hustle eventually turned into my passion . I enjoyed braiding especially when i realized that i can start doing girls in my school and make money off of it . But , i didnt get their by myself of course . My bestfriend would always be outside with me , and traveling with me to my clients house , especially late nights she would be right there. Read more>>

Cassandra Yun

How do I get where I am today? By Faith, the hardest thing I’ve ever done in life is believe in myself. I Doubt myself and my brand for years and didn’t think my was good enough until I sharpen my walk with GOD, which increased my faith. I was so afraid to quit my 9-5pm and  one day I just woke up and took a leap a faith, quit my job as an “College Admissions Advisor” and became a full time entrepreneur. I moved to ATLANTA August 15th 2019, 6 months before the pandemic. Read More>>

Taylor Thompson

My name is Taylor Thompson, I was born July 11th at Piedmont Hospital to 2 CAU students- my mom was a new graduate! I grew up on the West End, but those apartments are long gone now. I spent a while in Orlando, Florida with my father while my mom was a flight attendant. Eventually, I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina with my mom and was back and forth between the two for most of my childhood. Read more>>

Ryan Isabell

I started The Accepted Outsider Brand in 2016. The original idea was to only have one T-shirt with my classic “Wake Up Pray Attack the Day Repeat” slogan on it. Overtime, I kept creating and kept coming up with original designs for shirts. Since then we’ve grown from one my single shirt, to an entire Clothing, Apparel, and Sneaker company. We also branched out into CBD oil bath products, called “Izzy’s Fizzy Bath Products”. Read more>>

Briana Alexander

The WRKSHP started off as an idea for a streetwear brand. As more time passed on and more research was done, I wanted to do something that I could really use all of my creative gifts towards but that wouldn’t set me back finically as far as production. Fast forward to the pandemic. I was furloughed from my job at H&M and after much contemplation and hesitancy, I decided to launch the WRKSHP as a party decor business specializing in luxe balloon art and custom crafts. Read more>>

Jasmine Jones

My journey really started May 17,202o after a bad heartbreak, I was in a very dark place. I started doing nails to occupy my time and my wondering mind. Though being a nail tech did help, I was still triggered from childhood wounds and traumas I thought I was healed from. Being molested at 9 years old by an older family member, growing up with a mother that was a drug addict but a functional addict, coming from a dysfunctional family, grew up considered poor, having to fight for my respect as well as hearing rumors that my father wasnt my father all came rushing back to the surface.  Read more>>

Meshonda France

I am a Fashion/Lifestyle Blogger and Social Media Influencer. My journey began in August of 2017. I created my Brand, Simply Meshonda, to share my God given talents as it relates to fashion with other women but especially for women over the age 40. My goal is to encourage women of all ages to embrace their bodies and to dress and feel confidently, regardless of their age or body type. I do believe that if you look good, you feel good. I offer Fashion Consulting, Personal Styling, and Brand Marketing. Read more>>

DR. JENNICES, PHD Baby Hair LLC

DR. JENNICES, PHD “EMPRESS OF THE MIDWEST” BIOGRAPHY Dr. Jennices,PHD aka ” EMPRESS OF THE MIDWEST” is a recording artist, writer, executive producer, actress, model, celebrity hairstylist and TV personality born and raised in St. Louis, Mo. Her expertise, hustle and ambition landed her a spot as a producer, the role of “RONA” and key HAIR & MUA in the hit play “HAIRON”. Read more>>

Jennices O’Mega

ENNICES O’MEGA “EMPRESS OF THE MIDWEST” BIOGRAPHY Jennices O’Mega is known as ” EMPRESS OF THE MIDWEST” is a recording artist, writer, executive producer, actress, model, celebrity hairstylist and TV personality born and raised in St. Louis, Mo. O’Mega is one of the Host of “ATL IN 60 SECONDS” . Her expertise, hustle and ambition landed her a spot as a producer, the role of “RONA” and key HAIR & MUA in the hit play “HAIRON”. She is no stranger to fame and fortune. Jennices O’Mega was one of the Stars from the hit hair television show “SPLIT ENDS” (Style Network / Bravo ) playing herself also known as the legendary “DR. JENNICES, PHD” with the fabulous iconic Celebrity Hair Stylist “Elgin Charles” in Beverly Hills, CA. Read more>>

Flex Da Reaper

Hey! I am currently 21 years old. I was originally born in Rimini, Italy, but I’m a Nigerian girl, both parents. I moved to Georgia when I was 7 years old, and have been here ever since. I’ve been singing and musically inclined my entire life, from elementary school chorus to playing flute in my preteen middle school years. I began rapping when I was 12 in band class, free styling with the boys. I went from recording myself in my bedroom closet with an iPhone and headphones, to basically begging my neighbor to record a track for me since he had a studio at home. Read more>>

Ju’Vette Cooper

Grandma’s Honey Stuff (GHS) is a raw honey infused food made with natural ingredients such as lemon, garlic, ginger, capsicum, and other spices. It is made with whole foods that’s safe for all ages over the age of one. It can be used as a dip, sweetener for tea, glaze for meats and/or fish, or taken however you like! The elements in this infusion are known to have healing powers. Therefore, this infusion was created with the intention to help heal my family’s ailments such as cough and congestion. Read more>>

Chuck Nix

I was an aspiring music artist and I worked in restaurants to use tip money to pay for studio time. At a point in time music wasn’t paying me back and hospitality was. I wanted to build on the work I had already done in hospitality and that’s when I redirected my efforts into the beverage alcohol sector of the industry. This gave me the capability to broaden my opportunities. In a small southern market there was little attention and support for sommeliers so I was ambitiously shooting my shot at other professionals with higher esteem seeking mentorship via email and social media.  Read more>>

Terina Sorrell

A bad spay tan too many is how I started. The last straw was when my daughter visited a local tanning salon and she got a spray tan. She came home afterwards and immediately I could tell that it was terrible. If you know anything about spray tans it takes typically 8-12 hours to develop a tan if you are not using a rapid tanning solution. She was immediately too dark after 45 minutes…and not in a good way. She went to get the spray tan because she was going to be in her cousins wedding the next day. Typically you would want to get a spray tan 2 days prior to an event for the best results. Read more>>

Tootie Byrd

Growing on the southside of Atlanta, in the late 70’s & 80’s, my dad’s good friend Mr. Mel Couch opened Mel’s Hoagies. We would frequent the restaurant and my favorite Hoagie was Mel’s Mamma Jamma. In the late 80’s my dad worked in Philly and he would take me back and forth with him and of course we would eat at many of the Hoagies spots in south Philly in German Town. All of those great memories and special moments with my dad stuck with me all my life. Fast forward to the late 90’s, specifically 1996, The Hoagie Shack was born.  Read more>>

Lawrence Okonya

Honestly, I believe this all started from my childhood. I seemed to have an intense spirit filled with curiosity and imagination but nowhere to place it. My fondest memories as a kid consisted of doing things that made me feel alive. Being born and partially raised in a small town called Oguta, Imo State, Nigeria, I remember this particular coconut tree in my backyard that taunted my existence every time I looked at it. My mom always used to (and continues to) say I was too stubborn. I wanted nothing more than to climb it and grab my own fruit. Read more>>

Teshauna jones

Peace, thank you for creating a space for me to share my story. My name is Teshauna. I was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in PG County, Maryland. I come from a very carribean family; my mother’s side is from St. Kitts and my father’s side is from Guyana. As you know in a Caribbean family, food and dance are the two main ingredients of life. I’ve been dancing since the age of two and after graduating high school, I moved back to New York to purse my dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Read more>>

Tanjineka “TanjiTyishe” Hall

tarting my own business was never the intention. 2019 I took lash training From my lash tech at the time to actually learn another craft. And for a little extra money in addition to my corporate job at the time. Two weeks before my lash training class, I was laid off my job of 2yr as a Medical Charge Entry Clerk. Life was shifting and I wasn’t paying attention to the dynamics of the shift. My support system was 1000%, so no worries there. I continued to job search but still lashing at home at the time. With no success during the job search, my clients were steadily growing. Read more>>

Robert Bowden

I’m originally from Queens, New York. I grew up in Hollis and 204 St., Queens in the ’80s around the corner from RUN DMC. I started my film career as a production assistant working with Roderick Giles, Darren Aronofsky, Bill Duke, Pooch Hall, Paul Nichols, Kimora Lee-Simmons, and Spike Lee, just to name a few. I found Christ in my late teens when my purpose was revealed to me. I wrote and created many short films that I believe speak to the average person on faith and how to walk in faith through this life we are given. Read more>>

Brandon Ramsay

Well my journey started about 5 years ago. I started out taking photos on my phone everyday. My older cousins Nick & Jon were my inspirations that made me fall in love with photography. Since that day I just took any chance to improve my work. One Christmas my mother got me a camera, a canon powershot sx530 hs. It was a compact camera that was good for me starting out learning the basics. Fast forward to 2019 I started to think to myself what if I could turn my hobby into my passion, I just graduated and had a job where I can save up to fund my dreams. Read more>>

Chris “CQ” Quinones

I initially got introduced to the barber industry around the age of 12 . My mom was a cosmetology student and used to come home and practice on me and my brother . I began using her tools to cut my own hair as well as my brother and cousins and when I messed up I’d cut it bald ; wait for it to grow back and try again. Eventuality I began to get IT . I’d sit in barbershops and watch barbers work and how they moved and cut , trying to pick up on skills. I began to get good at cutting and started getting clientele cutting for $5-$10 a cut lol. Fast forward to 2014 .  Read more>>

Crystal Britton

Growing up without parental guidance brought me to a traumatizing moment at the age of four. I was severely burned (3rd degree) from a Dutch pot of hot milk. My grandmother saved my life by making sure I didn’t go into shock and soothing my bubbling boiling skin in which I lost my right nipple and feeling on my breast area. By helicopter I was flown to Jacobi hospital burn unit located in queens NY where I was treated for 9months.  Read more>>

Devon Burrowes

My name is Devon. I am originally from New York and grew up in Atlanta. I started my F*CK YA FASHION brand in 2013 when I moved back to Atlanta from Brooklyn. The bold name came from the desire to stand out. I’ve always been someone that used fashion and music to express myself. I feel like fashion is one of those things that express freedom and give you the power to be fearless and embrace your individuality. During 2013 I had just started Georgia State University in Atlanta.  Read more>>

Courtnie May

I started this journey back in 2018 with my very first art show at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Ga. I had just uprooted my whole idea of what living was and decided to put body, mind, and soul into this energy that I was feeling. – I went head first into the art industry with no idea where I was headed. But I soon realized that the art world held stiff competition. The competitive environment that surrounded me made me decide to go about vending/selling art completely differently. I had an idea that I could make an art collective to help myself and other artists grow in this community. Read more>>

Kay Nicole Carter

My name is Kay Nicole and I’m the owner of Clara’s Closet. I launched Sept 19, 2020. I named my boutique after my Grandma Clara, who was a traveler and fashionista. She was always my roommate on family trips around the world. I designed travel totes, duffle bags. passport cases, coats, Tshirts, and sweatshirts. My Mom creates all the knitted pieces you see on the website. I love travel, fashion, and I’m proud to be a Black woman. Read more>>

Tia Reid

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a model and singer. I had my first photoshoot when I was in the 11th grade, and I knew for sure, this was something I loved to do. It was a hobby for me back then, and also a way for me to escape all that I was going through at the time. In 2014, photographer, Jeff Butler of Jazzy Studios contacted me for a test shoot. From there, I posted the images online and as a surprise to me, they blew up. Read more>>

Licita Cromer

I have always been funny, so I took a chance on doing stand up professionally about 14 years ago. I’m self motivated and comic higher up took notice and helped me along my journey. It hasn’t been smooth at all because I happen to be born a female. I have to work 3 times as hard as a male!!! I have several TV and honorable accolades but still not held in same regard as men!!! Professional Comedienne I do all type of comedy from gospel to urban clubs. I am proud to be able to cross over to be liked by such a diverse group of people. Read more>>

Ebony Scott

I started blogging in 2018 for another media company I really didn’t like how other media outlets including the one I worked for wasn’t really giving all celebrity tea. They were selective in or some were paid off to not post certain things, once’s I caught wind of some tea in notice no blogs had posted it that’s what started the beauty of SpillinJuices I post about everything I’m not a bias content creator. I also Like to bring awareness to topics that’s not really talked about. Read more>>

Manuel Melendez

I arrived to Atlanta from Puerto Rico back in 2015 to begin my film and video studies at Georgia State University. At first, I began my studies because I was inspired by films like Indiana Jones and Star Wars; I wanted to create that type of uplifting, feel-good films. Not only was I learning the craft, but I was connecting with various artists that are exploring the flourishing film industry in the city.  Read more>>

Tino

I was born to zimbabwean parents. Growing up I’ve always loved music. I can say it really became my thing when my older cousin came to stay with us for a while. She introduced me to MTV and a lot of the artists I grew up listening to. She also really encouraged my passion for dancing, we would spend all day dancing in front of the TV. So after dreaming about it for so long I finally started teaching myself how to make music back in 2017. Read more>>

Xinxun Liao

I come from a large family with four older sisters and one younger brother. Even though we are not rich, we are a loving family. Since I was a child, I have enjoyed painting, but due to the financial situation of my family at the time, I did not have the opportunity to enroll in a painting school. Despite the fact that I was not able to attend art school, my family was very encouraging and supportive. They bought me illustration books, colored pens, and sketchbooks of all kinds. Read more>>

Jaylen Brown

I was a mobility specialist with Restore Hyper Wellness. We offered plenty of services for preventative health from IV’s to a sauna to hyperbaric oxygen to cryotherapy and stretch. Being an athlete it was a great place to work even though I didn’t use the services as often as I should’ve. Essentially what happened was the company made the decision to do away with stretch due to lack of revenue being generated from the service. From there I applied to jobs as I am now but I brainstormed and with the help of my amazing coworkers, I decided to take stretching mobile and create “Stretch Express” Read more>>

Viny’a J’adore

From the time I started walking I loved fashion. I grew up watching my mom and aunts get dressed up which was already embedded in me I would say. I was the child who played in my mom’s heels and clothing at a young age. When I was 7 and 8 I would play “boutique” with some of her clothes with my toy “Brat’z Dolls” cash register and I grew up an only child so I had an imagination out of this world! I always kept an open mind about different ventures growing up, I went from wanting to be an OBGYN, to a lawyer, and then to a fashion designer but I wasn’t completely sure until high school until I felt the pressure of now having to figure out a plan and I had only 1 year left in school.  Read more>>

Brinston Story

I was born in Birmingham, Alabama March 8th, 1995. I started writing poetry in 5th grade and raps in middle school and had been on & off since. I’ve been performing consistently since 2015 starting off with spoken word and transitioning into hip hop. I dropped my first full project “Chapter 1” in 2019 and put on my first show as a release party. I recently dropped my second full project “Chapter 2: A Love Story” on April 29th and a joint project titled “Evil 2 Win” with Troy Massive under the name 88dgrz on June 4th. My music is currently available on all streaming platforms! Read more>>

DaQuita Hall

I am DaQuita Hall a proud mother of 7 beautiful children. Ages ranging from 9-3 months old. I am married to my middle school sweetheart Aaron. I love the medical field and I’m studying to become a Neurology Doctor. I love seeing how the brain works and what drives our thinking to do some of the things we do. I am in year 3 of schooling and I honestly couldn’t be more proud of myself for continuing my education. I have such a serious obsession with school and becoming the best version of myself.  Read more>>

Shawna Lathan

Regarding Culture Clash, I was finishing my Psychology degree while struggling to grasp the concept that I’d just found out that my spouse had contracted HIV.. It hurt me so bad, not only because I had to go through the process of testing, and the manipulation, but every emotion that was attached to it. My faith wavered, my ignorance was magnified. During this time, I was working on the brainstorming part for my final project. Read more>>

Patricia Pickett

October 2002, Orlandez and Patricia Pickett combined their 20 years of experience in dance, modeling and their work within the music/fashion industry to launch Off The Chain Management, LLC (OTCM). This couple gained notoriety through their programs, services and events which led to the creation of the company’s name, Off The Chain Management. “Off the chain” is an urban term meaning the best or greatest. Read more>>

Essie Faye Taylor

I was born and raised in Englewood: a community that is a food desert; it was gang-invested and one of the roughest neighborhoods in the city. I’m one of 14 children and an identical twin. My parents are advocates of education and Christian values. They kept us busy in city programs and church activities. They kept us safe.I started with faith, family, and solid values. This is my foundation and it is the motivation behind all that I do. Read more>>

Selena Faye

I started doing makeup in 2017. I gained this talent as a hobby at first. Eventually I grew to love it and decided I would get paid to do something that I love. I started practicing on those close to me first, then my clientele began to grow. Right before I graduated college I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease, LUPUS. My disease began to worsen, and this led to me also developing kidney disease. I had to stop working for an entire year and I recently started back, despite having a disability. Kidney disease puts a damper on most of my day. Read more>>

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  1. Imani Thomas

    March 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Yes! Place of Kai is where it’s at!

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