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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.

Denise Lawrence

I started my career as a newspaper reporter for The Washington Times in 1986. While this was a great opportunity, the pay was awful and I couldn’t live on that income alone. I covered crime, including the prison system. I was working on an article about the causes and circumstances that lead to crime and interviewed a woman who ran a drug and mental health treatment program. Read more>>

Tresa Sanders

I was in NY when I met a man that worked in entertainment business who in turn introduced me to to Daddy-O, the founder of hip hop band, Stetsasonic. A friendship was made and Daddy-O asked me to represent him as a publicist. He introduced me to two icons in the business, Bill Adler and Leyla Turkkhan. Read more>>

Barry Stafford

Barry Stafford (@bmars_shotya), born and raised in Atlanta, GA. I was raised on the Nawfside (Northside) of Atlanta in this neighborhood called Lynwood Park. I went to Chamblee Charter High School, where my love for art first began. Read more>>

L’Angela Honeysuckle Moon Lee

L’Angela Honeysuckle Moon Lee: Plant-Based Skin Therapist, Chief Product Developer, Herbalist and Wellness Artist. Essentially, I am a Roots and Culture Woman who aims to live my best version ever as an earth scientist, natural health maven, life artist and one-of-a-kind wellness practice. Read more>>

Tokiwa Smith

The idea for my nonprofit Science, Engineering and Mathematics Link (SEM Link) came to in the 2002-03 academic year when I was working at Sylvan Hills Middle School in Atlanta Public Schools. I was having conversations with the students about the careers they wanted to pursue when they grew up and none of the students mentioned Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. Read more>>

Jen Farris

I am a film and television locations professional. Sometimes I act as a location scout during pre-production while other times I hold a locations management position on set during production. My background hails from a phenomenal Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Bennett College, in Greensboro, NC where I studied Mass Communications and landed jobs in television, radio, the music recording industry and the public relations industry. Read more>>

Katie Lebel

Katie Lebelz

I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories are of painting, drawing and making collages as a young child. I remember being included in an art show when I was in the 3rd grade and that was when I began thinking of myself as a visual artist. Read more>>

Yolanda Owens

I grew up with my Grandmother who was a Home Remedy Queen. She never believed in buying any products from the store or over the counter. She would make all her products from ingredients from the kitchen or the garden. I was influenced by her and her home remedies. Read more>>

Kerel Fryar

I have gained valuable business experience during my 14-year career working in the capacity of a management consultant and innovation leader with public and private corporations. However, I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and burning passion to launch a technology-focused company. Read more>>

JB Rasor

I grew up in a media saturated household – like so many of us. Television, film, and eventually the internet were a constant. One of the reasons I was drawn to the still image is because it freezes time. It slows things down. You become more aware, patient. Read more>>

Makyah Hathorn

It was evident that I placed on this Earth for a specific reason.. I prayed for guidance … and EÄGO was born. I have battled low self esteem and insecurities for as long as I can remember….I let unfortunate events out of my control, mask my womanhood and take complete control over me! Read more>>

Zion Young Joseph

Everyday is a chance to become inspired and revel what your purpose in life is. I stubbled on my passion by chance of adventure and wanting to be more involved in my community. I began to become challenged ,by my peers and Teachers in a creative perspective. Read more>>

Shean Strong

Hi! I’m Shean Strong — I am the owner of SHEAN STRONG — an event styling and floral design company based in Atlanta, Georgia. We curate beautiful and timeless weddings + events. Like many floral designers in the wedding industry — I fell into… and fell in love with floral design. Read more>>

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