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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.

Alex and Jenny Baumann

As a husband and wife team- our passion is designing and building high quality, unique furniture, doors, and picture frames. Alex moved to the United States from Germany and started working in the construction industry while spending his free time focusing on his artistic passion. Read more>>

Narges Naghipouraghdam

Hi,my name is Narges and I’m 28 years originally from Iran,Tehran, and moved to Georgia,Atlanta over 6 years ago. Growing up had a desire and passion for hair but my family didn’t want me to follow it as a career. After finishing high school back home,studied business management for a year but knew this wasn’t for me,so I dropped out of collage and told my family that I want to move out of country. Read more>>

Markeye Bonner

Markeye Bonner began his floral career in 2007, when an opportunity to work alongside his aunt at her flower shop, “Flowers By Andrea”, presented itself. During his time there, he learned the ins and outs of the floral business and it became his greatest passion in life. With all the proper training, self preservation and dedication he received the knowledge of the floral business. Read more>>

Don Bailey

I spent 3.5 years at the Boston Harbor Hotel, starting as server, then bartender, until a new F&B Director by the name of Ed Costa took charge. Lucky for me, he liked that I was a little (lot) cocky, and hungry. At 19, I was the youngest F&B manager in the hotel, and running a bar within it. Read more>>

Karmell Clair

In 2010, I was finishing up my last year in college and needed to find an internship to receive my Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice degree. I wanted to get involved in Juvenile Justice because that is where my heart is. I love children and I do not like to see them suffer in anyway. Read more>>

Neko Parham

My spark for training young actors began when I myself was a student in training in NYC. I was presented the opportunity to work for an inner-city after school arts program in Harlem. It was during this endeavor that my love for working with kids grew into a true passion and personal aspiration. Read more>>

Whitney Wysong

As a child and teenager, I always gravitated to the arts – theatre, music, dance, anything creative! And I especially loved things that allowed me to tell stories. But it wasn’t until I was in college, when my boyfriend (now husband!) gifted me my first DSLR, that I found my passion for photography. I stayed up late reading instruction manuals and doing free “sessions” for friends. Looking back on those photos definitely makes me cringe! Read more>>

King Quic, Shebah Saturn

Toma Fit was created by King Quic and Shebah Saturn. Quic is a Boriquen Bronx Native from N.Y. Shebah is Mexicana and Nicraguence from East Los, C.A. They met one serendipitous day on the Marta bus in Atlanta and sparks flew. They felt a magnetic pull towards one another, and at first, they were at a loss as to how to articulate the intensity they shared. Read more>>

Keshia Prince

I started Kiss of Prince because I wanted to show others that their natural kinky hair is beautiful, and manageable. Growing up, I never knew how to care for my hair, so I always wore it straight. I used my blog to focus on how to care and style naturally curly hair. However, it expanded to focusing on style, travel, health and fitness, and music and arts. Read more>>

Justin Wilkins

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember..I started out as a child, learning from how-to-draw books and re-illustrating cartoon characters. Art has always been a passion of mines, but it wasn’t until 3 years ago that I decided to pursue a career in it. In fact, for 8 years I had stopped drawing altogether as if I had never knew art. Read more>>

Isabella Alexander

Stories have the power to pull us together or push us apart. Motivated by my belief that stories told well can humanize complex global issues, I apply my work as an anthropologist, writer, and documentary filmmaker to raise awareness, incite action in our community, and create positive social change on a global scale. Read more>>

Tajaé Slaughter

My mother has been a hair stylist since before I was born. I spent most of time in her salon, watching her every move. I started assisting in her salon by the age of 13. I found a passion in hair and what i could do with it, but I never wanted to be a full time stylist. I came to Atlanta to attend college at CAU. I’ve had a online clothing boutique as well as a youth dance program. Read more>>

Dr. Sheila D. Williams

Dr. Sheila D. Williams®, Ph.D. I am considered to be an expert in both the mental health and education fields. I hold a BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, an MA in Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Education. I am a best-selling author, mental health advocate, media personality, speaker, trainer and coach as well as CEO of SW Consulting. Read more>>

Lucia Diaz

I was born in a beautiful village surrounded by mountains in western Venezuela. Since I was a girl I was very dreamy and I reflected in my notebooks and with my colored pencils, which were my most precious treasure, the infinity of wonders that captured my imagination .I also loved numbers, so I studied Industrial Engineering and worked for 25 years as a Business Administrator. Read more>>

Doran Hickey

My name is Doran and I love woodworking. My journey started in cooking, transferred to smithing and then eventually wood craftsmanship. Spending years in the restaurant industry taught me a lot about tools and the equipment needed to have a successful day in the kitchen. Read more>>

Shermaine Nettles

BNS events started in Nashville, TN as Be Naturally Successful. Our goal is to empower natural women through providing a series of seminars and events. In Nashville, we hosted events on natural hair, wellness, beauty & lifestyle topics. As our team of Brand Ambassadors expanded nationally, we made the move to Atlanta, GA to support the growth of the organization. Read more>>

Erin Sintos, Bryan Sintos

Erin and Bryan met in college in Alabama in the marching band. (Yes, in the band… go ahead and insert a nerd joke here if you were never cool enough to be in band.) Surrounded by creativity and the beautiful Alabama countryside, Erin and Bryan developed a love for each other and the telling of creative stories. Read more>>

Marianne Carlina

Growing up in Brooklyn with a very creative mother who loved to draw and paint, and an equally creative father who loved to act and write, I always felt connected to art. I played around with painting/photography and writing classes in middle and high school but never really followed through or felt good enough to push myself or pursue them much. Read more>>

Tiffanie Luellen

After collecting a diverse set of professional experiences as a licensed CPA in Corporate America, I recognized that the solution to stability in one’s professional and personal life was mindfulness. Mindfulness is increasing our awareness of our mind-body-spirit connection, accepting ourselves as we are and becoming aligned with a higher purpose. Read more>>

Nikki Porcher

The idea of Buy from a Black Woman came on happenstance after I missed my flight to a run a half marathon. (I’m currently trying to complete a Half Marathon in all 50 states. So far I am at 14, with three more scheduled this year) I believe in the power of the Universe and truly know that everything happens for a reason. Read more>>

Madison Hernandez

The arts have always appealed to me, and the camera in particular intrigued me from the time I was a small child. At the time my Grandmother was working in the home and auto insurance business, so photographing homes with an instant print polaroid was part of her job keeping files up to date. Read more>>

Javed F. Rager

My passion for being a creative comes from being born in the greatest city in the world that is Toronto! I had great luck moving around when I was a kid being able to experience all walks of life. Leaving Toronto at the age of two I was raised in states such as Ohio, Illinois, & Georgia where I’ve been since 96′. Read more>>

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