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East Atlanta’s Hidden Gems

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of East Atlanta’s gems below.

LuckGang Kibias

I started rapping in middle school and beating on tables at breakfast and lunch with pencils for fun. When I got to high school, I performed in my first talent school 9th grade year, with two of my homeboys. There were about 25 groups in the talent show, and we came in 3rd place. I didn’t care about not being in 1st place at all. It was the way the crowd reacted to my music. Read more>>

Michael Campbell

Satyr started as a bedroom project between myself and my friend Jack Tennant while we were living in the Georgia State dorms in 2016. We were jamming and writing a bunch of songs together for fun, and once we moved out of the dorms, we decided to start taking the project more seriously. We gave it a name and got a live lineup together to start gigging around Atlanta. Read more>>

Donnell DeShaZer

We are The DeShazer’s. We have been married since March 20, 2017. We have two beautiful daughters Ava (3) and Genesis (2). We like to call ourselves inspiration leaders alongside our title as Marriage and Life Coaches. We have a marriage platform that inspires to break the cycle of divorce among American families. We use our podcast (The Perfect Marriage Podcast) to connect with other married couples who may be experiencing some of the same we’ve experienced. Read more>>

April Harden

I’ve been musically inclined my entire life. From age 4, I’ve always loved to dance, sing, and was always looking for a spotlight. I remember becoming interested in sound and how music was compiled to create a beat. I gained an interest in the band in the 5th grade and in 6th grade I joined the band playing clarinet. I played clarinet until the 8th grade and then transitioned to percussion; auxiliary percussion. Read more>>

Jordy Pope and Robin Kreisher

Jordy- I always thought that I would be a music journalist or a designer is growing up. I was super into music and styling, but I stumbled into hair because I was living in Texas and wanted to be more experimental with my hair and couldn’t find anyone to work with my hair the way I wanted them to. So that led me to YouTube University and kitchen scissors. Read more>>

Herb Middleton

The start of my history as a producer and songwriter started out with me being a musician in church. The music director Loris Holland was an established producer and songwriter that took me under his wings. He showed me the basic fundamentals of producing vocals, songwriting and music programming. Being in the right place along with my music fueled the opportunity for me to be introduced to Teddy Riley, who flew me to Va. Read more>>

Sarah Casey

I am married to an amazing man and a mama to two incredible children. We are a military family with frequent moves, which can make it difficult on career paths. As a little girl, I remember playing with my mom’s makeup and always practicing on her. As a teen, I would do her makeup for formal events, and her friend’s makeup back then wasn’t the art it is today. When I married my husband about eight years ago. Read more>>

CJ Ridings

I’m an Atlanta-based audio engineer and mixer with over a decade of experience in the music industry. In that time, I have worked in recording studios, composed for film projects, and toured the U.S. and Europe as a signed recording artist/songwriter in a band called Big Jesus. My interest in audio started when I was just a teenager wanting to learn how to record my own band. Read more>>

Livingston Oden

Since I was a little kid, I’ve always enjoyed creating, whether it was with a pencil, welder, or camera. Hence, it was natural and made complete sense to have my business be based on creating interesting pieces over many mediums. I started drawing at a very young age, so portraits have always been something I’ve done. Still, as I’ve grown, I slowly started taking on other endeavors, one of which was making a feature film called American Beast. Read more>>

Bernardette Hurtte-Reid

The arts have been a major part of my life since I can remember. Being creative, whether it be music, drawing, sewing or other crafts, came easily to me. Growing up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio, where the opportunity to go to a school that encouraged me to explore my gifts was influential in my journey. In my youth, I loved to draw, so my career counselor suggested that I pursue a career in Advertising. Read more>>

Jeremy Cournyea

I grew up in a small beach town on Lake Erie. It smelled like teen spirit. However, living an hour from Buffalo, NY meant we could only enjoy the culture three months of the year. I think the rise of the internet and spending so much time inside due to winter lead some friends and me to an old DV tape camera. We started making short skit videos that were terrible, but at the same time, amazing. Fast forward ten years, I completed college, produced a feature, moved to New York City. Read more>>

Duranice Pace

I got started when I was five years old. I was inspired by my father, who was a professional quartette singer for Gospel Starlight’s and my mom, who sang during praise and worship what was then known as testimony service at church. My father would have rehearsal every Wednesday in our living room with his singing group, and my siblings and I would peep in on their rehearsals. Read more>>

Amanda Chapman

I got my start in 2011, three months before I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Visual Communication from Westwood College. My plans were to establish a magazine of my own. I later found that I was drawn to magazines because of the fashion and the style that went in them. Read more>>

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