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 rising stars from in and around Sandy Springs below.
MoAndra Johnson and Shamisiya Robe
Our journey began in 2014, at Clark Atlanta University where we both began studying Psychology. We were introduced through a mentorship program but ironically we had the majority of our classes together and were both apart of the honors society. Over time we became close friends and one of our first outings together was to the local sex store, where we each purchased a terrible rabbit vibrator. After, purchasing such a terrible product we began having more conversations with friends and started doing our research on different adult toys and their satisfaction ratings. By our third year, we both loved our human sexuality class so much that we began researching with the assistance of our professors. We bonded over our curiosity about healthy relationships, the orgasm gap, our peer’s lack of knowledge on sexual matters and soon became the go-to for all of our friends. After we graduated in 2018, MoAndra continued to obtain her Masters in Couple and Family Therapy with a specialization in Sex Therapy. Read more>>
Celestin “Pablo” Kadjidja
I’ve always had a passion for the arts. The creative process, no matter what the discipline is something I’ve always had an interest in. On my 16th birthday, I bought my first camera; a Samsung WB100. I didn’t think much about it at the time because I just wanted something to shoot with it was a disappointing experience because everything I shot on it never came out how I wanted. Following my disappointment with DSLR’s I then decided to try film. At the time, I only knew one person who shot film and their pictures were amazing to me. I then bought my first film camera, a Pentax ME Super for $140 from an online reseller. Needless to say that the rest is history. Read more>>
I have been playing the piano since I was three years old. I have always prioritized both piano and academics, proudly maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout high school alongside music. When I was in presch0ol and the teachers would play music, they noticed that I would be very in-tune with the rhythm of the songs and that I was extremely interested in all of the music-related activities the most. My parents, who always went and still go out of their way for my musical ambitions, signed me up for piano lessons at Music Matters and when I advanced quickly, they found my current private teacher, David Nash. Classically trained, he started working with me on classical repertoire and I participated in local competitions and recitals. In the meantime, I discovered my gift and passion for arrangement and started to create my own arrangements of popular music. My mom always encouraged me to perform in public if I saw a piano. It was at this time I sat down in Fry’s Electronics and played on the grand piano they had set up for Christmas and within minutes, a man, who introduced himself as an agent, walked by and was impressed with what he heard. Read more>>
I started writing when I was seven years old living in Queens New York as a means to escape the pressures of growing up poor as a first generation American… my mother being of Guyanese descents and my father from New Orleans. Poetry bridged a between fantasy and reality for me and created a space in which I could dream limitless. I have evolved to include many forms of fiction including historical fiction and science fiction in my twenties and wrote my first book The Nikki Davinci code when I was 24. My next book The Gloaming released in 2015 and most recently my first illustrated poetry collection Necromanceher released on the full moon October 1, 2020. My writing is as varied as I am having been born in the south, spent my formative years in New York and settled back in the south in Atlanta in 2015. The tapestry of my art is a journey through primarily LGBTQ experiences in love, lust, history and our narratives as we navigate the revolutionary element that is loving in a world that seeks to make black people a monolith. Being afro Caribbean I have spent many years realizing how radical it can be to love who you love when your own cultures disapprove. Read more>>
I’m a multimedia artist who has touched on a lot of different areas in my creative career. Under the name dj BC, I am a mashup artist, probably best known for my “Beastles” albums and “Wu Orleans” albums. I’m part of the Bootie Mashup collaborative and started nightclub events in Boston and Atlanta and at DragonCon. I also have an ongoing collaborative band project called Ghost Cave. To date, we have released a full-length album and two 7″ singles. Some artists involved include Ana Balka, Scott Burland (from Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel), Okorie Johnson, Black Hesher, Dave McWane (From Big D and The Kids Table), Keenon Rush, The Doped Up Dollies, Edo G, Fahamu Pecou, and many others. So I’ve been fortunate to work with some talented collaborators. I’ve worked in comedy as well, and that’s the focus of my current project on YouTube, The Dennis Ball Show. Dennis is a tennis ball puppet who does a Dad Joke Game Show, with some really cool artists, bands and authors as guests. Read more>>