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Inspiring Stories from East Atlanta

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 East Atlanta’s rising stars below.

Cornelius Shelton

It all started back in 2015, two of my best friends and me decided to start our own clothing line. I was obsessed from the very beginning, and I went out and purchased a new desktop, and design software. I was in charge of day to day operations, sourcing manufacturers, shipping, accounting, and etc. It was like my very own crash course. Read more>>

Lacye Brown

Lacye A. Brown was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She began doing art when she was little and continued to experiment with various forms of art throughout her life. It was a healthy outlet for expressions and creativity and became her first love. She went to college briefly and focused on writing but became disinterested in the field when she received harsh criticism from her professor in college. Read more>>

Nicole Crabtree

Being a single mother of three kids (ages 18,16 and 14) has made “getting started” tough, but with the help of an amazing support system in my life I’ve been able to get where I am today! I started as a young mother that was working basic jobs and trying to go to school to find my niche in life. In 2002 I was introduced into the fitness industry with an established Athletics. Read more>>

Stephan Stewart and Shannon Sullins

There are bars, then there are mobiles bars. Ours is the latter. Not too many years back, we volunteered to tend bar at a music festival (great way to see the your favorite performers!). Lucky for us, we found ourselves in a hip little camper, serving drinks to the masses, After the event, on the drive home, we talked more about the camper than the bands. Read more>>

Levonne Gigger

Sophistitwerk initially came from my friend’s requests that I teach them how to “twerk.” Me being raised in a denomination of Christianity where dancing,  among many other things, was considered “sin,” created an imbalance of spiritual and personal fulfillment for many so I struggled with fulfilling the request. However. Read more>>

Alexis Easley

I started my business in honor of my dad and my passion for the beauty industry . My dad has all ways inspired me and told me to go after my dreams. So when ever i look at my logo or hear someone say J.E Exclusive it reminds me that he is with me every step of the way. The J.E in J.E Exclusive stands for Johnny Easley . I lost my farther in 2017 and starting my business was my way copping with his loss. Read more>>

Sevon Burns

I wanted to help give back to the community. So I decided to start my own non profit. I started out with sandwiches, chips, juice, fruit and water. I choose to change the menu because I didn’t want to give out food that I rarely eat. So I changed the menu to a cook out style menu. Hot dogs, baked beans chips, potato salad, and juice or water. Read more>>

Antron Carter

I grew up on and I was a big fan of 90s hip hop/Rap and R&B. I started off by watching a good friend create music in the his studio. I Never really thought about making music but I always loved music. One day I convinced myself to make a song for fun and recorded it and my crew wanted to put their verses to the song. Read more>>

Grayling

I got started dancing at the young age of 8 years old. I definitely credit my family’s musical background as to what first initiated my interest in music. My grandfather was apart of a band and my mom would often bring me to his band’s shows and rehearsals as a kid. I was apart of my Church’s praise dance team where I spent time studying styles like miming, contemporary & jazz. Read more>>

Shuntel Renay

I’m Shuntel Renay Hall but I go by Shuntel Renay as my stage name. I am originally from Albany, GA, a country girl to the core; I moved to Atlanta at the age of 13 in the middle of 8th grade which affected me in an emotional way because I left all my childhood friends. It was for the better, due to where I came from because I stayed in trouble back home. God knew what he was doing. Read more>>

Edward Muldrow and Jeremy Tyler

My name is Edward Muldrow. Together my partner Jeremy Tyler and I own Champ Fit. As for our my side of the story, from an early age I had a huge passion for working out. When the holidays would come around in middle school, my friends would all get clothes and games, but I’d count the days until I could get the weight bench that I seen in my dad’s muscle-tech magazine. Read more>>

Zay Bcuz

Zay Bcuz is a young producer and artist who claims all Atlanta as his home, but is specifically from Stone Mountain, Ga. Zay started to take music seriously around the time he was 13 years old ; But back then, he didn’t think it would be a career. At that age,his interest in music had grown much deeper, as opposed his peers. Hence, being an artist became his reputation. When asked about his inspirations. Read more>>

James Profet

Being from Atlanta I grew up around the sneaker culture created by ATATF so that sparked my drive to create. The name STVCK (stack) was created during my freshman year at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Lithonia, GA. Flashback: I was sitting in math class listening to music, Joey Bada$$ Waves to be exact and I had an epiphany and wrote “$TVCK” on my desk. Read more>>

Niya DaDon

I feel as though it’s a way of not only letting people know who I am and what I’m about but it’s the best way I’ve ever discovered to express myself. Growing up I was always quiet, shy, and I never clinged to groups I always did my own thing. Although I was quiet I was never afraid to be myself, the outgoing, ambitious, introvert who could light up whatever room she stepped into. Read more>>

Yahaziah Brown

With my dad being a photographer I learned the basics to working a camera around the ages of 8-9. The first camera I ever learned to work was a Canon EOS 30D, so you could imagine my love for Canon over other brands. Even at a younger ageI loved to shoot but I never thought of it as a job or something I’d do in the future. So because of that I stopped taking pictures. Read more>>

Menyon B.

I have been moderately active but two years ago I fell off HARD. At my heaviest I was 195 pounds and lost my confidence. This past February (with the help of my now business partner, Destiny) I decided it was time to make a change. I stopped making excuses for myself started incorporating personal development, exercise & better eating habits into my regimen. Read more>>

DEE DEE HIBBLER – MURRAY

Dee Dee Murray is an entertainment professional with over 30 years of industry experience. Dee Dee is the owner of Murray Media Production Partners, LLC, contractually serving as Production Manager for the DeKalb Entertainment Commission. At the D.E.C., Dee Dee is responsible for managing the film permitting process for Unincorporated DeKalb County. Read more>>

Megan Monique

When I got to college at Alabama State University, I became a writer and a photographer for the school newspaper. I was very diligent about photography and I was recognized on campus as “the girl with the camera.” I used to take photos of fashionable students on campus and upload them to my blog. I loved photography in the beginning because it was so pure and unburdened. Read more>>

Shiymah Mccarrall

My mom and my aunt is a hairstylist so i watched them most of the time growing up and i developed a passion for it . I was the girl on the block who did all off the kids hair . People started noticing me in school as the girl that does hair so i started doing there’s . After high school i went to cosmetology school then got my license and everything has been great after that. Read more>>

Symone Symone

I’ve loved art for as far back as my memories go. My professional experience started in college when I was looking for a unique gift for one of our new sorority initiates. I couldn’t find it, so I made it. Isn’t that how the story often goes? Simply trying to meet our own needs? Well, that quickly turned from one item to many items and once I graduated, I was near famous for my original tees. Read more>>

Christina Sanders

My father wanted a son, but by surprise, I was conceived and participated in softball and basketball. Being an introvert did not help me stand out at all, and it took a freshman in High School to take my number jersey in basketball for me to realize the sport had expired from within me. I was use to eating what I wanted in eleventh grade when I quit basketball, so I continued this. Read more>>

Stanchez Kenyata

I remember picking up cameras to snap photos every chance I had. She would purchase disposable cameras for me until I purchased my first compact digital camera. Years later, she gifted me my first DSLR camera. I started capturing family and friends just to stay within my comfort zone. In 2016, I launched a Facebook page, posted my work, and started gaining new clients. Read more>>

Sir Gates

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga, as I kid I had to grow up and take on responsibilities a litter earlier than most. In my household my siblings and I were taught to hustle and survive. I’ve been working since the age of 13. Rather it was odd jobs with my father, cutting grass or just knocking on people’s doors in the neighborhood with my friends looking for work just to make some cash. Read more>>

Jacquelyn Burton

I have always had a passion for cooking and creating. As a little girl, I watched my mom prepare healthy dishes that were very tasty and made me look forward to all of her meals. As I got older, she shared all her amazing recipes with me and to this day, I take pride in cooking from her recipes and am meticulous with certain dishes until I believe they are to her standard. Read more>>

Kreshawna Fields

I am a mother of 3(6, 8, & a newborn) I started doing lashes June 2017. I never imagined me having a passion for lashes the way I do. When I started I was a mother going to school for dental assistant working a job that wasn’t paying that much, and lashes was suppose to be a side hustle for me but it’s funny how life works and god had different plans. Read more>>

Quency Walker

My name is Quency stage name Quencythedon I am an artist from Atlanta. I started making music in 2013 my biggest influences are J. cole, Drake, Lil Boosie, Lil Wayne & Kendrick Lamar. The content that I create is melodic trap with a message. I come from the struggle so when I make music I try to motivate while keeping the vibe going and be transparent as possible. Read more>>

Sharde’ Ward

I had been living in Conyers, Ga from a little girl up until this year in June when I got married and moved to Colorado. When I entered into my Middle School years, life became super tough for me. I did not know then but when I look back, I was lost and could not find my place on this Earth. It was not until my 8th grade year, I truly began my walk with Christ. Read more>>

Alyson Rogers, Jean Kelley and Kristen Weller

We started as three adult friends with a mutual admiration for singing, SNL, and Harry Potter. Casual hangouts routinely turned into over-the-top elaborate bits and wheeze-laughing until our voices were hoarse. We soon found ourselves enrolled in improv classes at Dad’s Garage. Over the course of that year, with each class and each opportunity we were given to perform. Read more>>

Yvonne Townes

I originally owned and still own a cleaning service. I started my cleaning service (Cinderella’s Professional Cleaning)in 2000 in order to be able to have a flexible schedule that would allow me to travel with my daughter while she competed in track and field. While the cleaning service served its purpose and it has been very good to myself and my family I have always been attracted to Real Estate. Read more>>

Augusta Wheeler

I moved to Atlanta in 2007 to pursue a degree at the AVEDA Institute. After finishing school, I worked in the salon for a solid five years. I’ve always been a pretty creative person and let’s face it I was chopping off Barbie hair at a solid five years of age. I loved dressing up, hair, makeup. But I also have a super natural power that loves being in touch with my thoughts, feelings and the things around me. Read more>>

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