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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.

Merritt Blanks Jr.

Merritt Blanks Jr is originally from Rockingham NC and raised in High Point NC. At the age of three, he was inspired by Michael Jackson and hasn’t stopped dancing since. Dance and choreography have always been a passion of his even before realizing that it was a dream that he could pursue. Read more>>

Darren Cobb

A native of Midville Ga, Darren Cobb is an actor, writer, filmmaker and former model who has accumulated nearly 300,000 on Instagram through the popularity of his blogs Urban’s Vintage and Black Entertainment Matters. As an actor, Cobb has been a part of hit projects such as WGN’s Underground. Read more>>

Genevieve Pacheco

I’ve always had a genuine interest in art and practiced it in some way. Whether it was painting on a canvas or sketching on a restaurant napkin it was something that always came naturally while growing up anything creative always caught my attention. Read more>>

Chevy Banks

I started out doing music. Then I hit a point in my life to where I didn’t know what I wanted to do anymore, I broke down & Just stopped doing everything. Long story short, I found myself one day crying and thinking to myself….. “One day I’ll have many riches. Read more>>

Ashley Johnson

My first memories go back to childhood when I would ask my grandmother for the obituaries instead of the Sunday comics (weird.. I know). Fast forward to today in which I have over 10 years in the death care industry. I honestly can say I fell into the end of life doula position. Read more>>

Caroline Youngblood

I started working with ceramics during my freshman year of high school. At that time I was hand-building and making mostly sculptural work. I continued taking ceramic classes all four years of high school. I loved working with clay and I decided that I wanted to get my BFA in ceramics from Reinhardt University. Read more>>

Ronesha M. Bourne

Shortly after high school, I joined the United States Navy in 2007, completing my four-year enlistment and receiving an honorable discharge. I started going to Tidewater Community College in VA Beach, VA. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do exactly, so I remained in school eventually relocating to Atlanta in 2012. Read more>>

Khamel Carter

I was born in the Bronx, but I was raised most of my life in Stone Mountain, GA. In 2014 I graduated from Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Technology. After returning to Georgia, while working as a Social Worker for the YMCA Head Start program. Read more>>

IndYah Rashaud

I started singing when I was three. My first solo at church was jingle bells. I killed it. I recall being told stories of me singing throughout my childhood, but I didn’t recognize my gift for it until I was about 14. I sang a song that spoke to me. I became so engrossed in the performance and when I finally opened my eyes again. Read more>>

Mariana Simpson-Walker

When I entered college at Alabama A&M University I had NO idea. I knew what my interests were, but was unsure of how to funnel that into a career. I come from a family of doctors and teachers so I knew that neither of those was the career paths for me. My mom suggested that I look into Speech Pathology. Read more>>

Lee Campbell

At the age of 17, I entered into the longest relationship of my life. It was with a man, or should I say a boy, who fooled me into believing that he had the same determination to reach his goals as I did. Seven long years later I decided that I wanted more out of life and I left him for good. Read more>>

Nathan Allen Hare

I was one of the hippie, artsy kids who took to theatre and fine arts to explore my areas of interest. I remember reluctantly signing up for Drama 1, getting talked into auditioning for the school play that was just around the corner and immediately walking out after entering the auditions area and having a mini panic attack. Read more>>

JaCennie Ruley

My passion for baking began in 2012 and it has been a wonderful experience since. I knew baking was something I enjoyed but wasn’t sure making a business out of it was a goal. My parents took a chance and upgraded me from my hand mixer to a stand mixer. Read more>>

Albert Stallworth Jr.

I’ve been working with garage door service. I rather enjoy it being that I work with my hands and mind on an everyday basis. I got very good with it realizing that it just came to me easier than most things. I learned everything from proper installation of garage doors and openers to all repair that happens years post-install. Read more>>

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