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Inspiring Stories from Norcross

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 Norcross below.

Taylor Wyatt

I started my tutoring business “Miss Tay’s Tutoring” back in 2019. My business specializes in working with students K-5 with subjects: math, science, and reading. Growing up, I was never certain about what I wanted to do, up until my freshman year of college. I began interning at an elementary school in Gwinnett County, where I worked with 5th-grade students. There was one student there in particular, who didn’t care about school that much; he didn’t have a positive home life either. His teacher gave up on him, but something in my heart told me to break him out of his shell. After having patience and making his interests my interests, his grades and his confidence have increased dramatically. On the last day of my internship, I told him how proud of him I was, and tears from him and I began to fall. I later surprised him at his elementary graduation and his mother hugged me in the tightest way possible, cried, and stated, “Thank you so much for being a huge inspiration in my son’s life. He’s better at math and science, and his reading level has increased by four letters (levels). Read more>>

Cam’ron Harvey

I’m a guy that’s always been into fashion for as long as I can remember and as I got older around Highschool and figured out I can make my own wave I dove straight in not knowing what was to come. I got started with fragile years before it even dropped or came about actually, I went through many failed attempts of different names different logos which none of them seem to stick to me, so I went back to the drawing board and thought of things that were a lifestyle from my lens not only that but something that had meaning, which then became Fragile Worldwide. A brand that strictly represents being you, being comfortable in Your Own Skin, and Overcoming Peer Pressure. I got to where I am today due to constantly never giving up even if things weren’t working in my favor, going that extra mile to make sure I put out quality affordable products, having a good support system and just believing in myself so much it motivating the people around me. Read more>>

Devin Robinson

I actually started getting involved in the arts when I was around eight. Prior to my mother dying, I was one of the few youths to rank a B+ in the national drawing competition. From here, my ridiculous love for creative expression grew. Cartoon characters become real-life characters in my head. They owned voices of which I could hear and would repeat. That catapulted me into acting (or acting like a fool… depending on who you ask). My first time acting was in high school. That’s when I received the “bug.” It also sparked my desire to learn more about my African history. That day, in high school, I portrayed an African griot during our Black history celebration. It was the beginning of the longest relationship I would ever have… Acting. At 19, I had my first speech. Talking about race and unity. That began the second-longest relationship I would ever have… public speaking. Read more>>

Melissa Pauline

I have been in the medical field for almost 20 years. I was a bedside nurse working in the intensive care unit and emergency room. I graduated with my Masters in Nursing degree in 2015 and have been working as an NP in the hospital setting in the Metro Atlanta area. In 2017 my son became ill and we had to have an Infusion nurse come to the house and treat him on a couple of occasions. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2018. I have always wanted to have my own business and since working in the healthcare field is all that I know, I thought that by providing IV hydration therapy, I would be able to help those in the community get the necessary treatment that they need without overcrowding the emergency rooms. Rejuvenate U Wellness Clinic was started right before the pandemic, and in that time, we have been able to treat several patients in their homes. Read more>>

Lakeland Barnes

I am 23 years old, and I am just now coming to the reality of what I want to do and who I want to be. I grew up in a house with seven children and a single mother. As the oldest girl, I took the reins of being the second mother. So growing up, I didn’t have time for me or figuring out what I wanted to become. I dealt with many “traumas” throughout my life, like growing up without a father and dealing with sexual abuse. I thought because of the harshness of my upbringing and all I experienced growing up, my life was set to be mediocre, but God saw something different. All in all, as I’ve grown, I have come to know that it had only been God who has kept me. God has literally been my foundation and the reason I am in the place I am now. God has saved me from death on multiple occasions, and for that, I can only be grateful. Read more>>

Shay Ruff

My creative journey began over ten years ago through journaling and it evolved into authorship. In my first book, “Wisdom By 30,” I open my heart and bare my past as I share my deeply personal journey of dating and discovery. Through tales sprinkled with laughter, joy, and tears, my hope was that readers would be encouraged, renewed, and enlightened. And the results show that they were. Read More>>

Zakiya Davidson

Cultivating Dreams into Reality. I coined that term in 2006 at the age of 26, imagining all of the dreams I’d envisioned for myself in my youth that I had no idea how to make come true. After almost losing my life just two years later, I began to figure out the necessary steps to fulfill my dreams. My love for dance began at an early age. I always chose to be a ballerina for the neighborhood evening Star Search show. It was then that I began to see myself dancing on stage. There was no money for dance class so I did what felt natural. Read more>>

Ian Ferguson

I started working with Deathtoheartbreaks around 2016 as the Art Director of the brand. During this time, we were transitioning into a different chapter of where we were as a brand and also in our personal lives. As time went by, we started to incorporate more mediums of art such as music, film/photography, the magazine, and of course, fashion. After every season, more and more people started to gravitate towards Deathtoheartbreaks and it has become a lifestyle. Read more>>

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