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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.

Whitney Green

When I had my first baby in 2016, I had just lost my grandpa six months earlier (who, by the way, was more like a father to me considering he and my grandmother raised me). I was going through a bit of depression, and not post-partum depression or baby blues, this was a different set of emotions. I was over the moon with our perfect baby boy, honestly obsessed with him… but it was a sort of hole in my heart from the sudden loss of my grandfather that I just could not ignore. This man had literally been there to experience every part of my life except becoming a mommy. Read more>>

Jennifer Cawley

My interest in art began with my mother’s book collection of notable artists and art history, I would pour through the pictures and biographies of artists and movements in art history from the Ancient Maya to the Abstract Expressionists beginning at around age ten. I spent hours copying the drawings of Da Vinci and Michelangelo. Recognizing my interest, my mom enrolled me in art classes at our community arts center in drawing and painting. Read more>>

Darrick Watkins Jr.

Well, I moved to Atlanta a little over a year ago. Not knowing anyone in the industry or even how to start. All I had was my curiosity. I worked background on a few shows and I believe it was after my 3rd time, I knew this is what I wanted to do. Once I fully committed to becoming an actor, I dove into research. I had to ask myself what I felt was needed for what I was wanting to accomplish. That included acting classes, what projects I could get into, agencies, etc. I just wanted to have an overall understanding of what was going to help me. Read more>>

Dania Peguero

Growing up as a dark skin Dominican girl, I never saw images in magazines or on television that placed me in the context of my ethnicity. All the Latinos that I saw on television and in magazines were all light skinned. The absences of dark skin Latinos in media especially when portraying beauty translated in my young mind that what I looked like and who I was was not right. I never saw the words Negra and Bella paired together. It was important to pair up the words Negra Bella in the title of our movement because I wanted to start unpacking the media myth of beauty. Read more>>

G. M. Lupo

I was born and raised in Atlanta, attended Georgia State University in the 1980s, and received a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from New York University in 1991. I’m the oldest of three sons and represent the sixth generation of my father’s family born in Georgia and the seventh generation of my mother’s family born here. Both my mother and her father lived in Atlanta, but neither were natives. My mother’s father was a linotype operator with the Atlanta Journal from 1948-1950 but died before I was born, so I never knew him. Read more>>

Sissi Nuthman

When I started to write my blog in 2013, I truly had no clue about blogging at all! I simply wanted to share my insights on how to get free beauty samples. I thought it was annoying and difficult to get free beauty samples in the U.S. (compared to Germany where I would simply ask for them in a department store – without getting “the look”). Hence, the name of my blog: Get it? “Beauty for FREE to you!” This first article opened up so many doors – it was unbelievable. Read more>>

Crystal Jordan

Working in the cancer research field for almost ten years, I’ve seen and experience MANY things. In 2004, my father was diagnosed and died from pancreatic cancer, that was the first time dealing with cancer. I had no idea how serious his diagnosis was until I came home that Summer & IT was in my face. During my father’s short time living with cancer, I wasn’t able to fully grasp what all cancer meant. I honestly thought that if he took a few pills or cut “it” out, he’d be ok. Fast forward to 2012, I began to work in cancer research. Working with cancer patients on a daily, I started to experience and learn more about the disease. Read more>>

Dave West

Dave West has been pursuing perfection in dorkery for over thirty years. Born on the coast of North Carolina, he first heard the call when his strangely straight-laced parents took him to see Star Wars in 1977. Obviously, he doesn’t remember that at all, but the Force has been with him ever since. An avid toy collector since birth, Dave also collects comics, movies, music, and all manner of pop culture dorkery. Dave first started writing on the internet in the ancient wasteland known as MySpace in June of 2008. Read more>>

Janeida Griffin

I started in the beauty industry in 2005, I went to cosmetology school – thinking I would become a master cosmetologist specializing in skincare – but when I was enrolled I learned nothing about skin. I became discouraged and QUIT! I went back to corporate world in the medical administration field and worked till I was laid off in 2008! When I got laid off, I just knew it was finally time for me to LIVE MY DREAMS, realizing that God made me uncomfortable in my previous careers to PUSH me towards my calling again – SKIN and BROWS! So, in 2009, I enrolled in an aesthetic program with the Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics – BEST decision I’ve made in my entire life! Read more>>

Jaylin Simone and Jasmin Alyse Rutledge

The Host of “The Renaissance Kidz Show” is child Actress/Model/Writer/Producer “JAYLIN SIMONE” (age 13) glowing with passions for all fields of Arts and Entertainment. Also involved with helping animals, community fundraising and donations, youth workshops & Anti-Bullying advocate and Owner of Brown Sugar Bath Bakery… Jaylin has been sharing her love of the Arts and inspiring the world through projects like “The Rutledge sisters”Original Projects such as “Pictorial Recreation Actress Dedication”, “Hidden Figures In Comics.” “Melinated Queens around the world.” Read more>>

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