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Inspiring Stories from Southern 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 Southern Atlanta’s rising stars below.

Nadine McLean

My passion for travel started about 25 years ago as a solo traveler until I met my husband Kevin and we started taking trips together. It was always a dream for me to explore different regions of the world growing up and I told myself, one day I will live out my dream and make it also a reality for others. I have a close niche of friends that travels and over the years, they have always entrusted in me to plan their trips from flights, hotels, tours and even for restaurant choices. Read more>>

Chris Noel

After graduating with a BFA in Visual Communications (2011) the only thing I had on my mind at that time was making it big as an actor, graphic designing was only to be a back up. A good friend on mine would always drop golden nuggets in my hear suggesting that I start an LLC but I wasn’t having any of that “I’m going to be a star! I’ll end up being cast in a Tyler Perry’s Production, become rich & famous and then I’ll open a business. Read more>>

Terrell Pinckney

I was born in Charleston into a military family (I am a military brat), my father was in the Air Force and I got to experience the world at a very young age. I started Grade School in Zweibrücken, Germany. The one thing that I will never forget was the feeling of receiving a package in the mail from my Grandmother. She used to record American Saturday morning cartoons for my sister and I. Read more>>

Skeet Watts

Warren “Skeet” Watts was born in the small country of Guyana located in south of America. After migrating with his family at the tender age of 3 to the United States, he made a home in Newark, NJ. He was raised in the city’s Southward which holds some of the highest crime rates in the US. Overcoming obstacle after obstacle, Watts was accepted into University High School of the Humanities “Gifted and Talented” program for 7th & 8th Grade. Read more>>

Armond Dowdell

It started when I was growing up in Thomasville Heights projects of Atlanta in the late 80’s/early 90’s. We did not have much growing up and my mother did the best she could raising seven children. During that time drugs and violence was a normal way of living in our neighborhood and I had no positive influences in my community. My mother always wanted the best for us and taught us responsibility at an early age by having us attend school across town. Read more>>

Torie L. Haynes

I entered Affordable Housing/Property Management simply by chance…I originally did not have my eyes set out to venture into Real Estate and make it a career. I saw a growing need for Affordable Housing in the private sector and set out to make an impact within my community. I grew up with parents who are active in Real Estate, my father is an investor and my mother is in property management as well. Read more>>

Tahajnah Spence-Ali

When it was just me and my mom, I grew up very much a flower child. That means walking barefoot, clothes made of mud cloth, flowing locs and was a raw-food vegan. I appreciated growing up with the holistic values that filled our home because those ideals are still what I look to today. Fast forward to when I started college, I had a tough time focussing. That was partly due to what I chose as a career path was not what I was passionate about. Read more>>

LaTanya O”Kelly

At the beginning of my career, I was a certified legal assistant. However, I was not happy working in the confines of a law firm. So after much thought, I resigned and started a virtual assisting firm. But after some time realized that I was working myself out of work. Because no one knew who my clients were! I got an idea one day to contact various media outlets in an effort to inform them about a specific client I was working with at the time. Read more>>

Christina Millar

I was adopted from Kazakhstan when I was only seven months old, and I am very happy that I was! My parents have given me countless opportunities to excel in what I love doing. If I told myself five years ago, I would be doing pageants, modeling, public speaking, and etc., I would laugh right in my own face! I was the shyest girl anyone has ever met, but I am proud to say I am not that girl anymore. Read more>>


I wouldn’t be a musician today, had it not been for my older cousin Kam. As a child, I spent a great deal of time at my Auntie’s house. Kam was the coolest person I knew, my role model, and one of his favorite things to do was rap. But he wasn’t just any rapper, he was the most wittiest rapper I had ever heard in my life at that time. This was around 99′. I was no older than 9. I’d go back to school reciting raps I had stolen out of his Rhyme Book. Read more>>

Alvin Sutherland, Jr.

My story began with being raised by my mom in Hephzibah GA; she is also Dr. Sutherland. My mother modeled and promoted education and family morals. She taught me (and continues to teach me) how essential family is to be able to stand with confidence in your prospective regardless of other’s attempts to sway with contrasting philosophies. Keeping Jesus as the center of my life, seeking His face and praying daily was one of the staples in our household. Read more>>

Ronnie Beatty

Growing up in WV,I realized quickly that I had to have money either or I had to spend the time to achieve what I aspired. In those mountains, there isn’t a lot of opportunity, especially for African Americans, seeing that we only took up 4% of the population. I no longer wanted to let my fear of missing my family and friends stop me from achieving my goals. Read more>>

Christian Headley

I was never sure what I wanted to do when I grew up. At a young age, I used to watch my mom as she would prepare to bake some sweet bread, sponge cake, black cake and other traditional baked goods from Barbados. From time to time, I would help her out and eventually, I started baking on my own. I was always fascinated at how the cake batter would expand and look completely different in appearance once it came out of the oven. Read more>>

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