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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.

Cierra Elise

After leaving college, I attended the Aveda Institute of Cosmetology in Atlanta GA. While at Aveda I was able to make my passion into a reality. Thankfully with the support of God, Family, and my closest friends I am more successful than I’ve ever been. Read more>>

Nyeri Crater

I started taking singing seriously when I turned 14 years old. I was asked by a family friend to sing a song demo that she wrote, so I learned the song and went to a well-known producer’s studio to record it. This was my first recording experience so it was a learning curve for me and I didn’t know how I would sound. Read more>>

Simone Kilgore

I would want to say that the seed of photography was planted during my adolescent years when my mom approached me with her 35mm Pentax Film camera. At the time I had no clue as to how photography would have such a positive impact in my life. Read more>>


Since being on social media, I have now made my voice present and unapologetic. I recently just disclosed to my followers that I identified as a bisexual man, and now I’m apart of a movement for young black men to accept themselves no matter what shade or place they come from. Read more>>

Rubi Davidson

My story begins shortly after I graduated from college. I started my own business while working a full-time job in customer service. Of course, we all have dreams that we work towards, but then life really starts happening and unfortunately I wasn’t prepared. Read more>>

Ashley E and Amy Nicole Gibson

There is a quote that says “through darkness comes light.” This quote is so relatable to our journey. The Double Scoop started off as a joint blog that we created back in 2014. That was a rough year for us personally. During that time ironically both of us lost our jobs. Read more>>

Yasmin Neal

I am a Screenwriter, Director, Executive Producer, Producer, Politico and more, who was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. I am a native of Georgia. I was the youngest member of the GA House of Representatives from the 2011-2013; elected at the age of 25 years old. Read more>>

Chrystine Cosby

When I was 19 years old, my mother signed my sister and I up for a basic cake decorating class at Michael’s (the arts and crafts store). My sister finished all of the courses and I stopped attending after completing about two courses. My sister went on to open her own bakery in Trinidad shortly after and named it Confections of a Sugarholic. Read more>>

Rena Ingram

I was definitely nervous, but I knew it was something that I needed to bring to the campus as the LGBTQ+ students and our allies never had a publicly endorsed safe space provided for us to talk about the things we were experiencing both negatively and positively. Read more>>

Jadarien Sanders

Wanting to hone my new found interest in design, in addition to working with the yearbook committee, I begin creating church programs and graduation invitations. My junior and senior years of high school, I worked alongside my classmates designing the yearbook. Read more>>

Darius McGrew

I carried that confidence into my next stage in life and won several Slam Poetry events in Tallahassee, FL. I liked the writing process but LOVED performing. I saw the direct impact of my content and found that I could even influence people with my platform. Read more>>

Issac Morgan

Different churches and community organizations made sure that our bills were paid and that we had more than enough gifts under the tree at Christmas. I vowed that if I was ever able to help others, I would. I never imagined that the help would be in the form of an annual toy drive and being a foster parent. Read more>>

Emani Rocker

VBU, the idea came to me in November of 2016. Between then and August of 2018 when we became official, it was just a matter of perseverance and will. I say that because it started as something that seemed impossible. Read more>>

Shaunique Jones

Growing up I always had a passion for design and fashion. I can remember asking my parents to buy me dolls just so I could change their clothes. I was not into styling their hair or playing with them like most girls, but more into the looks. Read more>>

Jean Turner

I’ve been a RN for over 30 years so I’ve always been in the business of educating and teaching my patients on their self-care in whatever area of nursing I was practicing in at the time. Since 1999, I’ve made dietary changes and being in the Army, exercised regularly. Read more>>

Rahim Brazil

I moved to Atlanta in 2011 from Baltimore city to follow my dreams of being a recording artist. In making connections, I began working around Atlanta doing different projects to get myself out there. I was able to release two music projects by the time 2013 hit and make a little name for myself. Read more>>

DeMicha “Miss Micha” Luster

In 2015, I was fresh out of completing my Bachelor of Public Health from Georgia Southern University and interning at Morehouse School of Medicine. I literally graduated on Saturday and started interning well over full-time Monday morning, for free. Read more>>

Aaren Kazhmir

His passion for math really inspired me to look at it from a whole other perspective so much so I learned to code, and ever since then I’ve been on a path to create my own digital worlds while simultaneously and spontaneously producing the art that makes me happy via modeling. Read more>>

Jordan Johnson

As much as I enjoyed capturing everything in my life, I wanted to be able to give that to someone else. For my 18th birthday, I asked for a Canon DSLR. For a couple of months, I had it and had no idea what I was going to do. I knew what I wanted to accomplish, but I had no idea how to get there. Read more>>

Quincy Ellis

I’ve always had a passion for the Arts since I was young. I knew I wanted to inspire others, have a positive impact on the world, & broadcast my creativity. Something I always tell myself & others is to NEVER give up & ALWAYS pursue your dreams no matter what! Read more>>

Tré Sentaya

I knew I could make him proud in other ways. At first, it was hard to get my mom to see the vision but my actions spoke loudly. Eventually, she allowed me to peacefully align with my desires and life purpose. She constantly gives me reassurance that I can and will do anything I want to do. Read more>>

Johnny Cedor

Being of Haitian descent, I’m always representing my heritage and culture unapologetically. It’s what made me who I am. One day while in the gym, I had the vision to create a lifestyle brand to celebrate culture and blackness. When I shared the idea with my brother, Jeff, he jumped on board immediately and thus, Blood of a Nation was Born. Read more>>

Parrish Surry, Jr.

DoubleRRApparel started behind the idea of taking pride in being creative! The love of creativity for me started when I was apart of the design team for NothingWasHanded, LLC. NWH is a basketball influenced brand currently taking over the industry by the way! Read more>>

Robin Okwuosa

November 28th, 2017 is the day I got powers that I never knew one could possess. It’s no way to ever be ready to bring life into this world. There are no books, no YouTube tutorials or no classes that can help you become 100% prepared for this motherhood thing. My pregnancy was smooth sailing. (Thank God!) Read more>>

Shauna Malone

My love of backing started when I was young, watching my grandmother bake for her friends and church members. Working in the Mental Health field, it later became a therapeutic way to help manage with day to day stress. I would make cupcakes and take them to work to get feedback from my co-workers. Read more>>

Khadeem Thomas

The more I learned, the more I wanted to share. The more I had to learn about myself in order to feel confident sharing what I know. I had to walk a path that I hadn’t seen walked before. I had to be authentic to me as I served God. Read more>>

Dameika Latrice Adams

Growing up, I constantly lived my life based off of other people’s opinion. I always wondered what they thought, how they felt, would they overreact and treat me different? The answer? Yes. It was very hard for me to choose a definite path in life, out of fear of picking the wrong one. Well, of course it happened anyway. A lot of us take two, three, four, five lefts before even getting to that right turn in life. Just know that everything you do, will not be in vain. Read more>>

Ghost Hallmon

I joined the Navy Reserve right out of high school and used the money I earned from my initial training to purchase a camera and a computer to get into photography and film-making. After training I moved to Ohio, working a night shift security job for about six months which afforded me the opportunity to watch hundreds of movies and learn music production. Read more>>

Diamond McNulty

Success without a successor is failure; let’s just say McNulty embodies this quote with every fabric of his being. Inspired by his mother’s resilience and his passion to make a difference, McNulty has several other companies and books up his sleeve. He is the one to watch…Business Savvy and Motivated, Energized and Passionate, Faith Driven and Ready to change the lives of many. Read more>>

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