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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.

Jamecia Booker

As a young woman inspired by her mother who did hair as a method to create another source of income, I was easily inspired to create my own business. At the age ten years old I started doing my friends and family hair, which led to me eventually working in a salon. In 2011 my passion for doing hair led to me creating my business Bussin Braidz and becoming a full time entrepreneur. With this business I utilized my self taught skills to express my creativity. Being able to provide my clients with the exact look requested and boost their confidence through my unique styles gave me the motivation I needed to start persevere and expand my business. Read more>>

Janelle Warrick

I first got into the beauty industry by my love of hair color. I always rocked different hairstyles and colors no one else would think of. In 2015, I was teaching middle school P.E in Stockbridge, GA. I was eager to have my own business one day. I never wanted to work for someone, only myself. The entrepreneur’s life is what I wanted and craved to accomplish. I thought with my creative side. I could do major things. In 2017, I enrolled at Empire Beauty School in Morrow, GA. I would teach in the day and attend beauty classes at night. The schedule was hectic, but I was determined. The beauty industry started growing rapidly. There were so many directions you could go in. I wanted to be a colorist. Read more>>

Angera Bolton and LaPortia Frazier

T.R.I.B.E. of Georgia, Incorporated, was officially founded on January the 6th, 2020. After months of meeting and planning, LaPortia and I decided we had to fill a need in our community. Both dedicated to youth development and adding value to our communities, we decided to start an organization that would support young teenage girls (primarily high school age) in the areas of wellness, friendship, community, and life skills development. After LaPortia and I received our Masters in the Social Work and Public Health field, we researched how to start a non-profit organization and completed the steps to bring our non- profit organization T.R.I.B.E. to life. Read more>>

Jason Isaac

I began to love music at the age of 13. After being adopted into a family where education and musical literacy were a focus, I could only truly find peace in honing in on the craft of music. I spent some time and hard thought on 5-6 songs and they were hella trash so I quit. It wasn’t until I found myself in a California military prison cyphering with brothas that believed in the power of their voices/messages enough to be locked up for it that I discovered the passion myself. Once it became a Cycle: Eat, workout, write, read, workout, eat, rap (1 rec hour), shower, sleep. Read more>>

Jamelle Funches

I’ve always had an interest in art. My uncle James was an artist and as a child, I would attempt to replicate his paintings and sketches that were throughout my grandparent’s house. Throughout grade school, I would randomly draw cartoons of friends, musicians, and athletes as a hobby. I never wanted to take an art class because I couldn’t understand how someone could attach a letter grade to something so personal. This continued until the summer before my junior year at Savannah State University, where I was introduced to Adobe Illustrator and my “career” as a digital artist began. A childhood friend, Kenny Thomas, and I would meet daily at my parent’s house during the summer and create designs that we eventually turned into a clothing line called True Slacker. Read more>>

Karma Wright

Great Day! My name is Karma Wright and I just want a few moments to tell you about me and my company. I am the mother to three sons Kendall, Kaden, and Kameron. Kendall, my oldest son, has autism and is nonverbal. I am a strong advocate for the autism and special needs community. My whole life, I have always had the gift of organization, but I never realized my passion for it until I became my Youth Minister’s Assistant. In addition to being an assistant, I also serve as the Youth Praise Team Leader and Teen Leader Advisor at my church. As I wear many hats with different responsibilities, the three components that I need for everything is Structure, Organization, and Accountability. Here is where The Wright Assistant was created. Read more>>

Tony Bones

I started Lockjaw Knives in the summer of 2013 in New Orleans following a foot injury that left me effectively immobile. I got a nasty cut on my heel from a piece of rusty metal while swimming in the Pearl River and it got infected (probably because I let my friend Moss stitch it up on my living room sofa). Anyway, the infection was so bad I ended up having to go to the hospital for a stout dose of antibiotics and a tetanus shot, this is why “Lockjaw” felt like a fitting name. While recovering from my misadventure, I needed something to keep me busy while hobbling around the house so I took a crack at making a knife. The first knife I made was quite crude but it lit the fire that would set me on the road to where I am now. Read more>>

Tiffany Scott

It all began when I gave birth to my seven year old son. I never thought nor, I never wanted to be a makeup artist. I always thought I would be a model or a wardrobe stylist. I never thought that I would be a makeup artist. This talent came out of nowhere. But it all started when I watched 1 YouTube brow tutorial and I took off from there. Then I decided to take a makeup class in Atlanta at the time, I was driving back and forth from the country of Sparta Ga that’s where I’m originally from to Atlanta for makeup classes. So I decided to start practicing on my friends until I got better. It took me three years into this to be comfortable enough to start taking clients. Read more>>

KaNeesha Caldwell

It’s funny because my mom was in the Army but was also a licensed cosmetologist; she was all about hair. Everyone in my family knew how to do hair but me, I wasn’t really interested. It wasn’t until I had my daughter and realized how much hair she had and how much money I refused to spend getting her hair done lol. I started going on YouTube, learning how to do simple styles and learned from there. Eventually, I wanted to learn how to do box braids so I went back to YouTube and recruited a few friends to let me practice on them. Read more>>

Rodrick Robinson

Roderick Robinson, best known as Duke The Guitarist, is an accomplished guitarist/bassist and music director for MAMA Inc and Kirk Jay Music. Duke was given his first opportunity to perform professionally at the age of 14, becoming the bass player for The J.D Gospel Singers of Uriah AL. Duke started his full-time music career with Bay Minette native Kirk Jay. The band won several local band competitions and became very popular throughout Alabama, Florida and Georgia. He gained mainstream recognition as a guitarist after performing alongside Kirk Jay for an initial audition for NBC’s The Voice, where he received a standing ovation as a guitarist for a program focused solely on vocalists. Read more>>

Amari Hines

During Quarantine, I lost my job due to COVID-19. I have always had a passion for cooking food for years growing up with my mom, who is now a food truck owner. It wasn’t really much of an option to learn the art of cooking but I was always afraid to push myself to go to the fullest extent. While having trouble maintaining a job during a worldwide pandemic, I went to the next level and began to brainstorm on a new venture to take in my life and I came up with the slogan “Thatlittlegirlcancook.” My friends always would say, “ Amari you really can cook start selling plates.” I always pushed it off. Read more>>

Rome Williams

I am Rome Williams. I’m a 34-year-old African American entrepreneur. I started out doing hair at the age of 12 years old. I’ve been in business for three years now. 2016 cosmetology graduate. I served my community before I became a master cosmetologist. I started doing hair as a way to provide extra income for my children and I. Then it became a full-time job. A lot of my clients had traction alopecia and I wanted to make sure that I was treating their hair properly so that it would be healthy and start growing, so I started making my own hair care products for myself as well as my daughter. I even started using it on my clients. As their hair started growing, I began to share the results with other clients and via social media and the demand became greater for my products. Read more>>

Todd Gardner

I started drawing when I was little. It was just something I did growing up. My aunt Porcha whom is like a second mom to me bought me utensils to use to get my ideas onto paper. When I hit my teens, I got the idea I should start designing my own clothes b/c I always had a different style from everyone else. The things I would put together fashion-wise others wouldn’t dare to do. I like designing my own clothes to showcase my own taste of style. Read more>>

Danielle Reed

I originally created Reed Limited Entertainment (RLE) to be a platform for my talent. I never knew this is what I would end up doing, but I remember always loving the opportunity to give feedback, create and motivate people, plus I always wanted to work in television and entertainment. At age 23, I became a Talent Manager. Being born and raised in Atlanta and after traveling the world, I understood that there is truly no talent like the phenomenal and unique talent found in Atlanta. I started off managing models, actors, a producer in LA, and a Canadian rapper in Atlanta. Read more>>

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