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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.

Shamara Slaton

I was born and raised most of my life in St. Paul, Minnesota. At the age of 16, my mother decided it was time for a change, and we moved to Atlanta, GA. We lived on the West Side of Atlanta, where I attended and graduated from Frederick Douglas High School. After high school, I became a young mother which pushed me to work very hard because I had to provide for my son. After working several jobs, I finally realized that I wanted more. Although I continued to work for others, I always had a dream of being my own boss. I went back to school. I attended Clayton State University for business management. Read more>>

Cheyenne Wilkins

As far as I can remember, I’ve been singing my whole life and self-taught at that, while learning on the way. I was born and raised in South Florida, West Palm Beach to be exact… I was never influenced by my artistry when I lived in Florida. Not up until I moved to Atlanta when I was 14 years old. Your surroundings in adolescent years molds everything about you… at least I believe so, so I had an ex in 12th grade and he opened my eyes to my love for poetry lol and man I used to hate it. I truly found my passion in poetry and paired it with the vocals. Ever since early 2019, I vowed to myself (as a New Years resolution) to commit and pursue my dreams. In the midst of it all, I’m finding me. Read more>>

Marko Danial

I go by Pharaoic. I was born in Egypt, but I currently live in California. I’m a social media influencer and entrepreneur with millions of followers across numerous social media platforms, mostly consisting of Instagram, Tik Tok, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. With the help of my dedication and hard work towards my profession, I try to inspire others as much as I can. Read more>>

Lori Bean

From the onset, I knew I wanted to make Georgia Jams from the fruit that we grow here in Georgia. I remember my Great-Grandmother, Sweetheart, in her small, hot summer kitchen, making pear preserves, muscadine, and fig, all from the fruit that grew in her yard. The tradition of preserving hadn’t carried on in my family, save a few batches of this or that my dad made on occasion. And when I made my first batch – although it wasn’t good, I was hooked. Read more>>

Chiron Beavers

Chiron Beavers was born and raised in SW Atlanta. She grew up with her Father; a Highly esteemed fire chief with the City Of Atlanta. And her mother a well known Banker. After her parents’ divorce; life seemed to have spun out of control at home. She was forced to grow up real fast in order to protect her mother and sisters with the circumstances at home. She credits her Father with saving her life through his prayers and guidance. Through it all she still graduated high school and is an Alum of C.L. Harper high school in Atlanta. Chiron is a current Dean’s List Scholar at the University Of West Georgia; completing her degree in Sports Management. She is the mother of 5 sons in which she treasures as her best creations in life. Read more>>

LaMoaye Gay Jr.

Honestly, I didn’t know this is what I would end up doing. Cooking was never really in the life plan for what I wanted to do. But after high school, I ended up getting my ServSafe certification just to work and make decent money. It wasn’t long after I knew That this IS what I wanna do for the rest of my life. My company came from me not EVER wanting to work for anyone but myself again. My father owns his own successful company & so does my grandfather so why not keep it going & build that generational wealth. Read more>>

Leah L.

My husband and I are both Atlanta natives and bought our little 1940s homestead in 2012. I (Leah) grew up spending summers on my grandparents’ farm eating blueberries until I was blue in the face and chasing baby goats and cattle around the pasture. My grandfather was a prize-winning flower farmer so I guess you could say gardening is in my blood. When we bought our home the 1/3 acre was really important to us. I knew I wanted a home where I could live out the farm dreams of my childhood in the middle of the city. Finding a perfect homestead on the Beltline was more than I could have ever hoped for. Read more>>

Braxton Hilliard

I started rapping during incarceration.. just trying to tell a story and pass the time. When I came home and I decided to take it seriously. And it’s been blessings ever since. Read more>>

Tosha Wilson-Davis

I grew up in a small town in Middle GA called Butler. It only had about 2000 residents and an abundance of farmland and one red light. I had a rocky childhood as my father, a Vietnam Veteran fell victim to alcohol and struggled with that during my middle and high school years. However, I was able to push through adversity and graduated from Taylor County High School on May 26, 2000, with a 4.3 GPA and Number 6 of my class. Read more>>

Britney McCrary

Opal’s Kitchen was founded in December 2017 in my grandmother’s kitchen, a year after we lost the patriarch of our family. In that same kitchen is where my grandmother, Opal, covered our entire family in her prayers, the same kitchen she fed the neighborhood with and the exact same kitchen I studied in growing up. My grandmother did not have much but she made sure she fed and cooked for her family every single day. Through this love, a bond was created between us in the kitchen. Read more>>

Ty Knox

I first found an interest for making chocolate covered strawberries mid-2017! I didn’t start until January 2018! I had no clue what I was doing but I wanted to try something new. As the years went on, I didn’t get many customers (a few here and there) so I didn’t really take it serious because I felt like no one supported me. But I had one friend that always showed love and she always pushed me and motivated me to take my passion serious! Read more>>

Erica Jackson

I always loved hair. I used to go to the salon every week to get my hair done and the way it made me feel afterwards, having a fresh new style to enhance my beauty made me really want to be apart of providing that feeling to other people. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being a cosmetologist. Every single doll I had was my “client.” Most little girls asked for clothes for their dolls, not me. I wanted any and every accessory that was created so that I could change my dolls hair. But that dream was short-lived. Read more>>

Nick Collado

I moved to Georgia when I was seven years old and played soccer all through grade school for many high-level teams and played for mason creek middle school and alexander highschool. I live in Villa Rica, Georgia. I went to college in Kansas for a year on a soccer scholarship and made deans list and AB honor roll. I dropped out because even though I did well in school, I felt it wasn’t for me and I didn’t not enjoy the school and the area. Read more>>

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