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Southern Atlanta’s Hidden Gems

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of Southern Atlanta’s gems below.


I started singing when I was seven. My mom and family knew I could sing – but I’d never tell anyone because I was super, duper shy. I was in trouble all the time and I was constantly on punishment so I’d secretly write music and perform in my room. My fear of singing in front of people began to go away as I took voice lessons. Read more>>

Marcus Patterson

Born in Michigan raise as a military brat, I move around a lot live in another countries as well so at a young age, I seen all different types of people & cultures. Been working since I was 14 years old. I always knew I wanted to be my own boss. I moved back to Atlanta at the age of 17. Read more>>

Diana and David Virgil II

Photography started as a hobby; for it was something I did for fun as a teenager. Eventually, I put the camera down after I went to college. I decided to pick up a camera again about 3 to 4 years ago after an old teammate of mine, Larry Walker of Skywalker Photography, offered to give me one of his first cameras. Read more>>

Shaniqua Garcia-Stewart

Growing up as a teenager, I always experimented with my hair. My inspiration came from music videos and riding on the city bus. I was eager to sit close to anyone who had the most creative hairstyle, so I could go home and try to experiment on my mother’s hair. Read more>>

Charley Woods

I’m originally from Nashville, TN. My mom likes to tell people that she knew I’d be a singer like her when she noticed me harmonizing to the radio in my car seat – at age four. Cannot confirm nor deny. In all seriousness, I taught myself to play the guitar at age eleven and started putting music to the poems I’d been writing since grade school. Read more>>

Porsha Ellis

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I am a multi-faceted, multi-talented, and multi-dimensional individual to say the least! I am a singer, songwriter, model, actress, stylist, philanthropist, educator, and entrepreneur. I have been singing in choirs and choruses since I was four. Read more>>

Roc Star

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I started rapping at an early age. Blew in the hood of 5th Ward rapping and eventually started recorded for Rap-A-Lot records, which brought the word the legendary Geto Boys, through my God Dad Tony Randle AKA “Big Chief” record label. Read more>>

Tonya Hutchings

At the age of six, I was brutally molested by a family member for a whole summer. As a result of that, I spent most of my life trying to escape the tracking device that the devil put on me. This device attracted every pervert and weirdo in my path. I ended up in a teen domestic violence relationship at 16 that spanned 11 years and yielded three children. Read more>>

DeAngelo Bailey

My story is mixed with achievements and failures, but they lead me to knowing my purpose. My purpose is to help improve the youth mental skill. Basketball helps me support the idea of developing mental skills and personal goals. Through my experience in playing, coaching, and training, I see a lot of young people miss out on the mental part on basketball and life. Read more>>

Tae Uchiha

Even since I was little, I always had a passion for music and art. I had always been shy and afraid to express myself musically until I came to college. I first started taking music serious my freshman year in college in October of 2018. Ever since then, I’ve been grinding working on my sound and developing overall along with my label 3O Ent. Read more>>

Siobhan Adams

As a teenage girl, I always loved music. I remember walking to the park and rapping with a cousin and a neighborhood friend. We talked about how we were going become rappers and take over the music industry. I would try to keep up with their talent, and I would try to freestyle as long as they could. Read more>>

Ashlee Chane’l Whiteside

I’ve always had a love for fitness and sports, but it wasn’t until after having my son, that I decided to wanted to take personal training serious. I decided to study for my certification and make it happen. At the time, I had gone from 127lbs to 205lbs post-delivery! I made the commitment to myself to make MY body MY project. Read more>>

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