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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.

Tiana and Mellani Madden

The mother and daughter duo, Tiana Madden and Mellani Madden are from Harvey, IL. We moved to Lagrange, GA when Mellani was six months old in August 2013. We started Lady T & Mell Chanell when Mellani was three years old by making and posting funny videos on social media of us doing different challenges and dancing. In October 2019, Tiana decided that it would be a good idea to create a lip balm business so that proceeds can go to Mellani’s college fund. Read more>>

Jarvis Shaw

My music career started just after moving into my friend’s group home that his parents operated. There were a lot of different rules than those of my household & even my culture in general. I wasn’t given the opportunity to play more than one sport, but they allowed me to record & produce music in my room, which was a storage closet. I was a very grateful kid though, so it didn’t necessarily phase me. Read more>>

Teddy and Jaé Madison

Our family shared our photographs of her online with others. and they wanted to know if we had a photography business and wanted us to shoot weddings. It was then we decided to pursue a family portrait photography business, and Exodus Photography was born. We enjoyed photography years before our daughter arrived, but it wasn’t until she was born, that we began to take it very seriously. Our business is named after our daughter. Read more>>

Gabrielle Williams

The L-Life is a safe haven for Autoimmune system disease warriors and advocates from all over the world, spotlighting Lupus! The L is standing for Luminous; to shed light, shine bright! I was inspired to start this organization after being diagnosed with Lupus in 2012, and a piggyback disease Transverse Myelitis in 2013. Facing many battles, and feeling very alone and misunderstood during those trials. Read more>>

Jonathan Bryant

I started dancing professionally at the age of 16 in Atlanta. I have always been in the arts since I was a child ranging from drawing and painting to singing in chorus from elementary to high school. The arts were always my way of expressing myself, a way to escape the world and truly be myself. I started by dancing in middle/high school, and once I moved to Atlanta, I began to find avenues to where I could further my training and grow as a dancer. Read more>>

Annette Christian

My mom had a beautiful soprano voice and from singing all the time, it passed on to all four of us. Born and raised in Buffalo, NY I sang in the church choir and the school choir in grammar school. The first performances I ever did was as a dancer in A Chorus Line and Grease in 8th grade. In High School, I continued to sing in church and participated in two talent shows. Read more>>

Marlon L. White

It had always been a dream to promote parties, not just any party but a party with an adult vibe. In August of 2018, I, along with my partners, Jermaine Moore, Melody Johnson, Berinda Faye Turk and my wife Stacey, had our first Day Party: Cigars & Sundresses. My concept of having a day party was to have a great time mixing & mingling with like minded adults, networking, and getting home at a decent hour. Read more>>

Hawa Sadiq

I was always the chubby African girl, the kid everyone picked on in school—the middle school I reached my breaking point and did a full 360 turning my whole life around. I lost a total of seventy pounds while finding my passion and purpose through my weight loss journey. I gained self-confidence, self-love, devotion, and a relentless drive to go for any and everything I want. The majority of my childhood took place in Senegal, my mother’s home, located in West Africa. Read more>>

Jocelyn McGarrah

I’m from this small town in south Fulton, Palmetto GA. I grew up w/ a couple of my 1st cousins & big sister in a house my granddaddy built. While the adults out working, we were either in or outside the house entertaining each other. I’ve always been into music but didn’t fall in love with rap until 2000 when Bowwow came out w/”Beware of Dog.” It was just so cool to see a kid flowing. Read more>>

Sha’ Cross

When I was four years old, my parents stood me on a box to sing because I was too short to see over the pulpit. However, I have been singing ever since now I am 36 and have released three new songs that I wrote in 2017 I released my single I made it. In 2018 I released another single unspeakable joy. In 2019 I released lost in your presence. Read more>>

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