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Inspiring Stories from North Broward

The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA 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 Miami’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 North Broward’s rising stars below.

Jarvon Gonder

Jarvon Gonder is the owner and lead photographer of Everlasting Legacy Photography. Jarvon specializes in lifestyle photography and is based in South Florida. He has always loved the art of storytelling through music and photography. Though he loved taking photos of himself and family members during his leisure time, It wasn’t until he borrowed his father’s camera for the birth of his now 3-year-old son that he honed in on his ability to use his images to tell the story of his sons birth.​ On April 17th, 2018, Jarvon’s father passed away, leaving behind the camera he loved and cherished with his whole heart before Jarvon ever returned it back to him. Following his father’s passing, Jarvon had an overwhelming urge to pursue photography on another level. He began to take photography more seriously and started to dive deeper into it. Jarvon dedicates the work of Everlasting Legacy Photography to his dad, the late Ernest B. Gonder Sr., for giving him the desire to pursue his passion. Read more>>

Micah Dawanyi

To tell you the truth, I didn’t start out focusing on becoming an author, writer, and producer. My mother was an educator, so growing up she always encouraged me to write and create stories. I remember being in elementary school and having school assignments that would require us to write narratives. I enjoyed using my creativity and imagination to come up with ideas of how to best write stories. However, I was a competitive athlete growing up. I took my soccer career very seriously, and I enjoyed my time playing from age 6 to 15. Transitioning to a new stage in my life at 16, I took my passion for soccer and became a nationally licensed soccer coach. It was also around this time that I joined my high school’s yearbook staff, which is where I was granted the opportunity to appeal to my creative side and work on my stories and writing techniques. On the flip side, as a soccer coach, I found a passion for connecting with the community. I aspired to be a positive role model for all of the players and people I got to work alongside. Read more>>

Hermest Benoit

Since I can remember, I have been infatuated with the self-established theory that video and photo are the closest we will get to time travel. From early childhood, it was always said by family members that I had a natural understanding and eye for photography. At the same time, thanks to “Comcast on Demand” I fell in love with movies. It was amazing to me how just through recording a moment in time you could invoke all types of emotion in people. Fast forward to high school and I was heavily involved in programming, which was something I grew to love as I got older. This love stemmed from the fact that just like videography, coding allowed you to create your own world to the fullest extent; soon after I got a help desk job after graduation. A few months later, thanks to the chaotic but slow time of the pandemic. I was able to evaluate my purpose and plans. Since then through meeting a group of creatives with the same general goals, I worked on developing the name stake OPAH had in the South Florida scene. Everything from early to this point on has been to forward the growth of OPAH as an innovative company. Read more>>

Jessica Fender

first, let me start off by explaining our name Beau Cosmetics. Beau pronounced /bō/ means many different things in different languages. Beau in English means “a handsome gentlemen” or “a fine young fella.” In French, it means “beautiful,” and in Italian, it means “true love.” Our name is exactly what we stand for and who we cater to. Beau Cosmetics caters to Beaus (men) and Beauties (women) and once you use our products, you will fall in love with us. Beau Cosmetics have come a long way in a short amount of time. We officially launched in November and the love and support we received have been nothing short of amazing. I have always been big on beauty and self-care, but it was hard sometimes to find products that worked the way that I wanted them to work. So, I decided to be the change that I wanted to see. So many times we use skincare products that don’t work how we want or it doesn’t target certain areas, we wear lipsticks or lip glosses that either do not last long, transfer to your clothing or utensils, or dries your lips out. I wanted to create a product that solved all of those problems; hence Beau Cosmetics was born. Read more>>

A’Keitha Carey

My story is inclusive of my journey as a Caribbean woman migrating to the United States from the Bahamas, a dancer/choreographer in the United States searching for a voice and movement language that spoke to my history, interests, and experience, and as a scholar/activist advocating for the abolishment of epistemological apartheid in dance practice in the United States. These three specific areas share a common denominator and that is the dance technique that I created, CaribFunk. CaribFunk is a fusion of Afro-Caribbean (traditional and social dance), modern, classical ballet and fitness elements with an emphasis on the sensual and powerful movements of the hip which is known as the hip wine in much of the Caribbean diaspora. This example of cultural performance, heritage, and Afro futurism shaped my trajectory as a connoisseur of Caribbean dance and culture. As I took up residence in the United States, Caribbean cultural awareness and sensibility afforded me a sense of home in a foreign country. Though not conceptualized in my youth and preteen years, the concept of cultural identity was engrained as a child through experiencing Caribbean cultural performances such as watching the Junkanoo parade, attending the Goombay festivals, and listening and dancing to soca, calypso, and reggae music. Read more>>

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