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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.

Jennifer Ramos

After working in Finance for over 13 years, I began to take after work classes in different design areas to see what I really wanted to do. I had always been passionate about fashion and design, but I didn’t know exactly what space I was most interested in. I took classes in Parsons and FIT in interior design, fashion design, and accessories design. At the beginning of 2014, I met my husband, and he encouraged me to dive into the unknown and pursue my passion. I was planning on quitting my job and going back to school for accessories design. I had purchased some leather and was going to begin with a handbag collection. At the end of spring, I became pregnant, and of course was unable to leave my work. My son became the engine I needed to continue with my plans in spite of the changes we went through. I honestly thought I had to walk the walk if I ever wanted to teach him about pursuing his own dreams. Read more>>

Ange Toussaint

I got my start in television very early. I would say that it was a merger of fate and opportunity. Growing up I was always fascinated by the world of television but I didn’t know how to realistically achieve that because I didn’t see too many representations of myself on television at the time. There were no female or male personalities of Black, Caribbean descent with my kind of last name on the television screen. I remember thinking that one day I want to be that representation. I got a chance to work at a local TV station while on summer vacation to visit my family back home in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the rest as they say is history. That opportunity led to many others within the field of media and I just continued to grow my craft from there. Read more>>

La’Zoria Smith

I’m still living my story and although each page is full of different emotional and experiences, I am enthusiastic about each chapter. I was a teen mom- I had my first child at 15 years old which is where my motherhood chapter began. As I got older, I developed a passion to help young girls that were much like me avoid going through what I went through. So, in my adult years I began to work towards creating that form of help I wanted to offer. February 1, 2021 after much prayer I announced publicly my 501(C)3 non-profit, Pregnancy Parenthood And Purpose Inc. which specializes in teen pregnancy and young parent support. It is our heart’s desire to see every teen and young mother overcome the boundaries, stigmas, and limitations associated with pregnancy and motherhood. Read more>>

Terrence Pride

My story begins Quincy, FL a small country town east of Tallahassee, FL where I grew up in a Pentecostal household with my Grandmother at seated at the head of the table. Although my childhood wasn’t easy, I find myself forever grateful that I never knew of any hardships that we may have been enduring. I first started dance as entertainment for my parent’s friends and family at cookouts and gatherings. I was influenced greatly by music videos of my time as well as my older brother. In junior high school, I became more athletic because my brother played sports. My older brother is also the one who introduced me to marching band and chorus. I excelled in all these things since junior high. By my sophomore year in high, I could play trumpet, tuba, baritone and trombone. It’s in the band where my passion for dance begin to take root and grow. Choreographing halftime routines and assisting with auxiliary, I grew more and more interested. I enrolled in dance and drama classes at the new East Gadsden High where I met Ana Alise who taught be jazz, ballet, hip-hop, salsa, tap, etc. Ana is also responsible for my musical theatre debut in the musical Gypsy. Read more>>

ATG 103

I been through a lot of situations, everybody got different situations and just because I ain’t go through what the next person went through doesn’t mean what I went through isn’t shit you know. Excuse my language. My brother used to be in a rap group named Killin Spree and he was raw as hell so that’s what drove me to make songs and start putting my thoughts down on paper. I never wanted to be a rapper for real until later in my life it was just my passion hobby. I had a lot of different passions growing up. Eventually, around them, high school days is when my homeboys was coming to me telling me the songs I been making are really good, so that’s when the idea of a rapper started clicking in my head. Started dropping on SoundCloud and Facebook and getting feedback, people started to look at me as a rapper even though I still didn’t look at myself as one! After high school, I would drop songs still but I was focused on other things, mainly in the streets just doing what I’m doing. Read more>>

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