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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.

MoMo Willy

Beyond using my creativity and experience in event curation and public relations, the Brunch of Creatives platform allows me to flex my hosting muscles and share my thoughts and perspectives on various topics on our upcoming podcast and YouTube Show “The Black Rolodex.” Read more>>

Jess Louis

I started working in the restaurant industry at an early age. My first job was bussing tables at the age of 14 and by the time I was 16, I had been promoted to a server. After high school, I attended college at Florida State University. After only attending one semester, I decided to move back to South Florida to continue pursuing my passion for the restaurant industry. Read more>>

Toni V

I started at insecurity. When I was only nine years old, I stared at the fashion runway at the mall as if there was a monster waiting at the end for me. I was tall, linky, wore glasses & just didn’t have the confidence to even make my way over and sign up; on top of that I just didn’t see myself represented in that current fashion climate. Read more>>

Xavier Miles

To be “Black” is to be the most loved but also the most hated. And I always asked myself why is that. Why was it so forbidden for a so-called negro or black person to read and write? Having grown wiser in my ways, I learned to control my emotions and my thoughts and now I move like a scientist/artist using the left and right brain to express myself on canvas. Read more>>

Lisa Zhen

Once upon a time, I met a Seminole Indian named Yellowbird, he taught me how to make Traditional Native American buffalo bone chokers. That sparked a creative part of me and I began to make all types of beaded jewelry. I had children and kind of put it to the back burner because they were young and I was a busy working Mom! Read more>>

Deseray Hamilton

Supervision Support was created out of a nightmare. It took four months of searching, googling, and speaking to professionals in the field to secure a clinical supervisor. I was being quoted up to $500 a for supervision, and this was simply unaffordable with my very modest therapist salary. After four months of searching, I found a supervisor and was elated to finally start my journey towards licensure. Read more>>

Korina Torres

I have always loved every aspect of art. No matter where I worked as a young kid, I always did my “own thing” on the side. I would make cards and sell them to my mom’s coworkers, I’d draw beautiful pictures with oil pastels or charcoal and sell them for $75-$100 as a 10-year old. I went to school for graphic design but I definitely enjoyed the more hands-on aspect of creating art. Read more>>

Dr. Daniel H. Shapiro

I explore the value and importance of caring within the mentor-mentee relationship and share practical strategies to help others mentor with care. In addition to writing, I also offer keynote speeches and workshops centered on caring and individual mentoring services to people who are dedicated to taking their lives and work to the next level. Read more>>

Jimmy Menelas

My inspiration to get into the fitness field can be attributed to my love for sports. I grew up playing all kinds of sports in the streets of my hometown of Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Throughout my childhood, sports were a huge part of my life. I played soccer, football, ran cross country, and competed in track & field. My passion for sports was the driving force behind my work for a long time but as I’ve gotten older my inspiration has changed. Read more>>

Melissa D’Errico

I have always been blessed in my professional paths. I have always set my mind to do and learn something and have always accomplished my goals. Keep striving, keep pushing, keep learning. It has always been important to me to know that my kids can look up to me and know that I as a NOW single mom, due to divorce, am a strong woman. Read more>>

Darien Joseph a.k.a. DJ Phresh954

I have been into music for as long as I can remember, but I never took it seriously. I attended Blanche Ey High School where I was known for making CDs of the hottest songs and uploading music to student’s iPods for a fee. At the time, I didn’t take it seriously, I was simply hustling. It wasn’t until I went away for college to Gainesville, Florida where I attended Santa Fe College. Read more>>

Nicole Iris Lopez

Back in 2014, I had a major shift in my life when my grandmother “Mama Chea” passed away. It was then when I learned that life is greater than how we live each day at a time. I became more in tune with my spirituality and connection with my grandmother through the spirit of her passing. Read more>>

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