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Inspiring Stories from North Miami

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 inspiring stories from North Miami below.

Linda Cheung

I became very concerned about climate change about five years ago. At the time, I was working in marketing and finance in New York. I realized that I didn’t find meaning in my work, and in fact, I felt that I was part of the problem of driving consumerism and the infinite financial growth mentality. So, I decided to switch life course and apply myself to solving a real problem for the world. Read more>>

Misha Horsey

A basketball player. Throughout my time playing basketball since the age of eight, I totally committed myself, made tremendous sacrifices and ultimately had the opportunity to play at the highest level of college basketball. During this time, I became resilient, confident, and driven which helped me achieve much success throughout my career. Little did I know, these same attributes were all the tools I needed to help me navigate life as an adult. Read more>>

Mark Russell Jr., Joseph Sconiers Jr., and Latricia Russell

We conceptualized 630Designz in 2012 as a graphic design company. The numbers “630” are a play on the hands of the analog clock at 6:30 where hands are literally down, and the age-old phrase “hands down”, which comes from horse racing and refers to a jockey dropping his hands towards the end of a race, when victory appears certain. In an effort to raise capital, we decided to create promotional t-shirts to sell to family and friends. Read more>>

Keyonne (Kosmic Key)

This was short-lived as young Kosmic dived into yet another realm of art; Tattooing. He became a Tattoo artist while still pursuing his fashion dreams and starting his own fashion label; Adam Heath. Keyonne would supply clothing to his close friends and family. One of his friends was a rapper named Terell “T-Mac” Scott who inspired him to use his writing skills for music. Read more>>

Ni’A Landon

I am a current student at Florida State University, studying Public Relations and minoring in Political Science from Miami, Florida. I have always considered myself an advocate for human rights and the youth, specifically within the Black Community. Growing up, I have always been immersed in conversations of political, social, and cultural awareness. Read more>>

Sherrieka Othello

Being born and raised in Little Haiti has allowed me to see life through so many different perspectives. It has also allowed me to see the very things, one needs in order to truly live. I have seen so many things I can classify as ”beautiful” and others I can classify as “depressing”. It was those things that have pushed me right into the place of purpose I am today. Read more>>

Deborah LaFogg Docherty

I’m originally from Connecticut. My mom had painted Bambi, Flower, and Thumper on the walls of my room when I was four. I wanted to be just like her so when they went outside to discuss the garden for a matter of minutes I did a full mural with trees, cats, dogs, and birds down the hallway wall. I never did that again but my mom gave me all the art supplies I ever needed. Read more>>

Cesar Cornejo

I grew up in Lima Peru, in a middle class family home. My father was an antiques dealer, and my first contact with the arts and crafts was through the things I saw him bringing to the house and displayed in his store counters. Our house was located in a nice neighborhood in the district of Miraflores, although my father’s business was located in the center of Lima, which since the 1950’s had progressively deteriorated and overpopulated by migration from the countryside. Read more>>

Colette Feldman and Michelle Possin

\We started the company about 10 years ago selling headbands. During the whole gossip girl era when headbands were really in style. We were doing well, selling at stores like Henri Bendels and Anthropologie but after a couple of years in business, we realized that we were not wearing headbands anymore. We wanted to sell and design another product that we as owners of the company would be excited about and wear all the time. Read more>>

Yennifer Castillo

My family and I are from Honduras. When my mother was a teenager, she would bake bread and sell it in the streets to make money. As I grew up, I watched my mom bake and cook and grew a love for it as well. When I came to college and got my own apartment, I was forced to cook because my mom was no longer around to cook everyday. Read more>>

Genevieve Carvil-Harris

I always dreamed of changing the world. I always wanted to be remembered for being a person that had an impact on the lives of others; someone like Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, Gandhi or Oprah. This led me to aspire to become an attorney when I grew up and I pursued that dream all the way until 2009 when I graduated from the University of Miami a year early and was accepted into a law school. Read more>>

Latashia Gordon

I always enjoyed: Watching TV, Dancing, and Singing. But, what I really also enjoyed was taking pictures and creating movie scenes in my mind. Weird I know. Fast forward to my college years, I have already experienced taking pictures on disposable cameras (kids these days will never know the struggle) and this one purple Fuji camera, I believe either my mom or myself had bought and I went camera happy! Now. Read more>>

Jae

I’m originally from the tiny, but Illustrious community “Sweetwater”, located in the small town of Bristol, Fl. I’ve spent most of my life in the beautiful rural areas of North West, FL being raised by relatives who were interested in film, music, dance, styling, poetry, acting, and modeling, but didn’t really have the opportunities to get to do those things. Read more>>

Christopher Plaza

When I was very young, my father managed a community garden in Connecticut where I grew up. I developed a love for flowers and often times (when I was allowed to cut flowers) made arrangements for my loved ones. I was always a Disney kid who believed in fairytales. At a very young age, I often decorated the house for holidays and parties. As I got older, I started to help friends and family with events which later turned in to a career. Read more>>

Ke’vona Phillips

I have always been like creative/crafty and I’ve always been really good with my hands as well as a really fast learner. Like I could pick up on things just by seeing someone do it only once. I also remember my mom would set me up with a lot of casting calls (I wanted to be on Disney so bad, lol), I used to sing in an orchestra, and I was always involved in some sort of art club. Read more>>

Brandon

Brandon has been with WPLG Local 10 News since 2013 moving up the ranks from Floor Director to Editor, to one of the top Photojournalists in less than three years, serving the entire South Florida region. In addition, immediately upon graduating from WSSU Brandon started his own media production company called Bee Easy Visions, which captures the visionS of its clients and brings them to reality through photography and videography. Read more>>

Shanovia Lumpkin

As a graduate from Miami Norland Senior High School, Shanovia developed a keen interest in expressive writing which became evident in the eloquence of her poetry. It was then that this Priceless Treasure found her inner strength and self-awareness that propelled her into a life of abundance through vigilant affirmations and prayer. Read more>>

John McHale

I run this madman concert promoter operation known as Breakeven Booking. In addition to that, I run a hardcore/punk record label with some friends called Eighty-Sixed Records. This whole mess started around the beginning of my senior year in high school. I knew two different people from two different bands from out of state that in the same timeframe asked me, “Should we play Miami? Who would book us there?” and I figured “Why not?” and gave it a shot. Read more>>

Justin Tomlin

I got started with photography around the end of 2014 early 2015. A friend of mine introduced me to iPhone photography from another photographer in the city (Jacksonville) and kind of encouraged me to just start with my phone until I got my first camera pretty much because I was always making excuses as to why I didn’t want to start until I got my first DSLR. But once I got my DSLR at the end of 2015, that pretty much started my journey. Read more>>

Christal Darlington

I started doing lashes at the age of 21 which will be now six years, I was a nurse before and never thought in a million years I would be servicing so many beautiful people from all over the world. Doing lashes was a calling and I never thought so deep into doing it, I just did it, like it became natural to me! I got to where I am today because I’ve never stopped and was always consistent and always put myself in every client’s shoes. Quality is the key to life. Read more>>

Eva Chacón

I am from Venezuelan and immigrated to the USA five years ago. Professionally, I studied System Engineer, but my true passion always been the animals, especially with dogs. Since I was a little girl, I have always felt a special connection with them. I live in Orlando, Fl and my inspiration has been my beloved Luna, a labrador retriever, who came from Venezuela with me and my husband Roldan. Read more>>

Shequana Wilcher

I’ve always known how to braid, from cornrows, box braids, rope twist, and even quick weave. I would only style close friends and family hair. But at the beginning of 2017, I started doing my own hair because I could never find anyone who was able to grip my hair. (After cutting my hair back in 2015, I was ready to grow it back out.) Anywho, nobody was able to style me due to my hair being too short. Read more>>

Moonzy

I started doing small paintings from 2010-2011. There was actually this time in primary school (elementary) where I drew a sketch of Martin Luther King Jr. free hand with marker. I was so proud. I was on top of the world really. Art and I had an on an off relationship until I went through something… heartbreaking. *hint hint*. Yup! I wasn’t gonna say it but why not be straight up? That lil’ heart hurt allowed me to hop back right into where I belonged, in the arms of paint. Read more>>

Dylan Breese

The first was finding a brand new clutch of babies who belonged to the cutest and smallest hen in town, and of all days, on Easter Sunday in 2016. This little family captivated me, and I started to visit them daily. During one visit, I spoke with the director of the Cuban art gallery they lived in front of. By the end of the day, I had the key to the building where I became a full-time volunteer (and where I was able to watch the babies grow up.) Read more>>

Jordan Richardson

I always had a passion for cosmetology. Initially, I started doing nails but after my cosmetology teacher, Ms. Green (my cosmetology teacher) gave me one small lesson about makeup my obsession started. I started doing my eyebrows as the term “eyebrows on fleek” my favorite lavender lipstick. Friends would gift me with beauty supply eyeshadow palette forcing me to practice on my self. Read more>>

Angel Richards

At this point, my desire for love and family was strong. I always say- desperation leads to poor decisions. Not wanting to be alone or do it all alone, I spent a few years in a toxic relationship that left me bitter, depressed and suicidal. In this season, this is where I really developed my relationship with God and myself. Read more>>

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