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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.

Priscila Goldenberg

I started working as a Personal Shopper for Baby essentials in the USA in 2009, being the pioneer in this segment. I visited several baby stores to find out what’s new and buy items for my first child, who was three months old at the time. During my visits to the stores, I noticed many moms and dads from Brazil totally lost, not knowing what to buy. They always had a list in their hands, but when they found such variety. Read more>>

Thesha Lashley

I am from Trinidad and Tobago. I attend as many carnivals that I can and I also wear the Queen costume each time which is one of the biggest pieces I’ve been doing this for about nine years now and that’s how I met my business partner Shu at one of the Caribbean carnival events. He always represented rbg with the big flag every time he paraded a few years past and he decided to join rbg with carnival so seeing that I’m the Queen of carnival. Read more>>

Oldine Monestime

I have always loved video production, as well as listening to people’s life stories. Growing up, I was always in media production classes and naturally thought I would one day become a news reporter or television anchor. It wasn’t until my senior year of college while majoring in Broadcast Journalism at Florida A&M University that I fell in love with documentary filmmaking. Read more>>

Dr. Marc Ronert

From an early age, I knew that I wanted to have a career in medicine and be a doctor. I always wanted to help people. I attended medical school in Germany and was attending a plastic surgery conference in Texas, where my trajectory changed. It was 2004 and I was giving a presentation at the conference about tissue expanders. Little did I know that I would meet my wife at the conference. She had just launched a skincare line called Image Skincare. Read more>>

Randy Fenelus

My story starts at age 20. I recently left my mother’s home and moved in with my best friend and his girlfriend at the time. I would just cook just for us at home. I would watch different cooking shows and try and duplicate what I seen the chefs make. We had a younger neighbor who would come over to the house and hang out. Eventually, he would be around more frequently so he always came over and ate.soon after that, I would have him in the kitchen learning how to make different things. Read more>>

Yuan Chang

I’m Yuan, or more recently, NUYA. My life has been quite interesting. I have always wanted to make a big impact on the world through my music or through art somehow. In college, I co-started an intentional community called Peanut Butter Palace Cooperative that I lived and breathed for six years. It was there that I felt belonging and felt more confident in myself as a leader. I learned botany, food forestry, fermentation, event throwing, communication. Read more>>

Denise Miqueli

A Miami native, I grew up in a small but mighty Cuban family, raised by my mother and grandparents. My mom worked a full-time job while my Abuela took care of me. I watched massive amounts of TV and became acutely aware of the cultural differences between my life and sitcom America. Carol Seaver never had to fear the chancleta. DJ Tanner didn’t have her Abuela chaperone every school field trip. Read more>>

Shandrecka Fluellen

Me and my boyfriend at that time hadn’t spoken in about four days and during that time apart, I had so many thoughts about relationships, break ups, dating and just men period. So instead of talking about it with my friends like I normally do, I created a podcast to get opinions from other women and younger girls and even men. It was like a safe way to blow off steam. It became therapy for me and my viewers and the rest was history. Read more>>

Kale

I’m just an artist from Daytona Beach, FL. My sounds are inspired by soul music and some mellow vibes. My first influences on music came from the church choir. From there, I just loved all kinds of music. My first intro to hip hop was in 1st grade and found the local hip hop radio station. That was when I began to love it. Music was always apart of my life whether it was choir, orchestra, band, or just me rapping in the hallways. Read more>>

Kiara Sánchez

I was born in Naples, Italy to Puerto Rican parents (who were living in Italy because my dad was in the NAVY); the three of us moved to the states when I was two. Soon more family from PR moved with us to Jacksonville, FL. I later went on to study fine art, illustration and graphic design at Flagler college in St. Augustine, FL. I met my now-husband there, Daniel. He was born and raised in Miami to Cuban parents. Read more>>

Seven Meave

I started creating art using makeup almost by accident. It’s something I had always been drawn towards and played with but only used it as an outlet for myself. For my New Years’ resolution of 2019, I decided I wanted to invest into my art and threw myself into using makeup as my main medium. Once I received a little bit of attention for my work. I slowly branched out into collaborating and creating art on faces other than my own. Read more>>

Joshua Mack

I had the vision for the brand and name months prior to my launching and releasing my brand to the world. I came up with the name one day chilling with one of my friends name Neysa she draws sews and paints clothes she helped me come up with my finger logo that changed the narrative of the middle finger well at least I’m still trying to change the narrative but hey when people say the F-bomb you say the F-bomb not stick a finger you feel me. Read more>>

Antoine Lecas

Started waiting tables when I was 17 in Paris where I come from. After completing a bachelor’s in hospitality, I then work in London, french Alps and south of France, where I lived for ten years. I Came to the US in 2008 to be part of the F&B team that reopened the Fontainebleau Miami beach. After three years, I wanted to see something different and moved to the Hamptons for the summer. The plan was to move to the city. Read more>>

Kobesha Dubuisson

I was born and raised by a beautiful family of Haitians in Miami, FL. In addition, I was born with sickle cell anemia which means that my red blood cells are in the shape of a crescent moon. This makes them very difficult to pass through my veins, therefore causing strong pains in some areas, specifically my lower back. It is also referred to as a crisis. I’ve always been into any art I can work with my hands. For example, drawing, baking, and of course makeup. Read more>>

Hue Haze

I started learning photography in high school as an elective. I’ve been shooting since 15 years old. But began to take my talents to another level within the music business. I shot photos for fellow musicians and went from there. Although already an artist myself, I began to have an eye for detail. I stumbled into wedding photography and portraits. But in 2017, I found my niche in Boudoir Photography. Read more>>

Ashley Canay

I’ve always had an interest in Photography and Videography. I “majored” in TV production at Howard W. Blake High School of the Arts and then got my BS Telecommunications at the University of Florida. Once I moved back home to Tampa, I struggled finding a job and ended up teaching (ironically) TV Production at a high school. After a few years, I went to work as a Graphics coordinator for a news station and finally resigned August 3rd, 2016. Read more>>

Ella Arie

For most artists, the career path starts during childhood; mine was on the walls of our home’s stairwell and my parent’s office using “Paint” at three years old. I’m not self-made, my family’s creativity was a fortune to grow up around. Since a young age, letterforms and colors intrigued me by their working relationship in print packaging often found in my parent’s clothing factory or their yo-yo business, Halley Yo-Yo, which campaigned all over South Florida in 1998-2000. Read more>>

Vanessa Frederic

I am a 21-year-old Haitian self-taught chef and the last girl of seven children. It all started in the 5th grade. Myself and a few others from North Miami Elementary were selected to experience different cuisines from around the world within a program called Common Threads at Florida International University. Ever since then, I fell in love with the culinary life. Food became my love language. Read more>>

Rodrick Billue

I started this business with my grandfather in 2017 with just a mobile grill. My grandfather was great a grilling doesn’t matter what it was. It would come out delicious. We (our family) always tried to convince him to open up a BBQ shack because his ribs and chicken was so good. He also made a homemade sauce that was to die for and was loved by anyone who tried it. He taught me how to grill, as well. Read more>>

Oscar Monsanto

It wasn’t until 1998, seven years later, where my parents would move bringing me with them to Miami, we have stayed here ever since. Briefly, after becoming a permanent resident, I was sent to the hospital with pain all over my body, it was not the first time I have experienced the pain and certainly wasn’t going to be my last. But it was my first time happening in the US and the doctors gave me an official diagnosis – Sickle Cell. Read more>>

Ahzin Bahraini

I started Ketáb in January of 2019 as an idea that evolved into a fully-fledged non-profit. After years of tutoring and seeing the educational disparities among students, I was triggered to be a catalyst for changing student trajectories from high school to college. This is why I started Ketáb, an organization that helps students in Miami-Dade prepare for and apply to college for free. Read more>>

Dominique Vercilien

I started my lash line NiqMinkLashes on February 28th, 2019. I only had $200 that I decided to use and it was my last bit of money to invest in a lash business. At first, I was nervous because I feared that I may not have any support, but I didn’t let that stop me. I remember at the beginning I wouldn’t get any sales, I was promoting my lashes on all social media platforms. Read more>>

Brianna Robinson

I have always been involved in sports. In high school, I sustained an injury during softball practice which means I had to go see our Athletic Trainer. During treatment and my rehabilitation protocol, she was thorough which I appreciated because it showed me that she cared. I wanted to do the same for others and now I am as an Athletic Trainer myself. Read more>>

Kathy Diaz

Since I was in high school, I wanted to own my own business. At first, was clothing, then restaurant business and then organizations. I slowly lost my passion for owning my own clothing label soon after high school. I’ve always had a passion and love for helping others, so six years later, in 2017, I figured why not create a label in which people will enjoy and it’ll have a positive cause. Read more>>

Tracy Brutus

It begins with my love of beauty products at the age of 15. As my love for beauty products grew, I knew one day I wanted to have my own cosmetic line. In 2013 I started doing makeup, seeing my client faces after the finished look gave me so much joy in my heart. In 2018 I started planning my online business I did a lot of research and finally found the products I wanted to start my online store, May 2019, I launched my cosmetic line. Read more>>

Dwight Mathis

It all started with the Big Bang, and eventually, in 1982, an African American soldier met a South Korean woman in a bar and they fell madly in love. Five years later, I was born. Ayye! Hello life! I also fell in love, but with the arts at a very young age, 3-4 years old, to be almost exact. My mother used to paint on the weekends and would draw cartoon characters which I would try to mimic on xerox paper. Read more>>

Edwin Londoño-Adams

I always had an interest in beauty. When I was in middle school my cousin wanted to become a barber, so he started practicing on my brother and I. He would always tell us, “People always want to look good, you’ll always have work.” And that stuck with me. After I graduated high school I went off to college and worked in retail, I woke up one day and finally decided to look into beauty school where I graduated from Empire Beauty School in Lauderhill in 2010. Read more>>

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