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Inspiring Stories from Palm Beach

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 Palm Beach below.

Tashanicka Pierre-Louis

I can remember as young as five years old loving hair. Playing with dolls but always making sure all the dolls hair looked good. By the time I was nine I was doing my own hair for school, it started off with box braids and cornrows and then transitioned into other styles. I was in middle school when I started doing other peoples hair. My 9th grade year my family and I moved from New York to Florida, moving was a big transition for me, but little did I know this was where my love for hair would grow even more.  Read more>>

Buck Martinez

My family fled a communist Cuba in the early 1960s when I was just a small child to come to the United States with only $5 to our name. My parents worked extremely hard and instilled in us the importance of faith and surrounded us with family – family was, and still is everything to me. Growing up I loved sports, I learned so many lifelong lessons and met some of my best friends on the fields. If I wasn’t home for dinner, my parents always knew where to find me…I was ALWAYS on the baseball field or shooting baskets in the neighborhood.  Read more>>

Gina Torres

My love for photography began the second I made my first test strip in my high school darkroom. At that point I never thought I could make a career out of something I enjoyed so much and ended up studying interior design in college. Throughout that time I was continuously drawn back to photography, until I finally decided to change my major and study fine art with a concentration in photography. As I transitioned into digital photography my shooting and editing style changed a bit, but it was important to me that I kept the same raw, authenticity in my work that I would have had I still been working with film.  Read more>>

Jonathan Odjo

I was born in the Ivory Coast in Africa to a Haitian mother and an African father. Coming to the United States was a complete culture shock, but the one thing that I never lost was my empathy and passion for those in the developing world. I have had the chance to travel and experience the developing world often, and I saw my mother chase her dream and realize that her calling was making a difference in her home country. I could not help but be moved, but it was the way in which she did this that made me want to help and be involved. Read more>>

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