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Arlington’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas 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 Dallas-Fort Worth area’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 Arlington’s rising stars below.

Sedaya Westmoreland

Eye Adore Beauty is a gift that came to me through the grace of God. It all started in my dorm room, senior year of college. Never in a million years would I think I would have my own beauty and cosmetics brand. Growing up, I always admired the beauty of celebrities, musicians, and actresses when it came to their outfits, lipstick, hair and demeanor. I began to encompass the beauty industry more while attending my HBCU, Alabama A&M University. I truly believe you learn and discover more about yourself and talents in college, and for me, it is beauty. Enhancing my natural beauty with cruelty-free cosmetics gives me POWER. I feel strong, beautiful, and artistic. And that is exactly the mission of Eye Adore Beauty. Read more>>

CJ Stewart

So to start, my name is CJ Stewart. CJ is for “Charles Jr” – Growing up, I’ve always been involved with the arts, whether it was doing talent shows or dancing and singing. My first dream actually was to be a rapper, which is on hold now. I got into sports as I was becoming a teenager in which I was very passionate about. I grew up hating school but loving all of the activities school came with. Towards the end of High School, I took a theatre class for fun, in which I was approached by my teacher and advised to consider taking it seriously. Read more>>

DeShawn Wright

My name is DeShawn Wright and my stage name is D.Wright. I’m 29 years old and I’m from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I began doing music at as a child after being influenced by my father. He’s been a rap/hip-hop artist ever since I can remember. I would always write versus ad eventually started to experiment with recording as a preteen. I never seriously attempted to make a career out of my music until a few years ago. I released my first mixtape/project in 2018 titled “Tuning,” which was my debut as far as being available on all major streaming platforms. Read more>>

Shon Joseph

My journey into media started with audio production, which I work with for a few years. My first experience taking photos was with my church. I would take photos during the service while working on the sound. I eventually started doing photo shoots for different people and began meeting up with different groups of photographers. In 2018 I started attending The Art Institute of Dallas, where I began my major in photography. During my attendance at the Art Institute of Dallas, I went under two surgeries, dealing with my Crohn’s disease, which stopped me from working my full-time job. I saw this as an opportunity to focus on my school work and on my craft. After I fully recovered, I immersed myself in my photographic career. Read more>>

Ebony Penland

I started my business in 2017. Initially, I created Self Care Products for myself as apart of my mental, physical and spiritual journey. I’ve battled with depression and anxiety from a long line of traumas since childhood. I was sexually abused by a family member as a child, I watched my grandma take her last breath at age 15 and immediately moved to a new state that same week (Texas), I was in an abusive relationship from age 17-22, and struggled with chronic homelessness for a decade. All of these traumas plus more had me in a silent battle within myself that made it hard for me to flourish and freely find myself and my purpose. Read more>>

Chavez Turner

My story began with my grandfather telling me I better go to college because he felt like I was not capable of taking over his small engine (Lawn Care) business due to my allergies. So, I knew college was my designation after high school. After obtaining my Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree focusing on Human Resource Management from Sam Houston State University. I was offered an opportunity to work for one of the most noticeable brands in the world, McDonald’s in the Houston Regional office. I supported own corporate restaurants and had some of the best mentors and training. That was a very exciting time for me being the first one in my immediate family to obtain my undergraduate degree and my first job in my career field. Read more>>

Kandice Miller-Brock

After realizing how much I actually enjoyed capturing them and added encouragement from my husband, I then purchased my very first Canon DSLR camera. After capturing a few photos and posting on social media, I started to get inquires. Considering, I absolutely loved the art of photography, I then decided to start a business later on in 2016 named after my children who inspired me the most, “Gegi Photography.” I knew if I wanted to grow, be successful, and thrive while finding my WHY, live by it, build my brand and OWN IT completely! Read more>>

Derrek and Aundria Williams

For us, fashion and style has been a way of life for as long as we remember. Beginning with the way my parents dressed me growing up. I’ve always had and been a fashion influence. My wife and partner has also been in the fashion industry for almost 20 years. We actually met at Nordstrom. When we started Scouts Honor Clothing Company we were just having fun and trying to make something different. Read more>>

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