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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.

Joshua Taylor

Before the tragic and unjust death of Christian Taylor, Joshua and his brother shared what would soon be their last conversation. The discussion summarized to: “There is a need for authentic leaders in positions of power,” expressed by Christian. “He wanted to make a change, admitted that he didn’t know how, but he felt that his dream would not be a reality without me embracing the need for community change and my ability to do so.” Read more>>

Alyse Hope

I started EAT. PRAY. HOPE.® as an extension of my fashion blog, I Am Ms. Hope. My goal was to create uplifting, inspirational apparel for everyone, (men, women, and children). Once I got my blueprint down for EAT. PRAY. HOPE.®, I got it trademarked right away. I officially launched my website on December 3, 2018 and the rest has been history! Read more>>

Rasheeda Arterberry

There were so many obstacles that were meant to stop me from my goal. I have experienced success in opening the school and some failures. This is a part of life. The test is when you do fall, you fall forward and learn from your mistakes and get right back up. With the success of my school, I have still experienced setbacks, but I never quit. I had to learn to keep pushing forward and never give up. Read more>>

Kellie Hudson

I think I have always been an artist. From an early age, I would create and draw as much as possible. I was raised on a small farm here in the DFW area where we had horses and cattle and some chickens and a big garden. Most of my childhood was spent in barns or fields. I exhibited cattle all through high school, and though I had some art classes in school, I kept very busy being a rancher’s daughter. Read more>>

Andrea McCuan

I found myself wanting to work with animals again but it was too far to go to volunteer at the zoo. A neighbor of ours came by to introduce herself and told me about the little farm around the corner that did birthday parties and field trips. We finally went to the farm to meet our neighbors, the farm owners… I immediately fell in love with the little farm. I began running parties there on the weekends and worked my office job during the week. Read more>>

Shameka Ethridge

STK was formed from the bond of two of my former co-workers, Tiffany and Kiara. We all share a love of giving and people. While we don’t work together anymore, this project helped us to fulfill what we love best… helping others to be their best. In the midst of launching STK, I also wrote a children’s book series. My 1st book, Love the Bully, is available now. Read more>>

Reggie (Dewayne) Carter

I started getting into personal development, listening to motivational speakers, changing my habits, my friends, cutting people out of my life who was causing me distractions. I have created over tons of sites and help tons of people start their business and make money online as a social media coach! Read more>>

Taniyah Washington

I wanted to take my talents and use them to empower adults to empower their children. In 2010, I, with my twin sister, Tamiyah Fletcher, and oldest sister, Alesia George founded I Am Works Association. In 2013, after my teaching position had been cut again, I decided to leave teaching altogether and commit to I Am Works full time. Read more>>

J. Irja

All through my youth, music was the only thing that comforted me. I was the awkward loner chunky immigrant kid with acne who didn’t ever fit in. I used to skip lunch and classes to go to the band rehearsal room to play my flute & piccolo and write original songs. I was also published for poetry at a young age, it was about a kid who wanted to commit suicide, I just never told anyone that imaginary kid I wrote about was me. Read more>>

Sandra Gomez

I have always felt a strong want and need to serve the underserved. I lived in a very dysfunctional home growing up while experiencing the effects that come from parental substance abuse. I know first hand what it is like to have your lights, water and gas cut off and having to watch our mother struggle to keep food on our plates and clothes on our backs. Read more>>

Cora Coleman

As eldest daughter to world renown Bishop Jakes, and First Lady Serita Jakes, Pastor Cora directs the children’s ministry at The Potter’s House of Dallas in addition to her Cora Jakes ministry efforts. Faithing It is her first book. Pastor Cora loves life and enjoys writing. She began writing her blog, “Fertility Faith,” at the age of 22 because of an early diagnosis of infertility. Read more>>

MacKenzee McDonald

Everything happened by accident. From the business name to where I am now. GoldenPiece is what I started to call myself in Elementary. I was bullied and ashamed of my own body. So, I created a word that I could obtain faith in and confidence. As I got older, the word elaborated a deeper meaning. Such as Unique is One’s self, God’s One of One, One. Read more>>

Terri Alford

My Lasallian alma mater encouraged us to provide “transformative experiences” and the organization I partnered with promoted organizational change in regards to educational inequity. A few years later, I graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Masters concentrated in STEM education because I decided to choose mission over money, purpose overpay, service over salary, and responsibilities over recognition. Read more>>

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