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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.

Keo Anderson

My love of hair started at a very young age. I began feeding my craft, my freshman year in high school by joining the cosmetology programs. I remained in the program all four years until graduating 2010. During that time, my grandmother and I had multiple conversations about me making wigs. I made a promise to her sometime before she passed away in 2012 that I would not only make wigs, but I’d be great at it. For a while, I was traveling hairstylist, but being a single mother of two, I felt we needed stability. I tried corporate jobs, but I’d always revert back to doing hair. As my kids grew older, I knew my passion but couldn’t find a balance. Meeting my Wife changed that. She gave me full support! Slayedbykeo was my brand and was already in the works. I truly started building my brand and making strides in the right direction! Unfortunately, I suffered a life-altering car accident in 2018, leaving me with a traumatic brain injury. I couldn’t do anything for weeks, nearly months. Read more>>

Chakari Morgan

Growing up, I’ve always took pride in looking nice. Making sure everything matches. As I got older, I became more obsessed with shoes. I’ve always dreamt of having an online boutique. I wanted to do something different and not sell clothes like most boutiques. I decided shoes and accessories would be my thing. I made the decision in the middle of the pandemic last summer to stop procrastinating and start my business. In August 2020, I published my website for K Bella’s Loft. Read more>>

Dre Williams

I’m truly a walking miracle. I was born to a mom who was 16 years old. With no father in the home, I was forced into that role prematurely, yet it fit me so well. I’ve been told I always had a maturity past my years. My mother battled substance abuse and poverty, which crippled my confidence in life early on. We moved away from my hometown of St. Louis, MO., after my mom was nearly beaten to death by her husband. Ironically, my mom, little brother and I ended up living in the projects of Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her in laws. It was there that I was horribly abused, molested, and beaten on and off for two years of my young 8-year-old life. I was nearly beaten to death with a baseball bat by my cousin that required me to get 100+ stitches in my face due to the timing of me collapsing just as my cousin swung once more. My early childhood made me very insecure, broken, lonely, and emotionally unstable. As a teen, I was so blind to my future and tried to fit in everywhere we moved around. When I was 18, I felt God speak to me and He told me He would use me greatly in my future. Read more>>

Tiffini Adams

I am the owner and head baker of The Crumb Well Bakery which is a conscious baking experience that specializes in vegan and dairy-free baked treats. Interestingly enough, I’ve been baking since I was a little girl and became interested in baking everything from scratch after watching my mom meticulously whipped up her amazing sweet potato pie and banana pudding for family gatherings. I always wanted to bake like her because it somehow would put a smile on everyone’s face, so I too began making things with my own spin on it (always from scratch) because I desired to take control of what I was putting into my body and wanted to extend that same care onto the others around me. It became such a norm that people sort of expected to always be well fed in my presence and would get excited for my desserts. During my second year of grad school at SMU (Southern Methodist University), I took a Mindfulness and Well-Being course where my professor challenged me to commit to a weekly task that brought me peace as I embarked on my Educational Leadership Capstone and document my findings for a grade. Read more>>

Bermarie Winston

I’m Bermarie, owner of Hey There, Cupcake, wife and mommy. My husband and I met in California, fell in love, and moved to Texas to start a new life. We had our first child and life was perfect. Sooner than we anticipated, we found out we were expecting our second child – a baby boy! We were thrilled, but it was a bit more difficult to adjust to a new life with two kids as opposed to one. I struggled to figure out a balance between being a mom and being an individual. Quarantining in 2020 was the biggest blessing in disguise. It was during this time that I decided I wanted – and needed – to do something for myself. I have always had a love of baking and decorating cupcakes, so I chose to spend this time practicing the craft. My husband’s birthday cake in April 2020 was the first cake I’ve ever decorated, and I had no idea it would be far from the last! I chose the name “Hey There, Cupcake” as a nod to my husband. “Cupcake” is my super dorky – totally embarrassing nickname I refer to him as and always sign my notes with a “love you, cupcake.” He is the biggest reason I gained the courage to start my business and the name is as “us” as it gets. Read more>>

Delashawn Bordeaux

I was born and raised in Fort Worth, TX, but I’ve been blessed to travel and live in other states. As a survivor of sexual abuse, I noticed the lack of resources available to victims, so I wanted to create a nonprofit that provided access to resources and the help needed to overcome trauma. Reporting and therapy are recommended as an initial response, but there are a lack of resources to help with long term coping and assistance when income is an issue. We also have to ask ourselves what are other options to therapy when therapy isn’t an option. As I have grown and learn to overcome what used to be a heavy burden, I want to help survivors overcome their trauma and learn to adjust to their new life instead of feeling overcome by life. Trauma is a lifelong healing process and we can overcome it or get overcome by it. Read more>>

Jeanine Thomas

It all started when I was 12. I had declared to my father that I was going to be a judge and drive a corvette. As he washed my mother’s car, he said, “ok, sweetheart.” I rode off down the street and a voice came in my head and it said,” you are going to be a doctor.” I quickly turned my bike around and went back home and said, “I changed my mind. I’m going to be a doctor.” My dad again said, “Ok.” I rode off, and 16 years later, I became a doctor. I later completed my training and became an Internal Medicine Physician. My goal in life was to always ask why and to always be aware of the “whole person” and not just the disease process. I found that if I evaluated the entire scope of the person’s being, then I would arrive at what was wrong and what I should do about their situation. Later I understood that treating the whole person involved being cognizant of the mind, body, and soul of the person, so I started having an affinity for spas. From there, I realized that medicine and the spa were congruent and that it was important to treat the soul and the body just like I would, health and the body. Read more>>

Von1y

Growing up, I always had a knack for music, but it was always something that I was always surrounded by. Since I was around six years old, I always had an mp3 or ipod with me up until today. However, It wasn’t until 2018 that I started to really take music seriously. In the times before that, I was laser-focused on sports and only saw music as a fuel for my original passion, which is sports. In an unfortunate turn of events, I did not get a scholarship to continue sports through college, hence my passion for music began. Read more>>

Rhonda Carroll

I am known by Ms. Rhonda C. I am the owner of She Sew Xtra Braiding & Weaving Salon. There I am a professional Braider / Weaver who specializes in protective styling. I’m a mother of 3 beautiful babies Kai, Nobi, & Avia and a wife to my supportive husband Fred. I started out doing hair in high school. I would do all my friend’s hair and would make them feel beautiful. Then in college, I put a sign on my dorm room door with a hair price list so that the ladies in the dorm would see the sign and want to get their hair done. I always had a creative way of drawing people in to be my client. I gave up on doing hair for a while after college and picked up a job working for AT&T in St. Louis, Mo, where I was born and raised. Then I met my husband, who urged me to get back into doing what I love. Overtime I would evolve to a more professional home-style salon. My clients loved coming to my comfy basement salon in the privacy of my small 3 bedroom home. My clients were like my besties coming over for a visit while I styled their hair. It never felt like work to me. Read more>>

Trilishia Johnson

I always had a passion and love for early childhood education. After obtaining my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, I taught in the classroom for ten years. After finding out I was pregnant with my oldest, Louis, I didn’t return to work for the school system. I then became a stay-at-home mom to only find out nine months later, I was pregnant again with my youngest, Legend. A few months after Legend was born, boom, the pandemic hit! That is when the Learning Enrichment Binder was born. Raising two children under two isn’t easy, and throw a pandemic in the mix, you have to get it how you fit in. I wanted to create a high-quality resource that you can grab just as quick as kids can grab their iPad. The Learning Enrichment Binder is interactive and incredibly engaging, which will capture not only a child’s interest but their curiosity, too. When your little ones look at these high-quality pages and actively participate in each hands-on activity throughout these pages, you are creating the building blocks for reading and writing development!⁣ ⁣ Learning Enrichment Binders are fabulous for fine motor development. Read more>>

LaCoya Lovett

But all my “cousins” call me Coyaa Love. I am a Body Positive Advocate/Plus Size Model located in Dallas, TX. I’m originally from Strong, AR. I moved to Dallas in 2017 and started doing makeup known as “Coyaa Redd Artistry.” I slowed down in the makeup community and started to focus on plus-size modeling, where I’ve rebranded to be known as “Coyaa Love.” I have always been considered a plus-size girl. I battled with self-confidence issues, insecurity, body shaming, etc. but never told anyone. The purpose of my brand is to promote body positive images and self-love. I want every woman to love their bodies no matter their weight. Weight is just a number it doesn’t define who you are. You are beautiful don’t let scale or society define you. Read more>>

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