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Inspiring Stories from South Dallas

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 the rising stars of South Dallas and surrounding areas below.

Adina Starke

I graduated from Clemson University in the Fall of 2007 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Communications, and since then I have worked in the Flexographic Printing industry. My major and work experience helped hone my skills and gave me a critical eye for detail and aesthetically pleasing artwork. Read more>>

Saige Michael

I grew up in a household around music that would inspire and intrigue me because of the different sounds. I also grew up in church where my mom was the choir director and that’s kind of where it all started and I knew that music was something that I wanted to do. Read more>>

Jerron Hogg

My mother and Grandparents were very active in the music ministry at my home church, Griggs Chapel, as well as the music scene locally and nationally, so it was kinda “in my blood” perse’. Our church musicians, Daniel Jones and Lamont Taylor, who also are my cousins, made me sit next to them EVERY SUNDAY. Read more>>

Marwin Brown

I grew up with my grandparents who were both great cooks, particularly my grandfather. He made these incredible recipes from scratch but never wrote anything down. Over time, as a result of his influence, I became obsessed about food and flavor. One of my early jobs was working for Kraft Foods in the Chicago area. During that time I learned a lot about food manufacturing, food science, food photography, and recipe development. Read more>>

Barbara Pettis

Better Place Ministries was formed in March 2014. It came about as a calling from God to move, to do something to help others. I am a survivor of domestic violence both from my childhood into most of my adult life. Barbara is an advocate to end domestic violence. She offers her leadership to numerous organizations in this regard and works tirelessly to end this horrible epidemic. Read more>>

Jason Pipkins

I learned how to bake cookies by watching and helping my mother around the age of ten or eleven (I learned how to cook a few things because my older sister had no interest in cooking and someone had to know how to make a few meals when we were at home alone…survival mode). My mother is a great cook and she made all kinds of desserts, but the only ones I liked were cakes and cookies. Read more>>

Brenda V. Olivas

I started cutting and coloring my own hair senior year in high school. I was always changing my hairstyle at that time and having five siblings going to the salon was a luxury. I remember one night I took my dad’s razor and gave myself a pixie cut. Surprisingly my friends loved it and the next day I was cutting their hair not having a clue just winging it. Read more>>

Megan Davis

I randomly fell into my nails not long after a friend of mine brought over a giant bag of nail polish one night. At the time I didn’t even get my nails done on a regular basis… just a special occasion. Later on, I bought my first acrylic nail kit (and failed miserably at my first acrylic set) so I trashed the kit and started polishing my nails a few times a week. Read more>>

Ken Hunned

I started doing music when I was 18. I made a popular dance name “south Dallas swag” with dj BayBay the ambassador. I was incarcerated not too long after. Did five years in prison, came home and started doing freestyle videos which caught attention on FB. That’s how I start getting my following and later started making music. I got where I’m at now with hard work. Read more>>

Hannah-Marie Spencer

The quest for the beautification of others started when I was nine years old. I gathered several hot styling tools in order to style my oldest sister’s hair. At that point, I developed a passion to make others feel and look beautiful. After high school, I decided my life to the art of hair with the fashion industry in mind! After completing school at The Aveda Institute, I went on to several internships in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and Atlanta. Read more>>

Michael Oyedokun II

I am a native of Waco, TX where I was born and raised. I graduated from Waco High School in 1992 and played football at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. I graduated from SFA in 1997 with my Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. In December of 1997, I relocated to Austin, TX where I have been living since that time. Read more>>

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