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Irving’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 rising stars from Irving and surrounding areas below.

Ama Moore

At around the age of 12, I went through a traumatic event, which led me to self-harm. I’d rather not go into too much detail but that self-harm led to a lot of scars. From about 17-23, I used whatever foundation or make-up close to my skin color I could find to cover those scars. At the age of 24, I had an idea to start a cosmetics line, but I had no idea where to begin, I brainstormed names and even at one point thought about just going with “A.M.A Cosmetics.” I then, however, thought more about my middle name; it is Ghanaian and means “in the hands of God” thus, Mawusi Cosmetics was born. Read more>>

Latisha “Tish the Glam Boss” Shorter

My dad and I were best friends and workout partners. Considered us to be quite fashionable by our peers and friends, we slowly began talking to each other about our dreams and goals during out workout sessions. 15th & Glam was born from a conversation between us. It would be one of a kind clothing line that would represent both fitness and fashion, our shared passions. My dad had big ideas for 15th & Glam. He was excited to see our brand flourish, and that excitement spread to me too. However, he was stolen away before that dream could come true. My father was tragically murdered, and his death was the devastating reality that I had to deal with alone. Working out was no longer a passion because I was missing a major piece. Read more>>

Ragne Smith

Felix Hart got started in 2012, five months after welcoming our first child. While at the time, it may have seemed as a sad chapter of our lives, it has turned into a beautiful love story and the light at the end of the tunnel. While I had always been creative, doing things-building things my whole life, the “I’m going to do this!” decision was made on the curb of Cooks Children’s Hospital after our daughter was diagnosed with an incurable heart condition. We left the hospital with that sweet baby, stopping by the local library to get as many upholstery-furniture books as available from there on, we grew together. Baby Ruby is learning about the world, mom learning upholstery. Read more>>

Rod Moruss

We learned of the franchise in 2016 from my sister-in-law who has a store in Pittsburgh, PA, where the concept started. We fell in love with the size, creativity and options of the donuts, as well as the experience of having your donut made right in front of you as it’s ordered. I have lived in Grapevine since moving to the DFW area in 2004 and new I wanted our first store to be in the Grapevine/Southlake/Keller/Colleyville area. After looking around, we realized there wasn’t another donut shop that provided this experience and coincidentally, the only donut shop in Southlake had just closed/moved. We opened our doors on June 5, 2017, and have been serving the grooviest little donuts around since. Read more>>

Momina Arfeen

I have always been inclined towards activities and opportunities that helped me explore my creative side and provided me with the means of self-expression. Growing up, I developed a love for design and started a degree in the same field. Graduating as a Leather Accessories and Footwear designer provided me with great opportunities, which included working with some amazing brands and designers in Pakistan. My passion for creativity was not limited to one medium of expression; I realized that one of those forms was experimenting with makeup, which allowed me to learn various techniques and I felt the need to keep improving. I learned through videos and television because I felt a dire need to learn whatever the medium may be. Read more>>

Pamela Smith

Mental health counseling is my second career. I worked in the insurance field for over 20 years. I was actually inspired by my mentor, DeNette Vital, Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor. I searched for a career that would offer flexibility, financial freedom, and entrepreneurship. I saw a growing need in the community for Black and Brown women. I saw the need for them to have a safe space. A safe space to be vulnerable, a safe space to hurt, and process. This need motivated me to become a licensed professional counselor and specialize in working with Black & Brown females and couples of color who want to become unstuck in their current lives, break past barriers and create a new journey for themselves. Read more>>

Khalilah “Queen Ms.K” Washington

I’m the Owner of Neo Gold Entertainment/Music Group LLC: Neo Gold Records, Neo Gold Publishing & Da Gas Block. I am originally from New York; I was around Hip Hop during its birth, and saw how it evolved from a community movement to an international business industry! I have a great passion for music, as well as helping others excel in life, which is why I decided to create Neo Gold! A Pro-artist company that focuses on artist management, artist development, booking, and record label services. Time factor, during 2015, I was building Neo Gold to a company while working as a publicist at Mighty G Force Radio Soul, aka GFN Radio Soul. Further, transitioning to hosting my radio show, “Queens Corner With Ms.K” with my playa partner (Co-host), Supreme Master DJ Wayne Gee, who is also the founder of the G-Force crew (GFC), GFN Radio and one of my mentors. Read more>>

Charline Orozco

I started Orozco Graphic Designs in my college dorm. I wanted to know how I could work for myself and start my own company with $0 or a low-initial cost. I know I have always loved to help people and help them believe in their dreams and encourage them to do those things they are afraid of but can bring unexpected beautiful surprises. Many of my college friends and acquaintances would tell me about their amazing ideas for companies. Such as a tutoring service company or beauty company that they desire to start. I wanted to help them make their dreams come alive by providing them quality and simplistic yet elegant decisions. Read more>>

Katie Nguyen, Ishaan Gadiyar and Rithika Ganga

All three of us share the same bus stop for school. Every day, across the street from our stop, we always saw a bunch of homeless people along the streets all on their own. We saw them struggle throughout the entire year from the beginning of fall to mid-spring. We knew every day from observing them that they were surviving on such harsh conditions. We wanted to do something, but we didn’t know how to help at such a young age. Then, COVID hit. We knew that this would be the scariest time especially for them, seeing as they are the most unprotected from the virus. The cases kept rising consistently throughout the year and we wanted to do something to help them. At first, it started out as an idea; we just bounced off each other, but after countless nights, we finally decided to become official and try to gather and give necessities to those who may not have them. Thus, our nonprofit started. Read more>>

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