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Inspiring Stories from the South Side

The heart of our mission at VoyageChicago 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 Chicago’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 South Side’s rising stars below.

Joy Heard

I became involved with True Star Magazine through an After School Matters program. True Star opened up a whole new world for me and introduced me to new opportunities. Eventually, I became the Junior Director of the graphic design team, overseeing spread layouts and designs for the feature celebrity stories. Read more>>

Imari Craft

I started out drafting multiple websites until I had a real reason to write. Two years ago I officially started which is a digital platform I created to spread awareness on Chicago artist, musicians, business owners, and etc. I have got to where I am today but consistently posting and trying to improve my writing style. YMag is here to create a digital and physical presence. Read More>>

Carolyn S. Fraser

I always knew that I was going to be a full-time entrepreneur and business owner, I just had to make the jump even when I wasn’t quite ready! What I’d call “time off” after being released from my corporate job and a cruel manager, I used for developing and launching The PR Shoppe, a full-service integrated marketing firm specializing in public relations, social media platform management and small business marketing consulting. Fast forward to now, we’re six years in and celebrating a number of lessons, connections and wins for our clients and ourselves. Read More>>

Carl Wolf

We have grown as an agency and can provide the community we serve with more options. We are a small non-profit, providing health, hunger, and housing services for those who have immediate needs. And our specialty is the dignity and respect that we afford to all that we serve. Read more>>

Twyler Jenkins and Dawn Steele Halbert

I Am That Woman Retreat, a product of Strategic Events Solutions, is an intimate gathering of 150 women who are in the place of making critical decisions about their next phase in life. It was created to be a chance for women to rewrite their personal constitution in an inspiring and intriguing setting. Read more>>

Erin Vogel

I created a photo interview series where I got to connect with I Grow Chicago community members and share their stories. In 2016, I left my full-time job to pursue work at I Grow Chicago. I have learned more about the community and the issues that they are facing through building relationships with the neighbors and visitors of I Grow Chicago’s Peace House. Read more>>

Rachael Turner

I am most proud of the fact the Rosemint Media does not compromise on integrity. We are also very transparent with clients and believe in combining researched information with fresh ideas. The highest compliment received is that working with us feels like a divine connection. Prayer is a major part of the success of Rosemint Media and there have been pivotal moments in business that are a reflection of that. Read more>>

Hector Silva

No matter how much you prepare for something, you’re never prepared. We are now two conferences deep, planning on a third one, and this one is a huge curveball, it’s not taking place in Chicago – therefore, we have to learn everything all over again. No matter how experienced you are, that will only take you so far, you have to just DO IT, go in 100% and re-adjust every time you get derailed. Read more>>

Nicole J. Johnson

I learned that bullets don’t care whether you’re an honor roll or reluctant learner, whether you own or rent, whether you’re poor or well off. From that day sprang the concept that I would serve as the positive catalyst my community needed. I vowed to work as hard as I could in order to uplift and re-energize the people of my community, as well as dismantle the systems that perpetuate violence and hinder our growth. Read more>>

August Tye

I moved to Chicago in 1992 to work at Maria Tallchief’s school, The School of Chicago Ballet. I began teaching children’s classes there during the summer. Little did I know that Ms. Tallchief would be retiring the School of Chicago Ballet by years end. One of her Board of Directors, Marylyn Ratliff was a huge supporter of my teaching style and choreography. Read more>>

William Jamison

Tru Lies is a brand created to represent that lost culture. We highlight being your Tru self, rather than living the Lies society has planned for you. We are part of the generation that was born to follow their passion; Take chances, make mistakes, move forward, and constantly aiming high. Read more>>

Blaque Shelton

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Maurice Shelton, who would late become commonly known as “Chef Blāque”, always had a passion for food and an eye for creativity. Hailing from a diverse background in retail, management, and programming, Maurice began exploring his culinary passion in 2006. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Grant Niebergall

    August 6, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I had an opportunity to browse some of the interviews. I am very excited to have been chosen for one of the future interviews as well !
    I think it’s absolutely fabulous that a magazine of your caliber has done as well as it has only because the non-corporate companies are the ones who have the true stories that are not hidden by corporate rules. At the end of the day it’s about struggle and survival compassion and success and I tip my hat to every business owner out there and every genre of work! 1 Fine Tune is excited to bring the music industry together on stages as well as in the communities of Chicago in the nation !

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