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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.

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>>

Deshon Newman

Deshon began playing drums in elementary school and carried out his passion at Vander Cook College of Music. He founded Best of the Best Productions for which he is a producer, musician, mentor, artistic director, and choreographer. He has adapted various after-school music programs in schools throughout the city of Chicago. Read more>>

Joseph Adams IV

Failing an art class was the end of the road for my father’s patience and he kicked me out of the house, which led me to move back with my mom in the suburbs. I was too embarrassed to repeat another year in school, so I found an alternative way to get my high school diploma through a home school program I found in the back of the hip hop magazine XXL. Read more>>

Mike Paré

Making incense became a focus of my studio work, and after much experimentation, I started selling it in 2016. Using Melissa’s designs, we started making cast concrete incense burners soon after. Since then, we’ve started to wholesale Zouz, and now, Zouz Incense can be found coast to coast in a variety of boutiques, yoga studios, and specialty shops. Read more>>

Buddie Oladeinde

UE Supply Co (the UE stands for Urban Elegance) is an Urban-Contemporary brand founded by my older brother Omar Kofi Denteh and I. Our focus is to create clothing with the intent of targeting the fashion forward young professional. We aim to do this by releasing collections that are considered to be timeless, while providing cultural inspiration with our designs. Read more>>

Amber Thomas

Through that exploration, I found that over the course of my entire life, I had been limited because I was a female. I did not report it because I was afraid to. I have never told anyone this. In response to my fear, I committed to a life of shifting the culture around female autonomy. Read more>>

Adam Ness

Every year our performance venues have gotten better and I’m slowly yet steadily knocking music venues off my list of places to play here in Chicago. Because of my #HIGHPLACES EP, I now have a fanbase to release my new music too, which is most exciting especially since recently releasing new music with Noname on “Room 25” her latest project. I can feel the anticipation and growth. Read more>>

Megann Mia

Modeling has always been something I’ve wanted to pursue since the age of 15. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the resources, access or now that I think of it the mental capacity to have done so. Here we are almost ten years later and I finally had decided to pursue it November of 2017. I had just settled down from some major shifts in my life and wanted to create a hobby that I could use to not only connect with my community but also connect with myself. 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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