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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.

Duane Powell

The SOUNDROTATION has served many purposes on Chicago’s music scene. Growing up in the 70s having uncles who were DJs and were figures in southside nightlife, I had a blueprint. Starting in the mid to late 80’s, I was doing street promotions and consulting for several of the now legendary DJs and promoters on the burgeoning house music scene. Read more>>

Nohemi Capetillo

I started off modeling when I was 15 years old and after a decade of being in front of the lens I decided it was time to be behind it. I’ve always had an interest in the arts whether it was painting, makeup artistry, and even building. Read more>>

Amber Anderson

The Black is Gold organization originated from a photoshoot.The photoshoot was titled ‘Black is Gold’ because black women are golden, powerful, resilient, and unique. The purpose of this vision was to display the diversity in the representation of Black women unique differences that are often praised or shamed by society. Read more>>

Jessica Chan

I have always been extremely passionate in helping people. During chiropractic school, I chose to do my internship at the Salvation Army facility, which is a rehabilitation center that offers residential housing, work, and therapy for homeless and drug addicted individuals. Read more>>

Tonie Robinson

I recently published my first book Faith Hope Love, which is an inspirational guidebook of affirmations. I am the founder of Inspire Tees and Accessories, which is a faith based apparel and accessories line. Read more>>

$Daddy Rich$ (aka Richard Crisman)

I was born in Clarksdale, MS, home of the Delta blues. At age 8, as many kids, I saw Marty McFly playing Johnny B. Goode in the movie Back to the Future, and from that moment on I knew what I wanted to do with my life. Read more>>

Terrance Leftridge

For as long as I can remember, I had a desire to help people. I always wanted to have people be better off for meeting with me. I did this thru a lot a different jobs, but all those jobs never fulfilled me; never gave me a true sense of purpose. Read more>>

Jonathan Bryce

I’ve been a artist all my life, I always had the desire of creating. Art was that path for me to create new art, and my brand GreedyGhosts. While I was creating new designs in my art, I came across one of my designs that inspired me to make into a then GreedyGhosts was born. Read more>>

Tiara Verse-Bekoe

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago as a little girl, I grew up surrounded by different forms of art and culture. My mother was a stylish cosmetologist (with a focus on hair and make-up artistry) that also modeled occasionally. Read more>>

Beverly Lynch

I have not always been a runner. My passion for running developed as I was raising 5 wonderful children and I found this to be the most effective exercise to help me stay in shape. Leaving my profession as a nurse was never in the plan, but as life happens, things change. Read more>>

Jonathan Swain

I started my career in Chicago City Government working for local elected officials and the mayor. I was trained as a lawyer but always enjoyed work connected to my community. After a brief stop working for a startup community development nonprofit, I decided to join the family business which ultimately leads to the creation of the Hyde Park Brew Fest. 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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