The heart of our mission at VoyageHouston 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 Houston’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 Sugar Land and surrounding areas below.
D The Business
Born Donavin Hogan better known by my stage name D The Business formerly known as Lil’ D. When I gained fame at just 10 years of age as a rapper in the early 2000s alongside my cousin Romeo Miller (formerly Lil’ Romeo) after signing with No Limit Records, then owned and founded by my cousin, Master P. Being from the Mo City (Missouri City) area of Houston, Tx with my lineage beginning in New Orleans, Louisiana. I got to where I am today by being consistent, never giving up, staying true to self, and leveraging all of the experiences I learned over the years during my come up. As a music artist, serial entrepreneur, actor, real estate agent and founder of several companies including being CEO of my own independent label L.I.E. Entertainment (Loyalty Is Everything), I am steadily defining what it means to be a Hip Hop mogul. Every goal I’ve accomplished has brung me one step closer toward becoming a colossal figure in mainstream music and business. Read more>>
I grew up in the island of Puerto Rico and did my B.F.A. at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas in San Juan. Shortly before turning 30 in 2004, I moved to the U.S. and completed my M.F.A. at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I had been living with my wife Blanca for some time in Florida and then back to Savannah Georgia, where she completed her M.ARCH at SCAD as well. Shortly after in 2014, we decided to move to Houston, Texas, after she got a job at Gensler architecture. In 2020 shortly before COVID took over the nation, we had purchased a new home in New Territory, Sugar Land. This is where I now have my art studio and paint. I currently have two art galleries representing my work. Heidi Vaughan Fine Art in Houston and Evoke Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Read more>>
I have always had an obsession with dogs and animals in general. When I was 13 years old, my parents let me adopt a dog for my birthday. I adopted a 1-year-old Australian Shepherd who I named Angel. Dogs are the best teachers and I learned so much from Angel. I had pictures posted all over my room of different dog breeds and I devoured all the books I could find about dogs. I first got hooked on dog training when I took Angel through a Basic Obedience group class. It was so fun! Throughout high school, I took Angel to agility classes and ended up competing with her in agility. From the time I was about 14 years old, I knew I wanted to be a dog trainer. Right out of high school, I went to a four month dog training school and was then hired as a dog trainer at a kennel in Houston. Read more>>
If I’m being honest, it really just started with a thought that I couldn’t shake. As cliche as it sounds, my passion is to become a voice of tranquility and authenticity, which is rare in this climate. Even though “The Ride Along Podcast ” is a movie-based Podcast. I use it as the first stepping stone in the path of what I know is my calling. Plus I feel more Black Americans should embrace our inner “nerdy” cinephile!. Read more>>
I decided to start my own network a few after I finished playing basketball. I wanted to continue to be around sports and I didn’t want to coach. I have so many relationships with athletes because of my playing career and decided to put my resources to use. So I began to reach out to some of the professional and college athletes that I know and pitch some show ideas or ask to interview or document them. And that’s pretty much how I started. Read more>>
I am currently a mother, a grandmother, an entrepreneur, and an Evangelist for Christ. Some people judge a book by its cover and I’ve been told I don’t look like none of the above. My oldest son is 28. The other is 15 along with an adopted soon to be 10 year old daughter I was ejected into motherhood as a teenager. I’ve overcame things like that and overcame cancer scares and not being able to hardly walk from pain in my body from what was told to me was Fibromyalgia. Told I’ve had a stomach tumor. Told I needed an artificial stomach. I’ve overcame chronic endometriosis. I’ve had 4 surgeries all related to stomach issues. Per Drs I shouldn’t or wouldn’t make it. But God! In Luke 10 it ask who’s report shall you believe. and its answer says I shall believe the report of the Lord Today, I am thriving and surviving! I have three diverse online businesses cosmetic handmade lipstick and gloss and beauty products. I have accessories and I have Woman of my word faith based motivational business which supports my ministry. Read more>>