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South Loop’s Rising Stars

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 South Loop’s rising stars below.

Jasma Ferguson

I had spent all of my 20’s in school chasing 3 degrees for a career that I no longer wanted. Although I love kids and giving back, I knew teaching was no longer the route I wanted to take. Being a young kid watching my dad work seven days a week, I knew the importance importance of not only working but working hard. My dad planted a “hustle” mentality in me, and I knew I would work for myself one day. Before my dad passed, he asked me to take care of my brothers, so I wanted to create something that they could also benefit from. In January 2020, I stumbled across a guy on IG that does epoxy flooring and a light bulb went off in my head. The next few weeks, I spent countless hours researching epoxy and how to use it. I noticed that it was a man dominated Industry which intrigued me more. Shortly after that, I contacted a really good friend of mine (Sha’meika) and asked if she wanted to partner with me in this company. Within a week, we had our first client, but we were clearly way over our heads, nevertheless completed the job and had secured our next client. Read more>>

Shawna Bynum

Plants have always surrounded my life. Growing up, my grandmother had the most beautiful garden and now my mother does too. I’ve always been drawn to holistic practices, having been a licensed massage therapist for 12+ years and, before becoming an herbalist, I owned a local urban farm for almost ten years! Unfortunately, a car accident ended that season of my life but brought me closer to herbs. I’m humbled and humbled and grateful for my journey so far. Read more>>

Melanee Brown

My love for photography began in high school after taking a elective photography course. I went on to study photojournalism at Texas Tech University. While there, I exhibited my freshman photography showcase at the historical Tornado Gallery entitled “The Celebration of Skin” which focused on highlighting black skin, flaws and all. Photography has taken me many places including studying abroad in New Zealand and living in New York City. Read more>>

Michelle Worrell

I initially launched my business in 2009 under Leanna Designs Jewelry. My love for jewelry and the feeling a person has after receiving a beautiful piece of jewelry was my driving force. I halted operations in 2013 after desiring more for my business. I relaunched in October 2019 after rediscovering my passion and rekindling my true desire of helping others by enhancing people’s lives spiritually through adornments. I rebranded under Uniquely Pieced, where I create adornments and tools to enhance your spiritual journey. In addition to that, I have launched my Doula and Reiki Practice under the name, Uniquely Maternal. Read more>>

Jade Miller

I was 18 years old when I experienced domestic violence for the first time. Looking back on that day, I realize that it was very real that day and I thought it was love that caused behavior like that but it wasn’t. I started acting out, getting into trouble, not upholding academic standards that I have always done all over a boy. I made decisions I would never have made had I not been so consumed in that situation. Eventually, it took one night that he almost took my life, one wrong word or look, and my mother and father, who was still alive then would have to bury their youngest daughter at the hands of someone else. I gave one person so much power that he almost caused my last breath. Now that I’ve healed from that trauma, I wanted to do something that represented women just like myself and send a message that you can choose life and live. One of my best friends experienced it and I didn’t know. And that was my cue to start rolling. It broke my heart that she was so close to me, but I never saw the signs, and they were the same exact emotions and situation I went through. Read more>>

Shayla Agbilibeazu

I’ve always been interested in beauty and the industry. From hair, to makeup, jewelry, clothing and all of the things that I thought made women beautiful. I started doing hair at the age of 9 and could apply a full face of makeup by the age of 12. But, I never looked at the beauty industry as being a prestigious career, just maybe something fun to do on the side, like a hobby. And so that’s exactly what beauty became to me, a hobby/side hustle. From highschool to college, I would do my friend’s hair and arch their eyebrows to earn money on the side. In 2010, I moved from Florida to Houston, TX and I was exposed to a new way of life. Things got real and then fast forward, I was now a wife and mother of two. But in 2016, I found myself in a very dark and confused place. I had been fired from my job and me and my family were experiencing a lot of issues. I had learned of the Permanent Makeup industry and how lucrative it could be , but I was in no place to chase any dream, trade or new skillset. I thought about the income potential a lot. Read more>>

Jacoby “Koby The Kreator” Davis

I was born by the river. I’m Jacoby Davis and I got my start on my creative passions at an early age. My first love was basketball, however. When I hit the 8th grade and realized everyone else on my AAU team was now upwards of 6’0, I had to find some new options that I could love just as much as basketball! So, I found the arts! My talent was originally cultivated at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Being in such a well-rounded space and made to feel so affirmed at such an early age it solidified the necessity of art for me. I went off to PVAMU and continued to act post graduation, but my school journey was derailed by the death of my late, amazing father and best friend and a MOUND of student loan debt. So, I started working and living. I ended up moving to Austin, where I tried my hand in multiple mediums of art; from creating installations, photography and even tried some artist management. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Talia

    May 10, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Lady B.G. is the hottest karaoke dj in the city!!! Book her for the greatest karaoke experience!!!

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