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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.

LaShica Salter-Velazquez

I have always had a passion for beautiful things, an avid reader and researcher. During the planning of my wedding, I made the decision (wrongly) to plan it myself. I was extremely displeased with the level of customer service that I was receiving in general. While speaking to one of my vendors, he candidly shared that in the wedding industry unless you were spending really big bucks. Read more>>

Sharieka Thompson

To be honest with you, my journey to becoming an esthetician/lash artist was a mix between the feeling of being of tired working in retail and a suggestion by a co-work of mine. (Knowing my love for beauty and fashion.) I just wanted that work-life balance, especially when it came to my two beautiful daughters, Kennedy and Khloe. I wanted to at least be able to take them on little outings on the weekends. Read more>>

Maranda Evans

I shared the beginning of my story as a troubled teen, introduced my life as an author, and spoke about my youth nonprofit, The Troubled Movement. With this article, I’d like to go into the details of the root of who I have become as a Motivator, Speaker, and Advocate. My suffering began at the young age of 12 going on 13 when my stepfather begins molesting me every night for almost a year until I finally spoke up. Read more>>

Christian Newton

Started making music and distributing around the age of 15, performing at 17, and working on building my core fan-base as much as possible. The people mean the most to me, it’s who I do it for and represent. I understand them and they accept me so I try my hardest to deliver the best music possible. Read more>>

Derrick J Love

Like most of the people I knew growing up, I was poor! I had a desire to earn money and have a successful financial life, but I simply didn’t know-how. I wasn’t afraid of hard work. I learned how to hustle and I developed an entrepreneurial drive at an early age, but I didn’t have a clue how to make my money work for me. Read more>>

Derek Sasser

My journey into legit entrepreneurship started in the Network Marketing Industry. Building a small team and having a little success really set the foundation for me as far as what kind of kind of mindset it takes to make it and have success in business. Read more>>

Drew Washington

I am the head trainer and owner of Team Body Of Work Fitness, also known as TBOW Fitness. To fully understand the passion and desire I have for personal fitness and the success of my business, I need to take you back to before it all started. I have always been a competitor at heart and a fitness enthusiast because of my love for sports growing up. Read more>>

Elisha Baptiste

Growing up, I always had a fascination with hair and anything dealing with beauty. I was always combing my dolls hair and playing on my own, so you could say that I got my start at a very early age. When I entered middle school, I started doing my friend’s hair. In high school. Read more>>

Marcus Benoit

I started off as a regular old guy who was just looking to join a non-profit organization that was based around giving back to the community. A very close friend of mine then introduced me to a 501c3 performing arts non-profit called Writer’s Block led by CEO Aj McQueen. Read more>>

Cierra Wright

I never thought I would be a makeup artist because this profession chose me. I became infatuated with makeup in my sixth-grade ballet class at Johnston Middle School. I fell in love with the motions of beautifying myself for showtime. The process of getting your makeup done is unmatched for a woman. So, as I grew older, I found myself captivated into YouTube and all sorts of makeup trends that followed. Read more>>

Ceddy Woodard

19 year old with Autism who enjoys making bead bracelets. Having Autism is a challenge, but I have a great support system who is here to help me. Having Autism is a challenge, but I have a great support system who is here to help me. Read more>>

April Ann Kohlmeyer

My creative life has always been evolving. At the age of 19, I started a women’s apparel line of special occasion gowns, club and costume wear. By my 30’s, I decided to focus on wardrobe and fashion styling. I felt free to express myself by no longer limiting my creativity to just only what I designed. Read more>>

Luisana Martinez

I was always curious about cooking and baking because my mother is passionate about the bakery. Every time she was going to make a recipe, I always showed interest in learning. I am from Venezuela Teacher by profession and in 2012, I started in this world of desserts and cakes, it was named Postres Luisi. Read more>>

Clifton Morgan Jr.

My love for music started as I watched my father (Apostle Clifton Morgan Sr. who was a deacon and musician at the time) play the drums on Sunday mornings at church. I started playing drums when I was four. I fell in love with the rhythm, sounds, and styles of music. Once he started his own church in the mid-90s, I became the church drummer and my mom (Dinah Morgan) played the keyboard. Read more>>

Jason Campbell and Jeremy Knight

For Jeremy, it all started with film. From a young age, one of the best investments Jeremy’s parents ever made in his future was an unlimited, 3-movies-per-trip monthly rental pass to Hollywood Video. This passion for film is the reason Jeremy picked up a camera and began telling his own stories. Read more>>

Daphine Sneed

I love all things fitness working out and preparing my own weekly meals. A friend asked me to assist her with meal prepping, I did. My friend called me the next day to ask how did I prepare her food without salted seasonings because it was so flavorful. I then had a coworker request the same meal preparation due to wanting to lose weight and eat healthier. Read more>>

CeCe Willis and Ellissa Robinson

We are best friends of 10+ years and we talk about EVERYTHING. Often times, people from the outside would listen to our conversations and laugh or become very interested. We took that concept and decided to share a part of us with the world. Read more>>

Natasha Martin

Fashion is everything! Before I started the online boutique, I’ve always had family, friends and even people that I didn’t know ask me to put them an outfit together for different occasions, or just valued my opinion on fashion. I started the research on opening an online boutique years ago but never acted on it until I was put on bed rest with my second daughter. Read more>>

Amber Lane

I am currently a Licensed Social Work Counselor at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital. I am the Founder and Executive Director of Knowing Your Worth Inc. 501(c) (3). Knowing Your Worth was established in 2017. I am also the founder of Social Work Mentoring and Coaching that was established in 2017. Read more>>

Kendra Carter

When I was a young girl, I knew that I wanted to do something in Cosmetology. However, following the advice of others I instead opted to go to college and study Business. Eventually, I obtained a Master’s in Business Administration while climbing the corporate latter at one of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S., exceeding a 6 figure salary mark. However, I felt unfulfilled in my day to day. Read more>>

Walid Elalee

Blue Diamond Transportation has been in business for over 13 years, we are proud of our performance record as one of the most professional and reliable transportation services in Texas Medical Center. We earned the “Marriot 2010 recognition of Excellence in Service” award and our CEO, Mr. Walid Elalee has been awarded the “Marriot 2016 Best Employee of the year. 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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