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Dorchester’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at the BostonVoyager 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 Boston’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 rising stars from Dorchester and surrounding areas below.

Denise Washington

For several months, my #Pop- Up Poetry Series has been popping up in neighborhoods, finding sanctuaries in public places around the City of Boston. These events have also been creating a safe and non judgmental atmosphere for people to breathe, flow, listening, participate and enjoy! Read more>>

Kyle Bent

I started making music when I was 7 years old. The reason for me starting was because I saw an opportunity to effect the world positively with my voice. I remember looking up to artists like Justin Beiber, Lil’Wayne, Ludacris, T-pain, T.I and many others, and thinking how not enough people were saying something that really mattered in the larger scheme of things. Read more>>

Jourdan Christopher

My mom bought me a camera when I was 17 years old. She always tells me about how when I was younger, she sensed that her hardest problem would be keeping me busy. She invested a good amount of time and creativity making sure I was always involved in something that stimulated my mind. Read more>>

Laurie Stillman

As a college graduate of Clark University, I knew that I wanted to work in the field of public health. Promoting the wellbeing of communities has always been a passion of mine, especially working for the most vulnerable. My first job out of college was as Assistant Director of the Joseph Smith Community Health Center, and when I left, I served on their Board of Directors as their youngest member. Read more>>

Julie Ryan

My photography story is one of my favorite parts of my life because it was never my plan. It sort of just, happened? My whole life I’ve been “creative”, I took art all four years of high school, I always redecorated my room, and I’ve always loved a good project. I’ve also always loved having a camera and taking photos. Read more>>

Stephen St. Russell, David St. Russell

We met in the fall of 2008 when Stephen was starting his senior year of high school. Three years later we moved into our very first apartment in the Boston neighborhood of Fenway. David had just completed his Masters and Stephen was two years into an Architecture Program. Read more>>

Tonya Nichols

I first found my love for fashion as a little girl. My mother was a plus size model and made most of her own pieces. She was very unique and creative when it came to her sense of fashion. I would just sit in amazement and watch her put together the most fabulous creations, and I knew I wanted to be just like her. Read more>>

Travis Gray

I was born and raised in Guyana. My family moved here to Boston when I was 16 years old. The first high school I attended was Dorchester High and it was tough for me as I got bullied a lot for being different. Due to the bullying I started to develop a lot of anger which lead to some fights. Read more>>

Manjari Saha

I’ve always had an interest in fixing things and DIY projects. I grew up with my Dad fixing things around the house when he could have called in a professional. In time, I came to realize I had a knack for developing solutions to problems. Read more>>

John Oluwole Adekoje

Before filmmaking, I was a student of physics. The first law of thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. Energy just has the ability to transform from one form to another. In dramatic writing, this same force is used to create new meaning from the old and old from the new, like an ancient blacksmith bending iron above the bellows of hot coal for the first time. Read more>>

Darrell Santos

I come from a family of artists and the trait was passed down to me. My mother was studying to be an interior designer until I was about seven years old. She passed down her art supplies so I can have some form of entertainment when she was too busy with work she brought home from her biotech job. Read more>>

Andrea Mitsch

My journey starts as far back as I can remember with my parents bringing my sisters and I to Swim with a special child. It was then that I realized people with disabilities were no different than anyone else. My father, a dentist, would bring us to the office on Saturdays where he would see patients with disabilities because they needed a little extra time; therefore he made sure he had the day free to ensure the best care. Read more>>

Tashayla Martin

From a child, I was always interested in makeup. Getting dolled up in my Godmothers closet with my younger sister, even though I had NO clue on what I was doing it was something I enjoyed and always had fun doing. As I got older and got my first couple of jobs about 85% of my checks went to makeup. Read more>>

Randy Campbell

As a child of a single, southern mother from Alabama who relocated to Boston for a better life, I have always been motivated to learn and in turn uplift those I came in contact with along the way. My mother would always tell me to ‘go find something to do with yourself’. Read more>>

Myron Mouse Belfast

I started off young drawing comic books and cartoon characters like Garfield, Robotech , He-Man and Danger Mouse. In 7th grade I took classes for a month with a Mass Art student that showed me how to use charcoals and pastels . after that day I was hooked on charcoals. Read more>>

Zaina Jajah

Zjajah creation was inspired by her African heritage and ethnic belief. Zjajah Creation is a fashion line founded by Ms. Zaina Jajah in Boston, Massachusetts in USA. A self taught designer. Born in Accra Ghana in the 90’s of the Gonja Tribe in the northern Region of West Africa. Read more>>

Bonnie Gatchell

Route One Ministry is a non-profit (and program of the Emmanuel Gospel Center) that serves women sexually exploited and trafficked by commercial sex industry. In 2010 I had a conversation with two friends. We talked about social justice and work being done on the North Shore to address trafficking. Read more>>

Andrea Mitsch

My journey starts as far back as I can remember with my parents bringing my sisters and I to Swim with a special child. It was then that I realized people with disabilities were no different than anyone else. Read more>>

Tashayla Martin

From a child I was always interested in makeup. Getting dolled up in my Godmothers closet with my younger sister , even though I had NO clue on what I was doing it was something I enjoyed and always had fun doing. Read more>>

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