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Inspiring Stories from Mattapan

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 Mattapan and surrounding areas below.

Christina Simpson

I’m originally from Boston. I grew up in the Mission Hill section of Roxbury. I’ve always known that I wanted to enter the legal field, but it was not until my senior year of college when I interned for a trademark and copyright firm in Newton, MA that I was absolutely sure that I wanted to be an attorney. Read more>>

Jessica Pegg

I’d always had an interest in storytelling and got a degree in film which became my formal introduction to photography and the art of visual storytelling. After spending some time working in the film and television industry in New York and LA I moved back to Boston and started shooting for fun. Read more>>

Stephanie Voltaire

As a young girl I grew up to a mother who knew how to sew and worked as a seamstress at times. Every time she sewed I watched and assisted her in her work. Over time I learned how to sew from helping and watching my mom. Fast forward to approximately 18 years later, while in graduate school my roommate had a sewing machine and out of boredom I decided to bring back my skills and decided to make a clutch. Read more>>

Tia Myers

I started T.M.Gallery in 2007 when my cousin Denise Richardson’s boyfriend, Estal and his friends had a hip hop group called 3’s up. His friends would rap and the ladies and I would always go and see them preform. I remember telling the ladies we need something like the guys have, so they can support us like we support them. Read more>>

Patrick Thomas

Originally started as Provida Clothing which was a t-shirt company where I made heat pressed novelty shirts and sold them out of the back end of my old Chevy Blazer in Codman Sq. Dorchester. I had a hawkers license so I was able to sell without authority harassment. Read more>>

Kevin Sullivan

I started as a co-op student with another company. I was hired full time when I graduated and worked my way up, earning my PE in Electrical Engineering. I was later appointed Director of Building Engineering and was responsible for MEP and structural services for the company. In 2011 I joined Fuss and O’Neill as an Associate. Read more>>

Tracy Baker

I became an instructor for someone else (working as an independent contractor) in the late 1990’s. I really enjoyed teaching CPR and First Aid. I loved to see people’s faces when they actually understood not only what they were supposed to do, but why they did it. Read more>>

Althea Blackford

In 2005, I produced a fashion-based show to the Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN) called Style It Up. Also, working as a freelance model coordinator/ choreographer, I would always work under someone and produce their events, and people would like my work ethic and ask me, “Why don’t you do your own [fashion] show?” Read more>>

Andrea Crawford

Setting up parties at family events was always a fun hobby for me. I love to decorate and put things together. While helping my best friend plan my God daughter’s party, she had asked me to put together a candy table for her with the theme being Rapunzel and I loved helping her with the theme. Read more>>

Kate McCrea

McCrea’s Candies was born from the recession. We took the setback of a lay-off and turned it into the possibility of creating something new. Making caramel started out being a fun way to keep our spirits up but quickly became the opportunity we’d been looking for. Read more>>

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