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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.

Constance Smith

Growing up, I have always had a knack for fashion; especially with constantly being referred to as the “diva.” I certainly give credit to my family for never forcing me to be someone who I was not. Their unwavering support has allowed me to stand firm in my unique power of self – my self. Read more>>

Donte Fountain

I’ve always been fascinated with cameras and taking pictures even at a young age, however it wasn’t until I took pictures at my cousin’s Brettney & Shadi’s wedding that I discovered photography was my passion. I later then bought my first Nikon DSLR camera and with the help of my friend and colleague Nemline, Capture 412 Media was created. Read more>>

Fena Fenelon

My story started with me getting fired from my job of four years on March 9, 2017…just 3 days shy of my 32nd birthday and I kid you not, the moment I heard “we’re going to have to let you go” I felt so free. Though I didn’t know what the next step was going to be I felt completely liberated. Read more>>

Kibbee Miller

I started my blog when I was in high school, and a way to vent any and all of my frustrations. It quickly picked up traction and when I was in college I landed my first few internships at fashion companies in the Boston area that were essentially the coolest places to work. Read more>>

Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveler in India. He provides yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas. His strong connection with Yoga and the Himalayas has made him organize yoga, meditation and Ayurveda tours, and retreats in the Himalayas. Read more>>

Geraldine Legros

I started off on a idea to wanting to own a shop to wholesale to wanting to create my own private line. My ideal goal is to create an around the way full service beauty bar that provides make up services. It took a lot off research trail and error. 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>>

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>>

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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