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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.

Thato Mwosa

I get to create only when I have downtime. It’s a great stress reliever and I love getting into that zone. The other big hurdle is funding. There are many things I would like to do with Tuli Art such as expansion and distribution to other markets but right now, I am taking it one step at a time. Read more>>

Katherine Lebron

This class opened my eyes to understand the importance of studying history from multiple perspectives and to use the information I learned to educate and mobilize others for a change. I felt seen, validated, and affirmed as an individual and as part of a collective. That class sparked something in me – an insatiable thirst for knowledge and the need to catalyze change. Read more>>

Melissa Impett

The Beautifully Built Podcast was born after the life lessons I learned on my journey to living a healthier, more positive life. The mission behind Beautifully Built is to inspire people to take the body they were BLESSED with and build it into the body they’ve dreamed of through fitness, nutrition, and a little attitude adjustment. It’s my goal to share an empowering platform for people to come on and share their stories about how fitness and a positive mindset has transformed their entire life. Read more>>

Frederick Allen

I am the proud business owner of F.A.S.T (Functional Accurate Strength Training). I provide fitness services to help clients reach their optimum fitness potential. Over the last three years, I have helped clients lose over 700lbs cumulatively. Helping clients lose weight is the main goal, but not my only goal, I also strive to build goal-seeker confidence and self-esteem. Read more>>

Michelle Abreu

I suppose my story started during my senior year of high school when I decided to go to college for art. My art and English teacher helped me get over my depression and anxiety to apply to college. I had to go to a community college for a year to increase my GPA before being admitted to MassArt, which was actually a great idea overall because it helped my class load even though it added an extra year to my time in college. Finally, during my junior year, I learned about comics and the making of comics and quickly realized that was to be my life’s calling. Read more>>

Jeremy Guevara

I taught myself how to DJ in high school after getting introduced to festivals like Ultra and EDC. I thought it was so cool – the energy, the lights, the music. Without knowing other DJs, I would stay up all night teaching myself and practicing. I played in front of people for the first time when I enrolled into College of the Holy Cross. I was DJing school sanctioned parties and house parties; playing a lot of dancehalls, reggaeton, mixtape hip-hop. I left Holy Cross and went to New York during my sophomore year. There, I auditioned for a local radio station and earned a weekly slot. Read more>>

Sophia Adolphe

I’m originally from Canada, born in the beautiful city of Montreal. I moved to the United-States in 1999 where I’m continuing this journey of life. Culinary and baking was always my passion. At a very young age, I was already prepping and cooking food for my younger sibling. Read more>>

Lyvia Laurent

“Change your mind, change your life.” I know that sounds as cliché as it gets but it’s true. I grew up with loving parents who didn’t have much knowledge about making healthy food choices. I grew up on orange soda and honey buns. Read more>>

Dheandra Jack

I originally founded my company as Nicolette Cosmetics in 2017. I’m a huge makeup and skincare lover and I used to freelance as a makeup artist in college, so starting my own cosmetics line seemed like the next step. I’ve also always wanted to be a business owner and an entrepreneur, so that also helped push me forward when it came to starting my company. Read more>>

Kris N. Tyler

My dad has always dabbled with photography as a hobby and my first boyfriend in high school was, and still is, heavily into photography. I had both of those influences around me. It started out as a hobby for me. I started out taking senerary and landscape photographs while just exploring boston with friends or by my lonesome. Read more>>

Antonio Ennis

I started out drawing super-heroes, musicians and famous athletes. Along with my childhood friends, we formed a band and made instruments out of Tupperware bowls, fishing wire, boxes, shovels, tin trash barrel covers and more. Read more>>

Lindsey Kittredge

Shooting Touch was founded by my husband and me back in 2007. Both of us have a love for sports and recognize what sport can do for children and so wanted to use that in some way. Read more>>

Freddrick Halleluyah

Well for starters I am a young Christian / gospel rapper, singer, songwriter. That goes by the name of Freddrick HalleluYAH!!!. And my story started at the age of 13 when I started writing hip hop music. Read more>>

Allentza Michel

I grew up in Boston, at a particular time before terms like “equity” existed and “social justice” annoyed decision makers rather than drew them in. Read more>>

Danie Paul

I was a pre-diabetic weighing in at 238.4 lbs. I have been obese for the majority of my life. On September 30th of 2016, I decided to text Fred Allen, my personal trainer, to ask about his services. By October 3rd, although I had a horrible cold, I made the decision to start my fitness journey and never give up no matter what! Read more>>

Anisha Goodwin

I’ve always had trouble shopping. I usually struggled with finding things that I felt best represented me so I strayed away from it. I was usually interested in simple but with meaning. Toward the end of last year I decided an attempt to start bringing my visions to life. Read more>>

Jennifer Fischer-Mueller

In the early spring of 2016, as I was the Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning in the Brookline Public Schools, a friend who was applying to multiple superintendent positions saw that Canton was hiring and encouraged me to look into it. I did. I became very interested in the Canton superintendent position and, therefore, applied. Read more>>

Jonady St. Germain and Darren Stephens

LIT2LIFT is a lifestyle/fitness brand that was started by Jonady St.Germain and Darren Stephens about 1 and 1/2 years ago. We started this brand after being heavily impacted by the Freshman 15 curse and feeling unsatisfied with ourselves. We’ve always been very athletic and active kids from playing soccer and basketball all throughout high school. Read more>>

Kenyah Browne

TheLastGekko is a Producer, Rapper and Artist. Born and raised in Boston, MA. He has made a name for himself on the independent scene. The journey began at an open mic night known as CHEAP SEATS, A monthly mash-up of local talent showcasing their work. This community would build and grow in support throughout 2014-2015. Read more>>

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