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Inspiring Stories from Roxbury

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 Roxbury and surrounding areas below.

Reverend Dr. Norma Heath

When I was homeless, I had to find something to do in order to stay busy and off the streets. I started volunteering at Rosie’s Place, Bay Cove and helping other homeless women with their errands and business meetings. At night, I attended Harvard University as a psychology student. Read more>>

Prabha Dublish

When I was a freshman at Babson College, I was intrigued by how entrepreneurship was able to change lives. I had heard of many alumni who had came to Babson, utilized the resources available, and started companies that changed their lives. But I wondered, what did entrepreneurship look like in communities where they didn’t have the same access to resources like I did at Babson. Read more>>

Leanne Jasset

When I was 13, my grandmother, who lived next door, spoke to me after school: she said in her sweet Italian accent, “Go la pharmacia” – I went down to the closest local pharmacy, of which there were many in that day, and said, “my grandmother sent me here.” They said, ” we’re looking for a person to work the soda fountain, and your grandmother said you would do it.” I’ve been working in pharmacies ever since! Read more>>

Cordelia Moye

Funny enough…my journey in the arts got started with me being laid off from a job, That journey led me to writing books (I’ve authored nine so far). That led me to songwriting, poetry and eventually a whole lot of other gifts and talents I didn’t know I had emerged. Now…I host a talk show. Read more>>

Carol Miranda

I was offered an opportunity to take over a small unused office space in a public housing development almost 2 years ago, to continue to stay in the community after being laid off from another organization. The goal was for me to continue to be physically present for the families and provide family support and advocacy. Read more>>

Christy Zarlengo

I had finished studying at Berklee back in the mid 90’s. After that, I was active as a singer-songwriter and also played in General Business bands (bands that do weddings, corporate functions, etc…) around Boston. I also taught piano around this time. Read more>>

Mike Brown

I had been working in the financial services industry in Boston for almost 20 years but my dream was to own a business one day. I began searching for business ideas and came across a new franchise opportunity called Kids In Sports. It was a perfect combination of coaching sports, working with kids and running my own business. Read more>>

Nikki Torday

About 3 years ago I had been recovering from some surgery and wanted something to keep me busy. I had been reading some blogs and really liked them. I thought gee I could start writing a blog. So I did. I decided I wanted to write about fashion and lifestyle since I had a passion for it. Read more>>

Tricia Young

The founder and president of the TLE Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (TLECFUE). I started my non-profit after I became involved with several local non-profits to help inspire more of the city of Boston’s young adults that reside particularly in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan learn more about entrepreneurship and start businesses that improve the communities that they live in and serve. Read more>>

Dumas Lafontant, Jonathan Regis and Edna Chery

I believe the art brings meaning to my life by reconnecting me to an original objective. As a school-age child, I designed a postcard for special occasions and holidays. This was my way of giving thanks to the noble people who played a leading role in my life. Brief, the art is my best practice to bringing people together. Read more>>

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