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East San Diego’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at the SD Voyager 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 San Diego’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 inspiring stories from East San Diego below.

Roya Kalantari

I always loved art, especially painting and graphics. I started painting when I was five during the summer schools in Iran. Because of my passion for art and engineering, I pursued my education in Architecture. After graduation from my master’s program in the US and start working as a designer. Read more>>

Shane Harris

I began my work in social justice when I was 21 years old. I was a young pastor of a small church in San Diego, CA at the time when I was challenged to get involved in my community and not just stand behind the pulpit to preach Sunday to Sunday. It was during a time in San Diego when racial profiling was at an all time. Read more>>

Joe Little

I was a lost soul when I started down this path in television news. My dad was a surgeon. My mom was a nurse. My older brother was a doctor. It was a meatball. I was a one-time college basketball bench warmer who wanted to be a sports broadcaster at ESPN. Read more>>

Trap Native Aka Poodeezy

I started making music with my cousin around 18 years old in a group called Dago Braves. We made a lot of noise on the west coast music scene and got the chance to open up for some big names like Lil Wayne, Bone Thugs n Harmony, Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Young Jeezy and a few others. Read more>>

Torri Hughes

Ripped Radio Network began in 2006, as just a show called “Ripped Radio”. It was an internet radio show formed at the infancy and beginning stages of internet radio and streamed live from my basement. The show gained a tremendous amount of followers. Read more>>

Nandi Mooney

I started taking photos on a point and shoot Fuji film camera. That was in 2012 -2013, I was shooting anyone and anything just because I loved it. I eventually graduated to doing small events. My inspiration was my complete lack of baby pictures. I didn’t have any because cameras were a luxury back then and I want to give people tangible memories. Read more>>

Alex Amar Kannan

A fluent Spanish-speaker and native of Chicago, Illinois, I attended law school in San Diego, California. Upon graduating law school, I had planned on working as a staff attorney at a non-profit organization as all of my internships were completed at non-profit organizations either in Chicago or San Diego. Read more>>

Noelle Ann Manumbale

It started as a craving from my favorite childhood bread. When I was young, I always save some spare change from my parents to buy some crinkles. It brings back a lot of memories to me whenever I have them. When I came to the USA, I started exploring baking and perfecting the recipe for Crinkles. Read more>>

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