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East LA’s Hidden Gems

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of East LA’s gems below.

Z Aguirre, Mike “Stand” Garza & Daniel “Dan the Man” Muñoz

When you see Dan, Mike, and Z standing next to each other it doesn’t easily make sense as to why these three are friends, let alone produce a podcast together. They have different personalities and have different perspectives on the important things in life. For example, Mike believes that Yeti is real and the other two are very disappointed in Mike for having that belief. Read more>>

Brandon Aragon

Daniel and I (Brandon) met at a party at UCR and learned that we had similar musical tastes. We each brought our acoustic guitars to the next party and just jammed together to a bunch of old songs we both knew. It wasn’t until a couple of years later when we started playing together more consistently at Daniel’s house. Read more>>

Ariana Rodriguez

As a little girl, I spent most of my evenings with my mother in her Sewing room watching her work day and night countless hours. I remember I use to just pick up remnants of fabric and begin draping them on my Barbie dolls to try making outfits that would come to mind and would hand sew them to create new outfits for them since they were to expensive to purchase at the time since money was tight. Read more>>

Madiha Mahmood

As a little kid, I used to watch my sister practice henna during our summer break. At that time, I was not interested in Henna. When I moved to US in 2007, I wasn’t able to locate any henna artist near me so I just grabbed a cone and started drawing on myself and my family. Slowly I started to do it on my friends and other family friends. Read more>>

Taylor Johnson

For the most part, I grew up in New Jersey – suburban life and all that – save for a couple of years that I went to live with my mother’s family in Belgium when I was 9. After that, I would go back and forth (to this day I’m motivated by good, dark chocolate and waffles) and gradually I felt my upbringing become a bit more global. Read more>>

Danny Brown

The passion really started in high school for me. I lived in Dallas, TX at the time and joined my high school newspaper as a photographer and realized very quickly this was my new love. I decided I wanted to be a photojournalist. There was something very intriguing about the photos that I saw in relation to photojournalism. Read more>>

Jodi James

I am originally from southeast Montana, which isn’t well known for its beauty culture per se so skincare wasn’t really a goal of mine growing up & I wasn’t the girl making beauty masks, I was most definitely a tomboy! I grew up playing sports, predominantly basketball, volleyball & tae kwon do. Read more>>

Paola Camille Reyes

As a child, I’ve always had this fascination and interest in art. I’ve always enjoyed drawing, coloring books, making crafts, basically anything about making and creating art. Fast forward to a couple of years ahead when I first stumbled upon clay through a random video I saw in YouTube. Read more>>

Neha Shaida

I was born and raised in the outer Los Angeles suburb of Hacienda Heights. I got my Bachelor’s in Journalism from UC Irvine and my masters at Cal State Fullerton. I always knew I loved Journalism, talking to people & hearing their stories. During college, I interned at news stations, newspapers, TV stations, and high fashion designers (all things I loved). Read more>>

Keny Villegas

It all started in highs school when I picked up my first camera and would film my friends skate. Photography was always a passion for me I took my first photography class in high school and fell in love. Picked up a camera in the year of 2015 one of my good buddies Erick blessed me with my first camera. In the year 2019. Read more>>

Alison Tavel

I’ve always worked in music, but never as a musician. I’ve worked for concert venues, I’ve done music supervision for TV and film, I’ve toured as an assistant and tour manager for many years with a few different bands & I’ve been an archivist for musicians/estates. While I was on tour I was inspired to dig up an old synthesizer prototype that my late father had invented in the ‘70s. Read more>>

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