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South Bay’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 South Bay’s gems below.

Germany Kent

Throughout my career, my expertise has driven powerful results and measurable outcomes on communication, branding, and marketing to diverse businesses across different spectrums. I have provided strategic counsel directly to senior executives and to date have provided services for companies ranging from startups to the Fortune 100. I have proven my ability to work well with others and manage strong relationships and partnerships, for example, various roles have afforded me an opportunity to engage with advocacy groups and businesses, local communities, politicians, civil servants, universities, charities, trade associations, unions, think tanks, and high-profile individuals, including celebrities and influencers. Read more>>

Ebiye Udo-Udoma

Ebiye Jeremy Udo-Udoma, also known as @HandballNinja, is a former professional freestyler turned multi-sport Team USA athlete. Ebiye is a 1st generation Nigerian-American, who started out as a sports model for Nike, Adidas, New Era, Powerade, etc. He specialized in basketball commercials and notably won the 2012 Harlem Globetrotters Online Talent Search. In 2013 a scout steered Ebiye towards a Team USA Handball try-out. He went on to debut with the Senior Men’s National Team at the age of 20 and has since gone on to represent USA Team Handball as a player across 18 countries as of May 2022, with Greece set to be country #19 in June 2022 as Ebiye scored the game-winning point in the North-American & Caribbean Handball Confederation Championship this past April to qualify Team USA for the upcoming world championships Read more>>

Raven Keiara

My parents put me in commercials when I was around seven and I remember loving the whole vibe of being on commercial sets. I was featured in commercials for LA Galaxy, City National Bank, and Citroen, I starred in commercials for Disneyland, Disney Firsts, Walt Disney World, Disney Destinations, and had many incredible opportunities to go to all the Disney parks, I even had the chance to shoot a commercial in Hawaii at Disney’s Aulani Resort. I was able to be in a music video for the Grammy-winning group Take 6. During this time I was also going out to star-studded events like red carpets and VIP behind-the-scenes functions, interviewing celebrities for an entertainment network my mom had created on youtube called Pop Source TV. By the age of nine, I had already interviewed A-list celebrities including the likes of Bob Barker, Joe Mantanga, Skai Jackson, Marsai Martin, Donald Driver, and Diahann Carroll, to name a few. Read more>>

Annette Capranica

I grew up in a large Italian family there were seven of us kids all very close in age and Mom and Dad. There wasn’t always enough money to go around but there was always enough LOVE to go around. I am the middle child of the bunch. I’ve always felt that being the middle child of a large diverse group of siblings gave me and gives me a unique perspective and opportunity to let many perspectives and versions of “right” live peacefully alongside mine. I always loved putting rhymes together even as a very young child. I once made my Mom a Mother’s Day card on a white folded cloth diaper with markers because we didn’t have construction paper available. She loved it and my rhymes always seemed to make her smile. Read more>>

Peggy Reavey

In the late 1960s, I studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. I loved it. I also loved all the handsome boys flirting with me in the art studios—so talented and rebellious and sure of themselves and their work. I fell for one, got pregnant, got married and had a beautiful baby. Five years later, I was a single mother in California. My daughter and I shared a sunny West Hollywood apt on Rangely Avenue ($100 per month). I worked doing various illustration jobs, but as an artist, I was without a voice of my own. The drawings I made were well executed, and sometimes paid for, but I felt any good art student could have done them, nor were they paying the bills. Freelance writing jobs, on the other hand, were everywhere. Much in demand were synopses of books for Movie Studios, interviews of actors for small magazines, (the kind you read at the hairdresser), and promotional copy for exercise equipment. So I wrote and got paid for it. Read more>>

Krissy Miller-Robinson

Let me start of by saying that in 2002 I had my daughter in jail (The Twin Tours). Later on life, I went to prison when my daughter was six years old. I was released from prison in 2010 and I was looking for a job something that was legit that would not take me back down the same road. So I enrolled in college and became an assistant for SuaveXXX which was a former adult film actor who had written a book about his childhood trauma. While assisting him with book tours and signings I met a lot of people. I then became a journalist for Soul Central Magazine which is based out of London. Afterward, I became a media coordinator for The Nikki Rich Show LA. I was mentored by Dana Fikes and this is where I learned everything about public relations. Educating myself my career started accelerating rapidly and I was introduced to Charles Singleton, CEO of Treimage which is an African American-owned licensing agency and at one point we were the only African American-owned licensing agency in the United States. Read more>>

Charlie White

I moved to Santa Monica eight years ago seeking balance in my life after burning out working in San Francisco for a few years at gaming tech startups. In Los Angeles, I was introduced to a new sport called beach handball. It was a new Team USA National Team Program founded right here in Hermosa Beach. At 36, I didn’t think I get to compete at an elite level again. However, I fell in love with the sport and began training all the time for it. After two years of trying out and training in the player pool, I made the USA National Team! It was a dream come true and this journey has completely changed my life and brought me newfound happiness. We don’t always get 2nd chances and the opportunity to train and compete and represent the United States internationally has really been a dream come true in a way I never anticipated. In 2019, the USA beach handball team won a gold medal at my first international tournament, a continental qualifier for the North America and the Caribbean. Read more>>

Leila Worby

I was a competitive figure skater throughout my youth, basically yoga on ice, so the poses always felt very familiar to me. I think I was 16 when I took my first yoga class and I remember that the poses felt awkward and not quite comfortable. That was until Shavasana/corpse pose was offered at the end of the practice. I immediately went into a profound state of meditation, when everything became black, similar to deep sleep. But I immediately returned to my body when the teacher cued us to. I remember wanting to explore the practice more with that teacher. Where I lived in Sweden, there were no fancy yoga studios at the time, so I started out doing yoga using a book. When I moved to Switzerland, I bought BKS Iyengar’s book – “Light on Yoga” and continued my practice alone. It wasn’t until I came to America that I started taking classes at a studio. I’m grateful for the time I spent practicing alone using a book. It allowed me to move at my own pace, wearing whatever I felt like in the comfort of my own home. Read more>>

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