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South LA Thought-Provokers

LA has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around South LA that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Daniella and William Washington

We met in 2013 and married one year later on the day we met in 2014. By trade, William is a musician, DJ and professor at LMU. At the end of each semester, William’s class performs a gospel concert. During the Spring semester of 2019. Read more>>

Leah Novak

I was born in a smaller city in Wisconsin, Beer and cheese were in my blood, but I always felt cooped up and not quite at home in my hometown. I moved to a bigger city in Wisconsin when I was 18. After a few years of living a sweet ass punk rock lifestyle, I decided to go into debt and go to college. Read more>>

Simon Schuh

Coming from a football-crazed town such as Green Bay, Wisconsin, there was not a lot of room nor acceptance for boys my age to pick up dancing over a sport, but that’s exactly what made my journey so special. I danced at a local studio named “Barb’s Centre for Dance”. Read more>>

Ralph Tafoya

Fresh off the collapse of our last band, Josh and I knew that we weren’t quite done with creating music that we wanted to put out in front of an audience. It was very difficult to want to move forward initially because bands that are together for a long period of time start to feel like a committed relationship. Read more>>

Sharon Barnes

My family is a meld of African Americans and Cape Verdeans who lived in Sacramento, CA for five generations. My family moved to Los Angeles when I was a kid. The environment where I grew up in South LA has an incredibly rich and beautiful culture of Black and Latin people. Read more>>

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