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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.

Don $hel

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Been in love with hip-hop since elementary school, like the classic stuff. 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and beyond. As long as it was some quality stuff, I’d gravitate to it. My cousin put me on to the classics (OutKast, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde) when I was little then he showed me how to rap when I was 10. Read more>>


We started playing together in 2016. The decision to start and join the project was easy for all of us because we all longed to make music that voiced our experiences as women of color and that was responsive to the issues affecting our communities and the world. Read more>>

Jesse Cleare

I don’t remember much of my childhood really. I do, however, remember the 3-piece fake Gucci print outfit I wore to school for three days in an attempt to impress my peers. Cringe. I thought I was so cool, I asked my mom to iron them and everything. I had creases in my Gucci shorts, that’s a bar. Read more>>

Javon Johnson

I became a poet in high school when a classmate who I thought was particularly attractive came up to me during lunchtime and said, “Hey, I heard you write poetry.” Being concerned with my “manhood” at the moment, I was about to respond, “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Read more>>

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