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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.

Jarrell Pyro Johnson

As an Entertainer (rapper/actor/director), the main objective of all my work is to show the world that despite all obstacles and societal constraints you can be whatever you want or go into any field you want in this life we live. Also, anything is possible. Read more>>

Virgilia Barrera

I teach yoga without a mask, raw and transparent. And my goal is to inspire people that regardless of the circumstances we have the option to get up and make things better! Meaning: if we are sad or going to a difficult time, it’s ok to embrace and accept that! Read more>>

Andre Jones Jr.

I use my own pen. My own Ideas. My own Thoughts. My Main inspiration is my Children. One of the many things I want to Highlight the Misconception of the lack of the African American Father in the Household on particular.. and the Motivation to establish and “Root On” the Males around me. Read more>>

Aaron Erskin

I realized that I wanted to do this more and invest more time into taking pictures of people. Once I hit my first year of college, I was able to save up enough money to buy own camera which was the Canon 80 D. Ever since then, I’ve been taking pictures of people and events all around my town and have enjoyed every part of it. Read more>>

Donte’ Smith

Whether I’m providing style guidance, designing custom looks for artists & events, scoring sound for film projects, directing music videos, or shooting fashion campaigns. My goal is always to bring a different eye, or an alternate perspective, not to sway decisions but to help express or unfold what client may already be thinking. Read more>>

Shahirah Ahmed

After choosing a major that I knew deep down wasn’t the right fit, I began struggling in school yet again, eventually landing myself on the academic probation list. I had always had a dream to feel the vibe in women’s shoes and decided at that moment that’s what I would set forward to do. Read more>>

Christopher Finley

The special effects makeup competition that was on SyFy. After watching that, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I never really put that plan into action until I was 21 and my best friend unexpectedly passed away. I took that and used those feelings to enroll in makeup school and follow my dreams. She’s the reason I’m doing this today. Read more>>

Kimberly Hocking

As a young girl, I loved creating from my imagination. It was a way to explore and attempt to understand my deeply sensitive nature. My first experience taking photographs as an artistic endeavor was with my younger brother John. Read more>>

Dametreus Ward

I’m originally from Milwaukee, WI. I aspired to be an architect until I realized that I had more interest in Business marketing around my sophomore year of college. I had always had toy cameras when I was younger. Read more>>

Tony Bartele

I kind of always regretted not staying in LA the 1st time but had I stayed; I’m not sure I would have met all these wonderful people I have around me now(y’all know who y’all are). I’ve come a long way, but I know I got a ways to go too. Until I get where I need to be, wherever God is steering me, I am just enjoying the ride. Read more>>

Dynnaro You

Throughout my time in Lowell, MA, for the longest time I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life when it nearing the time to go to college, and I almost forgotten that I have an interest doodling, though when I was alot younger I was known as the kid who always scribbled. Read more>>

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