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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.

SIIRENS

I’ve always been into creating. Whether that be music, fashion, acting, drawing, modeling, photography, whatever. I loved it all and was always very intrigued by anything art related. I briefly participated in a couple of other random activities when I was younger like Kung Fu and softball, but never really stuck with them. I was always pretty tomboyish, so I also spent a lot of time skateboarding in my neighborhood and collecting bugs at recess to put in my empty Tupperware from lunch. Read more>>

Tre’Shunn Harlan

I was born in a hospital in Chinatown, Los Angeles, California. My story is full of beautiful moments and tragic ones. I was raised in South Central, Los Angeles. I have never had a relationship with my father. I was raised by a beautiful, powerful woman who did a kick-ass job at raising me, my identical twin brother, and my younger brother and sister. Read more>>

Joey Peloso

I grew up in central Florida till I was 16 or so, I moved to live with my mom in San Diego back in 2013. I have always been interested in arts and music. Particularly, playing several instruments and then eventually developing an interest in the audio and music industry. I went to an audio engineering school/studio in San Diego when I was 17. Read more>>

Blake Gaylord

I have dedicated my life to dancing. It all started at the age of four when my mother decided she had no choice but to take me to dance class as she watched me insist on mimicking a pirouette while fixated for over an hour in front of a ballet broadcast on KCET. I trained countless hours and days perfecting my practice and grew up dancing in a competition dance. Read more>>

Mykiea “Mykiiie” Willams

I’m Mykiiie and I’m COOL! Born and raised in South Los Angeles, only child, raise by both parents but lived with my mom. My family calls me KeKe and I looooveeee cookies and Vans shoes. At age 5, My Uncle Horis, who is a musician, convinced his best friend. Read more>>

Peejay King

I’m peejay 26 years old from Compton, CA. Growing up I always have been an entrepreneur from washing cars in the neighborhood to turning my house into your local candy house. Oh! I can’t forget about selling snacks and lunch from middle school and throughout high school. I feel in love with the hustle when I first witness the game. Read more>>

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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