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South LA Trailblazers

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

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

Julina Chhith

A little backstory about myself. I’ve always been into the arts. I knew I wanted to do something in the art field, so I chose graphic design as my major in college. I attended CSULB and graduated with a BFA in graphic design in the fall of 2016. My first design job was for a Korean streetwear company called Korelimited. Read more>>

Dr. Nicole Robinson

Hatz 4 Hearts provides supportive services that include the distribution of new hats, headwear, scarfs, and wigs to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy; breast cancer awareness, education, and fundraising to support their efforts. All donations are “gifts of hope” offered FREE to patients, oncology clinics, and hospitals within the surrounding area. Read more>>

Chelley Chelle

Life began for me as a Jehovah’s Witness, raised in the Kingdom Halls (a Kingdom Hall is where Jehovah Witnesses congregate, it’s equivalent to what Church is to Christians), a little girl who wanted to be a performer. I didn’t care what I was performing as long as I got to express myself and let loose, because being a JW was so quiet, still and stealthy. Read more>>

Lauren A. Jones

I had my first LoJo Media internship class which allowed aspiring journalists and media professionals to shadow me for 12 weeks at the Drew League. During the course of the internship, they were assigned various projects and tasks ranging from social media, photography and writing articles. Read more>>

Annett Bone

I had high hopes of becoming a professional dancer after studying dance in college and getting my Bachelor’s degree. I quit as soon as I graduated due to fear and outside financial pressures. I took various office jobs through temp agencies and ended up in insurance. I also got involved in a business model with aspirations that this would be my financial and emotional savior. Read more>>

Daniell Davis

I got started after my beautician had me realize I could make a career out of wardrobe styling. Every time she saw me, she’d compliment my outfit, and tell me I could make it in the fashion industry. I was out of college with a biology degre, wanted you to have at least two years of work experience. So, I did what most kids did right after college, I tried to hurry and find a job before Sallie Mae at the time kicked in! Read more>>

Nautica de la Cruz

Working at KSCU was dope because I got to play the kind of Hip Hop music I loved listening to growing up in New York. Working at K-BUENA was another story because it was a Spanish music format, different from the Salsa I grew up on. Read more>>

Valen Golden

I started DJing in 2002 using my personal CD collection, so it was mostly old school hip hop back then; Tribe Called Quest, Biggie, Missy, Nas, Beastie Boys, Fugees, Pharcyde, the list could go on. I originally got into DJing as a party motivator/dancer. Read more>>

Charli Kemp

I believe the old saying that closed mouths don’t get fed. In order to navigate through unchartered territory put the fear aside and ask for help, ask everyone you can to support you. In the book the “Alchemist” by Paulo Coehlo the author says “And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Read more>>

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