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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.

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>>

LaDiamond Blue

I would sing for small events, and I was asked to write and sing hooks for rappers on campus that needed a vocalist. From there, I wrote and recorded my own song, and was encouraged to release it as my first single in 2014 “With U.” That moment opened up many doors and I was able to fly home to Cali with my friends and shoot my very first music video. I then knew I wanted to create for the rest of my life. 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>>

Melissa Carpenter

We are a family of talented creatives all working alongside each other. Learning and growing everyday single day together. The products that surround us all have a meaning. From the plants, the gardener nurtures, to the hand made leather items made, to the hair cut every day…  everyone is an artist in their own way. Read more>>

Christina Yang

My motivation for my passion comes from believing that there will be good influence with my intention genuinely good. I love to share my passion for being fit in your lifestyle itself- not only physically. Read more>>

Amanda Tooley

My husband and I made the jump to move to Los Angeles! He is originally from the area but had moved away. He is a filmmaker, and it made sense to move closer to the work, and we both wanted to live within the city. Read more>>

Carlie Carpio

I always knew that I wanted to help people, but I didn’t know how. When I got to college, I discovered architecture and construction engineering. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world that I could literally help people build their dreams. Read more>>

Saiyidah Morris

I am a proud music fiend, I chase the feeling of love at first listen. I’m always down for a concert, festival, album release, acoustic session, jam, wherever there is live music- I’m close by. Music is the one thing that most connects me to my culture and surroundings. I was born in Brooklyn to West Indian immigrant parents. Read more>>

Arianne Edmonds

When I was little, my grandfather, Chase Edmonds II, would point to a family photo — his dad’s 1904 graduating class. He would say, “One day, this is going to be very important to you.” I forgot about it for many years, until a trip back to Los Angeles after college. Read more>>

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