Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series. Check out some of South LA’s gems below.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA! Dance has always been apart of my early life. I Used to do African dance in Leimert Park with my cousins at age of eight. Was the captain of the cheerleading team at my elementary from 3rd to 5th grade. When I was 11, my mom took me to audition for the Debbie Allen dance academy. Accepted with no formal dance training and the rest was history. I soon Knew what I was put on earth to do. Dance was my outlet, something that came natural to me and something I enjoyed doing. Read more>>
My story begins mainly with my mom coming into this country pregnant with myself & my twin sister. Growing up, we definitely had our struggles. I grew up with a stepdad in my life which was my only father figure. He was in my life from the age of 6-13, during those times certain things happened which led up to my mom leaving him. It was good, throughout my high school years, there were many things I dealt with alone & could not find a healthy way to manage everything. My grades started slipping & I was in a deep state of depression. After high school, I found fitness & it changed my life. I didn’t grow up with sports as an outlet, nor did I do any during my school years. Now I’m doing freestyle calisthenics which I found during a FitExpo in Los Angeles. Read more>>
Colby DeVon “[ C e a u x ]” Stewart
I was born in December of 1993. I’m a Louisiana native who was born in the city of Lafayette but was raised in the small rural town of New Iberia. My oldest brother, Tony and my mama, Veronica originally dubbed me “CoCo.” As I got older, I changed the spelling to “CeauxCeaux” to pay homage to my Creole heritage. I developed a passion for singing at a young age of six. I would walk around singing Sammie and Ginuwine songs all day long, which was ironic because we were a very strict Pentecostal household. You should have seen the look on my mama’s face when she would hear me walking around blaring “MY SADDLE’S WAAAITING! COME AND JUMP OOON IT,” at the top of my lungs. Fast forward to a fourth grade me, all decked out in my Park Elementary School Choir gear and still singing. Read more>>
Born and raised in South Los Angles to Caribbean parents. Lincoln Roy was born into a musical family and is the son of a legendary reggae bass player. He began playing the drums at the age of 11 and learned how to play the keyboards shortly after. Young LR released his first project December 31st, 2016 entitled Concrete Jungle Vol.1 & followed up with Vol.2 Jan 1, 2018. He claims that the “Concrete Jungle” is a huge part of his story due to his environment and the levels of poverty experienced while living in South Central, LA. The MC & Producer embodies Hip-Hop, R&B, & Reggae, as he showcases his ability to cross genres and stay true to himself. After a 16 months interlude Lincoln Roy returns with Concrete Jungle V3 released on July 16, 2020. Read more>>
I’m a freelance photographer, designer, just an overall creator from South Central LA. Born and raised on the Eastside by my super Mexican parents and I’m proud of it. I mean maybe I’m the one that the village really had to raise together. But I’m part of a big family and we’ve always looked out for each other. I’ve done a million things to earn my way, kind of a jack of all trades. My first job was at my family’s car wash. Hard labor but it was fun so I can say I learned work ethic there. Had a couple of office jobs, attorneys office answering phones and customer service stuff knowing office life wasn’t for me but this creative thing kind of came from left field. I worked for a company managing sales and customer service day to day operations in the medical marijuana industry when I started to do the branding and marketing there. Read more>>
I have always had a dog in my life starting from the day my parents brought me home from the hospital and I was met by our family’s Airedale Terrier, Gidget, waiting for me under my bassinet in my nursery. Gidget was my best friend and companion. She knew all my secrets, soothed away all my fears and nightmares. She accompanied me on all my adventures. She was the best Little John to my Robin Hood and didn’t care if I “got lost” in my own head and my own little world. Gidget helped me through my childhood seizures and kept the lonely and very left out little girl that I was from feeling unwanted and overwhelmed. No one knew girls could be Autistic back in the early seventies. No one had any idea what most of my disabilities were back then. I didn’t even know what most of them were until 2012. Read more>>