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South LA’s Hidden Gems

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.

Khuong Lam

I’ve had a fruitful career in ready to wear clothing design, and as a creative outlet, I’d create costumes and challenge myself w/out of the box ideas and creations. And putting Trump’s face on a ball gown was just the thing. People ask me why trump, I say why not? He’s the head of the snake, and the one my message goes directly to the heart of. Read more>>

Sharon Levy

Being an artist can be really isolating, especially if you let yourself get into a cycle of comparing yourself to the successes you perceive in others. What has worked for me has been making work, I feel proud of and saying “yes” to opportunities that have come up, even if they made me feel slightly out of my comfort zone. Read more>>

Demese Black

My spirit was broken, and I stopped doing photography for years. In 2002 I met a man named David Perry. He inspired me to start over and reignite my passion. His story inspired me because he went from being in the military to being on skid row for three years and on to owning his own nationwide full-service photography and video company. I went on to do many shoots around LA. Read more>>

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