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Inspiring Stories from South LA

The heart of our mission at VoyageLA is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of South LA’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rebel rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out South LA’s rising stars below.

Riyad Hasaan

I was born and raised in West Philly. Despite the violence and struggles around me, my mom and dad always did there best to provide for me, and always made sure I never went without. Read more>>

Sam Brawner

I was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin and grew up in the small city of Neenah, WI. My first instrument was piano at five years old, which evolved into me playing drums around the age of 12. Read more>>

Mo Love

I was born and raised in Inglewood/South LA. In my very early years, I always loved drawing and painting. My mother put me in art classes at age five. I loved creating. I was obsessed with bringing my imagination to life through art. Whether it was a picture I drew of monster flowers or a sci-fi short story about aliens in the hood, it was the joy it brought to me that I created it. Read more>>

Lilly Phillips and Marcel Artis

I grew up being instantly entertained by the voices of people like Stevie Nicks. I began painting since before I can remember, which then leads to writing. That being said within regards to singing, it has always felt like a second nature to me. Read more>>


I started out writing poetry for the ladies in the summer of 2008, which eventually turned into rap verses and then full songs. I have been blessed with many opportunities throughout the years which include opening up shows. Read more>>

Karina Martinez

When I was seven months old I was adopted from Asuncion, Paraguay and brought to Southern California where I was raised with my younger sister (adopted but from Russia) by Cuban-Immigrant parents. Read more>>

Ja’Naye Granberry

In 2015, I went on a Mental Health transition. I was unhappy at work and there were things I still had not dealt with after being shot in 2001 and leaving an abusive relationship in 2008, all while raising two kids. Read more>>

Rodvé Lewis

Today I am an author and hip-hop artist and both careers started differently. I had an early passion for performing and writing to express myself, and that’s how I became an artist. Read more>>

Andrea Walker-Williamson

I have been driven to write all my life. Being a storyteller and a writer has allowed me to encourage and empower others. The oldest of three children, I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Read more>>

Kevin Johnson

I’ve always had a passion for music but never took it serious till 2016. I had came back from college and was working a dead-end job and homeless sleeping in a 2000 Honda Civic with my younger brother. I decided to sacrifice and take my last two checks and open a recording studio. Read more>>

Karim Webb

I was raised by two entrepreneurial parents who understood that their children could not inherit their job but could inherit their business as McDonalds franchisees. Read more>>

Kira Sherrine

I was always a creative child and was trying to “get into a lane” as my parents liked to put it because then, a person wasn’t supposed to have more than one interest to pursue as a career actively. Read more>>

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