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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.

GBENGA KOMOLAFE

I’ve been interested in fashion and clothes since I was young. It probably was stoked by my mom’s insistence that my brothers and I always wear matching outfits but for almost as long as I can remember, I took every chance I had to wear clothes that would make me stand out. Since then, I have gone through phases and different aesthetics (some that I regret) but through all of them I have kept consistent to my idea of originality and expressing myself through my outfits. Read more>>

GIL SMITH II

Like so many of my colleagues, I grew up in a musical home and started playing in church. There were a couple of things that I would consider unique though: 1. There was a rule in our house that you HAD to take piano lessons until you turned 18 or moved out – whichever came first. Read more>>

NICK FREEZE

It started back in high school, everybody in the crew all had a strong passion for music so we started writing together and eventually recording. We ended up going to different colleges but we kept communication and maintained the vision. Once I graduated and moved back, we reunited and started laying the groundwork. Read more>>

FROST DA GREAT

Is an inspiring up and coming music producer, recording artist, singer, audio engineer and songwriter who’s based out of Los Angeles. This creative juggernaut is determined, goal-orientated, sonically gifted, and very passionate. Real name Marlon Douglas, he grew up in a low-income community with a passion for music (Engineering, Producing, DJ’n, Songwriting & Singing) as a ticket to make it out his detrimental environment. Read more>>

ENIAFE ISIS ADEWALE

Oddly enough this is a hard question for me to answer especially at this point in my life where I am trying to unravel if only to myself, my current story. For me, one of the trickiest things about the idea of the “story” is that there is never just one. There’s the ones we’ve chosen to tell, are ready to tell, are the easiest to tell and, or, the ones we just happen to have told the most. Read more>>

HATTIE MITCHELL

Crete Academy was founded by a group of individuals passionate about creating opportunities for children living in poverty. The vision for the school developed from the Founder’s life-changing experience on Skid Row, thirteen years ago. The Founder recalls watching a disconnected mother, watch her daughter crawl through the filthy streets of the city. Read more>>

ERIK CAMPBELL

I’m originally from a small town in Minnesota. At the age of 19, I met my first wife and the mother of my son. She is black and living in small-town Minnesota while in an inter-racial marriage had its difficulties to say the least. I am my parents only child, and my son is my only child. Read more>>

Malcolm Alexander

My life as a storyteller started in college via radio and television production and throughout the years evolved into curating open mic nights and music events in the Phoenix and Los Angeles areas. I hosted a show on Arizona State University’s “The Blaze 1330AM” called “Blazin’ In The Morning” where I grew my radio hosting brand through DJing and interviewing new artist and documenting their visits to Phoenix. Read more>>

Benicia King

I grew up in Grambling, Louisiana, went to the Art Institute of Seattle for photography, withdrew, took time off to build my portfolio, and went to Seattle Central Community College to transfer to the University of Southern California in 2016. I just graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Photography and minor in Entrepreneurship. Read more>>

Lester Guijarro

My love for photography really grow at that point and saw it as an outlet for me to not only express who I am but to really see how creative I can get. I always found photography as my ultimate freedom. The only time I can be myself and be in a place nobody else can take me. Where I got to today is really just keeping that spark alive when I was a kid and taking pictures and that’s what keeps me going. Read more>>

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