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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.


I’m a new artist out of Los Angeles, California. Before deciding to become an artist, I was dedicated to the football field and living out my dream to play in the NFL. I Signed to Cal Berkeley on a football scholarship out of Highschool before then transferring to the University of New Mexico where I became a Division 1 mountain west All-Conference player two years in a row, team leader, and a NCAA bowl game champion. Read more>>

Melissa Barclay

I recently received the Sanford Teacher Award for Teacher of the year. It still seems unreal, as there are many amazing educators more than deserving of this humbling recognition. My journey as an educator started long before I ever thought about teaching. As a student, I never went to school until high school. My mother did not believe in the educational system and viewed it as a waste of time. When I was very young, I forged my mother’s signature and got myself a library card. Read more>>

Elona Williams

I started playing basketball when I was just two years old and loved everything about it. When I heard about rugby for the first time, I was intrigued but, I could not be convinced to play and did not think any other sport could be worth my time. It was not until my 8th grade English teacher (the Founder of ICEF Rugby) and friends talked me into trying out that I began playing and fell in love with the sport. Each year ICEF rugby takes selected scholar-athletes on a National and International trip to learn leadership skills, ambassadorship. Read more>>

Sully Dope, 7Dee7Cee7 and Ahmose

Peace Gang’s motto is spreading peace with a gang mentality. We are collective and force that uses our platform to spread awareness about social issues going on in the black community. Peace gang was founded by Ahmose and 7Dee7Cee7 (pronounced DeeCee) three years ago with the vision to first create music that would help bring us together but also bump at the same time. We’ve added multiple members to Peace Gang since then because ultimately we can only triumph with growth in our community. Read more>>

Andrea Flint

Growing up in a southern family food is love. Food feeds the soul and brings people together. From my grandparents to my parents cooking has always played a major role in our family. Everyday was like Thanksgiving. Both of my parents are chefs, owning their own catering company Chef Harolds Catering. They introduced me to cooking at a young age. Read more>>


I’m Ken, (KEN-TEN) born & raised in Inglewood, CA (City of CHAMPIONS)!!! Early on, raised by a single (BLACK) mother. As a kid, I grew up idolizing Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, etc. But living in the hood surrounded by poverty. Made me realize my passion/purpose for making music. I graduated from LA film school in 2k15, where I studied “Audio Engineer” (tracking, mixing, & mastering music). Read more>>

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