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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.

Jennifer JayBee Beasley

I’m a cancer survivor from Compton, Ca. After becoming cancer free, I ran for Miss Compton, a beauty pageant in my city and everything spiraled from there. I started Working again and am employed at the number 1 tech store on the world. Read more>>

Kateri Gutierrez, Jonathan Robles

Jonathan and Kateri were both passionate about their communities in their own way : coffee. Jonathan with his love for specialty coffee and bringing his friends together for coffee, he wanted to create a coffee shop that showcased his friends’ artwork and talents. Read more>>

Jamie Lee

Blossom started as a passion project almost six years ago. I started the business as a traveling pop-up shop in a 1970 Airstream. We’ve done a country-tour, picking and selling throughout 15 states in the span of two months. Currently, I continue to do pop-ups all throughout California. Read more>>

Kiana Shaw

It started with heart-break! I had found out my boyfriend of 4 years had been cheating on me for 2 of them. My heart was so broken and I felt so lost that I reached out to my friend and Pastor, Rafer Owens, Sr. for help. He asked me a few question that included; “What do you like to do that doesn’t involve him?” and “How much of your goal list have you completed?” Read more>>

Tim Jones

Growing up in AZ I was known as that goofy ADD kid with a lot of random talents. They ranged from playing soccer, golf, basketball, clarinet, trombone, guitar and just recently I’ve even started playing blues harmonica. School was always a struggle for me. I couldn’t do calculus to save my life but I could take a pictures like a boss! Read more>>

Tera Hilliard

I have always had a heart to help people; especially girls that have been victims of violence, or assault. I’ve made it my mission in life to bring hope whenever I can, to whomever I can. On May 13, 2014, I was in prayer, and was led to a scripture (Isaiah 61). After reading the scripture, I begin to pray for direction and clarity. Read more>>

Gaylin Munford

I started making crafty items during college . I would sale them on holidays like Valentines Day and Mothers Day. From there I planned several weddings for family members . That’s how the wedding planning and decor started . I’ve recently adding Destination Planning because I was approached by two grids to plan weddings out of the country. Read more>>

Cherie Benner Davis

I started making art as a young child at a time when I lived in another country. That was the beginning of a life-long journey. Early in college a professor encouraged me to consider making a life as an artist. That was all I needed. I worked to save money. I had this idea that if I chose to be an artist, I wanted to be the best artist that I could be. Read more>>

Roy van Broekhuizen, Louise van Broekhuizen

Laga Handbags was started in August 2006 as a continuation of tsunami relief in Aceh province, Sumatra, Indonesia. Roy van Broekhuizen brought the 1st volunteer team from Saddleback church first week of January 2005. The destruction and devastation that he saw was horrific and terrifying, 90+ miles of coastline wiped out and over 285,000 people died. Read more>>

Jalena Simpson

I never wanted to be a Baker. My sister is the baker in the family, I on the other hand went to art school to be a Photographer. I decided to invest in her to start up a home bakery, we named the business “Yes Ma’am, Sweets From The Kitchen”. We named it based on our up bringing in the South where when you answer your Nana you better reply “yes ma’am”. Read more>>

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