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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.

Jana Johnson

Royal Purple House was born from my desire to live high, happy, and whole in my own way! And, to be surrounded by others in this world living the same. Meditation+Yoga and intentional/mindful smoking of cannabis flowers have been two extremely beneficial activities for me in exploring & realizing this desire. Read more>>

Big Gino

My inspiration to music is my aunt Yvonne Fair , who made an album with Moe Town called , “The bitch is black”. Who later hooked up with James Brown , who became my uncle, than later him and my aunt had a baby. At the age of 6 , I grew up in Moe Town and The Apollo .Back in the late 70’s my brothers the group Grand Master Flash and the furious 5. Read more>>

Tuanni Price

I launch ZWT almost 8 years ago. I had gotten embarrassed at a restaurant. It was my first time hosting a dinner at a restaurant, the sommelier was super snobby. As he went through the tasting ceremony he didn’t say one word nor explain the wine. After that night I decided to learn as much about wine as I could. Read more>>

Dion Dersarkissian

My dad has been in the Iron Work business for 30+ years, About 5 years ago my brother, Arin, and I took interest and saw an opportunity to take an old industry to new levels. We started in a small space with 70 doors, selling 2-3 doors a month, now we are currently out growing a 30,000 sqft building. Did I mention our building was actually the old Hostess Factory??! Read more>>

Guri Sejzer

Since I was a kid in Israel, I loved the ocean and like most boys, emergency services were always an attraction. Ocean lifeguards in particular, have a wide variety of responsibilities and tasks, from preventative actions and enforcement of beach rules, to water rescues and pre-hospital emergency medical care, year-round ocean lifeguards often also specialize in public safety diving, swift water rescue, marine fire-fighting and cliff rescue. Read more>>

Jessica Just, Hipolito Munoz

Over the last 10 years, after graduating from NYU Tisch School of the Arts for Film and TV Production and working in the industry as a child, I moved to LA and met Hipolito Munoz, who was working in development and production for KLCS TV (an affiliate of PBS in Los Angeles), and for Scholastic book fairs. Read more>>

Elizabeth Wright

“How did I get here,” is often a question I ask myself. I think, for me, it was the culmination of spontaneity, a lot of perseverance, and chance. There was never an “a-ha!” moment for me. I bought an entry level camera on a Black Friday sale back in college. Read more>>

Steve Martinez

I’ve been drawing pretty much my entire life. At a very young age of seven, my older brother introduced me to Hip Hop culture. My brother nine years older was a B-Boy back when we lived in South Gate in the early 80’s. One of his close friends was a graff artist and this kid taught me how to do bubble letters.  Read more>>

Megan Bolton, Jonathan Bolton

When Jonathan and I started dating, he didn’t even like dogs. After a few months I said “with the girl comes the dog” and you need to love my dog like me, or I’m moving on. Well, he got that quickly, and started to love on Stone, our 14 yr old English Lab, and they soon become fast friends. Read more>>

Claudia Muehlenweg

From an early age I had trouble seeing well and using my eyes together; my right eye kept turning in. The decision was made for me to get glasses before I even turned three. And even though they helped me see better, they created a lot of pain, especially once I started school. Read more>>

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