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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.

Jaz

I used to believe my destiny began when I saw Mary J. Blige and Method Man on a television screen singing “All I Need.” Then at some point, I thought it fostered when I watched Belly and Brown Sugar for the first time, two of my favorite films. I even thought my journey started when I was coding and building websites and collecting mixtapes via Limewire and MySpace in Shaker Heights, OH. Cheerleading and dance were essential to my creative roots growing up in Cleveland, OH. The mixtapes from 50 Cent, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne at that time kept me curious, cheerful and radiant. Read more>>

Ariella Tautua

Ariella Tautua; stylist, creative director, and owner of Ariella Faith. Motivated by her two children, Ariella Tautua continues to make her presence felt in the fashion industry. The self-named brand speaks of Ariella’s devotion, to herself, her clients, and most importantly to her family. By the age of 18, a former native of Hawai’i, Ariella was a mother of two beautiful children – the joy, purpose, and inspiration of her life. With the odds stacked against her, Ariella prevailed, prepared to be a powerhouse in fashion. Read more>>

Ricky Weaver

My dad is an archivist and My mother is an alchemist. I can recall vague memories of my Dad having a makeshift darkroom in the bathroom and cases of photos, crates of records, and shoe boxes of cassettes; all organized in an orderly fashion. My mother was always making something out of nothing and her favorite thing to do was “pull something together” in the kitchen. When I look into my formative years I feel like I was born into this work and I have always believed that this work is important. I kept a sketchbook on me 24/7.  Read more>>

Asoniti Foster

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi. Now, I’m no Gandhi, but I understand this quote. My journey began when I lost the fabric of life: family, friends, and finances. Within an extremely short amount of time, my daughters’ father died, both my grandmothers and what I thought was a promising career, dissolved in my hands. Soon after back-to-back, heart-breaking deaths, the COVID Pandemic hit, significantly increasing mental health illness worldwide – including my daughter and me. But it would be staring adversity in the face that sparked something in me, I never saw coming. Read more>>

BOSSMAN RW

I was introduced to doing music when I was like 6 or 7yrs old by my older brother Mur’jonni (RIP), Uncle & Relatives. I used to just write rhymes but didn’t know how to come up with a rhythm. As the years progressed & I practiced my delivery, I then created my own rap style. I was influenced & had inspirations from 2Pac, Jay-z, Boosie, DMX, The Game, Nipsey Hussle, Jadakiss, Lauryn Hill, Jay Rock ,Ice Cube, E-40 ,Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, Beanie Sigel, Eminem, OutKast, Webbie ,Lil Wayne, Bad Lucc, Cassidy, Snoop Dogg, Klout Squad, Drake ,Lloyd Banks & Nas just to name a few.  Read more>>

Alyssa Nicole Tijerina

It was always a dream of mine to have my own boutique. I was a full time dental assistant in 2020, when covid started we had to close for a couple months. I had just found out I was pregnant and now had no income! I had to think of something fast! I decided to go for it and begin the process of owning my own clothing boutique. I knew it would be hard since there is a lot of other upcoming boutiques, but I didn’t let that discourage me. Read more>>

Ndidi Uka

My name is Dr. Ndidi Uka. I guess I would say my story started exactly where I am today in Inglewood, CA. My father immigrated from Nigeria in the 1960s as a student. He became an aerospace engineer for Rockwell, which is now Boeing, and worked on the space program. My mother immigrated from Nigeria in the 1980s when she married my father. My parents settled in Inglewood and raised my three siblings and myself. Read more>>

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