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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.

Meech Justice

“It was all a dream…” but really it was. Demetrius Justice Chavis would have never imagined the career he has blessed to have started and maintained. Through many trials and tribulations, “Meech” has experienced many favors of God before even reaching three decades of life. He has served in multiple positions in several facets in entertainment, politics and event planning. Read more>>

Tru Sound

Persistence, discernment, and integrity. There’s a lot of ways to answer this – I think the story is still being written, I think where I am today is nearly a liminal/transitional space between awareness and discovery. I’m in a place of reflection right now, hibernation almost. I feel like the TRU known thus far, is about to be a memory in the journey. I’m in metamorphosis. Read more>>


I’m born and raised in Los Angeles between West Compton and Windsor Hills. I’ve always been a poet, I like to think of myself as a nondenominational artist because I choose to express in a plethora of ways. I learned how to stage build, edit and film from Los Angeles Film School but after years of working in the industry decided to follow my writing passions. I started doing poetry and eventually met a producer named Feefa who started my singing/songwriting path, I’ve just stuck to it. Read more>>

Denise “Deedee” Hubbard-Baxter

What started out as making gifts for family and friends shortly turned into a business and it has been a life-changing experience. I have always been a creative person with so many talents but found myself suppressing some of them. So, when I started D’Essential Candles a year ago, I knew that I have found my passion. Seeing the way customers feel when they are smelling my candles and then hearing just how amazing my candles are means a lot to me. Read more>>

Yasmin Antonio

I picked up a camera at 15 years old, sort of like a coming of age type thing instead of having a quinceañera, I was just never the dress type. My dad gifted me a camera, before then I always borrowed his. Over the years, I fine tuned my craft. I learned different methods. Analog, digital, I even learned how to develop my own film. Read more>>

Linda Payares

Ever since I was a kid, I dreamt of becoming a chef. I wanted to create delicious food for people because my childhood was filled mainly with memories of exquisite food that adorned our endless meals of happiness. What compelled me to keep on going was my desire to bring happiness to everyone around me and what better way than soulful cuisine that puts a smile on every face. Read more>>

Jennifer Lettsome

I’m a queer afro-carribean Filipina woman working in Los Angeles, CA as a nurse practitioner. I was born and raised in Ladera Heights, CA. My father immigrated from the British Virgin Islands and became a podiatrist, and my mother, a Filipino immigrant, helped run his business and helped raised my younger brother and I. I remember my dad would bring my brother and me to work with him. Read more>>

Sherrye “CHEVY” Player-Tucker

I used to work at a clothing store called “Up Against The Wall” located inside the Lakewood Mall. My freshmen year of college was about to start, and I knew I needed to make more money. My aunt encouraged me to apply to M.A.C. Cosmetics. I mean, they were offering double compared to what I was making at the time, so I decided to shoot my shot….with absolutely NO PREVIOUS MAKEUP EXPERIENCE. Read more>>

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