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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.

Summer Hoskins

I started singing and dancing when I was a child. My dance training started at a studio and I transitioned to being a part of a dance program at school. My family had a lot to do with why I love to sing, but I learned many fundamentals while participating in school choir as well. Read more>>

Hannah Pierce

I am a Ceramic and Mixed Media Artist currently making work in Philadelphia, PA. I was born and raised in San Diego, CA, where I frequently visit. I received my BA in Studio Art at Humboldt State University of CA and my MFA in Ceramics at Edinboro University of PA. Read more>>

John Jones III

East Side Riders Bike Club is a grassroots organization located in Watts, whose goal is to change the lives of young adults and the structure of the community as a whole by fostering a passion for bicycle riding. Founded in 2008, the organization started as a way to prevent Watts youth. Read more>>

Chelsea Nicole Orellana

I don’t quite remember exactly when I became interested in anything beauty related. I grew up around a mother who studied to be a cosmetologist. I remember growing up thinking how awesome my mom is when I would watch her work. My seventh-grade year, I bought my first eye shadow palette from dollar tree. Read more>>

Morgan Saunders

My goal is to leave an everlasting creative legacy for our new generation. I’m a 21-year-old Creative Director, Photographer, & Music Producer. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, I’ve spent the last 11 years Building my portfolio & brand, The MKS Master. Now Living and Residing in Los Angeles, I’m working as an event coordinator and candid photographer. Read more>>

Free Will

I was born in Oakland California. As long as I can remember I’ve always enjoyed creating things. One can say I’ve always been seeking to design my own world. I was a very imaginative child and my parents allowed me to explore my imagination. Read more>>

Mylene Moore

When I was a little girl, I believed I could do anything I wanted as long as I put my mind to it. There were so many things I loved to do and one of them was taking photos on both sides of the camera. I knew when I grew up, I wanted to be a singer, actress, model, photographer, fashion designer, a writer, and a activist. Read more>>

Asriel Hayes, Aminata Diop, Darion Allen, Henry Gross, Max Gardos, Nick Xu and Stuart Kendall

We started originally in a program named Harmony Project in a class we were in and began to work on stuff outside of it. Asriel Hayes, our leader and creator, wanted to start a personal band that meant something and that could be used as a way of healing for others. Read more>>

Duane Bowen

I am Owner of Brick2billboard. I was born and raised in Compton, CA and since I was a kid, I’ve always had a passion for Streetwear/Sneakers and being creative when it came to the two. Entrepreneurship has always been at the forefront of my life as well. Read more>>

Evan and Evan H. Greenspan

We are the oldest family-owned and operated classic clothing store west of Texas. In business since 1928, we have endured floods, fire, wars, riots, Walmart, and the internet, for four generations. Alex and Eva Greenspan bought a parcel of land in 1928 and built our first location. Read more>>

We Love Leimert

Founded as a Co-Op, March 2019, operating with a close-knit family-like environment; (Mychal A. Horn, Kaya Dantzler, Jared McGhee, Nijuel Porter, Toran Moore, Milan Wilkinson, Rachel Jackson, Brandon Walker). KAOS and LA Commons collaboratively launched the initiative (We Love Leimert) with intentions for the organization functioning independently. Read more>>

Trev Deshon

I’m a rap artist out of South Central Los Angeles. I’ve been rapping for about five years and also host/coordinate this event called The Roof. In 2014, while sitting on the roof of the house I grew up in where I usually write down my thoughts and meditate. Read more>>

Jorge Valiente

Growing up in South Central LA, I could have easily been a statistic and gotten involved in gang related juvenile delinquencies. However, my mother put me in a college bound program at my high school called the Neighborhood Academic Initiative or NAI for short. Read more>>

David Wohlman

Uncle Dave’s Housing started as a dream of David Wohlman in the fall of 2009. As a licensed Drug and Alcohol counselor, he saw a need for low-cost transitional housing in the greater Los Angeles area. Upon taking a leave of absence from working at Tarzana Treatment Center he obtained donations to open the doors of his first house to help others. Read more>>

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