Last weekend, SoOakland hosted their first SoLA event at 5750 West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA. The purpose was to present a merger of Bay Area culture and LA culture, and I must say they did that honey!


First and foremost, the venue was perfect. It was super vibey and perfect for the occasion. As soon as I walked in there was a SoLA backdrop that me and the CSUITEMUSIC Founder, Michael Payton, got to take pics in front of with the SoOakland Queen herself, Shayla Jamerson. After taking pictures, we walked through a path of vendors who were promoting their clothing, accessories and organizations.

I was fortunate enough to connect with a nonprofit organization called B.A.R.E. Truth Inc. This organization focuses on personal growth, health and wealthness and improving the community.  According to Keith the Associate Director of B.A.R.E. Truth, “B.A.R.E. is an acronym for balance, ambition, respect and encouragement. Our main focus is doing homeless outreaches and mentoring to fifth to seventh grade boys. Our upcoming events is a trip to Kansas City, Missouri for a homeless outreach on July 29th and we have another outreach event on August 16th”. When asked how B.A.R.E. Truth Inc. got involved with SoLA, Keith said “Shayla saw us on Instagram doing our thing, she reached out to us and with God’s blessings we came through and we are able to network.” The work that the B.A.R.E Truth, Inc. organization is doing for the community is remarkable! In addition to spreading the word about their brand, they also had merchandise available for sale. It was a pleasure to speak with Keith and the Owner of the organization, JoeBrad.

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Another vendor we stopped and spoke to is Radical Revolutionary Clothing Co. The brand’s Instagram bio describes the brand as “revolutionary clothing for melanated people "created to “push the culture forward”. According to John Wiley, his clothing line is called Radical Revolution, because “the most radical and revolutionary thing you can do is LOVE yourself in a world that doesn’t love YOU! Radical Revolution Clothing Company is all about providing positive images of black and brown bodies. We’ve seen time and time again that mainstream America does not so it’s up to us to do it ourselves. We believe that style without substance is shallow, and substance without style is stagnant. So RRC is going to push the culture forward.”

Besides the outstanding vendors, the DJ’s also contributed to the SoLA event being such a success. Drew Banga and DJ Moscone brought all the bay area vibes playing music from artists such as SOBxRBE, E-40 AND Too $hort. In addition, both DJ’s played music from So Cal artists such as YG and Nipsey Hussle. Last but not least, DJ Goofy DJ’ed last and held it down for the LA culture. He played all the slaps and had the crowd yiking, hitting their two step, doing the electric slide and more.


I could not talk about SoLA without mentioning the food trucks. There was a truck called The Fat Queso that specialized in quesadillas and Jerk, a Pit By a Beautiful Life, a place known as the “home of the jerk donut.” I purchased a shrimp quesadilla from The Fat Queso and life was instantly given to me. The quesadilla was so filling and flavorful, I was eating it slow as hell savoring every bite. Make sure you try out both these vendors if y'all ever see them around in LA. You will not regret it!

In conclusion, SoLA was poppin’. The vendors, food, music and SoOakland team, made this event feel warm and welcoming like the events in Oakland are. After attending this event, I am super excited for the So brand to expand (next is SoHouston an SoGhana!) and to see what the organization has cooked up for their upcoming SoOakland week, which will be held July 30th to August 5th. Make sure you add this week to your calendar, because there will be dope events you don’t want to miss!

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