For Shaquan, music is his passion. He gave up everything to follow his dream of becoming a hip hop artist. After some bad circumstances and poor decisions, he became homeless. As we sat together on the sidewalk, he told me he works menial jobs around the clubs to stay close to the music scene. He makes just enough money to eat and sleep at a motel maybe a few nights, but most of the time he sleeps on the beach. He told me he’ll never give up on his dream, and that he sees himself performing on stage one day. Then I suggested I do some head shots for him so he could have his album cover. We did a little impromptu photo shoot there on the street, and I could see how his face kept brightening. So keep a look out for Shaquan, or his stage name, “State2State.”
People often message me asking how they can donate to support and be a part of what I do. I've never been one to ask for donations, but it definitely comes in handy.
Each person on Skid Row is unique and has their own unique circumstances, so it's hard to anticipate how to address people's needs before I meet them. So having some extra funds gives me more flexibility as to how I can help others.
If you're one of these people who has it in their heart to contribute in this way, this donate button is just a more convenient way to do so. Thank you for your support!