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Oakland Entrepreneur Overcomes Adversity to Start New BusinessStarting a new business takes courage and Oakland-based entrepreneur LaTasha Brown has plenty.
Mom's Rare Condition Spurs SRA Scholar to Career in Medical ResearchSRA scholar Steven Palomares' passion for science is deeply personal with his own mother's health being a primary motivation.
SRA Scholar Returns to College, Finds Campus Transformed by COVID-19For her sophomore year, Students Rising Above scholar Madison Schmidt found a largely empty campus as her fellow students stay inside their dorm rooms, learn online and practice strict social distancing.
Oakland Lawyer Filling Need For African Americans Seeking Estate, Retirement Planning ServicesVerleana Green discovered that many African Americans don't have estate plans, and when they pass away the assets they do have are often tied up in probate court. Michelle Griego reports.
Oakland 1st Grade Teacher Longs For In-Person Instruction After Coming Full Circle To Her RootsFirst-grade teacher Tanesha Walker recently saw her new classroom for the very first time. The moment was met first with silence, then joy as she realized the room would be hers to decorate as she pleased.
Students Rising Above Annual Gala Fundraiser Goes Online With 'Hamilton' Star Darnell AbrahamIt was a much smaller affair than the galas of years past, but Students Rising Above's 17th annual fundraiser at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Francisco brought star power with a lot of heart.
Oakland Entrepreneur Walks The Walk When Advising On Overcoming Pandemic Impact On BusinessTevah El Emmet is a bit of a showman and definitely an entrepreneur. His tremendous communication skills and business acumen are on full display in a series of videos he produced that offer simple yet sound advice for small business owners hit hard by COVID-19.
Oakland College Student, Aspiring Artist Makes Mark On City's Downtown With Breonna Taylor MuralKathy Liang's mural tribute to Breonna Taylor keeps watch over Oakland's downtown. The haunting portrait was painted to inspire others to learn more about its subject.
Exchange Student Returns Home After COVID Cancellation To Learn Impact Of Social UpheavalParis Soares is still smarting after her recent trip home from South Africa as her study abroad program was abruptly cut short by COVID-19. She received the news by email.
Bay Area College Student, Foster Child Overcomes Challenge Of COVID-19 Shutdown Of CampusOdalis Millan's sophomore year at Sonoma State University began as the trip of a lifetime, as she left home to study abroad in Spain. Then COVID-19 hit and the country went into quarantine. The study abroad program shut down and Millan, along with her classmates, frantically made plans to get back to the United States.
Student Lands Cut-Rate San Francisco Hotel Room After Campus Closed Down Because Of COVID-19Jesse Hernandez Jr. headed down the hall to his temporary home, a hotel room at the Hilton near San Francisco's Chinatown.
Bay Area College Grad Finds Job Prospects Daunting In Age Of PandemicA Bay Area college grad's long-anticipated graduation ceremony has been canceled. But it's her future job prospects that she worries about the most.