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Pitch Mixer’s Ayori Selassie: Helping startups succeed in Oakland and the Bay

Photo by Tamara Orozco Having been born and raised in West Oakland, it is safe to say that Ayori Se has developed a deep connection to her native city. Growing up as one of eight children, Ayori’s...
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Power Up: An intimate conversation with Elaine Brown over The Black Power Mixtape

Cross-posted from Wine & Bowties. As Elaine spoke, I tried not to blink. My eyes, welled up with water, were about to burst and I didn’t want her to see a tear stream down my face in the middle of a...
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Power Up: An intimate conversation with Elaine Brown over The Black Power Mixtape

Cross-posted from Wine & Bowties. As Elaine spoke, I tried not to blink. My eyes, welled up with water, were about to burst and I didn’t want her to see a tear stream down my face in the middle of a...
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Ayori Selassie: Helping startups succeed in Oakland and around the Bay

Having been born and raised in West Oakland, it is safe to say that Ayori Se has developed a deep connection to her native city. Growing up as one of eight children, Ayori's childhood taught her the value of...
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Oaktech: Talking entrepreneurship with Impact Hub Oakland’s Ashara Ekundayo

As the face of the recently opened Impact Hub Oakland co-working and event space, Ashara Ekundayo wears many hats. A budding creative and serial community builder, Ashara's work has been impactful yet varied....
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Kalimah Priforce: Leading through example for Oakland youth of color

Having experienced first hand the transformative power of education and mentorship, Oakland entrepreneur and community leader Kalimah Priforce has gained considerable recognition for his contributions to...
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A conversation with The Top Dog Guy

It was out of the corner of my eye that I noticed him. “Holy crap, that’s the dude from Top Dog,” I thought to myself as I drove up Franklin Street through Downtown Oakland. It was almost like seeing a...
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An OG told me: Oakland’s Pen Harshaw goes the extra mile

Few folks really know how to navigate Oakland like Pendarvis Harshaw. It's really a sight to see. Following him on a bike feels like a mini parade: a whole lotta head nods and peace signs as we cruise. I call...