Oakland’s Roses in Concrete Community School opened in East Oakland, California in 2015, aiming to “developed youth committed to lives characterized by self-discipline, integrity, love and hope in the pursuit of justice and equity for all communities,” according to their mission statement.
The K-8 learning center was recently helped greatly with a $650K grant from Google.org. Oakland native Zendaya Coleman celebrated the announcement alongside teachers, students, artists and education advocates.
Check out photos from the event below.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.