Race And Relationships

Michelle Tran May 14, 2017

After thirty-three seasons of The Bachelor and its spinoff, The Bachelorette, dominating television sets with white leads and a poor attempt at diversity, the series has finally chosen a person of color...

Yoni Alkan and Rosalie Del Toro demonstrate different ways to incorporate hands into cuddling sessions on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Alkan is a professional cuddler who offers non-sexual and therapeutic sessions at his private cuddle space in the Richmond District. (Eric Chan / Xpress)

Seeking Human Touch — A Look into the Business of Professional Cuddling

Michelle Tran December 20, 2016

  In one corner of the room sits a couch that’s big enough for two, but if more space is desired that can be easily arranged with Yoni Alkan. His studio is soothing, with green plants and beams...

Threads For Therapy — Mom Channels Her Love For Shopping To Provide For Her Family

Threads For Therapy — Mom Channels Her Love For Shopping To Provide For Her Family

Michelle Tran November 15, 2016

It’s a sunny Wednesday afternoon in the Sunset District where a breeze enters through the bright ruby door of Hunter’s Threads on Taraval Street between 31st and 32nd Avenue. In the store, Michelle...

Berkeley Resistance derby team members celebrate their win after their bout with the Richmond Wrecking Belles at the Richmond Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, Calif. on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

When Push Comes To Shove

Michelle Tran April 13, 2016

By: Michelle Tran A crowd of people cheer on from the stands while women in eye-catching uniforms and black bottoms fearlessly skate their way through the track in hopes of gaining points for their team....

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