Matin Nazari

Day in the Life: Matin Nazari

Mikaela Horvath Boxer, Photographer, Weight Lifter

Day in the Life: Matin Nazari   Introducing Matin Nazari, the Director of Community Development here at Owaves! Matin lives in San Diego and loves learning about health and medicine and spending time outdoors! He aspires to live a healthy life by staying active, eating well-balanced meals, and adhering to a proper sleep schedule. In order to nurture his mind and body, Matin …

Day in the Life: Ava DuVernay

Owaves Team Activist, Filmmaker

Day in the Life: Ava DuVernay As a filmmaker, Ava DuVernay has brought attention to extremely important racial and social issues in America. Many of her films, like 13th and Selma, showcase the struggles that Black people have faced since the times of slavery. Media is a form of activism. DuVernay has used her platform and her storytelling skills to educate others …

Day in the Life: Bryan Stevenson

Owaves Team Activist, Lawyer

Day in the Life: Bryan Stevenson The prison industrial complex is one of the most prevalent forms of institutional racism.  One incredible lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, has tackled this issue since the 1980s. Despite Black people only making up 12.1% of America’s population, they constitute 34% of America’s prison population. His work has exonerated several innocent Black individuals unjustly incarcerated by the justice …

Day in the Life: John Lewis

Owaves Team Activist, Author

Day in the Life: John Lewis I remember walking into the church in Atlanta, Georgia where Martin Luther King Jr. preached his messages of equality and empowerment. MLK Jr. was supported by several activists and leaders in the Black community. One of these activists was the incredibly inspiring John Lewis. Much to our dismay, John Lewis passed away on July 17, 2020 …

Day in the Life: Nelson Mandela

Owaves Team Activist, Lawyer

Day in the Life: Nelson Mandela “Madiba!” That is what the people lovingly called Nelson Mandela. The human rights violations and the discriminatory policies of the Apartheid in South Africa compelled many, including Mandela, to fight. Most people outside of South Africa are unaware of Apartheid; this form of institutionalized racial segregation existed from 1948 to the early 1990s. Mandela, as a …

Day in the Life: Katherine Johnson

Owaves Team Scientist

Day in the Life: Katherine Johnson   Anyone who has heard of the book/movie Hidden Figures knows of Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician who made groundbreaking discoveries. Growing up in a time when segregation was still a reality, Mrs. Johnson overcame many struggles. She was one of the three Black students to integrate West Virginia’s graduate schools. She was a teacher, a …

Day in the Life: Rosa Parks

Owaves Team Activist

Day in the Life: Rosa Parks   I remember first learning about Rosa Parks in elementary school. When I heard how she defied the status quo by staying put in her seat on the bus that day in 1955, I was empowered by her fearlessness. Through time, it made sense that more than fearlessness, it was fatigue. She was tired of being …

Doris Holding roses

Day in the Life: Doris Sherk

Owaves Team Centenarian

Day in the Life: Doris Sherk The pandemic has changed a lot of lives. It has particularly made it difficult for the elderly who are an at-risk population. Centenarians have been through the various trials this world has presented to them including the 1918 pandemic, the Great Depression, and World War II. While this population has been vulnerable, several have overcome SARS-COV-2. …

Ushi Okushima

Day in the Life: Ushi Okushima

Owaves Team Centenarian

Day in the Life: Ushi Okushima   The quaint village of Ogimi in Okinawa, Japan was home to Ushi Okushima, a centenarian who lived 109 healthy years. Okushima-san was born on August 7, 1901 and lived through tumultuous times. For many Okinawans, World War II took away family members and created disruptions in their daily lives. Okushima-san lost her husband through the …

Thomas Dannhauser

Day in the Life: Thomas Dannhauser

Owaves Team CEO, Entrepreneur, Health Coach, Professor, Psychologist

Day in the Life: Thomas Dannhauser, PhD, MRCPsych, MBChB   Thomas Dannhauser, PhD, MRCPsych, MBChB, is a popular consulting psychiatrist, neuroscientist and health entrepreneur. From 1990 to 1995, he studied medicine at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Thomas paid for his studies through student work in a large, private medical pathology firm that introduced to him a high-performance business culture where …