Producer Manila Killa found SoundCloud success with ‘patience and persevering’ (NBC News)

DJ and music producer Chris Gavino remembers one specific show out of the several he played last year. It took place in Washington D.C.’s bustling club scene. In the middle of his set, he brought his mom Rosemarie — who was initially nervous about the idea — on the stage. At that point, she hadn’t even seen music as more than a hobby for her son. “I wanted her to …

How 55-Year-Old Long-Haired Asian Surfer Wing Lam Built a Fish Taco Empire   “Sometimes, I force myself to put pants on when I go to events,” says Wing Lam, Co-Founder and CEO of Wahoo’s Fish Taco. “The trick is to be comfortable in your skin, be proud of your heritage, because this is all we got. The sooner you can embrace the fact, then use it.”

Disney stage star, Miss Wheelchair California, Jennifer Kumiyama Jennifer Kumiyama rolls herself around her hometown of Long Beach, California, crossing the downtown streets confidently. Her right shoulder bares a tattoo of the international wheelchair symbol with a heart. “At one point, I wanted to completely cover myself up with tattoos,” Kumiyama, 36, told NBC News. “It’s so sad that people with disabilities, especially women, have so many body issues.”

Buskers Find Passion, Purpose Playing Music in the Streets (NBC News Asian America) One of the first times singer-songwriter Peter Su performed on the streets, it was outside of the Goldman Sachs corporate office in Century City, California. His first tip was half a sandwich — and a long-lasting feeling of fulfillment.