Samantha Dorisca

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Samantha Dorisca

Samantha Dorisca is a Houston-based journalist and photographer whose mission is to impact communities through the gift of storytelling using the written word or visual media. She completed her B.A at The University of Texas at Austin and is pursuing a M.A at The University of Memphis. Her work can be found on platforms such as Houstonia Magazine, Girls' Life Magazine, and Blacque Magazine. Samantha mainly reports on tech, trends, and entrepreneurship.

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After Working In The Entertainment Industry For Over 30 Years, Meagan Good Reveals Tyler Perry Was The First Person To Properly Compensate Her

Despite being an industry veteran, Meagan Good reveals she was finally paid her worth on her latest film. While promoting “Divorce in the Black,” she spoke candidly about her experience with the film’s director, writer, and producer, Tyler Perry . She described him as an “angel” during an interview on NBC’s “Today With Hoda & Jenna.” On the show, Good confirmed that Perry was the first to compensate her properly for her role despite her working as an actress for “over 30 years.” “I actually cried because what I love about Tyler is not only is he an angel, not only is he a genius, not only is he unapologetic as a leader, but he also makes you feel valued and seen and appreciated, and he goes out of his way to do that,” Good explained to hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager. “I think about how people pay it forward, and I don’t know if anyone paid it forward to him, but he most certainly pays it forward to everyone else.” While Perry willingly paid Good accordingly, the actress...

Jul 11, 2024

Melinda French Gates Awards Allyson Felix Her Own $20M Grant-Making Fund To Disperse To Black Maternal Health Organizations

Allyson Felix has received a grant from Melinda French Gates. Felix, who retired from the world of Olympic track and field in 2022, has a passion for the well-being of pregnant women. For example, her footwear brand Saysh gives expectant mothers a free pair of shoes since their feet change sizes throughout pregnancy, as AFROTECH™ previously reported. “As we thoughtfully create our products, we think about all the ways that we can better support women through our maternity returns policy, offering women shoes once their feet changed sizes due to pregnancy, and just trying to push the industry in that direction,” she told AFROTECH™ at the time. In June 2022, Felix partnered with Pampers to champion maternal health for Black mothers. Pampers committed $250,000 to the cause and provided $100,000 to the National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC) to help Black mothers receive quality care and to reduce maternal mortality rates. Felix is, once again, teaming up with Pampers during the 2024...

Jul 10, 2024

Mike Will Made-It Started Out Making Beats With His Dad, A Former IBM Computer Engineer — Now, In The Last 2 Years, He Says Music Has Earned Him About $40M Alone

Mike Will Made-It has revealed that he did not understand how to make money from music when he first entered the industry. The producer, born Michael Len Williams II, behind some of this generation’s top hits, fell into music by playing on a keyboard owned by his sister, Chonte. He created beats with his father, former IBM computer engineer Michael Len Williams Sr., Forbes reported. He later learned to play the saxophone, and by his early teens, his father bought him a $600 Korg Electribe drum machine. “Inquisitive kid,” Michael Sr. said of his son, per Forbes. “He wanted to know everything.” After one semester at Georgia State, he convinced his father he could put school on the back burner to pursue a career in the music business as a producer. Mike Will Made-It recalls having no footing in his early days in Atlanta’s underground. He also had no management at the time, even during a breakout time for him thanks to producing singles including “Bandz a Make Her Dance” by Juicy J, “No...

Jul 10, 2024

Donae Burston Helped Launch The First Champagne Bar In The American Airlines Arena For Moët Hennessy, Then He Made History With His Own Company

Donae Burston is behind a history-making wine company. Before becoming founder and CEO of La Fête Wine Co., “a fresh, modern, and inclusive wine brand,” in 2019, Burston entered the spirits industry as a brand ambassador. It wasn’t long before he had scaled to promotions manager at Heineken then allocated eight years at Moët Hennessy, launching the first and only champagne bar in the Miami Heat American Airlines arena, Uncorked and Cultured reports. He also dedicated three years with Jay-Z’s champagne brand, Champagne Armand de Brignac. Burston would pivot to entreprenuership following a visit to Saint-Tropez, France, during his 30th birthday celebration, his website mentions. Many locals were drinking what he believed to be White Zinfandel, but he discovered it was a Côtes de Provence Rosé and was immediately drawn to its taste. Another catalyst would be meeting the owner of a local winery. “Being in a chance encounter in the south of France and meeting the owner of a winery, I was...

Jul 9, 2024

Mike Will Made-It Says He's Made About $40M Over The Last Two Years From Producing And Publishing Fees — Now, He's Using It To Invest

Manifested in his nickname, Michael Williams quite literally made it. The producer, known professionally as Mike Will Made-It, started his career in Atlanta’s underground. His journey led him to work on hits like Rihanna’s “Pour It Up,” Beyoncé’s “Formation,” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.” In 2013, he took greater control by launching Ear Drummer Records and signed the label to Interscope Records. The label birthed the Hip-Hop duo Rae Sremmurd, and he helped produce their singles “No Flex Zone” and “Black Beatles.” Today, Mike Will Made-It can see how he “made it” from his earnings. He estimates he’s made $40 million within the last two years thanks to his music production catalog and publishing fees, notes Forbes. “I’m great,” Mike Will Made-It told Forbes. “I’m in a position I never imagined.” With his multi-million-dollar fortune, he has invested in Atlanta, Georgia, real estate. In 2017, he opened The Wxllxm Culture Center after purchasing a warehouse located on Joseph Lowery NW...

Jul 9, 2024

Jordan Brand Becomes Nike's Best-Performing Division With $7B In Revenue

Jordan Brand is Nike’s best-performing division. As AFROTECH™ previously reported, the Jordan Brand continues to rise, tracking $4.7 billion in fiscal year 2021. At the time, this equated to a 31% increase and marked its highest yet, with growth in every region, including double digits in North America, according to WWD. The following fiscal year, Jordan Brand earned $5 billion. “We’re empowered to grow this brand and make the most of it in geographies around the world,” explained Craig Williams, the president of Jordan Brand at the time, per WWD. “And that’s where the distinctiveness and the independence — if you want to call it that — come into play. But we are turbocharged by being a part of a great global company called Nike Inc. It helps us to efficiently get things done in a way that if we were an independent company, we wouldn’t have that luxury. So it’s important for me, when I think about it with the team, to be both collaborative to take advantage of the wealth of...

Jul 9, 2024

Armando Bacot Says People Criticize The Amount Of Time He Played For UNC But He Credits The School For Helping Him Make Millions In NIL Deals

Former University of North Carolina (UNC) basketball player Armando Bacot is investing his earnings from name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals. During an interview on the “Run Your Race” podcast, Bacot said he earned “life-changing” money — more than $2 million — during his time at the university. He even opted to stay for a fifth season to reap the full benefits. Per On3, his deals have included Wingstop, Intuit TurboTax, and Topps. “That speaks on the brand of Carolina. If I didn’t go to Carolina, doing deals with TurboTax, all those people, they wouldn’t do it with me… If you go to Carolina, you handle business, you go out there and play, somewhat be marketable… it pays,” he explained. “I could never say a bad word about Carolina and everything ’cause I got life-changing money. I’m from Richmond. I got life-changing money in college just off playing basketball.” Bacot emphasized his gratitude to UNC, crediting his success to the college. He believes he would not have landed...

Jul 8, 2024

After Selling BIG3 Pro Basketball League Teams In Miami And Houston For $10M Each, Ice Cube’s League Expands To Detroit

Ice Cube’s BIG3 is rapidly expanding! As AFROTECH™ previously reported, the 3-on-3 basketball league recently sold teams in Los Angeles, CA; Houston, TX; and Miami, FL, in deals reportedly worth $10 million each as they seek to venture away from a touring league to a city-based model, which will go into effect for the 2025 season. “We need to plant our roots in cities so we can be more than a rolling all-star game coming through,” BIG3 CEO and Co-Founder Ice Cube told Bloomberg at the time. “It’s really about growing the sport and the league.” In recent news, Detroit, MI, has been announced as the next city to house a BIG3 franchise thanks to the interest of ownership group GameAbove Sports, which includes Founder and Chairman Keith J. Stone and Detroit pro sports figures George Gervin and T.J. Lang, MLive reports. Former NBA point guard Earl Boykins is working closely with GameAbove Sports as well. “The entire team at GameAbove and I are thrilled to bring a BIG3 franchise to the...

Jul 8, 2024

Shaquille O’Neal Foundation Receives Nearly 5 Acres That Will Be Used To Provide Academic and Career Resources For Las Vegas Youth

A donation has been made to the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation to benefit the youth. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Clark County commissioners in Las Vegas, Nevada, have approved a vote to donate a 4.81-acre parcel of vacant land to the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation to build a new Boys & Girls Club. The Clark County location is projected to cost $16 million and will “provide youth with academic and personal development resources,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Additionally, it aims to support college and career readiness opportunities. At the time of this writing, it is unclear when the foundation will break ground on the project. However, once the new Boys & Girls Club is complete, the foundation’s obligations will include providing Clark County with annual reports on what programs are available, insights on fundraising efforts, and logistics regarding how many clients it has serviced, The Blast reports. The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation was created in 2019 to...

Jul 8, 2024

Serena Williams Recalls Attempting To Retrieve Her First $1M In Earnings Through A Drive-Thru ATM

Serena Williams was playing to win. As AFROTECH™ previously reported, Williams was purely satisfied by the game, and money was an afterthought. So much so that she would often forget to pick up her prize money after tournaments. “When I started tennis, first of all, I’m from Compton, CA, and I remember playing on these courts, and my life was great. I never felt like I needed anything. So for me, money was never a motivation,” Williams explained on Bloomberg Originals’ “The Deal” podcast hosted by Alex Rodriguez and Jason Kelly. “I remember when I first started, back in the day, they used to write out checks after you won your tournament. And I would always forget to get the checks. And so at the end of the year they would always have to say, ‘Serena, we have all these checks for you.’ I’m like, ‘Oh my God.’ And at the time, I had an accountant who would be like, ‘Serena, they sent me all these checks that you would forget to get from the tournaments.’” While she reveals she was...

Jul 8, 2024

The First Black-Owned Bookstore In Pasadena, CA, Has Raised Nearly $70K In A Matter Of Days After Struggling To Stay Afloat

A beloved bookstore is banking on the support of its community to remain open. As AFROTECH™ previously told you, Nikki High, who had dedicated more than a decade to managing communications at Trader Joe’s, made history for opening the first Black-owned bookstore in Pasadena, CA, in 2023. High received over $22,000 in donations through GoFundMe to launch the store honoring author Octavia Butler after she shared her intentions for the business on X, formerly Twitter. The post went viral with nearly 5.1 million views and 10,000 retweets at the time, according to The Guardian. “I wanted [my bookstore] to be completely independent so that I would not have to compromise my values,” High said, per the outlet. Now, the beloved bookstore is in need of funding to stay in business. High reveals on Instagram that she has reopened the GoFundMe for the bookstore and cites lower resources as well as the complexities of the book selling industry as the reasoning. “We need a lifeline,” she wrote on...

Jul 8, 2024

Why Andre Iguodala Says He Once Turned Down A $60M Contract Extension With The Denver Nuggets

Andre Iguodala once rejected a $60 million offer to accept a lower deal with the Golden State Warriors. Final Year With The Denver Nuggets In 2013, Iguodala was a member of the Denver Nuggets, posting averages of 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.4 assists in his last season with the team, spanning 80 games, ESPN reports. The Denver Nuggets were interested in keeping Iguodala on the team. However, he was looking to exit his final year of the contract to become a free agent. The Denver Nuggets offered him a $60 million five-year deal, with $52 million guaranteed, to try to keep him on the team, per ESPN. ESPN reports that other teams were vetting for his talents, including the Sacramento Kings, which reportedly offered him a $52 million four-year deal, and the Golden States Warriors, which were looking to put up $48 million for the same timeframe. Rejecting The $60M Offer From The Denver Nuggets Iguodala did not respond promptly enough to the Sacramento Kings, so the team rescinded...

Jul 8, 2024

Lucky Daye Reflects On Running Out Of Money And Struggling As An Artist — 'That Was My Lowest Point'

Lucky Daye hit rock bottom before finding fame. According to Vice, the New Orleans, LA, native, who lived through Hurricane Katrina, uprooted his life to live in Tyler, TX. In his earlier years, he attended a church that discouraged secular music and enforced strict rules on singing only church hymns and nursery rhymes. Daye also mentioned that the church was an environment that reportedly used harsh discipline toward children in the congregation. His mother would later leave the church and brought his family into various organizations in search of a new church home. Daye would later choose Christianity through new eyes, which separated him further from his family before the 400-mile trip to Tyler. “I went [to church] and said, ‘I know I’m supposed to sing, but God is telling me that this is not what I’m supposed to be doing,'” he explained. I left and never went back to [that] church. They never talked to me again. My grandma, my mama, my uncle—none of them. Nobody talked to me....

Jul 3, 2024

Avenue Capital Group Seeks To Raise $1.5B With The Help Of Michael Strahan, Candace Parker, Stephen Curry, And More

Celebrity-backed investment firm Avenue Capital Group seeks to raise more than $1 billion. According to a press release, Marc Lasry and Sonia Gardner’s Avenue Capital Group established a sports investment fund in October 2023 to provide capital to sports leagues and teams in North America and Europe. The fund intends to extend its reach to Africa, Asia, South America, and Australia. The fund also plans to supply financial solutions to sports teams, owners, and leagues and invest in sports media, entertainment rights, real estate, and associated ventures, per the press release. Notable names supporting the venture include Stephen Curry, Lauren Holiday, Harry Kane, Candace Parker, Michael Strahan, and Lindsey Vonn. “We built out the company advisory board of athletes who are part of our company… Lauren Holiday, Candace Parker, Harry Kane over in Europe, and Steph Curry,” said Strahan during an interview with Forbes at the 2024 Forbes Iconoclast Summit. “It’s interesting ’cause it was...

Jul 3, 2024

Jayson Tatum Just Signed The Richest Contract In NBA History, But He Can't Spend Any Of It Due To A Deal With His Mom

Jayson Tatum won’t be spending his historic contract money. As AFROTECH™ previously reported, the Boston Celtics player is fresh off a NBA National Championship win and agreed to a five-year $315 million supermax contract extension, which marks the richest in the league’s history, according to Bleacher Report and Chris Haynes of TNT Sports. However, Tatum will not be touching the money earned from his contract, as AFROTECH™ already told you. He made a deal with his mother, Brandy Cole — who he describes as an “overseer” because she handles his finances — that he would rely on endorsements and sponsors rather than his contract earnings. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Small Wins (@enjoysmallwins) “We had a deal before I got drafted that I couldn’t spend the money I make from the Celtics, that we have to live off endorsements,” Tatum said during an interview with “In Depth with Graham Bensinger.” “Her and my accountant agreed. They didn’t know that I would make as much as...

Jul 3, 2024