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These Three Black Engineers Created Lavii Lockers, a Contactless Tech Solution For Small Businesses

When you think of smart lockers, Amazon may come to mind. You order your Prime products, and once delivered, you can pick up your goods at a designated locker location. However, what if the same convenient service was applied to your to-go food orders? Rea Huntley, CEO and founder of Lavii Lockers, had the same idea. After a frustrating experience with a pick-up order she placed in 2019, Huntley discovered the lack of efficient processes and smart lockers in the food industry. “I started to do more research on how to implement it,” the Maryland-based entrepreneur said. “I learned a little bit of Python programming language, purchased the Raspberry Pi QR code reader, and went to Lowe’s for the supplies to build the first prototype.” Later, she brought in COO and software developer James Bagley, and CTO and computer scientist Marcus Gunn, who helped grow the initial innovative idea into the food dispensary smart locker system they operate today. Since its launch this past August,...

Niki McGloster

Dec 8, 2020

Two Fashion Vets Launch Consulting Agency to School Brands on Diversity After Viral Videos

The huge uproar that has been ridding industries all over of racist, sexist and discriminatory policies has made it’s way to the fashion industry as well. In the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, consumers and industry folk have been calling on fashion and beauty brands, publications, and major companies to make necessary changes to their policies and diversify their leadership staff to provide more opportunities to minorities. Chrissy Rutherford and Danielle Prescod — two seasoned fashion industry veterans — have joined forces to found 2 Black Girls, a consulting agency that aims to help school brands on diversity and inclusion, Harper’s Bazaar reports . Sooo @danielleprescod and I launched a biz! @CFDA — Chrissy Rutherford (@chrissyford) July 27, 2020 Rutherford — a current contributing editor at and former special projects director at the site — and Prescod — style director at — both have healthy resumes and sizable...

Njera Perkins

Aug 7, 2020