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Adobe Donates $3M To HBCU And HSI Students Pursuing Careers In Tech And Creative Industries

Adobe is one of the latest companies to give back to Historically Black colleges and Universities ( HBCUs ). On Sept.14, during its annual Adobe for All week, Adobe announced its partnerships with Bowie State University, Winston-Salem State University, along with a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) — San José State University, Fortune reports. The three universities will each receive a $1 million donation under Adobe’s new Anchor School Program to “provide students with training, career readiness programs, internships, financial assistance, and digital tools.” “It’s a deep, focused partnership, and it really allows us to expose students to careers within the tech industry,” Brian Miller, Adobe’s chief talent, diversity, and inclusion officer, told Fortune . As previously reported by AfroTech, #AdobeForAll has developed an inclusive culture within the company by “creating a network of employee groups to serve its diverse workforce.” Their donation announcement also shared that Adobe...

Sep 15, 2021

Young Thug Teams Up With Adobe To Host Digital Jacket Design Challenge For Young Creators

Young Thug is proposing a one-of-a-kind challenge for creators to flex their creativity with some help from Adobe. According to Complex, the Atlanta rapper has formed a new partnership with the software company to create the Young Thug Jacket Print Challenge — a contest that invites creators to showcase what “punk” means to them using digital assets curated by Thug. Those assets will then become the foundation for a custom jacket design inspired by the rapper’s forthcoming album, “Punk.” “Creativity comes in many forms, but combine music, design, and fashion in the form of visionary artist Young Thug, and you’ve got magic,” Ann Lewnes — CMO and Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Development at Adobe — tells Complex. “Adobe’s thrilled to be partnering with creator extraordinaire Young Thug on a number of exciting creative projects around the launch of Punk.” This partnership isn’t the first time Adobe has extended an opportunity to creators and given them a chance to...

Aug 25, 2021

Cynthia Erivo Connects With Adobe For A 3D Storytelling Project To Prove That 'Skate History Is Black History'

Skating has played a pivotal role in Black culture for decades. From civil rights movements to a resurgence of Black skaters across social media during the pandemic to give us all a glimpse of Black joy — these are all a part of a larger story of the rich Black history that’s shaped the world of roller skating as we know it. On Aug. 10, Adobe announced a new project with “Widows” actress Cynthia Erivo. The project “Stories on Skates” transforms the narrative of the rich history of the Black skate community around the world into 3D roller skate designs aimed to share the prolific stories and history which all have been influenced by the rink. “I was so excited to work with Adobe on Stories on Skates to showcase Black skating culture, especially as an expression of Black joy and creativity,” shared Erivo in an official press release. “This project brings to life stories from the rink that are inspiring, important, and deserve to be remembered. My hope is that Stories on Skates is a...

Aug 10, 2021

These Apps are Equipping Black Protesters With the Protection They Need

The safety of protesters on the frontlines of the rebellions across the country has been a grave concern for many. Protesters have urged one another to either leave their phones at home or turn off their location services as police officers have been known to use tracking technology to trace protesters and scan their faces in surveillance videos. Buzzfeed News reported that protesters in Minneapolis are being watched by law enforcement agencies that have trialed or deployed a variety of surveillance tools. To combat surveillance tools used to target these protesters, Adobe shared that they offer several editing programs to help blur faces out of people’s content, USA Today reports . Unlike Photoshop — which only includes effects that help blur unwanted faces from pictures — video editing apps such as Adobe Premiere and After Effects helps to seal the identities of faces included in videos. According to USA Today , Adobe offers a variety of prices for their monthly subscriptions that...

Jun 3, 2020

How Ameer Brown pivoted into tech through the Adobe Digital Academy

Breaking into the tech industry is not an equal experience for everyone. For some, the window of opportunity is presented early, while others enter through other paths like online courses and self-taught skills. But the Adobe Digital Academy, an alternative and accelerated pathway into tech careers, is providing access and bridging the gap for nontraditional candidates. The Digital Academy, launched in March of 2016, is part of Adobe’s commitment to fostering a diverse workforce by reaching nontraditional candidates and giving them the education, tools and opportunity they need to work and succeed in the tech industry. So far, the program has led to 20 full-time hires, 47 internships, and 59 scholarships. That equates to an 80 percent success rate of scholarships converting into internships. One of the Adobe Digital Academy graduates, Ameer Brown, was introduced to the opportunity when he applied for a scholarship through the Adobe Digital Academy. To his surprise, he was accepted...

Oct 10, 2018