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Lance Gross Recalls Splurging On His Parents With His First Big Paycheck

The entertainment business can chew you up and spit you back out if you don’t have a strong sense of who you are as a person. Luckily for Lance Gross, dreaming big has not only afforded him quite the career as an actor but also allowed him to bless his loved ones.

Jul 14, 2023

As An Actor, Tyler Lepley Speaks On AI In The Entertainment Industry — 'It Can Never Replace The True Creative'

As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to make its way into the entertainment industry, entertainers such as Tyler Lepley are being honest about the uncertainty of it all.

Jul 7, 2023

Silicon Harlem Opens First-Of-Its-Kind Digital Learning Lab In Harlem Under An AT&T $2B Commitment

AT&T is committed to empowering youth in New York, NY, through a new initiative.

Jun 21, 2023

AT&T Honors 'Future Makers' By Awarding The Inaugural Class Of HBCU Students $125K

AT&T continues to lead the charge when it comes to paving the way for future Black changemakers! The network has announced the top 25 honorees from its inaugural Dream in Black Rising Future Makers class made up of students who currently attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). “This year’s applicants were the strongest submissions we’ve received to date and their stories spoke to the core mission we seek to amplify through our AT&T Dream In Black initiatives,” said Angela Burgin, AT&T Director of Marketing and Special Experiences in an official press release shared with AfroTech. “We are thrilled to recognize this dynamic group of students for their amazing accomplishment and support them in furthering their dreams as future leaders in their communities.”

Nov 30, 2021

AT&T And Cordae Partner In 'Emerging Voices' Series To Amplify How Technology Ignites Artistic Vision

Music and technology spark a collaborative effort in playing a critical role in artists jumpstarting their careers in the industry. While conscious of how technology is a vital source for cultivating creativity, AT&T and Cordae have partnered in a new series, Emerging Voices, which aims to give viewers a glance into the worlds of multiple upcoming artists and how technology supports with both shaping and transforming their creative process. According to Adweek , Emerging Voices is linked to AT&T’s dedicated mission “to encourage equity across multiple industries.” “I love what we’re doing with Emerging Voices,” Cordae told Adweek. “It’s exciting to see all the ways we can build better connections with fans, communities and technology together.” Along with enhancing artists’ creativity, technology also serves as a way to expand their fanbase and social reach. “When music and technology come together it has the power to amplify new voices and reach wider audiences, furthering our...

Aug 23, 2021

Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo Surprises Local Students With Digital Learning Tools

NBA player Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat just gave these local Miami students the upgrade of a lifetime by surprising them with digital learning tools, Newsone reports. After teaming up with AT&T and Connected Nation, a nonprofit with a commitment to bridging broadband and digital technology gaps throughout the country, Adebayo was able to provide the after-school program with digital devices and hotspots for the next school year. The efforts will help the students further their learning both at the center and from the comfort of their homes. This comes as a part of AT&T’s $2 billion commitment over the next 3 years to address the digital divide. Oxford defines the digital divide as “the gulf between those who have ready access to computers and the internet and those who do not.” “For so many students, our nation’s schools and nonprofit organizations are their only source for social connections and resources for remote learning that have become so vital for future success,” said...

Jun 3, 2021

U.S. Ambassador William E. Kennard Named Chairman of AT&T’s Board of Directors

AT&T — the world’s largest telecommunications and media company — now joins the slew of U.S. companies being corporately-governed by Black leaders. Today, AT&T’s board of directors announced that it has selected U.S. Ambassador William E. Kennard to serve as its chairman. He will replace current executive chairman Randall Stephenson, effective January 2021. According to Black Enterprise , this appointment in particular holds much significance as the former FCC Chairman now represents a handful of Black executives who have risen to lead corporate governance at the country’s largest publicly traded companies. Earlier this year, AT&T announced its plan to elect an independent chairman upon Stephenson’s retirement — following his 13-year tenure with the company — as part of its commitment to strong leadership. “Bill’s deep knowledge of communications, media and technology, proven leadership and broad experience across capital markets and government uniquely positions him to serve as...

Nov 12, 2020

Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T Offer Free Internet for 60 Days Due to Coronavirus

Internet service providers AT&T , Verizon Communications Inc., and Comcast Corporation are all providing internet services for the next 60 days to customers who are unable to pay their bills due to the coronavirus outbreak, reports Black Enterprise. Not only has the trio agreed to not suspend subscribers’ services, but Comcast Xfinity, Charter , and AT&T are also providing free public Wi-Fi for 60 days, according to The Washington Times. While Comcast’s free public Wi-Fi is limited to public hotspot points and does not include home-based hotspot subscriptions, Charter is offering free broadband for students of college age who are not currently enrolled in a subscription. Mobile service provider, T-Mobile has announced that it will remove data caps for smartphone users and expand data allowances to students and schools. Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), announced the Keep Americans Connected Pledge which calls on telephone and broadband service...

Mar 17, 2020

Sprint is Suing AT&T Over "5GE" Rebrand

AT&T’s competitors have taken note of the company’s “5G Evolution” branding on phones and networks using 4G LTE Advanced Technology, but it hasn’t gone beyond crafty tweets or company blog posts –until now. Sprint recently filed a lawsuit in federal court, seeking an injunction to stop AT&T from using 5GE tags on its devices or advertising. In Sprint’s legal complaint , the company said it surveyed customers and found 54 percent of them believed AT&T’s “5GE” is as fast as, or faster than, actual 5G. Sprint also found that 43 percent of customers believed if they bought an AT&T phone today it would be 5G capable. According to Sprint, neither of those are true. Basically, Sprint says AT&T is cheating. While AT&T did launch the nation’s first 5G network last year, it’s not available everywhere. What AT&T calls 5GE is technology apart of the years-old 4G LTE-Advanced standard used by Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint on their 4G Networks. Despite this, AT&T has already incorporated 5GE...

Feb 11, 2019

Lawmakers Want Answers After The Sale and Misuse Of Location Data

(Cues Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me”) AT&T and other phone companies are restructuring their policies on selling customers’ location data to third-parties after a report by Motherboard found the information was being misused by law enforcement agencies and bounty hunters. AT&T said it would completely stop selling users’ location data, even to firms that had clear, helpful uses for the information. Last year, the company said it would stop selling the information to third parties after it was revealed that location data was being used to track people by law enforcement. “This is outrageous. I didn’t sign up for this when I signed up for wireless service and I bet neither did you,” FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said to CBS. “It turns out that they’re selling that information to companies called location aggregators who in turn are selling that to shady middlemen who for a few hundred dollars will sell to anyone, your location within a few hundred meters. I think that is a...

Jan 11, 2019