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Cristina Jones Shares The Intentionality She Has Behind Creating Partnerships As CEO Of Black Girls Code

Black Girls Code (BGC) is living true to its name. The organization exists to ensure at least 1 million girls of color will establish a presence in the tech industry by 2040 by partnering with schools, individuals who share its mission, and other organizations, a press release mentions. Among its efforts to bolster career paths in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) is providing computer programming education. In October 2023, the organization hired former Salesforce executive Cristina Jones as its CEO. Jones’ experience also includes having worked at Twentieth Century Fox, where she was able to gain further experience within the entertainment sector and technology. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Black Girls Code (@blackgirlscode) Now, in her latest role, the focus is on workforce development and fostering industry partnerships that will help to build the skills of its students and forge career pathways, as previously reported by...

Samantha Dorisca

May 14, 2024

Black Girls Code Launches A Free Coding Academy For Black Girls Ages 7-10

Black Girls Code is back with another initiative to educate young Black girls about coding. According to an April 2024 press release, nonprofit Black Girls Code teamed up with GoldieBlox, a STEM-focused children’s multimedia company, for Code Along Jr. The free video-based coding academy is based on Code Along — a Black Girls Code coding program — and is for girls who are ages 7 to 10. Launched live in Los Angeles, CA , Kalani Jewel, a child actress, hosted the coding academy’s live event, the press release details. “Together, we can change the face of technology,” Black Girls Code CEO Cristina Jones shared in a statement. “Kalani, as a vibrant and energetic 12-year-old, is the perfect host for Code Along Jr. She shows girls that tech is fun, not scary. She reaches them at their level and shows them that they can do anything they want. This is so important because tech is at the center of everything we do, and Black girls absolutely have a lot to offer as entrepreneurs, executives,...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 5, 2024

Ciara Teams Up With Black Girls Code To Help Youth 'Take Their Passion For Music And Use It To Develop Technology Skills'

Black Girls Code has announced a new initiative to get more young students excited about coding.

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 14, 2023

Black Girls Code Appoints Former Salesforce Executive Cristina Jones As Its New CEO

Black Girls Code has new leadership. According to a press release, on Oct. 24, Cristina Jones was announced as the nonprofit organization’s CEO. Under her new role, Jones will lead in Black Girls Code’s expansion, including its curriculum and age limit.

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 24, 2023

Exclusive: Black Girls Code Founder Kimberly Bryant Shares Her Side Of The Story After Being Removed As The CEO

As Kimberly Bryant prepares for life after Black Girls Code (BGC), the founder of the STEM program that champions young Black and brown girls sat down with AfroTech to discuss her side of the story. “I think it’s important for us to own our own stories as Black people and how we build,” said Bryant in an exclusive interview. “It’s not lost on me the fact that the organization that I founded and the organizational leadership that dismissed me from the organization that I created is utilizing a fully white PR firm, white law firm to take down, if you will, another Black woman as a founder.” She further explained how this has caused her a different type of pain as Bryant initially launched BGC out of love for her daughter and other Black and brown girls in early 2011. “This really was a project built from love and my desire to make a better pathway for all Black girls to be innovators and creators because I knew how difficult the path was for me as a Black woman in a STEM field that...

Shanique Yates

Aug 30, 2022

Kimberly Bryant Speaks On Her Removal From Black Girls Code: 'Ten+ Years Of Founding And Building An Organization To A $40M+ International Brand'

Last Friday, the Black Girls Code (BGC) board announced that founder and CEO Kimberly Bryant has officially been removed from her position as a leader and board member of the organization, according to Insider. In addition, the outlet reports that she has taken legal action against the nonprofit and three board members. As previously reported by AfroTech, last December, Bryant was accused of possessing a leadership style that was threatening and borderline abusive. An investigation into the matter was launched after allegations were brought forth by former employees and volunteers. Bryant has repeatedly denied the claims made against her and has used social media to keep those following her journey in the loop. According to a spokesperson for BGC, “The Board believes the decision to remove Ms. Bryant as CEO and as a board member is in the best interests of the organization, the girls it serves, its employees, and its donors. BGC has been focusing its efforts on moving forward and...

Shanique Yates

Aug 16, 2022

Black Girls Code CEO Kimberly Bryant Makes A Statement After Being Placed On Leave

Earlier last week, the unprecedented announcement of Black Girls Code CEO and founder Kimberly Bryant being removed as the nonprofit’s head came in as a shock to the tech community. Kimberly Bryant alerted the public about the breaking news with a “press release” on Twitter. “Press release: So it’s 3 days before Christmas and you wake up to discover the organization YOU created and built from the ground up has been taken away by a rogue board with no notification,” Bryant wrote via Twitter. Press release: so it’s 3 days before Christmas and you wake up to discover the organization YOU created and built from the ground up has been taken away by a rogue board with no notification. VC: @BlackGirlsCode — kimberlybryant.eth (@6Gems) December 21, 2021 The tweet caused an uproar from her counterparts and followers who wanted to learn more details of the indefinite suspension and how to support Bryant. Recently, Bryant shared a statement with TechCrunch to further clear the air.

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 29, 2021

Chloe x Halle To Go Head-To-Head On Twitch In Partnership With Black Girls Code & LG

Chloe x Halle are coming to a Twitch near you! In a press release announcement, it was revealed that the multi-talented duo is taking part in an all-female-led livestream gaming event on Monday, Dec. 20 @ 7:30 p.m. PST as part of LG’s Only on OLED campaign, which has partnered with Black Girls CODE. This not-for-profit organization focuses on providing technology education for Black girls. Chloe x Halle will face-off in an exhilarating 90-minute Twitch battle and will be coached by Evil Geniuses Creator Collective stars Lisa Wallen and Aruuu. As part of the campaign, LG will also be supporting and highlighting the presence of women in tech. This gaming challenge follows LG’s Only on OLED Fortnite battle between Megan Fox and Grammy-winning producer DJ Khaled. Chloe x Halle has come a long way since their days of posting videos on YouTube. Since getting signed to Beyoncè’s label, the duo has become seemingly overnight sensations and has begun branching out their business model to...

This Black Girls CODE Instructor Created A Coloring Book To Empower Young Women To Pursue STEM

Nia Asemota is the product of what it looks like to defy societal norms. Coming from a Puerto Rican and Nigerian household, actively pursuing the computer science path didn’t seem possible to her adolescent self. The notion to pursue becoming either a doctor, lawyer, or engineer is commonly instilled in traditional Nigerian homes. Along with the societal pressure, Black women are widely underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). At the time, the intersection of both worlds widened the gap of who the aspiring computer scientist could look up to as she set out on the challenging road ahead. Thankfully, her initial doubts were dispelled after joining her first Black Girls CODE workshop in high school.

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 15, 2021

Mariah Carey Collabs With Cryptocurrency Platform Gemini To Support Black Girls CODE

The crypto space just received a huge nudge from one of the most prominent artists in history. Mariah Carey will be teaming up with cryptocurrency platform Gemini — founded by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss — in an effort to bolster financial empowerment for women, Rolling Stone reports. The Winklevoss founders felt convicted to work with the “We Belong Together” singer due to her global influence and peaking activity in financial instruments. In a video posted to Mariah Carey’s social platforms, she credits Gemini’s free educational resources such as Crytopedia, for her now acquired knowledge regarding better investment practices using cryptocurrency. To encourage her fans to tap in, the global star will be gifting fans $20 in the form of bitcoin when users sign up with the code “MARIAH.” A portion of the trades will be allocated toward Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit on a mission to train one million Black girls on...

Samantha Dorisca

Oct 19, 2021

Erika Alexander Believes There Is A New Arts Renaissance Found In The Crypto Space

Best recognized for her prized role as Maxine Shaw on Living Single, Erika Alexander has successfully transitioned into a new season of her career. She now channels her attention toward promoting Black culture and excellence. Taking a leap of faith, Erika Alexander ventured into comic books having little to no experience in the arena which she reveals is distinct from writing for film and television. “We did it because we’re trying to move a mountain when we couldn’t move the mountain, we decided to make our own,” Alexander said in an exclusive interview with AfroTech. Launching Concrete Park in 2013 -written in conjunction with Tony Puryear (screenwriter of Eraser)- the comic explores themes of race, exile, and poverty through a dark tale where the protagonists do not aim to rebuild society, but they are fighting to create a new infrastructure. The comic series received massive success receiving recognition as The Best American Comics upon its release in 2013 and Forbes Magazine...

Samantha Dorisca

Oct 1, 2021

Sensationnel Hair Pledges $100K to Black Girls Code, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and More

Sensationnel is giving back in a huge way! The leading wig and hair extensions manufacturer is donating $100,000 to four organizations that support and uplift Black women, children, and students. Those organizations include Black Girls Code, The Loveland Foundation, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and United Negro College Fund (UNCF). “Black History Month is a time to reflect and honor the history of those who made great strides and contributions towards the advancement of the Black community,” said Sensationnel Vice President, Louis Choi in a news release. “With respect for the past, we have chosen to highlight those who currently push for a better future. The four organizations were specifically chosen as they support Black Women, children, and students who are sure to make huge impacts on the world.” Since its inception in 2011, Black Girls Code has managed to work to close the gap between those with regular access to digital technology and those without it. The organization’s...

Shanique Yates

Mar 22, 2021

For Black Girls CODE Founder Kimberly Bryant, Making History Means Teaching 1M Girls How to Code by 2040

Black Girls CODE founder Kimberly Bryant started her ambitious organization as a basement experiment and quickly transformed it into a global movement to usher more Black women into the tech space. According to Capitol Technology University, Bryant garnered an interest in math and science as a young girl — fields that are known to be dominated by Asian and white men. Her organization’s website also shared that she often felt culturally isolated as she sometimes found herself to be the only Black woman or Black person among her college classmates. Despite this, she maintained her interests and followed a career path that would merge her passion with a grand mission to change the face of tech. NBC News reported that throughout her biotech engineering career and journey climbing the ranks at companies like DuPont, Phillip Morris and Genentech, Bryant longed to see a more inclusive world for her daughter Kai. “My daughter was about to go to middle school and was interested in tech and...

Njera Perkins

Mar 18, 2021

The Entertainment Software Association Announces $1M Initiative to Support Black Girls CODE

The Entertainment Software Association and its philanthropic arm, the ESA Foundation, have announced a new initiative to benefit Black Girls CODE. In a press release announcement, it was revealed that the $1 million, multi-year initiative will support educational and mentoring programs for girls and young women interested in technology. This initiative is also in line with Black Girls CODE’s mission to teach coding and technology skills to one million girls and young women by 2040. “The partnership between the ESA Foundation and Black Girls CODE is tailor-made for this moment,” said Anastasia Staten, executive director of the Entertainment Software Association Foundation, in the press release statement. “We believe our program will have a lasting impact on girls and young women who otherwise might never have considered careers in the video game industry. And the most exciting part for me is that, beyond their generous financial support, some of the world’s leading video game...