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AfroTech's Talent Infusion Launches Series To Provide Insight On The Ever-Evolving Professional HR Landscape

The landscape of human resources (HR) is changing before our eyes, and it can be challenging to stay updated and informed as it evolves. However, this is where AfroTech is stepping in to support.

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 1, 2023

AfroTech Invites Employers To Tap Into Its New Platform, Talent Infusion To Recruit Top Diverse Job Candidates

Representation matters. From the election of the 44 th President Barack Obama to the almost cult following of the original “Black Panther” portrayed by the late Chadwick Boseman – there is something special about someone who looks like you in spaces that have historically been void. This perspective becomes increasingly more valuable regarding job and work cultures. As people of color navigate corporate and public-sector spaces for employment, one value at the top of most people’s list is a culture of inclusion and diversity. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies are being employed across several sectors. Companies are making efforts to ensure their space is more in line with the representation that exists in the world. However, with the importance of equitable spaces at the forefront, HR leaders are tasked with recruiting and retaining qualified diverse talent that meets their DEI goals and provides varied influence and critical perspectives to their organizations....

Josh Rodgers

Apr 7, 2023

Here's How Google's Bserat Ghebremicael Is Cultivating A Community For Black Employees

Through Google’s commitment of promoting inclusivity at a global scale, the Black Googler Network (BGN), an employee resource group that cultivates Black talent, is one of the efforts spawned within the company’s continual mission. BGN’s Bserat Ghebremicael leads as the group’s Head of Experience to support Black Googlers along their journeys, as well as to help with inclusion and belonging at the tech giant.

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 4, 2021

Black-Owned Influencer Marketing Agency Fanbytes Launches Fund To Help Brands Discover Black Talent

Last year marked a pivotal moment in time for change and equality, specifically for Black communities. The happenings in the digital space and social media have shown us the importance of amplifying Black creators and influencers who are often overlooked. Now thanks to companies like Fanbytes, we’ll be able to break the cycle of underrepresentation in creative industries. According to AdWeek, the London-based influencer marketer agency — launched by CEO and founder Timothy Armoo in 2017 — was created to help big brands discover new interactive ways to engage with Gen Z audiences around the world. With initiatives like the Fanbytes Impact Fund, the goal for Fanbytes is to now help Black-owned businesses get the funding they need as well as help Black creators gain more visibility in mainstream spaces. “What happened with George Floyd, it made me realize even more that I had this platform and I had a responsibility to do something,” Armoo told the outlet. “And I didn’t want to just do...

Njera Perkins

Aug 4, 2021

Udacity Follows Through On Pledge To Build Stronger Pipeline Of Black Tech Talent

Last year, online learning and talent platform Udacity announced the launch of a free scholarship program that pledged to help emerging Black techies develop new tech skills for their careers. Today, the company has announced the completion of said pledge that’s working to build a stronger pipeline of Black tech talent in the industry. According to a press release, Udacity — which uses its platform to power the careers of the future — has declared that its Pledge to Equality Scholarship program has helped 730 recipients complete more than 1,100 projects as part of their coursework and hired seven graduates as company interns across different departments. The scholarship program was initially launched to offer free Udacity Nanodegree programs to Black communities across the U.S. The company also arranged to host a virtual career fair featuring seven different companies and contributed over $1 million to cover the cost of these free Nanodegree programs for learners. According to...

Njera Perkins

Jul 14, 2021

OneTen Launches Tech Platform To Create One Million Career Opportunities For Black Talent Over The Next Decade

Traditional hiring processes often overlook qualified prospective Black candidates for job opportunities. But with some help from OneTen’s new tech-based platform, the organization hopes to generate more career paths that will level the playing field for Black talent. Today, the coalition of leading CEOs and their organizations debuted a new talent platform that will jumpstart OneTen’s ambitious program to hire, upskill, reskill and promote one million Black individuals in their careers over the next 10 years. “OneTen has a deeply important mission: Identifying and cultivating Black talent who the traditional career development pipelines have left behind, training them, and positioning them for success in a career,” Obed Louissaint — Senior Vice President, Transformation and Culture, IBM — said in a statement. “We hope that by placing more Black individuals in these fields, we will not only create careers and support families, but also create meaningful change in the organizations...

Njera Perkins

Jun 29, 2021

Clark Atlanta University Joins $90M Joint Initiative To Introduce Students To Alternative Investment Careers

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has announced itself as a partner of a joint initiative that aims to introduce its students to careers in private equity. According to a press release, CAU is one of three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) — others being Morehouse and Spelman College — to join the first-of-its-kind industry initiative powered by non-profit ALT Finance Corp. and leading investment firms Apollo Global Management, Inc., Ares Management Corp. and Oaktree Capital Management LP. The $90 million initiative — formally known as “AltFinance: Investing in Black Futures”™ — was launched as part of an effort to prepare HBCU students to pursue alternative career paths in private equity or alternative-credit investing. Additionally, all three investment firms have committed to donating $3 million each per year for the next 10 years to fund ALT Finance Corp., marking this as the first significant multi-firm commitment to generate more opportunities in the...

Njera Perkins

Jun 16, 2021

Actor-Sibling Duo Stephan James, Shamier Anderson Launch The Black Academy to Celebrate Black Talent

Hollywood for Black actors and creatives is already an isolated space still plagued with systemic racism and discrimination, but in Canada, the lack of opportunities for Black talent is even more apparent. In an effort to shift the industry in a new direction, Variety reports that Canadian actors and brothers Shamier Anderson and Stephan James have just launched The Black Academy — an extension of their nonprofit B.L.A.C.K. Canada (Building a Legacy in Acting, Cinema + Knowledge) which was founded in 2016 — meant to honor and celebrate Black Canadian talent.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by B.L.A.C.K ™️ (@blackisnowcanada) The Black-led organization — funded by the Canada Media Fund — will reportedly showcase the country’s established and rising Black talent, thus amplifying overlooked English and French-Canadian artists across the country. “The impetus of The Black Academy stems from our long-lasting commitment, deep ties to our community, and an awareness of the...

Njera Perkins

Dec 4, 2020

Michael B. Jordan Spearheads #ChangeHollywood Diversity Campaign For Black Talent

There’s a reckoning for change across all industries right now, and Hollywood is no exception. For the past month, Black actors and actresses have been utilizing their platforms to speak up for injustice in America and Hollywood as they share their own experiences with racism. This week, famed actor Michael B. Jordan has announced a new initiative called #ChangeHollywood, which provides action steps for studios, production companies, and agencies to push for more “anti-racist content, authentic Black stories and Black talent,” according to The Hollywood Reporter . Jordan has taken matters into his own hands as he leads the charge for this campaign — which he’s partnered with Color Of Change for — to create concrete and manageable solutions for Black talent in Hollywood that contribute to positive representation for the Black community. The actor outlined his frustration with the racist institutions in Hollywood via Twitter as he announced the new campaign. Hollywood has a history of...

Njera Perkins

Jul 24, 2020