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Dr. Hokehe Eko Launches A Virtual Clinic That Offers Autism And ADHD Evaluations For Children

Board-Certified Pediatrician Dr. Hokehe Eko is launching a virtual clinic for children with autism. The mother of three boasts over 10 years of experience working with children of all ages as well as those on the autism spectrum. She also completed training to conduct autism diagnostic evaluations using the CARS standardized test, her website mentions. “As a result of my experience, I am better able to differentiate between neuro-typical and neuro-atypical behaviors, and can also help identify if there are other factors at play, such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, intellectual delays, or other medical conditions,” she said on her website. Based in Oklahoma, Dr. Eko’s virtual clinic, Glow Pediatrics, is now open for consultations and will see patients located in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Maryland within a week, Black News reports. This is significant as the average national wait time for families seeking autism diagnosis evaluation is 27 months, per The Journal of Pediatrics. “Early...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 18, 2024

How The McBride Sisters Are 'Changing The Perception Of Wine Being Elitist And Exclusive'

Robin and Andrea McBride have done what most would consider unimaginable within the wine industry, but for them, like most big moments in their lives… every step of the process has been pretty kismet, according to Robin. In 2005, the McBride sisters started their wine journey when they began importing grapes from New Zealand (called Aotearoa by the indigenous Maori people) . By 2009, they began to cultivate juices together, and before they knew it, in 2017, the sisters began producing wine straight from their respective homes in Monterey, CA, and New Zealand under the McBride Sisters Collection label that they are known for today. When recalling what makes her most proud of this journey, Robin honed in on their initial vision and mission for entering the wine industry, and that was “changing the perception of wine being elitist and exclusive.”

Shanique Yates

Apr 11, 2024

Roblox Teams Up with Afro Unicorn, The First Black-Owned, Woman-Founded Business To Land A Licensed Character Brand In Major Retail

Afro Unicorn Founder April Showers is taking her business to the gaming space. Showers launched Afro Unicorn, a character brand founded in 2019 to empower Black girls and women. As AFROTECH™ previously mentioned, its products include apparel items such as leggings and shirts and party favors such as plates, napkins, balloons, decorations, and pinatas. The brand also carries apparel for babies, accessories, and bags, among others. Showers ensured that her product was marketed in various shades to reflect the multitude of complexions among Black consumers. In addition to showing inclusivity in how Black people are portrayed, the founder wants others to know that Afro Unicorn is more than a brand. “My main goal for Afro Unicorn™ is to ensure Black girls and women feel unique, divine, and magical,” Showers said in a news release. She added, “Afro Unicorn™ is more than a line of products. It’s a movement to make sure Black people are represented and have a seat at the table. I’m grateful...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 9, 2024

Jaqui Rice Gold Says Having Her Dad Jerry Rice As A G.O.A.T. Fuel Co-Founder Opened Doors, But Raising $12M And Inking An NBA Partnership Was Rooted In 'Great Business'

Jerry Rice’s daughter Jaqui Rice Gold and the NFL Hall of Famer share more than being immediate family. The father-daughter duo is behind energy drink company G.O.A.T. Fuel, a venture founded alongside Jaqui’s husband, Trevion Gold, who serves as chief brand officer. The company distinguishes itself by incorporating adaptogens into beverages, such as the fusion of cordyceps mushrooms. According to WebMD, cordyceps helps improve energy, strength, immunity, and kidney function. The fungi’s health benefits initially attracted Jaqui to enter the beverage industry while working on a beauty tech startup in 2018. At the time, caffeine became a go-to drink for Jaqui and Trevion. However, its consumption led them to experience the adverse effects of some drinks, like feeling the “jitters” and eventually a decline in energy. “We just started talking as a family. I called my dad because he was a beverage investor. He had invested in CytoSport and Muscle Milk decades ago. We were telling him...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 8, 2024

After Fearless Fund Was Hit With A Lawsuit, CEO Arian Simone Says ‘About Eight Figures Of Investments’ Fell Through In Fall 2023

According to the Associated Press, Atlanta, GA-based venture capital firm Fearless Fund “faced tough questions from conservative judges” on Wednesday, Jan. 31, as it fought for its grant program to further support Black-women-owned businesses. As AFROTECH previously told you, Fearless Fund was hit with a lawsuit by Edward Blum and his American Alliance for Equal Rights (AAER) group in August 2023 on the basis that the fund was carrying out “explicit racial exclusion” and violated the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

ashley turner

Feb 2, 2024

Bea's Bayou Founder Arielle Brown Wins $100K Grant From Aveeno

This Black woman entrepreneur has been awarded a $100,000 grand prize thanks to Aveeno.

Ngozi Nwanji

Sep 15, 2022

Digitalundivided's Fellowship Set To Support Black And Latina Women-Owned Businesses In Their Journey Toward $1M In Revenue

digitalundivided has announced a new initiative to help Black and Latina women have access to funding.

Ngozi Nwanji

Jul 20, 2022

Elise Smith And Heather Shen's Praxis Labs Raises $15.5M In Oversubscribed Series A Round

Praxis Labs, a Black and Asian-woman-founded company utilizing the power of virtual reality (VR) for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) training, just raised $15.5 million in an oversubscribed Series A round. This is the second major funding round for the company, which raised $3.2 million in February 2021, AfroTech previously reported. According to their website, Elise Smith and Heather Shen, both Stanford graduates, launched Praxis Labs in late 2019 to leverage their unique experiences and perspectives to “build the most efficacious and impactful learning experiences.” In a press release, Praxis Labs indicated that the financing round was co-led by Norwest Venture Partners and Emerson Collective. Other investors in the round included Penny Jar Capital (anchored by Steph Curry), Precursor Ventures, Concrete Rose Capital, Ulu Ventures, SoftBank’s SB Opportunity Fund and Firework Ventures. “Our society is more segregated than ever, and the workplace is often the most...

Colleen Williams

Oct 22, 2021

How Ava, The Eight-Year-Old STEM Entrepreneur, Is Inspiring Kids To Find Their Own Genius

This eight-year-old Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) entrepreneur is inspiring kids from all over the world to find their own genius. The creator of Team Genius Squad, eight-year-old Ava The S.T.E.M. Princess®, experienced academic challenges for several years. These challenges negatively impacted Ava in her day-to-day life with her educational instructors and peers; specifically, being singled out as a poor performer, teased for not understanding classroom material and excluded from friendships and cliques because she didn’t fit the mold. Not knowing what her inner genius was and the learning style that worked best for her caused Ava to experience bouts of discouragement and low self-esteem. These unfortunate events were the catalyst that catapulted Ava to learn and entertain herself and others in a different manner. But through the utilization of visual aids (videos), scripting skits and utilizing her creative gifts and talents (i.e. developing designs,...

Peanut, A Women's Social Network, Launches StartHER To Invest In Pre-Seed Startups

Peanut, a women’s social network, has announced that it has launched a new microfund. According to TechCrunch, the StartHER microfund is designed to invest in pre-seed startups led by women. Officially, the outlet confirms that the microfund looks for pre-seed startups led by “historically excluded founders of all ages, life stages, ethnicities and sexual orientations.” The pre-seed funding round, typically called the “friends and family round” (so named because that’s who normally provides the funding for the startup), is often the most difficult to get funded in general. This pre-seed round becomes doubly difficult to fund when the founder is from a historically excluded group. And this, according to the Peanut CEO, is the gap that they’re looking to close. “Peanut’s StartHER fund opens the door to founders looking for that early funding. It’s our opportunity to finally level the playing field. We want to be the family these founders can turn to, opening the door to our...

Meet The First Black Woman To Open A Houston-Based Academy Focusing On Transportation & Logistics

There’s a new Houston-based academy focused on transportation and logistics, and there’s a Black woman behind it all. In fact, she’s is the first Black woman to own a Houston-based academy of this kind in history. Meet Tajuana Roberts, the founder of Roberts Transportation & Logistics Academy. The Houston-based academy is an offshoot of her company, Roberts Freight Dispatching Services. Roberts Freight Dispatching Services became a reality in 2017, in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey. Roberts, who was left homeless as a result of Harvey, once provided knowledge on an ad-hoc basis. However, she knew that she wanted to provide a solution for the masses. Her company helped many people in the Houston area with their displacement issues, and they especially helped women who had been incarcerated and/or came from low-income families by providing them education, training, employment, and financial empowerment services. And these additional services — “add ons,” if...

Black and Latinx Women Founders Need More VC Support, digitalundivided's Report Finds

Following the racial justice movement last year, there was an uptick in venture capital deals for minority women founders, but has that support been sustained? This New Jersey-based nonprofit has the facts to show that it hasn’t. Founded in 2012, digitalundivided is a nonprofit organization that offers community and resources to Black and Latinx women entrepreneurs. The nonprofit recently released the first update on its ProjectDiane report, a demographic study that details Black and Latinx women founders and the startups they lead. The nonprofit began working on its biennial ProjectDiane report in 2016, with the most recent report publishing last year. The ProjectDiane 2021 Update assesses data from the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021. Digitalundivided debuted the most recent findings at its undivided We Rise virtual summit last month. “Studies show that Covid-19 alone has sped up digital transformation by 5.3 years,” digitalundivided CEO Lauren Maillian said...

Michelai Graham

Jun 3, 2021

Mental Health In The Workplace: Sobering Statistics, But Bright Futures

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health in the workplace has become of primary concern to both employers and employees. But while some statistics about mental health in the workplace are distressing — and indicate that we have a long way to go before we can be at “peak” levels — there are other statistics that indicate that we’ve come a long way. Let’s take a look at what we’ve found. Mental Health In The Workplace: The Facts & Figures The Mind the Workplace 2021 report, which was recently released, gives Americans a better insight into the state of the workplace after the COVID-19 pandemic. What the report unveiled was the following. Many Americans are experiencing signs of burnout. While there’s no shortage of Americans who have lost their job thanks to the pandemic — with Black and brown people suffering from unemployment more than white people — Americans that were lucky enough to keep their jobs, regardless of their race, were experiencing burnout at record rates....

Entrepreneur Latoya Nicole Is On A Mission To Represent Black Women Through Art Supplies

As Black people, we deserve diversity when it comes to art materials too! Entrepreneurs Color Too is a best-selling Black-owned coloring book and supply company that was founded by Latoya Nicole to promote diversity within the art space and create adult coloring books that promote self-care, wellness, and most importantly, self-love. On the leg of its major milestone of selling 25,000 books, the company has launched its newest addition for adults: “Shades of Brown” colored pencils. “Thinking back to when I was a child I remember seeing very few books with Black women as the main character, let alone seeing a Black woman on the cover,” said Nicole in an interview with AfroTech. “My brand Entrepreneurs Color Too aims to be inspiring and relatable to young girls and women like me. ” The path to funding for Nicole has been all about bootstrapping her business through the money from her day job and now that the business has sold over 25,000 books on Amazon alone, the money is used as...

Shanique Yates

May 21, 2021

Two Women Of Color Are Taking Control Of The Narrative Of Women In Esports

In AfroTech’s recent report about streaming, Two Average Streamers shined a spotlight on what it really means to be women in esports — especially women of color in esports. “As video game streaming has grown in popularity, so too has the frequency of online hate speech,” they wrote. “We’re now at a point where it’s a good stream if you don’t receive or encounter multiple variants of the N-word in your chat.” While, certainly, stories like these exist in the gaming world, there are plenty more stories where women in esports are becoming bosses in their own right. Take Letta J, an Afro-Latina woman who runs the Soho Gaming House in New York City. Recently, Letta was cited by Microsoft for her extraordinary work at the House during Women’s History Month. But as both a minority woman in esports and a Grammy-nominated singer, Letta said that making gaming more social — and safe — for women like her was tantamount to everything else. “By creating a space that creates solutions and...