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Mindfulness App Drift Wellness Introduces New Tech To Improve Mental Health Across The Black Community

The current state of the world has made the act of prioritizing one’s well-being to the top of the list. As previously reported by AfroTech, Digital Park, a Black-owned Brooklyn-based tech startup, launched its mobile app to combat mental stress during the peak of COVID-19. Now, two years into the pandemic, a new version of Drift Wellness has been built to create even more customization for users — an integrated pulse check-in feature. According to a press release shared with AfroTech, the new update measures your BPM heart rate and creates an ambient sound tailored to your pulse. To use the innovative feature, users are to place their fingers over their phone camera and flash. Making feature updates regularly is founders Jeffery and Oyin Antwi’s intention of not being a one-and-done mobile interaction, but rather a fluid experience for users’ journeys toward steadfast growth and better health. “Mindfulness apps with the pandemic and the BLM movement in 2020 — so many apps started...

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 1, 2022

Google Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Exclusive Doodle Created By Brooklyn Illustrator Olivia Fields

Google Doodle always delivers! In honor of late renowned civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Google has partnered with illustrator Olivia Fields for a Doodle to commemorate this year’s MLK Day. The Doodle reflects an all-inclusive society where everyone can live in peace and harmony much like the dream that Dr. King fought tirelessly for. “Although it is future-focused, I hope people consider the importance of connection, especially in this present moment,” said Fields in an exclusive Q&A shared with AfroTech. “It goes without saying how significant (and essential) support is. Think about how necessary it is to reach out and to take hold as well. This is something I hope the Doodle inspires. ” For Fields, it’s more than just art — the topic at hand resonated with her own personal values. “My life has been shaped by the activism that took place in the past and continues to be formed by the movements that exist today. It cannot be understated how much is owed to...

Shanique Yates

Jan 17, 2022

Instagram, Brooklyn Museum Launch #BlackDesignVisionaries Grant Program To Invest In Black Designers

Instagram’s @design and the Brooklyn Museum are partnering to announce their inaugural grant program that’s empowering Black creatives this year. The #BlackDesignVisionaries grant program officially launched today as part of a joint effort to amplify, center and invest in the Black design community. Founded with a mission to create an open, inclusive and safe space that’s inspiring for all, Instagram’s @design strives to uplift the emerging talent amongst Black designers whose work embodies the platform’s core design values. “@design is committed to uplifting underrepresented voices and championing inclusivity and accessibility, which is why we’re delighted to launch #BlackDesignVisionaries,” Ian Spalter — Instagram’s Head of Design — said in a press statement. “We hope that the craft, passion, and creativity of our grant committee and partners, as well as Instagram’s design values, will inspire designers to share their dreams with us.” The #BlackDesignVisionaries program will award...

Njera Perkins

Jun 15, 2021

A New York Landlord Is Trying To Put Facial Recognition In A Mostly Black Brooklyn Apartment Building. Tenants Are Fighting Back

Nelson Management Group — the landlord of the 700-unit Atlantic Plaza towers in Brooklyn — is getting backlash from its tenants now that it wants to use facial recognition technology to approve and deny requests for entry, according to News 4 New York. The group wants to replace tenants’ key fobs with the facial recognition technology, but many tenants feel that it is an invasion of their privacy. A group of 130 tenants are trying to block Nelson from building it, and are now using legal action to do so, according to Patch . “It’s my biometrics, it’s my identity and we don’t want that in anyone’s hands,” Tasliym Francis, a tenant of Atlantic Plaza towers, told News 4. What’s happening in Atlantic Towers goes way beyond people being mad about the invasive nature of having facial recognition technology where they live. Tenants and lawyers are arguing that putting facial recognition tech in Atlantic Plaza is actually a violation of rent stabilization laws, which prohibit landlords from...

Arriana McLymore

May 6, 2019