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Rapper Zoey Dollaz Says He's Created An 'Uber, But With Bulletproof Vehicles,' To Help Keep His Industry Peers Out Of Harm's Way

Time and time again, we’ve seen the tragic loss of rappers due to senseless gun violence. From more recently with Nipsey Hussle and Pop Smoke to further down the timeline with The Notorious B.I.G and Tupac, lives have been taken away at such young ages. To take the initiative in keeping talent out of harm’s way, a fellow rapper has launched a business.  

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 17, 2022

4 Familiar Faces That Surprisingly Pursued Degrees In STEM

STEM degrees have grown significantly in popularity. According to College Counselor Services, these degrees have exploded in popularity over the past decade, especially as digital technology and computers have become a part of our everyday lives. The outlet reports that biology & biomedical sciences are the most sought-after STEM degrees, followed by degrees in mathematics & statistics, and computer science & technology rounds out the top three. What’s more, the National Science Foundation confirms that Black students — especially Black women — are seeing the value of these degrees, and are flocking to them in record numbers. “Women in the STEM workforce increased from 32% in 2010 to 34% in 2019, nearly all of which was related to an increase in the proportion of women with a bachelor’s degree or higher in STEM, from 42% (5 million workers) in 2010 to 44% (7 million workers) in 2019,” the government agency said in its most recent report. “The proportion of women in the STW in 2010...

Here Are Just A Few Of The Many Celebrities You Can Find In The Metaverse

Celebrities are appearing in the metaverse in record numbers. From rappers to athletes, to businessmen and social media stars, celebrities are realizing that the Web3 experience is the wave of the future. And as a result, they’re staking their claim in the virtual reality world while they can. Not every celebrity understands the concept, however — and that can sometimes lead to classic, and hilarious, comments. For example, when Snoop Dogg announced that he was joining the metaverse, he was very specific about how he explained it to Kevin Hart. “I built a whole metaverse called ‘The Sandbox,’” the Death Row Records capo said to the stand-up comedian. He also said he didn’t know s**t about it, but that he was “getting this money,” which is exactly the type of iconic thing you’d expect The Doggfather to say. (You’d also expect him to subsequently put Death Row Records into the metaverse, and that’s exactly what he did.) Some celebrities, however, know a lot more about the metaverse...

HBCUs Still Matter: Celebrity HBCU Alumni Who Have Paid It Forward To Their Alma Maters

Some of the biggest household names in entertainment got their higher learning at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) – even our own Vice President Kamala Harris. What’s admirable about these celebrities is that they have not only supported these great American institutions by matriculating from them, but they also seize every opportunity to pour back into the universities that set them up for success. Whether through monetary donations, visits or initiatives, these alumni have always shown love to the Black educational experience. From Spelman to Hampton to Clark Atlanta University and so forth, these beloved celebrities are the product of HBCUs. So, we’ve seen firsthand what these colleges are capable of producing. Globally-recognized filmmakers, actors, entertainers and more are a testament to the richness of HBCU culture. For those who have long since graduated, they still take the opportunity to pay it forward when they can. Here’s a few celebrities who have gone...

Njera Perkins

Sep 13, 2021

16-Year-Old Marsai Martin Launches Digital Series To Educate Her Generation On Financial Literacy

Young people are more curious than ever about how to achieve financial freedom. Thanks to Marsai Martin’s new digital venture, she’s helping kids her age learn everything they need to know about money management. The Hollywood actress announced that she’s teamed up with Verizon Media’s Gen Z platform, In The Know, to launch “Money With Marsai Martin” — a video finance series hosting honest and candid conversations about financial wellness for young people. From the importance of setting financial goals early on to the benefits of having a side hustle, Martin is using her platform to spread her knowledge of wealth. “Becoming financially independent has been such an important part of my journey both personally and professionally, so I’m excited to partner with In The Know to share what I’ve learned from my experiences with people my own age,” Martin said in a statement. “As one of the most successful and entrepreneurial generations in history, it’s important for us to prioritize...

Njera Perkins

Jul 29, 2021

Denzel Washington's Family Foundation Pledges $1M To Texas HBCU Wiley College

Denzel Washington directed and starred in an award-winning film inspired by Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Wiley College in 2008. Now he’s paying his respects back to the college with a generous gift from his family foundation. According to an announcement, the Denzel Washington Family Foundation has paid its fourth $100,000 installment toward its $1 million commitment to the Texas HBCU in support of students on the legendary Wiley College debate team. Wiley College was home of the film, “The Great Debaters,” that depicted Washington as a college professor who helped coach the university’s student-led team on its 10-year winning streak in the 1930s, according to a press release. The movie showed how the team went on to pioneer interracial collegiate debates during the Jim Crow era. The release also reported that Washington’s family foundation made its first $1 million pledge to the college back in 2007, and continued donating $100,000 each year for a decade. The...

Njera Perkins

Jul 29, 2021

Megan Thee Stallion's Revlon Collection, StockX's First-Ever Beauty Drop, Sells Out In Less Than 24 Hours

Megan Thee Stallion is making hot girl history with her latest collaboration between Revlon and StockX. A press release reports that the rap star — a Revlon brand ambassador — has finally teamed up with her makeup brand partner to launch their first hyper-limited edition “Hot Girl Sunset Collection” exclusively on the digital retail marketplace. This marks the first time a beauty brand has launched any product on StockX. According to Revlon GM Chandra Coleman Harris, the brand wanted to debut on StockX’s unexpected launch model because the platform’s unique features matched its one-of-a-kind beauty collection with Thee Stallion. “StockX is at the center of culture,” she said in a statement, “so the synergies between our brand DNA, her fans, and StockX’s dynamic marketplace aligned perfectly.” This revolutionary launch merged the tech, retail and beauty industries together to provide consumers with an out-of-the-box shopping experience on StockX. Though it seems like an usual pairing...

Njera Perkins

Jul 29, 2021

10 Viral Celeb-Brand Collaborations That Went Above and Beyond in 2020

The year 2020 has redefined celebrity brand collaborations and transformed them into authentic partnerships consumers can trust. While many celebrity collaborations with big-name brands offer a sense of creative control over their campaigns, rarely do brands tend to strike gold for a balanced alliance. However, this year, several high-profile collaborations amassed viral attention from the masses for their genius matchups – from luxury clothing brands to the biggest in gaming tech. Check out the below list of brand collaborations that got it right this year: Desus & Mero x Timberland As Bronx natives who have been longtime fans of the Timberland brand, the “Desus & Mero” duo finally secured their dream brand collaboration for what has been “a lifetime in the making,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The collaboration pays homage to their Bronx roots and Timberland culture in New York as a whole. In regards to the brand’s relationship with the late-night TV stars, Drieke...

Njera Perkins

Dec 25, 2020

Why More Celebs Are Endorsing and Investing in the $500B Crypto Market

Celebrities are cashing in on the cryptocurrency world, and thanks to their global audiences they have the power to spread knowledge about blockchain to the masses. Cryptocurrency has become a hot button topic this year as the general public starts to catch on to the digitized money trend. Therefore, we’re seeing more and more celebrities express their interest in this booming market. At the 2014 Milken Institute’s Global Conference, rapper and entrepreneur Akon said, “[Bitcoin] is going to change the world from a money transactional standpoint not just for Africa, but for everywhere.” His and other celebrity endorsements from some of the industry’s biggest names are all helping our society shift into a more tech-friendly future where digital currency is a trusted source. As cryptocurrency grows in popularity among public figures, we’re sure to see an uptick in people seeking it out for business ventures and other affairs next year and onward. Check out the below list of celebrities...

Njera Perkins

Dec 24, 2020

How Will Smith Grew $6M in Debt Into A $350M Net Worth

For over 20 years, Will Smith has been responsible for many of pop culture’s funniest and most iconic moments in history. From his classic “Summertime” tunes to his silly “Fresh Prince” antics, he’s managed to entertain and inspire the masses and continues to do so today. His major claim to fame was the ’90s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” and becoming one of the highest-paid actors with a net worth of $350 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. However, his road to financial success was not smooth sailing. The West Philadelphia native, alongside his childhood friend, DJ Jazzy Jeff, was a Grammy award-winning rap duo signed to Def Jam Records. Their 1988 studio album “He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper” sold over three million copies, but Smith ran into financial troubles leaving him with $6 million in debt. Smith attributes his success and financial freedom to developing a work ethic that didn’t come until he started acting, according to CNBC. “When I moved into acting that was...

Abriana Walton

Dec 18, 2020

DJ D-Nice Spreads Black Boy Joy With Star-Studded Virtual Dance Party

The biggest virtual dance party is breaking the internet and spreading positive energy to cure our isolation blues. During this time of crisis, a dance party is just what people need to lift their spirits and take their minds off the worries of coronavirus. Starting this past Monday, DJ D-Nice has been leading us every day in live daily jam sessions appropriately titled “Homeschool” from his Instagram page. His endless spins of old school classics have done wonders for fans and celebrities tuned in. For those unfamiliar, DJ D-Nice is a musical legend that’s been spinning the greatest hits in Black culture for over 50 years. Since his days as a member of the pioneering Bronx hip-hop crew BDP, D-Nice has become a beloved figure in the music community. His daily music happy hours, consisting of every genre from Hip-Hop and R&B to Go-Go, have united thousands of people around the world through the universal language of...

Njera Perkins

Mar 22, 2020

Debbie Allen, Lizzo and More Celebrities Give Back During This Global Crisis

With schools, restaurants, and the suspension of events thanks to coronavirus, families have scrambled to maintain normalcy. Amid the global crisis, access to essentials, such as food, household items, and income has slowed or stopped altogether. With this pandemic taxing U.S. citizens in unprecedented ways—mentally, physically, and financially—several Black celebrities have stepped up to give back to those most affected by social distancing and closures. From athletes to actors and from funds to free entertainment, here are all the ways the biggest stars are lending a helping hand to families, kids, and companies, in need, and alleviating anxiety. Debbie Allen teaches a free dance class on Instagram Live. Legendary dance instructor and Emmy award-winning actress Debbie Allen is teaching a free dance class on Instagram Live. On Wednesday (March 18), let off some steam and learn hip-grooving moves to get your body moving from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy founder herself. Tune in at...

Niki McGloster

Mar 18, 2020

Here’s Why These Black Celebs are Learning to Code

Computer science often seems like a field open only to people who are fully dedicated to computing and mathematics. However, this could not be further from the truth. High-profile celebrities around the world have told their fans that they know how to code and that they also value learning to code . It’s not difficult to understand why these celebrities are interested in programming. After all, coding not only unlocks job opportunities—according to the non-profit , there are nearly 500,000 “[o]pen computing jobs” in the U.S. alone—but knowing how to code can help you solve problems more effectively. Here’s why these Black celebrities — that you may not have known were into coding — are learning the skill. Serena Williams Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Apartment List Serena Williams is a professional tennis player who has won 23 major singles titles throughout her career—the most won by any woman or man. Williams holds more Grand Slam titles than any other active player in...

Career Karma

Feb 28, 2020