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NBA Star Dwight Howard Inks $500K Deal With Arrowhead Water

Even though Dwight Howard has been in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for nearly two decades, he’s carving out a legacy more meaningful than basketball. To continue his legacy after he crosses the finish line of his basketball career, Howard plans to make an impact in the Los Angeles community. To help in that mission, Howard has inked a $500,000 multi-year sponsorship deal with Arrowhead Water. Arrowhead will commit $75,000 toward Dwight Howard’s Grand Champions Foundation. K.C. Blinn, Blue Triton Brands Vice President of Marketing, affirms Dwight Howard’s efforts in community building served as the leading factor to pursue a relationship with the Lakers center. “What was different about Dwight and his team was that they came with a community first and give back direction to it,” Blinn said, according to Forbes. “They really wanted to be a part of leaving a legacy here in Los Angeles.”

Dec 28, 2021

These Sisters Created A Diverse Children's Brand That Will Now Be Sold At Walmart

Sisters and founders of Kids for Culture — Lamia Haley and Kristen O’meally — had a mission to create diverse and inclusive products for children, which has now received a stamp of approval from Walmart. Haley and O’meally created Kids for Culture in response to O’meally casually scrolling on Instagram and stumbling across ABC flashcards. Despite the great intention behind the product, she could not help but feel indifferent due to the lack of representation. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kids For Culture®️ (@kidsforculture) “I saw some ABC flashcards and I said well those would be nice if they also represented other races because it was just majority caucasian children that were on there and I said ‘Well I’m going to create some,'” O’meally shares in an interview with WHAS 11. After excitingly revealing the concept to her sister, Haley suggested the incorporation of affirmations to their products. The idea blossomed at the height of the pandemic and Kids for Culture...

Nov 4, 2021

Young Thug Nudges Elon Musk To 'Make Slime City Solar Powered'

If shooting your shot leads to a partnership with one of the world’s most innovative and successful entrepreneurs, you just might be onto something. On Tuesday, Oct. 19, Young Thug shared on his Twitter platform his interest to make Slime City “solar powered” with the help of Elon Musk. I wanna make Slime City solar powered wya @elonmusk — Young Thug ひ (@youngthug) October 19, 2021 The launch of his highly anticipated album “Punk” isn’t slowing down the rapper’s plan to invest in his newly acquired land Slime City. As AfroTech previously reported, Thugger partnered with software company Adobe to launch a contest for creators to reveal what “punk” signifies to them. The digital footprints were used for a custom jacket design inspired by the album. Just one week after the “Go Crazy” rapper’s birthday on Aug. 16, he was gifted 100 acres of land located in a heavily wooded area with a massive lake by his manager Geoff Ogunlesi in celebration of the Big 30. The Atlanta rapper has...

Oct 21, 2021

Family Affair: How Dr. Mackie & His Brother, The First Black Captain America, Are Engaging Black Kids In STEM

On a mission to inspire the future generation of Black kids in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM), Dr. Calvin Mackie is building an unshakable foundation down South in Bayou State. Dr. Mackie has involved himself in the STEM field for over three decades, acquiring bachelor of science degrees from Morehouse College and Georgia Tech, where he also acquired a master of science and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. Dr. Mackie’s next steps would land him at Tulane University, where he would make history serving as the only African American to receive tenure status as a professor in 2002. Unfortunately, following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Tulane made the difficult decision to discontinue its engineering program. Walking into a new season pre-maturely, Dr. Mackie made the conscious decision to continue his purpose in New Orleans, to make a difference in his community. In his spirit, he recognized there was unfinished business that he needed to take care of.

Oct 21, 2021

Eight Great Educational Technology Programs for Children

To prepare your child for the future , make sure they’re not just consuming digital media, but also are capable of creating, producing, and maintaining the very technology upon which the world relies. Consider supplementing your child’s coursework with an online program to help them understand technology and develop the skills they’ll need to compete. If you’re considering doing so, or currently looking for a program that fits your child’s interests and aptitude (as well as your budget), you’re sure to find a good fit on this list. CodeAcademy CodeAcademy does provide a comprehensive set of coding tutorials on a wide range of programming topics. As adults and children use the platform, it’s best recommended for high school students interested in web development, data science, or programming. freeCodeCamp This nonprofit produces video tutorials on a variety of coding languages that are available completely free. Like CodeAcademy, this may be a good option for motivated older students...

Sep 24, 2020

Michelle Obama to Host New Virtual Reading Series for Kids at Home

While kids around the world may be at-home practicing social distancing, Michelle Obama still wants to find a way to connect with them through her virtual reading series. The former First Lady is launching a new online children’s book reading series and hosting live sessions every Monday for the next four weeks. During “Mondays With Michelle Obama,” kids at home will have a chance to practice their reading and give parents a break. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) “As a little kid, I loved to read aloud. And when I became a parent, I found such joy in sharing the magic of storytelling with my own children—and then later, as First Lady, with kids everywhere,” Mrs. Obama shared in a press release via CBS News . Every Monday at noon Eastern Standard Time, Mrs. Obama will read a different popular children’s book live on PBS KIDS and Penguin Random House social media platforms. This virtual reading series is a part of Penguin Random House’s...

Apr 20, 2020

This Mompreneur is Launching Detroit’s First Coworking Play Space for Families

Launching a new business is a challenge in itself, but balancing a new venture alongside motherhood is equally as difficult. However, businesswoman and founder Raven Fisher has a plan to make her vision a reality with her company Social Tykes, Detroit’s first indoor coworking play space for moms and families. “Here in Detroit there’s a lack of places for younger children and moms to go,” Fisher said. “A lot of places are for the older kids and not really tailored to the younger ones.” The coworking play space is meant to encourage children to expand their knowledge with other kids and make connections outside of their families. In turn, the space also gives moms a chance to build relationships with other moms in the same position. “I experienced postpartum depression, and wanted to bring child guardians together to bridge the gap of loneliness that can sometimes come with new parenthood,” Fisher said. Fisher’s vision for her business stemmed from being a mom and seeing the lack of...

Apr 7, 2020

Toys “R” Us Video Surveillance Sparks Controversy

The return of Toys “R” Us has been heralded by many. However, the praise falls short when it comes to the former toy giant’s new video surveillance, which some say, targets children. In its new incarnation, Toys “R” has partnered with tech startup bt8a and analytics expert Retail Next to obtain information about its customers. The system’s ability to track the movement of shoppers to better understand their interests and cater to them is considered problematic, as many Toys “R” Us customers are minors, and there are laws in place to protect their privacy. As noted in a recent WIRED article, “ Collecting information on kids is a highly sensitive issue, and US law carves out various additional protections or restrictions when it comes to minors .” In addition, informed parental consent is generally required. A spokesperson for RetailNext has indicated that personal data of children is not obtained intentionally or retained, and that height parameters help ensure that children are not...

Dec 13, 2019

Children's Online Privacy Is at Risk Every Day. These Lawmakers Want To Do Something About it

This week, two senators proposed an update to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that, if passed, will significantly strengthen the protection of kids online. The bill was introduced as a bipartisan effort by Sens. Ed Markey (D-WA) and Josh Hawley (R-MO). One aim of the bill is to introduce an “eraser button” so parents can remove their kids’ data from a service. If a parent uses it, a platform could not discontinue service to the user. For example, if a parent had their kids’ data removed from Facebook or TikTok, the platform couldn’t try to force the kid off. Currently, COPPA makes it so companies can’t collect personal data or location information from kids under the age of 13 without explicit parental consent. The bill strengthens this protection by extending it to kids up to the age of 15. For kids ages 13 to 15, companies will now require their consent in order to collect any data. “Big tech companies know too much about our kids, and even as parents, we know...

Mar 13, 2019