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Clark Atlanta University Alumna Carol Waddy Presents The HBCU With A $1M Gift From Chick-Fil-A

Clark Atlanta University’s efforts to continue creating an impactful experience for its students are being aided even more thanks to a whopping donation.

Jul 17, 2023

Clark Atlanta University Graduates Inch One Step Closer To Raising $2M In Funding For Their Alcohol Delivery Platform

Three Clark Atlanta University graduates are closer to their goal of reaching $2 million in funding for their alcohol delivery service. As AfroTech previously told you, Miami, FL-based startup QuikLiq was launched by HBCU alumni with a mission to transform how wine, beer, and spirits are delivered to consumers.

May 30, 2023

‘The Cosby Show’ Actor Joseph C. Phillips Becomes Professor At HBCU

Although he may be most recognized for his role on “The Cosby Show,” Joseph C. Phillips will now be leading students at Clark Atlanta University as a professor in theatre and communication studies.

Oct 11, 2022

Clark Atlanta University Receives Historic $10M Grant To Bring Data Science Program To The HBCU

Clark Atlanta University has received a $10 million grant to advance its students. WSB-TV Atlanta reports the money awarded to the historically Black university will make data science accessible by creating a program under the National Data Science Alliance (NDSA). In five years, “the NDSA will expand the number of Black people earning data science credentials by no fewer than 20,000.” “This is a monumental accomplishment for the HBCU community as a whole. Clark Atlanta University has deep roots in conducting data science research that promotes equity, including the seminal works of scholar and former faculty member W.E.B. Du Bois on these hallowed ground,” CAU President George T. French Jr., Ph.D. said, according to WSB-TV Atlanta.

Aug 4, 2022

The Pinky Cole Foundation Partners With Varo Bank To Get Entrepreneurs Equipped With LLCs

Aisha “Pinky” Cole is about her business, and she is paving the way for the next entrepreneurs to create their own empires. As AfroTech just told you, the founder and CEO of the Slutty Vegan franchise blessed the entire 2022 graduating class at Clark Atlanta University with Limited Liability Companies (LLCs). Already, recipients of the generous contributions have gotten their LLCs off the ground and running in less than three weeks. “When I graduated, I did not have a plan, but these people graduated with a plan. Now, it’s about how they executed that plan, and I’m looking forward to more entrepreneurs from that class of students who have gotten their LLCs to do something big and create that multimillion-dollar business, just like I did. If I can do it as a girl from East Baltimore from around the way and who comes from humble beginnings, I know every single one of them can too,” Cole told AfroTech in an exclusive interview.

Jun 13, 2022

Slutty Vegan Founder Pinky Cole Provides Clark Atlanta University's Graduating Class Of 2022 With LLCs

The graduating class of Clark Atlanta University will have a head start as they embark on their next chapter thanks to well-known alumni!

May 16, 2022

HBCU Clark Atlanta University Receives $11.8M Grant For Knowledge Metaverse Hub

The metaverse isn’t just for cryptocurrency and NFTs; it’s for education, too. According to a press release, augmented and virtual reality-focused platform EON Reality has awarded Clark Atlanta University an $11.8 million grant to bring a Knowledge Metaverse Hub. “Clark Atlanta University remains dedicated to our scholars and equipping with the best resources and innovative technologies,” said President George T. French Jr., Ph.D., according to the press release. “As we accelerate our momentum, these essential partnerships support our efforts to step into the future of interactive teaching and learning through relevant and future-focused innovations.” What is a Knowledge Metaverse Hub? It’s a combination of digital information and extended reality (XR) similar to immersive experiences. The technology’s purpose is to serve as a more innovative way to approach education for both faculty and students. Clark Atlanta University is now the first Historically Black College and University...

Mar 31, 2022

Rockstar Energy Teams Up With Cortez Bryant To Launch A Resource Hub For Black Artists In Atlanta's AUC

Atlanta’s University Center (AUC) will soon have a space fit for the next rockstar! Today Rockstar Energy has announced that it will team up with Cortez Bryant, a renowned talent manager known for working with greats like Drake and Nicki Minaj. He is also the co-CEO of the record label Blueprint Group and will now play a pivotal role in helping to spearhead the launch of Atlanta’s next destination for Black artists, Rockstar Culture Labs. “The Rockstar Culture Labs is an exciting next step for Blueprint Group, which has been dedicated to educating, supporting, and amplifying the next generation of creative artists,” said Bryant in an official release shared with AfroTech. “Partnering with Rockstar Energy to open this space in one of the country’s most happening music communities gives us another platform to create incredible opportunities for Atlanta’s Black artists.

Feb 28, 2022

Keshia Knight Pulliam To Lead Course At HBCU To Fuel The Next Generation Of Black Entrepreneurs

A new face will be joining Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Clark Atlanta University to inspire the next generation of Black entrepreneurs. Hollywood veteran Keshia Knight Pulliam — most recognized for her roles on “The Cosby Show” and “Tyler Perry House of Payne” — will become the newest partner of Now and Later® candy as a part of its #RecognizeTheChew Class in Session series. “I look forward to partnering with Now and Later on this program and sharing my personal and professional experience with the #RecognizeTheChew Class in Session students,” Pulliam said in a press release. “This next generation of HBCU leaders are resilient, and I am honored to provide any helpful nuggets to help fuel their entrepreneurial passions.” According to a press release from PR Newswire the brand’s focal point is to celebrate the work ethic and community spirit of HBCU leaders. For its introductory year, the program will be housed at HBCUs Clark Atlanta University’s Mass Media Arts...

Oct 22, 2021

HBCU ELI At Clark Atlanta University Names Keisha Lance Bottoms As Its First Honorary Fellow

Clark Atlanta University has just announced its first honorary fellow and it’s only right that the person has ties to the Atlanta area. The HBCU Executive Leadership Institute’s (HBCU ELI) first honorary fellow is none other than current Atlanta Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms. This first-of-its-kind program includes a roster that is made up of 58 percent women which in turn makes it the nation’s most diverse cohort of future HBCU leaders. The program is funded largely by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) and aims to serve as the incubator for developing and recruiting the next generation of leaders for over 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). PR Newswire reports that CZI’s $1 million donation is the largest gift to the HBCU ELI organization to date. A product of an HBCU — Florida A&M University to be exact — Bottoms is the only mayor in the history of Atlanta to have served in all three branches of government. Upon being sworn in as the leader of the metro...

Jul 27, 2021

Clark Atlanta University Surprises Students By Canceling Nearly $2M In Account Balances

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is now the latest among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to forgive student debt amid the pandemic. According to an announcement from the Atlanta HBCU, it surprised its students last week after announcing that it would be clearing unpaid student account balances from the last five semesters over the 2020-2021 school year. FOX 5 also reported that CAU officials say that roughly 900 students with nearly $2 million in debt will have their balances canceled immediately. “We understand these past two academic years have been emotionally and financially difficult on students and their families due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” President Dr. George T. French, Jr. shared in a statement. “That is why we will continue to do all we can to support their efforts to complete their CAU education. Their academic and professional future is important to me and the entire Clark Atlanta University family. We care about students and want to lighten their...

Jul 26, 2021

Clark Atlanta University Joins Effort To Create One Million Black-Owned Businesses By 2030

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is breaking barriers for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as Black entrepreneurs with a powerful call to action. According to an announcement, the southern institution has announced a new partnership with Operation HOPE for a national initiative committed to creating one million Black businesses by 2030. The new pledge makes CAU the first HBCU to participate in the $130 million Shopify-funded initiative. The One Million Black Business Initiative (1MBB) also includes generating 1,000 Black entrepreneurs and business owners over the course of its nearly decade-long commitment. Through the 1MBB, CAU will have an opportunity to engage HBCU students, alumni, faculty and staff to grant them access to resources and capital to help successfully jumpstart and sustain their entrepreneurial ventures. “CAU students—and alumni— are ambitious, creative and filled with innovative ideas. It is the CAU way,” said president George T. French...

Jul 21, 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...

Jun 16, 2021

Clark Atlanta University's Executive Leadership Institute To Receive $1M Gift To Support Next HBCU Leaders

Clark Atlanta University is receiving a generous gift to help groom its next generation of Historically Black College and University (HBCU) leaders. This week, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) — an organization created to build a more inclusive, just and healthy future for all — announced its first round of Racial Equity Grants to be distributed to Clark Atlanta University’s Executive Leadership Institute (ELI), a press release reports. The $1 million gift will help support Clark Atlanta’s mission to lead the way in advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion for Black and communities of color in America. Additionally, the donation will poise the university to continue preparing its students to become world leaders. “The Executive Leadership Institute at Clark Atlanta University is at the forefront of addressing issues of diversity and inclusion. Gifts like this help to sustain the future of HBCUs which depend on the quality and training of those who will lead them,”...

May 14, 2021

These HBCU Grads Are Behind The First Black-Owned Alcohol Delivery Service

Cheers! Thanks to these two Historically Black College and University (HBCU) grads, you could soon have your cocktail ingredients delivered to your front door, reports Navarr Grevious and Mikáel Pyles met on campus while attending Clark Atlanta University back in the early 2010s and not only did they become good friends and fraternity brothers, but now they’re business partners and have created the perfect digital platform for the alcohol industry. QuikLiq — operating out of Miami, FL — was designed to make ordering alcohol both easy and convenient and is well on its way to becoming a leading digital platform for wine, beer, and spirit delivery. “QuikLiq is a tech-forward digital marketplace that provides our customers with access to the best selection of wine, beer, and spirits , right from the comfort of their homes,” according to the company’s website. “By partnering with the premier alcohol retailers along Miami Beach and throughout the US, we have set out to...

May 13, 2021