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Laurieann Gibson To Launch First-Of-Its-Kind Streaming Network To Make The World Dance

Laurieann Gibson is here to make the world dance! The renowned Emmy Award-nominated director, producer, author, choreographer and pop culture innovator has joined forces with Cinedigm to launch the BOP (Born Out Of Passion) Network. It will be the first multimedia streaming service offering an all-inclusive slate of global dance-related programming. “Not only is BOP a dream come true, but it is born out of passion,” said Gibson in an exclusive interview with AfroTech. “BOP is all things dance. It is a new, global network streaming service, an entertainment value that has yet to be established and experienced. It is the joy that dance brings, the hope and aspirational aspect of it, the whole razzle-dazzle.” Laurieann Gibson started out as a dancer, however, throughout her career she has built superstars — from Diddy to Megan Thee Stallion to Alicia Keys and beyond. She’s even cultivated international superstars on hit reality shows like “Beyond the Spotlight,” “Dance Moms,” “Making...

Oct 13, 2021

STEM From Dance Is Using Confidence And The Arts To Get More Girls In Tech

Yamilee Toussaint is an MIT Engineering graduate who founded STEM from Dance , a program designed to expose black and Latino middle schools girls to careers in the STEM fields through dance. Because of the deep connection that music and dance have in the culture of minority communities who use these art forms as a release, to celebrate and to communicate, Toussaint saw the unique opportunity to build community and confidence through dance. Next week (July 9-20), STEM From Dance is hosting its Girls Rise Up summer dance camp in Brooklyn. “We’re stoked to work with 50 girls and have them experience hopefully a really transformative two weeks,” says Toussaint in an exclusive statement to AfroTech. Photo: STEM From Dance Progam participants will be introduced to software and electrical engineering principles in addition to the choreography they learn, creating a dance routine that brings together the best of both worlds. This summer, the group will also make trips to visit the Spotify...