This psychiatrist is offering her care in her own innovative way — Nurse practitioners on wheels. Dr. Joanne McDougal Patterson is behind the first-ever tiny home mental health clinic in metro Atlanta, GA, according to Atlanta News First.
Sep 8, 2023
Rick Ross may be the biggest boss, but he also may just have a big heart to match.
Jun 21, 2023
Technology is a powerful tool, but it can also work in the opposite of one’s favor.
Jan 3, 2023
Macon, MS, native Tyra Ivory held on to the saying “When one door closes, another opens,” which led her to make history.
Nov 9, 2022
As the descendant of Black farmers by way of southern Virginia, this Airbnb experience was a reminder that there’s truly no place like home. Thanks to the company’s new Southwest Georgia Agri-Tourism initiative , Black people have the opportunity to connect to their roots in a way like never before. The first stop on the tour for me was the “Taste of The South” Experience at the Vicks Estate, Farm, and Fishery. Upon arriving, the home had a familiarity about it that I couldn’t quite put my finger on — that was until Clinton Vicks met me with a warm greeting as if he was a distant cousin prior to taking me to a backyard oasis that was way too beautiful to put into words. This is not your average tasting experience. Together, Clinton and I picked fresh food from the garden to prepare our meal as we learned our connection to the land lies within our family’s farming experiences. “I grew up doing this with my grandma,” said Clinton when asked when he discovered he had a passion for...
Aug 19, 2022
Before Zaytoven was a fire producer, he was Xavier Lamar Dotson, the kid who hailed from San Francisco, CA to Atlanta, GA, thanks to his family’s military background. Music has always played a pivotal role in Zaytoven’s life. His first experience as a musician began at Life Abundantly Church located in Conyers, GA, where he served as an organist for the congregation each and every Sunday, according to HotNewHipHop. Although he was not allowed to listen to rap, the 42-year-old producer still managed to sneak enough songs in to plant the seed, leading to his desire to make music. And, as they say, the rest is history — Zaytoven has solidified his place in the industry as one of the innovators of the current Trap Music sound we know and love today. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AfroTech (@afro.tech) Grab your tickets to AfroTech Conference.
Jul 19, 2022
A new technology center is making its way to Atlanta! Nike exclusively shared with AfroTech that the Atlanta Technology Center is set to open its doors in the metro city’s Midtown neighborhood in early 2023 and will include three Centers of Excellence focused on the following disciplines: Logistics & Supply Chain, Cybersecurity, and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning. The mission is spearheaded by Dr. Mona-Lisa Pinkney — a senior technology leader in Nike’s Corporate Information Security department. She will offer her expertise to help raise the next generation of leaders through tech. “Personally, I am passionate about gender and racial equity in STEM and have dedicated time to help drive change – from founding the Black Women in STEM 2.0 nonprofit and serving on the Women in Cybersecurity Racial Equity Committee to establishing an endowment to provide scholarships for underrepresented students in the College of Engineering at my Alma mater, North Carolina State University,”...
Apr 7, 2022
The college application process can spur fear in many high schoolers, but the power of betting on yourself will always take you far. It’s that mentality that has led Georgia high school senior Makenzie Thompson to academic excellence, according to CNN. The 18-year-old, who is described as a “star student throughout high school,” applied to 51 universities and has since received 49 acceptance letters along with over $1 million in scholarship offers. The leap of faith came after Thompson attended college fairs and received fee waivers, the outlet reports. As of now, she only has one pending letter. “It was a very, very good experience, just to see your hard work paying off and getting to see them just pile up in a folder,” she said, according to CNN. “My family is ecstatic. Getting 49 acceptances and over 1.3 million, they’re like ‘wow, you’re going places.'”
Mar 29, 2022
Black women in Georgia will receive guaranteed monthly income to improve their mental health and address the racial wealth gap. Yahoo News reports , the In Her Hands program will grant 650 Black women below the federal poverty line $850 in monthly cash with no conditions attached for two years. In Her Hands will become one of the largest guaranteed income pilot programs in the U.S distributing over $13 million in funding by early 2022. “Black women are among the most likely groups to experience cash shortfalls that make covering basic needs difficult. This isn’t the result of poor choices; it’s the result of pervasive economic insecurity that has the sharpest impacts on women and communities of color,” Hope Wollensack, executive director of the GRO Fund, said in a release, according to Yahoo News. “Guaranteed income is a step toward creating a more just and equitable economy.”
Dec 10, 2021
Although reports show esports is projected to reach 285 million frequent users by 2024, those numbers, although impressive, have less significance if the Black community remains underrepresented and under-resourced. Looking to provide a gateway for the Black community, co-founders Christopher Peay (chief marketing officer) and Ryan Johnson (chief executive officer) launched Cxmmunity, a nonprofit to revitalize minority involvement in the esports industry and increase minority involvement in STEM. The inception of Cxmmunity began in Georgia, a state that has reportedly become the esports capital of the nation. And, its city of Atlanta is marked as one of the premier locations for U.S. gamers due to the venues and infrastructures, which can house the necessary elements of an esports ecosystem. However, despite the state’s gleaming presence for gamers, there are still inequities for the Black population within the school systems. According to Peay, there were evident discrepancies...
Nov 23, 2021
Health disparities are prevalent in Black and brown communities due to the forces of economic inequities and medical bias. Google is lending its hand to provide medical solutions for these communities by supporting six researchers with $300,000 in Fitbit devices and services to spearhead their research for underrepresented communities as a part of their Fitbit Health Equity Research Initiative. Fitbit devices are revolutionizing the digital health field by pooling information that can fill in the gaps for medical research. The devices can address the concerns of medical issues plaguing Black and Brown communities such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and mental health. Fitbits have been used in over 900 health studies attesting to their ever-growing value in the medical field, according to Amy McDonough, a Health Solution expert for Fitbit at Google. We spoke with Google’s recipients Dr. Toluwalase Ajayi and Sherilyn Francis to learn about how the devices will advance their...
Nov 6, 2021
Tamar Braxton is taking her talents to real estate! Recently, the songstress shared that the deal on her first real estate investment project was being finalized. Per Atlanta Black Star, the project includes a plot of land located in Atlanta where Braxton says the land is being developed into a multi-million-dollar gated community. “My heart is so full today,” said Braxton via Instagram. “The last few years I felt like I was in a tornado with the whole world watching. But today I’m on a new journey and everything is under construction (new music, new book, new candles, new TV projects, & real estate.) I have so much to be thankful for.” And “thankful” is the correct term as that the “Love and War” singer now has a $10 million investment under her wing. “Today I closed on my first real estate investment project in Atlanta. It’s a 10 million dollar subdivision project and I’m super excited about it,” she wrote in her Instagram post, which displayed an aerial shot of an...
Nov 2, 2021
You’re never too young to develop financial literacy skills! According to Black Business, 11-year-old Caden Harris has taken in tons of knowledge when it comes to the financial sector, and now he is working to help others do the same. At the tender age of seven, thanks to the support of his parents, Caden launched his very first business. By age eight, he had written his first book and now, in the double-digits, he’s purchased a 54-seat passenger bus. His goal is to raise funds in order to transform the bus into a traveling mobile unit to teach financial literacy to students at local schools. This is not anything new for Caden, who continuously gets tapped by local schools, youth church groups, and Boys & Girls Clubs, and has also already created products to teach children financial literacy. As he expands his efforts even more with the bus, Caden’s mobile financial learning bus will include more ways of shaping the minds of the youth when it comes to learning how to earn, save and...
Oct 28, 2021
Because Black women can drive big rigs too! When it comes to the $800 billion trucking industry , women are often left out of the conversation. The Leading Ladies of Logistix are using their platform to change this. Samantha Smith, Tawana Randall, Tristen Simmons, and Vanessa Gant created the organization to not only empower businesswomen of the transportation and logistics industries but to also educate and create opportunities for them. “I was just looking to connect with other women in the industry that either had trucking companies or worked within dispatch or broker freight,” said Smith in an exclusive interview with AfroTech. “It’s definitely more of a value when you have everyone that can collectively come together and provide different pieces of the industry and different types of values from the industry and then mentor other women who wish to join the trucking industry,” Randall added. Each of the Leading Ladies of Logistix offers a different asset to the organization as a...
Jul 24, 2021
This HBCU graduate went from intern to owner! According to Black Business , April Ross is an Alabama State University graduate and the new owner of WJCN TV-33, a local television station based in LaGrange, Georgia. While attending the Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Ross worked as an intern at WJCN before ultimately taking a position as a production assistant and later a reporter. Ross would later go on to work as a reporter for a CBS affiliate, WRBL News-3, where she says one incident led her to the vision of owning her own t elevision station. In 2017, Ross encountered a situation where a deputy sheriff had been shot and quickly realized that there were no reporters around to cover the story. “My news reporter instincts took over and in the absence of any TV news outlets here to report on it, I covered it on Facebook Live, which helped my social media presence to grow in excess of 15,000 followers,” said Ross in an interview with ASU News. “This was the catalyst...
Jul 21, 2021