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Shaquille O’Neal Invested In Google ‘By Accident’ Then Learned He Hit The Jackpot While Reading A Newspaper

It wasn’t until reading a newspaper that Shaquille O’Neal realized he struck a pot of gold.

Samantha Dorisca

Sep 20, 2023

You May No Longer Have To Attend Meetings That Could've Been An Email With Google's New AI Tool For Meet

Constantly having back-to-back meetings can make it a challenge to complete tasks during the workday. Google Meet is working to play a role in resolving this issue.

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 29, 2023

Lupe Fiasco Shows Acceptance Of AI As An Artist, Says 'Rap Is Born Out Of Technology'

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! Lupe Fiasco is leaning into artificial intelligence (AI) to help his creative process versus running away from it.

Shanique Yates

Aug 7, 2023

Master P Won't Sue Google For The Luther Vandross Mix-Up But Sends A Warning: 'Stop Letting AI Run Your Company'

Master P doesn’t find anything funny about Google’s mix-up between his likeness and that of the legendary Luther Vandross. As a matter of fact, he says technology may have something to do with it.

Shanique Yates

Jul 10, 2023

Google For Startups Opens Applications For Black And Latino Founders Fund

Google has launched its latest round of funds for Black and brown founders.

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 28, 2023

Viral Sensation Tanisha Godfrey Claims Google Offered $500 To Buy Her 'It's A Chicken Salad' Sound

Sending out a reminder for Black creators to know their worth and stand on it! If you need an example to follow, take a look at Tanisha Godfrey.

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 29, 2022

Ludacris Hopes Making Music For Brands Allows Fans to 'Know And Love' The Real Him

Ludacris is no stranger to making boss moves. From Disturbing Tha Peace Records to Karma’s World Entertainment and The Ludacris Foundation, the hip-hop mogul has solidified his place as arguably one of the best emcees to come out of the South, while handling business every step of the way. Ludacris, whose given name is Christopher Bridges, is among the class of musicians who have been able to show versatility across several industries. His work as a businessman, actor, lyricist, and the list could go on, made him the perfect match for Google’s latest initiative to support Black-owned businesses ahead of the holiday season.

Shanique Yates

Nov 17, 2022

Google Shares Statement Following A Black TikToker Calling Its Google Home Device Out For Saying The N-Word

It appears that not only are non-Black people the culprits of freely using the N-word but so are technology devices.

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 12, 2022

Man Accidentally Receives Nearly $250K From Google — 'I’m Going To Head Into The Bank Today To Pay It Back'

What would you do if you were accidentally given a big payout? This engineer chose transparency. It's been a little over 3 weeks since Google randomly sent me $249,999 and I still haven't heard anything on the support ticket. Is there any way we could get in touch @Google ? (it's OK if you don't want it back…) — Sam Curry (@samwcyo) September 14, 2022

Ngozi Nwanji

Sep 20, 2022

Two Black Google Execs Help Change The Game In How Black Founders Access Capital For Their Businesses

Despite their many differences and approaches, one perspective many athletes share is that to change the game; you have to be in it. As we’ve seen repeatedly, a positive shift in any game does not always come from one person. It takes a combination of skill and investment to move from just getting by to finding success. And while Google doesn’t navigate on courts or fields, the organization is intentionally positioning itself as a game-changing catalyst for Black entrepreneurs. In 2020, the tech giant made a series of commitments to help ease access to funding for Black founders and funders. The Google for Startups Black Founders Fund has since expanded globally, and AfroTech had the opportunity to have an in-depth conversation with Jewel Burks Solomon, Head of Google for Startups U.S., and Jeremiah Gordon, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for CapitalG, about the future of the Black Founders Fund and its intended impact.

Josh Rodgers

Sep 8, 2022

Recording Academy's Valeisha Butterfield Jones Will Step Down To Re-Join Google For VP Role On Its Diversity Team

Recording Academy co-president Valeisha Butterfield Jones is moving on to a new role at her old home. Variety reports that she is set to leave The Academy to take on a new vice president role on the diversity team at Google, where she was previously its global head of inclusion. View this post on Instagram A post shared by V A L E I S H A. ™ (@valeisha)   Butterfield Jones will officially step down on Sept. 9. Her re-arrival at Google will be in October. “When I came to the Recording Academy over two years ago, I had a clear mission: to make the Recording Academy the most inclusive company in music, and the world,” Butterfield Jones said, according to the outlet. “Diversity, equity and inclusion aren’t just buzzwords and as an organization, we were committed to doing the work both publicly and privately, to drive real and meaningful change. It has been one of the greatest honors of my career to serve this bold, new Recording Academy, and my service to our mission will continue in...

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 15, 2022

Google To Begin Deleting Location History To Abortion Clinics And More In An Effort To Protect Users' Privacy

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling, Google has joined the fight in maintaining the abortion rights of women across the country. According to a company blog post, the leading search engine will now delete abortion clinic visits from users’ location history. The company, which is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., noted that when Google product users visit physical locations, their history is stored using the location-history setting of their respective accounts on the platform. Jen Fitzpatrick, a senior vice president at Google, said that the update “will take effect in the coming weeks.” An announcement of the change comes just one week after the court’s decision to allow states to ban abortions. Along with location history, Google will delete data entries of users who visit counseling centers, fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, weight loss clinics, and plastic surgery clinics. According to Politico, a digital surveillance expert...

Shanique Yates

Jul 5, 2022

Google Invests $8M Into Existing Fund To Help Formerly Incarcerated People Gain Digital Skills For Reentry Into Society

Google is on a mission to help formerly incarcerated individuals as they rejoin society. The leading search engine recently announced a multi-million dollar expansion to the skill development program, which also includes a partnership with Code for America to remove barriers faced by the formerly incarcerated across the nation. The Career Readiness for Reentry Program includes an investment of over $8 million and will be used to increase Google’s support for organizations doing the work to support individuals affected by the American judicial system.

Shanique Yates

Jun 21, 2022