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Black Woman-Led DEIB Tech Company Kanarys Appoints Google's Chief Diversity Officer Melonie D. Parker To Its Board

Google’s Chief Diversity Officer Melonie D. Parker has been appointed to Kanarys, Inc.’s board of directors.

Aug 30, 2023

George Foreman Talks Cashing In On His Famous Grill: 'There Were Months I Was Being Paid $8 Million'

George Foreman may have one of the greatest endorsement deals we’ve ever seen in sports.

Feb 1, 2023

Frederick Akpoghene Is Behind An Autonomous Vehicle Startup On A Mission To Aid The Healthcare Industry

Self-driving pods are the future. JéGO Technologies, Inc. will set a new standard for contactless delivery and travel services. Founder Frederick Akpoghene is the creative mind behind the autonomous vehicle service which proves to be more timely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The health crisis has forced the population to depend more heavily on contactless delivery services, changing the landscape of e-commerce delivery for the better. Akpoghene could be behind the next wave of technologies set to improve the world as we know it once JéGO pods officially hit the market. As for right now, the founder has his eyes set on the healthcare industry first and the technology will deliver COVID testing, flu testing, and IV therapy from local businesses to the hands of their customers. Courtesy of JéGO The self-driving pods are currently being built and the pilot product is projected to make its debut in Miami, FL during the third or fourth quarter of 2022. “What we are building here...

Apr 19, 2022

Wells Fargo Partners With Operation HOPE, Inc. To Empower Underserved Communities

More communities will have a pathway towards financial freedom. According to a press release, Wells Fargo and Operation HOPE, Inc. have partnered to support underserved households. Soon community members will have access to the HOPE Inside program which will provide access to financial coaches, financial education workshops, and free personal coaching. The resources will empower communities along their financial journey. “We know from our outreach and work with national and community stakeholders that financial education and guidance, and an individual’s sense of inclusion and trust, are all important factors in bringing more people who are unbanked into the formal banking system,” said Darlene Goins, head of Wells Fargo’s Banking Inclusion Initiative, according to a press release. “Working with Operation HOPE is one important way that we can remove barriers to financial inclusion and help empower people with education, resources and tools to manage their money, improve their credit...

Apr 12, 2022

The First Black Female President Of The Fashion Institute Of Technology Aims To Advance Equity In Creative Industries

This president is opening the doors for creative leaders to get their big start! Serving since 1998, Dr . Joyce F. Brown has held the title of president at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Dr. Brown is also the first Black and female president to hold the position. Throughout Dr. Brown’s career trajectory she strives to empower and transform the lives of the youth, placing education, and opportunity at the forefront. Plus, Dr. Brown’s most recent efforts continue to be a reflection of her commitment to a more progressive society for the future generation of industry leaders. Students attending FIT are being further supported after the announcement of The Social Justice Center (SJC), which aims to diversify and strengthen the employment pipeline for minority communities. For Dr. Brown, the move is timely as she recalls various funds being thrown at issues disproportionately affecting Black communities following George Floyd’s death. Despite backing from businesses,...

Mar 29, 2022

Nike's Chief Talent, Diversity, And Culture Officer Felicia Mayo Talks Moving The World Forward Through Sport

With 50 years of moving the world forward through sport under its belt, Nike’s commitment to people, play, and the planet is stronger than ever. As the world’s leading sportswear brand continues its mission to uplift the world through purpose by focusing on its community, findings from the company’s FY21 Impact Report is strengthening its stance on serving others and a peek into a future of sport rooted in athletes of all shapes, sizes, and colors. “Nike is all about innovation,” said NIKE Inc.’s Chief Talent, Diversity, and Culture Officer Felicia Mayo in an interview with AfroTech. “How do we innovate through absolutely everything we do, whether it is our apparel or footwear? Our innovation is really number one for me. I recognize that innovation happens through diversity, equity, and inclusion. You’ve got to have diverse talent, you have to have diverse ways of working and thinking in order to have the uniqueness of innovation here.”

Mar 18, 2022

Nike Inc. Continues Its $140M Commitment To The Black Community

To support the community, one must actually be immersed within the community. Over the years, Nike has managed to not only be fully committed to the areas that they serve, but it goes far beyond just the storefront. Since the inception of its Blue Ribbon Sports store in 1967, the leading athletic brand has been a destination for product, expert advice, and most importantly, community. “We think about everyone that has touched or experienced Nike,” Vanessa Garcia-Brito, VP of North America Communications at Nike told AfroTech in regards to what community means to the brand. “I think about family, people, our neighborhoods.” Continuing on its Black Community Commitment, Nike , alongside Converse, the Jordan Brand and Micheal Jordan, will keep investing in local organizations that are dedicated to advancing equality throughout several U.S. cities, especially the place where it all started nearly 50 years ago — Los Angeles, CA. As the brand commemorates 50 years in the LA community,...

Feb 17, 2022

Here's How Nike is Engaging New Customers Ahead of the Super Bowl

Nike continues to bridge the gap between sports and technology and this time they’re providing a unique way to get involved ahead of Sunday’s big game! Ahead of the Super Bowl, the leading sports apparel brand is teaming up with EA Sports Madden NFL 22 to offer consumers exclusive challenges with rewards for physical movement along with a few fun, in-game performance benefits. The latest initiative allows users to run five miles through the Nike Run Club application for the opportunity to unlock an exclusive Aaron Donald Madden Ultimate Team Player Item within the game of Madden. Users will also get a chance to receive an achievement badge upon completion of the NRC Super Bowl Challenge and they’ll receive a +7 speed enhanced Aaron Donald player item, which just so happens to be the most valuable defensive player within the Madden NFL 22 game. “I enjoy seeing kids get out and live active and healthy lifestyles. As a professional athlete, I think it’s important to reinforce healthy...

Feb 7, 2022

NIKE, Inc. Is Officially An Investor In The WNBA

Nike continues to just do it, simple as that! In an effort to further its 25-year-long commitment to the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) NIKE, Inc. has announced that it is now an official equity investor in the league in an official announcement shared with AfroTech. “Women’s sport is one of the best investments, with great potential to impact and grow the next era of basketball,” said Sonja Henning, VP, NA Leagues Partnerships , NIKE, Inc. in an official statement. “Nike has always been more than a sponsor with the WNBA — we’re a strategic partner. And we’re proud to be part of a movement that is redefining sport for a new generation — for WNBA players, fans and girls.”

Feb 3, 2022

Goldman Sachs Announces Latest Round Of Investments As A Part Of Its One Million Black Women Initiative

Black women are getting the support they deserve thanks to Goldman Sachs. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. announced a $10 billion commitment as a part of its One Million Black Women initiative following an Advisory Council meeting on Jan. 12. The collective pool of 17 business and community leaders includes notable names such as Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Issa Rae, and both Stephen and Ayesha Curry. The financial backing from Goldman Sachs will support One Million Black Women’s mission to funnel healthcare, job creation, workforce development, education, affordable housing, digital connectivity, financial health, and access to capital to Black women, according to its press release. “This next round of funding strategically connects the dots across several One Million Black Women impact areas and not only supports the infrastructure that Black women and their families need to thrive but has the potential to uplift communities and address generations of racial and gender inequities,”...

Jan 17, 2022

Southern Company, Global Leaders Announce $10M Grant To Help HBCU Students Land Jobs

Southern Company will be joining forces with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and nonprofit INROADS, Inc., to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The global leaders have announced $10 million in grants via the Southern Company Foundation to ensure students attending HBCUs will receive the financial backing to pursue academic opportunities. The funds will encourage students to advance their talents and economic developments within their communities, campus, and beyond. “Degrees matter. Careers matter. Impact also matters. Imagine the impact of this initiative as graduates pursue careers focused on developing and ensuring the viability of our communities! Thanks to the Southern Company Foundation for this important investment and innovative collaboration with UNCF and Thurgood Marshall College Fund. This investment will go a long way to provide sustainable impact for HBCUs, their students, and our communities,” said...

Dec 17, 2021

Exclusive: Issa Rae Joins Forces With American Express To Champion Black-Owned Businesses

It’s no secret Issa Rae is rooting for everybody Black and things are no different this holiday season. Joining forces with American Express, Issa Rae will be curating the ByBlack Bazaar marketplace on Saturday, Dec. 11 in Downtown Los Angeles. “As a curator at the marketplace, in its simplest form it will be a great place to stop by and get a gift especially if you do not know what to get people because there will be a range of options,” Issa Rae shared exclusively with AfroTech. “It will also be a great way to establish community amongst business owners and allow owners to establish and forge relationships. You will see the family behind the business and you will see directly or hear about the history of these businesses. With online businesses, you don’t get the neighborhood store feel often. So, the Bazaar marketplace really excites me for that.”

Dec 6, 2021

T-Pain And Normani Join Forces With Google To Encourage You To Buy Black

It seems that “whatever you need, you can get that Black” is the apparent mood for Google and its second annual #BlackOwnedFriday campaign, which features Grammy award-winning artist T-Pain and pop sensation Normani. The shoppable film is giving 50 Black-owned brands their flowers and will highlight over 100 products from beauty to home goods and more. The musical project will allow users to shop and connect with businesses in one click. Essence reports, the partnership felt organic for T-Pain because he has always advocated for Black-owned businesses long before it became popular. “I was thrilled when Google reached out about the second annual Black-owned Friday,” T-Pain said, according to Essence. “Last year, Google partnered with the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. to reimagine Black Friday as ‘Black-owned Friday’ — a day to celebrate and support Black-owned businesses. This year, I’m proud to join Google and the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. for another year of encouraging shoppers to...

Nov 19, 2021

Natural Grocers, Jack and Jill of America Renew Partnership to Make Sure HBCU Students Graduate On Time

In honor of Black History Month, Natural Grocers has renewed its partnership with Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (JJOA) to support the organizations’s College Graduation Assistance Program (GAP) Fund designed to assist HBCU students. According to a press release, Natural Grocery plans to donate 1 percent of proceeds from all purchases on Sunday, Feb. 28 to the College GAP Fund, which offers scholarship endowments to these HBCU students. Every year, a number of college seniors are faced with the challenge of not graduating on time due to tuition debt, but with JJOA and Natural Grocers’ joint initiative, they’re aiming to provide a direct lifeline for these students attending HBCUs who have the grades and credits that qualify them to graduate. Jack and Jill of America, Inc. — a membership organization founded in 1938 dedicated to nurturing future Black leaders through leadership development, volunteer work, philanthropy, and civic duty — forged this partnership with Natural Grocers in...

Feb 3, 2021