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10 Power Players Using Their Platforms On Social Media To Encourage The Black Community To Level Up Their Finances

Musiq Soulchild penned a song with the lyrics, “Soon as I get my money right, I’ma take good care you.” While the neo-soul singer talked about the financial responsibility of supporting a romantic partner, there is a conviction in the song centered around taking the necessary steps toward financial health. The internet is bombarded daily with thoughts and ideas on obtaining wealth and what it means to get in your financial bag. And with the freedom the internet provides, there is little to no guidance on who can share what type of information. However, in the flurry of folks vying for attention, several people have the dedicated goal to offer practical, tried, and factual information that can take a person from where they are to where they want to be financially. The next time you seek advice around budgeting, investing, estate planning, and saving, here’s who you need to tap in with.

May 4, 2023

Snoop Dogg Says He Helped A Company Reach A $100M Valuation, But 'Didn't Have The Game To Get A Piece Of The Pie'

In the early days of social media, Snoop Dogg didn’t truly see how he could use it to his advantage.

Dec 27, 2022

Nigerian Influencer Ray Hushpuppi Sentenced To 11 Years In Prison For Cyber Crimes

That social media flex isn’t always worth it in the end. Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, who is known on social media as Ray Hushpuppi, has officially been sentenced to 11 years in prison after being charged for his role in a multimillion-dollar scam geared toward companies both in the United States and overseas, CNN reports.

Nov 9, 2022

These Black Creators Brought In Big Bucks, Earning $500K And Up In 2021, According To Forbes Top Creators 2022 List

Black creators have been at the forefront of trends, and that will likely not end anytime soon. The interesting fact about their impact is that they have not always been paid or recognized for their contributions to the industry. From comedic skits to product recommendations, Black people have been at the center of culture — providing the entertainment and “up-to-date” information the world craves. Recently, Forbes recognized the work of some of these Black creatives. Not only have they been in their creative bag, but they have also overcome some systemic challenges and earned quite a bit of income in the process. Check out the list of Black creators that made the Forbes list.

Sep 7, 2022

Did It Take The Kardashians Speaking Out For Instagram To Back Down On Video Updates?

It looks like the Kardashians may have had a hand in Instagram’s decision to scale back on previous plans to focus strictly on videos, CNBC reports. However, the celebrity family was not the only ones who were outspoken about the social media network’s recent uptick in videos. Tons of users flocked to the Internet to express their grievances. Many people, including the Kardashians, accused them of copying their competitor, TikTok, in terms of videos. I have the full screen test, I don’t like it. I miss being able to scroll, not going one by one. I desperately want the option for a chronological feed; I follow over 2k accounts and only see posts from the same 100 or so. Videos are fine, but I use IG for IG, not Tiktok. — Quinoa 🍚 (@Quinoanoir) July 26, 2022 In fact, it seems like all it took was for Kylie Jenner to co-sign a petition calling to “Make Instagram Instagram Again,” before the platform’s chief shared some comments of his own. On Tuesday, Adam Mosseri responded...

Jul 29, 2022

Antwaun Sargent, Instagram And The Brooklyn Museum Are Investing $650K Into #BlackVisionaries

Instagram is back with its ongoing initiative to invest in emerging Black artists and designers. As previously reported by AfroTech, in 2021, the social media giant partnered with the Brooklyn Museum in a joint effort to launch the #BlackDesignVisionaries. This year, the grant program is back and bigger than ever.

Jul 6, 2022

This Is Not A Drill: Instagram Users Lose It As Instagram Filters Seem To Be Down

If you thought something was wrong with your Instagram profile, specifically its filters — it might not be just you. For users attempting to use filters on the social media platform, they’ve been met with an “unable to use effect” message that has sent folks into a frenzy. According to a report from HITC and various users, the error is stopping people from using various effects on their stories , and in true digital age fashion, folks have resorted to another social network to express themselves. Why would they take our instagram filters? That’s childish. Lol — KYLESISTER (@AriTheDon) May 26, 2022 Is anybody else instagram filters not working? — Ni🥂🖤 (@luxurylifewitni) May 25, 2022 Soooooo who else Instagram filters not workin? It’s saying it’s unable to allow this effect on your device or sum ?😭 #instagramdown #instagram — barbietingz ♡︎. (@Ifthesh96828720) May 26, 2022 Instagram better be putting back them filters 😒 — DB! (@thatgirlDB) May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022

I Am Unstoppable: How Dwyane Wade, Pepsi, And Instagram Are Joining The NFT Train

Big Sean asked the question – “Why would I stop?” The song was more than just a popular single from his chart-topping album, “Detroit 2.” It was a mantra – the backdrop to IG captions, TikTok videos, and motivational stories for many. Apparently, the song’s impact was more prominent than human influence because non-fungible tokens (NFTs) took the same perspective. It’s a brand-new week, and AfroTech is back with fresh additions to the unstoppable NFT community.

May 14, 2022

If You're In These Two States, You Can No Longer Use Augmented Reality Filters On Instagram

With the debate on filters being a harmful tool or not, Texas has enacted a change that establishes its stance on the matter. CBS 19 reports that the city’s Attorney General sued Meta — Instagram’s parent company — in February for its “misuse of their facial recognition technology.” On May 11, as a result, Texas fans of Instagram’s filters are no longer able to use a handful of its selection. While many use filters with no foul intent, it appears that they go against the Texas Capture or Use of Biometric Identifier Act — facial recognition laws which were emplaced to keep social media companies like Meta from tagging users without consent. According to the outlet, a similar move was made in Illinois based on its Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. “The technology we use to power augmented reality effects like avatars and filters is not facial recognition or any technology covered by the Texas and Illinois laws, and is not used to identify anyone,” the Communications team at...

May 11, 2022

These Women Are Behind Instagram's Enhanced Tags That Aim To Help Black Creators Get Their Rightful Credit

In today’s day and age of social media, simply tagging someone in a post could potentially change the course of their careers. With viral sensations and challenges ruling over our timelines, it’s also become a trend for Black creators to not receive proper recognition as the originators for the majority of what blows up online. Meta’s Alexis Michelle Adjei, Cameryn Boyd, and Alexandra Zaoui made the active choice to step in and help the underrepresented group get their due credit. “I feel like it was every day on these different platforms overall — on Instagram, of course — of seeing dances, designs, and songs, and [Black creators] would make these amazing viral trends,” Adjei shared with AfroTech. “It was beautiful to see everybody do their own takes on it, but when you went back to look at the originator they were often Black and brown folk who were really being the trendsetters. And they were getting lost in the story. When it would come to what would be displayed or what would...

Mar 21, 2022

Instagram Influencer Sues The NYPD For $30M After They Misused Her Image On A 'Wanted' Poster

In this case, the influence that comes with being a social media influencer can be detrimental to a person’s social life. According to the New York Post, Eva Lopez is suing the NYPD “for defamation, libel, slander, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence” after the police used her photo on a wanted poster for a robbery. After a friend contacted Lopez about the situation at hand, she soon learned that she was a wanted woman, which she notes left her in disbelief. “I thought it was something fake,” said the Instagram influencer, who also happens to be a native of Queens. “I really couldn’t believe the police would put me on a wanted poster.”

Mar 14, 2022

10 Black Women Tech Influencers That Are Using Their Platforms To Help Others Break Into The Industry

Seeing a Black woman break into the tech industry is always an accomplishment to celebrate, but what makes the win even more major is how they lift up others along with them. In the age of social media, the underrepresented group is not only sharing their experiences in their fields but also using their platforms to create a domino effect of Black talent going from sending in their resumes to signing job offer letters. Here are 10 Black women tech influencers who are working with big names like Google, Meta, and Microsoft that are teaching the ins and outs of the industry to help bring more of the community on board.

Mar 9, 2022

As Its Rivals Integrate TikTok-Like Short Form Video Features, TikTok Ups Max Video Length To 10 Minutes

TikTok continues to take it up a notch! The social media giant allowed users to capture 60-second video clips as of July 2021. Now, in 2022, it has announced users can expect to capture videos totaling 10 minutes, Variety reports. On average, TikTok users reportedly spend 52 minutes per day on the application, and 90 percent of TikTokers return to the application daily. Arguably one of the most addictive applications, the new feature will add to its list of reasons to keep users reeled in for more. “We’re always thinking about new ways to bring value to our community and enrich the TikTok experience,” a TikTok rep said in a statement, according to Variety. “Last year, we introduced longer videos, giving our community more time to create and be entertained on TikTok. Today, we’re excited to start rolling out the ability to upload videos that are up to 10 minutes, which we hope would unleash even more creative possibilities for our creators around the world.”

Mar 1, 2022

Social Media Users Took A Loss Of $770M In 2021 — Here's How

Let this be a lesson to beware of those Internet scams! According to Complex, social media scammers managed to rake in $770 million due to fraudulent behavior across the Internet in 2021. However, the amount only accounts for 25 percent of fraud that was actually reported last year.

Feb 2, 2022

Kanye West Doesn't Have Current Plans For The Metaverse And NFTs — 'For Now I'm Not On That Wave'

The Metaverse will not be seeing global superstar Kanye West, or at least not anytime soon. West took to Instagram Monday (Jan. 31) to share with over 10 million followers that he will not be endorsing non-fungible tokens (NFTs) at this time. Instead, Kanye West will continue to place his focus on his products, the “real world,” “real food,” “real clothes,” and “real shelter.” “STOP ASKING ME TO DO NFT’s I’M NOT FINNA CO-SIGN … FOR NOW I’M NOT ON THAT WAVE I MAKE MUSIC AND PRODUCTS IN THE REAL WORLD,” West wrote on Instagram. At the end of West’s note, he adds “ASK ME LATER.” So, perhaps the crypto world may gain a notable endorser in the near future.

Feb 1, 2022