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Artist Autumn Breon Reimagines A More Equitable Future For Black Women At LA's Frieze Art Fair

Black women run the world. However, now it is time for us to be fully compensated for the work that we put in! Autumn Breon uses the words “artist,” “freedom-seeker,” and “curious” when asked to describe herself, yet those just aren’t enough to showcase the talent of a woman who pays homage to all of the Black women who came before her in this revolutionary space. Breon is the mastermind behind (Don’t) Use Me, the first iteration of the Frieze Art Fair located in Los Angeles, CA. It’s centered around the pay disparity surrounding Black women and their white counterparts. “I want freedom for Black women and I want to be free,” said Breon in an interview with AfroTech. “And a part of the freedom that I imagine for us is financial freedom and it’s really hard for us to reach that kind of freedom when the realities of pay inequity are what we have to live with. I knew that Black women are paid, on average, about 63 cents on the dollar, but when I was researching and kind of like...

Shanique Yates

Mar 7, 2022

31 Black Women in the Tech Sector Who Deserve Their Flowers

In honor of International Women’s Day, we here at AfroTech thought it was only fitting to recognize the work of 31 Black women in tech. Too often, Black women’s accomplishments, especially in the technology field, are overlooked or overshadowed. We encourage you not only to check out these women’s profiles and businesses but also to help shine a light on other Black women in tech this month and throughout the rest of the year.   Check out the list of 31 Black women in the tech sector below: Asmau Ahmed, CEO of Plum Perfect, an app that helps women find beauty products in line with their skin tone Sheena Allen, Founder and CEO of CapWay, which works to service the underbanked Shellye Archambeau, Current Board member of numerous tech companies, former President of, and CEO of MetricStream Angela Benton, Founder and CEO of Streamlytics, which helps make transparent what users are consuming on streaming services Jean Brownhill, Founder and CEO of Sweeten, which helps to...


Mar 8, 2021

Storm Reid and Steph Curry’s Sneaker Partnership Celebrates the Next Generation of Women

In the spirit of Women’s History Month, HBO’s “Euphoria” actress Storm Reid and basketball superstar Steph Curry are teaming up with athletic brand Under Armour to deliver an International Women’s Day sneaker collaboration. The new colorway from Curry’s existing Under Armour partnership was partially inspired by Reid’s Bamazing initiative to help empower young girls. Bamazing was founded by Reid and Robyn Simpson to help uplift the youth and promote positivity through self-love. “I launched my Bamazing initiative with a goal to encourage young girls that they are truly capable of anything. They can and should be themselves, perfectly imperfect! I think it’s so important to uplift and celebrate women in order for us all to continue to thrive. I appreciate both Stephen and Under Armour teaming up with me to help spread these messages to girls everywhere,” Reid said. In a written statement , Curry said: “I am continuing my commitment to providing a platform to empower young women in...

Njera Perkins

Mar 10, 2020

Michelle Obama Calls Attention to Women's Education in Upcoming YouTube Special

International Women’s Day made a huge splash on social media this year, but former First Lady Michelle Obama is taking it a step further to spotlight the next generation of young women. Obama shared yesterday that she will be starring in an upcoming YouTube special , Creators for Change on Girls’ Education, that will include discussions centered around the state of girls’ education around the world with YouTube creators Liza Koshy, Prajakta Koli, and Thembe Mahlaba. “As young leaders, you guys are going to be the change agents,” she tells the three creators in the trailer, which released on Sunday. She announced the exciting news via Instagram posting a photo of the four hosts. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) According to People , the new special will take viewers to Vietnam, India, and Namibia, where the creators will visit programs supported by the Girls Opportunity Alliance . During the special, they will speak with young girls who are...

Njera Perkins

Mar 9, 2020

Serena Williams, Secret Deodorant Launch 'Not The First' Campaign

Sports icon Serena Williams is not the first Black woman to experience discrimination, but her latest campaign in partnership with Secret Deodorant is striving to ensure she’s the last of her generation. In the new ad called “Not The First,” the 23-time Grand Slam title holder and personal care brand champion gender equality while celebrating strong, trailblazing women. The direct message? The road to equality takes more than a list of “firsts.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Secret Deodorant (@secretdeodorant) on Mar 3, 2020 at 11:19am PST Just in time for International Women’s Day (Mar. 8), Williams and Secret emphasize that the current league of female athletes breaking records will no longer be a novelty in sports but belong just as much as their male counterparts. “I’m not the first to win a Grand Slam tournament,” Williams said. “I’m not the first to start a clothing line.” Olympic gold medalist, Swin Cash, joins Williams in the one-minute commercial to echo...

Niki McGloster

Mar 6, 2020