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Ed Dwight, The First Black Astronaut Candidate In The US, Will Be In The Crew For Blue Origin's New Shepard-25 Space Mission

Blue Origin has birthed a full-circle moment for former Air Force Captain and Kansas City, KS, native Ed Dwight. Back in 1961, Dwight made history as he was selected by President John F. Kennedy as the first Black astronaut candidate in the U.S., according to a news release. However, after completing the Aerospace Research Pilot School (ARPS) and receiving a recommendation from the U.S. Air Force to move forward, he wasn’t selected for the NASA Astronaut Corps and missed out on the chance to fly to space. Now, six decades later, Dwight is set to be on board for Blue Origin’s latest New Shepard mission to space — marking its seventh human flight and 25th program to date — the news release details. What’s more, his seat is sponsored by the nonprofit Space for Humanity and the Jaison and Jamie Robinson Foundation. Before being selected for Blue Origin’s space mission, Dwight went from an early career as an entrepreneur to sculpting monuments that commemorate Black historical leaders...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 8, 2024

Van Jones Says He Was Going To Be Put 'In An Early Grave' After Receiving $100M From Jeff Bezos

With great power comes great responsibility. CNN contributor Van Jones felt the weight of this statement after receiving $100 million from Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos.

Samantha Dorisca

Oct 11, 2023

Shaquille O'Neal Shares How Jeff Bezos' Take On Investments Helped Him Make His Own Moves

Over the years, Shaquille O’Neal has reigned as one of the most successful basketball stars turned entrepreneurs. As the business mogul has been consistently making moves, he found guidance along the way from one of the most well-known entrepreneurs.

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 12, 2022

Jeff Bezos Reportedly Looking To Buy The Washington Commanders In A Possible Partnership With Jay-Z

Billionaires are reportedly making their way toward helming the position of team owner for the NFL’s Washington Commanders franchise.

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 3, 2022

Shaquille O'Neal Expresses Interest In Partnering With Jeff Bezos To Buy The Phoenix Suns

Shaquille O’Neal may have had a change of heart. As AfroTech previously told you, Shaquille O’Neal backed down on his bid for the Phoenix Suns after realizing he would be in competition with Jeff Bezos. “I was open [to the idea of purchasing the team] until I saw the initials JB. Let me tell you something, you don’t mess with James Brown, you don’t mess with Jeff Bezos,” he said on The Big Podcast. “When the boys come on stage, get your ass and go. So, Jeff said he wants it and a couple of other heavy hitters said they want it. I’m not even gonna put my name in the bucket on this one. I’m not.”

Samantha Dorisca

Oct 3, 2022

Shaquille O'Neal Wanted To Buy The Phoenix Suns Until He Saw This Tech Billionaire's Name

Shaquille O’Neal considered purchasing the Phoenix Suns — that was until he saw a multi-billionaire in the mix.

Samantha Dorisca

Sep 29, 2022

MacKenzie Scott Donates $12M To The National Medical Fellowships To Help BIPOC Students Pay Tuition

In a recent move by MacKenzie Scott, the culture is one step closer to health equity and diversifying the health fields for people who look like us. According to ESSENCE, Scott donated $12 million to National Medical Fellowships (NMF), the organization helping to create health equity by providing scholarships for medical students who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC). “NMF is deeply grateful that MacKenzie Scott has recognized the impactful work we have been doing for more than 75 years to advance health equity by providing scholarships to students underrepresented in medicine,” says NMF Board of Directors Chair and alumna Sandra B. Nichols, MD, FAAFP, MHCDS, MS. “This gift sends a message to these students who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. It tells them they are needed, welcomed, and will be supported as they work to attain their degrees so they may transform the health care system into one that serves all communities equally.”

Shanique Yates

Apr 4, 2022

Chris Smalls Goes From Being Fired From Amazon To Leading Historic Victory Of Its First-Ever Union

History was made in Staten Island, NY to kick off the new month of April. On April 1, Amazon workers in the city celebrated a major win against Jeff Bezos after voting to unionize the Amazon Staten Island warehouse, Vox reports. With the retail giant having a long history of being anti-union since its inception, there were 2,654 votes for the union and over 2,131 against, which “marks the first time a majority of workers at an Amazon facility in the US have voted to join a union.” The historic victory was led by Amazon Labor Union founder Chris Smalls. Chris Smalls, fired from Amazon almost two years ago to the day, just popped champagne outside the NLRB offices where he and his peers won one of the greatest labor victories in a generation. “To the first Amazon union in history,” he said. — Jodi Kantor (@jodikantor) April 1, 2022 “@amazon wanted to make me the face of the whole unionizing efforts against them…welp there you go! @JeffBezos @DavisZapolsky...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 4, 2022

Billionaire Robert F. Smith Could Become The First Black Owner Of An NFL Team In The Sport's 101-Year History

Billionaire Robert F. Smith could be making history in the near future. According to Bleacher Report, the Denver Broncos could be up for sale in the NFL offseason. If indeed, the Broncos go up for sale, Smith has expressed an interest in bidding on the team. The Broncos are reportedly worth $3.75 billion. “If Denver is put up for sale, it will likely be through an auction because it is under the Patrick D. Bowlen Trust,” reports the outlet, who added that the sale of the team would benefit the seven Bowlen children. What’s more, the outlet confirms that as part of the deal with the trust, the beneficiaries of the trust would have to honor the highest bid for the team. “If the team is put up for sale, a legal source familiar with the Broncos’ ownership transition told 9News that it would likely be through auction because the team is under the Patrick D. Bowlen Trust umbrella,” Denver’s 9News reported. “This means the trustees would have a fiduciary responsibility to the trust’s...

Michael Strahan Makes History As The First American Journalist To Travel To Space

The latest Blue Origin flight for New Shepard made history not just for Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, but also for “Good Morning America” (“GMA”) co-host Michael Strahan. AfroTech previously shared that the launch was the first time a Blue Origin flight was set to operate at full capacity with six passengers. After the launch on Dec. 11 — delayed by two days due to inclement weather — Strahan became the first American journalist to travel to space, according to CNN.

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 13, 2021

TV Host Michael Strahan Is Going To Space On Jeff Bezos' Third Historic Blue Origin Flight

TV host Michael Strahan is going from live on-air to live in space. On Nov. 23, Strahan announced on “Good Morning America” that he will be one of six passengers to board Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space flight that is scheduled for Dec. 9. Strahan shared with his co-hosts Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos that he has been in total preparation for the human spaceflight launch by getting fitted for his flight suit, testing out his flight seat and will soon be on his way to Van Horn, TX for more training. “Blue Origin – they approached me and they asked if I wanted to be a crew member and without hesitation, I said ‘yes,'” Strahan said on “Good Morning America. “I wanted to go to space!” Strahan continued: “It’s going to take a while, but I do believe it will bring a lot of technological breakthroughs and also innovations to us here on earth…and I just wanted to be a part of it.” Variety reports that the upcoming launch will be the first time a Blue Origin flight has operated at a...

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 23, 2021

Is Jay-Z Buying The Denver Broncos With Jeff Bezos?

Jay-Z may become an NFL team owner. Bleacher Report reveals that the rapper-turned-billionaire mogul is reportedly in talks of buying the Denver Broncos, which are set to go up for sale in 2022. According to their same report, Hova’s talks include co-owning the team with none other than Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The outlet speculates that if the deal goes through, it will be similar to a deal like that of another notable public figure. “Jay-Z has a net worth of $1.4 billion, so he would likely be part of a group of investors looking to buy the franchise. His stake would probably be similar to the one undertaken by Alex Rodriguez with the Minnesota Timberwolves, though Jay-Z has a significantly higher net worth than Rodriguez ($400 million),” reported the outlet. This isn’t the first time that the man born Shawn Carter has been rumored to be in the market to purchase sports teams. In the past, when Roc Nation was announced as the NFL’s new “live music entertainment strategist” by...

Ghanaian Artist Amoako Boafo Officially Launches Artwork In Space

Amoako Boafo has work that is out of this world…literally. CBS News reports that Ghanaian artist, Amoako Boafo, can now celebrate the official launch of his artwork in outer space. That’s right, the artists’ had three paintings that went into orbit on the most recent space mission launched by billionaire Jeff Bezos. After a successful launch into space for the Amazon founder a month ago, Blue Origin officially sent off suborbital spacecraft, New Shepard, on Thursday, Aug. 26. The spacecraft was not only equipped with Boafo’s artwork, but also included NASA lunar landing technology along with 18 additional research payloads.

Shanique Yates

Aug 31, 2021

Could Amazon Soon Accept Cryptocurrency As Payment? Speculation Sends Bitcoin Surging

An Amazon job posting has led to a chain reaction that has resulted in the biggest Bitcoin surge in the past month. According to the BBC, Amazon’s corporate website recently posted a job that was in search of “a digital currency and blockchain product lead.” The job description involved observing how customers of the shipping giant pay for their goods. This led to speculation that cryptocurrency would soon be accepted as a form of payment on the site. And this speculation was further fueled by a tip leaked by an anonymous source to the British newspaper City A.M. “This isn’t just going through the motions to set up cryptocurrency payment solutions at some point in the future—this is a full-on, well-discussed, integral part of the future mechanism of how Amazon will work,” the source said to the outlet. The source also said that Bitcoin would be the first cryptocurrency to be accepted on the platform, and that other cryptocurrency denominations — including Ethereum, Cardano, and...

Amazon Surprises Computer Science Students With $4M In Scholarships

Talk about a surprise of a lifetime! According to a press release provided to AfroTech, Amazon just surprised 100 inspiring computer science students looking to take their education and future career to the next level with scholarships. Among thousands of applicants, the winners will all receive $40,000 scholarships to study computer science at a university of their choice along with paid internships at the world’s leading online marketplace upon the completion of their freshman year of college. Students like Samuel Hill will receive the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship and has goals to pursue a computer science degree at the University of Southern Mississippi starting in the fall. Currently, Hill is a residential student at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus, MS. A Mississippi native, Hill grew up in the small town of Laurel where he has developed a passion for helping other Missipppians tap into the rapidly growing market for computer science...

Shanique Yates

May 13, 2021