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Jay-Z-Backed The Parent Company Names Tiffany McBride As The Managing Director Of Social Equity Ventures

The Parent Company — a publicly traded U.S. cannabis organization backed by Jay-Z — is on a mission to make the cannabis industry more diverse, inclusive and equitable. Aligning with this, the company has hired Tiffany McBride as its new managing director of Social Equity Ventures. Founded in January 2021, The Parent Company is California’s leading vertically integrated cannabis company. McBride’s hire comes as the company also welcomed Kerry Arnold as its chief people officer. “This is an exciting time to join The Parent Company as the Managing Director of Social Equity Ventures to continue to ensure that minority communities have a seat at the table in the cannabis industry,” McBride said in a press release. “The Social Equity Ventures Fund and the recent opening of LA’s first Black Woman-Owned Dispensary, Josephine & Billie’s, are just some of the ways we are already making progress toward a more equitable future in cannabis. McBride joins the company with more than 15 years of...

Michelai Graham

Nov 30, 2021

Twitch Taps Former YouTube Exec Constance Knight As Its First VP Of Creators

Twitch is quickly becoming the future of live entertainment. As its popularity with creators continues to rise, it’s positioned itself to expand its team to support its growth. This week, the Amazon-owned live-streaming platform recruited former YouTube executive Constance Knight to take over the newly created role of VP, global creators at the company, according to Variety. “Creators are the heart and soul of Twitch, and as we continue to see more people finding their community on Twitch, now is the perfect time to add more support for global creators to our internal team,” said Michael Aragon — chief content officer at Twitch — in a statement of Knight’s hire. “Constance is an experienced and passionate leader who brings a wealth of knowledge from across the streaming industry. Her perspective will be invaluable in helping Twitch and its creators grow and thrive.” Knight — who did a nine-year tenure as YouTube’s head of content programs and partnerships for creator communities...

Njera Perkins

Jul 28, 2021

Comcast Promotes Rasheedah Carr To VP Of Engineering For Its Houston Operations

Comcast has appointed Rasheedah Carr as its new vice president of engineering for its Houston operations, the company shared in a press release . Carr first joined Comcast Houston in 2017 as the company’s director of customer experience in Houston and most previously served as Comcast’s Colorado area vice president of technical operations before being promoted. In this role, she was responsible for 600 employees and served more than 1.2 million customers in Colorado. Carr is now back in Houston for her new position as vice president of engineering, where she will lead the implementation of engineering initiatives to promote more network reliability and foster fast paced growth, a press release states. “Rasheedah is a leader whose proven success for implementing operational efficiencies and developing people to enhance the customer experience will be an asset to the Houston Region,” said Ralph Martinez, regional senior vice president of Comcast Houston. “Her commitment and expertise...

Michelai Graham

Apr 8, 2021

Danielle Belton Prepares to leave the Root to Take Over As Editor and Chief of HuffPost

BuzzFeed has appointed Danielle Belton as the new editor in chief of HuffPost, The Daily Beast reports. Belton is currently the editor in chief of The Root and has been with the publication for nearly six years, but she is preparing to take the top editor spot at HuffPost on April 12. This key hire comes after BuzzFeed acquired HuffPost in November and laid off 70 of its newsroom staff members last month. Belton is taking over at HuffPost at such a pivotal time for the publication, which lost more than $20 million last year. BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti said in a memo that the mass layoff and company restructuring was necessary to ensure success. With Belton at the helm of HuffPost, BuzzFeed News Editor and Chief Mark Schoofs will be removed from day to day tasks in HuffPost’s newsroom. Richard Kim will continue to serve as HuffPost’s executive editor and report to Belton directly. “In a period where free quality news is more essential than ever, I’m confident Danielle...

Michelai Graham

Mar 25, 2021

Amazon to Hire 100,000 New Workers to Meet Coronavirus Demand

The world is changing to accommodate families during the spread of coronavirus. As TikTok creators and Airbnb hosts are forced to adjust normal practices (for better or for worse), so are corporate businesses. And Amazon is the latest to feel the effects of the pandemic. In a blog post published Monday, Amazon executive Dave Clark announced that the online retailer plans to hire 100,000 new workers. The steep increase in onboarding is to help support Amazon’s warehouse and delivery services. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Amazon and our network of partners are helping communities around the world in a way that very few can—delivering critical supplies directly to the doorsteps of people who need them,” Clark said. “We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year.” In addition to opening full-time and part-time positions , Amazon is increasing its pay through April. Workers will now receive $2 more per hour in...

Niki McGloster

Mar 17, 2020