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Audible Set To Distribute Up To $250K In Grants To Tech Founders Open To Relocating Their Companies To Newark, NJ

Can Newark, NJ, become “the Black tech mecca?” A leader over at Audible seems to think so.

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 15, 2023

Hashstoria, Raekwon's Cannabis Lounge, Receives Approval To Operate By The Newark Central Planning Board After Initially Being Denied

Raekwon is cooking up a storm. The Wu-Tang Clan emcee’s application for his cannabis dispensary and lounge, Hashstoria, has been approved by the Newark Central Planning Board, according to NJBIZ. The decision comes after the board initially rejected the business operating as a Class 5 cannabis retail facility at 799-805 Broad St., Newark, NJ.

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 8, 2023

After Serving Nearly 15 Years In Prison, Nyene Baker Is Helping Underserved Youth Learn Coding Through Music

Not everyone gets the opportunity for a second chance at life, so Nyene Baker isn’t taking his for granted. The Trenton, NJ, native’s previous path of being in the system began when he was arrested at age 10 and found himself on probation in the sixth grade. By high school, he started to sell drugs and get involved in other illegal activity. Baker’s behavior at the time resulted in his parents sending him to Liberia. However, when he returned to the U.S., he found himself back in a life of crime.

Ngozi Nwanji

Jul 6, 2023

Ice-T Gets Approval To Open Cannabis Dispensary In His Home State Of New Jersey — 'It's Kinda Cool To Bring Something Back'

Ice-T is joining the likes of Method Man as he ventures into the cannabis industry. reports the rapper and actor is set to open a cannabis dispensary in New Jersey.

Ngozi Nwanji

Jul 27, 2022

Queen Latifah's Real Estate Development Firm Set To Create New Affordable Housing In Her Hometown

Queen Latifah is putting on for her city in a major way. According to News 12, the superstar has secured a new deal to create new housing in Newark, NJ through Blue Sugar Corporation — her real estate development firm. “To me, Newark is ours. Newark is yours. And I don’t want people to think that they can’t live in their own communities,” she told News 12.

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 29, 2022

Goalsetter, Billionaire Robert F. Smith Ring NYSE Opening Bell After Gifting Thousands Of Shares To Young People Of Color

Goalsetter is making sure the next generation of Black and Latinx Americans is free from the financial burdens that have held us back for so long! As previously reported by AfroTech, Vista Equity Partners’ Robert F. Smith and Goalsetter’s Tanya Van Court announced the “One Stock. One Future.” initiative in October 2021. The initiative served as a call to action for both organizations and corporations to build up young people of color and set them on a path to financial freedom. It kicked off after Smith gifted five shares of stock — equivalent to about 15,000 total shares — to nearly 3,000 students, educators and staff members at the Eagle Academies for Young Men, a network of public, all-boys schools serving young men of color in New York City and Newark, NJ, according to a press release. As this called for a celebration, those Black students, the Black Billionaire, Black tech entrepreneur, Black educator and young Black men from the Morehouse Class of 2019 all graced the NYSE...

Shanique Yates

Nov 16, 2021

New Jersey Proposes $10M Seed Fund For Black And Latinx Startups To Close The Racial Wealth Gap

For the first time ever, a U.S. state is developing a fund strictly dedicated to supporting Black and Latinx-led companies. An exclusive from TechCrunch reports that New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced this week a proposal to direct funds from the state budget to form a $10 million seed fund for Black and Latinx startups. Based on research conducted by New Jersey, The Black and Latinx Seed Fund is the first-of-its-kind for any state in the nation and will be administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan told TechCrunch that the new development is a “direct response to the systemic racial inequities in access to capital for Black and brown entrepreneurs” and aims to provide a solution for “the racial wealth gap.” “I think two of the centerpieces of Gov. Murphy’s strategy overall for the economy is to build a stronger and fairer New Jersey and a stronger and fairer economy,” Sullivan added. He also shares that the new seed fund is...

Njera Perkins

Apr 7, 2021

This New Jersey Educator is On A Mission to Disrupt the School to Prison Pipeline

Dr. Gemar Mills is on a mission to put an end to the school to prison pipeline. According to Because of Them We Can (BOTWC) ,  the New Jersey educator is on a mission to open up schools in order to destroy the need for prisons. A Paterson, New Jersey native himself, Mills learned early on that education would play a vital role in his success. School has always been a force in keeping him from heading down the wrong path and has been an anchor from some of the negativity he was surrounded by in his environment. Upon his completion of high school, Mills went on to attend Montclair State University pursuing a degree in computer science. However, his lack of funding to afford necessary items like a laptop led his mentors to recommend education as another option. Listening to the advice of those coaches and mentors, he soon switched his major to mathematics education and worked as a substitute teacher while in school. Once he completed his degree, Mills went on to be hired as a math...

Shanique Yates

Oct 17, 2020

Fabiana Pierre-Louis Appointed as New Jersey Supreme Court's Youngest & First Black Woman Justice

In 2020, Black women continue to break through barriers to success and lead the charge to enact change. New Jersey attorney Fabiana Pierre-Louis is one of the latest women to do just that. Pierre-Louis has been appointed as the first Black woman Supreme Court Justice in New Jersey. New Supreme Court Justice Fabiana Pierre-Louis was sworn in this afternoon by Justice Jaynee LaVecchia in a private ceremony. — New Jersey Courts (@njcourts) September 1, 2020 The state’s Governor, Phil Murphy, nominated Pierre-Louis for the role in June and the Senate confirmed the decision last week, reports Black Enterprise. “I’m incredibly proud that the Senate has unanimously confirmed Fabiana Pierre-Louis as the next Associate Justice to serve on New Jersey‘s Supreme Court,” Murphy said in a statement, according to ABC7 News . As a Haitian American and daughter of immigrants, Pierre-Louis says she hopes to inspire others with similar backgrounds. “The thought of actually...

Abriana Walton

Sep 4, 2020

Fabiana Pierre-Louis to Make History as the First Black Woman on NJ Supreme Court

Black women have been making headlines lately for their historical achievements, and Fabiana Pierre-Louis is no exception. Haitian-American lawyer Pierre-Louis is set to become the first Black woman to sit on New Jersey’s Supreme Court. Pierre-Louis — a partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads — will become associate justice of the state’s highest court if her nomination is confirmed by the Senate, ESSENCE reports . According to Face 2 Face Africa , Pierre-Louis previously served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey for nine years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Attorney-in-Charge of the Camden Branch Office, where she was the first Black woman to hold such a position in the District’s entire history, her page on Montgomery McCraken’s website states. NJ Gov. Phil Murphy nominated Pierre-Louis as his first pick for the state’s Supreme Court as he strongly believes she will sustain the legacy of John Wallace, the last Black justice on the...

Njera Perkins

Jun 8, 2020