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New York Proposes A Bill That Would Create 'Jay-Z Day' To Celebrate His Feats, Which Include Being An 'Innovative Entrepreneur’

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter could soon have an official holiday in his home state of New York.

Dec 28, 2023

How Robert Cummins Became A Multi-Unit IHOP Franchisee And Founder Of The Largest Black-Owned Restaurant Group In New York

New York has always been a central part of Robert Cummins’ life and career. As a music executive in the 1990s and early 2000s, the Brooklyn, NY, native worked alongside New York’s finest such as Jay-Z, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mary J. Blige, The Notorious B.I.G, and also discovered Foxy Brown. After finding great success in the music business, the former executive vice president of MCA Records went on to pivot into hospitality and business.

Aug 25, 2023

Silicon Harlem Opens First-Of-Its-Kind Digital Learning Lab In Harlem Under An AT&T $2B Commitment

AT&T is committed to empowering youth in New York, NY, through a new initiative.

Jun 21, 2023

These Innovative Co-Founders Aim To Help Students Earn Six-Figure Salaries In Tech With Their College-Alternative Program

As the world changes, particularly regarding income and wealth, traditional school curriculums are a significant discussion point. Many argue whether or not more practical and innovative approaches to K-12 curriculums are necessary to prepare students for the future of work. Since many public schools are riddled with bureaucracy from governmental and quasi-government stakeholders, change can be slow and sometimes tedious. However, some schools, mainly in the charter and private spaces, are proactively moving toward more innovative approaches that center equity and prepare their students for the future they desire. The Marcy Lab School in Brooklyn, NY, is an example of one of these approaches, creating an alternative path for students interested in tech.

Mar 29, 2023

In An Era Where People Are Talking More, NYC Restaurant 'Sei Less' Brings The Vibes As A Go-To Spot For Rappers Like Fabolous

People spend a large majority of their time either at home or at their place of employment. Home and work have become synonymous with the uptick in remote work options. However, that doesn’t change the need for people to have a third spot. A third spot is a place where one can kick it, enjoy the vibes, and decompress from the daily hustle. Hospitality maven Dara Mirjahangiry recognized this need for such a concept and created Sei Less, an emerging New York hot spot that has the people talking.

Mar 7, 2023

Al Harrington's Viola Now Offers Edibles, And His Grandma Is The Reason Behind It

The emergence of the holiday season usually means an array of parties, an abundance of shopping, and a lot of seasonal foods and drinks. And when it comes to food, some venture out and try new recipes. However, many people stick to their parents’ and grandparents’ tried-and-true culinary dishes. While the consistency of grandma’s sweet potato pie and deeply brewed sweet tea never misses, former NBA star Al Harrington is putting quite the unique spin on some of his favorites from his grandma that he believes will not disappoint. Harrington enjoyed a long and successful career in the NBA, spending 18 seasons with seven teams. During his time, he averaged 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. As he approached the final years of his basketball career, Harrington entered an industry many may not have thought of for him. However, inspiration from a loved one sparked his entrepreneurial pursuits. Harrington had a close relationship with his grandmother Viola. She had long suffered from...

Dec 8, 2022

Jay-Z's Roc Nation Joins Forces With SL Green, Caesars Entertainment As Partner In Times Square Gaming Bid

Jay-Z is working to revitalize the economic infrastructure in his home state of New York. Photo Credit: SL Green Realty Corp

Dec 5, 2022

This Software Engineer Is Said To Have Opened The First Female And Afro-Latino-Owned STEM Education Center In New York City

Niesha Butler has returned to her roots to teach the next generation of children to “Go Pro.” The New York native opened the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Champs Center for children to thrive in their career paths on Saturday, July 16, 2022. Now, the ballplayer turned software engineer hopes to remind the learning community success is possible in sports and beyond. “We’re excited to bring quality S.T.E.M. curriculum to the Brooklyn and Greater New York City kids. As a kid growing up in this same neighborhood, we were always encouraged to play sports, and through S.T.E.A.M. Champs and the S.T.E.A.M. Champs Foundation, we are encouraging kids to know both and excel in both areas of life,” Butler said in a statement to AfroTech.

Jul 22, 2022

New York's First Cannabis Dispensaries Will Be Reserved For Former Drug Offenders

Some states are becoming more and more liberal with laws around cannabis and its use. New York is leveling up that liberalism by offering a sense of justice to those who were once convicted on marijuana charges before the state legalized it. Now, the melodic tunes of Rick James proclaiming his love of “Mary Jane” can ring clear for thousands of individuals. In the new policy, individuals with previous marijuana charges will be the first to be able to hold a retail license to sell recreational cannabis in New York. View the approved application here: — NYS Office of Cannabis Management (@nys_cannabis) July 14, 2022

Jul 14, 2022

Black And Latinx Teachers Get Major Victory With $835M Payout From Discrimination Lawsuit

An old saying states, “A lie don’t care who tells it.” And recently, the City of New York gave in to what thousands hold as their truth. Black and Latinx teachers have alleged that the state licensing exam was biased for years. After years of contention with a major lawsuit, the city conceded to the claims, and so far, $835 million have been awarded to educators.

Jul 14, 2022

Chris Webber Appointed To Lead New York's $200M Cannabis Social Equity Fund

It’s no secret that Chris Webber has been active in the cannabis industry. So, it comes as no surprise that the former NBA star has been appointed to lead a cannabis social equity fund. According to a press release, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has chosen Webber to aid in growing the city’s impact regarding cannabis.

Jun 24, 2022

A Wu-Tang Clan Affiliate Just Won A $7M Settlement From The City Of New York

Grant Williams was a Wu-Tang Clan affiliate who lived an otherwise quiet life in Staten Island, NY. The Hill reports that Williams, who was friends with Ghostface Killa and frequently worked in the studio when the Wu would record their now-classic albums, had his whole life changed after Shdell Lewis was gunned down in front of the Shelton Houses. At that time, the NYPD was struggling to find Lewis’s killer — and some witnesses claimed, without any evidence, that Williams was the gunman. Furthermore, according to the AP, prosecutors linked a hat with a Wu-Tang Clan logo to Williams. However, the hat was reportedly never DNA tested. There was, ultimately, no credible evidence to confirm that Williams was responsible for Lewis’s death — but that didn’t stop a jury from convicting him of second-degree murder back in 1997. He was sentenced to 25 years to life. And with that, Grant Williams went from being a Wu-Tang Clan affiliate to a convicted murderer. Recently, however, Williams was...

These Four High School Students Are The Future Leaders Of DEI

In Whitney Houston’s inspiration classic, “Greatest Love of All,” she mentions that children are the future and how people should treat them and let them lead the way. It seems as if that message resonated with four high school students in New York and California. Eileen Ye, Mahmoud Abdellatif, Shreya Anand, and Ymorah Blakeney are making their mark on the community by ensuring everyone has equal access to resources and feels included and respected in various spaces. Championing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives are more than just hopping on the popular bandwagon for these teenagers. They are actively working within their schools and associated organizations to help implement residual, positive change.

May 3, 2022

New York Man Gets $125,000 For Reporting Idling Vehicles

The process of “watching and telling”(otherwise known as snitching) is paying off for one New York man. In 2019, former Mayor Bill de Blasio enacted the Citizens Air Complaint Program . According to the program’s website, the policy is intended to help cut down on idling emissions from gasoline and diesel motor vehicle which are known contributors to health-related impacts, including asthma, respiratory and cardiovascular harm. The policy is also an attempt to be a solution to climate change. In order to provide an incentive to this program, local citizens who are willing to report commercial idle vehicles ( school buses, commercial fleet, etc.) can receive a reward in the form of money. The witness of these idle vehicles would have to record the time that it sits idle. If the vehicle is in a school zone, the witness would need to record it for one minute. If it is not in a school zone, then the recording time increases to three minutes. To round out this process, a picture of the...

Apr 13, 2022