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
New York City is cracking down on public transportation fare evasion.
Jul 28, 2023
Lewis Hamilton is bringing his vegan burger restaurant to the Big Apple.
Apr 17, 2023
A Black-owned business’ success in one city has transformed to make history in another.
Feb 27, 2023
An impactful and valuable piece of music history recently found a new home. Last week, Hip-Hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc’s original Soundsystem was sold at Christie’s in New York City, according to mixmag.
Aug 26, 2022
Slutty Vegan fans residing in Alabama are excited about the franchise’s latest expansion. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pinky Cole (@pinky907)
Aug 24, 2022
On July 12, New York City introduced its first-ever Digital Games Industry Council, according to information shared with AfroTech. Hosted at City Hall, Deputy Mayor Maria Torres-Springer, and leadership from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and the Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities came together to discuss how to further expand the city’s digital games industry. Per the information provided, the diverse council works to build a strong talent pipeline for the digital games industry, attract game development studios across the five boroughs, and helps businesses operate and thrive in New York City. The council meeting follows the announcement of Mayor Eric Adams’ Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) partnering with the City University of New York (CUNY) in a $2 million investment toward offering the city’s first-ever bachelor’s degree in digital game design for a public institution at City College of New...
Jul 14, 2022
New York City’s STEM programs are actively being supported. Mayor Eric Adams announced on July 11 that pharmaceutical company Pfizer awarded the city’s middle and high schools with a $1.5 million grant, New York Post reports.
Jul 12, 2022
New York City Mayor Eric Adams is on to the next area that he wants the city to take part in: Gaming. With a $2 million investment from the City University of New York (CUNY), he has announced that the City College of New York (CCNY) will now offer the city’s first-ever bachelor’s degree in digital game design for a public institution, NYC.gov reports.
May 17, 2022
In timing with the 4/20 holiday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams made a befitting announcement to the public. According to Fortune, he has vocalized his plan to help marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by marijuana-related offenses in the city of New York.
Apr 21, 2022
Wells Fargo’s alleged discriminatory loan practices seem to be coming with consequences as New York City has announced it will no longer open new depository bank accounts with the company, according to an official letter. AfroTech has been tracking the findings surrounding Wells Fargo’s lending practices, and as we just told you, information released by Bloomberg suggested half of the Black applicants who were looking to refinance their homes were rejected. More recently, we reported Wells Fargo received backlash for allegedly rejecting lower interest rates for Black homeowners leading to a proposed class-action lawsuit in San Francisco, CA. In response, it appears New York City is taking a stand against Wells Fargo’s alleged actions in an official statement released Friday, April 8 by Mayor Eric Adams and Comptroller Brad Lander. “As the Mayor and Comptroller of New York City, a diverse community where Black homeowners own and are the primary residents of more than a quarter of...
Apr 20, 2022
Although Black people accounted for a large portion of the New York population, according to the United Census Bureau, for far too long, they have been left out of the ins and outs of a place rooted in our culture. It’s no secret that the Big Apple is known for its skyscrapers. Yet, not a single one that makes up the renowned New York City skyline has been constructed with a majority Black team — that is, until now. EBONY reports that for the first time ever, real estate developers have plans in motion to build the city’s first skyscraper with a majority Black-led team. “This is an opportunity to really create a paradigm shift and to start to build a Black economy that Black companies actually participate in and flourish,” said Craig Livingston, managing partner at Exact Capital. “On our side, as owners of a project, we can decide to spend a billion dollars with Black and Brown companies and for the economics to be shared and to be dissipated throughout specific communities.”
Mar 17, 2022
When speaking on successful Black-owned businesses, Telfar sits gracefully in the top ranking. With each new release, the apparel brand’s popularity continues to spike in fashion. As previously reported by AfroTech, it became the “it” brand during the COVID-19 pandemic and has since gone on to collaborate with the likes of UGG and Moose Knuckles. The hype around Telfar has reached where many fans are left disappointed when they’re unable to secure their items during the online frenzy that occurs when there’s a drop. But according to Clemens, soon Telfar won’t only be available online. Essence reports that Clemens shared in an interview with The Breakfast Club that Telfar has its first physical store in the works. “There is one coming,” he said. “We’re opening a store this year in New York City. And we’re still deciding where that is going to be. I don’t want to say too much about it, but we’re opening a store this year.” The tidbit is all that has been revealed so far. Therefore,...
Mar 15, 2022
When Hip-H op royalty meets sneaker company greatness, it is bound to be something great! Rapper Raekwon has teamed up with Diadora and Foot Locker to launch a community initiative called Community Linx that’s rooted in both music and sneaker culture and encompasses city-specific Diadora N9002 sneaker capsules to be sold exclusively at Foot Locker and Champs Sports. Courtesy Photo “Foot Locker, Inc. is continuously looking for ways to make a positive impact in the communities we serve,” said John Hochadel, Vice President, Global Concepts and Energy at Foot Locker, Inc., in an official news release shared with AfroTech. “We are excited to team with Raekwon and Diadora and collaborate on a program designed to empower and inspire. We look forward to seeing the impact this program has on everyone it touches.”
Jan 20, 2022
Former police officer and newly-elected New York City Mayor Eric Adams has been in office for less than a week. But he’s already causing New Yorkers to shake their collective heads and ask themselves what they’ve really gotten into. The city’s second-ever Black mayor is making headlines because of his comments about essential workers. Eric Adams just said “Low skill workers like cooks, messengers and Dunkin’ Donuts employees don’t have the academic skills to sit in a corner office” pic.twitter.com/KaoY9MNZ8J — Achmat X (@AchmatX) January 4, 2022 In his misguided (at best) speech, Eric Adams referred to essential workers — which included shoe shiners, cooks, dishwashers, and “those who work at Dunkin’ Donuts” — as “low-skilled.” He went on to claim that these workers “don’t have the academic skills” to “sit in a corner office” (Yes, you read that right). The same workers who were getting applause and “thank you” banners at the beginning of the pandemic — who were essential in helping...
Jan 5, 2022