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Nas, Resorts World NYC Unveil A $5B Proposal He Says Could Give 'New Opportunities To The Hard-Working Families' In His Hometown Of Queens

Nas is spearheading a plan to change the landscape of New York City. The music icon has partnered with Resorts World Casino New York City and its parent company, Genting America East, to revitalize his beloved Queens neighborhood. As reported by Commercial Observer, Genting America East executives, including the artist, shared plans for a $5 billion redevelopment endeavor to transform the Resorts World establishment into a “Las Vegas-style casino.” The blueprint for the project includes amenities such as 30 new opportunities for food and beverage vendors, a 7,000-seat performance space, and 1,600 new hotel rooms inside the existing Hyatt Regency at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Genting America East also proposed a 350,000-square-foot extension of the Resorts World casino floor. If approved, the move would position the casino as the largest gambling establishment globally, per the outlet. Beyond revenue-generating additions, the proposal includes housing units that could...

Mar 1, 2024

Did You Know Foster Care Youth In NYC Have Access To Free College Tuition Through This Program?

This program in New York City, NY, is on a mission to ensure that children impacted by the foster care system have the opportunity to pursue higher education without worrying about the financial obligation that comes with attending college.

Sep 18, 2023

New York City's MTA Cracks Down On Fare Evasion By Using AI Surveillance Technology

New York City is cracking down on public transportation fare evasion.

Jul 28, 2023

Actor Michael K. Williams is on a Mission to Help NYC Youth Secure Summer Jobs

While COVID-19 may have altered educational institutions across the country, it hasn’t eliminated the job market for young people. To keep young people active and motivated during this time, veteran actor and “The Wire” star Michael K. Williams is teaming up with nonprofit organization NYC Together to help source summer job opportunities for the youth of New York City, according to Because of Them We Can. This year, NYC Together will host a virtual program and employ youth to disseminate information to about 500,000 people residing in New York City. “The summer is almost here, y’all. And everybody from the hood knows that when school gets out, the murder rate goes up,” Williams said in a video posted on Twitter. Here with an important message for y’all about Covid & its impact on NYC’s Black and Latino youth. To help them stay safe & healthy this summer, DONATE to @NYCTogetherOrg & you could win a private Zoom with me & other folks from The Wire! Donate here:

May 15, 2020

Support These Black-Owned Businesses While Social Distancing

Let’s face it: These are uncertain times. As a pandemic is taking its toll on the country, citizens are urged to practice social distancing . For those of you unsure, social distancing is a set of physical dissociating actions that help stop the spread of infectious diseases. In this case, that means staying inside to combat exposure to coronavirus. Under such personal and economic stress, what’s beautiful about Black folks is that we’re becoming more connected. We’re scheduling virtual watch parties, sharing emergency resources for funding and, ultimately, supporting one another. However, as major corporations are taking a massive hit, Black-owned businesses are also devastated by closures and significant drops in income. It’s up to us to circulate our mighty dollar within our community. So if you can, spend your money with Black-owned businesses. Many companies have even suspended ground shipping and are offering discounts to promote sales. If you’re looking for Black-owned brands...

Mar 20, 2020

Two Minority-Led Investment Banks Expected to Close on Merger in November

Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. and The Williams Capital Group are set to close on a merger early next month, according to a press release . The deal will make Siebert Williams Shank & Co. one of the top women-led and minority-owned investment banks in the country. “Williams was the only firm with the capabilities, talent, and integrity in the corporate underwriting space that we felt expanded our franchise and matched our work-ethic and high-standards of performance, and now, we have created a truly historic firm,” Suzanne Shank, a founding partner and CEO of Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., said in a statement. Shank will serve as President and CEO of the new firm, while Christopher Williams serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Williams Capital has participated in a healthy number of debt and equity financings for clients across different industries and has held the top spot as co-manager of U.S. corporate debt. Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. is top-ranked for co-managers of...

Oct 21, 2019

This Mom Created A Platform To Help Kids Learn To Save

It is never too early to learn about money. Teaching children about personal finance from a young age can directly impact their financial decisions later in life. According to a report by the Council of Economic Education , only 19 states require that high school students take personal finance courses. High school may be the first time that some of these students sit inside a financial literacy classroom, but Goalsetter doesn’t want kids waiting until their teenage years to learn about interest rates, mortgages and other financial concepts. Goalsetter, a Brooklyn-based FinTech start-up, is revamping the way parents teach and students learn about personal finance. Kids can save directly in the app, while also exploring a curriculum aimed at broadening their financial literacy. “We have a chance in reversing the wealth gap that exists in our community right now by getting every kid a savings account,” Goalsetter CEO and Founder Tanya Van Court said. Van Court, a two-time Stanford...

Oct 1, 2019

Amazon is Funding Computer Science Courses In Over 130 NYC Schools

As Amazon’s new headquarters makes its way to Long Island City, Queens, so will computer science funding to over 130 New York City area high schools. Amazon will fund AP and intro classes in schools across five New York City boroughs. Of the schools receiving funding 30 will be in Queens near the vicinity of the new headquarters. Amazon says the funding will take care of preparatory lessons, tutorials, and professional development for teachers. In addition, a digital curriculum and live online support will be readily available for both instructors and students. The move makes sense for Amazon, as it tries to recruit and retain tech talent in the city, but as TechCrunch’s Sarah Perez points out , this is just another indication of how other cities could have benefited from the tech giant’s presence. However, the move also drives home how disappointing Amazon’s “HQ2” decision has been for those areas that lost out when the retail giant opted to split its “second” headquarters between...

Jan 30, 2019

Lyft Closes Deal With Motivate, Sets Out to Improve Bike-Sharing in NYC

Lyft just closed on its acquisition of Motivate. Now the car-sharing service is planning to offer shareable bicycles. The $250 million acquisition of Motivate–which owned a number of bike rental services including Citi Bike, Ford GoBike, Divvy, Blue Bikes, and Capital Bikeshare–makes Lyft the largest bike-service company in America. On Thursday, New York’s Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that Lyft is investing $100 million to help expand and improve Citi Bike over the next five years as part of its agreement to acquire Motivate. “This expansion means tens of thousands more New Yorkers are going to have a fast and inexpensive way to get around their city,” Mayor de Blasio said in a press release. “It also means much more reliable service for all the riders who already use Citi Bike.” Lyft has also tried its hand in the scooter rental industry with success in Denver and has plans to expand to other cities into 2019.

Dec 3, 2018

Spotify To Hold Job Recruiting Event At NYC Headquarters

Interested in learning about cool job opportunities at Spotify? Look no further; we have you covered! Spotify will host a recruiting event in New York City on June 29 at the Spotify headquarters for individuals who are interested in learning about fantastic job opportunities at the company. Since launching in 2006, Spotify prides itself in making music accessible for people all over the world. Partnering with Afrotech helps Spotify continue its goal of searching for bright, diverse individuals to join the team and help continue its mission. There are so many perks in working for Spotify, especially in New York City. Employees can enjoy the city’s great music, food, culture and sunny weather. There’s an office roof terrace where employees can enjoy an amazing view and participate in the company’s social events. Just as Spotify offers diversity in music, the company actively promotes diversity in the workplace. Spotify believes diversity and inclusion drive innovation, and it also...

Jun 20, 2018