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Charles Barkley Will Donate $1M To St. Mary's Academy Fueled By New Orleans Teens Who Discovered New Way To Prove Pythagoras’ Theorem

Charles Barkley is inspired by students Calcea Johnson and Ne’Kiya Jackson who made history with their mathematics discovery. As previously reported by AFROTECH™, Johnson and Jackson attended St. Mary’s Academy, a Catholic school located in New Orleans, LA, and are responsible for finding a new way to solve the Pythagorean Theorem using trigonometry without circular logic, which had been a mystery for many mathematicians for 2,000 years. WWL-TV 4 reporter Sam Winstrom spoke to the pair in March 2023 about their accomplishment. Per his report, “Calcea and Ne’Kiya explained it to me like this: Basically, trigonometry is based on Pythagoras’ Theorem (A^2 + B^2 = C^2, sound familiar?), so using trigonometry to prove Pythagoras’ Theorem is what’s known as circular logic.” Johnson, who is now a freshman at Louisiana State University, spoke to the university ahead of an interview she and Jackson had with “60 Minutes” on May 5, 2024. Johnson revealed to LSU that their discovery was...

Samantha Dorisca

May 15, 2024

Cristina Jones Shares The Intentionality She Has Behind Creating Partnerships As CEO Of Black Girls Code

Black Girls Code (BGC) is living true to its name. The organization exists to ensure at least 1 million girls of color will establish a presence in the tech industry by 2040 by partnering with schools, individuals who share its mission, and other organizations, a press release mentions. Among its efforts to bolster career paths in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) is providing computer programming education. In October 2023, the organization hired former Salesforce executive Cristina Jones as its CEO. Jones’ experience also includes having worked at Twentieth Century Fox, where she was able to gain further experience within the entertainment sector and technology. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Black Girls Code (@blackgirlscode) Now, in her latest role, the focus is on workforce development and fostering industry partnerships that will help to build the skills of its students and forge career pathways, as previously reported by...

Samantha Dorisca

May 14, 2024

Google Funds Guaranteed Basic Income Program In California's Bay Area To Help Give Up To $12K Per Month To Families

A program working to “break the cycle of homelessness for good” in the Bay Area of California has launched, and Google is backing its mission. Google.org, the charitable arm of Google, is a funding partner for It All Adds Up (Bay Area Thriving Families Study), a pilot program that is providing 450 families in the Bay Area who have faced homelessness with guaranteed basic income for a year. Each family is given a randomized amount of either $1,000 a month for 12 months or $50 a month for 12 months, according to the program’s website. Its fellow funding partner is J-PAL North America, a regional office of the global research center Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab housed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Bay Area families that receive services from Compass Family Services or Hamilton Families and are part of their rental subsidy/rapid re-housing programs qualify for the recurring cash payments as long as they are in the final three months of their housing subsidy....

Ngozi Nwanji

May 10, 2024

Tuskegee University Receives An Anonymous $20M Donation That Will Go Toward STEM Programs And Endowed Scholarships

This Tuskegee, AL-based Historically Black College and University (HBCU) has received a whopping donation. According to a news release, an anonymous donor has donated $20 million to Tuskegee University, which is going toward developing STEM programs and applied research. “This gift will allow us to invest in our students, faculty, programs and infrastructure, enabling us to enhance our academic reputation, enrich the student experience, and continue our work to reach milestones within our strategic plan,” Tuskegee University President Dr. Charlotte P. Morris shared in a statement. “It will provide additional resources for us to implement vital initiatives, further securing the campus, and foster a more dynamic community.” She continued, “We are grateful for this extraordinary act of philanthropy, which will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on our university and its community. This contribution is a testament to our collective efforts and the enduring trust inspired by the Tuskegee...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 15, 2024

Ciara & Russell Wilson Launch Retail Enterprise to Merge Their Fashion Interests and Philanthropy

Power couple Ciara and Russell Wilson are flexing their entrepreneurial skills yet again with a new business venture that’s merging fashion and philanthropy together. Today, the Grammy-winning singer and star NFL quarterback announced their latest business project called The House of LR&C, a retail concept that focuses on merging the couple’s philanthropic commitments with their interest in the fashion world, VOGUE reports. The fashion house is meant to be home to several brands in the near future including Wilson’s existing men’s apparel line, Good Man Brand, but is reportedly starting with sustainable streetwear line, Human Nation. According to VOGUE, the brand ties in a give back component with the Wilsons’ Why Not You Foundation to engage its consumers, which is expected to be a common thread among its future brand partners. Through this newly-launched enterprise, the Wilsons aim to democratize the fashion industry for young people while also inspiring them to get involved in...

Njera Perkins

Dec 1, 2020