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Global Software Company BMC Expands BreakLine Sponsorship to Create Minority Tech Education Program

Global software company BMC has announced expansion plans for its current sponsorship of the BreakLine Technology Education program. BMC has been named a founding sponsor of BreakLine Apex to focus on helping veterans, women, and people of color establish careers in the tech industry. According to a news release , BreakLine Apex is a new education-focused program that leads recruitment, coaching, and mentorship of talented people of color, with a special focus on Black and Latinx candidates being considered for various technical and business roles in top tech companies worldwide. “BMC and BreakLine have successfully partnered together since 2017 to create pathways to opportunity for people from all backgrounds and experiences, and to increase diversity in tech,” said Bethany Coates, CEO of BreakLine, in a statement . “Over the course of our collaboration, BMC has hired many veterans from BreakLine, across a range of roles, from sales to communications, and they’ve already hired a...

Njera Perkins

Nov 11, 2020

WOC Founders of Skincare Company, Topicals Raise $2.6M For Brand

People of color have long since endured hardships to create more visibility and diversity in the beauty industry. Support for POC in beauty has been an uphill battle to have their financial, social, and cultural contributions acknowledged, but still, many entrepreneurs continue to push the envelope to shake up the industry. Recently, two entrepreneurs — Olamide Olowe and Claudia Teng — set out to accomplish their goal to create their own skincare line that aims to treat skin conditions for all skin tones and provide quality products consumers can rely on, according to Black Enterprise . Topicals — a newly launched WOC-owned skincare company — was founded by Olowe and Teng to help people like them who have sensitive skin conditions like eczema, hyperpigmentation, psoriasis and more. Plus, they also aim to provide representation for people that look like them. “With my background in clinical research and dermatology, I saw...

Njera Perkins

Aug 10, 2020

Black Influencers and POC Call Out the Industry's Racist and Sexist Ways

Social media has been a game-changer for many influencers, especially as platforms like TikTok and Instagram see a major surge in users. The internet has become a place for people in the creative industry to make a name for themselves, but for Black influencers, they still struggle against the gatekeepers of advertising who are responsible for paying these creatives for their work. Ethnicity pay gaps aren’t a new notion, but more recently, Black influencers and people of color have pushed back against the industry to call out their racist and sexist ways. In addition to the ethnicity pay gap, Black influencers are even being stripped away from their credits for creating trends that are ultimately stolen by their white counterparts to benefit from. TikTok was recently accused of trying to create an “aspirational air” for their platform by allegedly configuring the app to hide content from people who appeared to be “ugly, poor or disabled users,” according to the Guardian. While it is...

Njera Perkins

Apr 15, 2020