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How Chef Harold Fields Self-Funded Umami Kushi, A Pastry Shop That Blends African-American And Japanese Culture

Harold Fields’ business brings a taste of Japan to Seattle, WA! Back in 2005, the chef and owner conceptualized Umami Kushi, a Japanese street food bakery. Fields’ passion for the cuisine was sparked after going to his wife’s hometown in Yokohama, Japan, due to a family emergency. The visit came right before Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA, where the wedded couple were living at the time.

Aug 4, 2023

6 Executives You Should Know That Are Making Waves In Seattle

AfroTech is a platform on a mission to uplift the Black tech community, and it’s a safe space for people to take their innovative ideas to the next level. Over the past few years, various AfroTech events have set the stage for career development and elevation like never before. While the AfroTech Conference is one of the more popular, large-scale events, we also have you covered with more intimate meet-ups throughout the year. Take, for instance, AfroTech Executive — the multi-city event series which empowers corporate executives, investors, and tech moguls. On March 30, AfroTech will take over the northwest region with a stop in Seattle, WA. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AFROTECH ( There will be a fireside chat with Laxman Narasimhan, the leader who has officially become the chief executive officer (CEO) of Starbucks, succeeding Howard Schultz, the company’s founder and former CEO. There will also be a chat with Uncharted founder and CEO Jessica O....

Mar 21, 2023

Black and Brown Youth Use Web Development Program to Build Sites For Black-Owned Businesses

Today’s youth are getting more creative in the ways that they’re innovating technology to improve our society. According to The Seattle Medium, a group of young Black and brown high school students — alongside the city of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) and Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle — just recently launched a Youth Web Design Program to introduce them to the world of website design as a means to also help local small business owners. “The past year has brought unprecedented challenges to everyone in our city but it has been even more challenging for our Black and African American youth and small business owners, who have been disproportionately impacted by the economic downturn during COVID-19,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said to The Seattle Medium. “The Youth Web Design Program teaches Seattle’s BIPOC youth new skills while simultaneously providing assistance to Black owned businesses who need it most.” The idea behind the new program is to allow 16 high...

Mar 9, 2021

Microsoft Is Investing In Computer Science Education For Students Of Color In Seattle

Microsoft will partner with Black Girls Code and Technology Access Foundation through a $500,000 investment in order to bring more STEM learning opportunities to students of color in Seattle , it announced last week. Microsoft will help Kimberly Bryant’s non-profit, Black Girls Code, establish a Seattle chapter. Black Girls Code was established to “provide young and pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming.” It introduces programming and tech to a new generation. Seattle will be the organization’s 14th city of operation. The partnership between Microsoft and Technology Access Foundation , founded by Trish Millines Dziko, will consist of an investment in STEMbyTAF, which provides an out-of-school program that offers tech skills training, internships and college prep to students of color in the Seattle Area. It went on to become an expert organization on creating learning environments void of race-based disparity in...