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9 Leaders Creating Social Impact For The Black Community

During a time when building real-life connections can be a challenge, online communities have been a saving grace for many. The presence of groups on social media has heightened, which has transformed into an influx of people that strive to be sources of support and resources. Community leaders especially are using the impact of social media to reach the masses and create the change they want to see. Here are nine Black leaders making real impact that should be on your radar.

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 11, 2022

Colin Kaepernick Ventures Into SPAC Game, Aims to Acquire a $1B Firm With Social and Cultural Impact

Former NFL quarterback and social activist Colin Kaepernick is the latest public figure to form a special purpose-acquisition company (SPAC) seeking to raise upwards of $250 million to create a positive social and cultural impact. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Kaepernick is the co-sponsor and co-chairman of Mission Advancement Corp., — a blank check company that aims to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses — which is also working in partnership with Jahm Najafi of private equity firm The Najafi Cos. Mission Advancement Corp’s overall mission for this move is to focus on resolving racial injustice and diversity issues, while it also aims to acquire a consumer business with an enterprise value around $1 billion, MarketWatch shares. “The mission of the Najafi/Kaepernick partnership is to identify, acquire and advance a company with the...

Njera Perkins

Feb 16, 2021

PUMA Names Fashion Icon June Ambrose As Creative Director

Women’s Wear Daily reports that PUMA just snagged iconic celebrity stylist June Ambrose as their new creative director. A fashion icon, with 200 music videos and two decades of experience under her belt, Ambrose is responsible for some of hip hop’s most iconic looks. From Missy Elliott’s inflatable garbage bag suit in “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” music video to Diddy’s shiny suit in “Mo Money, Mo Problems,” Ambrose has carved her own lane as an award-winning stylist, author, costume designer, and creative director. “There are very few people that indisputably shift culture. That is something June has done for over 25 years. Her pure energy and spirit come to life through her fashion and designs,” Jay-Z said, according to VOGUE. Because of Them We Can reports Jay-Z signed on as creative director of PUMA Hoops in 2018. His confidence in Ambrose’s talent and capabilities led the hip-hop mogul to introduce her to PUMA global director of brand marketing Adam Petrick and CEO Bjørn Gulden to...

Shanique Yates

Oct 12, 2020

Inside the Win of the AfroTech Pitch Competition by Kliit Health, Sponsored by the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact

Start-up company, Kliit Health, Inc. won the opportunity of a lifetime at the 2019 AfroTech conference that took place on Nov. 7-9. The Los-Angeles-based femtech company took home a $10,000 prize after winning the pitch competition sponsored by the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact. Kliit Heath Inc. is a female sexual and reproductive healthcare platform founded in December 2018 by Crystal Evuleocha and Cassy Gibson. Kliit enables multicultural women to connect with a network of clinicians to ask questions about their sexual and reproductive health virtually through their mobile devices, according to the company. Evuleocha and Gibson competed against a host of other founders including: Erik Young of Audios, Chloë Rogers of Community X, Michael Garrick of Fitnesse, Branden Criss of Rap Plug, Christian Hines of Semy, Ty’Lisha Summers of Spendebt and Zachary Johnson of TicketDM. They each had a three-minute pitch presentation followed by a two-minute...


Dec 5, 2019

This Team Lead is Building the Intersection of Blockchain and Social Impact

Each year more technology companies are shifting their focus to create more social impact initiatives. Some are trying to use artificial intelligence to take the implicit biases out of the hiring process, while others are finding ways to provide identification tools for homeless communities through blockchain technologies. Robert Greenfield — the co-founder of ConsenSys Social Impact — is highlighting the importance of social impact initiatives at his company. The ConsenSys Social Impact team researches and solves problems for its partners. The team has worked with the University of Michigan, Human Rights Foundation, Lane Crawford Joyce, and Black Girls CODE using blockchain to provide social solutions to the groups. Despite how useful blockchain technologies can be, many people still do not understand exactly what it is or does. “It’s a background technology,” Greenfield said. “One of the issues in the marketing in the blockchain ecosystem is that they make it seem like it’s a...

Arriana McLymore

Oct 31, 2019