Black futures will be emboldened through an ambitious 20-year commitment between Howard University and Jordan Brand. “HBCU‘s have been impacting culture since the beginning. Now we see a new era on the horizon, and an opportunity with Jordan Brand to introduce Howard University to the world. I’m excited to see our university partner with a partner like Jordan Brand that already means so much to the Black Community. Together, we have the power to make a difference and inspire the next generation of students to do the same,” said Jordyn Allen, Howard University Student Association President, in a statement.
Aug 11, 2022
Forty young minds have been awarded a $10,000 scholarship, which has been presented by Lupita Nyong’o in partnership with Lancôme.
Jul 18, 2022
Pharrell Williams continues to better the world around him and his efforts were amplified during Something in the Water music festival.
Jun 23, 2022
Former reigning Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion Zaila Avant-garde will be instilling the spirit of learning in our youth.
Five Howard University students have secured a $1 million cash prize.
Students attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) can expect an inside scoop on the rap game, thanks to Lupe Fiasco. According to Complex, the rapper will soon become a visiting professor at the institution. In excitement, Fiasco took to Twitter to share the news.
May 23, 2022
Students will now have a chance to pursue higher education without the burden of crippling debt, and it’s all made possible thanks to a new partnership between award-winning mobile application Scholly and American actor Jesse Williams. According to a press release provided to AfroTech, the initiative — Pay It Off Fund — will allow four students to secure up to $25,000 each to pay off their student loan debts.
May 19, 2022
Dr. Dre is using his influence to support students at Compton High School. Los Angeles Times reports Dr. Dre teamed up with city and school leaders for a ceremony announcing plans for the $200 million performing arts center at Compton High School. The center will be named “Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young Performing Arts Center” following a $10 million donation from the rapper in 2017, according to a press release. “When I was approached about finding a performing arts center that will provide an arts and technological education to students, and be accessible to the community at large, I was all in. I wanted to give the young people in Compton something I never had,” Dr. Dre said during the ceremony.
May 11, 2022
Megan Thee Stallion’s educational pursuits are inspiring others to follow suit. As AfroTech previously reported, Megan Thee Stallion received her bachelor’s degree in health administration from Texas Southern University (TSU) back in December 2021. With all eyes on the rapper, it comes as no surprise that her presence at TSU has created a buzz that is already benefitting the city of Houston.
May 4, 2022
Fayetteville State University undergraduate students will now receive more support thanks to new funding. According to a press release sent to AfroTech, a $2.3 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, awarded to Professor James E. Raynor Jr., will be given to the Historically Black University and University (HBCU).
Apr 28, 2022
Claudia Walker is an educator paving the way to ensure financial literacy is accessible to children. Before Claudia Walker entered the education field, she worked on Wall Street as a financial analyst. The educator and Spelman grad would often share with students her experience working in the money capital of America and attending a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Claudia Walker quickly noticed an unsettling trend, many students were not exposed to finance or HBCUs. Aiming to resolve the knowledge gap, she launched publishing company HBCU Prep School in 2020, to normalize the world of investing and higher education. “Oftentimes when I ask my students about investing their response is, ‘Oh, that’s something rich people do.’ I want to dispel that myth, and the notion that investing is something that cannot happen or should not happen within the Black community,” Claudia Walker told AfroTech. She continued: “That has been my mission in all the work that I have done...
Feb 12, 2022
The Doodle for Google student contest is a time for young artists’ work to shine through and earn global recognition for a day. Last year, the theme was “I am strong because…” For 2022, the tech giant is taking a similar approach for its 14th annual contest with a focus on the power of self with “I care for myself by…” Google is requesting students competing in the contest to submit artwork revolved around their self-care practices, according to a blog post. “We’re asking students to share how they nurture themselves in tough times,” the blog post reads. “What do they do to feel better when they’re feeling down? How do they approach taking a break? What activities make them feel calm or give them energy? What or who brings them joy? Our theme this year invites students to share how they take care of their minds, bodies and spirits as they face the opportunities and challenges every new day brings.” This year’s judges are Grammy-nominated artist Selena Gomez, film director Elyse Fox...
Feb 9, 2022
Goodr may be on everyone’s radar thanks to rapper Gunna’s partnership with the food insecurity nonprofit but none of it would be possible without the singular vision of founder Jasmine Crowe. In a recent op-ed for Newsweek, Crowe explained why she continues her mission and is now offering a “free grocery store” for seniors. “We began thinking about who else could benefit and what other population has the greatest need. We knew from my work with seniors that a lot are experiencing food insecurity. I personally have been working with seniors for 10 years; providing food in senior homes and buying groceries for individuals myself,” she explained. And Crowe’s concerns are well-placed. According to a study by the National Council on Aging, about 7.3 million senior adults are considered “food insecure.” Seniors with disabilities, and those who live in southern and western states, are more likely to face food insecurity than those who are not disabled or who live in northern states. This...
Feb 2, 2022
Pursuing higher education comes at a cost, but scholarships can be the breakthrough in advancing students to the finish line, and Jasmine Chigbu knows this as she’s experienced it firsthand. As a first-generation Nigerian American growing up in a middle-class upbringing, Chigbu admits finances may not have been flowing but their overall financial health was in good standing. When she attended Duke University for her undergraduate degree in 2015, her family was able to cover half of the cost of attendance. The remaining funds were covered by scholarships, which Chigbu found through research. Although Jasmine Chigbu pursued a bachelor’s of international comparative studies, her overarching goal was to become a doctor and first apply to medical school. After her gap year following the completion of her undergraduate degree, she applied to 25 medical schools. Chigbu became stricken after realizing she had been denied from every school. Chigbu then adopted a new strategy to attend...
Dec 21, 2021
In January 2021, AfroTech reported that uLesson — an African edtech startup — announced it raised a $7.5 million Series A funding round for its online learning platform to make remote learning a breeze. Now, less than a year later, it has announced that it’s raised $15 million in a Series B funding round, according to TechCrunch. Five investors led their latest round — Tencent, Nielsen Ventures, and existing investors Owl Ventures, TLcom Capital, and Founder Collective — in what is said to be the largest known investment for an edtech startup in Africa.
Dec 9, 2021