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Did You Know A Congo Child Labor Case Regarding Cobalt Mining Ended With 5 Tech Giants Being Absolved Of Wrongdoing?

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is among the countries facing a humanitarian crisis. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) reported that it’s not only experiencing one of the world’s longest humanitarian crises but also one of the most complex. A most prevalent issue in the DRC is child labor. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly 25,000 children work in cobalt mines. Despite the alarming rate of exploitation, a case in the U.S. regarding the matter has ended with the defendants not found at fault. Previously, in 2022, Apple, Alphabet Inc. (Google), Dell, Microsoft, and Tesla were said to have been “knowingly benefiting from and aiding and abetting the cruel and brutal use of young children in the Democratic Republic of Congo to mine cobalt,” according to ABC News. However, in March 2024, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found the five tech giants not liable due to only having an “ordinary buyer-seller transaction” with...

Ngozi Nwanji

May 21, 2024 Reflects On The Investments That Changed His Life — 'I Invested In Tesla In 2006 Before Elon Took Over'

While working in the music industry, many artists make the smart move and don’t limit themselves to only excelling in music. is among such musicians who are the definition of “multi-hyphenate.” As an entertainer, record producer, tech entrepreneur, and founder, the East Los Angeles, CA, native has built an extensive resume for himself. “Investor” is yet another title under his growing list of endeavors. In an interview with the “Drink Champs” podcast, recounted two specific investments he’s made thus far. When asked by host N.O.R.E. whether he’d choose Steve Jobs or Elon Musk — like in a game of “This or That” — was prompted to share how both CEOs have made an impact on his life. “I invested in Tesla in 2006 before Elon took over [the company] — around the same time,” explained on the podcast. He continued, “And then, I was a part of Beats. And then, Apple bought Beats from us. So you’re talking about two companies that changed my life. So, I...

Ngozi Nwanji

May 6, 2024

Here's How Much Money Elon Musk Makes Per Second

Elon Musk, entrepreneur and CEO of companies like Tesla and SpaceX , is not only known for his innovations but also for his staggering wealth. In 2022, Musk made headlines when he invested a whopping $44 billion in X, formally known as Twitter. This move sparked discussions about the investment’s value and impact on the platform. Despite expressing buyer’s remorse and even joking about it on social media , Musk’s financial decisions continue to fascinate the public’s attention. How Much Money Does Elon Musk Make Per Second? Elon Musk earns approximately $656 per second, according to CoinCodex . This estimation is from Musk’s reported estimated net worth of $205.2 billion as of January 2024 and the span of over a decade during which he accumulated his wealth. Musk’s earnings per second are over $43,000 per minute, nearly equivalent to the annual full-time wage in the US of $53,490. Musk earns a year’s salary in just one minute, and it takes him only a week to reach a nine-figure...

Corinne Dorsey

Feb 27, 2024

Ex-Tesla Worker Who Claims Colleagues Told Him To 'Go Back To Africa' Seeks New Trial After Rejecting $3.2M Payout

It is going to be a long fought battle for a Black former Tesla employee. AfroTech previously reported Owen Diaz filed a racial harassment and discrimination lawsuit against the automotive company. In 2021, he shared with the court that he had been told by coworkers to “go back to Africa,” per Insider. Diaz also claimed racial graffiti was scrawled in the bathrooms of the Tesla factory.

Samantha Dorisca

May 10, 2023

Elon Musks Asks If He Should Step Down From Twitter, Then Snoop Dogg Asks, 'Should I Run Twitter?'

On Dec. 18, Elon Musk asked users if he should step down as the head of Twitter via a poll, and Snoop Dogg asked if he should step up.

Samantha Dorisca

Dec 19, 2022

Master P Urges Black-Owned Businesses To Go Public To ‘Make Some Real Money’ Like Elon Musk’s Tesla

Master P never shies away from speaking his mind, especially when it pertains to the advancement of the Black community.

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 27, 2022

Detroit Man Raises Eyebrows After Voluntarily Getting A Chip Implanted In His Arm To Unlock His Tesla

Soon there may come a day when the world won’t even need keys to unlock the whip. As a matter of fact, for one man, that day has already arrived. According to CNN, a Detroit, MI, man can now unlock his Tesla without a key due to a chip that has been implanted into his arm. Yes, you read that correctly. Brandon Dalaly, took his love for tech to the next level by agreeing to have the piece of technology installed into his body.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Brandon Dalaly (@bdalaly)

Shanique Yates

Aug 26, 2022

Lawyers Representing Former Black Tesla Employee Reject $15M Settlement

The updates in this Tesla case just keep getting worse and worse. Lawyers representing the former elevator operator who filed a lawsuit against the smart car company have officially rejected a $15 million award. According to Complex, Owen Diaz is now rejecting a new trial after his original verdict amount of nearly $137 million was reduced to $15 million. As previously reported by AfroTech, Diaz only had a few days to decide on whether he would accept the offer on the table. Now, it looks like he will continue to fight for what he says he’s worth. “In rejecting the court’s excessive reduction by asking for a new trial, Mr. Diaz is again asking a jury of his peers to evaluate what Tesla did to him and to provide just compensation for the torrent of racist slurs that was directed at him,” said his lawyers in a statement.

Shanique Yates

Jun 23, 2022

Elon Musk Faces $258B Lawsuit For Alleged Dogecoin 'Pyramid Scheme'

The world’s richest man is back at it again with another lawsuit. Elon Musk has been sued for $258 billion for his alleged involvement in defrauding investors during a Dogecoin pyramid scheme. Fortune reports that the tech mogul has been sued by American citizen Keith Johnson “who was defrauded out of money by defendants’ Dogecoin Crypto Pyramid Scheme.” The defendants include Musk and his Tesla company as well as his SpaceX corporation. Johnson will represent not only himself but a group of investors who suffered similar losses due to Dogecoin trading that stems back to 2019.

Shanique Yates

Jun 17, 2022

Former Black Tesla Worker Given Two Weeks To Accept $15M In Appealed Lawsuit Agreement

A former elevator worker at Tesla has 14 days to determine if he will collect $15 million for the damages caused by racial abuse while working at the company’s Fremont, California factory. According to TechCrunch, Owen Diaz was originally set to receive $137 million after the company turned a blind eye to the racial harassment and discrimination that he endured at the electric vehicle (EV) plant. After Tesla challenged the verdict brought forth on behalf of the former employee, whose race is Black, the payout was diminished to $15 million. Now, the original $6.9 million that Diaz was set to receive for compensatory damages has been reduced to $1.5 million. Punitive damages went from $130 million to $13.5 million.

Shanique Yates

Jun 10, 2022

Elon Musk Sends Email Demanding Employees To Return To The Office Or 'Pretend To Work Somewhere Else'

The world’s richest man is back at it with questionable business practices. This time, Elon Musk is raising eyebrows after sending out not one, but two company-wide emails to Tesla employees threatening that they return to work … or else, Bloomberg reports. “Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week,” said Musk in one of the emails. “To be super clear.” Elon to Tesla team: no more remote work — Whole Mars Catalog (@WholeMarsBlog) June 1, 2022 He continued: “Moreover, the office must be where your actual colleagues are located, not some remote pseudo office. If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.” What’s more, according to a tweet of one of the leaked emails, he actually titled the follow-up email: “To be super clear.” He sent a follow-up to everyone confirming the company-wide policy. — Sam Nissim (@SamNissim) June 1, 2022 And, it looks like his message of strongly...

Shanique Yates

Jun 2, 2022

Elon Musk Reacts To Snoop Dogg's Interest In Buying Twitter And Snoop Replies: 'You Bring The Fire, I'll Bring The Smoke'

Elon Musk and the acquisition of social media giant, Twitter, have caught the attention of many high-profile individuals. Whether it’s celebrities denouncing their association with the app because they disagree with him or A-listers trying to gain a piece of the pie, there is no shortage of interest around the estimated multi-billion-dollar deal. AfroTech previously reported that Meek Mill tweeted his desire to purchase shares of Twitter after the billionaire bought it. Now, LA rap legend Snoop Dogg has entered the chat, and he doesn’t just want to buy a part of it — he wants the entire thing.

Josh Rodgers

May 16, 2022

South Africa's First Black Billionaire Believes Entrepreneurs Should Take Heed To The Elon Musk Method

From billionaire to billionaire, Patrice Motsepe has formed an opinion on Elon Musk. As South Africa’s first Black billionaire, Motsepe said that entrepreneurs can learn a thing or two from the Tesla CEO, which could most likely increase their net worth and the success of their business. According to Motsepe, Musk’s strong belief in himself is a good thing. “I’m not saying [entrepreneurs] must be cocky and arrogant . . . but I think [Musk] believed so much in what he was doing . . . he succeeded,” said Motsepe.

Shanique Yates

Apr 28, 2022

Did Tesla Just Steal This Black Man's Idea?

If the tech space had a version of a Mary J. Blige song, it would be the story of Riz Nwosu. As a huge fan of Tesla’s products and admirer of Elon Musk, Riz worked on a backpack concept called Cyberbackpack. Inspired by the 2019 development and unveiling of the Tesla Cybertruck, Riz started developing a backpack based on that concept. After meeting Elon Musk and Franz von Holzhausen (designer of the Cybertruck), Riz finalized the design for what would become the Cyberbackpack. Excited about his development, Riz bought and registered to begin taking pre-orders – a sales strategy he says he picked up from Tesla. According to a newsletter post that Riz posted on Linkedin, he received his prototype of the backpack just last month. He also launched the Cyberbackpack on ProductHunt and created a Shopify website to start receiving official orders. Once it was out there, he says the response to the backpack was positive — the people were interested.

Josh Rodgers

Apr 18, 2022

Elon Musk Doubles Down On Twitter Buyout Offer To Make It ‘An Inclusive Arena For Free Speech’

During TED 2022: A New Era, Elon Musk was one of its leading speakers for its Awe session. The exclusive interview with Chris Anderson came hours after the founder and CEO of Tesla announced that next on his agenda was seeking to buy out Twitter. As previously reported by AfroTech, Musk wrote a letter to Twitter Chairman, Bret Taylor, about his $43 billion offer.

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 17, 2022