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Exclusive: Matt Barnes Becomes The Face Of HOPP, A Rideshare App Linking Users To Drivers Based Off Interests

Ball may be life but so is business! From early days of playing basketball to now acting as partners on a new rideshare venture that will bring innovation to the states like never before, Ray Young and Khalid Taylor alongside former NBA player turned entrepreneur, Matt Barnes, are here to change the way you catch a ride from here on out. According to a press release provided to AfroTech, HOPP — the first geosocial ride matchmaking app — offers an added layer of comfort to drivers that it claims the competition does not. The app allows users to book rides based on a personality profile set up within the platform that matches them with people whose interests they align with the most. While the partners stress that you can make money just like you would when driving for Uber and Lyft, that is not the driving factor with the new app, which was founded by co-founders Antoine Allain, Eve Mitchell, and Fabrice Allain. “This is a ‘help you’ service. So, if I’m going in a certain direction,...

Shanique Yates

Mar 11, 2022

Dr. Michael Drake Makes History as University of California's First Black President

For the first time in its 152-year history, the University of California has elected Dr. Michael V. Drake as their first Black president. Dr. Drake — a national champion for access and equity who previously headed The Ohio State University and UC Irvine — was unanimously voted by the UC Board of Regents to head the school’s system, according to the Los Angeles Times . “Much has changed in the 15 years since I was given the privilege of becoming chancellor at UC Irvine, but not my absolute belief in this great University and its time-honored mission,” Dr. Drake said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the regents, chancellors, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and our broader community as we, together, guide the University through the challenging times ahead.” The university seized the opportunity to elect their first Black leader of a majority non-white student body as America continues to grapple with the new emerging battle against systemic racism. “Given the ongoing...

Njera Perkins

Jul 8, 2020