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Washington D.C.'s Only Black-Owned LGBTQ+ Lounge Is Committed To More Inclusive Spaces For Local Residents And Beyond

Thurst Lounge, Washington D.C.’s new and only Black-owned LGBTQ+ lounge, celebrated a successful grand opening by announcing exciting plans for the future.

Jan 23, 2024

After Living In A Tent For 2 Years, Michael Jeffery Graduated From High School As Valedictorian

A Washington, D.C. resident has taken an unfortunate situation and flipped it into triumph.

Jul 25, 2023

NASA's 'Hidden Figures' Now Have Their Own Street In D.C.

It’s been three years since “Hidden Figures” hit theaters celebrating the lives and legacies of three African American women who put a man into space. Now, NASA is honoring those same women with a street in front of its national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson will live on through the newly named, “Hidden Figures Way,” which will replace E Street Southwest. Today, the street in front of @NASA HQ in D.C. is being renamed "Hidden Figures Way" in honor of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan & Mary Jackson. Tune in to NASA TV at 1pm EDT for a special @airandspace "STEM in 30" commemorating these amazing women! https://t.co/FIo6IjfZLx pic.twitter.com/4enPbWQvjJ — NASA STEM (@NASASTEM) June 12, 2019 Each of the women served integral roles in helping NASA. Johnson worked for NASA for over 30 years. She’s most well known for her role in the orbital mission that sent John Glenn to space. Johnson, a brilliant mathematician, checked the work...

Jun 12, 2019

This Startup Is Using AI To Stop Brands From Making Avoidable Mistakes

The past few years have given us no shortage of debacles by brands. We’ve just about seen it all from an outright offensive campaign by Gucci that featured blackface, to an epic fumble by Pepsi during its campaign with Kendall Jenner. Now, D.C. -based startup Gauge wants to make it so that brands don’t make these mistakes and are more strategic in their decision-making. Here’s how it works: Gauge uses focus groups to help companies make decisions and gives surveys to “tastemakers” and industry experts. Surveyees can download the app and are compensated with gift cards and cash for every questionnaire they complete. Users sign non-disclosure agreements and can complete text, video or audio surveys that help guide brands from across the country. The company uses artificial intelligence to analyze survey responses, providing its clients with detailed insight on the possible impact of their decisions. “With technology, we could create a better, cheaper and faster way for brands to...

Apr 9, 2019

Remodelmate Partners With SoFi To Make Home Renovation Loans Easier

Remodelmate , the platform streamlining home renovations, is now partnering with SoFi to help people finance their updates. SoFi is an app that helps people spend, borrow, and save money through its platform. Its interest rates range from 5.99 percent to 16.24 percent. The app’s latest partnership with Remodelmate will offer loans up to $100,000, with low fixed or variable interest rates. According to Homeadvisor , the national average of home renovations is  $43,206 for 2019. Now, Remodelmate users can apply online for a loan and expect a quick approval process. Remodelmate lets users hire contractors, track renovation progress, and pay for services completely through the platform. The company said its partnership with SoFi helps it to expand these offerings, making it an all-inclusive app to facilitate major changes in a home. Over the past year, Remodelmate has gained a lot of traction. The company partnered with Havenly to offer templated kitchen redesign and won...

Mar 12, 2019

Report: Washington, D.C. is the Top City For Women in Tech

According to a report by SmartAsset, Washington, D.C. is the best city for women in tech. Surrounding cities including Baltimore and Arlington, V.A. also earned places on the list, taking the second and fifth spots. SmartAsset looked at data for cities that have at least 200,000 residents, the percentage of women tech workers in those cities,  the average gender pay gaps,  and the averages in income after housing to determine which cities were the best. Philadelphia and Houston were named the third and fourth best places for female tech workers. Photo: SmartAsset Washington, D.C. holds the top spot because of the number of women who work in the city’s tech scene and their relatively small gender pay gap. According to the report, women make up nearly 39 percent of the tech workforce in D.C. and are paid 95 percent of what men are. Washington, D.C. and its surrounding cities have had steady growth in the tech industry. Amazon’s move to Crystal City in Arlington is expected to create...

Feb 27, 2019

Amazon Isn't Coming to New York. Here's What That Could Mean for the City's Colleges

After months of backlash from New York residents and struggles to close deals with city officials, Amazon is no longer moving half of its second headquarters to the city, according to Reuters. The company had big plans to add 25,000 jobs to it’s proposed New York location, but now says it will instead spread those jobs to different locations across the US and Canada. Plans for it’s Northern Virginia expansion are still underway. After nearly a year-long search for its second headquarters, Amazon announced in November that it was planting its feet in Crystal City, VA and Long Island City, NY. Real estate companies and officials in the cities geared up for Amazon’s arrival by purchasing property and attempting to make tax deals, but the education sector may have gotten left behind now that the New York expansion is off the table. Universities near Long Island City and Crystal City leveraged students and recent graduates to create pipeline programs, initiatives, and expansion deals...

Feb 14, 2019

This Team Of Brothers Is Bringing Their Candle Company To Macy's Shelves

Three young brothers launched a candle company two years ago, after their parents told them they weren’t getting a raise in their allowance. Collin, Ryan and Austin Gill created Frères Branchiaux, a candle and fragrance company when their parents inspired them to start their own business. The brothers, ages 8 through 13, are now selling their products in select Macy’s stores around the U.S. “We are really thankful that other people have recognized our hard work and like our candles,” the brothers said in a statement to Atlanta Black Star. “Being selected to participate in The Market at Macy’s shows is that we can achieve the highest goals possible even while we are kids.” Ten percent of the proceeds go to Washington, D.C. homeless shelters. Frères Branchiaux soy candles, room sprays, diffusers, and body products are locally sourced. Check out their website for their full inventory of products.  

Feb 9, 2019

Broccoli City Collaborates with &pizza to Open Broccoli Bar in D.C.

The worlds of pizza, music, and community service have collided in Washington, D.C. with the opening of &pizza and Broccoli City’s Broccoli Bar. The two D.C.-based companies collaborated to open Broccoli Bar after &pizza’s co-founder Michael Lastoria and Broccoli City’s co-founders Marcus Allen, Brandon McEachern, and Darryl Perkins–met in March at the SXSW conference. Now the companies are breaking into D.C.’s happy hour scene. “They’re doing big things in the community. We want to lift them up and spread their gospel the way others have spread ours,” Lastoria told Eater in an interview. Broccoli Bar is located at 1817 7th Street NW, making it an ideal spot for Howard University students to hang out and enjoy in Shaw neighborhood. What’s on the menu comes from a small pick-up kiosk located right in the back of the restaurant. Guests can order pizzas from their phones or tablets on-site. It exclusively features &pizza restaurant classic offerings such as the brand new Mad Cheddar...

Nov 19, 2018

Find Out How This Entreprenuer Is Turning D.C. Into a Mecca for Black Tech

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May 22, 2017