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An ‘Over-the-Top’ African American Tech Entrepreneur

Andre Swanston co-founded the company Tru Optik which creates intelligence and analytical software for media and entertainment companies.

Fact: African Americans are 30% more likely to consume OTT entertainment than other demographics. OTT…

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Derek Peterson

Meet Software Engineer Derek Peterson, VP, Intelligent Product Solutions

Derek Peterson started his journey in tech before there was focus on diversity and inclusion. Beginning as software engineer and programmer, he is now a senior executive for one of the leading technology companies on the East Coast

Derek Peterson is the VP of software and business development at Intelligent Product Solutions (IPS)…

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Tristan Walker

The Road to TechConneXt: Tristan Walker

The Road to TechConneXt is a lead-up series to Black Enterprise's TechConneXt Technology Summit, profiling today's tech leaders and innovators. This week: Silicon Valley trailblazer and business wiz, Tristan Walker

The Road to TechConneXt is a lead-up series to Black Enterprise’s TechConneXt Technology Summit, profiling…

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Musician Ryan Leslie says his SuperPhone app lets him manage conversations with fans from his phone. (Image: File)

The Road to TechConneXt: Ryan Leslie

"The Road to TechConneXt" is a lead-up series to Black Enterprise's TechConneXt Technology Summit, profiling today's tech leaders and innovators. This week: music superstar and technologist, Ryan Leslie.

It’s very likely that you know of Ryan Leslie, the prominent recording artist and music…

By Samara Lynn

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Neil Degrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Opens Up About His Experiences with Police

Neil deGrasse Tyson posts a very current-news relevant chapter from his 2004 memoir, 'The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist' on his Facebook page.

Neil deGrasse Tyson posts a very current-news relevant chapter from his 2004 memoir, ‘The Sky…

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black engineers

The National Society of Black Engineers Calls Out “Septic State of Race Relations”

"Our mutual goal of a diverse engineering workforce is unattainable when black students are more worried for their lives than about their lecture."

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) released a powerful statement on the recent police…

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Tammah

Tech Innovator of the Week: Tammah Founder Nnamdi Ejiogu

Our Tech Innovator of the Week highlights an African American/African diaspora tech startup or innovator as part of Black Enterprise's lead-up coverage to the TechConneXt technology summit in San Francisco this October. This week's innovator: Nnamdi Ejiogu, Founder of Tammah.

“The mainstream media’s portrayal of Africa is mostly myopic,” says Nnamdi Ejiogu. “Well meaning, but…

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Atlanta

Here’s How Atlanta is Becoming a Center of Tech Innovation

Think Atlanta is all peaches and magnolias? Think again! The city is buzzing with innovation and eagerly adopting the latest technology

Atlanta, Georgia’s presence on a list of America’s Most Tech-Friendly Cities, may surprise some. However,…

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snapchat

Snapchat is Now Big With “Old” Folks

Older users are flocking to messaging app, Snapchat

“Snapchat is just fun.”

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black engineers

Zuckerberg Comments on Facebook Live Role in Castile Shooting

Mark Zuckerberg acknowledges Facebook Live's pivotal role in disclosing the shooting of Philando Castile, writing, "I hope we never have to see another video" like it

Mark Zuckerberg composed a poignant post on Facebook Live’s role in showing the world the…

By Samara Lynn

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Google

Man Angry Over “Being Watched,” Shoots Up, Sets Fire at Google HQ

Man launches series of attacks on Google's compound, enraged at the idea the search engine company was always watching him

A man angry because he believed Google was always watching him, launched a violent attack…

By Samara Lynn

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Venture Capitalist

Technically Incorrect: Tech Needs Obama as Venture Capitalist

Focusing on the intersection of technology, politics, and social issues from an African American perspective.

The rumors have been flying fast and furiously: Post-presidency, President Obama may head to Silicon…

By Samara Lynn

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Tech

Forget Tech Startups, This is an Entire City Startup

Tech super-accelerator, Y Combinator, wants to launch a new kind of startup: a brand-new city.

The world is full of people who aren’t realizing their potential in large part because…

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engineer

Matthew Nelson Proves It’s Never Too Late to be an Engineer

Matthew Nelson wants other people of color to know it's never to late to become an engineer.

“He is the oldest national chair in NSBE’s history.”

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guidance counseling

Free Data Benefits Minority and Low-Income Communities

Any proposal to ban free data runs counter to the goal of expanding access to the internet

Written by Barrington Salmon
There seems to be a major policy disagreement building in the tech…

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Barbie

Techie Mods Doll Into a Black Barbie Game Developer

A game developer modifies a Barbie doll to create a black game developing Barbie for his wife. You'll never guess what happens next—the Internet melts

He modified an African American version of Game Developer Barbie for his wife from a…

By Samara Lynn

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Clinton

Clinton Unveils Technology and Innovation Strategy

Hillary Clinton outlines plan to strengthen computer science education at the grade school level and relieve the student loan burden

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton outlined a technology-focused agenda on Tuesday. Her plan also…

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Martellus bennett

What You Don’t Know About NFL’s Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett strikes balance between being an athlete and a creative

“As an athlete, no one really accepts you as a creative. When you are creative,…

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Black boys

This Millennial Developed An Online Platform to Mentor Black Boys

Did you know only 59% of black males graduate from high school, compared to 80% of white males?

Did you know only 59% of black males graduate from high school, compared to 80%…

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Urban Tech

Celebrating Urban Tech Innovation

Celebs, thought leaders, and the influential gathered to honor innovators in creating opportunity at Urban Tech's gala.

The theme for this year’s 21st-anniversary event was “Invest in the Future.”

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