Welcome to Thursday.

 

Keeping things short today.

I’m wrapping up stories and preparing for a few announcements for 2017. Dive into the content this morning.

Onward.
Sherrell

 

 

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The Top Tech Stories Most Impactful to People of Color in 2016

Black Enterprise’s editor-in-chief Samara Lynn gives us the running list of the most critical tech news stories on African-Americans in 2016.

 

SAMARA LYNN | BLACK ENTERPRISE

 

 

Building a Broader, More Diverse Pool of Innovators: A Q&A with Rodney Sampson of TechSquare Labs

Sampson discusses building an authentically diverse startup community, partnering with Atlanta’s workforce development initiatives, and running a full-scale coding program embedded with professional and leadership development.

 
JOSEPH PARILLA | BROOKINGS

 

 

Ethiopia Opens Africa’s Tallest and Most Controversial Dam

After years of delay, due primarily to funding shortages, the prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegne, inaugurated the 243-metre (800ft) Gibe III dam on the Omo River on December 17th. Its hydroelectric plant has the potential to double the country’s measly energy output at the flick of a switch.

 
THE ECONOMIST

 

 

If a City Learns to Code, Will Jobs Follow?

The Mission Economic Development Corporation in Mission, Texas, funds a program for startup businesses and initiatives to teach both adults and kids how to code, and just opened a 55,000-square-foot co-working space, among other projects.

 
JULISSA TREVIÑO | CITY LAB

 

 

Billionaire Robert Smith to Provide Educational Scholarships to Chibok Girls Rescued By Nigeria’s Army

Smith will sponsor the education of 24 girls from Chibok, among them the first set of escapees from Boko Haram at the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola.

 
YOMI KAZEEM | QUARTZ

 

 

 

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