We break through the buzz words on Monday.

I arrived late last night from my travels to SXSW courtesy of my ongoing relationship with the work and mission of Rodney Sampson of TechSquare Labs, Opportunity Ecosystem, and Huddle Ventures. We’ll have several exclusive interviews on board, sightings with internet friends sharing tacos on street corners plus students from our HBCUs talking shop and opportunity.

The list of folks I shook hands with and counted my blessings are endless: from Van Jones to Derrick Morgan to John Hope Bryant and other powerful voices developing strategy against this idea of poverty and homogeny, the weekend was a reminder that there are still layers to understanding how to approach our most dire challenges with both intelligence and empathy.

Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan and I sat down to discuss the backstory on his newly formed organization, a venture fund destination for tech entrepreneurs and investors.

Click here to see our quick chat.

 
Sherrell

 

 

 

Startup Launches First Ever Big and Tall Subscription Service

This 29 year old husband and father of two decided to put his own savings into bootstrapping a tech company that would bring the best quality and convenience to other big and tall men like himself.

 
SD VOICE

 

 

Baltimore’s Historically Black Colleges Have a New Cybersecurity Training Program

Baltimore-based Digit All City is working with Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense and the city’s two historically black colleges on a new program to help train cybersecurity workers.

 

 
STEPHEN BABCOCK | TECHNICAL.LY
 

 

Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls Code Founder, Opens Doors in Tech

A black engineer from Memphis, Bryant had managed for years to avoid working in places that fit the usual story told about tech companies: Mostly male, mostly white, mostly unlike her.

 

 
Marissa Lang | San Francisco Chronicle

 

 

What You Can Do in Helping Tech Find Black Excellence

“Pipeline issues” ignore the 6,000 black STEM graduates, from bachelor degrees to Ph.D.s, and 200,000 black college graduates annually.

 

 

Bari A. Williams | The Root

 

 

Her Mission Against Racial Bias in Facial Recognition Software

MIT grad student Joy Buolamwini was working with facial recognition software when she noticed a problem: the software didn’t recognize her face — because the people who coded the algorithm hadn’t taught it to identify a broad range of skin tones and facial structures.

 

 
Joy Buolamwini | ted

 

 

 

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