Welcome to Friday.

I’m shutting it down for the rest of the day as I immerse myself in the teachings of Shonda Rhimes’ virtual master class in television writing. Sherrell’s latest video is available featuring this week’s PLUG recap. Be sure to check it out. Hit the forward button below and connect your friends to the movement.

Find some time to unPLUG this weekend.

Peace,
Tyler

 

Jimmy Odom Joins World Business Chicago to Boost Tech Diversity in Chicago
Odom will work with the just-announced ChicagoNEXT Inclusive Entrepreneurship Leadership Council (ChicagoNEXT IE Council) to support the Blackstone Challenge, which will award $3 million in grants over three years to organizations that recruit and support diverse entrepreneurs from communities of color, as well as women, veterans, and immigrants.

KARIS HUSTAD | CHICAGO INNO

 

Meet The NBA’s Marketing Superstar
 Melissa Proctor, CMO for the Hawks, and her marketing team have employed fresh thinking to attract the attention of the Atlanta public and it has paid off.
YANIV MASJEDI | ENTREPRENEUR

 

Meet Tonjé Bakang, the Cameroonian Creator of Africa’s Netflix
Bakang, a tech entrepreneur, created Afrostream with a black audience in mind, following his disappointment at the lack of black representation in the films and shows offered by other streaming services.
STACY M. BROWN | PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE

 

Eric Osborne of HERE Seattle on Building a Local Black Tech Community
Eric and Seth were two of only three Black males at the conference. After talking for a little bit, they decided that instead of continuing to attend these conferences and networking events where there was hardly any diversity to speak of, they would do their own thing.
JARED KAROL | TECH INCLUSION

 

Meet These Incredible Women Advancing A.I. Research
All of the women featured here overcame personal and professional challenges to achieve incredible impact and become leaders and role models for the industry.
MARIYA YAO | FORBES

 

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