Welcome to Thursday.

I’m shutting down things early and making my way to Charlotte for tonight’s quarterly #BLKTechCLT. Sherrell, her local team, and sponsors have worked around the clock to unite key innovators, tech enthusiasts, and young professionals. There is a limited amount of tickets still available, so don’t miss out. Click here for access.

Enjoy today’s Hit List and tap the button below to loop your friends into The PLUG.

I’m excited to connect with new and familiar faces. See you tonight!

Tyler 

This George Mason Professor Studies the Interplay of Race + Technology
The director of George Mason’s Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity, Kevin Clark is coauthor of a recent study about the digital lives of black teens and their families.
PAUL O’DONNELL | WASHINGTONIAN

 

Incorporating Public Housing into Smart City Data
“Communities, particularly communities of color and poor communities, have been surveyed and over surveyed by external folks. And they get survey fatigue. Data is fundamental in smart city tech, but we always need to be asking about what happens to it.”
GRENNAN MILLIKEN | MOTHERBOARD.VICE

 

The Founder of Afrobytes on Why the World Needs to Focus on African Tech
“Many people in the countries that we visited were impressed by our initiative because they often meet people from other continents who dictate them what they need, instead of listening to them first.”
PLACIDE MAGAMBO | OKAYAFRICA

 

Booming Pot Industry Offering Breaks to Entice Minority Entrepreneurs
Now Oakland and other cities and states with legal pot are trying to make up for the toll marijuana enforcement took on minorities by giving them a better shot at joining the growing marijuana industry.

JANIE HAR AND BOB SALSBERG | ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

One Principal’s Fight To Prep Inner-City Students For Our Tech-Based Future
“I opened a school to close a prison.”
DELENDA JOSEPH | UPROXX

 

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