Welcome to Friday (and September).

There’s a glorious feeling that comes with the start of a new month. We’re sprinkled with fresh perspectives and endless possibilities.

I’m reading Master Your Time, Master Your Life by Brian Tracy and I can’t seem to put it down. With a fresh 30 days ahead of me, I’m extremely focused on shattering my personal goals and eliminating my lingering procrastination. This book is the perfect guide for retooling time management techniques.

Take a look at this week’s #blktechfriday video and get up to speed with Sherrell’s 60-second recap.  We’re down to the last few tickets to #BlkTechCLT,  the innovative master class with Leslie Miley, Airbnb, and tech entrepreneurs. Let us know if you plan to attend. Purchase tickets here.

Have a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend. Enjoy today’s Hit List!


Meet The Startup Healing Trauma One Text At A Time
Alana Matos | Forbes
Cofounders Ashley Edwards and Alina Liao are working on a solution to address this critical need for mental health support in schools. Together, they built MindRight, a tech nonprofit that provides personalized mental health coaching over text message to teens.



MICA Names First Game Designer-in-Residence
Stephen Babcock | Technical.ly Baltimore
MICA said Lishan AZ will be its first Game Designer-in-Residence.

AZ, who is originally from Silver Spring, will spend a year researching, creating and teaching at the arts college’s Game Lab.






Detroit’s Food Revival Is Leaving Black Restaurateurs Behind
Tom Perkins | Eater
Around 40 percent of the city now lives beneath the poverty line, and Detroit’s median income is $25,700, while the median incomes in of neighboring Livingston and Oakland County — where a disproportionate number of white developers, restaurateurs, and chefs working in the 7.2 live or hail from — are over $73,000 and $69,000, respectively.






A Guide to Chicago’s Diverse Tech Communities
Tatiana Walk-Morris | Chicago Mag
As Chicago positions itself as an emerging tech hub, here are five groups and tech incubators have sprung up to nurture marginalized communities in the tech space.





What 11 CEOs Have Learned About Championing Diversity
Stefanie K. Johnson | Harvard Business Review
 Data and deadlines are also imperative to making diversity initiatives work. “Saying there is no deadline on this, or that things will right themselves, is an ahistorical way of looking at the advances that have been made in terms of equity and representation,” Katherine Maher (Wikimedia Foundation) said.






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