Business

The Advertising Industry Wants (and Needs) You!

By: Robin White Goode

The Pepsi ad trivialized protests held because black people had lost their lives. The Nivea ad asserted “white means purity.” These ads—which many accused of gross insensitivity in an age of diversity and “the browning of America”—may have exposed another, much less obvious truth: that the advertising industry is overwhelmingly...

Diversity in Silicon Valley and an Uber Engineer’s Suicide

By: Sequoia Blodgett

Joseph Thomas signed a contract with Uber’s San Francisco headquarters that would yield him $170,000 as a software engineer, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Yet, just months after purchasing a new home and moving to San Francisco from Atlanta with his wife Zecole and two children, Thomas committed suicide. Believing...

OZY Genius Award Winner Designs 3-D Printed Prosthetic Socket

By: Robin White Goode

Claudine Humure, a senior at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, is one of the 10 young people awarded $10,000 as a winner of one of the OZY Genius Awards distributed by OZY, the funky news site. Humure won for her innovative and compassionate 3-D printed adjustable prosthetic socket, which will...

Shea Moisture’s Painful Lesson in Marketing While Black

By: Samara Lynn

It all started late Monday afternoon. “Shea Moisture” was trending on Twitter. Typically, haircare products are not trending topics. However, a new ad from the natural haircare company lit Twitter on fire. The company’s ad features three women extolling the virtues of Shea Moisture products and how they made them...

Beyoncé Creates Scholarship Program to Empower Young Women in College

By: Selena Hill

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter brought the world to its knees last year when she dropped her groundbreaking visual album Lemonade, which explores the themes of infidelity and forgiveness while celebrating black womanhood and feminism. Last week, Lemonade even received a prestigious Peabody Award, which honors powerful storytelling. Now, one year after the release of this innovative album, Queen Bey...

Microsoft Hosts Encouraging and Empowering Girls STEM Tech Day

By: Samara Lynn

Last week, Microsoft co-hosted a fun-filled day of all things tech for African American girls. The event was held in conjunction with Girl STEM Stars, a nonprofit academy dedicated to advancing young people of color in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. (Image: Kiwoba Cares) The girls gathered in Mountain...

Killer Recommendation Letters for Students Who Don’t Know Michelle Obama

By: Robin White Goode

Although the media hyped up the fact that former first lady Michelle Obama had written a recommendation for Blackish star Yara Shahidi, I’m sure that Shahidi’s grades, acting success, and coursework rigor had just a bit to do with her getting accepted to every college she applied to.   Recommendations...

Feel Like a Fake? The Impostor Phenomenon Makes Racial Discrimination Worse

By: Robin White Goode

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are concluding that the impostor phenomenon can lower minority students’ self-esteem, sense of well-being, and mental health, when they are already compromised because of perceived racial discrimination. African American students are most affected, the research suggests.   The Impostor Phenomenon   Feeling...

Shonda Rhimes, Jessica Alba Share Their Small Business Success Secrets

By: Alisa Gumbs

Last week, American Express OPEN brought together some of the country’s top entrepreneurs to share their insight, wisdom, and small business success stories. The event celebrates the launch of new benefits for the Business Platinum card, such as card member access to exclusive networking and educational opportunities. (Image: American Express OPEN...

7 Masterful Quotes on Originality From 2017’s Black Pulitzer Prize Winners

By: Lisa Fraser

(Image: Lynn Nottage | Photo Credit: Susan Johann)   The 101st Pulitzer Prizes were awarded on April 10, 2017. This year, the winners included four African American writers: Lynn Nottage, Colson Whitehead, Tyehimba Jess, and Hilton Als. Many applauded the Pulitzer Prize board for recognizing the work of black authors...

Put to Use These Savings Vehicles That’ll Drive You Home

By: Cameka Smith

If you’ve created a regular savings account with your bank, you are probably getting a pitiful interest rate (something like .001%). There are other ways to save that give you back a higher percentage of interest.   Money Market Accounts   A money market account is like a regular savings...

African American Museum Architect Adjaye’s New Tech Masterpiece

By: Samara Lynn

David Adjaye is the world renowned architect who led the design of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. He recently partnered with Master & Dynamic, a New York City-based premium audio company, to create a bold and innovative new wireless speaker.   (Image: Master & Dynamic)   Adjaye’s...

5 Career Gems That Obama Dropped at the University of Chicago

By: Selena Hill

Former President Barack Obama re-emerged into the public eye on Monday after spending the first three months of his post-presidency life writing a book, vacationing with celebrities, and kite-surfing. During Obama’s highly-anticipated public appearance, he participated in a 90-minute forum about community organizing and civic engagement with six young men...

New Malaria Vaccine to be Tested in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi

By: Selena Hill

(Image: Child with malaria in Ethiopia | Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)   In wake of World Malaria Day on Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it will begin testing the first malaria vaccine in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi starting in 2018. According to a press release issued by WHO on Monday, babies...

Avery Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

By: Bil Carpenter

  Avery*Sunshine is just what her surname suggests: sunshine. During our half-hour phone chat, her ebullient spirit was evident. She seemed to be more of a long-lost friend than the rising star who has been heating up the Billboard R&B charts for the last seven years with her radio smashes...

Here’s Another Reason Why You MUST Attend BE’s Entrepreneurs Summit

By: Selena Hill

Still not convinced that you should register for the 2017 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit? Well, here are just a handful of reasons why you should meet us in Houston next month for this amazing four-day conference!   This is your opportunity to:   Network with hundreds of business leaders, venture...

#MillionaireMovesMonday: Relationships Are Key

By: Selena Hill

For the past several weeks, business mogul William F. Pickard, Ph.D., has shared excerpts from his new book, Millionaire Moves: Seven Proven Principles of Entrepreneurship, as part of our #MillionaireMovesMonday series. Here’s a look at the topics he has discussed thus far: Week 1: Principle One: Vision & Attitude, which explores the power we possess to turn dreams into reality....