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The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) have announced $50,000 in scholarships for 14 first-generation Latino students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). According to research by the Pew Centre, Hispanic and Latino workers make up 17% of the workforce but only 8% of people working in STEM. TELACU and SoCalGas’ collaboration couldn’t have come at a better time. The companies have partnered on initiatives to address social inequality and help students navigate the education system over the last three decades.

Black founders Kim Knight and Shanelle McKenzie are the women behind the wellness platform, The Villij, which provides Black women with a safe space for healing and wellness. Why is it important to have wellness spaces for Black people?  The wellness industry has struggled to welcome Black and brown women. Instead, for many years, the wellness industry has reconstructed a narrative that has seen self-care become synonymous with wealth and class.  Despite holistic practices being hugely beneficial for the Black community, especially when it comes to healing from racial trauma,

Black entrepreneur Luke Cooper is redefining the meaning of success. In a recent interview, the Baltimore entrepreneur opened up about his rollercoaster journey into the tech industry, which unexpectedly saw him generate tremendous success.  Who is Luke Cooper?  Luke Cooper, a partner at Preface Ventures and founder of Latimer, describes himself as an ‘intentional entrepreneur.’ Cooper has a proven track record of growing sales and closing multiple $50 million exists while supporting women and BIPOC founders.    The Baltimore entrepreneur is also a father of two with a deep passion for making the world a

According to Twitter trolls, the old rules against bigotry and hate speech no longer apply now that Musk has officially taken over the popular social media app.  The Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI) shared that the number of tweets using the N-word had increased by 500% more in 12 hours following Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.  Yoel Roth, Twitter’s Head of Safety and Integrity, also reported a huge increase in tweets with bigoted content, racial slurs and hate speech.  He tweeted that a short-term trolling campaign was largely to blame, with

According to a new report by Coding Black Females, the proportion of Black women working in tech is disproportionately smaller than in the rest of the UK workforce.  Why are “thousands” of Black women missing from the tech industry?  The Office of National Statistics data found that Black women make up 1.8% of the UK workforce but less than 0.6% of the technology sector. Furthermore, although women’s representation in tech has increased marginally over the past five years, Black women are still lagging.   Not only do Black women have to undergo biased

Dealing with constant harassment online can be incredibly distressing. Not only does it make you feel helpless, but it can also make you hyper-exposed when your social media account is under attack. Block Party gives users more control when dealing with online harassment. The app uses protections to filter out abuse from troll accounts, which tend to be new accounts without a profile photo or a page with less than 100 followers.  The latest update allows users to record their reasons for blocking an account, so they don’t have to

Dealing with a co-founder breakup can be the most challenging experience business owners face on their entrepreneurial journey.   According to Noam Wasserman, a professor at the University of Southern California, 10% of co-founders end their relationship within a year of starting a business, and an additional 45% within four years. Although co-founder splits are normal, they can be emotionally taxing for all parties involved. Regardless of what might have led to the co-founder’s divorce, both parties must reach a mutual understanding before choosing to go their separate ways.  In a recent post,

I am currently in the fourth week of my full-time coding boot camp, and it has certainly been a whirlwind. I have learned so much, and I am not talking about just coding. “Mediocre effort gets you mediocre results, average effort yields average results, and extraordinary effort yields extraordinary results.” I will circle back to this quote, but I had to start this article off with something impactful. The quote above is the TLDR of the article. 1. Be Humble If coding is new to you, it’s okay that you

Founder and CEO of Resilia, Severtri Wilson, is the definition of #BlackGirlMagic. Nearly two years after raising $8 million in a Series A funding round, Wilson has made history again for making the largest raise ever for a Black female-founded tech company, according to AfroTech.  Who is Severtri Wilson?  Severtri Wilson is the founder of the SaaS platform, Resilia. The entrepreneur has been described as “different from your average tech company founder” as a Black woman with no coding experience and no co-founder.   A year after earning her master’s degree from

In his first move as Twitter’s owner, Elon Musk has ousted its CEO Parag Agrawal. After months of back and forth, Musk has closed the $44 billion deal to purchase Twitter. Wasting no time, Musk fired Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal as well as chief financial offer Ned Segal, and general counsel Sean Edgett. Chief legal officer Vijaya Gadde, who reportedly played a key role in Trump’s Twitter ban, has also been fired. Read: Musk’s Twitter Layoffs Take A Hammer To Diversity And Inclusion Efforts Sources reported seeing at least one of the fired executives

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