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The idea of running a business is exciting, but there is no denying that being a startup founder can be an overwhelming experience.  From managing finances to staying on top of social media trends, many business owners wear multiple hats to keep their business functioning.  According to The Plug’s analysis of Census Bureau data, approximately 10% of businesses that employed less than 20 people were forced to close in 2020. Likewise, statistics have shown that 45% of entrepreneurs have reported feeling stressed, which has led to mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. 

MNFTM has officially launched its premier Web3 NFT marketplace platform for Black and brown creators globally.  The world’s first NFT marketplace for Black and ethnically diverse creators The NFT Marketplace will be the world’s first-ever platform created explicitly for Black and ethnically diverse creators. The initiative hopes to address the gap in the market by providing a ground-breaking space where equality and collecting can co-exist in the digital realm.  Founded by CEO Ed Ukaonu, the marketplace will work to represent all voices in the evolving digital economy. The platform’s business model focuses

Nigerian filmmaker and artist Malik Afegbua is challenging the misconceptions around African beauty, especially within the older generation.    Artificial Intelligence has grown to become a trendy part of internet culture today. Despite being a controversial tech tool, one scroll through your internet feed will show you how many people are gearing toward an AI world.  Malik Afegbua’s fashion show which displayed photos of elegant old-fashioned seniors in the chicest African attire, took the internet by storm.  The series of images, called Fashion Show for Seniors, has garnered over 100,000

Another day, another AI revelation.  DoNotPay, also known as the “world’s first robot lawyer,” will appear in court for the first time to help a defendant fight a speeding ticket.  The robot’s AI system will represent a defendant by instructing them to respond to a criminal judge. According to reports, the lawyer is set to take on two speeding ticket cases in court next month – one in person and another via Zoom.  “The law is almost like code and language combined, so it’s the perfect use case for AI,”

A Georgia man spent almost a week in jail after Louisiana police wrongly identified him as a fugitive using facial recognition software. Randal Reid, 28, was driving to his mother’s home for Thanksgiving celebrations when local police pulled him over and arrested him, according to local news. Using facial recognition software, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) had identified Reid as a suspect in a spate of thefts. $10,000 worth of Chanel and Louis Vuitton purses had been stolen. The problem? Reid had never set foot in Louisiana. “They told me

Sheryl E. Ponds is working to ensure Black people are not left behind as the world moves towards electric vehicles. She is the entrepreneur behind Black-owned startup Dai Technologies Corp, which designs and builds electric vehicle charging stations. Electric Vehicle Charging Deserts DaiTechCorp describes itself as an ‘EV Adoption expert’ working to bring electric vehicles into the Black community.  After successfully building electric vehicle charging stations, Ponds realized that many of her clientele were affluent and white, so she decided to rebuild her business model to reach the Black community.  According to reports, about 2%

This article by Christian Ilube was first published on Medium. What is ChatGPT? Open AI is an artificial intelligence research company that aims to create AI to benefit all of humanity. In 2020, they announced GPT-3 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3), an AI capable of any reading/writing task e.g., question answering, summarising text, or continuing a story. It was created as a step on the way to Open AI’s grand mission of solving general intelligence, creating an AI able to learn any intellectual task that a human can do. Despite not being general intelligence, GPT-3 still has many

Despite the cybersecurity sector being one of the fastest growing in tech, reports have revealed that only 9% of cybersecurity experts are Black, meaning a lot needs to be done to diversify the industry.  According to Forbes, Cybersecurity Ventures has forecasted that approximately 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs will need to be filled by 2025. As a result, more initiatives have been launched to help close the racial cybersecurity gap – here are a few.  CyberVista Arlington-based cybersecurity platform, CyberVista, has launched a free training platform for Black women and girls. The two courses –

Automation Workz, a Detroit-based cybersecurity and tech re-skilling firm seeking to create a real-life ‘Wakanda,’ has secured ByBlack certification. Developed by the US Black Chambers, Inc. and presented by American Express, ByBlack is an extensive national Black business directory and the only national certification exclusively for Black-owned businesses. The certification provides Black entrepreneurs with advanced ways to reach their target client base and access valuable business tools. Creating a real-life Wakanda Automation Workz, founded by urban economist Ida Byrd-Hill, is a cybersecurity reskilling firm and creator of the first tech grit assessment to

Several Black celebrities are facing lawsuits and investigations for promoting FTX, the crypto exchange that collapsed earlier this month, costing US investors $11 billion in damages. A Texas regular is investigating Steph Curry, among others, over payments received to promote FTX, as well as any disclosures made to determine whether any unlawful practices took place. “We are taking a close look at them,” Texas State Securities Board’s Joe Rotunda said in an interview with Bloomberg News. Rotunda emphasized that the celebrities under investigation “aren’t the most immediate priority [but] they’re

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