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In a recent viral TikTok video, user Monte Washington challenged the narrow stereotype of “Black jobs” by showcasing the diverse and successful careers of Black professionals.  This video emerged as a response to controversial comments made by former President Trump during a presidential debate, where he claimed immigrants were taking jobs from Black and Hispanic people. “They’re taking Black jobs now, and it could be 18, it could be 19 and even 20 million people,” Trump said during his debate. This statement, perceived by many as racially charged, spurred a

The world’s first artificial intelligence beauty pageant from has crowned its inaugural winner, Kenza Layli from Morocco. The competition, organized by the World AI Creator Awards, showcased AI-generated models vying for the title of Miss AI.  Layli, an AI-generated activist and influencer, won from a pool of over 1,500 contestants, winning a prize package worth over $13,000. AI Influencer Kenza Layli Layli, known for engaging content and activism, has over 193,000 Instagram followers. Her digital persona is dedicated to empowering women in Morocco and the Middle East.  Her creator, Meriam

Avenue Capital Group, managed by Marc Lasry and Sonia Gardner, is raising $1.5 billion for their sports investment fund with support from star athletes. Launched in October 2023, this fund aims to finance sports leagues and teams across North America and Europe and eventually extend to Africa, Asia, South America, and Australia.  With support from high-profile athletes such as Michael Strahan, Candace Parker, and Stephen Curry, the fund has already garnered significant attention and initial investment. Star Athletes Bolster Avenue Capital’s Ambitious Fundraising Curry, Lauren Holiday, Harry Kane, Parker, Strahan,

Morgan Freeman recently addressed a viral TikTok video that misused his voice using artificial intelligence (AI).  The video, which garnered significant attention, was created by a user named “Justine’s Camera Roll” and was later reshared on X (formerly known as Twitter) by “JahelisWasHere.”  With 16.5 million views, the video falsely appeared to feature Freeman narrating a vacation clip.  Freeman, however, took to X to clarify that he had no involvement and labeled the video a “scam.” Viral AI Video Sparks Controversy The controversial TikTok video starts with what seems to

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has launched an update enabling content creators in Nigeria and Ghana to monetize their content on its platforms.  This new policy, which became effective June 27, 2024, marks an important change. Previously, Facebook excluded creators with Nigerian and Ghanaian addresses from monetization unless their page was managed from an eligible country. Expansion of Monetization Opportunities This policy shift follows an announcement by Meta’s President of Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, in March 2024, confirming the rollout of monetization features in June. “Monetization won’t

MoviePass, a Black-owned movie-theater subscription service, has received an equity investment from Forecast Labs, a consumer venture group owned by Comcast. As first reported by Variety, this investment will help MoviePass attract new customers through targeted TV ads using Comcast’s media reach. The financial details were not disclosed. The company was recently the subject of the HBO series “MoviePass, MovieCrash.” The Rise, Fall, And Rise of MoviePass Launched in 2011 by Stacy Spikes and Hamet Watt, MoviePass allowed subscribers to buy one movie ticket daily for a monthly fee. Despite

Rapper 50 Cent recently claimed that his online accounts were hacked by a cryptocurrency schemer who made millions of dollars in the process. 50 Cent Fans Get Scammed 50 announced on Instagram that the scammer used his Twitter account to promote a crypto-token called $GUNIT – a reference to G-Unit, a hip-hop group that 50 was previously part of. Last Friday the scammer posted “$GUNIT for winners only…” which led an unknown number of users to  buy the coin. The scammer also posted screenshots of the $GUNIT crypto, which showed

Jackie Aina, renowned beauty influencer and co-founder of FORVR Mood, has announced a new partnership with Canadian whiskey company Crown Royal. In addition to the release of a limited-edition candle, the partnership will see $50,000 donated to Black Girl Ventures Foundation, supporting underrepresented women founders. Supporting Black Girl Ventures Founded by serial entrepreneur Shelly Bell in 2016, Black Girl Ventures (BGV) aims to empower underrepresented and underfunded small businesses by providing access to capital, community, and capacity-building resources.  Aina’s partnership with Crown Royal is rooted in support of the nonprofit,

Black Space Week Roll Call has taken over X, showcasing Black professionals in the space industry, leading them to The White House. Black In Astro Each year, Black In Astro hosts a Black Space Week to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans in space-related fields. The Black In Astro journey began in June 2020, in the wake of a series of violent police attacks against Black Americans. Founded by Ashley Walker, a PhD student at Howard University, Black In Astro was designed to link together a community of Black scientists

Terysa Ridgeway, a Tech Program Manager at Google and author of the “Terysa Solves It” book series has launched a new YouTube series aimed at introducing young children to the world of coding.  Ridgeway actively engages in educational programs focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  She recently authored a children’s book, “Think Like A Computer,” and created a toy robot, Alilo the Explorer, designed to teach coding to children as young as three. Ridgeway’s new YouTube series continues her commitment to making coding accessible and fun for the

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