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Independent Black Beauty Brands Gain Clout, Sales Fueled by Instagram Influencer Culture

Independent Black Beauty Brands Gain Clout, Sales Fueled by Instagram Influencer Culture

Saidat Giwa-Osagie June 25, 2019

As more Black beauty brands leverage the direct-to-consumer ecosystem, Instagram is the virtual shop window powering connectivity, personalization, and relatability to women of color who see themselves in the values of the brand’s culture.

3 Black Startups on Why They Failed

3 Black Startups on Why They Failed

Chasity Cooper July 15, 2019

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For First-Time Black Startup Investors, PopCom’s Crowdequity Campaign Offers Bridge

For First-Time Black Startup Investors, PopCom’s Crowdequity Campaign Offers Bridge

Sherrell Dorsey July 6, 2019

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#BlackTechTwitter Emerges as Prolific Online Community Connecting Black Technologists to Jobs, Education, and Community

#BlackTechTwitter Emerges as Prolific Online Community Connecting Black Technologists to Jobs, Education, and Community

ThePLUG Staff June 4, 2019

Pariss Athena was earning just under $50,000 a year working as a wax specialist…

New Intellectual Property Granted at HBCUs Experienced an Uptick Since 2010

New Intellectual Property Granted at HBCUs Experienced an Uptick Since 2010

ThePLUG Staff May 12, 2019

In our last data story, we explored the United States Patent & Trademark Office’s…

HBCUs Trail Behind in Intellectual Property Creation

HBCUs Trail Behind in Intellectual Property Creation

ThePLUG Staff April 1, 2019

Historically Black colleges and universities, the first of which was founded in 1837, were…

Meet the Woman Leading CTA's $10 Million Commitment to Women and Entrepreneurs of Color

Meet the Woman Leading CTA's $10 Million Commitment to Women and Entrepreneurs of Color

ThePLUG Staff March 28, 2019

For Tiffany Moore, diversity and inclusion (D&I) is more than just a catchphrase—it’s a…

Atlanta’s 'Godfather of Tech' Has Big Ambitions for the Black Mecca

Atlanta’s 'Godfather of Tech' Has Big Ambitions for the Black Mecca

ThePLUG Staff March 22, 2019

Most non-ATLiens who know the name Paul Judge learned it from his current cameos…

HBCU@SXSW Presented Its Largest Cohort to Date—Here’s What We’ve Learned

HBCU@SXSW Presented Its Largest Cohort to Date—Here’s What We’ve Learned

ThePLUG Staff March 12, 2019

For students of color, South by Southwest (SXSW) serves as a premier destination to…

How Paige & Paxton Uses Identity to Fuel STEM Learning in Elementary Schools

How Paige & Paxton Uses Identity to Fuel STEM Learning in Elementary Schools

ThePLUG Staff February 7, 2019

What began as two puzzle characters created more than 30 years ago by journalist…

Black Innovation Thrives in the UK Despite Low Minority Representation in Tech

Black Innovation Thrives in the UK Despite Low Minority Representation in Tech

ThePLUG Staff January 31, 2019

The United Kingdom tech sector shares common characteristics with its U.S. counterpart: the industry…

Black Tech Startups to Watch at CES

Black Tech Startups to Watch at CES

Sherrell Dorsey January 8, 2019

The world’s largest consumer technology show is underway today, opening its doors to industry…

ThePLUG 2018 Rewind: 105 Top Stories in Black Tech

ThePLUG 2018 Rewind: 105 Top Stories in Black Tech

Tyler Young December 28, 2018

In 2018, our team delivered 234 newsletters with over 1,500 stories highlighting Black and…

This Founder is Developing Wearable Tech for People Suffering from Neuromuscular Disorders

This Founder is Developing Wearable Tech for People Suffering from Neuromuscular Disorders

ThePLUG Staff December 20, 2018

Courtney Williamson, Ph.D. is founder and CEO of AbiliLife, a tech company that engineers products for…

This Former History Teacher Provides VR Field Trips for Children in Low-Income Communities

This Former History Teacher Provides VR Field Trips for Children in Low-Income Communities

Tyler Young November 26, 2018

A year ago, Kai Frazier gave up her home and the life she knew…

The World Needed a New Biodegradable Plastic—We Discovered One at Tuskegee University

The World Needed a New Biodegradable Plastic—We Discovered One at Tuskegee University

Tyler Young November 19, 2018

As summer of 2018 drew to a close, an ambitious sea voyage launched from…