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Black Founders Remain Optimistic About Survival Despite Running Out of Money (SURVEY)

We surveyed a segment of The Plug PRO subscribers who self-identify as Black founders running companies in industry areas ranging from data analytics services to esports to virtual reality. Our goal was to collect sentiments on how they’re being impacted by the current climate and whether they feel their business will survive over the next 90 days. 

Yelp Ratings Expose Barriers to Revenue for Black Businesses Left Behind in the Wave of Digital Gentrification

Black businesses in Black communities aren’t benefiting financially from positive online reviews compared to their white counterparts. A new study from the Brookings Institution revealed that even the highest-rated Black businesses on Yelp located in Black neighborhoods earn less in revenue compared to poorly-rated non-minority-owned businesses in white communities. 

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

Pariss Athena was earning just under $50,000 a year working as a wax specialist in Boston after dreams of making it as a young actress in Los Angeles went south. Today, she’s making over $80,000 as a front-end developer at a Boston-based digital agency and leading the quickly growing #BlackTechTwitter online community. Athena jumpstarted her …

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New Intellectual Property Granted at HBCUs Experienced an Uptick Since 2010

In our last data story, we explored the United States Patent & Trademark Office’s (USPTO) database of patents granted at historically Black colleges and universities. Because the USPTO dataset only includes data between 1978 and 2012, our team conducted a deep dive into the database to determine how HBCUs have fared in intellectual property development …

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HBCUs Trail Behind in Intellectual Property Creation

Historically Black colleges and universities, the first of which was founded in 1837, were created as a haven for Black Americans whose access to higher education was regularly barred due to segregation and discriminatory practices. In recent years, however, these once thriving institutions have seen some setbacks. From the 1930s to today, the number of …

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Bias In Maternal AI Could Hurt Expectant Black Mothers

Giving birth in the United State can pose a fatal risk. This stark reality became evident to me immediately after I was discharged from a seven-week stay at a public hospital in Ohio, 34 weeks into my pregnancy. There, a team of doctors had monitored my fetus with an uncertain prognosis, constantly warning me of …

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