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‘Pose’ Star Angelica Ross is Amplifying the Voices of Transgender Tech Workers

Angelica Ross is determined. You can see her resolve in the groundbreaking FX series Pose, in which Ross plays Candy, an outspoken transgender woman commanding respect in the 1980s-inspired New York ballroom scene. The grittiness and street smarts required to make it in this cutthroat fictional world align with Ross’s real-life survival as a Black transgender woman. …

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Black Tech Conferences Offer a Lifeline in a Predominantly White Industry

We took a look at more than 15 annual Black tech conferences to understand if and how these niche conferences are shaping inclusive cultures within the tech industry.  The atmosphere is reminiscent of a Black college homecoming. Graphic tees splattered with affirmations like “Black Billionaire in the Making” are in abundance, music thumps throughout the …

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This Tech Company Is Trying to Help Homeless People Get IDs

For most of us, losing a photo ID is little more than a wasted afternoon at the local Department of Motor Vehicles. But for the 2.5 to 3.5 million Americans who experience homelessness every year, valid identification can be the difference between life and death. Applicants must prove their identities in order to access federal programs …

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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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These Formerly Incarcerated Entrepreneurs Are Trying to Keep People Out of Prison

When Teresa Hodge received a seven-year sentence for mail fraud, she vowed to become an expert on the prison experience. “I observed prison,” Hodge says. “I watched women come in, I watched women leave, and I watched some women come back.” She filled her days learning about those around her, their lives on the outside, …

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This VR Founder Wants to Gamify Empathy to Reduce Racial Bias

The tech industry, and companies like Starbucks, have spent millions of dollars to address implicit racial bias through diversity initiatives and racial sensitivity trainings. When Starbucks closed 8,000 of its stores in May for racial bias training, the company recognized it would take more than four hours to undo a lifetime of unconscious behaviors in just one of …

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Aniyia Williams Was Awarded Her First Patent and Now Wants More Founders of Color to Build Hardware

“I got the crazy idea that maybe I can be the person to make this necklace that was also headphones,” said Aniyia Williams, founder and CEO of Tinsel. The Dipper, known as “ the world’s first audio necklace,” signifies the fruits of Williams’ labor, two years in the making. The sleek design is fashionable and functional …

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Dr. Nashlie Sephus and Ivan Walker honored as National GEM Consortium alumni of the year.

A Middle School Friendship Led to the Engineering of a Visual Recognition Tech Company

Dr. Nashlie Sephus and Ivan Walker were born and raised in Jackson, MS. Nashlie credits her 8th-grade science teacher for introducing her to an engineering summer camp for girls where she became fascinated with the fundamentals of computers. “I still often say that I naively chose the field because I had no idea how difficult yet rewarding that decision …

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