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Data Vizualization: Kiva U.S. Loan Deployment to Black Entrepreneurs

Data Vizualization: Kiva U.S. Loan Deployment to Black Entrepreneurs

Semmi December 10, 2019

The top cities where Black entrepreneurs have taken advantage of Kiva loans the most include: New York City, Oakland, Pittsburgh, and Detroit.

How Kiva Boosts Black Entrepreneurs, One Loan At a Time

How Kiva Boosts Black Entrepreneurs, One Loan At a Time

Julian Wyllie November 25, 2019

The nonprofit crowdfunding platform has high rates of African American borrowers in the East and Midwest, including Baltimore, New York City, and Detroit.

Black Digital Platform Creators Cash in on Connecting Users to Social Capital

Black Digital Platform Creators Cash in on Connecting Users to Social Capital

Sherrell Dorsey November 18, 2019

Within the last year alone, Black tech platform creators have emerged to claim their stake in the multibillion-dollar professional networking scene. As networking offline and online converge, Black founders are developing digital tools to help users access deeper social connections that spill over from online environments into the real world.

Are Black Mayors Adequately Future-Proofing Cities for Black Residents? 

Are Black Mayors Adequately Future-Proofing Cities for Black Residents? 

Sherrell Dorsey October 8, 2019

Today, Black mayors are tasked with two important roles: develop a vision for their cities which may include the adoption of “smart city” initiatives and large-scale tech-sector job growth; and attempt to help Black communities bounce back from decades-long discriminatory policies and disinvestment to ensure their participation in the global economy.

The Private Group Pushing Black Tech Talent into AI Jobs

The Private Group Pushing Black Tech Talent into AI Jobs

Sherrell Dorsey September 16, 2019

In the crevices of the digital world, the Black in AI community has emerged as a response to the shortage of Black people being represented within the space of AI. In addition to its existence within private digital rooms, the community boasts one of few AI conferences where Black talent is centered at the forefront of research and innovation. 

Here's Where and How Black Investors Are Placing Their Bets

Here's Where and How Black Investors Are Placing Their Bets

J.J. McCorvey August 19, 2019

J.J. McCorvey, explores how a few Black investors are thinking about the discovery and support of various niche industries and communities. 

Black Researchers Lead the Call to Teach Ethics and Equity to the Tech Industry

Black Researchers Lead the Call to Teach Ethics and Equity to the Tech Industry

Sherrell Dorsey August 5, 2019

Two African-American professors at Columbia University are spearheading efforts to introduce social work students to the field of technology. The unlikely merger of the two fields aims to help humanize technology by preparing social workers for an ever-evolving technologized world.

Building an Inclusive Tech Future: Are Black Tech Ecosystems Sustainable?

Building an Inclusive Tech Future: Are Black Tech Ecosystems Sustainable?

Sherrell Dorsey July 29, 2019

Without a long-term viable plan for sustainability, ecosystem leaders may rely too heavily on scarce dollars and risk unavoidable constraints when funding priorities shift.

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.

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…

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…

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

ThePLUG Staff December 28, 2018

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

Meet the First Black Woman Appointed as General Counsel of a Digital Currency Marketplace

Meet the First Black Woman Appointed as General Counsel of a Digital Currency Marketplace

ThePLUG Staff November 5, 2018

HBUS, the exclusive U.S. strategic partner of blockchain asset solutions provider Huobi, recently named…

Google’s Code Next Program Brings Coding Education to Harlem

Google’s Code Next Program Brings Coding Education to Harlem

ThePLUG Staff October 25, 2018

Ninth grader Ayan Cooper’s entire family grew up in the Bronx, and as his…

Black Tech Conferences Offer a Lifeline in a Predominantly White Industry

Black Tech Conferences Offer a Lifeline in a Predominantly White Industry

Sherrell Dorsey September 28, 2018

We took a look at more than 15 annual Black tech conferences to understand…