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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…

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

Tyler Young 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…

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

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

Tyler Young October 15, 2018

Angelica Ross is determined. You can see her resolve in the groundbreaking FX series Pose, in…

Can Civic Technology Work in an Era of Incivility?

Can Civic Technology Work in an Era of Incivility?

ThePLUG Staff October 10, 2018

Even as civic tech startups launch and grow, founders of color and digital strategists…

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…

This Tech Company Is Trying to Help Homeless People Get IDs

This Tech Company Is Trying to Help Homeless People Get IDs

ThePLUG Staff September 27, 2018

For most of us, losing a photo ID is little more than a wasted…

Bias In Maternal AI Could Hurt Expectant Black Mothers

Bias In Maternal AI Could Hurt Expectant Black Mothers

ThePLUG Staff September 21, 2018

Giving birth in the United State can pose a fatal risk. This stark reality…