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Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight: Craig Watts II

The Abernathy Tech Spotlight series highlights black professionals working in tech, from freelance developers to non-technical founders. Complete this form to submit your profile. What is your current role and where do you work? I’m currently a consultant at Teradata Corporation. How did you get into tech? My tech journey started as a young kid. […]

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Masculinity

Thou Shalt Not Forsake Brotherhood

In the distant past, well, maybe more like five years ago, I underestimated the importance of developing strong relationships with other men. I was one of those guys who felt like I didn’t need anyone. I was the guy who the fellas would accuse of bailing on the crew because I was more interested in […]

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Economic Empowerment

Change is Rational, Humans Aren’t

As someone who studies human behavior, I understand that people are not rational thinkers. Economists think we can be rational, but most people don’t need to read a book to conclude that humans tend to err on the side of the illogical. If you’ve ever interacted with people, you know we can be downright baffling! […]

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Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight: Mahogany Beckford

The Abernathy Tech Spotlight series highlights black professionals working in tech, from freelance developers to non-technical founders. Complete this form to submit your profile. What is your current role and where do you work? I’m the founder of SparkPlug, a consultancy that helps entrepreneurs and startup teams grow their business using data-based strategies. How did […]

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Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight: Alan Johnson

The Abernathy Tech Spotlight series highlights black professionals working in tech, from freelance developers to non-technical founders. Complete this form to submit your profile. What is your current role and where do you work? I am the Engineering Lead for Auctions at Artsy. My team builds and supports the products and systems that power Artsy […]

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Masculinity

Troy Maxson and Toxic Masculinity

“Patriarchy demands of men that they become and remain emotional cripples…Patriarchy as a system has denied males access to full emotional well-being, which is not the same as feeling rewarded, successful, or powerful, because of one’s capacity to assert control over others. To truly address male pain and male crisis we must as a nation […]

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Politics

Yes We Did: Assessing Black Progress During the Obama Era

In 2008 candidate Barack Obama campaigned with the slogan “Yes We Can!” When he became president in 2009, many thought he would be a transformational president. Soon however, it became apparent that Obama would face recalcitrant and racist opposition from both the GOP and the insurgent Tea Party in 2010. Looking back over the past […]

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Politics

On Critique and Praise of President Obama

As of January 20, 2017, the United States Presidency as we know it will be no longer. Barack, Michelle, Sasha, and Malia will cease occupation of the White House and enter American society as citizens, albeit as the former First Family. President Obama’s staff has minimized, his cabinet members have removed the last items from […]

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Racism

Racism Reminders

For many folks who hold historically marginalized identities, particularly those of us who feel the effects of racism and microaggressions acutely in our bodies, I’d like to share two truths for determining how to think about those who perpetuate bad behavior: They are mistaken. It’s not about you. Half the battle is deciding if we’re […]

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Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight: Ramona Jackson

The Abernathy Tech Spotlight series highlights black professionals working in tech, from freelance developers to non-technical founders. Complete this form to submit your profile. What is your current role and where do you work? I’m a Director of Program and Project Management at Elavon in “The Grove”. The Grove is a global innovation center, which […]