Note: we will NOT be screening the Black Panther movie—this is a costume party and networking event. See you there! On Friday, February 16th in Oakland, we’re hosting a Black Panther (Movie) costume party and networking event. The festivities begin at 7pm at WeWork’s gorgeous new City Center (downtown Oakland) location. Bay Area native DJ… Continue reading When’s the last time you went to a costume party?
In January, I shared some of my challenges with mental and emotional health and the steps I took to regain my footing. Discussing this publicly was a turning point, as bringing challenges to the light removes the sinister foothold that shame and negative self-talk can have on us. In addition to the outpouring of support,… Continue reading Let’s get together
Last Thursday, Google announced the opening of a new Howard University campus at Google’s corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California. Howard is a private historically black university located in Washington, DC whose alumni include Stokely Carmichael, Thurgood Marshall, and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Dubbed “Howard West”, the campus represents Google’s continued efforts to attract and retain black… Continue reading Do you belong?
I’ve been publishing Abernathy for more than two years now, and in that time I’ve met a number of publishers looking to make a similar difference in the world. One of the challenges that I see new publishers grappling with is how adjustments are made, especially related to how publications make money. I can certainly… Continue reading The up front advantage
The conversation dominating diversity and inclusion in tech is largely centered around the numbers—namely, how many women and underrepresented minorities comprise the workforces of top tech companies. But what lived experiences, worldviews, and perspectives are represented by the folks who comprise those numbers? If your parents were survivors of segregation and the Jim Crow South,… Continue reading No shortcuts
It’s been less than a year since I started sharing my journey and mission with live audiences, and I’ve never been more convinced of the need for voices like mine (and yours) to be amplified. One of the reasons that I sit on “diversity” panels is because the audiences I’m in front of rarely hear… Continue reading Speaking My Truth: An Evening in Boston
“A place to spend my quiet nights, time to unwind So much pressure in this life of mine, I cry at times I once contemplated suicide, and woulda tried But when I held that 9, all I could see was my momma’s eyes No one knows my struggle, they only see the trouble Not knowin… Continue reading From Dying to Thriving: One Black Man’s Journey to Wellness
We recently published our 300th article, which feels surreal. There are far too many articles and contributors to highlight from the past twelve months, so I’ll simply direct you towards the archive. There’s a lot of great content we haven’t yet published as well. Interviews with leaders in tech and media, contributor profiles, tech spotlights,… Continue reading 2016: A Year in Review
As a child, Black History Month and the Civil Rights Movement failed to capture my interest or imagination beyond a few fleeting moments. They didn’t seem to play much of a role in my daily suburban life, nor did racism or the struggle for equality strike me as battles being actively fought. I felt like… Continue reading The Cure for Ambivalence
One of my favorite pastimes is walking Marcus Garvey Park, a twenty acre square in Harlem that forces Fifth Avenue traffic to slow down and behold its gated splendor. By day, the park plays host to pickup basketball games, boisterous children, and an endless parade of pooping dogs. By night, it’s largely deserted. Last week,… Continue reading madness and mindfulness