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Though technology is among the most profitable sectors globally, the industry has not shown much growth in Black Americans’ prosperity. Only 8% out of 9.2 million technology workers and 3% of executives in the U.S. tech industry were cited as Black. Further, it’s projected that Black households by 2030 . . .

At the Milken Institute Global Conference, the annual gathering of billionaires and business leaders in California, Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York was given a spotlight on Monday to expound on her new artificial intelligence initiative. But as she explained her desire to make technology more widely accessible, especially in low-income communities, the governor made […]

Black people feel that their fate is linked to other Black people’s. Source: Darren Agboh/CapturedNouns, used with permission. In 2017, at the Emmy Awards, Issa Rae, actress and producer of the HBO-hit Insecure, was asked who she was rooting for to win. “I’m rooting for everybody Black,” Rae shared, provoking controversy among those who argued […]

IRA FLATOW: This is Science Friday. I’m Ira Flatow. You know it’s the start of a holiday weekend, which usually means going to the beach, going on a hike, or perhaps grilling in a park. But some of you told us on the Science Friday VoxPop app that you may not feel it’s safe outside. […]

Credit: Grady James Vanderbilt University chemistry graduate student Isaiah Speight (center) returned to his undergraduate institution, Norfolk State University, to give a seminar. He is surrounded by four of his former professors (from left): Carl Bonner, Wondwossen Arasho, Alan Rowe, and Anthony Nweke. Isaiah Speight had taken three chemistry courses in high school. So when […]

<Music> Benjamin Thompson Hi, Benjamin here with a Podcast Extra. Sometimes in science change only happens when people step up and take on the establishment. And in this episode, I’m going to be speaking with one of those changemakers. Freeman Hrabowski, a mathematician from Alabama, was moved to join the civil rights movement as a […]

Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein’s debut popular science book,

My younger sister is an elite 400-metre sprinter who has competed internationally for Great Britain. In early 2020, she told me about some blood test results she had recently received – her creatinine level was a bit higher than normal – a potential indicator of a kidney problem. That wasn’t particularly surprising; creatinine is a […]

Too Many Black Americans Are Dying from COVID-19 The pandemic exposed a glaring health gap caused by systemic racism. Here’s how to narrow it By The Editors The U.S. has been roiled this year by two crises that seem on the surface to be unrelated: the coronavirus pandemic and law-enforcement killings of black Americans—the latter […]

On a recent Wednesday evening, a university professor in a large town in western Germany was preparing several paintings to be sold through the British auction house Christie’s. Using his iPhone, he took pictures of the inherited works at his home to upload to the company’s website. Within a few weeks, the site promised, Christie’s […]

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