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‘Rolling out’ launches 1st Black AI conference with Van Lathan, Mario Van Peebles, Google and more on the campus of Morehouse College

AI conference hosted by media mogul Munson Steed and

Rolling out’s RIDE CON AI Lab set the stage for an immersive, AI-centric weekend aimed at empowering the Black community. Nestled within the historic walls of the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College, the event spanned numerous topics, from AI’s role in music production, the ascent of machine learning, to the impact of personal artificial assistants.  Founders and funders were present and discussed how AI is impacting white collar, blue collar, music and the entertainment industry.


“The Black community must be a part of the innovation of AI and collectively reimagine our community with this technology,” explained rolling out CEO and publisher Munson Steed.


Day one of the RIDE Lab was an exciting blend of eminent speakers. The event kicked off with Munson Steed (CEO – rolling out), who set the tone with his enlightening opening remarks. Following him, John Pasmore (CEO/founder – Latimore), who has raised millions of dollars for AI, discussed his AI platform designed specifically for the African-American community.

Stephanie Cummings (Senior Federal IT Leader – Google) then shed light on the practical applications of Google and Generative AI technology. Next, Marlon Avery (CEO – AI Impact) hosted an engaging ‘learn and lunch’ session, focusing on the transformative potential of AI in business and education. Jamie Coleman (Strategist/Nonprofits Lead – Google) and Arthur Bernier, Jr. (Entrepreneur/Technologist/Educator) contributed to a discussion on AI’s future impact on creativity. Additionally, Guy Mills (Vice President – Supply Chain Division), Shakiri Murrain (Director of Innovation – Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs) and Jonathan Exume (Executive Director – @techsofcolor) highlighted the innovative technology prospects for Black entrepreneurs. The day concluded with Keynote Speaker Van Lathan (Podcast Host/Media Personality – Higher Learning Podcast) delving into the necessity for black people to infiltrate the AI space in order to revolutionize business and culture.


Day two of the RIDE Lab commenced with an insightful talk on understanding large language models presented by Brylan Donaldson (Associate Director of Innovation & New Ventures – Northwestern University) Post-session, attendees engaged in a networking session in the main lobby. Following this timeframe of connecting, guests re-entered the main concert hall to witness a special musical tribute to Tricky Stewart (5-Time Grammy Winning and Multi-Platinum Selling Super Producer, Record Executive, Songwriter, Music Publisher), the recipient of the Music Lifetime Achievement Award. Emerging talents graced the stage, performing before the legendary producer. Following the performances, Munson Steed (CEO of Rolling Out) invited Stewart to the stage to have a thoughtful fireside chat before his award presentation. Rolling Out’s RIDE CON AI Lab left attendees informed and inspired, armed with the tools to integrate AI into their respective endeavors and career paths.

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'Rolling out' launches 1st Black AI conference with Van Lathan, Mario Van Peebles, Google and more on the campus of Morehouse College

Photographed left to right:  Arthur Bernier, Jr. (Entrepreneur/Technologist/Educator), Jamie Coleman (Strategist/Nonprofits Lead – Google), Van Lathan (Podcast Host/Media Personality – Higher Learning Podcast), Stephanie Cummings (Senior Federal IT Leader – Google), Munson Steed (CEO – Rolling Out), Guy Mills(Vice President – Supply Chain Division)and Jonathan Exume (Executive Director – @techsofcolor) posing together at the close of Day 1 of the Rolling Out RIDE CON AI Lab.

'Rolling out' launches 1st Black AI conference with Van Lathan, Mario Van Peebles, Google and more on the campus of Morehouse College

Van Lathan (Podcast Host/Media Personality – Higher Learning Podcast) and Munson Steed (CEO – Rolling Out) grab a photo together at the Rolling Out RIDE CON AI Lab.

'Rolling out' launches 1st Black AI conference with Van Lathan, Mario Van Peebles, Google and more on the campus of Morehouse College

Mario Van Peebles (Film Director/Actor – New Jack City) with his son Mandela Van Peebles (Actor/Film Director – Jigsaw) made an appearance at the Rolling Out RIDE CON AI Lab to discuss new technologies and to promote their new movie Outlaw Posse.

'Rolling out' launches 1st Black AI conference with Van Lathan, Mario Van Peebles, Google and more on the campus of Morehouse College

Van Lathan (Podcast Host/Media Personality – Higher Learning Podcast) following his keynote speech at the Rolling Out RIDE CON AI Lab.

'Rolling out' launches 1st Black AI conference with Van Lathan, Mario Van Peebles, Google and more on the campus of Morehouse College

Munson Steed (CEO – Rolling Out) and Tricky Stewart (5 -Time Grammy Winning and Multi-Platinum Selling Super Producer/Record Executive/Songwriter/Music Publisher) showing off Stewart’s Lifetime Achievement Award during his honoring at the Rolling Out RIDE CON AI Lab.

'Rolling out' launches 1st Black AI conference with Van Lathan, Mario Van Peebles, Google and more on the campus of Morehouse College

Rashad Richey (President – Rolling Out) and Munson Steed (CEO – Rolling Out) on day two of the Rolling Out RIDE CON AI Lab.

'Rolling out' launches 1st Black AI conference with Van Lathan, Mario Van Peebles, Google and more on the campus of Morehouse College

John Pasmore (CEO/Founder – Latimore) in the midst of his talk during the Rolling Out RIDE CON AI Lab.

'Rolling out' launches 1st Black AI conference with Van Lathan, Mario Van Peebles, Google and more on the campus of Morehouse College

Marlon Avery (CEO – AI Impact) speaking at the ‘learn and lunch’ session during the Rolling Out RIDE CON AI Lab.

'Rolling out' launches 1st Black AI conference with Van Lathan, Mario Van Peebles, Google and more on the campus of Morehouse College

Munson Steed (CEO – Rolling Out) moderating a discussion with Arthur Bernier, Jr. (Entrepreneur/Technologist/Educator) and Jamie Coleman (Strategist/Nonprofits Lead – Google) at the Rolling Out RIDE CON AI Lab.

'Rolling out' launches 1st Black AI conference with Van Lathan, Mario Van Peebles, Google and more on the campus of Morehouse College

Brylan Donaldson (Associate Director of Innovation & New Ventures – Northwestern University) being the kickoff speaker for Day 2 of the Rolling Out RIDE CON AI Lab.

'Rolling out' launches 1st Black AI conference with Van Lathan, Mario Van Peebles, Google and more on the campus of Morehouse College

Jonathan Exume (Executive Director – @techsofcolor), Shakiri Murrain (Director of Innovation – Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs), and Guy Mills (VP – Supply Chain Division) teaching the audience how to navigate the digital world as it continues to evolve.

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