Microsoft executive launches tech program that provides support to nonprofits

Last year, Microsoft announced several commitments to address racial inequities. Among those was a commitment to establishing strategies to strengthen Black and Brown communities. That’s when Darrell Booker, corporate affairs specialist for Microsoft, along with several of his colleagues within the tech for social impact team began creating what is now known as the Nonprofit […]

Maryland entrepreneur launches service to promote Black lawyers

Kisha A. Brown, Esq. is the founder and CEO of Justis Connection, a legal tech startup dedicated to promoting Black lawyers through referrals, marketing, speaking opportunities and more. Justis Connection celebrated its official launch on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, and will provide referral services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Brown is a passionate strategist […]

Black-owned tech company creates ‘smart locker’ for no-contact food pickup

While the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States currently hovers around 26.2 million and is expected to increase, many small businesses continue to experience interruptions due to local mandates. In 2019, Rea Huntley, James Bagley and Marcus Gunn started Lavii Inc., a Temple Hills, Maryland-based company that provides affordable technology solutions […]

12 Black-owned businesses to support online in 2021

This year has been undeniably unlike any other. It’s no secret many U.S. businesses may not survive the recession. That’s why it’s important to support Black-owned businesses and culture. As we head into the new year and stick to our resolutions and live by the mantra, “new year, new me,” shop online and support these […]

Deshaun Watson’s restaurant grand opening violates NFL’s COVID-19 protocol

Despite the NFL’s stringent COVID-19 protocol, which prohibits more than three players from gathering outside a club facility, that didn’t stop Houston Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson. On Tuesday, Dec. 15, Watson was photographed with several of his teammates who all came out to support the grand opening of his new cheesesteak franchise, Lefty’s. Watson was […]

’99 Problems’ producer Rick Rubin facing trial for violating COVID-19 mandate

It appears mega-producer Rick Rubin actually has more than 99 problems. Rubin, best known for producing some music’s biggest hits like Jay-Z’s, “99 Problems,” is facing trial for violating Hawaii’s local COVID-19 restrictions. According to the Kauai, Hawaii-based newspaper, The Garden Island, the trial date is set for Feb. 9, 2021. Rubin is being charged […]