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Christopher King is the founder of We Are Marcus (WAM), an education technology venture that creates scalable character analytics for students of color to affect suspension rates and substance abuse disorders.   We spoke with King about the importance of education technology for creating opportunities for Black kids. What is We Are Marcus and what is…

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Lauren Elise, Ph.D., is a Nashville, Tennessee, native but has been an Atlanta resident for five years. She earned her bachelor’s in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University, master’s of education in nonprofit leadership from Belmont University, and a doctorate of education in organizational leadership from Argosy University. Elise’s dissertation is titled, “Millennial Instagram…

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Recently, rolling out had the privilege of attending an event held by Friends in the City Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. The event served as part fundraiser and part wine tasting and attracted the beautiful people of Chicago. The goal of Friends in the City is providing college scholarships and assistance to individuals with financial needs. They also partner and support schools by…

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America was first introduced to Ameena Matthews in the Emmy Award-winning documentary “The Interrupters” in 2011. The film followed three violence interrupters over the course of a year and their journey to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once engaged in. Employed by the organization Ceasefire, the interrupters used their street cred to…

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Girl power has a new name in Texas — and it’s sounding off with some Texas-sized swag! “Pretty Smart Girls.” That’s the moniker for a growing teen girls’ mentoring organization that is based in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Two moms—an NFL wife and a TV news reporter— started the group one year ago when…

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Earlier this year, it was reported that veteran singer Mariah Carey would have a small guest part on the upcoming U.S. version of The X Factor. Now, reports are claiming that the show’s creator Simon Cowell is considering bringing Carey on board for a full-time position on the show. According to Entertainment Weekly, Carey was…

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