Archive for the ‘North America’ Category

Help for the African-American IT Entrepreneurs–Interview with Boyd Stephens


Starting a business comes with many challenges.  Information Technology professionals have their own unique hurdles to surmount when striking out on their own. recently talked to Boyd Stephens, Director of the Black Data Processors Association’s (BDPA) Entrepreneurs Advisory Group.  Boyd’s primary occupation has been in the IT field for more than 20 years.  Along with being a business owner for the last 13 years, Boyd has regularly conducted workshops for IT professionals who aspire to start their own businesses.

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Microsoft’s Philly school has travelled rocky road


When the Microsoft-designed School of the Future opened, the facility was a paragon of contemporary architecture, with a green roof, light-filled corridors and the latest classroom technology, all housed in a dazzling white modern building.

It might as well have been a fishbowl: Educators and media from around the world watched to see whether Microsoft could reform public education through innovation and technology.

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Black Female Designers Freshen NY’s Fashion Scene


It may seem hard to break into the apparel business in one of the world’s fashion capitals if you happen to be Black and female, but there is hope! A new crop of black women have hit the fashion scene, attracting attention with distinct design points of view and are poised to rival many of the American fashion houses that have reigned over high-end fashion for decades.

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Hip-Hop Hooray: Food Comes To Harlem


Besides being hip-hop sensations, what do P. Diddy, Jay-Z and Doug E. Fresh have in common? Well, now with the entry of Fresh into the eatery business, they are all NYC restaurateurs.

Fresh recently debuted his new Harlem restaurant, Doug E.´s, in hopes of reviving his hometown community. The 25-year hip-hop veteran opened the food hot spot on 132nd Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard.

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Nonprofit Changes Views On Fatherhood


After being surprised by the comments people directed at him for being a conscientious new father, filmmaker and educator Derek Phillips co-directed and co-produced an award-winning documentary called “Real Dads–Black Men on Fatherhood,” which included commentary by the late Ossie Davis. Despite the film’s positive reception, Phillips–who has two daughters–and some of the men featured in the film continued to wonder what else they might do to educate the public about the critical role fathers play in their children’s lives. A few years later in 2004, along with Keith Honeywell, a public education administrator, Phillips launched Real Dads™ Network (RDN).

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United Negro College Fund

college fund

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. UNCF provides operating funds for 37 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), scholarships and internships for students at about 900 institutions and faculty and administrative professional training.

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One Hundred Black Men


The overall concept of the 100 began in New York in 1963 when a group of concerned African American men began to meet to explore ways of improving conditions in their community. The group eventually adopted the name, “100 Black Men, Inc.” as a sign of solidarity.

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Opera North


Introducing Opera North.

For the past 30 years, Opera North Inc., Pennsylvania’s only African-American opera company, has continued to fulfill its vision by presenting opera productions, recitals, concerts, and Black History programs in an opera genre.

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Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, Inc


Introducing the OICA.

OICA’s Mission

OICA’s mission is to continue to be the nation’s leader in providing quality education, training, employment, and housing services through a national network of local affiliated organizations enabling economically disadvantaged people of all races and backgrounds to become productive fulfilled members of the American society.

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Operation PUSH (Rainbow PUSH Coalition)


The Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international membership organization fighting for social change.

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