Serena Ventures Has Invested in 14 Unicorn Startups Through Her Venture Capital Fund
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by Stephen Oluwadara
4d ago
Legendary American tennis player Serena Williams is doing groundbreaking work with her venture capital firm, Serena Ventures. Before announcing her retirement as a professional tennis player in September 2022, Serena Williams had been involved in the world of investments. Building on over a decade of experience, Williams established Serena Ventures in 2014, a venture capital fund supporting women and underrepresented founders. However, the 42-year-old Ohio-born tennis legend recently made an astonishing revelation about her business enterprise. Serena Williams’ Investment Philosophy In a recen ..read more
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Meet 15 Diasporans Making An Impact In Ghana
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by Stephen Oluwadara
1w ago
In recent years Ghana has emerged as one of the hottest destinations for Africans in the diaspora. The relatively small West African country is experiencing a huge surge in popularity, particularly among Black Brits and African Americans. This new wave of visitors peaked in 2019, coinciding with The Year of Return. The year-long campaign by the Ghanaian government encouraged African diasporans to visit, invest, and even permanently settle. The campaign, launched to mark the 400th anniversary of slaves arriving in Jamestown, Virginia, saw a significant increase in UK and US visitors. One of the ..read more
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Aliko Dangote, Robert Smith and Oprah Winfrey Rank High on Forbes Billionaires 2024 List
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by Stephen Oluwadara
1w ago
Forbes has released its annual World’s Billionaire list and Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote is the richest black man on the planet.  Only a handful of the 2,781 billionaires on the list were black. Robert F. Smith is the highest-ranking black American, with an estimated net worth of $9.2B. David Steward is another black American who made it into the top 1000.  Still, Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, and Jay-Z made the top five in the World’s Celebrity Billionaires 2024 list. Michael Jordan, who made most of his wealth from endorsement deals with Nike, Hanes, and Gatorade, is worth $3.2B.  ..read more
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Nigerian And Kenyan Creators To Monetize On Meta Starting June 2024
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by Stephen Oluwadara
1w ago
Meta will enable content creators in Nigeria and Kenya to monetize their content on Instagram and Facebook starting in June 2024. Meta’s initiative, which will see creators earn money through ads and other features, is a move by the global technology company to keep the country’s top content creators on its platforms. Creators can run ads in-stream and Instagram gifts, enabling users to buy digital tokens supporting their favorite content creators. “Nigerian creators have global reach,” Nick Clegg, President of Global Affairs at Meta, told some of Nigeria’s top creators in their Lagos office ..read more
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Frobelles, the UK App Game Celebrating Afro Hair Launches in the US
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by Stephen Oluwadara
2w ago
Frobelles, the UK’s first afro-hair-championing dress-up game, launches in the U.S. today. Founded by mother-and-daughter duo Yvonne Ottley and 12-year-old Alyssa, the award-winning app aims to increase the representation of gaming characters. the goal is to educate, empower, and celebrate curly, coily-hair, and natural hair. The game is fun, and educational, and was created as an empowering solution to a problem: the lack of representation in the content consumed by young children can damage their self-esteem. Alyssa was just six years old when she asked her mum why none of her game character ..read more
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OnBoard Executive Producers Talk Candidly About Their Groundbreaking Film
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by Stephen Oluwadara
2w ago
Earlier this month, the award-winning documentary OnBoard was released worldwide to coincide with International Women’s Day.  The film follows the story of incredible women who defied the odds and reached the pinnacle of their careers. It chronicles black women in board rooms and the c-suite from pioneer Patricia Roberts Harris’ revolutionary appointment to the board of IBM in 1971 to the present day.  Merline Saintil, co-founder of Black Women on Boards and Rocket Lab lead director, served as co-executive producer to bring this story to the screen. Fortune named her one of the most ..read more
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Meet 10 Black Americans Who Have Achieved Billionaire Status
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by Zara Shepherd-Brierley
2w ago
The U.S. is home to the most billionaires of any country in the world but only a fraction are Black billionaires; representing a mere 1% of billionaires in the States. The most well-known have carved out careers in media, sports, and entertainment. Still, others in the tech and financial sectors have made their way onto the list too. Despite the barriers, these Black Americans have risen to the top of their industries and achieved immense financial success.  Today we highlight 10 Black U.S.-based billonaires and their inspirational journeys to the top. Robert Smith  Robert Smith is a ..read more
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Should You Watch Sci-Fi Thriller Parallel? Here’s the Verdict!
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by Gugulethu Nxumalo
2w ago
Directed by Kourosh Ahari, Parallel offers a riveting exploration of grief and parallel universes, captivating audiences with its minimalist three-person cast and clever narrative twists. Starring Danielle Deadwyler as Vanessa, a mother mourning the loss of her child, Obe, the film takes viewers on a journey through alternate realities as Vanessa confronts a menacing doppelgänger from a parallel universe. Alongside her are Aldis Hodge, Alex, Obe’s father, and Edwin Hodge, Martel, Vanessa’s supportive brother-in-law. The Review Despite its compact cast and recurring environments, Parallel maint ..read more
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Tanya Van Court’s Goalsetter Raises $9.6 Million Series A Funding Extension
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by Stephen Oluwadara
2w ago
Tanya Van Court’s Goalsetter platform has announced the close of a $9.6 million series A funding round.  This newest round is another milestone since the platform launched in 2019. The round was led by an Edward Jones and MassMutual affiliate through its MM Catalyst Fund. Other Series A investors who participated in the round included Fiserv, Webster Bank, Seae Ventures, Astia Fund, and Partnership Funds for New York City. Newer investors were Reseda Group and InTouchCU.  “Our new Series A extension marks a significant milestone for Goalsetter as we continue to redefine financial edu ..read more
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The Gathering Spot Celebrates Anniversary with New Location and Mobile App
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by Stephen Oluwadara
3w ago
Cultural epicentre The Gathering Spot (TGS) has announced the platform’s expansion with the launch of an app and a new location. Co-founders Ryan Wilson and TK Petersen announced the move at the State of the Club address during TGS’s 8th anniversary. This new chapter will see the private membership club establish its fourth physical location in Houston, Texas, joining the clubs in Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. The private membership network focused on the Black community recently became independent after being acquired by Greenwood in May 2022. Over the years, TGS has hosted promi ..read more
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