Conservative Operatives To Pay $1.25M For Robocalls Targeting Black Voters
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by Sara Keenan
16h ago
Two conservative operatives have been ordered to pay up to $1.25 million in restitution for their roles in targeting Black voters with robocalls during the 2020 election.  What Happened? The case, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, concluded with Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman admitting to a scheme designed to prevent Black voters from using mail-in voting. The duo operated under a sham organization called Project 1599 and spread calls claiming that mail-in voting would lead to various enforcement agencies using personal data against voters. The robocalls pro ..read more
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SunCulture Raises $12M To Support African Farmers With Solar Water Pumps
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by Sara Keenan
16h ago
SunCulture, a Kenya-based company focused on climate technology, recently raised $12 million to expand its solar-powered irrigation systems across sub-Saharan Africa.  The funding is part of a larger $27.5 million Series B round. Revolutionizing Agriculture with Solar Power In many countries around the world, climate change and erratic weather have made it increasingly dificult for farmers to maintain consistent crop yields. SunCulture’s solar-powered irrigation systems aim to help farmers efficiently use water and boost their crop yields, even with unpredictable rainfall. These systems a ..read more
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Kora And Panache Ventures Collaborate To Support African Tech Startups
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by Sara Keenan
23h ago
Canadian pre-seed venture fund Panache Ventures has teamed up with Africa-focused fintech firm Kora to address funding challenges that African tech entrepreneurs face. Payments infrastructure for Africa Established in 2017, Kora is a payment gateway facilitating local and international transactions across several African markets, including Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya.  Kora opened a UK office in 2022 through a collaboration with the West Midlands Growth Company, an initiative designed to drive regional investment and stimulate economic growth in the UK. The platform is particularly known fo ..read more
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Double-Edged Sword Of AI In Mammography Reveals Potential And Barriers For People Of Color
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by Sara Keenan
4d ago
Integrating AI in mammography offers a new era in breast cancer detection. However, there are concerns for people of color. The technology, which is becoming increasingly accessible, has the potential to enhance early detection rates beyond the current 87% achieved by traditional mammograms, as reported by The New York Times.  AI algorithms are not working at identifying subtle signs of cancer that conventional methods may miss, thereby reducing false positives and unnecessary treatments. The Concerns For People Of Color Despite these advancements, the adoption of AI-enhanced mammogr ..read more
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Tech Accessory Giant DBrand Faces Backlash From YouTuber Marques Brownlee Over Racist Remark
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by Sara Keenan
4d ago
In a controversial incident, DBrand, a Canadian tech accessory company known for its social media persona, faced severe backlash after making a racist remark about a customer’s last name.  A Joke Taken Too Far? The comment, which was intended to be humorous, was directed at Bhuwan Chitransh, a customer who had complained about the discoloration of a product he had purchased. Chitransh’s initial tweet to DBrand was about a computer skin that changed color only two months after purchase.  In a response that was seen as offensive, DBrand tweeted, “Your last name is basically shit rash ..read more
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200+ Groups Demand Big Tech CEOs Tackle AI-Fueled Lies Ahead Of Global Elections
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by Sara Keenan
5d ago
More than 200 groups, including civil organizations, researchers, and journalists, have written to major tech company CEOs, urging them to take action to ensure truthful online content and safeguard democratic processes. The letter that went out to the CEOs of Discord, Google, Instagram, Meta, TikTok, X, YouTube, Pinterest, Reddit, Snap, Rumble, and Twitch, coincides with upcoming elections in over 60 countries in 2024. The Impact Of Online Discourse On Democracy “Research illustrates that individual users can have an outsized impact on online ..read more
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Pan-African Beauty Startup Zuri Lands First Major Tech Investment
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by Sara Keenan
5d ago
Zuri, a Pan-African beauty startup, has achieved its first institutional tech investment from Launch Africa Ventures.  Zuri’s Journey So Far Founded in 2016 by Gisela Van Houcke, Zuri has evolved from Van Houcke selling products from her car to a tech-driven powerhouse.  The startup distributes beauty products such as hair extensions and cosmetics while aiming to empower Black women entrepreneurs and customers. Zuri offers a wide range of culturally relevant beauty products distributed through a hybrid model of physical salons, e-commerce, and social channels. The company h ..read more
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Black Women Employment Rates Are The Lowest Since The Pandemic
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by Sara Keenan
5d ago
Last month, US payrolls soared in and the unemployment rate dropped, however, the opposite was true for Black Americans, especially Black women. Black unemployment rates have surged reaching a peak not seen since August 2022.  Unemployment For Black Women  As per the latest Labor Department data, the overall unemployment rate for Black Americans climbed to 6.4% in March 2024, up from 5.6% in February.  The three-month average unemployment rate for Black people has risen to 5.8%, up from 5.4%.  However, the overall shift is mainly seen among Black women, who have&n ..read more
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Company To Pay $50K After Firing Black Employee For Wearing Natural Hair
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by Samara Linton
6d ago
American Screening, a drug and medical testing supplies distributor in Louisana, has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The case centered around Imani Jackson, a Black employee who was fired after she decided to wear her natural hair to work. Fired over her wearing natural hair Imani Jackson’s daily routine involved spending 45 minutes each morning concealing her natural hair under a cap and gluing on a wig with straight hair. This routine wasn’t just time-consuming; it became unbearable due to the hot ..read more
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Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures Unveils $60M Fund For Growth-Stage Startups
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by Samara Linton
6d ago
Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures (VKAV) has announced the closure of its first fund at $60 million.  A Pan-African Vision with Global Backing VKAV is a collaborative effort between West African private equity firm Verod Capital Management and Tokyo-based venture capital firm Kepple Africa Ventures. Notably, the fund includes backing from Japanese powerhouses such as SBI Holdings, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank. Nigeria’s SCM Capital and other institutional investors from Japan, including Taiyo Holdings also contributed. VKAV’s investment strategy focuses on digital ..read more
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