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Massive Tech Layoffs Are Undercutting DEI Progress Made With Recent Hires

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By Jasmine Browley · Updated January 25, 2023 As sweeping layoffs plague Big Tech, DEI jobs are taking the brunt of the blow. According to a Bloomberg report, listings for DEI roles were down 19% last year - a larger downtick than in legal or general human resources departments per data from Textio, a company helping businesses create unbiased job ads. “I'm cautiously concerned - not that these roles will go to zero but that there will be a spike in ‘Swiss army knife' type roles,” Textio Chief Executive Officer Kieran Snyder told Bloomberg. Other sectors besides have dramatically carved...
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This Black-Owned Startup Received Jay-Z's Support-Now It's Poised To Be The Next Unicorn

11 days ago   |   By Essence

By Jasmine Browley · Updated January 25, 2023 Leave it Jay-Z to spot emerging stars in music, sports and now...blockchain. The musician and prolific entrepreneur's VC firm Marcy Venture Partners recently invested in Spatial Labs , an infrastructure company aimed at revolutionizing consumer experiences, announced on January 25 the closing of a $10 million seed funding round led by Blockchain Capital, a leading venture firm in the blockchain industry. Spatial Labs' latest product, LNQ , is a state-of-the-art chip platform that uses blockchain technology to authenticate products and unlock...
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Black Founders Only Got 1% Of VC Funding In 2022-We Spoke To Tech Crunch's Dominic-Madori Davis About The Concerning Disinvestment Trend

Black Founders Only Got 1% Of VC Funding In 2022-We Spoke To Tech Crunch's Dominic-Madori Davis About The Concerning Disinvestment Trend

11 days ago   |   By Essence

By Jasmine Browley · Updated January 25, 2023 Since June 2022, Tech Crunch reporter Dominic-Madori Davis has been stirring up robust conversations around the abysmal state of diverse venture capital investment in minority-founded startups, particularly Black ones. In a series of thoughtful reports , Davis offers a meditation on what it's really like to be a Black founder in pursuit of VC support, particularly in the age of corporate DEO over-promising and underdelivering following the social justice reckoning of June 2020. Earlier this month, Davis reported that Black founders in the...
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Lizzo Wins Record Of The Year And Thanks Beyoncé And Prince In Sweet...

Lizzo Wins Record Of The Year And Thanks Beyoncé And Prince In Sweet Acceptance Speech

It's about damn time. Read more ...

The North Face Releases Limited-Edition Nuptse Bears

The North Face Releases Limited-Edition Nuptse Bears

After releasing mini Nuptse Jacket keychains last October as Japan exclusives, The North Face has now launched limited-edition Nutpse Bears based on the mascot teddy bear... Read more ...

Nike Air More Uptempo Receives an Aged Iteration Featuring Bold Red Detailing

Nike Air More Uptempo Receives an Aged Iteration Featuring Bold Red Detailing

Nike continues to add to its Air More Uptempo lineup with a release of a vintage-inspired colorway. Arriving in an aged look, the 1996-silhouette reverts back to the decade... Read more ...

Daniel Arsham's Eroded Car Sculptures Are Going on View at LA's Petersen...

Daniel Arsham's Eroded Car Sculptures Are Going on View at LA's Petersen Automotive Museum

Daniel Arsham 's collection of eroded cars is officially going on view in Los Angeles later this month at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The new exhibit, titled Arsham Auto... Read more ...

Lizzo Granted "100% THAT B*tch" Trademark

Lizzo Granted "100% THAT B*tch" Trademark

Lizzo has officially been granted the trademark for the phrase "100% THAT Bitch" following a reversal on the original decision made by the United States Patent and Trademark... Read more ...

VØID's Nike Air Force 1 'Chainsaw Man' Concept Features an Actual Chainsaw

VØID's Nike Air Force 1 'Chainsaw Man' Concept Features an Actual Chainsaw

After putting together a Pokémon Magikarp concept that actually swims , sneaker customizer VØID recently shared a new custom centered around the popular Chainsaw Man... Read more ...

The 2023 Grammys Are Harry's House! Harry Styles' Performance Outfit, Photos...

The 2023 Grammys Are Harry's House! Harry Styles' Performance Outfit, Photos and More

It's his house, and you can't tell fans otherwise! Harry Styles brought Harry's House to the 2023 Grammy Awards following the end of his Love on Tour concerts. In typical Harry... Read more ...

‘Miserable'? Fans Point Out Ben Affleck's Behavior at 2023 Grammy Awards...

‘Miserable'? Fans Point Out Ben Affleck's Behavior at 2023 Grammy Awards With Wife Jennifer Lopez

While Jennifer Lopez looked like she was having a blast at the 2023 Grammys ceremony, her husband, Ben Affleck, appeared pretty apathetic to be in the audience at music's... Read more ...

Grammy's ‘In Memoriam' honors Loretta Lynn, Takeoff, Christine McVie

Grammy's ‘In Memoriam' honors Loretta Lynn, Takeoff, Christine McVie

Loretta Lynn, Migos Rapper Takeoff and Christine McVie were honored with special performances during the Grammy's 'In Memoriam' segment. Read more ...

WATCH: Method Man Talks Iconic ESSENCE Cover

By Brande Victorian · Updated February 5, 2023 Method Man talks about going viral on the cover of ESSENCE, why he'll always support Black excellence and what's next for his... Read more ...