Tubefilter: New ‘TikTok For Black Creatives’ Incubator Unveils Inaugural Class Of 100 Creators

Tubefilter: New ‘TikTok For Black Creatives’ Incubator Unveils Inaugural Class Of 100 Creators. “TikTok has unveiled the inaugural class for its new incubator program dubbed TikTok For Black Creatives, which was announced in January to amplify the voices of Black creators and musicians across the platform. The three-month initiative will see a total of 100 creators participating in motivational town halls with Black entrepreneurs and celebrities, and will also comprise community-building forums and educational events with TikTok executives.”

TechCrunch: BeGreatTV to offer MasterClass-like courses taught by Black and brown innovators

TechCrunch: BeGreatTV to offer MasterClass-like courses taught by Black and brown innovators. “BeGreatTV, an online education platform featuring Black and brown instructors, recently closed a $450K pre-seed round from Stand Together Ventures Lab, Arlan Hamilton, Tiffany Haddish and others. The goal with BeGreatTV is to enable anyone to learn from talented Black and brown innovators and leaders, founder and CEO Cortney Woodruff told TechCrunch.”

eLearning Inside: Education Publishers Need To Re-evaluate BIPOC Representation In Their Catalogs

eLearning Inside: Education Publishers Need To Re-evaluate BIPOC Representation In Their Catalogs. “Traditionally, a lot of that is covered throughout Black History Month has centered on the Civil Rights Movement, and for good reason. However, I think we as education publishers need to branch out from that to explore Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) representation in general. This needs to continue beyond the month of February. Of course it’s incredibly important to teach the heroes of the movement and recognize its tremendous influence in changing the direction of the country, but it’s also time to use that foundation to explore Black Americans’ impact on American history and culture in other ways, especially those figures who are underrepresented in the history books.”

Los Angeles Times: For a rural family, COVID-19 felt like a distant threat. Until it devastated them

Los Angeles Times: For a rural family, COVID-19 felt like a distant threat. Until it devastated them. “Last summer, everyone in the house [Sonia] Bravo shares with eight family members got COVID-19: Bravo, her husband, her 7-year-old twin boys. Her mom and dad. Her two sisters. Her brother…. Now, the family hopes their story can be a cautionary tale for rural California, where skepticism of the virus’s severity and of the vaccine’s effectiveness runs deep.”

JSTOR Daily: JSTOR Companion to the Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List

JSTOR Daily: JSTOR Companion to the Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List. “To meet the need for content related to racism, anti-racism, and Black voices, JSTOR has created a complementary, extensive open library to support readers and scholars seeking to engage with BIPOC+Q-authored reading lists, starting with a unique set of resources related to the Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List.”

CNBC: Google’s program for Black college students suffered disorganization and culture clashes, former participants say

CNBC: Google’s program for Black college students suffered disorganization and culture clashes, former participants say. “In 2017, Lauren Clayton joined the inaugural class of Howard West, Google’s on-campus immersion program for Black college students. She became a star scholar whose big smile would grace marketing materials and news coverage. As the only Black woman in that inaugural class to score a coveted internship offer from Google, she now says the program’s leaders didn’t deliver on the promises that inspired her to accept the offer in the first place.”

‘Better Business Bureau meets Consumer Reports’: Black Dollar Index ranks companies by support of Black America (USA Today)

USA Today: ‘Better Business Bureau meets Consumer Reports’: Black Dollar Index ranks companies by support of Black America . “A group of Black professionals from health care, consumer packaged goods, media, finance, politics, and consulting came together in weekly zoom meetings during the social unrest last summer to volunteer their time building The Black Dollar Initiative. Soon, the Black Dollar Index was born. It weighs qualitative and quantitative factors to measure each company’s commitment to diversity and investments in causes important to Black Americans and score them from 0-100.”

Prestige: “Borders keep us divided; stories keep us united,” says Ahsun Zafar, the man behind Instagram’s @brownhistory

Prestige: “Borders keep us divided; stories keep us united,” says Ahsun Zafar, the man behind Instagram’s @brownhistory. “Two years and 1,381 posts later, Instagram handle Brown History has a loyal readership of over 400k, along with a podcast featuring interviews and talks with historians, authors, cultural experts, and artists. Started by Ahsun Zafar, an electrical engineer in Canada, Brown History is a digital archive exhibiting anecdotes focused on South Asians from all over the world.”

CBC: Initiative to promote Black-owned businesses goes national with launch of new database

CBC: Initiative to promote Black-owned businesses goes national with launch of new database. “The Torontonian creator of a website and social media account spotlighting local Black-owned businesses is taking her initiative across the country with the launch of an expanded online store and a national database she hopes will soon have hundreds of listings. Black Owned Canada debuted this week and its founder, Kerin John, is calling on business owners across the country to sign up to be featured.”

EurekAlert: New tool facilitates inclusion of people of diverse ancestry in large genetics studies

EurekAlert: New tool facilitates inclusion of people of diverse ancestry in large genetics studies. “Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have typically excluded diverse and minority individuals in the search for gene variants that confer risk of disease. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and other institutions around the world have now developed a free-access software package called Tractor that increases the discovery power of genomics in understudied populations. A study of Tractor’s performance and accuracy was published in Nature Genetics.”