In the ongoing conversation about the lack of African American women and girls in STEM, Google has
been making efforts to change the narrative. Leading the charge is the
company’s newly hired Head of Black Community Engagement, Valeisha
Butterfield. Here, TNJ.com talks to Butterfield about Google’s tech initiatives and upcoming plans to engage with the Black community.
Amid controversy over not hiring enough African American comedians on
the show, NBC's iconic Saturday Night Live variety show has added Sasheer Zamata to its 2014
lineup. Over the past 38 years since the show began, it has only had
four African American women onboard including the hilarious Maya Rudolph
who left in 2007.
African Americans gathered around the city for a weeklong celebration of
Kwanzaa. Observed by an estimated 28 million people worldwide from December 26 to January 1, the holiday is marked by storytelling, music and
Raltat and Blue Caprice were two of the 73 films shown by
the African Diaspora International Film Festival. They were both
inspired by true events; Raltat is an international film by African
American filmmaker Al Robbins and Blue Caprice was directed by Alexander Moors. Both address real human-interest issues that hit close to home.