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.
Adèle Dejak is considered one of the most success Nigerian jewelry and
accessories designers currently on the market. Her Adèle Dejak brand,
sold worldwide via online, creates handmade fashion accessories inspired
by African shapes, textures, and using traditional techniques.
Tristan Walker is no stranger to success. He is the founder of CODE2040, a much-needed program that matches
high-performing Black and Latino undergraduate and graduate coders and
software engineering students with tech firms for internships. Now, his Walker & Company
is poised to make major headway in the health and beauty industry.
Eleven-year-old Marley Dias wanted more diverse reading in school and
she took action to encourage it. The West Orange, New Jersey-based
Thomas A. Edison Middle School student created a campaign called
#1000BlackGirlBooks. The social movement promotes books with “strong,
Black female” main characters. You see, Dias was tired of reading books about boys and whites. Here, Dias tells TNJ.com about the movement and why she likes helping her community.