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Google & PRX Looking For Podcasters & Creators of Color

While Google recently announced a partnership with the National Business League to help grow black businesses, the effort does not stop there. Google and PRX are now looking for podcasters and creators of color to increase the diversity of voices in the podcasting industry across the globe.

Applicants must have a fresh and compelling podcast idea as well as show an interest in their podcasts sustainable in terms of growing revenue and audience.

You have from now until 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 2, 2018 to apply for the Google Podcasts creator program. Selected teams will receive seed funding and participate in an intensive 20-week training program in Boston, MA. According to the details provided, the 20-week training will not require you to uproot your life, but it will involve some time and travel.

During the course of the training, you will be deeply engaged in thinking about the audience for your podcast, what it will sound like and how to develop a solid plan for launch and production. You will be working closely with the other teams in the training and supporting each other in the process.

Applications for the first training (taking place between January – June 2019) are being accepted through Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The next application period is expected to begin in May 2019 (taking place in late July – December 2019).

Be sure to check out their FAQ page for more details. If you still have any unanswered questions, they’re having a webinar on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 at 4 pm EST. You can register here.

Good luck!

Google & National Business League Announce Partnership To Help Grow Black Businesses

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If you’re a black business owner looking to grow or transition into the digital economy, this will be good news for you. The National Business League (NBL) and Google have partnered to help increase the growth of black businesses on a global scale through technology.

According to Black Enterprise, the partnership will provide training programs, mentorships, workshops, and technology access to black and minority-owned businesses. National Business League President and CEO Ken Harris said black businesses have a large technology gap that needs to be closed. In an effort to close that gap, Google and the NBL are working to not only provide black businesses with the tools needed to be successful in the digital economy but also provide them with resources to grow and generate more revenue in America and internationally.

“For black businesses to be able to compete and grow their market share, technology is absolutely critical in that development,” Harris says.

According to Harris, the National Business League has over 15,000 members. He hopes to reach a goal of one million in the next two years, considering black-owned businesses are growing at such a rapid speed. The most recent U.S. Census data lists black-owned women businesses as the front-runner. However, many of those businesses don’t have the technology infrastructure needed to sufficiently grow. So, the partnership will allow them to reach new markets and help companies diversify into new industries and sectors.

Through the program, businesses will get a free website, domain name, e-mail address along with search engine optimization gadgets. They will also have full access to Google’s cloud-based G Suite, including Gmail, Docs, Calendar, and other services.

The program kicked off Monday (Nov. 19) in Detroit, where the NBL is based. Next year, regional hubs will also be launched in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., with the year 2020 expecting an expansion of over 365 of the trade group’s business leagues nationally and internationally.

“Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information, making it usable and accessible,” said Google’s Director of Community and Business Inclusion Chris Genteel. “We can’t get there without the black community. Period.”

The National Business League’s tech-enhanced website powered by Google will be launched early next month.

Beyonce & Google Partner Up For 4 More $25K HBCU Scholarships

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After Beyonce’s legendary Coachella performance during the weekend, one of the festivals her BeyGOOD charity donated $25,000 grants to four HBCU’s. The Homecoming Scholars Program will award a student from each college with a grant for the upcoming school year. As of recently, Google has gotten in on the goodness and plans to give for MORE students a chance to win.

Google.org will be matching BeyGOOD’s donation to help students at Texas Southern University, Fisk University, and Morehouse College. Students studying literature, creative arts, African-American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science or engineering will be able to apply. A minimum of a 3.5 GPA is also required.

“Google understands the vital role historically black colleges and universities play in delivering a high quality and culturally responsive education,” said Maab Ibrahim, a program manager at Google.org, in a statement.

Beyonce tributes to HBCU’s was not only a great moment for pop-culture and the African-American community but it is also an uplifting moment for HBCU students! If you are a student at any of the selected schools we encourage you to apply.

Valeisha Butterfield-Jones Named Global Head of Women and Black Engagement

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Valeisha Butterfield-Jones has officially been named the Global Head of Women and Black Community Engagement. The co-founder of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network was named the head of Google’s Black Community Engagement back in 2016 and a year later she has moved up to Global Head of Women and Black Community Engagement. Valeisha is known for her outstanding work with women, girls, and the black community, so the shoe fits perfectly!

Congratulations Valeisha, what an amazing way to start 2018!

Howard University and Google Partner Up to Launch “Howard West”

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Google has partnered up with Howard University to promote diversity and prepare future leaders in the STEM industry. African Americans and women have always been discouraged from working in STEM and the mission of the tech giant and the HBCU is to change that.

Today, Howard University released a statement about their partnership with Google to take black tech and black excellence to the next level with the launch of Howard West. This will be a three-month summer program that will provide juniors and seniors in the university’s computer science program with one of a kind opportunities to complete a residency at Google’s Mountain View Campus. The experience includes a workspace and stipend to cover housing and other expenses.

“Howard West will produce hundreds of industry-ready black computer science graduates, future leaders with the power to transform the global technology space into a stronger, more accurate reflection of the world around us,” says Dr. Wayne Frederick, President of Howard University. “We envisioned this program with bold outcomes in mind – to advance a strategy that leverages Howard’s high-quality faculty and Google’s expertise, while also rallying the tech industry and other thought leaders around the importance of diversity in business and the communities they serve.”

Google recognizes and pays homage to the strength and potential in the HBCU community knowing that this is the perfect partnership for such a program.

“During my time at Howard, I worked side-by-side with future lawyers, doctors, writers, entertainers, architects and business leaders. The spirit of total possibility put me on my path to Harvard Business School and ultimately Google. Howard West will continue Howard’s tradition of providing unprecedented access to opportunity, only now with a presence in the heart of Silicon Valley,” says Bonita Stewart, Google’s Vice President of Global Partnerships.

Moving forward, Google wants to expand the program to other historically black colleges and universities. Google is making it a part of their mission to build bridges for people of color to have lucrative careers in the tech industry. Howard West will reach the complete tech ecosystem. The program is set to register 740 students within the next five years. Every student will get 12 graduation credits through an immersion curriculum. Many students who work with Google in undergrad have secured jobs and internships with the company and many other major companies in tech.

“For us, it is an opportunity to ensure that we are building a pipeline and more importantly, stimulating the right partnerships to drive change,” Ms. Stewart added.

The Googler-in-Residence (GIR) Program, which was launched in 2013, has also partnered with Hampton University, Fisk University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Xavier University and Dillard University.

Major respect to Google for keeping black tech excellence alive and moving forward!

Google Pays Homage To Iconic Artist Edmonia Lewis In Honor Of Black History Month

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Today is the 1st day of 2017’s Black History Month!

Although we spend EVERY month celebrating black culture and the amazing people in it, we have a lot of content to share with you for this year’s BHM and we’re excited about it.

Kicking the month off in a major way, Google has gotten involved in the BHM spirit by paying homage to one of the most iconic artists in not only black history, but the history of art. Cue in, Edmonia Lewis.

To show their respect, Google has posted a Doodle on their front page (as they usually do) of Edmonia working on a sculpture. When you click the Doodle, Google takes you to a laundry list of links so you can learn more about Edmonia and the work she did over the years.

Ms. Lewis is the first woman of African-American and Native American heritage to achieve global recognition as a sculptor. Though she has tons of legendary pieces of work, one of her most famous pieces was “The Death of Cleopatra,” which is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

The sculpture was first revealed at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. Lewis’s realistic portrayal of the Cleopatra’s death shocked viewers and received acclaim from critics, who called it “the most remarkable piece of sculpture in the American section” of the show.

This was the aforementioned sculpture Google decided to depict on their homepage.

If you don’t know much about Edmonia Lewis and her artistry, visit Google to learn more about her and to see the Doodle.

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Black Girls Code Set To Move Into Google’s New York Offices

Black Girls Code is already planning their next bold move, and it’s heading out to the big city of New York.

According to sources, the inspiring organization will be opening of a new office inside Google’s New York City building.

Black Girls Code motto is to empower women of color to unlock their dreams, while crushing the stereotypes about science & technology. The new space will be a 3,000-square-foot space with both a classroom and a base to coordinate its East Coast programs.

Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant says that having the organization inside Google’s “cocoon” will give its girls deeper access to mentorship and internship opportunities for their future.

Congratulations ladies!

High School Student Akilah Johnson Wins Doodle 4 Google Competition

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Google has proudly announced that Akilah Johnson, an incredibly talented high school student from Washington, DC, has won the Doodle 4 Google competition.

The Internet’s leading search engine site says they received more than 100,000 submissions for this competition, proving just how great this honor was. The winning doodle was a piece titled “My Afrocentric Life,” which pays respect to Black culture with powerful statements, art and representation.

“I grew up learning a lot about my history as an African American. As I grew older, I realized that the black people that came before us has made us into what we are today, so of course I had to include them in my doodle,” said Johnson, who also happens to be the first African American to win the national competition.

Without further adieu, see the winning doodle below and congratulations to Akilah on this amazing achievement.

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Google Announces Racial Justice Grants

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Google.org is teaming with Bryan Stevenson and his non-profit organization “Equal Justice Initiative” for a great cause.

Google took the initiative to donate 3 million dollars in racial justice grants, which were awarded to community organizations to address systemic racism in America’s criminal justice, prison and educational systems.

USA Today states that these grants were awarded by Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, to push America to confront its violent racial history and to support universal access to information.

The Equal Justice Initiative, Roses in Concrete, Beyond12 and My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper Initiative were among the recipients.

To read more about Google.org’s contribution, head over to USA Today.

Google To Donate Over 20,000 Computers to Support Refugees Looking To Start Over

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Earlier this week Google.org announced a partnership with Net Hope that will provide 25,000 computers to refugees looking for a fresh start in their individual career fields.

Net Hope is a non-profit organization based out of Germany that offers educational and technological resources for refugees.  Net Hope will disperese the lightweight Chromebooks to nonprofit organizations that are also dedicated to supporting refugees.

“There has been a major break in refugees’ lives in terms of access to education,” Roya Soleimani, a Google Communications Manager, shared with The Huffington Post. “Although many of them were educated in their home countries, they have had to start all over again in Europe.”

Both organizations are hoping that this will be the support that helps these refugees make the changes the need to live the lives they always wanted.

For more information about this partnership, head over to The Huffington Post.

Virginia Native Creates Google Doodle In Honor of MLK Day

Illustrator, cartoonist, and young fly beauty Richie Pope is the talent behind today’s Google Doodle honoring Martin Luther King.

Hailing from Richmond, VA the artist  has worked with publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Nautlius and Tor Books. Richie Pope hopes to continue using his art work to tell the stories of people around the world.

Pope shared the great news on Twitter earlier this morning.

Pope is no amateur to the arts. He’s been illustrating for a long while and even studied Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. To check out some of his amazing work, head over to his official site and keep up with his social media here.

Valeisha Butterfield – Jones Named Head of Black Community Engagement for Google

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Google continues to be one of the excelling companies in the professional industry and an advocate for diversity by naming Valeisha Butterfield – Jones as the new Head of Black Community Engagement.

The Co-Founder of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network and author of The Girlprint’s career furthered with the announcement from the industry titan this week.

In response, Butterfield-Jones issued a statement to her family and friends, which can be read below:

Family and friends —

For nearly two decades, I have worked tirelessly with each of you to ensure equal opportunities for people of color with a focus on the Black community, including women and youth. For years, we have locked arms to demand human rights and social justice.

As an extension of my racial and gender equality work and to continue to push our culture forward, I was named this week as the Head of Black Community Engagement for Google.

Congrats to Valeisha Butterfield – Jones on her new position.