Software Engineer, Employee #1 at Dropbox Aston Motes grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, a small town with plenty of computers to keep him occupied. “I always had computers around me," Motes says in an interview with Fast Company, "...and that’s due to my dad, who I think earlier than most people not in Silicon Valley realized the power of personal computation.” He began learning about code in middle school, and by high school

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The Harvard Law Review has elected ImeIme Umana to serve as its 131st President - making her the first black woman in history to hold this position. Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Umana studied government and African-American studies at Harvard as an undergraduate. She is now a JD candidate with Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Founded in 1887, the Harvard Law Review is an student-edited journal published monthly from November through

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On January 24th, 2017, director of photographer Bradford Young became the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award in Best Cinematography (Arrival). This marks the first Oscar nomination for Young, but hardly the first award or nomination. The four-time Sundance winner (Middle of Nowhere, Pariah, Mother of George, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) was raised in the town of Louisville, Kentucky and moved to Chicago as teenager to live with his father, according to Young’s Wikipedia.

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  A notable shift is happening at Teen Vogue, and we think we know where to spot the epicenter. When named the new Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Magazine, Elaine Welteroth became is the youngest editor-in-chief ever at Conde Nast. It’s also worth noting she is the 2nd black woman to hold this post in Conde Nast’s 108 years of operations and first black editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue. NorCal native and graduate of CSU Sacramento, Elaine

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"We build the raised garden bed, you enjoy the harvest." - Jamil Burns   The more you read, the cooler this guy gets. Jamil Burns, Founder of farming company Raised Roots is making waves in the renewable urban gardening field. This Bay Area native's social media alone is a vast resource of knowledge on the advantages of eating local: Even as local as your own backyard! Making his way up NorCal to Stockon, Jamil studied

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Millennial wonder, Michaela Coel has been on Next Big Thing’s radar since 2014 when #ChewingGum was making its way through London’s West-End as a one-woman show called “Chewing Gum Dreams.” One original Netflix series and a BAFTA Award later, it seems the secret is out: Michaela is a herstory-making Next Big Thing! Born in East London to Ghanaian parents, Michaela used her experience as “the only” as inspiration to write her senior/graduation project “Chewing Gum

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Last year, Damien Hooper-Campbell made history being selected to serve as eBay’s first-ever Chief Diversity Officer. "eBay is one of the pioneers in harnessing technology to level the playing field by creating a global marketplace that is truly inclusive and diverse,” says Hooper in a release, “I look forward to leading eBay’s efforts to foster an even more diverse workforce and inclusive workplace, which I believe can contribute to increased innovation and even better engagement

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  “What’s the science behind how early adversity gets under our skin, and how do we use that to come up with solutions?” - Dr.Nadine Burke Harris ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pediatrician, advocate, mom & CEO/Founder of the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) in San Francisco, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, was raised in Palo Alto, California by parents originally from Jamaica. With degrees from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Harvard, Dr. Burke Harris left her residency at Stanford to

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Comedian, writer, and feminist Zahra Noorbakhsh has contributed to the NYTimes, active in the San Francisco Bay Area comedy scene and cohost of new podcast "Good Muslim, Bad Muslim". This comedian and performer first started making headlines when her one women show "All Atheists Are Muslim" was the highlight of the New York Fringe Festival. She currently a member of SF Grotto where she teaches storytelling and comedy. This multifaceted performer is doing many exciting things and we

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Kenneth Wiggins is the Founder of Black Stock images a company with a mission to provide diverse stock photos featuring Black people. Based in D.C., Wiggins is a creative entrepreneur with expertise in interactive design, front-end engineering, brand strategy, and product development. Like most great business ideas, Black Stock Images grew from Wiggins quickly growing tired of searching for quality images that also felt authentic. Wiggins noticed that the lack of representation was widespread and

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