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5 Sites That Offer Premium Stock Images Featuring People of Color

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Now that there is a bigger push for diversity these days, that momentum extends to diverse imagery in advertising, marketing materials, and other visual campaigns. Even Getty teamed up with Facebook‘s Sheryl Sandberg recently to release diverse stock images for a LeanIn collection.

But as bloggers, digital publishers, marketers and others that target multi-racial audiences know, it can be very challenging to find high-quality non-stereotypical images stock images of people of color.

In recent years, a few projects and companies have cropped up to fill the void. Some price their images for a very modest fee, others on a subscription basis and at least one for free! There are options out there for every budget and niche.

Here are a five that caught my eye:

For a Fee

1. Blend Images –  This site is run by a consortium of over 100 photographers and photography companies that have helped build up a depository of over 350,000 images.  In fact, Blend Images boasts that it is the “world’s leading multicultural commercial stock agency.” It prides itself as being the source for “premiere destination for ethnically diverse stock imagery.”

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The library of the Las Vegas, Nevada-based company contains vibrant, culturally relevant imagery for advertising, design and marketing projects for digital and high resolution prints. Images cost start at about $50 per image download and it also sells  entire collections for about $299 and up.

It has a very broad amount of offerings for those with a mid-range budget.

2. – For substantially less money, there is, which only showcases blacks and African Americans only, however. Washington, DC-based creative Kenneth D. Wiggins is the curator behind which launched last August 2015. The site is a division of a larger collective effort to change the narrative and show different imagery of African Americans. BlackStock’s library currently hosts 524 images as of this blog post.

Many of it is male-centered. You’ll find barber shop shots, profiles, close-ups of beautiful faces, casual urban settings and more. Images are as low at $1.00 per download.

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Photographers who license their work are paid $.65 commission. Users that sign up get some free images and others for sale; or they can purchase through Paypal or by buying online credits.

It looks like a great option for quality images at a super super low price.

3. ColorStock – Another very new site is Color Stock which opened its doors in beta last August 24.  The site is run by Charlotte-based friends Jenifer Daniels, a public relations professional and educator who teaches at UNC Charlotte and Trep blogger James Stewart who runs the site Detailed Block.

As with BlackStock, it too was started out of frustration over the lack of realistic stock photo of  people of color in a non-stereotypical way.

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“It’s not that there are no images,” Daniels told MadameNoire. “It’s that they’re not authentic. They’re taken through the lens of how other people see us or think about us, and not how we think about ourselves.”

You’ll see a great variety of images from modern and cosmopolitan settings.

For Subscription

4. CreateHerStock – For a very nominal monthly fee of $7, you get access to very vibrant, eye-catching and colorful stock images. That VIP Membership also includes access to blogs and other content and forums within the community of users. CreateHerStock also offers to broker sales for photographers interested in selling their images. If you don’t see something available, members can request images be taken.  In addition, the site invites others to join as a contributor to help develop the library for other members.

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I absolutely love the stock photo options I saw when I joined and immediately started using them for my blog posters.

Web design business owner Neosha Gardner founded the site last July after she too discovered a void in quality stock imagery and decided to step in to fill it.

There is heavy female-focused imagery which is perfect for a blogger who targets a female audience. There is a free option for those who subscribe, but subscribers are limited to getting select images released to subscribers once in a while.

Besides access to all the stocks, VIP members also get benefit from a growing community of creatives.

For Free

5.  – So far this is the only site that offers stock for no cost at  all.  It is also the newest site, launched thus this year, 2016. Picnoi has a little over 100 images.

The Arizona-based co-op features images taken by professional and novice photographers.

There is also a healthy assortment of Creative Commons images you might have seen on other sites. That’s because in order to find a person of color on many of the dozens of free stock websites, you have to dig deep for hours. Picnoi saves you the trouble by pulling out those images and chronicling it for you on its site. Nice.

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The site invites users to “pay it forward” by contributing photos they have copyrights to. It’s a cool option and I’ve submitted some of my photos to the depository and have used some for my blog posts. I figure over time, this will become an often used resource as well.

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I believe after a while, this will be a great option for those starting out and can not yet afford to pay for images. Also, as more people contribute images, it should be a more robust resource.

There you have it! Good luck Creatives!

h/t  Madame Noire

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Episode 23: My Salute To Politico & How It Changed Political Reporting Forever


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This week, we learned that Politico CEO Jim VandeHei, its Chief White House correspondent Mike Allen and Chief Operating Officer Kim Kingsley are all leaving the 8-year old political website that altered political reporting for the better!

I started political reporting when the site first came out and I can bear witness to how much it changed inside the Beltway reporting.

The organization remains but it will be interesting to see how this major power shift alters the site. I am also curious to see what are the next movies of VandeHei, Allen and Kingsley (and who else walks with them)

This is my podcast salute in under 10 minutes!

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Rihanna Just Released ‘Anti’ for Free: The 3 Music & Marketing Industry Disruption Lessons From It

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Rihanna’s Mic-Dropping Free “Anti” Album Release could have Just Disrupted Multiple Industries in a major way.

Pardon Ms. Fenty as she adjusts her crown.

The multi-platinum, multi-award-winning, lifetime achievement award-having 27-year old just dropped her latest and very much-anticipated album, “Anti” for FREE to all tonight, shortly before midnight on January 27.

[ADDED NOTE: You do NOT need to be a Tidal subscriber to get it or hear it. Simply download it to your computer and listen to it on whatever music player you have on your desktop. I did. You need Tidal to hear the streamed version but not to get the album]

There are at least 3 take-aways I can surmise from the way and means the pop star released her 8th studio album.

One lesson for the record industry , another for the content marketing industry and one more for the JayZ-invested music streaming service Tidal that Rihanna is associated with.

Lesson One  is for the record industry. It is official, if it was uncertain before, artists who have built brands so lucrative and so influential are really now more powerful than the traditional record labels.

A sponsor like Samsung, who apparently is footing the bill for us all  (I’m thinking for a limited time) would pay to the artist directly what she would get from a traditional label after deducting the label’s reimbursement costs for production, marketing and other expenses  associated with producing and promoting the album.

Oh and about promotion. Social media nixed all of that. Who needs traditional media marketing when you got 32 million followers on Instagram and 55 million on Twitter as RiRi does?

She was able to tease up the album for months and then days to the release building anticipation on her own.  She loaded it up with enough questionable Satan related imagery to all keep the Illuminati conspiracy theorists busy for the next 12 months!

No thanks Sony, Universal, Epic Records. You can keep your posters and TV commercials.

This is disruption personified.

Brands can get access to legions of buyers in one fell swoop. It means the record industry may have lost a major foothold they once had on their artists. I mean, even YouTube stars have millions of followers in social media.

Lesson Two: For all the money, time and effort that content marketers, growth hackers and other marketing and advertising professionals spend curating followings and struggling to convert likes, eyeballs, views into customers, this experiment could show that major influentials like celebrities still have tremendous pull.

There has been talk recently of many brands and companies abandoning celebrities for social media, bloggers and other less costly influencers.

So it will be interesting to see what Samsung’s numbers look like at the end of this all.

Lesson Three: This could be an “I told you so” moment for Jay-Z’s streaming company Tidal which has been languishing for a while now in irrelevancy land in terms of the streaming music market

Apple released its own streaming service and quickly amassed 10 million paid subscribers in 6 short months. That is a little under half of Spotify’s 25 million paid users which it took 8 years to accumulate. (Granted, it had to wade through industry, market trends and audience fickleness and affinity for “free”)

Still no one has mentioned Tidal in eons!

But here we go!!

This could be a game changer if this risk pays off.

Rihanna’s Navy of fanatical fans who call her their Queen, other less die-hard fans and the curious (like myself) just gave up our email addresses in order to get the album for free.

And by “free” I mean the opportunity to be marketed to by Tidal and whomever else they pass our email on to…in the near future.

The landing page after you cut and pasted the link from Rihanna’s Twitter and Instagram account had a convenient and attractive Call to Action offer: 60 Days Free!!

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It’s not the 3-months free Apple offered, but unlike with Apple, you don’t have to leave a credit card that you may fear will be auto deducted (like mine was) if you forget to opt-out of the full monthly service.

Tidal is learning about the nature of its youthful tightwad market.

Lure them in then get them hooked and retain a healthy portion of the auto-opt in users and finally start making a dent.

They should have done that in the first place.

Better late than never. We’ll be watching to see if this works out.

I like to root for the underdog, albeit a bunch of filthy rich underdogs, but still.

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UPDATED: 185 Black Women in Tech to Follow On Twitter

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After publishing my list and infographic of 161 Black women in tech to follow on Twitter last week, I’ve heard from various people who have suggested others.

I also realized that I totally forgot to include my Angels/Investors category altogether which featured a woman referenced much in the piece. Doh!

Therefore, I’ve updated it to include the following people. You can see the new Infographic featuring 185 Black Women on Twitter below this list.

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Arlan Hamilton  | @ArlanWasHere Twitter Bio: Investor/Managing Director at@Backstage_Cap, Tour Manager@janine_mixtape, Creator@ModernLWord | hella #lesbian | GeneralHospital foLYFE | Trillmore Girl™

 Kathryn Finney @KathrynFinney Twitter Bio: Founder/Speaker/Investor/Wifer/Mother.@digundiv@rewritethecode,#projectdiane@budgetfashion (sold). More info: 

Lauren Maillian @LaurenMaillian Twitter Bio: Author of The Path Redefined, mom to remarkable children, marketer, brand builder, founder of an award-winning wine brand at 19. Startup advisor and investor.

Rebecca Enonchong @africatechie Twitter Bio:  African Tech Entrepreneur. Founder & CEO@AppsTech and @IOSpaces. Boards:@ActivSpaces @ABANAngels @VC4Africa@African_Media @CameroonAngels@SalesforceOrg

Sarah Kunst @sarahkunst Twitter Bio: @prodayco founder. investor. philanthropist. @marieclaire contributing editor. kunstsar at gmail.


Sheena Allen | @whoisSheena Twitter Bio: Sheena Allen Apps [PicSlit. Dubblen. Orange Snap. TwtBooth. Words on Pics.] | InstaFunds | HouseBoxx | Partytell | ……… Somewhere Thinking

Margo Wright   |  @margowright  Twitter Bio: Doer committed to getting more students through college. Yenko Founder.

Mirta Desir  |  @MirtaDesir Twitter Bio: mom | kid language learning enthusiast | CEO @



Kisha Richardson |  @KishaRichardson Twitter Bio: Inner City kid turned Wall Street-er Turned Entrepreneur & Engineer Founder & Lead Engineer at cleanMe |@hackerschool Cohort[batch4] | Pizza & Whiskey Snob



Angelica Yarde  | @sevenality  Twitter Bio: Sevenality is a Brand Strategy and Consulting Agency located in Celebration, Florida. Our goal is to build sustainable communities, one business at a time.

Anjelica Dezel @AnjelicaDezel Twitter Bio: Web designer and luxe brand strategist. I help female entrepreneurs ditch the website shame and start attracting their dream clients!

Katrina Martin | @theKatrinaM Twitter Bio: I’m just here for the shits and giggles. Developer of Web things. Drinker of Adult Beverages. Lover of food.

Kimberly Marie Clements  @hernameiskim_ Twitter Bio: Visual Branding Strategist • I help women creative solopreneurs + stylish bloggers create crush-worthy brands that attract their ideal clients

Krystle Rowry @KrissDidIt Twitter Bio: I make websites for fab women. Graphic Designer | Natural Hair/Style Blogger | As seen in May 2012 |

Shae Weekes  | @afroniquely  Twitter Bio: I love Jesus! #NaturalHair & #Beautyblogger @texturedgirl, a#GraphicDesigner + #WebDesigner@FreshMedley and a #BLMGirl *Be#AfroniquelyU *


 Tinu Abayomi-Paul  |  @Tinu Twitte rBio:  I write. Black on all sides.@HotMommasProj Leadership Fellow. Was #wgbiz. Am #infj do #seo & you can’t knock my hustle.


Makeda Ricketts  | @MakedaRicketts Twitter Bio: :)


Aliah Davis McHenry | @AliahPR Twitter Bio: #PR #Social #Digital Strategist. Millennial Mom. @bamchenry‘s better ½. Speaker. Creator @thefervency @thegetfitdivaLover of travel, red lipstick & dancefloors

Christine K. St.Vil @MomsNCharge   Wife & Mom | | | | Co-Author | Follow me on for parenting & social media tips | Founder

S. LYNN COOPER  |  @sociallyahead Twitter Bio:  Social Media Strategist | Expertinial Marketing Consultant #Speaker | #PR | Contributor @madamenoire | #Tech#Entrepreneur feat @MSNBC@BlackEnterprise


Adepeju Jaiyeoba @pjlalah Twitter Bio: Founder of & Mother’s Delivery Kit Ventures| 2014 Fellow | Young Innovator

Briana M. Ford @brianamford  Writer. Reader. Nerd. Huey + Riley. The Allure. Founder of

Mariah Lichtenstern @lightedstar Twitter Bio:  Founder | SV Grad | Accelerated | Member | Finalist | Mafia | Bear |


Melanie Araujo | @melarauj0 Twitter Bio: I measure my success by the opportunities I create for others. Increasing diversity in tech through design w/ @joinfrontcenter.

Heather Faison | @HeatherFaison Twitter Bio: Girls advocate using tech to accelerate change. @googledevs @HowardU grad. Hella gay. DC  Oakland.

Idalin Bobé | @IdalinBobe  Twitter Bio: Find me at the intersection of tech + social justice. At #ThoughtWorksInvested in empowering communities. Past includes #BlackGirlsCODE#Supervalu #IUP

Nsenga Burton  |   @Ntellectual  Twitter Founder & EIC of award-winning news site @TheBurtonWire. Editor-at-large@TheRoot247 & @HuffPo. Media scholar, professor & writer shaping hearts & minds.


Christen Rochen  @DIVASANDDORKS Twitter Bio: Tech, Style & Beauty all in one! [Your Digital Lifestyle Expert] ‘Best In Blogs’-@BlackEnterprise ‘Top Women in Media’-@HelloBeautiful

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What These 7 Lessons Successful People Teach Their Kids About Money (INFOGRAPHIC)

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In this day and age, many children grow up without having a healthy respect for money, how it is earned, how to save, how to invest and grow and how to save. Many are privileged and receive whatever they want and don’t really think where the money came from to get them the things they have in life. It is our jobs as parents and caregivers to make sure our children develop a better understanding about money.

To be honest, a lot of us parents also aren’t that money savvy either but what if we could benefit from highly successful people and get privy to what they teach their children?

Here ya go! 7 Lessons Successful People Teach their Kids About Money!

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Yes We Tech: 161 Black Women in Tech to Follow on Twitter (INFOGRAPHIC/DOWNLOAD)

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Let’s start with some facts:

  • Less than 1 percent of all venture funding deals involved a Black-woman founded StartUp.
  • Fewer than 30 black female headed ventures have raised $100,00 in outside funding.
  • Only 3 Black woman-headed StartUp have ever received over $1Million in Venture Capital.  Not 3 Percent. Just THREE.
  • Per a suspected 2 percent conspiracy, while only 2 percent of the workers at Big Tech companies are black;  between 0-1 percent are Black Women.

The outlook of these stats from tech inclusion nonprofit Digital Undivided’s Project Diane’s  #RewriteTheCode campaign seems bleak.

Meanwhile, 87 percent of VC backed founders are White and 83 percent of all founding teams of these companies are all White.

However, there is another side of this story.

Despite not getting hired in large numbers at Tech firms or getting Angel or VC backing, Black Women are out there in the industry, have STEM degrees and are working in Tech and founding StartUps.

HBCUs, for example, graduate computer science, math, IT, engineer and other STEM majors annually, many of whom are women and many who apply for internships and jobs in the field. The argument about lack of CompSci degree cannot hold up all the way here.

There are a few things that need to bee addressed.

The tech industry, generally and especially, and those who work in it, must be less resistant to change.

As Digital Undivided’s founder Technologist Kathryn Finney wrote in a recent Medium post, no one wants to be told they are biased and forced to hire folks they don’t necessarily want to hire, mentor or consider.

Indeed, everyone would rather embrace the myth of meritocracy and ignore the impact of unconscious bias.

Unconscious Bias helps or hinders based on superficial factors that have nothing to do with a person’s abilities.

Things like one’s race, socioeconomic background, region of origin, ethnicity, access to capital and access to a wide network of powerful connections, wealth and being a member of the dominant gender, race and culture are all non-substantive factors that are perks to some but a hindrance to others.

Computer programmer Philip Guo said in an NPR interview last year that he knows he gets an advantage in hiring because people assume he is a tech whiz simply because of his race.

That is an “invisible checkmark” of being “qualified.”

That’s the winning side of unconscious bias.

A recent analysis by CB Insights found that all Asian StartUps (meaning all members of the StartUp are Asian) raise the most Venture Capital funds.  Ergo, when you look (physically) like the face of past success cases, those in power are easier convinced you will do well and more willing to invest.

Then there is the losing side of unconscious bias.

“I can count the experiences that I have had when I walk through the door at interviews etc, and I’m immediately dismissed,” one black male StartUp Founder replied to Finney’s Medium piece “My name ( can’t peg my ethnicity by it ) and resume get me in the door, but many times my complexion would [have] sealed my fate before I would even have a seat.”

Finney too explained to TechCrunch how she had to spend 30 minutes of a one hour meeting with a very popular VC explaining to him why she deserved to be there.

That is precious time a White or Asian-headed StartUp doesn’t have to waste. Examples like these bust up that myth of meritocracy.

*welp* It’s a tough pill to swallow.

Race is hard.

Combating gender disparity is easier.

Hence, as Ex-Googler Erica Joy penned in an insightful Medium post in October 2015, because race is hard, many companies have decided to focus their diversity efforts, conferences and seminars by narrowly defining “diversity”  to mean inclusion of White women.

*deep sigh*

That pesky dependency on “pattern matching” and word-of-mouth recruiting does us in.

The onus remains on those on the outside to get in and it’s darn near impossible when all the wheeling and dealing is done among those on the inside.


Well if the excuse is “we can’t find any”, how about we create a resource where we can be found? Eureka!

What better place to start than Twitter lists?!

I started with a list curated by Digital Undivided a few years ago, then I updated it, conducted some additional research and with the help of Software Engineer Ijeoma Nnaku, I came up with a list of 161 black women in tech with active Twitter accounts.

There are others and I plan to augment and update this infographic as I learn of more.

Why Twitter?

Twitter is a great go-to source because it is up-to-the-minute and active folks on that platform constantly share news, information, articles and events. Therefore, it is also a great starting point for anyone who is putting together a conference or compiling a tech list to start a search. Looking for a consultant or to diversify your team?

Start here!

My hope is that will could combat that usual excuse “we just can’t find any” to feature, place on our panel, include in our “top 20” lists, to interview, to hire, to consult etc etc.

I intend to update it annually and welcome any nominations for inclusions of anyone I missed.


I included all those referred to me and I researched who have current and active accounts on Twitter.  That was a major requirement. There is no use of following someone if they aren’t going to be contributing anything or engaging followers.


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This EMBEDDABLE INFOGRAPHIC IS AN ABBREVIATED VERSION OF THE LIST you can embed on your own website, or other platform.


BELOW this infographic is a more detailed list that includes their Twitter Bios and a hyperlink to take you directly to their Twitter pages so you can easily Follow or Add to a List.

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  1. Candace V. Mitchell | @candyVmitchell Twitter Bio: Co-founder/CEO of Myavana. Blending the worlds of technology + hair care. Going confidently in the direction of my dreams! Georgia Tech Alum | Visionary
  2. Jewel Burks | @jewelmelanie Twitter Bio: saved by grace • family enthusiast • founder of@Partpic• eir for diversity markets @Google •@howardu alumna
  3. Kaya Thomas | @kthomas901 Twitter Bio: ios developer. contributing writer@Techcrunch. made@WeReadTooApp.@code2040fellow. studying@dartmouth. summers at @mint/@intuit@timeinc.
  4. Maci Peterson |  @MaciPeterson Twitter Bio: Jesus is my #1. Because of Him, I can. Co-Founder of @OnSecondThought, the dope app that lets you take back texts. You’re welcome
  5. Sheena Allen  |  @whoisSheena Twitter Bio: Sheena Allen Apps [PicSlit. Dubblen. Orange Snap. TwtBooth. Words on Pics.] | InstaFunds | HouseBoxx | Partytell |
  6. Sian Morson |@xianamoy Twitter Bio: A runner who runs ‘tings ||@CastBeautyApp||@kollectivemobile || Preorder my #Sketch book 
  7. Tracy Young | @Tracy_Young Twitter Bio:


  1. A. Nelson-Hornstein  |  @ashleynh Twitter Bio: iOS Engineer@Dropbox. Conference Speaker. Blogger. Formerly Circa. Ex-Apple. Future Weightlifting Champ. Sports Lover. Dreamer. Doer.
  2. Bianca L. St.Louis| @beLaurie Twitter Bio: at @Pinterest | connector-world changer-follower of Jesus-social impact-tech-haitian-brunch aficionado|past: @a16z @CODE2040 @LinkedIn@StartupAmerica @HowardU
  3. Cordiva Raven |   @corvida Twitter Bio: Internationally known for speaking technology in plain English | Path: ATP, TED, Intel, ReadWrite, Chevrolet/GM, etc.
  4. Erica Baker|   @EricaJoy Twitter Bio: Ex Googler, Now Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. -Rumi | Building Stuff | luckiest wife of@aphyr
  5. Erin Teagu | @ErinTeague Twitter Bio: director of product @yahoo, formerly@twitter@harvard@harvardHBS,@umengineering & @eecsatmi alumna | working hard to make my ancestors smile!
  6. Mercedes Bent | @mercebent Twitter Bio: GM of University Partnerships @GA. Launched#Immersives#OppFund @GA. Formerly@GoldmanSachs @Harvard Always curious. I like nonsense. 
  7. Tara Walker | Tara@taraw Twitter Bio: AWS Technical Evangelist for Amazon. Previously a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft. Geek Girl changing d world 1 line of code @ a time. My tweets != employer
  8. 15.Window Snyder |  @window  Twitter Bio: Security Blah Blah Blah San Francisco •
  9. Yolanda M. Davis  |  @YolandaMDavis Twitter Bio:  Software Dev & Consultant. Loves God, Family, Friends, and All Things Dr. Who. Focused on helping to educate everyone looking to learn! And always a ToC’er ;).


17. Black Girls Code  | @BlackGirlsCode Twitter Bio: Our mission is to empower young women of color ages 7-17 to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders + creators.

18. Black Women Code  |  @BlackWOMENCode Twitter Bio: Grown Black women learning code/teaching code. Getting our afrifemCODEgenius on! Let’s #renderonetoanother! We learn. We teach. We empower. (And we laugh too!)

19. Kat Calvin |  @KatCalvinLA  Twitter Bio:  Founder of @michintraining and @dc_ye. Rolling the hard six. Insta: @katcalvindc Snap: @katcalvin

20. Khalia Braswell |   @KhaliaBraswell Twitter Bio: Founder of @INTechCampfor Girls. Digital Consultant. Public Speaker. Currently in Grad School. Formerly at Apple.

21. Kimberly Bryant |  @6Gems Twitter Bio: Founder @BlackGirlsCode~ White House Champion of Change ~ 2014 GOOD 100 / Find me here: …

22. Saron Yitbarek |  @saronyitbarek Twitter Bio: I wore a t-shirt to my wedding. Developer. Host of the @CodeNewbiesPodcast. Currently@MicrosoftNYWork hard and gaf.

23. Zakiya L. Harris | @zakiyalharris Twitter Bio:#ShapeShifter Co-founder hack the hood



  1. Ayori Selassie | @iAyori  Twitter Bio: Top 100 Women in Tech Speakers #SiliconValley40 under 40, Engineer, Speaker of Dreams, Doer of Dreams Spoken @pitchmixer @Boldforce@TechWomen @blkintechnology
  2. Cassie Cage |   @blackgurltech Twitter Bio:  UI Engineer. Nerd. Future Startup Founder and CEO. Lover of all things BMW. Genealogy Enthusiast. ΖΦΒ. Unapologetically Black.
  3. Charisma Achere Buxton |  @Afrohacker Twitter Bio: Product of God (c)33AD | #Cogito Ergo Sum| Excusemy #sarcasm | #Software #Engineer |#Hackathon | #womanInTech #WIT | #JanelleMonae
  4. Christina Morillo | @divinetechygirl Twitter Bio: Future CIO| IAM Security #InfoSec | Community Mgr@CodeNewbies | @VolunteerBGCNY | Half of@wocintechchat #WOCinTech | NOT a diversity expert | Still we rise
  5. Emmie Lewis-Briggman | @emmieglewis Twitter Bio: God First, Mommy of 5, Wife, Mobile/Technical Lead, CSM (Certified ScrumMaster), Geek Girl, Web Lover, Wanna Be Blogger, Grad Student, Computer Engineering Grad
  6. Jadore Janine | @janinehausif Twitter Bio: founder/former CEO of Around the Way app- now on maternity leave. Writer. Life Lessons. DIY. STEM. Meditation. Meanderings. Winning. Living the dream!
  7. Jennifer Shola |  @breakowt Twitter Bio: Jennifer Shola @breakowt Software Engineer. @walkercobrands // Former CODE2040 Fellow. Stanford Grad. I do some other cool stuff…
  8. Jepchumba | @digitalafrican Twitter Bio:   African Digital Artist | Curator & Digital Ambassador | Digital Girl | Designer | Pushing Digital Boundaries | African Digital Media & Art
  9. Kelley O. Williams | @MissKelleyOhh Twitter Bio: Nulli Secunda. Co-Creator of @paigeandpaxton #EarlySTEM, chef, marketer. My story: #STEMMake-a-thons: 
  10. LaToya Allen |@HashtagLaToya Twitter Bio: Ruby for @bigcartel. Co-organizer @ChicagoRuby. Let’s chat about #travel and #coworking here:@SheNomads. Work hard, be nice to people.
  11. Rasheeda M. Yehuza |@rasheedayehuza Twitter Bio:  mandela washington fellow, software engineering, technology, social entrepreneurship, nasaratech, motorcycling, development, freedom, music



  1. Carol Glenn | @dulcedemochi Twitter Bio: Founder at LexiCandy. Web Developer, Ed Reformer, Gamer, 日本語の学生
  2. Chantal Emmanuel | @ChantalEmmanuel Twitter Bio: Web Developer Red Clay Design | SF Director Women Who Code
  3. Davey Jones| @__DaveyJones Twitter Bio: Led by curiosity. Connector | Devout Burger-tarian | Client Engagement & Adoption @UserTesting | @Draper_U ’13 | @smithcollege ’10 #tech #UX
  4. Denise Jacobs | @denisejacobs Twitter Bio:Speaker + Author /Founder + Chief CreativityEvangelist @thecreativedose/Founder @RawkTheWeb /Instigator  /Book: 
  5. France L Jackson | @FranceLJackson Twitter Bio:  UF PhD Student.  Certified Engin. Apprentice and Fashionista. UX Design & Research. Tech Fashion. Wearables. #HCI #HumanFactors #UFHCC IG: @geekNchic
  6. Kristy Tillman| @KristyTTwitter Bio: Design Director @societygrownups Co-founder of@DETWaterProject Former @IDEO. FAMU Alum. Believes in the future. Making it up as I go.
  7. Maria D. Smith | @codegirl3 Twitter Bio: Geek, Co-Owner of Gigabyte Magazine Computer Science, Coding and Programming Major. Student. Front End Developer. UX / UI Designer. Science Enthusiast. Music Lover.
  8. LaShandra Henry | @sistasenseTwitter Bio: Web Designer and Mentor to Women Entreprenuers Online.
  9. Tiffany B. Brown | @webinistaTwitter Bio:Author of SitePoint’s CSS Master …. Freelance web developer. Mostly basketball tweets. #Knicks #Clippers


  1. Brittany  Davis Moris  | @brillianceblog Twitter Bio:  Style Blogger + Wife + Mom to a Poodle. Lover Tech & Web. Embrace Your Brilliance! Snapchat:brillianceblog Lets Connect:
  2. Marcia Wade Talbert| @TheTechGyrl Twitter Bio: Content Marketing Enthusiast. VP of Integrated Marketing @dgtlfactoryAlso follow my alter ego@newsgyrl
  3. Minka Wiggins | @Minkado Twitter Bio: Marketing consultant. Global explorer. Tech enthusiast. Music blogger. My life in the sunshine!



47. Candis Best |  @CandisBest Twitter Bio: Professor, Writer, Ed Tech Entrepreneur.

48. Dr. Abigail Joseph | @drabigailjoseph Twitter Bio: A technology educator, computer scientist, STEM

49. Felecia Hatcher | @FeleciaHatcher Twitter Bio: Entrepreneur|Author|Mom | White House 2014 Champion of Change} Co-Founder of@CodeFeverMiami & @blacktechweek & retired Chief Popsicle of @FeverishMiami|

50. Heather Hiles | @HeatherHiles Twitter Bio: All about self-actualization

51. Nicolette Omoile | @WellHelloTeach Twitter Bio: Habitual line-stepper | Teacher | is a refreshing blog that creates and curates K-2 Resources for Teachers and Parents.

52. Twanna A. Hines | Twanna A. Hines@funkybrownchick Twitter Bio: Award-winning educator with appearances on CNN, NPR, Sirius, and CBC. Internet addict. Teaches#SexEd. Loves #MUFC#DTSS. Speaks Dutch. FUNKY BROWN CHICK®

53. Vari Audrey | @Vari_Audrey Twitter Bio: Avid wanderer. Tech consultant. STEM education evangelist. MD of @p_stem. Book reader. Student of life. Child of God #STEM


54. Valisha Graves |  @valishagraves Twitter Bio: Cleveland native @SuffieldAcademy@Cornell@Columbia_Biz Alum @NYIFinance Wall Street Tech Product Manager Founder GoGelati FinTech & EdTech Cavs & Cowboys Fan


55. Sheila D Isbell | @sheilaisbell Twitter Bio: @GeorgiaTechComputer Scientist – Tech 4 Connected Community #Wellness#HealthIT,#Vaccines#ICT4D. Twt: #health kids tech women travels running happiness

56. Sekai Farai |  @SekaiFarai  Twitter Bio: anthropologist (studying startups). founder@hackchange (coding school). startup professional (cust. exp. + partnerships). catalyst (re-imagining civilization).

57. TinaShoulders |   @laidbackchick Twitter Bio:  Maker of stuff, babies, apps, designs, moves. Inspiring youth to make via @exposurecamp while working on a startup



58. Angela Benton | @ABenton Twitter Bio: Changing the status quo up: CEO’ing @NewMEAccel@BlackWeb20

59. Christian Anderson |  @cdanderson805 Twitter Bio: Co-Founder BuildUp Investment Banker. Nasdaq YEx Advisory Board Member. Director of IoT Startup Investment Portfolio. Venture Design. Tech. Art. Nonprofits. Traveler. Food Lover.

60. Kristina Omari | @kkomari Twitter Bio: Co-Founder BuildUp Accelerator

61. Laura Weidman Powers| @laurawp Twitter Bio: Co-Founder, CEO of @CODE2040. I like food, startups, yoga, and doing good. I have been to 38 countries. New Yorker in California.



62. Daphne Leroy | @DaphneLeroyTwitter Bio: Media, Marketing & Communications strategist | Native New Yorker | Heart is in Haiti | Opinions are my own

63. Dr Lisa T Richardson | @DrLisaWPTwitter Bio: Lover of tech, fashion, food, anime, k-dramas & travel. Digital strategist and #smallbiz champion. Chief RoadTripper @tumblroute.

64. Elizabeth Tarpley | @techmommiTwitter Bio: IT Innovator, Digital Strategist, Serial Entrepreneur and Mom extraordinaire- technology is my love; sharing technology with the world is my passion!#LiveTruth

65. Juliana Rotich | @afromusing Twitter Bio: Tech, Africa, Beyond. I advise companies like BASF + Ushahidi, iHub, BRCK. MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow 2012 Views – mine

66. Kenya Allmond (not that) | @kenya Twitter Bio: gadget girl, tech tamer, arts aficionada, #STEMsupporter, wanton wanderer, vivacious volunteer, photograph flaunter, lighthouse lover, nosy by nature FKA @koa

67. Lindsey C. Holmes | @lindseycholmesTwitter Bio:Digital/ Productivity Strategist – @MastodonMail@Evernote Expert ∙ Dev ∙ Author ∙ Tech Writer ∙ Activist ∙ ΔΣΘ — Yes, all of that.

68. Luvvie Ajayi | @iLuvvitTwitter Bio: Writer. @RedPumpProj Rocker. Social Media Fixer. Pop Culture Fiend. Branding Strategist. Jill of all Digi Trades, Master of Shoes! Also: @Luvvie

69. Shevonne Polastre | @shevonne_p Twitter Bio: Speaker. Patient Safety/Healthcare Advocate. Podcast Host. Blogger. Healthcare Influencer. Christian. Social Media Enthusiast. Stanford #MedX #epatient Advisor



70. Andrea Evans |  @EvansIPLaw Twitter Bio: Intellectual Property Attorney – Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law/ 2014 White House STEM Champion of Change



71.  Chakayla Taylor  | @chakaylajtaylor Twitter Bio: Help Women Create BOMB Online Brands! Crack the Code to Instagram Success: …

72.  Charryse Johnson  | @Cjthetechdiva Twitter Bio: Fearing, Wife, Mother of four sons, entrepreneur, philanthropist, sister, educator, Mrs. RSI Systems, Asthma advocate, STEM Advocate

73.  Dr. Renee Matthews | @AskDrRenee Twitter Bio: I am an MD, blogger, resource social media guru and at your disposal.

74. Ijeoma S. Nwatu  |  @ijeomasnwatu Twitter Bio: Then: @georgemasonu@cityyearphilly@agcofa @startupinst @StartupInstNYC@hzdg/@canvascowork Now: digital consultant (hire me). h/t matthew 5:5

75. Kris McDonald |  @ @LittleTechGirl Twitter Bio: Newlywed | Digital Lifestyle Expert | Travel | IT Professional | Social Media Consultant | Social Event Planner | Photographer | Mom to 2 sets of twins

76. Karen RogersRobinson| @SocialMMMDiva Twitter Bio: Super friendly Social Media geek| Blogger@SocialMediaWeek| Social Media Talk Radio Host| Social Digital Strategist| #qrcodes#socialdigitalstrategist

77. Lenora Houseworth| @daremebeautiful Twitter Bio: Digital/social media samurai. Truth dispenper. Multi-tasker. Multi-creative. Go-getter.

78. Luckie Daniels| @LuckieIsHappy Twitter Bio: Social Media Linguist. Blogger. Tweeter. Artist. Designer. GEEK. Strategist. PM Mobile Rock Star. Girl In Tech. Advocate. Mom ~ A Happy Go Luckie kinda gal!:-)

79. Mary Pryor  | @msmarypryor Twitter Bio: IG:UrbanSocialista Digital Social Fitness & Holistic Lover@digitalflash

80. Yolanda Spinx | @YoloSpinks Twitter Bio: Digital Brand Strategist. Content Curator. Social Media Marketer. PR pro. Motivator. Advocate for Women & Children of Color. Views my Own. RT ≠ Endorsement.



81. Anne Amuzu  |  @Ewoenam Twitter Bio: Software Entrepreneur, Child of God, co-founder @Nandimobile

82. Anissa Thompson  |  @anissat Twitter Bio: Adobe User Group Manager & Certified Trainer/Instructor • Developer • Speaker • Technologist • PTX • Believer in #Yeshua (Jesus). Fb/Tw/Li/Ig: Anissa

83. Bukky Adebayo  |   @bukkyadebayo Twitter Bio: Building great products.

84. Danie Banks@DanieHacks Twitter Bio: developer | @thoughtworks| loves social good and conscious hiphop

85. Elena Walom | @elenawalom Twitter Bio: My name is ኢለን. Developer. Creative. #Social#ImpactTech Founder & Executive Director@wocintech. Goddess. Reiki Master

86. Gloria KimBwala |   @gkimbwala Twitter Bio: Developer, Speaker, Mom. #codecamp and #womeng at @Square #womenintech #diversityintech #wocinTech #minorities

87. Jennifer Shola| @breakowt Twitter Bio: Software Engineer. @walkercobrands// Former CODE2040 Fellow. Stanford Grad. I do some other cool stuff…

88. Kamila Taylor | @MissKelleyOhh Twitter Bio: Nulli Secunda. Co-Creator of@paigeandpaxton#EarlySTEM, chef, marketer. My story: #STEMMake-a-thons: 

89. Kendall Byrd  |  @flylikeabyrd22 Twitter Bio: IMSA ’13. Swat ’17. @CODE2040 Fellow ’14. Prev: Jawbone, JPM. BMT and WCS member. Don’t just be good, be good for something. -Dr. McLaren. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

90. Nicole McIntyre| @NikkiAtRayvin Twitter Bio: Web Developer. Universal Music Group. Creative Thinker. Intellectual Athlete. Star Wars Fan. A world full of ignorant people is too dangerous a place to live in am. Living a life of purpose. Founder of @Kahnoodle. GM @Uber_DC


91.  AmaMarfo | @AmaMarfo Twitter Bio: Building @flyairfordable– Installment plans for Flights! | ΔΣΘ | Proud Ghanaian

92. Amanda Spann |  @amandaspann Twitter Bio: Technology Publicist, Co-Founder of @tiphubAfrica, Spirit Chaser in Charge at @AlchomyApp, Business Insider’s 30 under 30 Women in Tech

93.  Ashley G. Scott  |  @ashleygscott Twitter Bio: #MillennialFounder of @CurlyInCollegebiz inquiries:

94. Brit Fitzpatrick  | @BritFitzpatrick Twitter Bio: Interested in the future of learning + opportunity in the Education Economy. Founder+CEO@HeyMentorMe. Director@100GirlsofCode@HowardU girl.

95. Chanel E’bone   | @chanelebone Twitter Bio: @Myavanahair@MinuteWeave#cofounder & #ChemicalEngineer. My journey in #entrepreneurship &#motherhood. As seen in #Ebony#MSNBC #TheReal #Forbes

96. Chika Uwazie | @ChikaUwazie Twitter Bio:  @ Talentbase ~ HR software for growing enterprises

97. Cheryl Contee |  @ch3ryl Twitter Bio: geek + good = inspirational innovation – Co-Founder at &; #YesWeCode

98. Dr. Charlene Brown | @reciprocalldoc Twitter Bio: CoFounder & CEO of@ReciproCareAppPlanning Chair for ACPM Annual Mtg (#prevmed16). Alum @harvardmed#innovation #aginginplace #homecare

99. Ella Mbewe  |   @Ella_effe Twitter Bio: Wife |Co-founder@asikananetwork|ITU YIC Ambassador#ict4d enthusiast | I believe Passion plus inspiration leads to fulfillment…

100. Jennifer Daniels | @jentrification Twitter Bio: improving the internet’s property value. tech CEO . adjunct professor. made in .

101. Joycelyn Tate | @JoycelynTate Twitter Bio: Tech Startup Co-Founder • Technology Policy Advocate • Radio Host • Public Speaker • Interested In All Things Tech

102. Kellee James |  @Ksemaj Twitter Bio: Markets. Data. Organic & non-GMO agriculture. What else is there?

103. Kelechi Anyadiegwu |  @shopzuvaa Twitter Bio: is founder of Zuvaa, that delivers African fashion to the Diaspora.

104. Kiah Williams |  @kiahjw Twitter Bio: co-founder @sirum(tech getting rx meds to people who need them). Black. Korean. Philly jawn in the Bay Area. Stanford alum. Tweets are my own

105. Kendra Bracken-Fergu | @KendraBracken Twitter Bio: Innovator and Strategist, Ideas Curator, Business Architect, The BrainTrust Creator, Bicoastal Warrior. Co-Founder of @TheRealDBA#CarpeDiem

106. Laura Weidman Powers | @laurawp Twitter Bio: Co-Founder, CEO of @CODE2040. I like food, startups, yoga, and doing good. I have been to 38 countries. New Yorker in California.

107. Marlo Rencher | @marlorencher  Twitter Bio: Mom. Wife. Entrepreneur. Anthropologist. Co-Founder @snapsureco. Committed to diverse technology entrepreneurship.

108. Mary Farrow  |  @dr_startup Twitter Bio:

109. Maureen Erokwu | @MErokwu Twitter Bio: Founder at Vosmap • Inc’s 9 Awesome Black Women Tech Founders to Watch • White House LGBTQ Innovation Fellow •@lesbiantechAdvisor • Focus Fellow 14

110.  Melissa Hanna | @MelissaCHanna Twitter Bio: Founder of #mhealthfor new mothers. JD/MBA @DruckerSchool@SouthwesternLaw. Bahamian-American & Jewish.#startups #women

111. Morgan DeBaun | @MorganDeBaun Twitter Bio: Founder of @Blavity. Building community through technology. #blavity–

112. Nichelle McCall |  @Nichelle_McCall Twitter Bio:  #CEOof @BOLDGuidance#Tech#Entrepreneur#Speaker, Coach, Serial Social Enterprise Founder, Lover of Ice Cream, Fries, and my Godbabies

113. Nicole Sanchez |  @NicoleLSanchez Twitter Bio: Startup Founder. Refinery 29′s Most Powerful Women In NYC Tech Harvard Grad. Seen in Fast Company, Elle, Ebony, Essence, and Inc.

114. Rachel Brooks | @RachelABrooks Twitte Bio: Retail, eCommerce & manufacturing innovation. Founder of @CitizenMade. Retail innovation@ThoughtWorks.

115. Regina Agyare  |  @Ragyare Twitter Bio: CEO @SoronkoF@Techneedsgirls.Fellow at@Ashoka@WashFellowship,@AspenNewVoices,@Wetech_Global,@WEFGlobal Shaper,Featured@CNNAfricanstart@leaninorg

116. Regina Walton | @ReginaWalton Twitter Bio: Marketing Director at Pole to Win International. I organize @SFTech4Good. I’m a J.D. who chose travel over the bar. Former K-blogger, ExpatJane.

117. Riana Lynn  | @rianalynn Twitter Bio: Entrepreneur. @thefoodtrace,#foodlover, travel. Biologist & Techie. Google – Code2040 Entrepreneur in Residence. Feed the #Futur

118. Tara| @taraw Twitter Bio: AWS Technical Evangelist for Amazon. Previously a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft. Geek Girl changing d world 1 line of code @ a time. My tweets != employer

119 Zuhairah Scott| @Zuhairah Twitter Bio: My name means radiant light & at my best that is exactly what I


120. Aisha Satterwhite  |  @smarttechgirl Twitter Bio: Managing Director @BSD DC. Digital strategist harnessing tech for social change. Website whisperer. Project management evangelist. Local-Global. Views mine.

121. Meredith Hurston |  MHA  |  @meredithhurston Twitter Bio: Speaker. Patient Safety/Healthcare Advocate. Podcast Host. Blogger. Healthcare Influencer. Christian. Social Media Enthusiast. Stanford #MedX #epatient Advisor



122.  Adria Richards | @adriarichards Twitter Bio: Technology Instructor. DevOps Engineer. Hackathon Organizer. Empowering People Through Technology. #passthemi

123. Adrianne Burke@2Adrianne Twitter Bio: Down for the cause via technology, rhetoric, and/or carrier pigeons. Whatever it takes.

124. Audrey P. Jones  | @pennycoffee Twitter Bio: I’m a G(eek)!

125. B. Cole  |  @BespokeButch Twitter Bio: Practitioner of the impossible. Obsessed with innovation, life design, race and gender. Godfather to Brown Bois everywhere.

126.  Charryse Johnson  |  @Cjthetechdiva Twitter Bio: God Fearing, Wife, Mother of four sons, entrepreneur, philanthropist, sister, educator, Mrs. RSI Systems, Asthma advocate, STEM Advocate

127. Evelyn Namara @enamara Twitter Bio: Passionate about Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Women in Tech, Empowering Youth & EdTech. Acumen & IDEX fellow, Change Agent ABIE Award ’12, ISOC IGF Ambassador

128. Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt | @Jenebaspeaks Twitter Bio: Thinker| Attny| TechYaya; DC|WhiteHouseBlack BloggersSummit|@CisionTop50#ContentMarketing & Top50 RichMedia Influencer Cont:jenebaspeaks(at)gmail

129. Jumoke Dada | @jumokedada Twitter Bio: Believer. Social Entrepreneur. Technista@SignatureRED@ProjectALOE

130. Linda Anson | @mzanson Twitter Bio: Co founder of Vestracker AB, co founder and president of STEMbees organisation, an entrepreneur and an advocate of STEM

131. LisaLeid | @Digitalnista Twitter Bio: I blog for @innov8tivmag. Creator & Curator of@TechncolorI’m passionate about Social, Digital and all things Tech

132. Lucki Daniels  |  @MyLuckieGroove Twitter Bio: Non-sleeping Creative Spirit. Social Rebel & Eternal Do Gooder. Groove Seeker. Rockin’ my Emerging Media Program Manager’s cape via @LuckieIsHappy!:-)

133. Lynne d Johnson | @lynneluvah Twitter Bio: Digital Media Strategist tweeting & writing about diversity in tech, as well as media, marketing, Augmented Reality, apps & gadgets.

134. Marlo Rencher  | @marlorencher Twitter Bio: Mom. Wife. Entrepreneur. Anthropologist. Committed to diverse technology entrepreneurship.

135. Marieme Jamme | @mjamme Twitter Bio: CEO @Spot1Global– Tech & Education Activist Investing in Girls/Millennials via #STEM@YGLvoices2013 @africagathering – Founder of @jjiguenetech@Accur8Africa

136. Monique Woodard | @MoniqueWoodard Twitter Bio: Founder & ED @blackfounders | Product person. Building things for consumers, commerce, & cities. | Internet rules everything around me.

137. Nadia | @nalei Twitter Bio: Digital Strategist, operator of a Media Center in Africa. Holding a glass of bourbon, clutching a passport. Strategic accounts @hootsuite@invoke,@red.

138. Ritse Erumi | @RitseOnline Twitter Bio: Afrophile. Daughter of the #NigerDelta. Techie.#ICT4D#PhD Stud: #GlobalDev #InclusiveInnovation#DigitalGenderGap #SMEs #WomenEntrepreneurs // RTs != endrsmnt

139. Ruth Mesfun  |@ruthmesfun Twitter Bio: Co-Founder of @pocintech|@TeachForAmericaAlum |@FlatironSchoolCS Education Fellow | CS Teacher

140. Shireen Mitchell | @digitalsista Twitter Bio: speaker, founder, thought igniter in media, tech & politics; Investigator of the #UnusalSuspects~Geekette Grad ’84~

141. Stacy Brown-Philpot | @sbp04 Twitter Bio: ExGoogler, creator of Black Googler Network, now Hewlett-Packard Board member and TaskRabbig

142. Tierra Filhiol | @TierraFilhiol Twitter Bio Founder TALENT100. Champion for inclusive#tech, education equity.@umichalumna. Social #digital#advertising @doner_agency. Tweets are my own.

143. Tiffani Ashley Bell@tiffani Twitter Bio: Executive Director at @DETWaterProject. YC W15.@HowardUalumna. 2014 @CodeForAmericaFellow. Rails + iOS dev. Not for hire. Water is a human righ

144. Tiffany Crawford | @CREATEbyTiffany Twitter Bio: Founder and CEO, CREATE Leadership Institute,#womenleadersnetworkCultivating #confidence,#freedom, and #sisterhood in #leadership 


145. Allissa Richardson | @ProfAlliRich Twitter Bio: Passionate about #mobile#journalism. Harvard Nieman Fellow. Apple Distinguished Educator. Mobile Media Prof. @BowieStateU. Founder of MOJOPro. Wife + Mom!

146. Bretta Nitra | @bretta75 Twitter Bio: Entrepreneurship Professor – Creativity, Clean Tech, Innovation. Detroit Native. Organic Living. Foodie. World Traveler. Living God’s Life. Join my Journey!

147. Hadiyah Mujhid | @hadiyahdotme Twitter Bio: Software Engineer + Startup Aficionado. Co-founded@blackfoundersand sw agency Playpen Labs ( ). Teaches at @hackbright. UMES alum


148. Amber Jackson | @strivemg  Twitter Bio: Amber J. #TechDivaDips#FishBowlRadioNetwork  ITunes  Websites-Graphic Design

149. Jenna Wortham  |  @jennydeluxe Twitter Bio: Staff writer @ NYT Magazine; Bloop

150. Keisha Reed  |   @TechGirlTweets Twitter Bio: Tech wrangler | Doin’ it for the 99 and the 00′s. | #navigatethenoise

151. Shauna Stuart |  @ShaunaReporter Twitter Bio: Obsessed with where journalism meets community. Eye on the Caribbean & Africa. #Documentarypurveyor. Lover of@BlackGirlsCode. Janelle Monae disciple

152. Sherri Smith  |  @misssmith11 Twitter Bio: Tech and games journalist with a passion for good food and better drink. Got a tech or gaming question? I’m your woman

153. Stephanie Humphrey  |  @TechLifeSteph Twitter Bio: Tech-life expert on-air@fox29philly&@HuffPostLive | #Tech writer@EBONYmag | ask me about my signature #SocialMedia seminar for young people and parents!

154. Tori | @LovinTori Twitter Bio: @GlassesNGlitter #Tech-geek by day…an addict of#shoes#fashion, and #technology in general by night (or while on break at work!!). #BLMGirl


155. Dr. Nicol Turner Lee  |  @drturnerlee Twitter bio: tech guru, social scientist, social entrepreneur, innovator and change agent

156. Erin Horne McKinney |  @erinhmckinney Twitter bio: tech policy guru, communications scientist, entrepreneur, visionary, what-if specialist, and game changer! You may not recognize me without my cape!

157. Joycelyn James | @jfjamesesq Twitter bio: Advocate for diversity & inclusion in all things media, tech & STEM related. Enjoys a good policy debate. RT not endorsement. Proud Howard Bison.

158. Kristal High Taylor | @KristalHigh Twitter bio: Advocate. Momtrepreneur. Telecom. Tech. Economic Development. Civic Engagement #BWYP [Insert preferred disclaimer here]

159. Ory Okolloh Mwangi | @kenyanpundit Twitter Bio: Mama of 3 girls who will run the world, Omidyar Network Africa, ex-Google Policy Manager Africa, co-founder Ushahidi & Mzalendo, Time 100, Kenyan patriot.

160. Tatiana King Jones | @TatianaKing Twitter Bio: Grand Duchess of Tech™. @FanBrosShowHost/ EIC. Black Russian. @HowardUAlumna. Atypical Nerd. WizardFromTheMoon.


161. Alexandria Spiva@alexandriaspiva Tech Recruiter. Silicon Valley. For the people. In another life, I’d be a pastry chef. In this life, I have no skills. Your job: Inform me. Tweet me. Link me.



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For 2016, Two New Developments for YouTube & Other Video Content Creators and Marketers to Know (PODCAST)


Happy New Year!! Are you ready to conquer 2016?! I am!

Okay, go into the new year aware of a couple of new developments related to video content!

These developments happened at the last quarter of 2015, but not a lot of people are aware or cognizant about how these changes will affect their ability to market their content and make it go viral!

First, the best platform for promoting your content to go viral has changed, and I have a new position about video scrapers and whether they hurt or help copyright holders or not.

The second development regards music in YouTube videos and NEW rights to use copyrighted music in your YouTube, Vimeo and other videos without getting penalized or a strike by YouTube!

Listen! This is a little longer than my typical 10 minutes or less videos, but I figure since I’m cramming two topics into one podcast, then it’s okay. (smile)

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Star Wars Characters will Teach Your Kid How to Code Using This FREE Online Game

COMPUTER SCIENCE MAY be critical to careers of the future, but kids today don’t much care about it. For the most part, they still need convincing that coding is cool.

A new partnership between and Lucasfilm should help.

Recently, as part of its annual Hour of Code event, launched a free online tutorial that prompts kids to build their own games, based on characters in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars heroines Princess Leia and Rey, a character from the new film, will lead students through the lessons, where they’ll learn to write code to design their own games featuring characters like R2-D2 and C-3PO.

“One of the most important things for us is to make computer science more popular, to broaden participation and get students of all ages and all backgrounds to give it a shot,” says Hadi Partovi, who founded So far at least, has been successful in achieving that goal. Of the 5 million students currently registered on, around 2 million are girls and around 2 million are black or Hispanic.

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If We’re Undoing Affirmative Action, Can we Undo Unconsious Bias Too?


Like many people, I too couldn’t believe my eyes reading the comments Justice Antonin Scalia made during oral arguments in the Fisher v. Texas case this week,  suggesting that black students should not be admitted to “advanced” schools but “less advanced” or “slower track” schools and wrongly exclaiming that black scientists don’t go to advanced schools like University of Texas. (tell that to UT graduate Neil deGrasse Tyson)

It’s shocking that a sitting U.S. Supreme Court could utter such racist things from the Bench. There was no legal value to the statements and they went beyond the scope of his duty while hearing arguments.

Many people kind of already suspected he held racist thoughts and ideals based on his past opinions, so these inflammatory statements were just confirmation to some.

But I’m not going to address that here.

I would like to challenge all those who want to see an end Affirmative Action.

If we are to do away with all perceived application of race in the college and work setting, then we should eliminate all unearned benefits explicit and implicit, in fact and in effect.

Understandably, many won’t be as easy to dismantle as through a series of court cases because they are so ingrained in the fiber of our society and history.

First, Affirmative Action is not quotas.

Title VII of the  Civil Rights Act expressly forbids quotas and  states that it is unlawful to make a hiring decision based on  race or gender.

Affirmative Action is more nuanced and has been instituted, traditionally, to make up for past injustices and bias, and for ongoing unequal education in America’s public school systems where White students, generally, are afforded more access to quality schools and education than Black and Hispanic students, generally.

Despite its purpose to redress past wrongs against Black Americans, the majority of beneficiaries of Affirmative Action programs has been White Women; and some argue students of recent African or Caribbean heritage whose immediate ancestors were not subjected to Jim Crow, Slavery, or any other historical injustice that Affirmative Action is created to redress.

In college admissions, Affirmative Action plans utilize various tactics to ensure a racially diverse student body. (like the University of Texas’ Top 10 Percent from all Schools in the state auto-admit policy)

However, as in the Texas case and in many schools around the country, race is but ONE factor out of many that is taken into consideration.

If we are going to be nixing the race factor because it is explicit, we should also do away with factors that have the effect of excluding Blacks and Hispanics

  • A “Daughters of the American Revolution War” scholarship that is administered through a school will most likely always be awarded to a White student.
  • Any points given to local residents of a town that is 98% White will benefit mainly White applicants.
  • Points given to legacy applicants whose parents attended the school will often benefit White applicants in schools with little racial diversity historically.
  • Consideration given to family of wealthy donors when most donors have been White.

All of these factors are based on things that have nothing to do with an applicant’s test scores, grades or other qualifications, yet because they do not explicitly mention race, despite the fact the effect/impact is race-based, then no-one raises a stink about them.

Also, what do we do about unconscious bias in the workplace that usually benefits white and Asians to the detriment of blacks, Hispanics and in some instances women?

It’s those deep seated stereotypes, preconceived notions and subconscious personal biases to favor someone from your background, gender, race and culture over those not.

And they work against minorities many times.

My husband, for example, was once not given a job because the last black person in the position he was looking to get was late all the time.  An insider at the job leaked that information to him.

Although he was amply qualified, race-based bias did him in. 

Not hiring a woman in a supervisor position because one may not think males on the staff would respect a woman supervisor is bias that isn’t spoken but exists and impacts decision-makers in hiring many times. 

We all have them but when the majority of people in power positions are from one race or culture, that sometimes explain imbalance in fields where there is ample qualified applicants of all race, yet the workplace remains monolithic.

People hire people who look like them.

Side note: Everyone should watch this superb Google Ventures presentation which breaks down Unconscious bias perfectly.

It’s the type of bias that benefits an Asian male who knows that before opening his mouth, if he is going in for a tech job, the interviewer will use his preconceived notions about Asians and math and science generally to subconsciously assign one invisible check mark in their column.

That is unearned advantage based not on skill, background, test scores or grades.

Sure, take back Affirmative Action but give up the privilege of being on the winning side of unconscious bias too.


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Judge: ISP loses Safe ‘Harbor Protection’ for Not Dropping Repeat Copyright Infringing Customer

A ruling in a federal copyright infringement case may help out my problem with an out-of-control content pirate that has been a MAJOR thorn in my side.


A little while ago, I discovered that there was a Blogspot blogger who was taking the full RSS (automated content syndication) feed of one of my most popular blogs and posting them as her own on her blog.

From October 2013 to July 2014, this content thief posted each and every single one of my blog posts onto her blog verbatim. By the time, I had switched my feed because I switched servers temporarily, she had cribbed 877 posts!


Google‘s Crawlers penalize duplicate content and not only is this Blogger suppressing my SEO by having dupes of my content on her blog, but the miscreant also also invites her readers to copy the articles and link back to her.

Talk about snake in the grass.!

She is getting link banks from my content! Ugh!

How infuriating!

Because Google’s Blogger was the host, I filed a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) “take down” notice for one of the blog posts and mentioned in my complaint that the blogger was so egregious and flagrant a copyright infringer her entire blog should be taken down.

I got a reply back informing me that Google had taken down that one post. Just. one?

*slow bink*

Instead of taking down the entire blog, Google requires me to file a DMCA a form for each infringement! Seriously.

After doing 5, I added another note to my complaint pointing out Google’s policy on its Copyright page:

Anytime Blogger is properly notified that a blog or any part of a blog on our site infringes the copyrights of a third party, we will take it down from the site as required by law. If you believe that a blog infringes your copyright, please send us a copyright notice and we’ll take it down. If you believe we’ve removed content from your blog in error and that you are the copyright owner or have permission, you can file a counter notice and let us know. Accounts determined to be repeat infringers may be subject to termination.

Our current repeat infringer policy counts strikes by 24-hour periods. For example, if 5 blog posts were removed under the DMCA today, those removals would count as 1 strike. If 3 more posts were removed on the following day, those would count as 1 additional strike, totaling 2 strikes against that blogger’s account. Multiple strikes will be evaluated and may result in further remedial action, including deletion of the blog and/or terminating the account.

I’ve made multiple complaints that should strike as “multiple strikes” yet, close to a year after discovering this infringer, the blog remains up.

The blogger continues to make any money from ads on her copycat blog and consequently Google, which owns AdSense also makes money.

It is in Google/Blogger’s interest to not take down this blog and it could be earning revenue from this outrageous content thief.

The blog is still up. Has been up for 3 years now.

I got some good news last week.

There is a case, launched last November 2014,  BMG v. COX, but currently being litigated where BMG is asking a court to hold Cox as an ISP (Internet Service Provider) liable for repeat torrent downloaders that infringe the rights of many BMG artists.

Cox was banking on getting the protection of the “safe harbor’ provision of the Copyright Act, Section 512(b). It eliminates the platform such as an ISP or content service provider like YouTube from being on the hook for copyright violations perpetrated by their customers or users.

The case is just underway but the judge made an interim ruling saying that Cox loses its safe harbor protection once it was on notice that the customer was a repeat offender.

The UK Register did a good synopsis of what the judge’s order means:

By ignoring the repeat infringement notifications and refusing to terminate internet access for repeat infringers, Cox has made an affirmative decision to contribute to known copyright infringement and to continue reaping the substantial financial benefits in the form of subscription fees and fees for higher bandwidth. Cox’s conduct renders it ineligible for safe harbor immunity from copyright liability under the DMCA.

We don’t know whether this is what persuaded Judge O’Grady to strip Cox of Safe Harbour liability protections, but something did. The law is clear enough: if an ISP has no for provision for dealing with repeat offenders, then it’s at risk of losing Safe Harbour.

Here, the judge recognizes that the provider of the platform/means that a violator uses to carryout its content theft could also be benefiting by not removing the content.

This judge adds a push back from the wins content creators got in The Dancing Baby case which could be used to temper DMCA complaints

I also learned that I can ask for file multiple URLs to be taken down. (They did it for me recently for a chunk of the URLs)

So when I do my next mass “Take down” request, I can point out this judge’s decision and hopefully, Google will take note and finally remove this blog altogether.

I hope so.

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