Any faithful viewers of Donald Glover’s Emmy-award-winning TV show Atlanta know that the titular city was built on, and continues to be fueled by the contributions of African Americans. From politics to infrastructure, to music and food, Atlanta is Black and proud, and that pride can now extend to a new industry: Technology. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution recently explored the statistical increase in African American participation in the Atlanta tech industry. If this upward trend continues, it seems Atlanta will be well-positioned to become the Black Silicon Valley during the coming decades, or even sooner.

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If you do not believe in the law of attraction, producer-director Matthew Cherry might make you reconsider. If manifesting your dreams was a person then it would be him. In 2012, Cherry tweeted that one day he would win an Oscar. In 2020 that became a reality when he and co-producer Karen Rupert Toliver took home an Oscar award for their film “Hair Love,” a sweet and heartwarming animated short film about an African-American father and his first time doing his daughter’s hair.

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Keep an eye out for 95th Street Tacos at the next Atlanta food festival you attend - they may or may not be in attendance. As the gig economy enjoys an American renaissance, this taco stand has adopted a business model that allows flexibility. They’re a traveling small business that you might see in Buckhead one weekend and Sweet Auburn the next. Meet Tracee and Demayne Ginyard, a married couple and the co-owners of 95th Street Tacos.

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Displaying the glow of black and brown women...

I have never seen a 12-month calendar that only contains black, positive faces. But, there are annual calendars for sale in stores like Walmart and Target filled with the “perfect photos.” You know a Caucasian mom and dad, a son, a daughter, and a little dog—huddled together, cheesing hard behind a white picket fence. These types of calendars have been around for as long as I can remember, with primarily white families as the focal point, supposedly displaying a perfect life and the “American Dream.”
But now in 2020, it’s a different day. And, I’m proud to say my desk calendar displays an “African-American Woman’s Dream,” which can be found in the Glow Photo series 2020 calendar. It’s filled with candid shots of African-American women of beautiful brown shades, and all different shapes, and sizes.

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