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Google, Memes, and Struggle: Google Gives $1 Million Grant to Non- Profit That Helps Black Boys Get Into Tech Industry @balleralert TEMe Google Google Google IORS WARRIORS le RGoogle Google DERS WARRIORS asgle Google Gives $1 Million Grant to Non-Profit That Helps Black Boys Get Into Tech Industry - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Oct. 27, Google announced they will be giving a $1 million grant to TheHiddenGeniusProject, an organization that pushes for the representation of young black males in the tech industry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Oakland-based company provides mentorship for black boys and supplies them with the knowledge and experience to change the way society sees scientists. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The tech giant's donation will aid The Hidden Genius Project with expanding to outside cities, training staff members and motivating more youth to take on jobs in technology-based fields. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ San Francisco Google.org principal, Justin Steele, became intrigued by the non-profit when they competed in the 2015 Google Impact Challenge, in which they were finalists. The organization won $500,000 from the challenge and has since gained more than 1,700 new Bay Area students through their mentorship, boot camp program and workshops. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “This work builds on over $35 million in Google.org grants focused on providing opportunities for underrepresented students to become pioneers of technology, and we’re excited to see how The Hidden Genius Project uses this new grant,” Steele wrote. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Google is one of the several tech companies that struggle with diversity amongst their employees. Its last diversity report from June showed that there is only 1 percent of black tech workers with the company, and only 2 percent overall in the U.S. workforce.

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Tumblr, Summer, and Black: black-boys: Sol Goss by Blommers Schumm | Arena HOMME+ Summer/Autumn 2016Styling by Tom Guinness

black-boys: Sol Goss by Blommers Schumm | Arena HOMME+ Summer/Autumn 2016Styling by Tom Guinness

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Black Lives Matter, cnn.com, and Future: These South Bronx fourth grade boys are talking about race and Black Lives Matter through theater Art stays imitating life! Success Academy Bronx 2 teacher Sentell Harper has created the spoken-word production entitled Alternative Names for Black Boys featuring boys in his fourth grade class as performers, CNN reports. During the production, six black boys wearing gray hoodies line up and ask the poignant question, “Do you see me?” and repeat it several times. With hoods on their heads, they recite the names of black youth and men killed in police brutality incidents, “Freddie … Michael … Philando … Tamir,” they say. “Eric … Alton … Trayvon … Jordan.” “I got my group of boys together, and I said, ‘Today we’re gonna talk about race,'” Harper said.“And they had so much to say. They started telling me stories about their fathers and their brothers, and about dealing with racism — things that I never knew that these young boys went through.” Harper, who is a black actor and playwright, was inspired by the Danez Smith poem “Alternative Names for Black Boys," and created the five-part performance of the same name. Besides the recitation of names, Harper's production includes Tupac Shakur’s famous poem, “Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?,” snippets from Langston Hughes’ “Popular Tree” and a monologue addressing future issues of young black boys. “With the killings of black men and boys being in the media, it was really just scary in my world,” Harper said. “I thought about the boys I was teaching … society won’t see them like I see them. Society will only see them as black men.” The production has clearly had a significant impact on the young boys, who unfortunately have to navigate a world where the police see them as a target. “When I do this piece, I’m, like, proving everybody wrong, that I could get an education, and I could go somewhere in my life,” performer Tysean Wheeler said. “We want to prove people wrong about what black men and boys can do, because we might be the future men [that] would [or] could get shot or killed,” another performer Gregory Hannah, added. Harper did initially worry about the subject being too heavy for such young boys, but has experienced an “amazing” response, notably from the performers’

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