before watching the CNN Black in America 4 program i was very excited. there was a buzz in the air and i had to hold myself back from reading all the controversial articles that had already been written from the previous screenings. i was invited to go to a screening in the city but im not currently up at school. my mom went in my place and had a great time. i was glad because now my mom now has a better understanding of the space i’m working in. i hope she also made some good connections that she can continue to network with.
i had my browser on cnn all afternoon *geek moment*. i was bubbling over with excitement. as we walked arm-in-arm i practically dragged my gf through campus. so, aside from the “Arrington moment” (which had me literally jumping up and down on the couch) throughout the show, i was beaming and taking notes.
it just felt so good to see educated, driven poc on screen. i fell in love with my passion a year ago but watching this special really reminded me why i love what i do. it really inspired me. i’ve been following most of the cast mates on twitter for a few months now and it was very exciting to see them on screen. (here’s my twitter list with all the cast mates.) seeing tiffani and angela was especially powerful as a women of color in this industry.
some things that resonated with me:
- “it’s all about who you know” – of course networking is key. that’s why it’s so important that we have investors that care about the diversity of the industry
- “always be ready to pitch” – it was funny when i saw this because i had to give a 90 sec pitch for my ‘big idea’ in one of my classes that week. you never know who’s listening so always be ready
- “we need everyone” – mitch kapor talked about if we are to be a global leader in the industry, we need everyone’s involvment. i think for most people, they don’t understand how important this is
- “you dont help each other… there’s a problem here, we’ll fix it ourselves.” – i think everyone was a little sensitive to his words. the indian community is very self-efficient and there’s definitely something there to emulate
- “walking while black” – it was so unfortunate that such a thriving city is so white that a black man walking down the street attracts police attention. i think i’ll stick on the east coast for now.
this show was so important. i dont know if the rest of america even noticed but hopefully somewhere out there, someone was moved to actually do something about it. i know i was.
anyway, so in case u didnt get it off of one of the eightyfivebillion other tech sites you read, here’s the cast:
angela benton, 30
A. Benton About Me Page
wayne sutton, 36
pius uzamere, 28
tiffani bell, 26
crisson jno-charles, 27
Crisson Jno-Charles Personal Blog
anthony frazier, 25
Anthony Frazier Personal Blog
hank williams, 46
Hank William’s Personal Blog
hajj flemings, 39
Blog at Hajj Flemings.com
The other members of the 2011 NewME Accelerator class (not mentioned in the CNN special) were:
david adewumi – OneSchool.com
David Adewumi’s About Me Page
chris bennett – Central.ly
Chris Bennett’s About Me Page
curtiss pope – Aislefinder.com
Curtiss Pope’s Personal blog
Check them out, hit them up and network. This list is a starting ground to people that are active in the community and want what we all want, diversity and economic uplift. today is a new day, let’s start now.