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Erika Alexander Launches Media Platform

Erika Alexander Launches Media Platform

Actress Erika Alexander is using Civil -- the blockchain-based journalism platform -- to make journalism more inclusive. The platform is adding a new site to its mix called The Blackness which will publish long-form multimedia stories that focus on underrepresented communities of color -- stories of marginalized groups, what they’re doing, and what’s been done to them. The endeavor was built in conjunction with Color Farm Media, a media company and venture studio that launched last year with the aim of developing and producing content that brings greater diversity to the media landscape. Alexander and her Color Farm co-founder Ben Arnon, a media technologist and entrepreneur, are in the process of forging partnerships with a number of journalistic organizations that can help produce content for The Blackness, including groups like the National Association for Black Journalists, along with several HBCUs. “It’s like a Vice, but for those communities,” Alexander said. Stories and journalists will be distributed and happen at a local level, which will then move up the newsroom’s chain to ultimately make it on the site. More here.

Google Expands Google West Program for Students from HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions 

Google Expands Google West Program for Students from HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions 

Andrew Gillum Set to Debate Opponent in FL Gubernatorial Race

Andrew Gillum Set to Debate Opponent in FL Gubernatorial Race