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Black In America: Why Black Media Needs to Succeed In Digital to Accelerate Innovation

6 Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 14:40:01 (EST)

African Americans Are Trendsetters

We have always been trendsetters whether it's fashion, gadgets, music, or businesses African Americans have been pioneers in most cases. As I think about my early days growing up I realize that it was because of black media that I always known how we impacted the...

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Entrepenuership Should Not Be Limited By Color Or Access In The Wireless Age

Posted October 28, 2011 | 15:42:25 (EST)

To the small business owner, particularly for first time entrepreneurs, the potential for wireless technologies to amplify and improve one's business cannot be understated. Best of all, in an age where wireless services and devices are beginning to rule the day, entrepreneurship can finally become color blind.

As barriers...

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A Tale of Two Job Markets: Black America and Silicon Valley

Posted August 25, 2011 | 14:43:06 (EST)

If you see the news today you should know that that we are still in the midst of an unemployment crisis. Even though things have improved since the height of the recent recession, unemployment levels still are at an all time high. The areas that appear to be the hardest...

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Don't Let Policy Delay the Digital Dream

Posted June 2, 2011 | 19:53:57 (EST)

As a long-time digital entrepreneur and current CTO of InteractiveOne, I could tell you exactly how access to technology and mobile broadband has affected my life. Throughout my career, having access to technology has molded my personal and professional life by giving access to opportunities that were not available to...

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The Empowering Feeling of Creating a Start-Up Should Be Experienced by More of Us

Posted May 10, 2011 | 10:10:32 (EST)

I talk a lot about Internet start-ups. Not just because they are cool and exciting in mainstream way due to the movie The Social Network but more because of the power of the process. Being able to create something and sometimes quickly be able to have it have an effect...

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Broadband for Everyone, But at What Cost?

Posted May 4, 2011 | 16:21:12 (EST)

As a technologist and Internet entrepreneur, I often find myself talking about the potential social and economic outcomes that are made possible with increased broadband access, adoption and use, especially when that access is by low-income people, the underserved and minorities.

At root, I firmly believe that the Internet...

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AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Will Not Hurt Poor, Misinformation from People like Malkia Cyril Will

Posted May 3, 2011 | 16:45:58 (EST)

Recently, Malkia Cyril wrote a post on Politico.com titled "AT&T/TMobile Merger Hurts Poor." I'm glad that it was called an opinion piece because I could not find much fact in it. The piece talks about how low income communities and people of color rely heavily on wireless access....

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Blames iPad for Unemployment But We Shoud Blame Him for Mixed Messaging

Posted April 19, 2011 | 13:54:21 (EST)

Recently Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. took to the House floor to discuss one of the major causes of unemployment, the iPad. He made claims that the device almost single handedly caused the demise of newspaper industry, college textbook manufacturing and the Borders bookstore chain.

"A few short weeks...

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AT&T, T-Mobile Deal Brings Us Closer To A Connected Future

Posted March 23, 2011 | 20:55:47 (EST)

The recent announcement of AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile from German Deutche Telekom should come as welcome news to entrepreneurs and small business owners across the country. If approved, this union will increase access to 4G LTE networks to 95 percent of the nation -- meaning that real high-speed Internet...

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Winning the Future With Wireless

Posted March 14, 2011 | 09:11:13 (EST)

There seems to be a growing recognition among policymakers that wireless services and
devices are key to "winning the future." In his 2011 State of the Union address, President
Obama outlined his vision for ensuring universal access to high-speed Internet via wireless
networks. Since then, he's been...

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The Internet Removes Barriers Between Us and Celebrities and Empowers Us to Have Our Voices Be Heard

Posted March 14, 2011 | 08:25:05 (EST)

Everyone everywhere has witnessed the public meltdown of Charlie Sheen, whether we want to or not. And whether you're entertained by or disgusted by it, there is no question that you feel like you're a part of it. While we have all read a Star or OK magazine from time...

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This Year's SXSW Conference Shows That Mobile Is the Future

Posted March 10, 2011 | 09:18:58 (EST)

The South By Southwest festival in Austin Texas has become the Launchpad for startups over the last few years with it's unique ability to take a company from unknown to the next hot thing over the course of a few days.

With its multitude of events spread out across...

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Minorities Like Me, The Minority-Led Startup Gap and What It Means for Our Future

Posted February 17, 2011 | 13:07:25 (EST)

For the past two years I've been spreading the message that people of color are missing out on the technology startup revolution. In an era where companies can be founded and within a few years can surpass the market-caps of companies that have been in existence for decades, and companies...

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Are We Ready to Respond to the President's Call for Innovation and Universal Access?

Posted January 31, 2011 | 07:18:37 (EST)

Last week the president delivered what some are calling the most tech heavy SOTU address in history. He called for a stronger focus on innovation and technology education as well a renewed focus on start-ups and small businesses looking to make advancements in technology. The white house is actually unveiling...

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A Few Points to Think About Before You Grab a Verizon iPhone

Posted January 13, 2011 | 12:06:18 (EST)

First of all I have to admit to all of you that I love my iPhone. I can honestly say that there is not a thing that I've tried to do in my professional and personal life that I have not been able to find an app to make it...

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Will Mobile Supply Meet Minority Mobile Demand in 2011?

Posted January 6, 2011 | 13:20:44 (EST)

With all the challenges minorities face in this country with broadband adoption, we still outpace other demographics when it comes to adoption in the mobile space. There are numerous reasons for this, from portability and lack of computer ownership to the multitude of options from major carriers to prepay services...

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An Open Letter to James Rucker

Posted December 8, 2010 | 23:15:53 (EST)

I had several initial reactions to your piece but I knew that others would have knee-jerk, emotional reactions as people often do, and that type of reaction normally fuels these policy debates, but we never really get to real facts. Your article really only brings two feelings for...

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When Adoption is the Goal, Compromise Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Posted December 2, 2010 | 17:18:26 (EST)

After months of heated debate, intense partisan jockeying, goo-gobs of rhetoric being spun left and right and an exhaustive litany of hearings, comments and ex parte filings, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski finally announced that the Commission will, in fact, be voting on net neutrality rules during its December 21 meeting....

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Black Friday Gave Us a Glimpse of What the Digital Underclass Might Look like

Posted November 30, 2010 | 11:26:20 (EST)

We have a tradition in our house. Every year my wife and I go out early on Black Friday just to say we were in the mix. We rarely buy anything but we always have stories to tell about what we see and what people are willing to do to...

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Digital Nation: Progress in the Making, but Still a Long Way to Go

Posted November 18, 2010 | 12:35:11 (EST)

A recent report by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration confirmed what many of us have known and been talking about all year -- we've made tremendous strides over the past ten years toward increasing home broadband adoption, but we've still got a long ways yet to...

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