Black Tech & Innovation (Call & Response, Ep. 8)

Date: 2020-06-24 20:53:04

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Today’s discussion will cover Black Tech & Innovation. With special guests Baratunde Thurston (Writer, Activist, Comedian, and Commentator), Van Lathan (Reporter & Podcast Host “Higher Learning” on The Ringer), and Morgan DeBaun (CEO & Founder Blavity Inc.).

Today would have been Tamir Rice’s 18th birthday (Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle)
Baratunde Thurston talks about growing up in a Black family with a computer and how his tech skills made him a huge resource in his community but didn’t help his dating life
Why everything we care about should (and will) eventually be mediated by technology, and how technology to solve real problems and change who benefits (Baratunde Thurston)
How COVID-19 is forcing innovation that will stick after quarantine (Baratunde Thurston)
Why the popularization of #Karen and #LivingWhileBlack videos are a sign of progress (Baratunde Thurston)
The importance and uniqueness of this moment in the history of racism (Baratunde Thurston)
Van Lathn discusses how quarantine has affected his mental heath
Why Van Lathan examines “The Wire” in his podcast “The Red Pill” and the problems he encountered while working at TMZ
How social entrepreneurship can bring a collective mentality to capitalism and utilize it for good (Van Lathan)
The origins “Black Gravity” and the importance of carving out space for Black ownership in the tech industry (Morgan DeBaun)
Morgan DeBaun explains why she started the AfroTech Conference & how it is connecting Black people in the tech industry
The future of Blavity and the advice that she passes down to younger people (Morgan DeBaun)
How business growth is possible without corporate greed (Morgan DeBaun)

Call & Response is a new show designed to respond to the changes and activism of our time. Each day, Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle will invite their favorite Black creators — activists, comedians, musicians, actors, visual artists, and more — to riff on current events, discuss the present momentum, and speak about their work and struggles.

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