The Plug

By Hadriana Lowenkron | The Plug From Black Lives Matter and police brutality, to COVID-19 and racial disparities in public health, millions of people took to the streets last summer to protest injustice. For many Americans, however, their words and posters do not match their financial investments — a disconnect two organizations are attempting to [...]

By Monica Melton | The Plug The racial wealth gap has ballooned after 41% of small Black-owned businesses were forced to shutter because of the coronavirus pandemic. Since 2016, the average white American family has had a net worth of $171,000, ten times the net worth of $17,150 for the average Black family. The pandemic further aggravated systemic racism and financial […]

By Jewel Wicker | The Plug Nicodemus Madehdou used video games to connect with a new culture and make friends when he moved from Monrovia, Liberia to Philadelphia at 9-years-old. Games like RuneScape, a multiplayer fantasy game, helped Madehdou bridge cultural differences. Now his video game production studio is hoping to help diversify the industry. [...]
Hadriana Lowenkron | The Plug Ashley Turner, Philly Tech Sistas The past year has laid bare a lot of pre-existing inequities in the Philadelphia tech sector, ranging from lack of racial and gender diversity, to salary and venture capital funding disparities, among others. Yet while many individuals are quick to throw 2020 away, tech advocates [...]
By Hadriana Lowenkron | The Plug One Philadelphia tech nonprofit’s latest initiative has big plans to fight such inequity, and with a recent round of funding, it just might succeed. As the coronavirus pandemic catapults society into a digital-first future, it lays bare racial, social, and economic disparities borne out of the historic exclusion of Black [...]
By Hadriana Lowenkron | The Plug As talks of a second stimulus check and other federal economic relief efforts for businesses continue to stall, four major Black chambers, in conjunction with other enterprises in the private sector, have taken it upon themselves to aid in the effort to assist Black-owned small businesses with regaining capital [...]
WURD Radio and The Plug’s collaboration will provide greater visibility to the city’s Black and Brown founders in hopes of attracting more resources and opportunities. In Philadelphia, where Black people make up 43 percent of the population, recent studies have found that Black residents are still left out of business ownership and the city’s ongoing [...]
WURD Radio and The Plug’s collaboration will provide greater visibility to the city’s Black and Brown founders in hopes of attracting more resources and opportunities [October 20, 2020] - Philadelphia, PA - WURD Radio, Pennsylvania’s only independent Black-owned talk radio station, and The Plug a leading online media platform for Black tech innovation, and have [...]

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