Welcome To Black Future Month
Re-imagining the future of Black America through Tech & Finance
Black History Month ended March 1st. As much as I love history, it’s essential to avoid getting stuck in it. We have Black History Month; now, let’s have an informal Black Future Month, where topics are simple, problems are evident, and solutions are complicated, but the future of Black America is addressed at every step through tech and finance. We can explore opportunities like blockchain technology and artificial intelligence and how these fields if leveraged, could grow local economies in Black communities. Just like we showcase documentaries and books containing the achievements of Martin Luther King Jr, we can do the same for current Black entrepreneurs and technology innovators who are making impacts in business, policies, and economic development.
According to a Harvard study, only 20 percent of high school graduates in America are prepared for S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering, math) careers, and “…fewer than half of high schools in the United States even offer computer science classes.” Yet according to S.H.R.M., millions of S.T.E.M. jobs must be staffed by 2025 in the United States. Imagine having commercials during Black Future Month marketing training in these fields or documentaries about Black S.T.E.M professionals developing cutting-edge apps or tools for manufacturing, space exploration, or medical needs. Black Future Month can even showcase new developments in music and entertainment, but instead of focusing on the artist, we can focus on the behind-the-scenes innovators making new instruments — trailblazers like No ID, a producer formerly with G.O.O.D Music is known for leveraging software to incorporate samples into new hits seamlessly. His technical work could inspire black youth to study software engineering.
Black Future Month can also underline the new wave of financial liberators focused on the Black community. Over 20 percent of the Black population lives in poverty and cannot access banking options that meet their needs. Most of this challenge is historically systematic; however, we must recognize these communities need more financial education. Teams like Earn Your Leisure and Black Americans like Rashad Bilal, Ash Cash, and Ian Dunlap have reached millions globally to start a financial revolution in the diaspora. Black American families have almost $1M less on average in wealth and assets as compared to white families, and coupled with health and other disparities; we do not have the time to neglect the future.
Imagine Black Future Month, featured on Revolt TV in some way, for 30 straight days, where we create content, documentaries and interactive forums focused on the future through tech and finance for Black America! Former President of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara, once stated: “We must dare to invent the future.”
Welcome to Black Future Month!
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