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Fab Friday Spotlight: Kimberly Bryant

Ashley Jefferson


Ask the average person and they'll admit that they're pretty tech-savvy. I mean with hours spent each day texting, tweeting, taking selfies and snapchatting - how could we not be?

We may know how to use technology but do we really know how it's built and how it works? Our favorite gadgets that we use everyday (computers, smartphones, etc.) have their roots in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (also known as STEM). 

For most girls, especially minorities, those aren't subjects of interest. It's something Kimberly Bryant first noticed in college while studying Electrical Engineering. She also noticed it later on when she started her career.

On average women make up just 29% of employees at tech-companies in the U.S. and that number for African-American women and other women of color is even lower. Despite seeing these stats firsthand, it was when her daughter expressed interest in following in her footsteps that Bryant decided something had to change.

"I wanted to create more people that look like me and look like my daughter to really fill in the gaps that I saw for myself," said Bryant to CNBC. "When we generally think of a computer scientist now, it does not look like a woman of color, it does not look of someone that is of Hispanic background..."

So in 2011, Bryant started Black Girls Code - a non-profit geared towards breaking down those barriers and teaching girls 7-17 the ins and outs of computer programming. Now, almost 5 years later and Black Girls Code has worked with more than 5,000 girls across the United States and in Africa with plans to continue to expand nation-wide.

 

Many of the girls have taken what they've learned through BGC's workshops and other sessions and are putting it to use outside of the program - with some even pursuing college degrees in computer science and other fields.

"We're starting to see that shift where girls are really voicing their interest in computer science and see that they have a place at that table," Bryant told CNBC. "I think we're changing not just the minds of the girls, but the minds of everyone around them as well."

We salute Kimberly Bryant and Black Girls Code for opening doors and inspiring girls of all colors to learn and embrace science, technology, engineering and math and to tear down stereotypes in the process.

For more information: http://www.blackgirlscode.com/

 

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Don't Put Your Selfie At Risk

Ashley Jefferson

Selfies, they're all fun and games right? That is until somebody gets hurt.

According to Mashable, a new report says that in 2015, selfies have killed more people than sharks! This year alone, 12 people have died in selfie accidents, compared to only eight people who have died from shark attacks.

The average person may take a quick photo while on vacation, maybe out with friends, or maybe because they like their outfit of the day. But nowadays you'll find people going to great lengths just to get the right shot.

Some people have taken selfies with wild animals, high in the air, or even with weapons. Sadly in the world we live in, many of these photos have gone viral. What's sadder though is that lives are being put at risk and even worse, some lives have even been lost...all in the name of a selfie.

I'm sure the 12 people who have died this year, as well as the 11 others who died in 2014,  didn't anticipate their actions leading to death. But in light of that, it reminds us that life is precious. Life is a gift from God - something that we should not take for granted and that we should handle with care.

And when you're willing to put your life in danger, all to take a "cool selfie," it begs the question, is the risk really worth it?

 

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