Posted inEnvironmental Justice, Extreme Weather, Technology

Crypto-Mining Creates New Environmental Injustices for Black Texans

Bitcoin is more than just a shiny new way to lose money. It's also fueling Texas' energy struggles as the state prepares for another year of record-breaking heat. And Black communities are caught in the crosswires of climate change, those booming data centers, and the power plants needed to meet both demands. Last year, during […]

Posted inEconomic Development, Environmental Justice

Black Communities Fight for a Voice in Electric Vehicle Manufacturing

Standing on the shoulders of those before them, community members of rural Mason, Tennessee, gathered this past Juneteenth at Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church. They were there to publicly announce a list of demands for their new neighbor, a multibillion-dollar Ford electric vehicle plant. Set to open next year, the facility promises billions to the […]

Posted inBlack Biz, Partner Content

These Black Women’s Businesses Were Transformed By a Grant Program. Its Future Is Now at Risk

Originally published by The 19th Bettina Benson was getting off a red-eye flight from Los Angeles, on her way home to Marietta, Georgia, when she received an email that altered the course of her business. She was a recipient of a 2023 grant from venture capital firm Fearless Fund, established to help Black women small […]

Posted inEconomy, Money

How ‘Bidenomics’ May Not Be Adding Up for Some Black Americans

Tyler McFadden hoped a college degree would help her land a well-paying career in politics, but the 31-year-old didn’t expect it would come with hefty debt, poor credit, job instability, and anxiety, she says. After earning a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from George Washington University in 2014, McFadden became a bartender. With limited income, […]