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Gender Shades

The Gender Shades Project pilots an intersectional approach to inclusive product testing for AI. Gender Shades is a preliminary excavation of inadvertent negligence that will cripple the age of automation and further exacerbate inequality if left to fester. The deeper we dig, the more remnants of bias we will find in our technology. We cannot afford to look away this time, because the stakes are simply too high. We risk losing the gains made with the civil rights movement and women’s movement under the false assumption of machine neutrality. Automated systems are not inherently neutral. They reflect the priorities, preferences, and prejudices—the coded gaze—of those who have the power to mold artificial intelligence. Video produced by Joy Buolamwini and Jimmy Day

Leaders Under Pressure – Ursula Burns

rsula Burns made history when she became the first African-American woman to run a Fortune 500 company – Xerox. In the second FT series of Leaders Under Pressure, Andrew Hill asks her how she dealt with a challenge from activist investor Carl Icahn. Executive Producer and Editor: Vanessa Kortekaas. Video editor: Richard Topping. Camera Operators: Richard Topping and James Sandy. Still images: Getty, Bloomberg and Xerox Corporation.

The girl who convinced the Maasai to stop FGM

Aged eight, Nice Leng’ete was destined to undergo female genital mutilation, leave school and be married off to an older man, according to Maasai tradition. She not only fought against FGM for herself but, through her bravery and persistence, helped overturn this centuries-old practice for thousands of Maasai girls across Kenya and Tanzania. This is her story. Video produced by Ellen Tsang and Andrea Kennedy. Footage by Ken Mungai.

Black Women Speak: on Favorite Black Women in History

In celebration of Women History Month, our black women discuss their favorite black women in history! Black women in politics, music, films, and more!

Is Wakanda Real? The African Roots of ‘Black Panther’

The international box office hit “Black Panther” is largely set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda. The African nation may be a fabrication, but it didn’t come out of nowhere. Many of the movie’s sets and costumes were inspired by actual people and places in the African continent. Abosede George, a history professor in Barnard College’s Africana Studies department, spoke to about the real world origins of Wakanda.

Watch Jordan Peele’s Oscar 2018 Acceptance Speech for Best Original Screenplay

Watch Jordan Peele’s Oscar 2018 acceptance speech for Best Original Screenplay for his movie Get Out at the 90th Academy Awards. This was the first Oscar win for Peele, he said, “”This means so much to me. I stopped writing this movie 20 times because I thought… no one would ever make this movie.”” This is a historic win as Peele is the first black writer to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

The Slavery Detective of the South

Slavery might have ended on paper after the Civil War, but many white landowners did everything they could to exploit newly freed slaves well into the 20th century. Thousands of black laborers across the South were forced to work against their will as late as the 1960s—a new form of enslavement that went on in the shadows of rural America.

Storycorps: African-American NASCAR Driver Was Driven to Compete

Racecar driver Wendell Scott began his career in the Southern U.S. during an era of discrimination against African-Americans. His son Frank and grandson Warrick talked to Storycorps about Wendell’s racing days.

Top 10 Best and Tastiest African Street Foods

One of the joys of being African is the taste of local food. With 54 countries, you truly are spoiled for choice of the various tastes and flavours the continent has to offer.and in this video 2nacheki present the top 10 Best and Tastiest African Street Foods

Dad Takes 3-Year-Old Daughter on Date to Teach Her About Respect

A Louisiana dad went all out for his 3-year-old daughter on their daddy-daughter date. Detric Clark said he wanted his toddler, Kinsley, to know she’s special. On Valentine’s Day, while his wife, Ashley, stayed home with their 4-month-old son, the dad took Kinsley out for a planned date.

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