Minority-driven tech incubator NewMe expands to local communities
Members of the NewMe Community in Durham, North Carolina, met this week.
December 17th, 2011
03:28 PM ET

Minority-driven tech incubator NewMe expands to local communities

Editor's note: Soledad O'Brien chronicles the journey of eight African-American entrepreneurs in "Black in America: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley" at 8 p.m., 11 p.m., and 2 a.m. ET on February 11 and February 12.

By Claudia Morales, CNN

(CNN) - The NewMe Accelerator first took eight African-American entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley to immerse them in the world of technology startups. But since CNN followed the tech incubator for “Black in America: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley”, its founders have gone bigger, creating a NewMe Community online. It now has about 465 members in 65 cities.

On Thursday night, nearly 300 minority entrepreneurs met in 10 cities around the country, coming together for the first time and keeping NewMe's momentum going.

"@newmecommunity put together a great event last night. #newmecommunity is going to be HUGE!!!” Joshua Samuel posted on Twitter after the event.

NewMe was the first technology startup accelerator for minority-owned businesses. Founders Angela Benton and Wayne Sutton said they felt compelled to expand the NewMe brand to other cities because of the large response from people who watched CNN's documentary.

"NewMe is a brilliant idea! And I would totally love to be a part of the community…" Victor Harrison posted on the NewMe Facebook page November 21.

“We saw the energy, we saw the conversations and we got tons of e-mails asking how can we get involved,” Sutton said.

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They designed the NewMe Community to increase local networking across the country and help entrepreneurs come together and learn from one another.

Members of the Durham, North Carolina, community had never seen anything like it.

“They were telling me they’ve never seen this many minorities in a room together, talking about building businesses and tech startup ideas,” NewMe cofounder Wayne Sutton said.

They pitched their ideas, talked about business strategy and some sought out software engineers and future partners for collaborations.

Twitter lit up with positive responses.

“Had an awesome time at the #newmecommunity #startups meeting…met some great people, and heard some great ideas,” Christopher Scott tweeted about the meet-up in Detroit.

#newmecommunity meetup tonight was fantastic! Met more talented minority entrepreneurs…” Jennifer Arguello tweeted about event in San Francisco.

This was just the start for NewMe Community. The group is still in its beginning stages, but founders plan to set up more cross-country meetups with the help of local organizers.

“People who may not be able to apply to the accelerator or come to Silicon Valley can get some kind of education, like a speaker series on entrepreneurship or a workshop on programming,” Benton said.“The fact that we were able to get this many people together across the country in under one month, I’m excited about that."

Access to mentors is one of the major goals for NewMe Community, and founders plan to incorporate educational seminars in future meet-up events.

“They were able to learn the proper process to create a sustainable Internet startup, " said Interactive One’s Navarrow Wright, one of the Silicon Valley accelerator’s mentors. They're "taking that knowledge back to the local community, they can teach others who don’t have access to that information."

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“I can’t leave my family to go to Silicon Valley," said entrepreneur Lamar Tyler, who organized the fast-growing group in Atlanta,"but the ability to do something here in our community is amazing."

Talisha Hill said she started a group in Washington, D.C., because she wanted her hometown to have the same resources and education the NewMe Accelerator offered.

“I felt like getting them together in an incubator-style meeting would spark some of the same positive results that it did out in Silicon Valley,” she said.

soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Allen

    People have to see this in all the point of view;
    CNN; Good way to get rating, by using the race card
    Non-tech people who watching; This seem important, watch and give rating to CNN
    Tech People/company who work at Silicon Valley; Oh no, have to hire or invest in this people or i am racism
    Tech student; Have to go to #years in expensive tuition school and this people get it for free
    Black people; we are special, because CNN say so,

    Racism is mostly point of view, News like this will effect how different people will see this people. How do one poor group see another poor group get special treatment. It build resentment and therefore led to racism.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. uggmugg

    Maybe blacks exist on a lower level than everyone else? Being nice and including them on everything won't change that.

    December 19, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. micaela

    *then we are going in the wrong direction… sorry for all the mistakes

    December 19, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. uggmugg

    Looks like black people just don't want to be around white people unless it involves some sort of criminal act.

    December 19, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. micaela

    Do I have to be black to be part of this? If so, the we are going int he wrong direction and this is a small step into the dark area of our past that many fought against; discrimination and segregation.

    December 19, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • East of Eden

      If you took a look in the pic, you'd see a white lady sitting.

      It's not a racial divide, nothing wrong with Black people with resources wanting to share them with a population that doesn't have access to the Tech world. Maybe they can get trained and not have people from India and China get a nice chunk of the IT work.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
      • East of Eden

        Not saying Black people don't have access to computers, but knowing how to browse the internet is only about 0.000001% of what you can learn about IT. Maybe we'll see more innovation from the IT world from black people now. It all equates to more $$$ in our country so I don't see what the problem is. We complain about black people getting arrested but when they try to do something positive for themselves that's a problem too.

        December 19, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
      • East of Eden

        You must have eye problems. Look at the hair, the woman is white and I applaud her for taking advantage of this opportunity.

        December 19, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
      • uggmugg

        Mixed black chick with long hair. So what? There's lots of them out there. They're just never be white.

        December 19, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • East of Eden

      Just noticed the white man in the back as well. Glad to see this organization takes all comers. We can all help uplift one another. This is how we get out of this financial mess.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
      • uggmugg

        The "white" man is also a black man with what you people call "good" hair. You know, the Johnny Mathis type.

        December 19, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • East of Eden

      I have to stop feeding the troll.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. John

    I can't wait for the impending financial crash so crap like this isn't featured in the news anymore. The longer we keep reporting by racial lines the longer racism exists. I hope for the day when the media is held up for treason charges for the damage it does to this country by keeping racism alive and well and drawing political lines in the sand.

    December 19, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. galacticaman

    This article stays way too long on front page list of US news.Really,it's like the US doesn't have news anymore.

    December 19, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Oh, Really?

    CNN: We're racialists. We report. You decide not to watch.

    Because at CNN, it's all about race.

    Nothing else matters.

    December 19, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. studdmuffins

    With articles like this reinforcing the division between black and white it is no wonder we cannot seem to make the leap to true equality.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Looks like more people are warming up to this crap which is good. It used to be that people were scared to voice any opposition to an article like this. Now people are starting to realize that news organizations are doing their part to keep racism alive.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • uggmugg

      Hey, blacks and whites are nothing alike. Get real.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cory

    Instead of perpetuating the negative views on this board...I choose to love. Loving each other can overcome all the bitterness that people have amongst each other. No this is not "heal the world" banter...this is just one person who decides to take a stand against the negativity associated with stereotypes and race. Don't feed into the negativity...please.

    I may not like your views, but I have love for all races.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. oh please

    events like this- are racist

    December 19, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Allen

    This is bad for the black image. If black people get job in Silicon Valley with this, other people (races) will see this as black getting better treatment, black people will see this as only can get job if other people help them and company see black people always use the black cards to get what they want or black people call them racism. Worst, if those black people fail, If they get better treatment and they get fires or there investment fail, black people will be know as spoil failure.
    How is this a role model for the future generation, if black people only way of getting tech job is media blackmail. Silicon Valley, one of the most respectful tech city, where most student have to be in the top 1% of the class got push away because some other people cry the loudest and are afraid of those backlash.

    I believe the only way any race will get better in a certain field if there are stories of a single person without help past all odd, raise to be better than most people, without help get the job, money etc. This will inspire future generation of people to do the same. Not this.

    December 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheKraken

      Sir Allen: You can have all my internets!

      I'm black and I certainly agree. I was an engineering student....but decided I like business/law better. However, this is what will cause problems. I have to study math longer than anyone I know...but I study and I EARN all my grades. The way CNN does stuff makes everything look like a pity party. Yes, my race does affect me, but it also helps too. I stand out, so I have to be good-actually better than those around me. If most people in a job fair are wearing polos, I gotta come in with a blazer.

      CNN really needs to direct the attention at society, rather han at Silicon Valley itself. SV is just a reflection of years of segergation, poor school districts, etc. Maybe the next Black in America should focus on the communities not focusing on engineering, rather than going to the tail end of it. You can't work in the Valley...if....you don't even have the credentials.

      December 18, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • East of Eden

        Poor communities is a part of the problem why the young black youth aren't introduced to the fascinating world of engineering. This is 13% of our population that we can tap into. IT is changing the world with it's innovation. If a team of black people can come up with a concept like google then it crates more jobs and more capital for our country.

        Totally know what you mean about the blazer comment, seems like that isn't even enough for some folks though.

        December 19, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Guys guys guys guys guys – don't ever be hesitant to get a boost from someone else! All the greatest Silicon Valley success stories are people who were helped by someone else! Zuckerberg was helped by Peter Thiel when he started Facebook. Steve Jobs was helped by Mike Markkula who had made millions while at Intel. The history of tech companies is full of stories like this. Someone is helped by someone else, and they all make money. Then they go on and help others who have great ideas. It's not all for himself; this is what successful people all know. They all give each other a boost, and they all benefit from it.

      December 19, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Allen

        Point of view, that 2 normal people starting a project, CNN is a giant media that hold alot power, one bad news report saying Silicon Valley is racism, and their stock fall, destory investment and business. By doing this, CNN is forcing company in Silicon Valley to invest, hire, increase salary of black people. Not because they earn it, but because CNN is blackmailing them with their media. Therefore black may earn them some job now, but other people and company will see black people as a problem and not people.

        Short term help for few black people, long term bad image of black people that will effect future generation.

        December 19, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
      • galacticaman

        James,nobody minds investing money in a good idea,even if that idea comes from a black person.You think those venture capitalists invested in Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs just because they looked in certain way?NO,they cared about money in a first place.You can be an alien and you will find investor in Silicon Valley if you bring innovations to the table.I think education should be a priority in black community in order to start succeeding in tech industry.It's not easy to come up with original and innovative idea in nowadays which is what investors in Silicon Valley want.

        December 19, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
      • TheKraken

        Yeah, you are right. But poor, White Americans will be mad. It's harder to go against Steve Jobs and all of Silicon Valley (when he was alive) than it is to go against a single African-American. That makes things too complicated, and we know politicians that succeed usually have simple worlds and objectives than dynammic ones (which is why Ron Paul won't ever get elected, and he's one of the first Republicans I've really liked..but he's TOO truthful for demotracts/repubs alike). They want a community to blame for their failures in life. If we got rid of all black people today, they'd be complaining only shiny-teeth people suceed because of some handouts. Can't wind for losing....

        December 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      Okay, New Rule: In order to comment and expect some type of credibility, you have to be able to submit a legible and somewhat plausible response. Allen, nothing personal, but you FAIL! I mean I tried to be liberal when it came to grammar but your logic DOES NOT COMPUTE. The article is not saying "Give" anybody a free ride or a job. It talks about how to be inclusive. Just Saying.....

      February 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. galacticaman

    If I fail to get a job in Silicon Valley,well then I'm just a loser because I'm white.If black fails to get a job in Silicon Valley,well then evil white racist discriminated against him.This is such a perfect excuse that blacks have.You had no problem creating BET channel,maybe it's time to create Black Silicon Valley.

    December 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • TD

      I agree with most of what you are saying except BET is owned by viacom(White People) and that was a struggle initially. And in any economy, you have to go where the money is. Tech is very capital intensive, and the capital is in silicon valley. I'm all for us to stop complaining and start doing, but when "YOU" people use BET you lose points because it doesn't belong to our race or necessarily represent who we are, what we believe, or show what we want to watch.

      December 19, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      Well in your mind you at least you KNOW you are a Loser. Your personality/lack of qualifications are what you would blame as the cause of not getting the job. Minorities/Women face the same introspection along with another layer of "Is it because of my color/Gender?"

      February 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Zippy

    Lame article.
    How many people know or even care what color the developer who wrote their favorite app is?
    It's either a good app, or not.

    December 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh, Really?

      You don't understand, Zippy. CNN and the racialist liberal politicians NEED racism because without it, their purpose in life is gone.

      Even after this country elected its first African American president.

      Go figure.

      December 19, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    Make a good product I will buy it even if your skin color is green. Make a bad product and I will not buy it even if you have 24 carat golden skin color......hi-tech is not a reality show !!!

    December 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Daniel

    Excellent to see such a new incubator! Our new crowdfunding platform for tech start-ups and scientific research is precisely in this niche. Actually, we fill in a big hole for even earlier stage funding of small tech companies – after big idea and before entry in an accelerator program or Angel round.

    Check out: http://www.fundageek.com



    December 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  17. cantwealljustgetalong


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    December 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Ace

    You know back in the day only the very wealthy landowners owned slaves which I have as much in common with as the very wealthy landowners and businessman today: absolutely nothing. So it seems kinda of silly to hold all caucasian people accountable for the actions of a few but this seems to be the theme the media likes to push...

    December 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Rusty Shackleford

    They couldn't cut it in the real market, so they have to appeal to what they are instead of what they have to offer. I see this victimhood crap from minorities and women in tech all the time. They get no sympathy from me.

    December 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • soclassic

      i'm black. in tech. and i agree with the statement about newme. not a great product if you look over their website. i also begrudgingly agree with the general statement of the "race/gender" card in our industry. BUT that said, there must be some credit to the actual minorities and women trying to make in roads to the tech elite, widely dominated by white males. i'm not saying there's discrimination, blah blah, i am saying that social disparity exists not only in the tech industry but in affordable technology itself. how can impoverished demographics learn programming if they can't afford college? it's a bigger issue than NewMe or our industry.

      December 18, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • galacticaman

        even the poorest own computers and internet.Plus,libraries are free.Real good programmers don't learn programming skills in college,they have to master it on their own.They only have to have desire to learn and perseverance.Financial aid and scholarships will take care of college expanses,so it shouldn't be a problem.

        December 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • yankymepappy

        "If they can't afford college". 'Bad neighborhoods"

        Try the military like me. I saved enough money to go to college when I got out and now I am an electrical engineer. Not all white people are rich.

        December 19, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  20. Johnny

    I'm a long time tech guy. I only knew one black guy in tech. His name was Terrence chalk. Google him or go to http://www.channelinsider.com/c/a/News/Disgraced-MSP-Chalk-in-Hot-Water-Again/ for the story.

    December 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayJayFromGoodTimes

      That's a very ignorant and general misconception you post there. It's sad that you've been in tech "a long time", and post this as your only account of contribution from an African American. I take it as either complete ignorance or intolerance from your stance.

      December 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  21. steelcoyot

    I love that these people would rather be judge for what they are then who they are. Maybe if they didn't rely on free handouts whites would be more willing to except them

    December 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayJayFromGoodTimes

      "These People"? Please. No handout desired from me. Check your records. Thanks

      December 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Revolution

      Okay. It's "accept" them. And if you're hateful, jealous or just plain mean, you're not going to "accept' them. So stop pretending it's a handout issue. No matter what a successful black person does, they will be judged by people like you.

      December 19, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Revolution

      Oh and by the way, for past 20 years I've worked in law and technology. There are handouts in the corporate world that ONLY go to whites, and I've worked with them and they are not always qualified. They just happen to know or be the son of one of the powerful people in the company. So whites do (and always have) receive(d) handouts. Don't be deceived.

      December 19, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  22. NolaBob

    I can't imagine the number of riots that would be occurring around the country if this movement was labeled exclusively for white people. What make anyone think that racism is a one way street, abhorrent when held against blacks, glorious when blacks are favored. Americans of all races are suffering in this economy, and a large part of that suffering comes from the type of racist practices that CNN is glorifying here.

    I lost my tech business because of the outsourcing that was encouraged by congress, and I don't see ANYONE reaching out to help me. No, racism is NOT OK, no matter who practices it.

    December 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  23. tokencode

    Afirmative action and other programs specific to minorities that aid people are a cause of racism, not the cure. If I'm going to have open heart surgery and I know that black doctors might have gotten a boost on their SAT scores or some other material advantage over their white counterparts, this certain brings into question whether they are as capable as those who did not receieve that advantage. To claim events that rtanspired 150 years ago affect someone's SAT scores today is absolute BS. I commend anyone of any color who wants to better themselves but programs should be open to everyone regardless of race.

    December 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Hurts

      This is yet another urban myth. SAT scores do not measure intelligence or capability. Minority students who get an "SAT boost" have the same success rates as their counterparts once in school. And if you ever did have open heart surgery or brain surgery for example, you would do well to have someone like Doctor Benjamin Carson operate on you.

      December 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheKraken

      That's a very, VERY flawed way to look at this. Know why? Once in the classroom, your race doesn't matter...only your skills. I'm black and know that as I'm in college now and that doesn't happen. Sure, some people may get a boost. But the person getting a boost more than likely would be giving the teacher a Monica Lewinski style, uh, party. I'm not sure how far educated you are, but you should know that is logically flawed. In fact, some of the criticism of Affirmative Action is that it causes a HIGHER failure rate. If I've never done well in math or science, but got accepted into Duke's Comp Sci program via AA, I might have a higher chance of failing. In college, you are no longer 'learning' than expanding on your previous knowledge. The doctor thing is irrelavant.

      December 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayJayFromGoodTimes

      Hi Token. How can affirmative action cause racism if racism came before afirmative action? Also, where's your evidence of a "Boost" in SAT scores? That's a huge assumption. I wonder if Dr. Ben Carson ever had to operate on you or your family, how you'd feel about that. Lots of presumptions on your side (without any evidence–sounds more emotional than intellectual). To say that events that DID NOT happen 150 years ago (such as opportunity) does not affect entire communities now IS ignorant. I think you need not only to read more, but go and experience how it is in an inner city if you have a free weekend. Go and experience how it is, then render an accurate opinion–rather than one just conjured up from watching FOX and COPS. I agree that programs should be open to all, but to ignore inequality of playing fields is just ignorance.


      December 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Bob

    How about letting racism die and say Americans in general are doing better. Any white people alive today ever own slaves? NO. Any dark complected people in the USA today ever forced to work as slaves? NO. Work together and stop being a bunch of racist idiots.

    December 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Revolution

      Yes, but is that even possible with so many obvious lies told on both sides.

      December 19, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • uggmugg

      Slavery ended because the people finally figured out that the slaves weren't capable of doing the work.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  25. Bert Bigdongle

    So to summarize, a technology incubator that discriminates agains whites, asians, indians, and hispanics will be expanding across the country? Whopee!

    December 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  26. White Devil

    Whites > Blacks
    Asians > Blacks
    All other races > Blacks

    Deal with it.

    December 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • tokencode

      Actually All Races > Bigots sorry, you are the lowest of the low...

      December 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • White Devil

        tokencode = idiot LOL LOL LOL

        December 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • tokencode

      Actually All Races > Bigots

      December 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • White Devil

        All Races = bigots

        December 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Hurts

      Challenge you to find a scientific classification of "race." The Human Genome project proved some time ago that there is no appreciable genetic difference. In fact, two "black" people could very well likely have more genetic variation between them then a black and a white person.

      December 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • White Devil

        Scientific classification? No No No, I'm using the CNN Classification. That's what counts on CNN.

        December 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • dalton

      why black in IT, how about minorities or americans with a new career... so sick of black this, and that... stop already

      December 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Les

    While this appears to be "good" on the surface, in reality it is just another special interest group discriminating against non-blacks. What is needed is the co0mplete elimination of racial tags. We are all Americans whether our skin color is black, white, olive etc. It's time to stop brandishing race names about and refer to each other as Americans period.

    Slavery is a non-issue. When it was an issue, slaves were native American, black and white. No one born in the US since the end of the Civil War has ever been a slave. Skin color is a non-issue. Period. The perpetuation of a "slave" culture within ethnic groups is the main source of their problems.

    December 18, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  28. Hailey

    I know a lot of black people who are very successful. They worked hard, act civil and do not expect handouts. They have character and it shows. Life is not easy and you have to work hard to get somewhere in life. The ones who act all gangster(any race) can't spell or write a sentence and gripe about working on the bottom of the totem pole deserve to be there. If something does not go your way it goes back to the slavery issue. Guess what – I did not have a thing to do with slavery and most people who put it out for an excuse were not slaves. I think the people who were slaves would be rolling in their graves at how some of their future generations behave.

    December 18, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • shawn

      A lot huh?

      December 18, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Alex

        waist below

        December 18, 2011 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Truth Hurts

        Yes Shawn, a lot. In fact more than 73 percent live normal lives. About 8 percent live exceptional lives thats roughly 3 million. Thats a lot. Travel outside of the US, and the stats are even better.

        December 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • LoVVcal30010

      Why is this even necessary? Is this not a method of division, versus inclusion? How sad this is.....

      December 18, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Stop making sense! Too much money to be made with discontent.

      December 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  29. OLDschool CivilRightsActivist

    To all of you angry black men posting here about Slavery and Segregation:
    Move on, grow up, and lets move forward together. YOU were not enslaved, YOU were not segregated, YOU have it within YOURSELF to move on and continue to effect positive change, my Brother. Lets build upon the foundation and make a stronger home for all of us. so future generations will find themselves even further removed from teh horrors of old race relations in this country.

    December 18, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Arpita

      You should read Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, you might learn something before you make rude comments.

      December 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheKraken

      By that logic, no Americans have a right to be upset about Sept 11. I mean, over 250 million Americans weren't in NY on that day...right? That's a very dangerous line.

      December 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • John

        This is by far the dumbest response and analogy I've ever heard. September 11 had nothing to do with race you idiot.

        December 19, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  30. Thomas

    HA HA...look at the comfort level of the person right in the middle of the photo.

    December 17, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  31. AfroSheen

    This is another communist plot to destroy the tech industry by getting the coloreds involved. Can you name one industry
    they haven't destroyed by their "dim witesness"

    December 17, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jambi

      That is what ppl like you said about those ppl could not fly an airplane... those ppl were not capable of fight ... etc

      December 18, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • dalton

      so true... .... hands off PLEASE....dont f**k it up..

      December 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • uggmugg

      It's the same as why few blacks are hired by established companies as mechanics and repairmen. It's the knowledge of the work and safety that counts. You can't play the race card with things that are truly important.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  32. pablo

    com'on now. Black and tech in the same sentence? Where would they be if the whites had not brought them over. In a mud hut in Africa. Now they are in colleges and getting free hand outs for each illegitimate child. They all wear jeans around their knees and all have cell phones. What else could they want.

    December 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  33. factChecker

    The place to do the most good is where the need is greatest. This is an inspirationsl story.

    December 17, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • NYC group

      Not exactly, sadly.

      December 18, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  34. Tewrobert

    I am offended by this 🙁
    If the whites tried this they would be crying racism.

    December 17, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |

      who gives a sh1t if you are offended???

      when Blacks enslave whites in the USA, then you will be allow to be offended.

      December 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tewrobert

        LOL, Listen to you cry baby......your so bad.......smelling that is

        December 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Courtney

        JuggerNUT is a freaking MORON

        December 18, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
      • shawn

        Jugger if you knew who you daddy was, you should have him slap you.

        December 18, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
      • wooPPs

        Wow – you are what is wrong JUGG..

        December 18, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • uggmugg

      Whites are enslaved in the USA. This is why whites are offended.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  35. commonsense___

    I am curious, you (CNN) mention "african anericans": I don't see anyone that looks remotely Egyptian, Libyan or Tunisian. I think CNN is lying, as usual. It's Alright To Be White.

    December 17, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |

      we call ourselves African American.

      I know m0r0ns like you dont like it, but we dont give a FOCK

      December 17, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tewrobert

        Keep showing your colors to the world fool

        December 17, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Courtney

        You should be proud to call yourself an AMERICAN

        December 18, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
      • PlaticNMA

        juggernaut – you need to be an American first.

        December 18, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  36. Ace

    How long is cnn going to keep the BLack in America, black in the supermarket, black in you name it thing going....

    December 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • gw_peterson

      Its ok to discriminate when it favors blacks.

      December 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • factChecker

        You poor person. Were your ancestors sold as slaves, forbiden to learn to read or write, clubbed if they sat in the frount of the bus, spat on as little children when they tried to go to school, never allowed to be seen on TV except as simple-minded servents? And this is not ancient history. Those people are still alive, some of them still of working age. Just saying.

        December 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • dalton

        exactly... race card is worn out... stop already..

        December 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Revolution

      I wish they'd do a white in america thing so people can STFU and move on to something important.

      December 19, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  37. Tee

    We had zero blacks in our AutoCAD classes.

    December 17, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phillfoss

      That's because most major corporations no long use CAD....

      December 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • gw_peterson

        What planet are you on? Everything is computer designed these days. Ask me, I know.

        December 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • TheKraken

        Lol, this made me laugh so hard. Dude, you're awesome! You win all the internets for the day!

        December 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Revolution

        LOL Hahahhahaha that was funny.

        December 19, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |

      so your class i the ONLY ONE in the whole USA???

      December 17, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Taylor

      We had a few blacks in my Introductory Autocad class, they all dropped out within 2 months. I never saw a black person in any of the advanced autocad classes.

      December 18, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Jambi

        AutoCad knowledge has nothing to do with hard core IT skills.. Autocad is just an application -big deal

        December 18, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Revolution

        Yeah, that's weird that you used AutoCad. I'm a programmer C and C++, JAVA, my brother is a programmer, my father was an engineer – all math people – all AA. No handouts – just hard work and great rewards.

        December 19, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
      • uggmugg

        Let me tell you, blacks are not equipped for working with CAD. With a lot of that kind of work, you have to have natural skills. DNA gives whites the upperhand on this one.

        December 19, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • dalton

      ofcourse... LMAO

      December 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  38. galacticaman


    December 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • galacticaman

      I was trying to write a sentence with a word starting from compe...on and it didn't get posted but this collection of words got posted without problems.

      December 17, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • hahaha

        lol, thought you were trying to talk about the BCB clothing company

        December 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Al

    Why does CNN continue to focus on race and gender?

    December 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • galacticaman

      People never considered CNN as serious news.

      December 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |

      you dont have to read it and if it make you uncomfortable we dont care.

      December 17, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tewrobert

        We just come to tease the baby. We care less than you,

        December 17, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • JuggerNUT

        does the lack of you not caring come from when your parents put you out in the trash

        December 18, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  40. galacticaman

    You can't demand from Silicon Valley to hire you just because you're black.

    December 17, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  41. galacticaman

    Another thing I want to point out is foreigners in silicon valley.You might wonder why they hire so many foreigners when so many American people are unemployed.The answer is simple,tech industry is looking for best of the best.
    Majority of blacks graduate from inner city public schools and very few of them apply ivy league universities because they don't get enough knowledge in schools.

    December 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jambi

      Really? Or maybe they just run out of resources to live on and continue with post grad education. The chinese and the indian government are paying for their citizens to get educated in America but most Americans will not be able to achieve those goals. Most likely, not because of their inability to do the work, not because of the skin tone, but lack of resources and lack of support. Talk to an Indian student and you will see that they put the time in, lot od long hard hours studying. I know ignorant folks like you, believe me - they come on all race. keep spewing you idiotic nonsense so we can understand more about you. I found out that small minded racist will never admit to being that also. It is common among blacks, whites, asians, and others

      December 17, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • gw_peterson

        Really? Maybe you are the racist with the small mind.

        It's easy to frivously throw that word around, and it does a dis-service to actual racism.

        December 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |


        naahhh you are the racist. the first poster generalized on blacks, but you dont point out his generalization, so you agree with him making you the racist.

        December 17, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  42. galacticaman

    If I were to ask why there so few whites in basketball or hip hop,I would get answer:"White's aren't good for that".Well,this is your answer to why there so few blacks in tech industry.It's very hard to find a black geek who doesn't like hip hop.

    December 17, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phillfoss

      Wow I hope your parents were fixed......

      December 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jambi

      I hope no blacks have the misfortune to look to you, a fellow citizen, to throw him/her a 'life preserver'. Soon the chinese and indian will be looking on US, Americans' as very stupid and arrogant. At the rate we are going, all American will soon be in the same boat - struggling to exist on a low-skill job even if you have skill and experience. It is happening already. I can name a few engineers that got replaced by lesser experience indians. Some of those folks are older works and are not struggling to move to other industries. Continue to try to prove how superior you are to blacks due to your skin tone and race. We,, as Americans, need to realize that we are in the same house and if some of our room mates are struggling we need to find out the reason and do something. What ppl like you do is to divide the house since you are more fortunate. I am concerned about tomorrows Americans and what will this country have to offer them . Thanks to outsourcing and the greed of corporate America, this country future is in peril. A few week back, the chinese launch an aircraft carrier and are turning out fighters like hot bread. Most of our weapons system , more than likely, depends on some parts made in Asia so go figure. So go right ahead and rant about blacks. If thsi trend continues, you will be feeling what it feels like to have to exist with folks that believe they are your betters. The Chinese are notorious racist, just talk to any non-Han and you will see. Read about the Boxer rebellion and you will know how the feel about outsiders. If we are unfortunate, I hope not, you night understand what other are experiencing. There are no racism in America!! RIGHT?

      December 17, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • uggmugg

      No matter how you say it, people won't like the truth. Blacks are better with physical occupations. Whites, Asians, and just about everyone else are better at intellect occupations.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  43. adam

    So what you are saying CNN is that the black man of america need the white man of america to take them on field trips and show them how to fend for themselves ? You think you are doing a service to people by posting these stories and opinion pieces but you are actually belittling them and making them seem inferior to some other races in the US. Why not more Italians in the tech field ..oh that's right they all in the mob... all the Irish are cops.... the Jews are all bankers and Asians have the dry cleaning business... those racist stereotypes are no different than some of the dribble you ( CNN) puts out about black america on a daily basis...

    December 17, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • galacticaman


      December 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |

      None of the people you mentioned have been ENSLAVE then SEGRAGATED in the USA.

      the Tuskegee experiment, blacks were used as test monkeys. No other race in the USA gone through what blacks went through.

      December 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tewrobert

        Guess we struck a nerve eh tarbaby?

        December 17, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • OLDschool CivilRightsActivist

        Move on, grow up, and lets move forward together. YOU were not enslaved, YOU were not segregated, YOU have it within YOURSELF to move on and continue to effect positive change, my Brother. Lets build upon the foundation and make a stronger home for all of us. so future generations will find themselves even further removed from teh horrors of old race relations in this country.

        December 18, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
      • SAM

        Who sold them into slavery?

        December 18, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Jambi

        @Sam - Please do tell who did? You know soo much about slavery, go ahead an educate us. Americans are so up on history, do tell

        December 18, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  44. galacticaman

    why is it my comment doesn't get posted?It wasn't racist and I didn't use anything negative,I just wanted to get my point across.

    December 17, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Color Blind

    They are lost in their race............too bad.

    December 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Aces Full

    Keep drawing attention to race and you continue to make it an issue.

    December 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  47. jarmaine

    sheeet yo, i'z beee werkin fo da man now duuuin da teck stuff

    December 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  48. galacticaman

    Articles like these make blacks look like children.Really,this is probably 1000th article by CNN about struggles of blacks in tech industry.What about asians?Aren't they minorities too?

    December 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jambi

      @galactica - Really? Or maybe they just run out of resources to live on and continue with post grad education. The chinese and the indian government are paying for their citizens to get educated in America but most Americans will not be able to achieve those goals. Most likely, not because of their inability to do the work, not because of the skin tone, but lack of resources and lack of support. Talk to an Indian student and you will see that they put the time in, lot od long hard hours studying. I know ignorant folks like you, believe me - they come on all race. keep spewing you idiotic nonsense so we can understand more about you. I found out that small minded racist will never admit to being that also. It is common among blacks, whites, asians, and others

      December 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • HArdly

      There are more Asians than any other race on the planet, they are definitely NOT a minority,..or was your post sarcasm? Sorry if it was ,... 🙂

      December 17, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality Check

      I think you are ignoring that Asians in this country get help from other Asians whether it is school on Saturdays or jobs in Asian run businesses as teens these small differences can have a profound impact. The same is true of many immigrant cultures in the US. Just look for the [culture of your choice] benevolent society. The big difference I see is that only blacks in America are treated as if they are getting something no one else in the history of this country has ever gotten. You never hear anyone complain about land granted to European immigrants who settled the Mid-West, construction jobs given to Irish immigrants in the 19th century or loans given to white farmers, businesses, and families but not black ones in the 20th century. Now even as some blacks try to make a difference they are put down for trying.

      December 19, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Revolution

        Wow. I can't believe I read that. I find it very insulting that people actually think that others don't receive hand outs. It's some self-serving form of denial. I never see anyone but Asians working in their stores and I really don't care. I'm not angry because they don't have someone else work in their stores. So what? I'm also not angry when a high powered attorney allows his son to work at the firm regardless of qualification. This has been going on forever in corporate America particularly on the professional level. And it's very white up there. So, stop pretending that blacks are the only receivers of hand outs. It's absurd. I haven't received any hand outs and I'm not angry about the whites, asians, blacks, whoevers have received them. I didn't get one – I've worked hard and am doing quite well.

        December 19, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |


    No really though, nobody cares.

    December 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |

      we dont give a FOCK that you dont care, we care and that is all that matter.

      December 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Frdchkn

        "we dont give a FOCK that you dont care, we care and that is all that matter."

        Seriously though,no one cares 🙂

        December 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |