Jonathan D. Farley

Jonathan D Farley

Guyanese-Jamaican Jonathan D. Farley is an associate professor at Morgan State University.  In 2005 Seed Magazine named Dr. Farley one of “15 people who have shaped the global conversation about science in 2005.”

Jonathan D Farley
Jonathan D Farley

Dr. Jonathan David Farley has been a Visiting Professor of Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), a Science Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University, and a Visiting Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Farley graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1991 with the second-highest grade point average in his graduating class. (He earned 29 A’s and 3 A-’s.) While there, he won, among other awards, Harvard’s Wendell Prize, for the “most promising and catholic [small ‘c’] sophomore scholar.” He obtained his doctorate in mathematics from Oxford University in 1995, after winning Oxford’s highest mathematics awards, the Senior Mathematical Prize and Johnson University Prize, in 1994. In 2001-2002, he was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar to the United Kingdom. He was one of only four Americans to win this award in 2001-2002.

He received tenure at Vanderbilt University in 2003, but fled Tennessee after receiving death threats from supporters of the founder of the Ku Klux Klan.

Dr. Farley is the 2004 recipient of the Harvard Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award, a medal presented on behalf of the president of Harvard University in recognition of “outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of mathematics.” The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts (home to both Harvard University and MIT) officially declared March 19, 2004 to be “Dr. Jonathan David Farley Day.” In 2004, Dr. Farley was recruited to serve as Head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at The University of the West Indies (Jamaica).

As if his career is not exciting enough, his work applying mathematics to counter-terrorism has been profiled in The Chronicle of Higher Education, in Science News and Science News Online, in The Economist Magazine, in USA Today, on Fox News Television, and on Air America Radio. He is Chief Scientist of Phoenix Mathematics, Inc., a company that develops mathematical solutions to homeland security-related problems. He has had face-to-face meetings discussing math-for-counter-terrorism with the Jamaican Minister of National Security, a former Director of the US National Security Agency and a former Deputy Director of the CIA, the director of Homeland Security for the Port of Los Angeles, a former US ambassador to the European Union, a former governor of the US state of New Mexico, a US Air Force general, two US Navy admirals and a former US Director of National Intelligence.

He founded Hollywood Math and Science Film Consulting. He wrote to the staff of Numb3rs, suggesting that they, in conjunction with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, create homework assignments that teachers could use focusing on the math and science in the show. Nine months later, Numb3rs inaugurated the “We All Use Math Every Day” program, with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Texas Instruments. This program creates homework assignments that teachers can use focusing on the math and science in the show. Dr. Farley also used his idea with Dr. Tony Harkin for Flatland the Movie, starring Martin Sheen, Michael York, and Kristen Bell.

Jonathan Farley has also worked with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and the Algebra Project.  Jonathan Farley co-founded the consulting group Axum Educational Solutions.   He started Peren Linn Fashion, a line of math themed clothes for girls, with Frau Peren Linn and Girls Equal, a nonprofit with Ms. Mira Alden, to ignite interest in girls in the area of higher mathematics.

He is also involved with Equations of Peace which is a STEM cross cultural initiative.”

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Prince Rogers Nelson

Prince Rogers Nelson

African-American Prince Rogers Nelson, better known simply as Prince, was a music icon who could play 12 different instruments.

Prince Rogers Nelson
Prince Rogers Nelson

Prince released his debut album, ‘For You‘, at the age of 19.  His second album, ‘Prince’, went platinum and was followed by ‘Dirty Mind’, ‘Controversy’ and ‘1999‘.  In he released ‘Purple Rain’, which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name.  It was immensely popular and sealed him as one of the most unique and gifted musicians of this age.  He played all the instruments on his first five albums and did a majority of the vocals on them. His musical range and style were popular and “Little Red Corvette” was also among the first videos by a black performer to be played regularly on MTV.

Prince penned 15 albums in all; sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time; on seven Grammy Awards; won a Golden Globe Award; won an Academy Award; was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004;  in 2006 Prince received a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his “visionary” use of the Internet; and was ranked number 27 on Rolling Stones’ list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The ‘Purple Rain’ album is ranked 72nd in Rolling Stones’ 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and is also included on the list of Time magazine’s All-Time 100 Albums. The ‘Purple Rain’ album sold more than 13 million copies in the US and spent 24 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The film won Prince an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score.

Fiercely independent, and determined to own his brand and control its direction, he held tight rein over his music, not allowing it on regular social media outlets or streaming outlets. This meant that the only real way to own a Prince song or record, was to buy it. Prince formed the band The Time and they released four albums.  His backup band was called the Revolution whose members later went on to solo music careers.  Prince penned songs for other artists including Madonna and Terence Campbell.

But perhaps the best part of Prince was the one he shared with people behind the scenes.  He helped so many people who were less fortunate than he, was compassionate and caring to many around him, and inspired many to make a difference in the situations around him.  When Trayvon Martin was killed, he donated money to the family. He helped many communities in times of need and poured money into disadvantaged youth. Prince was the inspiration behind Yes We Code, his current project helping bring tech education to communities of color. “We started Yes We Code because of Trayvon Martin,” Jones explained. “Prince said, ‘No, listen. A black kid wearing a hoodie might be seen as a thug; a white kid wearing a hoodie might be seen as a Silicon Valley genius. Let’s teach the black kids how to be like Mark Zuckerberg.’ Out of that observation, we built a whole organization.” (Source: http://www.cnn.com/video/api/embed.html#/video/tv/2016/04/21/van-jones-remembers-music-legend-prince.cnn

Tristan Walker

Tristan Walker

African-American Tristan Walker is the Founder & CEO of Walker & Company Brands.

Bevel by Walker & Company
Bevel by Walker & Company

Prior to that he was the Director of Business Development for Foursquare, where he oversaw strategic partnerships and monetization. In this role, Tristan managed intergrations with large brands and media entities including American Express, The New York Times, CNN, MTV, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Starbucks.

He was named the USA Today Person of the Year in 2014, Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful People list, Vanity Fair’s “Next Establishment,” Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40, AdAge Creative 50, The Hollywood Reporter’s Digital Power 50, and Black Enterprise’s 40 Next. He is also the Founder and Chairman of CODE2040, a program that matches high performing black and latino undergraduate and graduate coders and software engineering students with Silicon Valley start-ups for summer internships.

In 2015, Walker & Company Brands inked a deal with Target to sell its flagship product, Bevel, in select Target stores in the United States and on Target.com. Bevel is a single-blade razor system for men and women with coarse, curly hair which addresses the problem of razor bumps and skin irritation that affects up to 80% of African Americans and up to 30% of people of other races.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stony Brook University, where he graduated as valedictorian, and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Mikaila Ulmer

Mikalia Ulmer

African-American Mikaila Ulmer is an 11-year-old on a mission.

Mikalia Ulmer
Mikalia Ulmer

She started BeeSweet Lemonade at the age of 4 for a Children’s business competition (the Acton Children’s Business Fair) and Austin Lemonade Day. She now sells-out of her BeeSweet Lemonade at youth entrepreneurial events while donating a percentage of the profits from the sale of her lemonade to local and international organizations fighting hard to save the honeybees. That is why she touts: Buy a Bottle…Save a Bee.

At the age of 10, she landed a $60,000 Shark Tank Deal and her lemondade is in 55 Whole Food stores in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, and is available at a growing number of restaurants, food trailers and natural food delivery companies..

Maya Penn

Maya Penn

African-American Maya Penn is a serial entrepreneur who started her first company at the age of 8.

Maya Penn
Maya Penn

Maya Penn first came up with a cartoon called “Malicious Dishes“, an animated series about computer viruses, after trying to clean viruses off her computer. She thought, “What if viruses in my computer have personalities?”, and drew an animation about the stories of these viruses, who travel via USB drives around a computer world that humans are unaware of. Penn also drew another series called “The Pollinators” about bees and other pollinators and their impact on the environment.

At 10-years-old, she realized that all her work came from ideas, she set up her website, Maya’s Ideas, which she coded on her own by learning basic HTML.

This homeschooled entrepreneur has been on Forbes’ list of “Sixteen Grade School Entrepreneurs”, been featuredon CNN, Wired, Essence, NPR, The View, Redbook, Ebony, Fox 5, IBM, Black Enterprise, and more.  Now 15, she is working on a project with her nonprofit where she has created eco-friendly sanitary pads for girls in developing countries. MedShare has partnered with her to distribute the pads.   Her latest book, ‘You Got This’ helps guide budding entrepreneurs on ways to find their path and change the world.

Learn more about her on her official website.

Atieno Williams

Atieno Williams

Kenyan-American Atieno Okelo Williams is Co-Owner of DC Home Buzz, one of the most exciting new real estate companies in Washington DC.

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DC Home Buzz provides Real Estate Brokerage services. They help people find the home of their dreams or to sell their current home. Their focus is on educating the community about the process of purchasing or selling their home, and making sound financial decisions during this process. In the past few years, they have expanded to include rental property management, renovation services and property development.

She received  the Jones New York Empowerment fund award in 2011 and plans to use it to establish a curriculum and a series of ongoing workshops that will help homeless women and women in transitional housing to reach the dream of housing independence by teaching them financial basics and then by building on that foundation of knowledge. She plans to use her non-profit arm, Buzz Hopes to achieve this goal.

She is an alumna of Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing boot camp for women that works to increase diversity in the U.S. angel investing community and creates capital for women social entrepreneurs. Since April 2011, Pipeline Fellowship’s angel investing boot camp has trained more than 80 women, who have committed more than US$400,000 in investment, as stated on Pipeline Fellowship’s website.

Follow DC Home Buzz on Facebook  and visit their website to find out more about home ownership.

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Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas

African-American Eric Thomas, better known as ET the Hip Hope Preacher, was once a homeless, high-school dropout.  He has gone on to be a critically acclaimed author, motivational speaker, educator, and pastor.

Eric Thomas
Eric Thomas

His skillful use of social media has garnered him a following globally and he has used it to inspire hope and success in many. He has an award-nominated GED Program, runs a non-profit, Break The Cycle, I Dare you,  was instrumental in developing the Advantage program at Michigan State University (the program targets high risk college students by improving their study habits and increasing their retention rates).

He created International Urban Education Consultants; a non-profit organization committed to finding solutions to close the achievement gap in urban schools through goal framing and helping students to reform their perception of learning.  He is the CEO of Consulting Firm, ETA LLC, which consults for Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Quicken Loans, AT&T, Nike, Under Armour, New Balance and UPS as well as major Universities and the major sports teams within the MLB, NBA, NFL and MLS.

He can be found on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.  You can also learn more about him and his services on his official website.

Paul C. Brunson

Paul Carrick Brunson

Jamaican/American Paul C. Brunson is a matchmaker and relationship coach, co-host of OWN’s ‘Lovetown, USA’. 

Paul Carrick Brunson
Paul Carrick Brunson

His initial job was as a director of U.S. investments for Bahcesehir Ugur Educational Institutions until 2008. In 2009 he launched a matchmaking company (The Paul Carrick Brunson Agency), then joined the cast of ‘Lovetown, USA’ in August 2012.  That same year, in October, he wrote a book, It’s Complicated, (But it Doesn’t Have to Be), was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, iDate Matchmaker and Relationship Coach of the Year award, Impact Leader of the Year award, and was a Dell Inspire 100 Honoree.

The Paul Carrick Brunson Agency is considered in the top three matchmaking and coaching companies in the United States based on its growth, success and staff members. At any one time, they have between 40 and 45 clients. They also run workshops, and do one-off coaching with hundreds of persons. Clients come from all over the world, including India, Istanbul and Jamaica.

He was discovered by Oprah Winfrey who had been watching his videos on YouTube.  Thinking their messages were spam, he deleted several of them before finally answering and being offered a job on her OWN network.  He has also worked with millionaire, Enver Yucel whose work ethic he admires.

 

Brenda Palms Barber

Brenda Palms Barber

African-American Brenda Palms Barber is the CEO of Sweet Beginnings, a producer of natural honey-based personal care products and premium honey under the brand name, Beelove.

Beelove
Beelove

She originally started the company in 2004 as a transitional-jobs program for former offenders. The success of the program spawned the formation of the Beeline brand. The program boasts a 3% recidivism rates versus an average rate of 80+% in most rehabilitation programs.

Her website states that “Sweet Beginnings is a wholly owned subsidiary of the North Lawndale Employment Network and offers full-time transitional jobs for formerly incarcerated individuals and others with significant barriers to employment in a green industry – the production and sales of all-natural skin care products featuring its own urban honey. Sweet Beginnings workers care for the bees and hives, harvest honey, make beelove™ products, package and ship products, track inventory, fill product orders, and sell at retail outlets and special events. These training and work experience modalities transfer to market positions in manufacturing, food service, distribution, warehousing, hospitality, customer service, and more. The recidivism rate for former Sweet Beginnings employees is below 4%, compared to the national average of 65% and the Illinois average of 55%.”

BeeLove products can be found at Whole Foods, and Mark Shale Stores.

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola

Nigerian Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola returned home to Nigeria to co-found a waste recycling company, Wecyclers, and her vision is enormous. To transform the lives of people with garbage, create jobs, and help build the economy of her beloved motherland, Nigeria.

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola
Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola

Wecyclers gives households a chance to capture value from their waste while providing a reliable supply of materials to the local recycling industry. Wecyclers works in partnership with the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and collects recyclable waste, including plastic bottles, plastic bags, and aluminum cans, at the household level using low-cost bicycle-powered collection vehicles called “wecycles”.

The wecycles are designed and manufactured locally and are operated by youth from local communities. The wecycle operators cover specific neighborhood collection routes to collect material from households. At collection, operators weigh each household’s materials. The weight of material that each household recycles is entered into the Wecyclers’ SMS points platform to automatically generate a personalized SMS. Wecyclers rewards households with redeemable points based on the volume and quality of recyclables that they give them. Wecyclers has registered over 5,000 households for our collection service, built 29 operational collection cargo bikes and collected over 300 metric tons of recyclable materials. Wecyclers has developed strategic partnerships with leading companies including the Nigerian Bottling Company, DHL and Coca-Cola.

Wecyclers is the recipient of multiple awards, including, the Cartier Women’s Initiative Award, Tech Award, Echoing Green Fellowship, MIT D-lab Scale-ups fellowship, MIT IDEAS Venture Grant, Yunus Challenge Prize at the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Competition, Carroll Wilson Fellowship and is a Sustainia100 company. [Their] work has been highlighted in The Economist, CNN, Al Jazeera, The Punch, BBC, Marie Claire Magazine, New African Woman, The Independent among others. (Source: Huffington Post).