Gregory Lowe II

Gregory Lowe II

African-American Gregory Lowe II is the CEO of Lowekey Media, a mobile technology agency that uses digital thinking to reach a multicultural audience.

Gregory Lowe (Photo: Gregory Lowe)
Gregory Lowe II (Photo: Gregory Lowe II)

In 2009 he developed the award-winning iPhone app iFLYPT, an app which allows you to personalize and remix music on your iPhone.  Lowe negotiated with Sony, Warner, Universal, and EMI record labels, and fellow music publishers, Sony/ATV, Warner-Chappell, Universal, and EMI, to obtain licensing deals that ensured that his app could offer millions of songs to its users.

In 2012 he released Songbooth, an app that allows users to follow, comment, like, and play music from other users. The app was downloaded over 8+ million times worldwide. He was included in Fast Company Magazine’s Most Creative People in Business list of 2014.

In the quest to provide a better user experience for users, he founded Fitbox, a subscription box and lifestyle brand that is “………Lululemon quality at a lower price point.” (Source: FastCompany).  He is using designers from DKNY and Fitbox items are all designed in house. The Fitbox activewear will fall into three categories: basic (for regular workouts), novelty (for lighter sweating), and athleisure, which could just as easily be worn to a light day at the gym or the farmer’s market.

Lowekey Media has also built Hoodcons (emojis from the streets), and Mumento, a mobile application and tool for users to embed video, music, pictures, and stop-motion graphics into a frame that they can then share with their entire social graph.

Lowe is a strong proponent for technology and is often a keynote speaker at technology events.

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Jonathan Strickland

Jonathan Strickland

Meet African-American Jonathan Strickland, a 21-year-old pilot from Compton, California who has been flying since he was 8-years-old.

Jonathan Strickland
Jonathan Strickland

On June 29nd, 2006, during a trip from Compton to Canada at age 14, he became the youngest black pilot to solo an airplane and a helicopter on the same day, the youngest black pilot to fly a helicopter internationally and the youngest black pilot to fly a helicopter on an international round-trip.

He set a record at 16 when he became the youngest person to solo a helicopter and airplane on the same day, as well as the youngest African-American to solo a helicopter, fly a helicopter round-trip internationally and solo six airplanes and one helicopter in the same day.

Total World Records – 6

  • Youngest person to solo both a helicopter and airplane on the same day
  • Youngest African-American to solo a helicopter
  • Youngest African-American to fly a helicopter round-trip internationally
  • Youngest African American to solo six airplanes and one helicopter in the same day

In 2012 he graduated with a BA in Aviation Business Administration and went on to complete an around the world flight in 2013 a the age of 21.

Source: Jonathan Strickland Website

Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo

Haitian-American Jason Derulo spent his youth studying opera, theater and ballet, as well as different musical genres.

Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo

This talented young man has written for Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Cassie, Diddy, Grant Goan, Danity Kane, Donnie Klang, and Sean Kingston.

He has won 4 music awards and been nominated for an additional 15. He is a dancer, choreographer and rapper.

His single “Talk Dirty” (ft. 2 Chainz) is his most successful track to date having sold over 5 million singles throughout the world, and has garnered over 200 million views on YouTube. Other hit singles include “Whatcha Say,” “In My Head,” “Ridin’ Solo,” “Don’t Wanna Go Home”and “It Girl.”

Derulo suffered a severe neck injury that required rehabilitation in 2012. It helped focus him and he went on to release a new album in 2013. To learn more about him, and keep up with his events and tours, visit his official website or follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Diamond Shakoor

Diamond Shakoor

African-American Diamond Shakoor started playing chess when she was 7 years old. At age 8, she was the youngest African-American female to go undefeated in a Chess National competition.

Diamond Shakoor
Diamond Shakoor

By 12 she had played 250 matches. In 2011 her peak rating was 1416.

She currently ranks 71st percentile nationwide and 73rd percentile in the state of Missouri. When it comes to female players, she has a high ranking and sits in the 90th percentile area.

Diamond is a straight A student. She held her first annual Diamond Shakoor Chess Festival in 2003. The Festival is free, and is open to players from kindergarten to high school. Kudos to her for reaching back and helping others discover a love of chess.

Thessalonika Arzu-Embry

Thessalonika Arzu-Embry

Kudos to African-American Thessalonika Arzu-Embry who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the age of 14.

Thessalonika Arzu-Embry
Thessalonika Arzu-Embry

She started college at the age of 11 after her mother who was homeschooling her noticed how quickly she grasped material. Not wanting to hold her back, she encouraged her to go forward at her pace.

As if this achievement is not enough, she has received numerous awards and certificates, is a member of her school’s honor college, and served as a student senator. We look forward to hearing more about her in the future.