On Saturday, in Miami Google’s Computer Science in Media hosted a screening and Q&A at the Betsy Hotel during all the festivities at the American Black Film Festival. It was to promote the second season of their web series GODCOMPLX.
Award-winning actor Malik Yoba was in attendance to moderate the post-screening discussion, which included cast members of the web series, Allen Maldonado, Nzinga Blake, Nakisha Celistan, and Daraiha Greene. Greene also happens to serve as Google’s Head of Multicultural Engagement, CS in Media. CS in Media is an initiative from Google that strives to drive underrepresented groups, whether it be people of color, LGBTQIA community, or individuals with disabilities. The hope is to gear them towards careers in tech by refocusing the narrative of computer science through mainstream media. In attendance at the weekend event was also, co-executive producer, director, and writer Morenike Joela.
Just a few days earlier in Atlanta, Google was a sponsor of the annual Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Boys Mentoring Camp. This is where over 200 fatherless teen boys (along with their mothers) were doused in a four-day program of seminars designed to educate the young men on principles of manhood, leadership, and community empowerment. Daraiha Greene gave remarks at the Welcome dinner on this past Thursday, encouraging the young men to consider a career in technology.
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