African tech innovation in the driver’s seat of shea butter evolution

African tech innovation in the driver's seat of shea butter evolution:


Producing shea butter is largely seen as a woman’s job. Around 16 million people in Africa, particularly, women in rural areas are supported by the shea industry. In many countries from Ethiopia to Senegal, all the way to Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the shea fruit – also known as “Women’s Gold”- serves as a substantial source of income.

Know more about all of this in this article.

This App Lets You Bail Out Black Prison Inmates with Your Spare Change

This App Lets You Bail Out Black Prison Inmates with Your Spare Change:


The function of the app is simple: In less than 60 seconds, connect the account you use to make everyday purchases. Here, your purchases will be rounded up to the nearest dollar to automatically donate each time you reach at least $2 in spare change. Users can pause and resume their contributions at any time. On the topic of his goals with the project, Ziegler explains:

“Our short term goals are to get as many folks home for the holidays as possible so we hope many folks join the platform for Giving Tuesday and contribute their holiday spending change to those in need.

Long term, we see the platform being used in a variety of ways to bolster the voices of those in need beyond just a financial contribution.”

This now exists. Today I’m linking my bank account to become the first customer.

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Google like a boss!

This is relevant to librarian-ing.

This would make such an excellent hand out for students.

Wheee I use these! They make Google a much more effective search tool.

Thank you! Ppl don’t know these things when I tell them they don’t know how to use a computer

Undercover at Amazon warehouse – brutal reality of working for online giant

Undercover at Amazon warehouse - brutal reality of working for online giant:



I spent five weeks at the firm’s newest warehouse in Tilbury, Essex, armed with a secret camera bought from Amazon’s own website.

I found staff asleep on their feet, exhausted from toiling for up to 55 hours a week.

Those who could not keep up with the punishing targets faced the sack – and some who buckled under the strain had to be attended to by ambulance crews.

The plant, with no natural light, is flooded with fluorescent bulbs – night and day have no meaning.

Many of the clocks have been covered over with tape by employees desperate not to be reminded how long is left of their shift. But time still rules here – a new package must be sealed and ready to go every 30 seconds.

Whatever the hour thousands of workers are racing to hit goals set by computers monitoring their every move. In my five weeks I saw staff struggling to meet impossible targets, in constant fear of the sack.

Two half-hour breaks were the only time off my feet, but it was barely enough time to race to the canteen and wolf down some food to keep my energy up.

My body ached, and my fitness tracker showed I walked at least 10 miles most days.

Here’s a new article from Bloomberg for all the assholes saying that it can’t really be this bad, or the workers should be thankful for Amazon:

“The emergency responders of Licking County, Ohio, are under strain. At least once a day, a medical unit from West Licking Fire Station 3 makes a run to the Inc. warehouse 3.1 miles away, in the township of Etna, about 20 miles east of Columbus. The calls for routine medical issues that occur in grueling warehouse jobs come at all hours, says Steve Little, the fire district administrator. Shortness of breath. Chest pains. Myriad minor injuries. During the busy holiday season, he says, the warehouse sometimes issues multiple emergency calls a day.Amazon isn’t helping cover the costs. Under the deal the company negotiated in 2015 with local officials and the state’s private economic development agency, JobsOhio, it’s paying no property taxes to Licking County for 15 years. As part of a two-warehouse deal, the state gave Amazon $17 million in tax incentives, and JobsOhio handed over $1.5 million in cash, funded with income from the state’s liquor monopoly. The new facilities are “almost a million square feet we have to protect, but we get no extra money,” Little says. “We have no voice in these deals, and we get no cash. Our residents are being forced to pay instead.” In November, voters in Little’s district will be asked to approve a five-year, $6.5 million property tax levy to keep the fire department operating.”

theblackoutofficial: March 6th, 2018: The Three Year…


March 6th, 2018: The Three Year Anniversary of the very first #Blackout Day.  

Three years ago today, we shifted the internet. Black Tumblr and Black Twitter really showed up and showed out. Three years later, we’ve expanded beyond being a selfie movement. Black people from all over the world have posted their art, their music, their photography, their gaming skills, and so much more. 

Why are we still doing this work? Why is #Blackout still important three years later? Because as long as anti-Blackness exists, Black people need accessible spaces to celebrate themselves and each other. 

We’re entering this year with a new look and a new mission statement: To curate sustainable online spaces of positivity for Black people all over the world. In addition to a year-long partnership with Tumblr and the return of themed Blackouts, we have SUCH good things planned for this year, including…

Our VERY FIRST #Blackout meet-up. 

Post today! Celebrate! You’ve earned it. 

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