Too soon?

2020 has been a most turbulent year. The rocky road from January to early March went full Dante’s Inferno by the time the month went out like a lamb. If you’re unfamiliar with the reference, no worries- I had to look it up to ensure I was using the metaphor correctly because I didn’t read The Divine Comedy in college either.

Year of the Inferno

Basically, Dante finds himself trapped in a world of fear and shadows as he somehow got lost along his more familiar path. …

3 ways Covid-19 is transforming the future of the entertainment industry

As the world endures the global pandemic that is Coronoavirus, captivated audiences have turned to entertainment as a way to pass time indoors.

Behind the scenes, production has halted across on locations across the world, movie studios have scrambled to adjust the release dates of numerous films, and live events like concerts and sporting leagues have been put on pause indefinitely.

A Numbers Game

Over the past decade, a digital transformation in film, music, television, sports, and other media has helped audiences come to expect to be able to consume content in new ways.

From real-time live streaming on social…

Too Many Gone Too Soon

While many of us were preparing to watch Alicia Keys host the 2020 Grammys, news of an unthinkable tragedy broke. I was away from the TV and social media for most of the day so when I tuned-in to watch the red carpet, I was unaware anything had happened. I was watching Lizzo make her entrance to the awards ceremony when a commentator mentioned that most of the talent would be skipping press interviews because of, “what happened to Kobe.”

I was confused and instantly hopped on my Twitter feed to see what happened. Like many others, I was dumbfounded…

Graphing Intersectionality and the Power of Privilege

The concept of equal pay was brought front and center when the US Women’s National Soccer Team won their fourth World Cup title. It is a rare instance where economics and social science meet. The argument that people should be paid equally for equal (or often superior) work regardless of their gender, race, sex, age, or ability should be a no-brainer.

The Economic Framework

During my time in grad school, I studied under Lowell Taylor for my microeconomics course work and I soon realized that economics approached society in a very different manner than sociology. One graph he shared with us was particularly…

Race, Place, and the White Imagination

HBO’s Game of Thrones has ended, and some would say with a whimper and not a roar. The decade-long exploration of the seven kingdoms of Westeros concluded in a series finale that attempted to tie up all of the loose ends created over eight seasons. GoT will likely be remembered as this generation’s greatest television series, like Friends was for Gen X, M.A.S.H. was for Baby Boomers, and I Love Lucy was for the Greatest Generation.

Racism Can Be (Un)Programmed

The Racial Divide in Product Design

Back in 2009, HP released a webcam feature that tracked a person’s face during a video chat. Here’s the catch, the technology was accused of being racist because it didn’t recognize Black faces. A headline from Gizmodo at the time read, “HP Face-Tracking Webcams Don’t Recognize Black People”.

Fast-forward to 2019 when a Vox headline stated, “Yes, artificial intelligence can be racist”. You’d think the lessons from a decade prior would’ve informed the product designers of recent technologies customized to interact with humans but, sadly, racial bias has yet again found its way into cutting-edge technology.

This time around, the…

Emerging Opportunities for the African Diaspora

In 2020, Ethiopia intends to launch its first stock exchange. They join 29 other exchanges currently operating in Africa and it means that there will be new jobs opening up in the financial sector across Africa as markets begin to develop and emerge. The problem is that not enough people on the ground have the training and experience to fill those jobs. This means international talent will be needed to meet the labor demand.

Follow Up with the Job You Didn’t Get

You Can’t Win ’Em All

Starting out as a young professional in any field can be daunting. After countless applications, resume revisions, and cover letters you finally land an interview at a job you honestly like. Things go well but for one reason or another, they go with someone else. It can feel like a gut-punch and make one want to move on and not look back. Please, don’t do it!

It may seem counter-intuitive but checking in with jobs you didn’t land but felt good about is a smart networking opportunity. …

An Excerpt from the Novel

Eleven years ago I started my journey as an author. What started as a hand-written story in one of those black-and-white speckled composition books eventually grew into a 114,800 word novel based on two of the most important influences in my life- my youth and my grandmother. The book is titled Isaiah Eleven and I recently created a short film based on the first chapter, sort of a trailer for the book if you will. In celebration of the visual and the 11th anniversary of my book, please check out the first chapter here on Medium.

Isaiah Eleven

Part One: A…

A Tale of Two Names

What’s in a name?

This Shakespearean rhetorical question is often used as a way to explain the nuances of perception. If we’re talking about last names, there’s a lot in a name. Surnames connect us to our heritage, our relatives that existed before our time. For Black people in the Western world, a surname is often a reminder of a plantation owner or slave master that was responsible for erasing our collective and individual identities.

Jesse Childs

Entertainment, Digital Marketing, and Culture

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